Nature & Needs of the Gifted and Talented (6-Hour)


Presenter: Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Core Area: Nature & Needs
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 6

Understanding gifted children is serious business. They sit in our schools and sometimes go unidentified or remain underserved. Understanding the nature and needs of gifted students empowers teachers to meet their needs and prepare them for success.

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One of the most important foundational aspects of working with gifted students is developing a deep understanding of them. What motivates them? How do they think? And how do they learn? Joyce Juntune, Ph.D. answers these questions and more in this 6-hour course. Dr. Juntune focuses on the nature and needs of gifted students, including the characteristics, social-emotional needs, and programming options. Understanding your gifted students is the starting point for preparing them for life-long success. 

In this course you’ll learn to:

  • Understand sources of energy in gifted students
  • Identify indicators of giftedness
  • Differentiate between high achievers and gifted students
  • Understand statistical distribution
  • Identify the four types of gifted students
  • And much more!

This course is aligned with 2016 ODE Teacher Competencies d, e, and NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 5.5.

Dr. Juntune is a renowned consultant, trainer, professor, and lecturer with more than 45 years of experience in the field of education. She is an instructional associate professor at Texas A&M University, and she teaches graduate­-level  courses in her expert areas of intelligence, child and adolescent development, educational psychology, giftedness, and creativity. Dr. Juntune earned her master’s degree in curriculum instruction from St. Cloud University and her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Texas A&M University.

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29 reviews for Nature & Needs of the Gifted and Talented (6-Hour)

  1. Leslie – BURLESON ISD (verified owner)

    This course shared web sites and information to help with the DLP’s and gifted learners. It has information to help parents learn how to deal with gifted kids.

  2. Dia – DEL VALLE ISD (verified owner)

    dry and outdated

  3. Kyrie – HALLSVILLE ISD (verified owner)


  4. Shelby – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I think this course is very helpful for us new teachers to the system because they help us demonstrate new topics to use in our classroom environment.

  5. Kayla – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This course is thorough, practical, and helpful. It is worth a teacher’s time.

  6. Aimee – COLLEGE STATION ISD (verified owner)

    not helpful and boring

  7. Yasmin – DEL VALLE ISD (verified owner)


  8. Meilani – DEL VALLE ISD (verified owner)

    This course was very helpful and illuminating.

  9. Roman – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Great information was provided to me. I was able to learn new information in regards to differentiated for talented students.

  10. Manuel – DEL VALLE ISD (verified owner)

    I found the information useful.

  11. Sofia – SHARYLAND ISD (verified owner)

    It was a helpful course.

  12. Nyoki – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    The details in this course make a lot of sense in understanding how and why we have to adjust to meet the needs of gifted students.

  13. Brigitte – HUNTSVILLE ISD – TEXAS ONLINE PREP (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed this course; it was engaging and provided examples and practical strategies.

  14. Lori – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    I have learned a lot about my students

  15. Jessica – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed listening to Dr. Juntune share through personal experiences and scenarios she has dealt with as an educator.

  16. Valerie – BURLESON ISD (verified owner)

    This is a great course for the average classroom teacher. It gives a lot of insight into helping the gifted student feel challenged in the regular classroom.

  17. Carrie – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this course.

  18. Megan – CARROLL ISD (verified owner)

    This course is helpful in understanding the needs of gifted students.

  19. Kathleen – PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD (verified owner)

    great course full of information

  20. Belinda – PHARR-SAN JUAN-ALAMO ISD (verified owner)

    Well, I learning things about Gifted students I didn’t know before. I will use this new knowledge to guide my GT students Better.

  21. Sonia – ALICE ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative

  22. Shelley – DEL VALLE ISD (verified owner)

    Amazing and very insightful, real world examples, includes resources

  23. Matilyn – LOS FRESNOS CISD (verified owner)

    I think it provides great insight into gifted students and how to help them in an instructional setting.

  24. Allie – ALAMO HEIGHTS ISD (verified owner)

    Enjoyed it!

  25. Julia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This course is interesting and an eye opener for our gifted kids.

  26. Andrea – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It is very informative

  27. Joanna – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    it’s great

  28. Lindsay – MANSFIELD ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative.

  29. Olivia – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    It is very informative and specific towards identifying gifted students.

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