Gifted Plus Division

About the Gifted Plus Division

As research shows, giftedness is a trait found in all cultures and populations. This Division shall advocate for those who are “gifted and… .” These secondary characteristics or circumstances may cause these learners to be marginalized or disengaged and may keep them from fully realizing their gifts without intervention and support beyond the norm. These characteristics or circumstances may include (but not be limited to) learners being labeled as:

  • Gifted and Bilingual or Multilingual
  • Gifted and an English Language Learner
  • Gifted and in Poverty
  • Gifted and from Traditionally Underrepresented Populations, such as African-American, Hispanic, Hmong, and others
  • Twice Exceptional or Multi-Exceptional
  • Gifted and Homeless
  • Gifted and Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender
  • Gifted and Migrant
  • Gifted and with a Family in the Military
  • Gifted and Recent Immigrant

It is the commitment of this Division to provide practical information, support, and training to people who live and/or work with these culturally diverse gifted students. In addition, this Division will work in conjunction with other TAGT Divisions in order to fulfill this mission.

Gifted Plus Division Officers


  • Browse the Tempo archives for peer-reviewed articles on Gifted Plus issues.
  • Read these Legacy Book Award Winners and Nominees with Gifted Plus topics:
    • "Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism" by Diane M. Kennedy, Rebecca S. Banks, Temple Grandin; published by Jossey-Bass
    • "Removing the Mask: How to Identify and Develop Giftedness in Students from Poverty" by Paul D.Slocumb, Ed. D., Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.; published by Aha! Process, Inc.
    • "Twice-Exceptional Gifted Children: Understanding, Teaching, and Counseling Gifted Students" by Beverly A. Trail; published by Prufrock Press
    • "Make Your Worrier a Warrior" by Dan Peters, Ph.D.; Great Potential Press
    • "Young, Triumphant, and Black" edited by Tarek C. Grantham, Ph.d., Michelle Frazier Trotman Scott, Ph.D., and Deborah A. Harmon, Ph.D.; published by Prufrock Press
    • "Bright, Talented and Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners" by Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D.; published by Great Potential Press
  • Find a parent support group near you.


The Gifted Plus Division believes that educators, as well as family and community members, must provide support for those who live and work with learners whose characteristics cross the entire spectrum of giftedness.

For more information, please call 512.499.8248.