Resources for Educators & Parents During COVID-19

NAGC seeks to provide information to educators, parents, caregivers, and mental health providers who are supporting gifted children during this unprecedented time. NAGC has turned to trusted partners, such as state gifted associations, publishing partners, and/or leaders within the gifted community, for recommended resources. However, the information provided here, except those resources published by NAGC, have not been vetted by the association, nor should they be viewed as an endorsement or as approved by NAGC.

Updated 3/27/20

Free Webinars & Live Chats                                                                            

March 31 and Each Tuesday in April

Minnesota Council for Gifted & Talented (MCGT) Facebook Live CHATS.  Every Tuesday in March and April, from 7-7:30 p.m. CDT, join MCGT on their Facebook page for a live chat on various topics, including strategies for completing schoolwork at home with calmness, 2e learner home spaces, ways to increase fun and connection at home, supporting your child’s writing, and more.

April 1—2:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. CDT

Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking to All Students. Critical thinking is the essential tool for ensuring students fulfill their promise. This free webinar hosted by Colin Seale, from thinkLaw, introduces a powerful, but practical framework to close the critical thinking gap. Sponsored by Prufrock Press.


COVID-19 Research

Free Medical, Social, & Behavioral Science Articles. This collection includes the latest medical research from SAGE Publishing related to the coronavirus, as well as top social and behavioral research to help individuals, communities, and leaders make the best decisions on dealing with the outbreak and its consequences.

Teaching Online: Best Practices, Technology & Tools

Ditch that Textbook Digital Summit. Professional development for gifted educators! 50+ presentations from a free, online virtual conference for educators by educators. Includes dozens of speakers from all walks of education, printable PDF notes from each session, and loads of resources. Topics range from pedagogy to technology to problem-based learning and creativity. Recommended by Dina Brulles, Interim Governance Secretary, NAGC Board of Directors.

Making a Sudden Transition to Teaching Online: Suggestions and Resources. SAGE Publishing has drawn from its large body of published and peer-reviewed research to offer these resources from various journals—free of charge through April 30—to serve teachers and students around the world.

Online and virtual learning research, from the Gifted Child Quarterly archives:

QM Emergency Remote Instruction Checklist (K–12 Education). This checklist from Quality Matters is a tiered list of considerations, tips, and actionable strategies to enact during an institutional move to temporary remote instruction of classroom-based courses.

QM Emergency Remote Instruction Checklist Explained. This 3-minute video explains how higher education and K-12 checklists can assist educators as a job aid when moving to remote instruction in an emergency.

Remote Teaching Solutions. To help educators navigate the challenge of transitioning to teaching online, SAGE Publishing is offering free access to various resources—such as eTextbooks, Learning Management System resources, SAGE Vantage Courseware, and publication articles—that can aid in setting up and managing online courses quickly and successfully.

Renzulli Learning Free Subscription. In response to the COVID-19 situation, through the end of the 2019-20 school year, Renzulli Learning is offering free access to its platform that provides schools a remote learning solution to support students while they are homebound.

The Art of Instruction: TIPS for Taking Your Course Online. Lyn Fairchild Hawks, director for curriculum and instruction for Duke TIP’s distance learning programs, offers best practices in planning and delivery of online instruction.


PreK-12 Enrichment & Educational Resources

Curated by State Affiliates

Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (KAGE) Curated Resources. Numerous education and enrichment resources, including K-12 enrichment lessons organized by grade level and discipline, and links to 1,100 online university courses, and thousands of movies, educational shows, virtual museum tours, and cultural experiences.

Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education (MAGE) Project Menus. Two downloadable PDFs that offer a quick menu-based approach to learning, allowing gifted students freedom of choice and a way to create in-depth, complex enriching activities.

Ohio Association for Gifted Children (OAGC) COVID-19 Links for GISs and Parents. General home learning resources, plus online gifted resources for Columbus City Schools.

Texas Association for the Gifted (TAGT) G/T Resources for School Closures. Educational and digital resources (websites, platforms, lessons, games, activities) to support educators and parents during school closures.


NEW!  “Boolean Girl” STEM Activities. New, free, live instructor-led webinars that teach girls (and boys!) in Grades 3-8 how to code and invent. Offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3-4 p.m. EST.

NEW! CTY Reading List: Good Books for Bright Kids. Compiled by the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) reading experts, this list encourages gifted and talented PreK-Young Adult readers to follow their passions and explore things that makes them happy.

Distance Learning Resources from the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian Learning Lab offers teachers and parents access to millions of digital resources from across the Smithsonian's museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and more. Includes pre-packaged collections that contain lessons, activities, and recommended resources made by Smithsonian museum educators. Includes self-directed learning modules for teens and tweens.

Educational Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings. Listing of 100+ organizations offering free subscriptions to educational resources—for all ages and all disciplines.

Kennedy Center Artist-in-Residence Virtual Workshop. Join beloved children’s book writer and illustrator Mo Willems virtually in his studio for a free live, bite-sized lunch doodle session each weekday at 1 p.m. EDT, focused on doodling, drawing, and writing. Appropriate for all ages.

Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Digital Stage. Watch extraordinary performances from the Kennedy Center's stages and beyond, featuring original works, new clips, and access to vast archives for self-exploration. Includes ballet, hip hop, comedy, jazz, theater, and performances by the Washington National Opera and National Symphony Orchestra.

Leave Your Sleep for Education. Free online curriculum platform that offers literature, theatre, music and dance, art, history, and science applications using poetry and music to engage students. Great resource for April’s National Poetry Month. (Recommended by Gifted Support Center in San Mateo, CA.)

NEW! Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Program.  This free program is open internationally to any and all readers under 18 years of age (Grades K-12), their teachers, and librarians, which encourages students to read to the level of their ability or interest, regardless of age or grade level.

NEW! Metropolitan Opera: Free Nightly Opera Stream. Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. EDT (next day). Includes complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers. Streams also available through the Met Opera on Demand apps.

NEW! NASA STEM @ Home for Students Grades K-4. NASA is helping inspire the next generation of STEM professionals with these free, at-home, hands-on Build It! Solve It! Launch It! Play It! Color It! Read It! projects.

Paradise Valley USD Gifted Education Teacher Project Menu. Technology, tips, and resources created specifically for educators who are facilitating online learning with gifted students. (Courtesy of Dina Brulles, Ph.D., and Paradise Valley USD, Phoenix, Arizona.)

PBS Learning Media. Tens of thousands of state curriculum-aligned digital learning objects, searchable by state, grade level, curriculum area, and state and national standards. Includes content from NASA, the American Archive, Library of Congress, Ken Burns’ series, and new “PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings.” Integrates with Google Classroom and Remind.

Prufrock Press At-Home Student Activities & Worksheets. Resources for engaging young gifted learners’ minds and to promote learning at home, including free eBook of Thinking Skills Activities for Grades 3-6.

Ranger Rick. The National Wildlife Federation has opened all articles behind its paywall through June 30. This includes Educator’s Guides and Ranger Rick, Jr. Parent Reading Guides in English and Spanish.

Articles & Blogs

Alternative Method of Learning: Supporting Parents and Students at Home.  Insight regarding how and why gifted students need challenge when learning from home. Offers augmented reality and virtual reality resources, and a link to home science experiments and other teaching resources. (Debbie Dailey, NAGC STEM Network chair and co-chair of the NAGC Professional Standards Committee, March 17, 2020)

Just in Time: 20 Terrific Free Content Resources Author curated favorite list of resources to help educators deliver meaningful learning experiences to students in various curricular disciplines.(Brian Housand, Ph.D., and former Teaching for High Potential columnist)

Low-Prep (and Teacher Approved) Activities YOU Can Do with Your Children. Great ideas parents can do with their young gifted children at home (Ruth Lyons, Teaching for High Potential columnist)

Resources for Learning from Home during COVID-19 School Closures. Recommended best educational You Tube channels, educational videos (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime), podcasts, and free online instructional materials for kids. (Michael J. Pettrilli, Flypaper, The Fordham Institute.March 16, 2020)

Take a Hike Part 2: The Encyclopedia of Life. Lesson plans using The Encyclopedia of Life, an online “open-science” database and website of over one million species, with aggregated text, descriptions, video clips, and sound files from over 180 scientific organizations and scientists around the world. (Jeff Danielian, NAGC teacher resource specialist and editor of Teaching for High Potential, April 2014)

Virtual Instruction for Gifted Students. Online educator shares tips and tools for best ways to serve gifted learners with remote instruction. (Jessica Stargardter, Norwalk Public Schools, March 24, 2020)

What Teachers in China Have Learned in the Past Month. An American whose classroom in Beijing is now online shares what she and her team have learned since the coronavirus hit. (Laurel Schwartz, Edutopia. March 13, 2020)

Advanced Placement Supports from the College Board

Social-Emotional Support

Articles & Blogs

COVID-19 and Anxiety in Gifted Children.While gifted individuals are no more anxious than the general population, these uncertain times can cause anxiety and worry, especially when there are fewer intellectual pursuits in a day. With school closures and social distancing, it is important to help children develop a sense of purpose that can guide them as they deal with the unknown. (Kate Boonstra, March 23, 2020)

Cultivating Calm Amidst a Storm. How to calm our mind, body, and nervous system in the presence of a global health crisis. (Nicole A. Tetreault, Ph.D., March 18, 2020)

Helping Your Child Manage Stress Through Mindfulness.This article, written directly to teens and tweens, helps gifted adolescents understand mindfulness and the formal/informal pathways to mindfulness. Includes apps, books, and online resources for kids. (Michele Kane, Ed.D., Parenting for High Potential, Dec 2017)

Management of Anxiety Begins at Home. General article that focuses on the sources of anxiety in gifted children and what parents can do to help reduce anxiety at home. (Sal Mendaglio, Ph.D., Parenting for High Potential, Summer 2016)


NEW! Special Solocast: Thought on Parenting Differently Wired Kids Through a Pandemic.  Special short episode in which Tilt Parenting host Debbie Reber shares thoughts and ideas for contemplation surrounding parenting differently wired children through the coronavirus pandemic.


Resources & Evidence-Based Practices

NEW: Parenting in Time of COVID-19:  From World Health Organization, CDC, UNICEF & Others. To help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement, these six 1-page tips for parents focus on planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behavior, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resources. Collection of resources curated by the National Association of School Nurses, including Teaching Students and Families During COVID-19, Guidance for School Principals & Superintendents, and Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Amharic.

Health Crisis Resources from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). This microsite contains numerous resources for various audiences navigating the COVID-19 virus—including special guides for school administrators, crisis response teams, mental health professionals, and parents.

Parenting with Resilience in Unsettling Times. Advice for how parents can manage their own worries and fears, assess what we can and cannot control, and how to talk with our children during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Dr. Dan Peters, Psychology Today, March 16, 2020)

Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Guidance, recommendations, and resources provided by child trauma experts at Child Trends and the Child Trauma Training Center at the University of Massachusetts.

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource. Also from NASP, this provides guidance to parents in teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection to help reduce anxiety.

Teacher, Interrupted: Leaning into Social-Emotional Learning Amid the COVID-19 Crisis  Psychologists from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence offer social and emotional learning (SEL) evidence-based practices to help educators, parents, and students get through these difficult times. (Christina Cipriano and Marc Brackett, Ed Surge.March 18, 2020)