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DEFINITIONS OF giftedness

Many Definitions of Giftedness


There are many definitions and theories of giftedness.  They come from educators, psychologists, and policy makers and can emphasize achievement, ability, or inner experience, among other things. Below are just a few definitions. If you are here, you have an inkling that your kid might be gifted. After exploring giftedness in an academic way, come join some parent suppers and get some local perspectives on giftedness and raising and meeting the needs of gifted kids. Our families will be happy to help you explore giftedness and share their accumulated experiences. 


There are many definitions and theories of giftedness.  They come from educators, psychologists, policy makers and can emphasize achievement, ability, or inner experience among other things. Below are just a few definitions. If you are here, you have an inkling that your kid might be gifted. After exploring giftedness in an academic way, come join some parent suppers and get some local perspectives on giftedness and raising and meeting the needs of gifted kids. Our families will be happy to help you explore giftedness and share their accumulated experiences. 

Columbus Group 


"Giftedness is asynchronous development in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively different from the norm.  This asynchrony increases with higher intellectual capacity.  The uniqueness of the gifted renders them particularly vulnerable and requires modifications in parenting, teaching and counseling in order for them to develop optimally."  (The Columbus Group)


Illinois Definition of Gifted and Talented Students


"Children and youth with outstanding talent who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with other children and youth of their age, experience, and environment. A child shall be considered gifted and talented in any area of aptitude, and, specifically, in language arts and mathematics, by scoring in the top 5% locally in that area of aptitude." (105 ILCS 5/14A-20)


National Association for Gifted Children


"Children are gifted when their ability is significantly above the norm for their age. Giftedness may manifest in one or more domains such as; intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership, or in a specific academic field such as language arts, mathematics or science." (NAGC Website)


Federal Definition of Gifted and Talented Students


“Students, children, or youth who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services and activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities.”  (Javits Program, NCLB)


 Where Can I Learn More?


Wondering where you can learn more about giftedness?  The following resources are some that CGCC members have found to be helpful in their own parenting journeys:

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page - A wonderful resource for learning about everything gifted.  Be sure to check out the Gifted 101 page for more definitions and information for those just getting started.

Is It a Cheetah? - A well-known essay on giftedness by Stephanie Tolan.

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) - This organization provides a comprehensive SENG Library with articles on various topics, focused on the social and emotional needs of gifted children and adults.

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) - A national organization focused on advocacy and education, they have some good resources for parents, including printable Parent TIP Sheets to read and share.

Illinois Association for Gifted Children (IAGC) - Our state organization for educators and parents of gifted students. They hold a Parent Saturday at their annual conference.

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) - Our state board of education has resources about laws and rules governing gifted education in Illinois, as well as a Gifted Advisory Council.


About cgcc

The Chicago Gifted Community Center (CGCC) is a member-driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by parents to support the intellectual and emotional growth of gifted children and their families. 

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