What would happen if Ian Byrd of Byrdseed and Lisa Van Gemert of GiftedGuru got a crazy idea to make the world a better place for gifted kids by making it a better place for educators of the gifted and then…made it happen?
Gifted Guild is an organization for teachers of the gifted who are committed to truly exceptional educational practice.
We created it to help educators grow through:
Authentic professional development
Connecting with other educators of the gifted
Recognition of advanced skills and superb practice
How does it work?
Gifted Guild is based on the guild system of the middle ages. As a Gifted Guild member, you’ll progress through seven levelsof mastery by taking courses and working through extension opportunities. But unlike typical professional development, you won’t just sit and listen.
Here’s how a typical, two-hour module might break down:
Video: 10 min.
Reading: 20 min.
Planning: 20 min.
Classroom practice: 40 min.
Reflection: 30 min.
As you can see, it’s not your typical online professional development. There’s no “click-play-and-walk-away” to be found.
Connecting With Others
Since you may be the only person working with the gifted population at your school, or even your district, we offer a private Facebook group so you can connect with and support other educators, plus an email list to stay in touch with Guild opportunities and events.
The Gifted Guild is more than a set of online courses, it’s a professional organization and a community. To become a member, simply complete one course. As long as you complete one course per year, you’ll maintain your membership. As a member, you’ll have ongoing access to:
The Gifted Guild online community
The opportunity to progress through the level of the guild. Read more about the levels here.
Early bird registration for live and virtual events
Access to Guild Libris, the library of extra videos and other resources
Why Gifted Guild?
We wanted the name of the organization to reflect three things:
Our respect for the educational profession
The idea that progression is important and should be recognized
That there’s always an element of fun in learning
We came upon the idea of the guild system of the Middle Ages because it was a time when artisans and craftsmen managed their craft themselves. They set the standards and monitored advancement in those crafts. They provided a community and garnered respect through high standards and training.
You belong if…
If you’re an educator of the gifted, you belong.
If you want to improve your teaching practice, you belong.
If you are looking for flexible, reasonably-priced professional development, you belong.
If you want to connect with other educators of the gifted, you belong.
Thank you for letting us share our excitement about Gifted Guild with you!
Lisa & Ian
Gifted Guru is a website devoted to sharing information and resources with parents and teachers of gifted children. Gifted educators and parents will find support, encouragement, and the occasional terrific book recommendation.