Administrator Toolbox

District and school leaders plan for educational opportunities, and teacher education, that respond to the learning needs of all their students.  However, not all schools and districts offer services for high-ability students, or have leaders and teachers with backgrounds in gifted and talented education.

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.

The materials in the toolbox address:

  • the rationale for gifted education services
  • the critical elements of gifted education programming
  • accountability for gifted student learning, and
  • the connection between gifted education and other district and school initiatives such as 21st century skills and Response to Intervention

We invite you to explore and view the 5 to 7-minute videos as well as download and share the factsheets and other materials with principals, teachers, superintendents, and other leaders in the district. 

Download the Quick Guide, where all the factsheets are in a single .pdf document.


Toolbox Contents


Rationale for Gifted Education (5 minutes)

Rationale for Gifted Education



Basics of Gifted Education (7 minutes)

Basics of Gifted Education


Accountability for all Student Learning (6 minutes)

Accountability for all Student Learning


Connecting Gifted Ed to Other School Practices
(6 minutes)

Connecting Gifted Ed to Other School Practices


Other Resources

Read Ten Things All Administrators Should Know about Gifted Children

Read Expanding the View of Giftedness from AASA's School Administrator magazine.  The September 2015 issue of the magazine focuses on gifted and talented students.

Read All Gifted is Local from AASA's School Administrator magazine

Read about the Common Core State Standards and high-ability students from NASSP's Principal Leadership magazine