in acrobat pdf format (need acrobat reader,
free here) a great place to start your collection of information (please
help us translate these into other languages!
(or click on the buttons above to go to general information pages then
the hot links at the top of each page)
Spring 2007 (my kids are now in university with all that entails, but we will keep updating the links and trying to add in information as people let us know about it)
- Writing programs and papers for Dysgraphic students There is a lot more research going into gifted dysgraphic students although real solutions or understanding are limited. Recently we found two writing systems that use a three line method to teach printing and writing, the Zaner Blaser and D' Nealian systems. Paper pads for this type of writing are available via numerous sources, here is an online source with outlines and printables or you can order Pacon Picture Story Paper in reams or books via Dick Blick Art materials (let me know if anyone finds a canadian source!)
apologies for our absence, but now back to updating the site!) Stay tuned,
we will be adding to our special newsletters (above) with one on
acceleration (just returned from a conference with Dr. Miraca Gross)
In the meantime, make sure you have read a nation deceived (see fall 2004)
for information on acceleration for gifted students.
Engineering Faculty will be running their succeful LEAP
Enrichment Program for students from grade 10 - 12 , July 10th-August
4th 2006 (In Hamilton, Ontario) This is a camp for high achieving
students, some of the choices include Materials, Mechatronics, Biomedical
engineering, Design and Robotics. There is a $50 discount if you
apply before March 17th.
The Nova Scotia
Government have a new gifted education document on line Challenge
may want to visit the Homeschoolers Guide
website out of Calgary
a gifted programming consultant in Toronto has two sites, one for teens
Teenergy and a second site outlining his work Accent
reports is a site offering information on statistics (population,
size etc.) as well as flags, maps, history and even ethnic recipes.
studies The Davidson Foundation in the United States has released an
online version of A Nation Deceived which is a report by Nicolas
Colangelo, Miraca Gross and Susan Assouline about how schools routinely
hold back bright students. Parents looking for information on acceleration
should visit the website at www.nationdeceived.org
Classes online are now available through distance education.
South Island Distance Education school (part of the public education system
in B.C.) is the only school in Canada which offers these courses online.
AP courses are accepted by some university programs as pre requisites for
higher level courses. Subjects include AP English Language and Composition,
AP English Literature and Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics, AP
Macroeconomics 1, AP Microeconomics 1, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics
B, AP Psychology, Ap French Language, AP Spanish Language.
Information on these couses is available by emailing sides AP
Coordinator or via the SIDES
There is a list
of summer camps posted on the resources page
(Summer math camps at Carleton were just posted!) Let us know
of any you find, and remember, gifted kids do tend to be the ones who seek
out specialist film schools, music programs etc over the summer.
Ask about the programs suitability for gifted children but that may not
be as important to the child as the skills they learn and practice.
show about gifted to air March 11th 2004 on CBC Tv's Roughcuts (10 pm eastern
and pacific time (cbc newsworld The Passionate Eye)
Build science toys with
your children (great scientific explanations as well at science
Parents or students worrried
about upcoming exams? look at UVIC's learning
skills resources online everything from structuring esssays to writing
multiple choice exams (suitable for all ages)
New for teachersNew
Zealand has several informative and well researched articles online for
teachers Assessing for Differentiation
for gifted students by Dr Tracy Riley of Massey Univeristy
along with articles on portfolio assessment,
assessment and self assesment for gifted
children by Professor Dan McAlpine (see the bottom of the world list)
All links are fixed!
a bunch of new ones are added for aspiring writers and modellers in the
section plus a section on "canadiana" things like combines
in bottles and growing olives on the Gulf Islands which seem peculiarly
Canadian (please send us your examples.)
what we need now
is feedback. Do you
want even more links? In what areas? Do you want more articles?
or do you use this as a place to bounce off after Canadian information?
Do any of you have anything to contribute? Please? Sometimes it is hard
to figure out who uses this site or why. We would really like to
know if opportunities for gifted children are increasing or decreasing
in Canada. Often we hear from people when they are planning to move
into a new area and want to check on services.
and Labrador Gifted Association have an online forum
for parent discussion.
If you sign on as
a member of the GCABC website (website
membership is free) you can join discussions on finding resources or appropriate
education for your child (web members are signed on from all over the world,
not just B.C.. They also have a new "all about gifted" section
to outline the FAQ's about gifted ed in Canada, and their 100 page "Beginning
the Odyssey" information for parents is posted as well in pdf format
the links on this
site are undergoing their annual update. If you have found any new
Canadian based links you would like us to post, please email
the passion is a new newsletter in pdf format from the recent
B.C. Interior Conference. This is for adults who work with gifted
children. See the newsletters list above.
is a new summer program offered by the University of Calgary listed in
our summer programs file
Trying to find out
what you might be good at? Looking into carreers and training opportunities?
These self assessment sites might help.
issues heating up explore the Free the Children
organization for positive ways kids can make a difference in the world
College supporting gifted learners grade 7-12 is due to open in the
Ottawa region Sept. 2003
Ontario has a new updated website!
e learning centre is online in Ontario with info for parents teachers
Ministry of Education now lists info on schools and school board websites
Lots of information
about how brains work is at the University
of Washington site. Great for parents and kids.
Additions Everything you might want
to check out about Gifted /Learning Disabled children is listed at one
source, Uniquely Gifted,
here you will find information on Dysgraphia, Discalculia, Executive function
and the list goes on for several pages
is discussled with lots of links by psychologist Margaret Kay at this website
looking for ways
to clarify information for your stressed high school student? Study
guides based on Canadian curriculum are available from Academic
materials for the B.C. Open Learning agency are available without enrolling
for the course if you want clear workbooks with Ministry of Education material.
(no answer key for the final exercises however) Parents anywhere
who want to see what type of course material is available by Distance Education
in Saskatchewan, B.C. and the Yukon, can also order modules to examine
without registering a child for the course.
Biology videos and
cds, how to catch and raise your own planaria, and all sorts of information
on marine and freshwater biology are available for viewing on the ebiomedia
site from Vancouver Island.
as assessment tools are the focus of Dr. Bertie Kingore's work
Curriculum site for the UK has good information posted for teachers
and parents concerning adapting school programing for gifted learners (called
able learners in the UK)
highly gifted children. The Davidson Institute asked a panel
of professionals to discuss assessments of highly gifted children.
All parents considering assessments for their child should check out this
New links for information.
We have added a link to Rick West's page about bird
spiders. His passion for tarantulas which began at age 14, has
evolved to an international carreer saving and protecting the world's
bird spider species. With digital cameras becoming more common, we
have also added two links under hobbies. One for a great canadian
info source and articles on digital cameras
of all prices, megapixel.net. magazine (en
Français aussi), and a second to Pekka
Saarinen's site in Finland with digital photos to inspire anyone (and
lots of information on how the photos were made).
The 8th ECHA (European Council
for High Ability) conference
will be held in Rhodes Greece in October 2002 Proposals for submissions
should be in by Feb 1st
input wanted for documentary!
We are a documentary film company in
Toronto working on a one-hour documentary film for the Life Network
about gifted children.
Lots of people are asking for
information on tests, especially ones which are going to be used on their
children. Check the testing and assessment part of our website for
information. We have just added a link to the searchable
datatabase on educational assessment tests kept by the CEC at their
If you are looking for information
or have some to share, please
email us. We are happy to add personal experiences, stories,
suggestions to the database. We really want information from areas
of Canada where it is hardest to obtain services for gifted children.(and
we are happy to post stories with names changed to preserve privacy.
Send your ideas on measures
to imporve access, choice, flexibility and quality in public education
in B.C. schools to the Select
Standing Committee on Education (or read what people
are proposing this time for educational reform in B.C.)
conference and talks in B.C. Dr
Kieran Egan Engaging the Imagination Nov 10th in Vancouver.
Northern Grid for Learning in the UK is producing online resources
for special needs teachers, parents and students including gifted students
Does your Gifted Association
have a brochure? Send
us a pdf copy to post
Great site for parents and educators.
based in the UK offers articles and discussions on methods of teaching.
Check out the articles on Vygotskii.
Welcome to a new Canadian site
Gifted is run by Ontario parents of Gifted Children
If nothing seems to be right
with this school year, check out Stephanie Tolan's advice to parents in
her article You Can't Do it Wrong
Davidson Institute assessment page has great information on almost
every test used to assess a gifted child
Parents of highly gifted children
can find a lot of good information at pgcybersource
(pg stands for profoundly gifted)
There are new Eric Digests out
from the Council for Exceptional Children.
Check them out, especially one on Creative strategies for teaching Language
Arts to Gifted Students (k-8) Eric Digest 612
For those of us
who need to examine alternatives check out the homeschool
and homeschool association sites under parent resources
Selby has moved his math site. check out some of his sample lessons
and advice for math phobes and gifted students
II Liberal Education Society has an interesting school option Island
are gathering information on your experiences to support your children
regardless of where in Canada you live. Email us if you have great
suggestions, experiences, or can tell us of incidents of bullying or discrimination
towards your child. We want to add more voices to our sharing page.
Math Summer Camp organized by long time gifted advocate Hélène
Gregoire at the University of Ottawa (in conjunction with the Department
of Math and Statistics)
School for Gifted learners a private day school in the Greater Vancouver
area has information on their philosophy and programming
Island Distance Ed (SIDES) is one of the most progressive Ministry
of Ed linked curriculums for B.C. and Saskatchewan. With Distance
Ed and Cyberschools so much in the press recently, check out what a cyberschool
Development, the Journal of Adult Giftedness presents a long awaited
volume on spirituality.
We assume you are located in Canada
and are aware of the world-wide general sites
which introduce basics of gifted information. There is wonderful
information out there but it can be frustrating to search for Canadian
educational materials, standards and contacts.
These pages are designed to help Canadian
gifted parents become aware of resources on the premise that it is easier
to use Canadian sources and programs as models in other provinces than
it is to use the American experience. It is a sad state of Canadian
education that programming for gifted children is so infrequent and so
product oriented, despite much excellent Canadian
research into the field. Fortunately Canada has a strong framework
of grassroots parent based organizations.
Parents in Canada are often considered as partners and relationships are
much less parochial than in other countries. The Teaching
section has links to provincial policies, and ideas from Canadian
teachers Search for specific information sites for your child
in the kids resources section or look for
information of concern to parents
Please help us share experiences by
spreading information about what has worked for your child or by asking
us for information on particular needs your child has (compacted math
program , clubs, summer camps etc.)