These materials may be useful for parents and educators of gifted and talented children. Ultimately, school districts make decisions about identifying additional resources that will support gifted and talented teachers and students in their learning and understanding. The Maine Department of Education provides the information on this page to assist local schools in their efforts.

For Parents

For Coordinators & Educators

General Gifted & Talented Resources:

Curriculum Resources:

  • BBC Languages. Read about student language learning.
  • Center for Gifted Education. Exemplary curriculum frameworks using the the Integrated Curriculum Model. Provided by the William and Mary School of Education.
  • Digital History. Use technology to enhance your teaching and research in the subject of history.
  • Education Program for Gifted Youth. A listing of e-learning courses for gifted children. Offered by Stanford University.
  • Lesson Plan Resources. Extensive collections that can be searched by level, topic, and content area.
  • New Horizons for Learning. Learn about successful intelligences from Robert Sternberg. Presented by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.
  • Off-Site Schools for the Gifted:
    • Distance Learning. Information about gifted online high schools.
    • Virtual Schools. A collection of resources for those interested in virtual schooling for the gifted.
  • Renzulli Learning. The Renzulli Learning Differentiation Engine puts students in touch with engaging, individualized resources specially chosen for their interest areas and learning styles.
  • Teaching for Intellectual & Emotional Learning. Professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators.
  • Web-Based Math Program. View Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces' online math program.

Common Book Titles in Gifted Education:

The following books titles are listed alphabetically by title.

  • A Guide to State Policies in Gifted Education CD-ROM. Author: Pamela R. Clinkenbeard, Penny Britton Kolloff, and E. Wayne Lord
  • Aiming For Excellence: Annotations to the NAGC Pre-K-Grade 12 Gifted Program Standards. Author: Landrum, Callahan, & Shaklee (Eds.)
  • Alternative Assessments for Identifying Gifted and Talented Students. Author: VanTassel-Baska, Joyce Ed.D
  • Best Practices in Gifted Education: An Evidence-Based Guide. Author: Robinson, A., Shore, B., & Enersen, D.
  • Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education: What the Research Says. Author: Carolyn M. Callahan, Ph.D., Jonathan Plucker, Ph.D.
  • Designing and Utilizing Evaluation for Gifted Program Improvement. Edited by J. Van Tassel-Baska & A. X. Feng
  • Educating Gifted Students in Middle School. Author: S. Rakow
  • Gifted Program Evaluation: A Handbook for Administrators and Coordinators. Author: Kristie Speirs Neumeister, Virginia Burney
  • Identifying Gifted Students: A Practical Guide. Author Susan K. Johnsen
  • Investigating Creativity in Youth Research and Methods. Author: Fishkin, Cramond, Olszewski-Kubilius (Eds.)
  • Mile Marker Series. Publisher: National Association for Gifted Children
  • Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults. Author: J. Webb, E. Amend, N. Webb, J. Goerss, P. Beljan, & F. R. Olenchak
  • NAGC Gifted Program Standards in Action. Author: Elizabeth Pinkney Coyne, Ph.D. (ed.)
  • A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America's Brightest Students. The Templeton National Report on Acceleration.
  • The Parallel Curriculum: A Design to Develop Learner Potential and Challenge Advanced Learners Second Edition. Author: Tomlinson, Kaplan, Renzulli, Purcell, Leppien, Burns, Strickland, Imbeau
  • Patterns and Profiles of Promising Learners From Poverty. Author: VanTassel-Baska, Joyce Ed.D.
  • Programs and Services for Gifted Secondary Students. Author Felicia A. Dixon
  • Re-Forming Gifted Education: Matching the Program to the Child. Author K. Rogers
  • Social-Emotional Curriculum with Gifted Students. Author: VanTassel-Baska, Joyce Ed.D
  • The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children. Edited by M. Neihart, S. Reis, N. Robinson & S. Moon.
  • Staff Development: The Key To Effective Gifted Education Programs. Edited by Peggy Dettmar, Ph.D., and Mary Landrum, Ph.D.
  • Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom Book & CD-ROM. Author Susan Weinbrenner.

For Administrators


Competitions can enhance an identified student’s academic and arts programing. The competitions listed below were shared by some Gifted and Talented coordinators as some of their favorites. The appropriateness of any one competition rests with your knowledge of the needs of your students. See the Instructions for the Program Renewal Application to determine allowable costs and/or contact your Department of Education gifted and talented consultant.

Mind Research's Game-a-thon grades k-12. Focus: math problem solving.
Compost Week all ages and grades. Focus: food sustainability
Bowseat Ocean Awareness Jr. division ages 11-14; Sr. division ages 15-18. Focus: Ocean themes and challenges
iWitness Video Challenge Middle School and high school. Focus: Digital and media literacy promoting social change.
Includes: ages 6-10 First Lego League Jr.
Grades 4-8 First Lego League
Grades 7-12 First Tech Challenge
Grades 9-12 First Robotics Competition

Meridian Stories:  Middle school and high school. Focus: LA, History, STEAM, Project based.
Map making:  5th grade students. Focus: mapmaking
Battle of the Books: www.http://battleof the books.  Elementary through high school . Focus: Reading incentive program
High School Quiz Show: Maine l Maine Public high school, game show format. High school. Focus: Wide range of informational knowledge, speed of response.
Maine State Science Fair:  High school. Focus: science and computer science.
National Geographic Bee:  Middle school and high school. Focus: Encourages knowledge of geography.
Maine State Spelling Bee  Ages 6-17. Encourages spelling and stage presence.
Odyssey of the Mind:  All ages & grades:  Focus: Creative problem solving.
Future Problem Solving  Grades k-12. Focus: Critical and creative thinking.
Southern Maine Elementary Math league (SMEML)  Grades 5 and 6.  Focus: math
ExploraVision by Toshiba.  Grades k-12. Focus: STEM competition.
Destination Imagination.  Pre-K through College. Focus: project based STEAM Challenges
Continental Mathematics League grades 2 through high school . Focus: math
Life is Good Tshirt Design Contest Ages 4-21. Focus: creativity and design

MathCounts Math Video  Grades 6-8. Focus: math

Maine State Middle School Science & Engineering Fair.  Grades 6-8. Focus: science and engineering.
The Department of Maine High School Oratorical Scholarship Program. Grades 9-12. Focus: constitution, thinking and speaking.
picoCTF Cyber security competition  Middle school and high school. Focus: computer security.
Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge-composites.  Middle school and high school. Focus: renewable energy, innovation and economic development.