Teacher Toolkit

A teacher working with his students in a Duke TIP classroom.

School ID look-up 

Use our school ID look-up tool to find the ID you need to request materials. If your school is not listed, email 456talentsearch@tip.duke.edu.


School update form

Web form where you can update your contact information, sign up for email announcements, and request print materials.

Educator Guide (PDF)

A print guide giving an overview of the program.

Talent Search Overview (PDF)

A brief overview of both the 4th-6th Grade Talent Search and the 7th Grade Talent Search.

Student brochure (PDF)

An overview of the program for students and their families. A Spanish version (PDF) is also available.

Invitation form (DOC)

A form you can fill out to tell students they are invited to the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search. A PDF version and a Spanish version (DOC) are also available.

Fee waiver form (DOC)

A form you can fill out for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. A PDF version and a Spanish version (DOC) are also available.

Enrollment instructions (PDF)

Instructions for students who are completing the paper applications with helpful hints. A Spanish version (PDF) is also available.

Purchase order instructions (PDF)

Instructions for educators who would like to pay for their students’ enrollment.

PowerPoint presentation (PPTX)

Talking points for teachers to use when talking to students and families. A Spanish version (PPTX) is also available, and there is a recorded version you can show to parents if you do not want to do the presentation yourself.

What is above-level testing?


Just the Facts 

One page handouts on important issues for academically talented students.

Partnership badge

A badge to you can include on your website, social media pages, and publications to show that you are a Duke TIP partner.

Duke TIP participating school badge


Writing Contest guidelines (PDF)

Prompt and instructions for the 2017 Duke TIP Writing Contest.

Sample ceremony script (PDF)

Sample script to use for an awards ceremony at your school for 4th–6th Grade Talent Search participants.

Certificate template (PDF)

A certificate you can use to honor your 4th–6th Grade Talent Search participants.

Press release template (Word)

A press release template to help you notify local press about your students' achievements.


Teachers Workshop

A blog and community space for teachers featuring advice on classroom challenges, tips, and lesson plans.

Gifted Today

TIP's blog with research, research-based advice, and listings of programs and competitions for academically talented students.

Webinars and information sessions

Links to webinars and information sessions about TIP programs and benefits, hosted by TIP staff.

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.