Friends of Johnston ELP Resources


Iowa Talented and Gifted Association

8345 University Blvd Ste. F1, Des Moines, IA 50325
Phone: 515-225-2323, Fax: 515-225-6363
Web site:

The Iowa Talented and Gifted Association (ITAG), an affiliate of the National Association for Gifted Children, was organized more than 25 years ago with a vision that gifted/talented children in the state of Iowa should receive an education commensurate with their abilities and needs.

ITAG promotes advocacy at the state and local levels, pre- and in-service training in gifted education, and parent/guardian/community awareness, education, and involvement. ITAG is comprised of parents/guardians, educators, other professionals, and community leaders who share an interest in the growth and development of gifted and talented individuals in Iowa. ITAG hosts an annual conference that features national and local speakers who focus on interests and concerns that parents/guardians, educators, and advocates have about gifted education. In addition, ITAG helps local advocates organize groups and provides them with continuing support. The organization provides local chapters with comprehensive packages of materials related to parenting/advocacy and local chapter development. ITAG publishes an informative news magazine for parents and educators three times each year.

Parents and educators who join Friends of Johnston ELP have the option of also joining ITAG. Interested individuals may also join ITAG directly without joining the local group.

National Association for Gifted Children

1707 L Street, N.W. – Suite 550, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 785-4268; Fax: (202) 785-4248
Web site:

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is an organization of parents, teachers, educators, other professionals and community leaders who unite to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences.  NAGC supports and develops policies and practices that encourage and respond to the diverse expressions of gifts and talents in children and youth from all cultures, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic groups. NAGC supports and engages in research and development, staff development, advocacy, communication, and collaboration with other organizations and agencies who strive to improve the quality of education for all students. The organization publishes an informative magazine, Parenting for High Potential, several times each year.

A variety of membership options are available for parents and educators. Contact NAGC for more information.

Presentations, Articles, & Websites

FJELP Spring 2024: Speed Spotlighting Extended Learning Opportunities PowerPoint
FJELP Winter 2024: Navigating High School & Preparing for College Recording Link
Fall 2023 Program: Helping Students with Perfectionism PowerPoint
Fall 2023 Program: Helping Students with Perfectionism Recording Link
FJELP Spring 2023: Speed Spotlighting ELP Opportunities Recording Link
Speed Spotlighting Games PowerPoint
High School ELP PowerPoint
Summer Enrichment PowerPoint
Books featuring Gifted PowerPoint
Logic Puzzles and Games PowerPoint
Summit MS Clubs PowerPoint
FJELP Winter 2023: Navigating High School & Preparing for College Recording Link
FJELP Fall 2022: Focus on Student Well-Being PowerPoint
FJELP Fall 2022: Focus on Student Well-Being Recording Link
FJELP Spring 2022: Speed Spotlighting Extended Learning Opportunities PowerPoint
Presentation Video Recording Link
National History Day PowerPoint
Games PowerPoint
Johnston Community Enrichment Opportunities PowerPoint
Puzzles PowerPoint
Strengths & Resources: Supports for our LGBTQ Kids & Allies PowerPoint
Club Activities at Summit Middle School PowerPoint
Navigating High School & Preparing for College – 1/6/22 Zoom Recording Recording link
Communication & Parenting Tips for Families of High Ability Students PowerPoint
FJELP Fall 2021: Communication & Parenting Tips for Families of High Ability Students Partial Recording
Developing Resilience, Grit & Finding Hope (04/19/21 Zoom Recording). Passcode: 0%12^k&l Recording link
Self-Care: Creating Balance in Unprecedented Times and Fluid Situations (10/19/20 Zoom Recording). Passcode: JHA8*&%z Recording link
Navigating High School & Preparing for College – Winter Program (1/19/21 Zoom Recording). Passcode: s#9%rT=z Recording link
Navigating High School & Preparing for College – Winter Program (slides) PowerPoint
Helping Gifted Students Manage Perfectionism PowerPoint
Collaborative Approach (NAGC) PowerPoint
Making an Instant Impact (NAGC) PowerPoint
“An Early Childhood Assessment Tool to Identify Young Gifted Children” Link
“The 4-1-1 for Parents and Caregivers of Gifted Children: Answers to the Most FAQ” Link
“Gifted and Talented Checklist for Parents” Link
“Myths About the Parents of Gifted Children” Link
“Overexcitability and the Gifted” Link
“12 Things I Wish I Had Known About My Young Gifted Kids” Link
“Is Your Child Introverted? A Quiz” Link
“Tracking the Reasons Many Girls Avoid Science and Math” Link
“A New View on TV” Link
“Multi-Tasking Teens May Be Muddling Their Brains” Link
“Extended Learning Program Lending Library” Link
College Planning
Kid Source Online Link
College Planning Center Link
US News and World Report Link
Websites – General Information
Center for Creative Learning Link
Center for Gifted Education Link
Center for Talent Development Link
Davidson Institute for Talent Development Link
Duke Talent Identification Program Link
 Gifted Development Center Link
GT World Link
HOTS Highter Order Thinking Skills Link
Hollingworth Center for Highly Gifted Children Link
Hoagies Gifted Education Link
Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Link
National Association for Gifted Children Parenting for High Potential Link
SENG Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted Link
Websites – Summer Programs
Summer Institute for the Gifted Link
Websites – Publications
Arlie Books Link
 Duke Gifted Newsletter Link
Free Spirit Publishing Link
Gifted Children Monthly Link
Gifted Education Press Link
Great Potential Press Link
Math Channel Wonderful Ideas Link
National Geographic Kids Link
National Wildlife Federation Link
Patrick’s Press Link
Pieces of Learning Link
Prufrock Press Gifted Child Today Link
Curriculum Support, Activities, and Competitions
ACT American College Testing Link
Amazing Kids Link
American Computer Science League Link
American Memory Project Link
American Museum of Natural History Link
Annenberg Learner Link
AP Advanced Placement Link
Apex Learning Link
A Plus Math Link
 Artifact Box Link
Arts Edge Link
Best of History Web Sites Link
BEST Robotics Link
BrainBashers Link
Christopher Columbus Awards Link
Cool Math Link
Count On Link
Create a Graph Link
Cyberchase Games Link
Destination Imagination Link
Digital History Link
DigiTales Link
Do History Link
Do Something Link
E-coach Link
EconEd Link
EDSITEment Link
Eduscapes Link
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Math and Science Link
Engineer Your Life Link
E-pals Link
Eric Weisstein’s World of Mathematics Link
Experimental Musical Instruments Link
Explore Learning Link
Exploratorium Science Museum Link
Eyewitness to History Link
Figure This! Link
Future Problem Solving Link
GEMS – Great Explorations in Math and Science Link
Glencoe Math Links Link
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes Link
Grey Labyrinth Link
History is Fun Link
History Matters Link
How Stuff Works Link
Hubble Telescope Link
International Baccalaureate Organization Link
Jamestown Link
JASON Project Link
Junior Great Books Link
Kid Publishing Link
Lego League Link
Magic Tricks Link
Math Archives Link
Math-kitecture Link
Mathematics Pentathlon Link
Math Forum Link
Math League Link
Math Olympiads Link
Microsociety Link
Model UN Link
Mudd Math Fun Facts Link
Mysteries Link
Nate the Great Link
National Archives Digital Classroom Link
National Gallery of Art Link
National Geographic Expeditions Link
National History Day Link
National Youth Science Camp Link
Natural Math Link
New York Times Learning Page Link
Newseum Link
Origin of Words and Names Link
Paper Airplanes Link
Philosophy Slam Link
Project Learning Tree Link
 Reader’s Theater Link
San Francisco Symphony for Kids Link
SAT Scholastic Aptitude Test Link
Science Club Link
Science Daily Link
Science Hobbyist Link
Science Made Simple Link
Science Net Link
Science Olympiad Link
Shakespeare for Kids Link
Simon Tatham’s Puzzles Link
Smithsonian Institute Exhibits Link
Stock Market Game Link
Student News Net Link
Survey Monkey Link
Team America Rocketry Challenge Link
Toy Challenge Link
Traveler IQ Challenge Link
UCSB ScienceLine Link
Ultimate Puzzle Link
Veteran’s History Project Link
Virtual Architecture Link
Virtual Book Club Link
Virtual Manipulatives Link
Visual Thesaurus Link
Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) Link
Webquests Link
What Kids Can Do Link
Women’s Adventures in Science Link
Word Central Link
Word Masters Challenge Link
World of Escher Link