Smart, Sharp, and Ready for (Almost) Anything
Did you know? Our president Judy Galbraith, a former classroom teacher and gifted education specialist, founded Free Spirit Publishing in 1983, after identifying a clear need for books that help children and teens navigate life’s challenges. Free Spirit’s very first titles grew out of her master’s thesis paper, and they’re still in print today!
More than thirty years later and with multiple revised editions, The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids and The Gifted Teen Survival Guide are just two of the many books Free Spirit has published and updated to support gifted kids and the adults who work with them. In this months book excerpts, you’ll find:
  • a list of the qualities of teachers that gifted students need
  • what it means to be an advocate with a real-life example
  • tips for gifted students who struggle with failure

Below we’re also spotlighting four resources for educators working with advanced learners. No matter your role, you’ll find a book to help you meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of gifted (and twice-exceptional) students.
Plus youll find a free download of twenty-five formats for differentiation from Making Differentiation a Habit by Diane Heacox, Ed.D. This menu of ways to differentiate is separated into two helpful sections: formats offering student choice and teacher-prescribed formats.
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Take 30% off sitewide !* Sale ends October 31, 2019. Use code OCT30 at checkout. Shop now .
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New Releases Spotlight
We’ve packed our fall season full of new and refreshed gifted education titles that we can’t wait to share with you.
Start Seeing and Serving Underserved Gifted Students: 50 Strategies for Equity and Excellence by Jennifer Ritchotte, Ph.D., Chin-Wen Lee, Ph.D., and Amy Graefe, Ph.D., provides practical “how-to” strategies that nurture the academic and affective growth of gifted students from traditionally underserved populations, including English language learners, twice-exceptional students, culturally and linguistically diverse students, and economically disadvantaged students.
If your school or district uses the Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model, you’ll want the revised and updated edition of The Cluster Grouping Handbook : A Schoolwide Model by Dina Brulles, Ph.D., and Susan Winebrenner, M.S. It’s an indispensable resource for implementing, sustaining, and evaluating schoolwide cluster grouping.
Get Gifted Students Talking: 76 Ready-to-Use Group Discussions About Identity, Stress, Relationships, and More (Grades 6–12) by Jean Sunde Peterson, Ph.D., gives you tools to facilitate face-to-face conversations with gifted teens. Learn how to provide a safe, supportive place for your students to connect and “just talk” in today’s digital era.
If you’re a fan of the “red book” from Diane Heacox, Ed.D., and Richard Cash, Ed.D.—or if you’d like to learn how to differentiate instruction for gifted students—you’ll want to grab the revised and updated edition of Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics. The expansive new content helps you truly challenge and support gifted learners on all levels: academic, social, and emotional.
Tips & Tools from the Free Spirit Blog
Deb Douglas, author of The Power of Self-Advocacy for Gifted Learners, outlines three frustrations gifted teens often experience and what teachers can do to help. Read now.
Ellen Honeck, Ph.D., coauthor of Teaching Gifted Children in Today’s Preschool and Primary Classrooms, provides five strategies to support young gifted children.  Read now.
Educational grants available for your school or community:

Annie’s Homegrown, Inc. offers grants to schools and educational programs to build school gardens. Since 2008, Annie’s has helped fund more than 400 school gardens. Eligible programs must be associated with kindergarten through grade 12 schools within the United States and must focus on connecting children to real food. Funds may be used to buy gardening tools, seeds, or other needed supplies.
Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Prize: $3,000–$5,000
Application Deadline: November 1, 2019
The mission of H2O for Life is to improve local and global communities by engaging students as change-makers for a better world. Minigrants are intended to kick-start service learning projects focused on the global water crisis and to benefit partner schools. Grants may be used for service learning project expenses.
Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter
Prize: $250–$500
Application Deadline: December 31, 2019
Recent Review
“The book is AWESOME! Brulles and Winebrenner hit another home run with their revised and updated Cluster Grouping Handbook. The structure of the book is well thought out, the content is reader friendly, and the reproducible pages cover all the bases for program implementation. It is a practitioner’s best friend, a guide for administrators, and a parent’s hope for services that make a difference. The inclusive tone of the book also champions equity, excellence, and a commitment to do what’s in the best interest of students. This resource is a professional development treasure for the field of gifted education.” —Dr. Jaime A. Castellano, professor, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Download of the Month

“Differentiation is a collection of strategies that you continue to add to over years in the classroom,” writes Diane Heacox, Ed.D., in Making Differentiation a Habit. This month’s download, 25 Formats for Differentiation, is a menu of ways to differentiate, with formats that offer student choice and teacher-prescribed formats. Some formats even require little or no prep!

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Upcoming Events and Conferences 

October 2–4: Zero to Three Annual Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

October 2–4: CASEL Social & Emotional Learning Exchange, Chicago, IL

October 16–20: Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany

November 7–10: National Association for Gifted Children Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM

November 8–10: ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership, National Harbor, MD

November 20–23: National Association for the Education of Young Children, Nashville, TN

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