Gifted Education

Associations/ Organizations

Florida Association for the Gifted-An Affiliate of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC),

The de Bono Group
The de Bono Group, LLC is expert in the use of the powerful thinking methods developed by Dr. Edward de Bono. Part of the de Bono Thinking Systems™ Global Network, world distributor of Edward de Bono Thinking Methods, we are an international consulting group able to deliver consulting and training in seventeen languages worldwide.

SENG: Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
It is the mission of SENG to support bright, talented, gifted individuals and their families, and the professionals who work with them.

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
A non-profit membership organization for gifted and talented education resources.

NRCG/T : The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented
The mission of the NRGG/T is to plan and conduct a program of high quality research that is theory-driven, problem-relevant, practice-relevant, and consumer-oriented.

FGN: FloridaGiftedNet.Com
The mission of the Florida Gifted Network is to educate the public on the needs of gifted learners and providing resource information for parents.

Programs for Gifted

Future Problem Solvers (FPS)
The Future Problem Solving Program (FPSP) engages students in creative problem solving. Founded by creativity pioneer, Dr. E. Paul Torrance.

Junior Great Books (JGB)
Great Books Foundation: GBF Junior Great Books. Review the reading list for K-12 students ... JGB Home; JGB Reading Series; Philosophy; Start a Junior Great Books program.

Odyssey of the Mind (O M)
The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. Teams that advance are eligible to attend the annual Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. Includes World Finals information, links to local contacts, clarifications and practice in solving spontaneous problems.

Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) Program

The Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) Program is designed to provide support for students with learning disabilities that significantly impact their academic achievement in the areas that may include language, reading, writing and mathematics. The level of support is determined by the team that develops the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP), with the intent of providing the student with an opportunity to access and make progress in the general education curriculum and successfully demonstrate competencies on state assessments.

Speech and Language Program (SLP)

The mission of the Speech/Language Program is to provide necessary supports and training for students with communication deficits to the district, schools, teachers, students and parents. Please visit the ESE department pages for more information.

Additional Resources for Polk County Speech-Language Pathologists are available in Outlook under Public Folders > All Public Folders > ESE > SLP.

Contact: Meryl Chayt, Speech/Language Program Specialist


Speech/Language Materials and Resources

Transition Services

This is one program option for ESE students who are 18-21 years old and want to work toward achieving their desired post-school outcomes.