GT Carpe Diem

Empowering student voice through the four steps to successful self-advocacy.

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"I wish I could do this back in my district! There are so many other gifted students I know who could be empowered this way."

These words from gifted coordinators, school counselors, and parents who attend the GT Carpe Diem Workshops were the impetus for this book.

It covers all the information that we need to share in order for our gifted children to feel comfortable speaking up for themselves. It's the what, why, and who, as well as the how of guiding self-advocacy.  

Plus, the digital content allows you to easily facilitate your own workshops, including :

  • step-by-step facilitators guide
  • presentation slides 
  • student hand-outs
  • reproducible forms

If you share my dream of all gifted students creating their own unique paths through the educational system, this book is for you!

This is a unique book that will change the lives of the students in your care and in your classroom. [It] provides the instructional and emotional guidance you and your students will need to help them be successful, challenged, and happy.
— Jim Delisle, Ph.D., coauthor (with Judy Galbraith) of "The Gifted Teen Survival Guide" and author of " Dumbing Down America: The War on Our Nation's Brightest Young Minds (and What We Can Do to Fight Back"
In this groundbreaking book, Deb Douglas has created a multilayered tool that ... has the potential to be a game changer in the field of gifted education.
— Dr. Joy Lawson Davis, associate professor of education at Virginia Union University, author "Bright, Talented, & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners," and former member of Board of Directors, NAGC.
Self-advocacy is the keystone that has been missing from the arch of gifted education. Deb Douglas offers a solid down-to-earth guide for gifted students to take charge of their education and development.
— Michael M. Piechowski, author of "'Mellow Out,' They Say. If I Only Could: Intensities and Sensitivities of the Young and Bright"
Ultimately, gifted and talented children are likely to become better prepared for finessing day-to-day challenges thanks to this outstanding book.
— F. Richard Olenchek, Ph. D, professor of educational psychology, research methodology, and gifted education, and department head of educational studies at Purdue University
This book creates a plan for educating students about their own characteristics and providing them with bridges to reach mentors and others in their lives who can help them reach even further.
— Kathleen Casper, J.D., president of Florida Association for the Gifted, former SENG board member, gifted education consultant, national speaker and author
The author speaks from the heart and shares inspiring, real-life stories of young people who, with direct, systematic instruction in caring relationships, transitioned through the four steps of taking charge of their own learning and own lives.
— Rosina Gallagher, Ph.D., NCSP, former president of SENG, the Illinois Association for Gifted Children, and the Illinois School Psychologists Association
Counselors, educators, and parents of gifted students will find this a helpful guide. Recommended.
— School Library Connection