Teacher Resources

The state of Iowa mandates AND funds gifted education. Below are resources for endorsement programs in gifted education, meeting state code, and designing programming and services.  Contact ITAG (info@iowatag.org) if you have a question that is not answered on this page.

Endorsement in Gifted Education

“Instructional personnel providing programs for gifted and talented students should have preservice or in-service preparation in gifted and talented education that is commensurate with the extent of their involvement in the gifted and talented program. The gifted and talented program teacher-coordinator shall comply with the endorsement requirements [in Iowa Administrative Code] …. The endorsement authorizes the holder to serve as a teacher or a coordinator of programs for the gifted and talented from the prekindergarten level through grade 12” (Chapter 59, Iowa Administrative Code).

The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners provides general information about the endorsement.

Endorsement programs are available at:
Buena Vista University
Drake University
Morningside College
University of Iowa
University of Northern Iowa
Viterbo University


NAGC Educator’s Tool Kit

Because of the increasing number of requests for information for administrators about high-ability and high-potential learners, NAGC convened a task force of administrators to develop concise videos, fact sheets, and supporting documents — tools that district leaders can use as briefing materials and as the starting point to advocate for and implement services for gifted students. Here is the link: http://www.nagc.org/administratortoolbox.aspx

Pre-K-Grade 12 Gifted Programming Standards

Standards provide a basis for policies, rules, and procedures that are essential for providing systematic programs and services to any special population. While standards may be addressed and implemented in a variety of ways, they provide important direction and focus to the endeavor of program development. They also help define the comprehensiveness necessary in designing and developing options for gifted learners at the local level. Because these standards are grounded in theory, research, and practice paradigms, they provide an important base for all efforts on behalf of gifted learners at all stages of development.  http://www.nagc.org/ProgrammingStandards.aspx

Gifted Education Links

Iowa Talented and Gifted Association (ITAG) is Iowa’s association of interested parents, educators, and concerned citizens dedicated to meeting the needs of talented and gifted children and youth. E-mail: itag@assocserv.org; www.iowatag.org

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is an organization of parents, educators, other professionals and community leaders to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences.www.nagc.org

The Association for the Gifted (TAG) was organized as a division of The Council for Exceptional Children in 1958 to help both professionals and parents deal more effectively with the gifted child. www.cectag.org

The Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at The University of Iowa focuses on gifted education and talent development. http://www.education.uiowa.edu/centers/belinblank/home

Bibliographies on Gifted Education from ERIC, http://ericec.org/factmini.htm

Buros Institute for information about tests, test reviews, and test publishers (Also: See ERIC Test Locator listed below.) http://www.unl.edu/buros/

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. http://www.cec.sped.org/

Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University provides real-time testing and educational programs for thousands of gifted students and offers access to resources on gifted education from preschool through high school. http://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/

The Center for Talented Youth is a comprehensive, university-based initiative that promotes the academic ability of children and youth throughout the world. Formally established at The Johns Hopkins University in 1979


The ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education is part of the National Library of Education (NLE), Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), and the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC is operated by The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and provides information on a wide-variety of education topics such as ADD, gifted, behavior disorders, early childhood, inclusion, and learning disabilities. ERIC Fact Sheets provide excellent, basic information on a variety of topics, including gifted education. For those who scroll to the gifted education heading

ERIC Digests provide excellent, basic information on a variety of topics, including gifted education for those who scroll to the gifted education heading. http://ericec.org/digests/prodfly.htm

Ask ERIC Test Locator is a website educators use when they want to know more about published tests. http://ericae.net/testcol.htm

Gifted-Children.com: Identification, Encouragement, and Development (GCC) is an on-line parents’ newsletter with networking and information dedicated to making a difference in the education of children with special talents and abilities. www.gifted-children.com

GT World is an on-line support community for parents of Gifted and Talented children. www.gtworld.org/index.html

The Gifted Development Center serves parents, schools, and advocacy groups with information about identification, assessment, counseling, learning styles, programs, presentations, and resources for gifted children and adults. www.gifteddevelopment.com

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page is a resource guide for the education of gifted children with links to resources on nearly every aspect of gifted education available on the Internet, plus annotations and first hand information provided by parents. www.hoagiesgifted.org/

The Iowa Department of Education for Iowa laws, rules & regulations; a good source to find Iowa’s educational rules and policies. http://www.state.ia.us/educate/

The National Center for Education Statistics School Locator is a search tool for locating U.S. public elementary and secondary schools. Data returned includes number of classroom teachers, total students, student/teacher ratio, and school population by grade and race/ethnicity. http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/

Office of Precollegiate Programs for Talented and Gifted (OPPTAG) located at Iowa State University serves the needs of intellectually gifted adolescents through research and service. To meet this two-fold goal, OPPTAG has developed an array of programs. http://www.public.iastate.edu/~opptag_info/
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) focuses primarily on the adults in the lives of gifted children. SENG provides information on identification, guidance, and effective ways to live and work with gifted individuals.