Educator Resources

Classroom Resources for Gifted/Talented & Enrichment

Curriculum for gifted and talented students should provide a variety of learning experiences that challenge, engage, allow for choice, are self-directed, literature-based, problem-based and that are connected and integrated in meaningful ways. 

Units of Study

Myself and Others

Kindergarten Suggested Unit of Study

Our Community at Work
1st Grade Suggested Unit of Study

Our Community's Geography: New York City
2nd Grade Suggested Unit of Study

Nigeria: A Case Study

3rd Grade Suggested Unit of Study 

4th Grade Suggested Unit of Study

Westward Expansion
5th Grade Suggested Unit of Study
6th Grade Suggested Unit of Study

6th Grade Suggested Unit of Study

Developer of the Layered Curriculum™ method of instruction, Dr. Kathie F. Nunley has authored several books and articles on teaching in mixed-ability classrooms and other problems facing today's teachers. She is an educational psychologist, author, researcher and speaker. For a full listing of her writing as well as additional teaching and parental tips are available at or contact her at

Standards Focused Project Based Learning (PBL), which the Buck Institute for Education (BEI) defines as a systematic teaching method that engages students in learning knowledge and skills through an extended inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks. Check out the The PBL Handbook, which reflects a specific model developed by BIE. It offers a comprehensive overview of PBL and a detailed planning model for teachers. Or visit a free online professional development resource, which provides, introduces, and explains PBL using both text and video. It also guides you through the planning of a standards-focused project using the proven method described in the BEI PBL Handbook. 

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Education Programs/UC Irvine Extension provides free online webinar series covering the following topics in gifted and talented education:

- How to Relate Successfully with Gifted Youngsters
- What Differentiation Should Look Like
- Building the Parent/Teacher Connection
- Understanding IQ Testing & Special Programming for Advanced and Gifted Learners

To access this free series, visit their OpenCourseWare site at

To learn more about enrichment teaching and learning, talent development, and gifted education--with educators and leaders from the United States and overseas--you may want to attend the summer institute on enrichment learning and teaching at the University of Connecticut aka CONFRATUTE. Confratute is a combined CONFerence, FRATernity, and instiTUTE geared toward providing educators with strategies for enrichment teaching and learning.


The following higher education institutions that have been approved to offer programs leading to the Extension for Gifted Education

(Source: NewYork State Department of Education)

Gifted and Talented Extension Certificate
  • A teacher must go through an approved G&T program and take 12 credits of coursework and pass the CST;
  • Online courses must be connected to approved programs and registered through SED to be acceptable.  Continuing Education courses are not accepted. Consult New York State Education Department (SED) Web site for further information.

The CST – Content Specialty Test

  • The Content Specialty Test seeks to test a teacher’s knowledge about many aspects of Gifted Education.Outline:
    • Understanding Students with Gifts & Talents
    • Assessment & Evaluation of Students with Gifts & Talents
    • Promoting Student Development & Learning
    • Working in the Professional Environment
    • Promoting Student Learning & Development:  Constructed  Response Assignment
  • The Gifted Education Test Framework is available on the SED website.  You can access the framework to see what types of questions will be asked on the state exam.

A summary of new regulations and policies can be found at

Further information and a Q&A is available at