Here at GHF Press, we provide publications and books that give you the information, help and practical advice you need to support you and your family on your gifted journey. We understand giftedness, and our goal is to put in your hands high-quality literature tailored to your specific needs.
We work as a team to ensure our books exceed your expectations, beginning with publishing work from leading writers in the gifted community. Our authors are knowledgeable, well-respected and recognized leaders in the fields of gifted education, twice-exceptional children, college admissions, homeschooling through high school, gifted adults, micro-schools, and more. We always welcome your input on topics that matter to you. Your quest for information is a priority at GHF Press.
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What would make a dedicated public school teacher decide to homeschool her own children? In her new book, “Educating Your Gifted Child: How One Public School Teacher Embraced Homeschooling,” Celi Trépanier shares her journey from a top teacher in traditional schools to a disillusioned parent struggling to get an appropriate and challenging education for her gifted sons. How is the current educational system failing our gifted and twice-exceptional students? How can parents fight for the education their children need and deserve? What options do parents and their gifted children have? Celi addresses these concerns and more in “Educating Your Gifted Child.”
Do you long to drive a Ferrari at top speed on the open road, but find yourself always stuck on the freeway during rush hour? Do you wonder how you can feel like “not enough” and “too much” at the same time? Like the rain forest, are you sometimes intense, multilayered, colorful, creative, overwhelming, highly sensitive, complex, and/or idealistic? And, like the rain forest, have you met too many chainsaws?
Enter Paula Prober, MS, MEd, who understands the diversity and complexity of minds like yours. In “Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Youths and Adults,” Paula explores the challenges faced by gifted adults of all ages. Through case studies and extensive research, Paula will help you tap into your inner creativity, find peace, and discover the limitless potential that comes with your Rainforest Mind.
Traditional schooling may not provide your son or daughter with a satisfactory or fulfilling education. In Forging Paths: Beyond Traditional Schooling, you’ll read the stories of nine young people who took varying, nontraditional educational paths and succeeded in their chosen endeavors and vocations.
Wes Beach, director of an unusual private high school, speaker, and author, prompts you to reconsider the idea that any highly successful career path must involve piling up gold stars in high school to gain immediate admission to a prestigious university in order to earn a degree which can cost more than most people earn in a year. Discover how passion, persistence, creativity and perseverance can lead to a life of satisfaction and even some traditional achievements!
Even the most experienced teachers often know little about the challenges their gifted and twice-exceptional students face. Misinformation abounds, and well-intentioned in-class solutions can backfire. How can teachers support the educational and social needs of these unique learners, while still addressing the needs of all their other students?
Kelly Hirt, a public school teacher with 25 years experience and writer at MyTwiceBakedPotato.com, understands the frustration felt by many teachers and parents. After realizing that her own son was one of these unique learners, Hirt developed strategies that any teacher or parent can readily implement.
In her new book, “Boost: 12 Effective Ways to Lift Up Our Twice-Exceptional Children,” Hirt outlines 12 strategies to design a supportive, safe, and encouraging learning environment for twice-exceptional students. By utilizing Hirt’s strategies, educators will join with parents and students to create an educational experience in which all students can thrive and excel.
Gifted kids, with their often asynchronous development, eclectic interests, and intense emotions, can be prime targets for bullying. What can compassionate parents, friends, and educators do to help these kids rise above the bullying and become emotionally stronger and more self-assured? In her second book, “Gifted, Bullied, Resilient: A Brief Guide for Smart Families,” author Pamela Price draws upon her experience as a journalist and gifted parenting advocate to provide concerned adults with a plan of action.
She introduces readers to contemporary research, an array of social learning best practices, real-life anecdotes from veteran parents, and select resources relevant to the families of bullied gifted kids and adolescents. The slender, informative, and insightful text is geared both toward parents of public and private school students, as well as homeschoolers in cooperative learning environments.
The world has transformed on an epic scale, but education has barely budged. How can you incorporate all the creativity technology has to offer into your learning experiences, even if your technological abilities are limited? How can online tools help students, especially gifted and twice-exceptional students, connect with others from around the block or around the world to collaborate on projects? Ben Curran and Neil Wetherbee of Engaging Educators give you step-by-step instructions to get you started using technology in your learning experiences. Discover new online tools geared toward collaborating and creating. Try out projects specifically designed with these tools in mind. Create a positive and interesting online portfolio to share with college recruiters and potential employers. Regardless of educational choice, “Learning in the 21st Century: How to Connect, Collaborate, and Create” will fill you with ideas and inspiration that will revolutionize how you approach learning
Gifted and twice-exceptional students often struggle to fit in traditional classrooms, and homeschooling isn’t always an option. Enter Micro-Schools: an educational option bridging the gap. Micro-schools offer personalized learning in a school setting led by instructors who understand the nuances and needs of gifted and 2e kids. Starting your own micro-school may seem daunting, but a successful micro-school doesn’t require a huge budget or the latest “everything.” Instead, it requires a passionate individual at the helm. One like Jade Rivera, author of “Micro-Schools: Creating Personalized Learning on a Budget.” In her latest book, Jade shares her successes and challenges working in and starting micro-schools. She discusses how to organize your school, hire the best instructors, work with parents, create an open and accepting environment, and so much more. After reading Jade’s book, you’ll be inspired to get your own micro-school up and running, ready to serve the gifted and 2e students in your community.
What guarantees success? Four years of high school? A college degree? A nine-to-five job? Perhaps, but many teens yearn for a different path. In his latest book, “Self-Directed Learning: Documentation and Life Stories,” Wes Beach argues that people who recognize their genuine interests and talents need only their self-knowledge, confidence, enthusiasm, determination, ability to persevere, and sense of autonomy to carry them where they want to go. Wes shares stories of people whose needs were not met by traditional education, and thus created their own paths. Wes also includes transcripts and information that his students used to gain admission to colleges and universities throughout the country. “Self-Directed Learning” speaks to people who desire to pursue their passions and grow into productive and fulfilled adults.
As the number of homeschoolers continues to increase, professionals who work with homeschoolers seeking higher education need to develop a plan to recruit, assess, and assimilate these particularly motivated, thoughtful, creative students. Combining her professional experience with insights gathered from surveys of US colleges and universities, author Lori Dunlap Of TeachYourOwn.org provides the information you need to more fully understand this population, along with strategies and approaches for easily and effectively connecting with, engaging, and assessing these non-traditional students. Lori also helps homeschooling families discover what admissions professionals are looking for in their ideal applicant, better preparing them for the college application process and working with the admissions professionals at their chosen schools.
Do you sense things aren’t quite right with your child’s school experience? Maybe your child is clearly struggling or, perhaps, your child is doing all right, but you believe something is lacking? Instead of trying to force your child to fit into school, perhaps it is time to consider finding educational options that fully address your child’s academic and emotional needs.
Does your gifted or 2e child have enough friends? What qualifies as “enough”? Whom should they be friends with and how can they keep those friends? Parents of gifted and 2e kids are often faced with these concerns. We want our children to have fulfilling social lives, as well as intellectual ones, but when our kids already struggle to find people with the same esoteric interests, how are they to cultivate deep, meaningful friendships?
Meet the GHF Press Team
Celi Trépanier, Editorial Director for GHF Press, Board of Directors Editorial Committee Chair
Celi Trépanier, M.Ed., is a writer and the author of the GHF Press book, Educating Your Gifted Child: How One Public School Teacher Embraced Homeschooling. Celi also serves on The G Word Film Advisory Board and is a Certified SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator. After receiving her B. S. from Loyola University in New Orleans and her M.Ed. from the University of Louisiana, Celi has taught in public and private schools, and homeschool co-ops in Louisiana Alabama, Iowa and Ontario, Canada.
Nikki Hegstrom, Editor for GHF Press
Nikki Hegstrom worked in web development for nearly twenty years when she decided to finally go back to school to finish her degree at the University of Washington. She studied psychology and neurobiology for a while but then realized it was time to pursue her love of words and language. After her B.A., she earned a certificate in editing from UW and now works as an editor, writer, and translator. Nikki came to GHF during a frantic search for resources after deciding to homeschool her 2e son.