GHF Proudly Announces Our Upcoming Release!
So, what’s giftedness all about? Well, some of our most popular GHF writers aim to answer aspects of that very question in Perspectives on Giftedness: Sound Advice from Parents and Professionals. This volume presents essays from parents who have been there, educators who are working to get it right, and psychologists and other professionals who understand the rich complexity that is so often part and parcel of giftedness. With a plethora of wisdom, a touch of wit, and oodles of compassion, the writers cover a range of topics related to giftedness, gifted children, gifted education, twice exceptionality, and gifted adults. It’s all about presenting an array of perspectives in the hopes that doing so helps you develop your own and provides a bit of a lifeline in those times when you feel yourself treading the gifted waters. We’re here to remind you that we’re all sharing the same pool and to invite you to jump in—the water’s warm and so is our welcome!
About GHF Press
GHF Press publishes books on a range of topics related to giftedness, including gifted social and emotional development, gifted homeschooling and education, and giftedness across the lifespan. Our publications provide valuable information and insight for all members of the gifted community—individuals, parents, homeschool families, educators, and advocates.
Celi Trépanier, M.Ed.
GHF Board, Editorial Chair
Celi is the author of Educating Your Gifted Child: How One Public School Teacher Embraced Homeschooling. She writes for her own popular website, Crushing Tall Poppies, and serves on The G Word film Advisory Board. As an educator, Celi has taught in public and private schools as well as in homeschool co-ops. If you ask what her most significant accomplishment is, she may think she should say being a mom; ultimately, though, she’ll proclaim it to be her role as an influential gifted advocate.
Ann comes to GHF Press with 25 years of experience in the publishing arena, most recently as owner and principal wordsmith at KEE Publishing. She is also the founder of Supporting Gifted Learners, an initiative that lends support to the gifted across the lifespan. Ann is especially passionate about illuminating the life experiences of the gifted and sharing their perspectives with audiences who might relate to and learn from them.
GHF Press Books
Gifted Myths: An Easy-to-Read Guide to the Myths, Science and History of the Gifted and Twice-Exceptional
Is giftedness a myth? What is a gifted child? Why is giftedness such a hot-button issue? Where does the fear and dislike of “gifted” come from? Come on an adventure and learn how Mrs. Einstein, newspaper articles from the 1920s, and the San people of the Kalahari Desert can help us understand what gifted is—and is not.
In an easy-to-read style, Gifted Myths explores these and other stories on the history, science and lived experience of gifted and twice-exceptional families.
Gifted Myths is a must-read for parents, educators, and professionals
What would make a dedicated public school teacher decide to homeschool her own children? In her book, Educating Your Gifted Child: How One Public School Teacher Embraced Homeschooling, Celi Trépanier shares her journey from recognized top teacher in traditional schools to disillusioned parent struggling to obtain 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 advocate 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.
Learning can become frustrating for students who do not find traditional schooling fulfilling—or even satisfactory. And this discontent can leave parents and their children seeking alternatives. In Forging Paths: Beyond Traditional Schooling, you will read the stories of nine young people who took varying nontraditional educational routes and achieved success.
In Forging Paths, Wes Beach—an educator, advocate, speaker, and author—invites you to reconsider the notion that successful career paths always involve the collection of accolades or immediate entrance to a prestigious university.
By walking in their shoes, you will discover how passion, persistence, and creativity led to the nine young people featured in Beach’s book finding satisfaction while maybe even accumulating some traditional accomplishments along the way.
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 of 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 using Hirt’s strategies, educators can better work with parents and students to create an educational experience in which all students can thrive and excel.
If This is a Gift, Can I Send it Back?: Surviving in the Land of the Gifted and Twice Exceptional by Jen Merrill
When is life like a prize fight, a garden, and a quiz show all hurtling past on an office chair wrapped in a symphony? When you’re living in the land of the gifted and twice exceptional.
In If This Is a Gift, Can I Send it Back?, Jen Merrill, advocate, speaker, and writer at Laughing at Chaos, leads readers through an escapade of laughter, tears, and honest reflection. We’ll join Jen on her candid, relatable journey of discovery, understanding, and acceptance and revel as she unpacks her satchel of wit and wisdom as they relate to the challenges to which only the gifted and twice exceptional—and those who care for them—can relate.
In her one-of-a-kind, tell-it-like-it-is style, you can almost hear Jen raising a glass to toast all of us seeking order among the chaos. And, in return, we’ll be gratefully toasting Jen for guiding us on our way!
Their asynchronous development, eclectic interests, and intense emotions can make gifted kids prime targets for bullies, leaving compassionate parents, friends, and educators at wit’s end. In Gifted, Bullied, Resilient: A Brief Guide for Smart Families, Pamela Price draws upon her experience as a journalist and gifted advocate to provide individuals involved in the lives of these young people a plan of action to help those being targeted rise above their mistreatment and become emotionally stronger and more self-assured.
In this informative and insightful text, Price introduces readers to contemporary research, an array of social learning best practices, real-life anecdotes from veteran parents, and select resources of relevance to the families and teachers of bullied gifted children and adolescents.
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 9 to 5 job? Perhaps. But many teens yearn for something more.
In Self-Directed Learning: Documentation and Life Stories, Wes Beach asserts that individuals who recognize their genuine interests and talents require only their self-awareness, confidence, passion, determination, and sense of autonomy to propel them forward.
Self-Directed Learning includes the stories of individuals reaching beyond traditional expectations to meet their own needs head on. Beach, an educator, advocate, speaker, and author, also provides transcripts and resources that his students used to gain admission to colleges and universities.
Self-Directed Learning speaks to young people longing to pursue their passions and grow into productive and fulfilled adults.
From Home Education to Higher Education: A Guide for Recruiting, Assessing, and Supporting Homeschooled Applicants by Lori Dunlap
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 U.S. 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 nontraditional 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.
Making the Choice: When Typical School Doesn’t Fit Your Atypical Child by Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson
Do you sense things aren’t right with your child’s school experience? Is something lacking? Are they just not getting what they need—or enough of it? Then, instead of trying to fit your child into school, perhaps it’s time to consider pursuing educational options that suit your child—both academically and emotionally.
In Making the Choice: When Typical School Doesn’t Fit Your Atypical Child, Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson discuss how the unique traits of the gifted and twice exceptional influence decisions regarding their learning requirements. The authors offer choices regarding education as well as direction for determining the right one. In addition, they pose questions—and provide answers—to guide you through the entire process.
Writing Your Own Script: A Parent’s Role in the Gifted Child’s Social Development by Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson
Does your gifted or twice-exceptional child have enough friends? What constitutes “enough”? With whom should they be friends and how can they maintain those ties?
Parents of gifted and twice-exceptional kids often face these concerns. We want our children to have fulfilling social lives, but when they so often struggle to find others who share their esoteric interests, how are they to cultivate deep, meaningful friendships? In Writing Your Own Script: A Parent’s Role in the Gifted Child’s Social Development, Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson provide guidance to help you help your child discover the joy of true friendships based on common interests, shared values, and mutual respect.
GHF Press is currently accepting book proposals. If you are interested in becoming a GHF Press author, we invite you to submit a proposal following our Book Proposal Submission Guidelines.