We encourage you to dive deeper into these videos, books, and websites by experts and thought leaders advocating for innovative changes to schooling, educational reform, and creative learning, especially for gifted students and those with learning differences.
The Air Force realized performance results for pilots were improved when they stopped designing for "average" but made jet cockpits adjustable. It's a story of how a clear and pragmatic change can have big results. Todd Rose - author of "The End of Average" - uses the story to wonder and provoke how human potential can be unlocked in the U.S. by considering how schools can be re-designed and updated for the future.
In the most viewed TEDTalk of all time, creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenged the way we educate our children, championing a radical rethink of how our school systems cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.
MLTS is a groundbreaking documentary about education and curriculum reform in 21st century America. Directed by Greg Whiteley and produced by Ted Dintersmith.
Carol Dweck's speack to "plasticity" and makes it quite clear that improvements of such capabilities are supported by systematic use of appropriate training and feedback. Her research focuses on why students succeed and how to foster their success. More specifically, her work has demonstrated the role of mindsets in success and has shown how praise for intelligence can undermine students’ motivation and learning.
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.
Most Likely To Succeed, by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith
Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education, by Sir Ken Robinson
The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How., by Daniel Coyle
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School? by Blake Boles
If This is a Gift, Can I Send it Back? by Jen Merrill
Creating Innovators, by Tony Wagner
The Dyslexic Advantage, by Brock Eide
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth
Making the Choice: When Typical School Doesn't Fit Your Atypical Child, by Corin Goodwin
Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, is a non-profit volunteer organization that works to support, educate and advocate for gifted individuals around the world.
TiLT Parenting was founded in 2016 by Debbie Reber as a podcast and community aimed at helping parents raising differently-wired kids do so from a place of confidence, connection, and joy.
The Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) is a global organization that supports the learning and sharing of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), and helps people peacefully and effectively resolve conflicts in personal, organizational, and political settings.
Bright and Quirky's mission is to ease the struggle for bright and quirky kids and parents, help them self-actualize with the help of experts in the fields of mental health and education, and inspire the hope that new ideas and possibilities bring.
GRO’s unique purpose of research and outreach bridges the gaps between the educational, medical, psychiatric, and therapy communities to create meaningful change and prevent misdiagnosis across all intelligence levels.
Crushing Tall Poppies is the work of Celi Trepanier, a passionate advocate for gifted children after tiring of her battles with schools and their misunderstanding and neglect of gifted students. She writes about her journey with her gifted children, about giftedness, advocacy, and education.
The work of Alfie Kohn, who writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. The author of fourteen books and hundreds of articles, he lectures at education conferences and universities as well as to parent groups and corporations. Kohn’s criticisms of competition and rewards have been widely discussed and debated, and he has been described in Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.”
Our large schools are organized like a factory of the late 19th century: top down, command control management, a system designed to stifle creativity and independent judgment. David T Kearns, CEO Xerox