The Georgia Department of Education’s Gifted Program is funded by the State of Georgia. In Georgia, a gifted education student is defined as one who demonstrates a high degree of intellectual and/or creative ability(ies), exhibits an exceptionally high degree of motivation, and/or excels in specific academic fields, and who needs special instruction and/or special ancillary services to achieve at levels commensurate with his or her ability(ies).
The Georgia Board of Education Rule 160-4-2-.38 EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR GIFTED STUDENTS and the Board-approved Regulations for Gifted Education. The information contained in the manual supplements the rules and regulations and provides assistance to teachers and administrators who provide instructional services to Georgia’s gifted students. Additionally, parents and other interested parties can use the resource manual as a guide to gifted education in Georgia.
Many gifted education decisions and procedures are left to the discretion of local school systems so that they may address the unique needs of their communities. This is especially evident in systems that have been awarded IE-2 or Charter status by the Georgia Board of Education. Please contact your local school and school system for additional information.
New Opportunity Grants
The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) will provide a series of grants to support Whole Child Education. To ensure that students are engaged and challenged, these grants target the areas of College Readiness and Talent Development, Mathematics, Health and PE, Science, Social Studies, and World Languages and Global Workforce Initiatives. All Request for Proposals (RFPs) will be available April 10, 2023, and proposals are due on or before May 10, 2023. All grants are available only for Georgia public schools and/or districts, and the grant funding cycle will be July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024.
GaDOE has created a webpage to post all competitive grant opportunities in one convenient location. This webpage contains a list of open grants including grant overviews, contact information, due dates, links to RFP documents, and links to applications. Future updates will include grant award notices. Access and apply for the grants at the grant opportunities webpage.
Please visit our PL Catalog and search for the appropriate topic to view the recorded webinars on best practices for gifted educators. Topics include Advanced Content, Resource Room, Talent Development, Problem Solving, Cultivating Creativity, and Collaborative Model.
Family Engagement Resources
Articles on Well-being of Gifted and High-Ability Learners
- The Essential Guide to Talking With Gifted Teens: Ready-to-Use Discussions About Identity, Stress, Relationships, and More by Jean Peterson
- Teaching for High Potential NAGC
- Gifted and Advanced Black Students: An Anthology of Critical Works by Grantham, Ford, Henfield, Troutman Scott, Harmon, Porcher, and Price
- Bright, Talented, & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners by J. Davis