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Duke TIP aims to supplement the work teachers do in the classroom by providing additional resources to support academically talented students. We are proud to work with teachers and administrators in public, private, and charter schools, as well as homeschoolers.

Partnering with the Talent Search

We depend on educators to find the students who are in need of our resources and programs.

In both our 4th–6th Grade Talent Search and our 7th Grade Talent Search, teachers and administrators identify students who score exceptionally well on their standardized tests or who exhibit other signs of being academically gifted. Then they notify students about the opportunity Duke TIP offers. After that, we are able to work directly with students and their families to provide the resources, enrichment opportunities, above-grade-level testing, and educational programs students need to reach their full potential.

To make this process as easy as possible for the educators we work with, we provide

  • guidance on how to identify academic talent,
  • easy-to-use materials to notify students of their eligibility,
  • tools to honor and recognize students in local school assemblies, and
  • webinars, educator guides, and other materials.

Learn about the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search

Learn about the 7th Grade Talent Search

Free educator benefits

In addition to partnering with educators for the Talent Search, we also provide free resources to support teachers and administrators as they work with gifted students. Many of these resources stem from the original research done by our staff of leading gifted education researchers.

You can access these resources at two different blogs.

Teachers Workshop

This blog and community space for educators features advice on classroom challenges, best practices, tips, and free lesson plans.

Visit Teachers Workshop

Gifted Today

This blog features research, news from the field of gifted education, and research-backed advice on meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of academically talented students.

Visit Gifted Today

Seasonal employment

    We also hire gifted educators to work in our academic year and summer educational programs. We have instructional, administrative, and residential positions available.

    Explore jobs at TIP

    Need help?

    If you are a teacher, counselor, or school administrator seeking to partner with Duke TIP on the identification and testing of gifted students, we welcome your inquiries.

    Email us with your school information, and we will have the relevant program coordinator contact you. You can also email our 4th–6th Grade Talent Search coordinator or 7th Grade Talent Search coordinator directly.