Research and Advocacy

One of Duke TIP's greatest strengths as an organization is its original research into the field of gifted education as well as the academic, social, and emotional needs of academically talented youth. Using research-based facts about gifted education, we are able to create advocacy tools for parents, educators, and policymakers interested in improving school policies so that the millions of underchallenged students in our schools can get the education they deserve. These tools include Just the Facts, a library of concise, fact-based, one-page hand-outs on key issues involving gifted education that can be used to educate lawmakers, members of the media, and school personnel about modern gifted education. Our research also allows us to offer parents, educators, and TIP students a wide variety of research-based advice that includes the following resources.

Family and educator resources

Duke TIP's Gifted Today blog houses three valuable sources of information for anyone interested in supporting academically talented students:

  • Talent Talk highlights ideas and voices that provide insight on the way that our world talks about talent. Join us as we cut through the media noise and provide clear explanations of how talent operates in our society. Our insights provide parents, teachers, and students with what they need to know about talent, whether it’s debunking a false claim in the media or providing ideas to help better support gifted children.
  • Research Digest is a trusted resource for parents who are looking for research-based information about rearing and educating academically talented children. The digest contains archived, new, and always relevant information regarding the challenges gifted children face, the social and emotional needs of gifted students, and gifted program opportunities.
  • Opportunity Guide, an online searchable listing of academic programs, contests, and scholarship opportunities for gifted students, helps our families find enrichment resources beyond the programs that Duke TIP offers.
  • Teachers Workshop is a resource blog and community space where educators of the gifted can find guidance on everyday teaching challenges, tips to inspire their instruction, and free classroom-ready lessons and materials.

Educators who are working with our talent searches can find all the materials they need in our teacher toolkits for the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search and 7th Grade Talent Search.

If your child is a Duke TIP participant, or if you are a TIP-affiliated educator with a question about serving your gifted students, you can also consult with TIP's Gifted Education Research Specialist Richard D. Courtright, PhD, by emailing him at Please note that the information he provides is strictly for the purposes of information only and is not a replacement or substitute for professional advice based on a thorough examination of your child or student's specific needs. ​

Student resources

Each month, Duke TIP publishes two original online magazines for students that contain a variety of advice on succeeding in school, social skills, managing time, and preparing for college. Other special publications offer TIP students advice on such topics as navigating middle school and testing success tips. Gifted students and their parents can also find guidance on everything from planning a successful precollege academic strategy to scheduling campus visits and choosing the right school at Ready for College, our online college prep publication for young gifted scholars. We alert students to these resources each month via email; if you are a member of TIP and not receiving our monthly emails, please check your spam folder for emails from Duke TIP or visit your student portal to confirm that we have your current email address.

State Gifted Directors List 

This online listing of individuals and offices charged with providing gifted services to eligible students in the manner prescribed by the law can be used by individuals and organizations seeking to give input into statewide educational policies.

State Gifted Associations Directory

Find the organizations that offer support and information to parents and teachers about state gifted programs, services, and legislation.

Other resources

Duke TIP offers information sessions and webinars for our 4th–6th and 7th Grade Talent Search families and educators covering many of our programs and benefits of participation. We also maintain a TIP Store for families and supporters, with all proceeds going to financial aid or keeping program costs as low as possible.