While MMSD uses the broader term of Advanced Learning, most researchers, policy makers, and school districts still reference Gifted Education. Thus resources and research generally focus on Gifted Education instead of Advanced Learning.
This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of organizations and resources but a start for the community to learn more about Advanced Learning. If you have any additional suggestions to add to this list, please contact the AL Director.
“NAGC's mission is to support those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building, and research. We aim to help parents and families, K-12 education professionals including support service personnel, and members of the research and higher education community who work to help gifted and talented children as they strive to achieve their personal best and contribute to their communities.”
“The Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted (WATG) is a non-profit organization of parents,students, educators, business and industry personnel, and other interested persons dedicated to fostering a climate in the home, school, and community that allows each individual to reach his or her unique potential.”
The Greater Dane County Advanced Learner Network (GDCALN) is a non-profit organization of 35-40 school districts in the greater Dane county region that collaborate to address issues related to serving Advanced Learners in the K-12 educational setting.
“WCATY, a University of Wisconsin - Madison outreach program in the School of Education, is an inclusive community of academically talented youth supported by educators, UW researchers, and advocates who recognize and cultivate students’ potential. As an expression of the Wisconsin Idea, WCATY extends support to public school districts, learning communities, and families throughout the state and beyond.”
The Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University is a non-profit center within the School of Education and Social Policy that works “to ensure gifted students receive the education, encouragement and support they need to grow into confident and accomplished lifelong learners”.
“Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) is a research-validated program that utilizes above-grade-level assessment, as a means of gifted testing, to help parents and educators better understand their students’ educational needs. NUMATS allows eligible students to take internationally recognized tests before the grade levels at which they are normally administered. NUMATS identifies academic ability, measures growth and connects students to resources and opportunities for advanced students.”
“The mission of the Belin-Blank Center is to empower and serve the international gifted community through exemplary leadership in programs, research, and advocacy.The Belin-Blank Center supports the development of gifted education programs throughout the world and is the international leader in research and advocacy on academic acceleration.”
“SENG’s mission is to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. SENG envisions a world where gifted, talented and creative individuals are supported to build gratifying, meaningful lives and contribute to the well-being of others.”
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The Foundation supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants, direct service, and knowledge creation and dissemination. Through their work they have created a website about Closing the Excellence Gap.
Designed by parents, this site is “full of resources, articles, books and links to help and support parents, teachers, and gifted children alike”.
“Our mission is to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference.”
“The Institute operates on the understanding that education policy must be informed both by real-world conditions and also by excellent research; that it is possible to translate the technical vocabularies of research into a language that is accessible and useful to policy experts, principals, teachers and parents; that in our richly diverse nation, education must be driven and sustained by evidence about what works and what does not”.