Resources for Parents

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We have two primary goals: to help exceptional students achieve success, and to provide schools and parents with the resources they need to meet the unique academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted children. The first can’t happen without the second, which is why we provide families and educators with tools to help them support their academically talented students.

Guidance and Advice

We offer an expanding number of publications designed to give you the advice you need when you need it, as described below.

Gifted Today

Duke TIP’s Gifted Today blog houses three different publications, all of them useful to parents and teachers seeking research-based advice on nurturing gifted students.

Talent Talk covers practical issues that parents of academically gifted children often face, including how to advocate for your child, how to weigh different educational options, evaluating the usefulness of current advice on raising a gifted child, and how to address common social and emotional needs. Talent Talk looks at topical articles and trends, then uses research-based information to break them down into everyday terms.

TIP's Research Digest includes scientific studies by TIP’s researchers, whose work appears in leading academic journals, as well as reviews of other important findings in the field of gifted education. It provides insight into the field of gifted education and keeps you up to date on the latest theories.

Finally, the Opportunity Guide connects students with contests, scholarships, and educational programs that are designed especially for high-achieving scholars, informing you and your student of even more enrichment activities.

TIP also publishes a number of publications just for students, so be sure to check out all the student benefits.

Students qualify for the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search by achieving a score in the 95th percentile or higher on a qualifying exam. Once enrolled, for a onetime fee, they receive access to benefits until the end of sixth grade, including optional above-level testing; enrichment activities like the book club, writing and illustration contest, and specialized publications; and eligibility to apply to TIP’s educational programs.