The purpose of this book is very simple: to provide insights, advice and guidance for High Achieving & Gifted Elementary & Middle School students and parents from recent/current High Achieving & Gifted Elementary & Middle School students and parents.
The authors developed and fielded a research study in the Spring/Summer/Fall of 2014. Feedback on the research study was solicited from current High Achieving & Gifted Students, Gifted Teachers, Academic Counselors and Administrators from Elementary, Middle School, High School and University Gifted and Honors Programs.
In addition to specific insights, advice and guidance from the respondents, a list of useful publications, associations and Websites has been provided to help readers explore a variety of topics in greater detail.
While many outstanding academic publications are available on a variety of Gifted Topics, there is a lack of practical/pragmatic advice for High Achieving & Gifted Elementary & Middle School students and parents. Readers will learn first-hand what current/recent students have discovered/experienced and will be able to apply these insights for their own planning purposes.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Alexa Twibell is thirteen years old and a 8th Grader in Scottsdale, Arizona. She loves math and science and studied both during the Summer of 2014 at Stanford University. Alexa is also a National Champion Cheerleader with Desert Storm Elite where she has been competing for over 8 years. Alexa hopes to pursue a degree in math, physics or computer science followed by a career as a Cryptologist. Alexa recently participated in Lifetime Network’s 2014 Child Genius documentary/competition series.
Dan Twibell (Alexa’s father) is an executive in the healthcare industry. He has done extensive research on Gifted Youth Topics, and like many parents, came to realize that practical resources and guidance is hard to find. His previous publications have included numerous articles and books on the Life Science and Technology sectors.