Free Resources on Underachieving Gifted Students

This month, the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is offering four free resources in its Live Learning Center focused on underachievement and gifted students. Developed and presented by top scholars in the field of gifted education at previous NAGC conventions, these presentations are helpful for anyone looking for information on underachieving students.

“Connecting for High Potential: How Parents, Teachers, and School Counselors Can Work Collaboratively to Reverse Underachievement for Gifted Students” is presented by D. Betsy McCoach, Sylvia Rimm, and Del Siegle. It examines the family, school, and psychosocial factors that contribute to underachievement among talented students.

Richard Cash presents “I Can’t to I Can! Changing the Mindset of Adolescent Underachievers.” It frames underachievement through the lens of Carol Dweck’s theory of fixed versus growth mindset. 

Sylvia Rimm shares helpful advice for parents of gifted underachievers in “Parenting to Prevent and Reverse Underachievement.”

Finally, Sal Mendaglio discusses “Giftedness and Unique Sources of School-Related Anxiety.” This presentation focuses on the social stigma of giftedness, the big-fish-little-pond effect, perfectionism, and academic underachievement.

If you are interesting in learning more about underachievement, check out Del Siegle’s upcoming book, The Underachieving Gifted Child: Recognizing, Understanding, and Reversing Underachievement, available from Prufrock Press this October.