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Raising gifted children in an educational climate where the focus is on mass proficiency and “grade level outcomes” make it difficult to challenge students who are academically advanced. You will learn how to accommodate your children’s academic and social-emotional needs both at home and school, while staying sane in the process.
One month course; Jeff Kritzer, instructor
Unit 1
The Contemporary Context for Gifted Education
  • Definition(s) of giftedness
  • Status of gifted education
  • Needs and characteristics of gifted children
Unit 2
The “Double-Edged Sword” of Giftedness
  • Myths injurious to gifted children
  • Developing a “Growth Mindset” in gifted children
  • Dealing with perfectionism
Unit 3
Looking at Giftedness from the “Inside Out”
  • Asynchronous Development and Over-Excitabilities
  • Sibling and peer relations
  • The Tension Between Equity and Excellence
Unit 4
Advocating from Pre-School to Graduation
  • Pre-School Issues
  • Issues in the Primary Grades
  • Issues in Middle School
  • High School Issues
  • Preparing for a selective college
Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Read the print readings (about 20 pages a week)
  • Have the option of accessing the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Have the option of taking a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each week.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

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Ave. hours 16; 1.6 CEUs/ILUs
$145 USD

About Your Instructor

Jeff Kritzer has many years of experience as a Special Education Resource Teacher and has assessed thousands of students during his long career. He has studied applied statistics at the graduate level and has attended the Summer Program in Quantitative Research at the University of Michigan.  He has a Ph.D in Education and is currently a Professor in Teacher Education at a leading Midwestern University.

Directional ArrowsCourse Objectives
  • A comprehensive context for gifted education.
  • Evidence of the dissimilar needs and characteristics of gifted children relative to their age peers and to explain the implications of those differences.
  • Ways in which parents and teachers can support and nurture gifted kids’ academic and affective needs.
  • Talking points and research to help with the inevitable advocacy issues that arise throughout a gifted child’s K 12 education.
Puzzle PiecesCourse Outcomes

Upon completion of this course you will:
  • Understand that gifted students comprise an “exceptional” population, but are rarely provided resources commensurate with their unique needs.
  • Be provided multiple strategies to address the academic and affective needs unique to gifted children.
  • Understand and develop strategies to deal with the complexities of raising a gifted child.
  • Learn how to advocate for their gifted child from Kindergarten through Graduation.
Completion Requirements