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2017 WCGTC Biennial World Conference

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4.1.1 Homeschooling your gifted child

According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Education, approximately 1.77 million students are homeschooled. For profoundly gifted (PG) students, homeschooling may provide an excellent alternative to traditional schooling. Homeschooling a PG child can be highly challenging, but ultimately beneficial. Hear from a parent who homeschooled her child from Kindergarten through high school, and from her 17-year old daughter, now a Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology. In this interactive session, presenters will share their perspectives and advice about the pros and cons of homeschooling, dispel myths, and provide a list of resources for participants.


Noel Jett
University of North Texas
United States

Noel Jett is the youngest Ph.D. student at UNT. She teaches an online class for gifted learners. Her research focuses on the social and emotional needs of the profoundly gifted.

Nancy Shastid
United States

Having homeschooled her profoundly gifted daughter until she began college at 13, Nancy was a reluctant homeschooler. She learned of the Davidson Institute for Talent Development Young Scholar program when Noel was 8. She then joined the Texas Parents of the Profoundly Gifted, where she now serves on the board.


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