Educator Toolkit

A teacher speaks with his students in a Duke TIP science classroom.

Basic information

School ID look-up

Use our school ID look-up tool to find your Duke TIP School ID to put on the invitation form or request materials. If your school is not listed, email 7talentsearch@tip.duke.edu.

Test center look-up

Use our test center look-up tool to find nearby ACT and SAT test centers.

Test date calendar

View the 7th Grade Talent Search deadline table in the Identifying Students section

School update form

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

The Educator Guide (PDF)

A print guide giving an overview of the program.

Materials for identifying students

Student Brochure (PDF)

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

Materials for notifying students

Invitation form (DOCX)

A form you can fill out to tell students they are invited to the 7th Grade Talent Search. A Spanish version (DOCX) is also available. There is also a version that includes a test center recommendation section if you would like to direct your students to particular testing locations. It's available in both English (DOCX) and Spanish (DOCX)

Financial aid form (DOCX)

A form that allows students and families to request financial aid. A Spanish version (DOCX) is also available.

Purchase order instructions (PDF)

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

Enrollment Form Instructions in Spanish (PDF)

Instructions to help Spanish-speakers enroll in the program.

What is above-level testing?

Just the Facts 

One page handouts on important issues for academically talented students.

Materials for celebrating students

Sample script (PDF)

A script to use for a recognition ceremony for your qualifying students.

Certificate (PDF)

A certificate you can use to honor your qualifying students.

Press Release Template (Word)

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

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

Results Summary (PDF)

Report sent to families providing information on how their students' scores on the ACT and SAT compare to other TIP members.

Resources

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-backed advice, and listings of summer programs and competitions for academically talented students.

Webinars and information sessions

A list of upcoming and recorded webinars on TIP programs and benefits, hosted by TIP staff.

Students qualify for the 7th Grade Talent Search by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. Enrollment provides benefits that last through the end of high school, including the opportunity to take the ACT or SAT, specialized publications, college prep advice, and access to educational programs.