Gifted Guild is the organization for educators who are passionate about gifted kids and committed to exceptional educational practice. It was created by Ian Byrd (Byrdseed) and Lisa Van Gemert (Gifted Guru) to help you grow as an educator through:
- authentic professional development
- connecting with other educators of the gifted
- recognition of advanced skills and superb practice.
How It Works
Gifted Guild is based on the guild system of the Middle Ages. You’ll progress through seven levels of mastery by taking courses and working through extension opportunities. But unlike typical professional development, Gifted Guild emphasizes practice and reflection.
Here’s how a typical, two-hour module might break down:
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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. We’ll add you in when you sign up.
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
- Early bird registration for live and virtual events
- Access to Guild Libris, the library of extra videos and other resources
The Gifted Guild offers 2-hour courses, as well as packages of courses at a reduced price.
After meeting thousands of educators, we realized that many teachers are dissatisfied with simply collecting hours for professional development. We saw a need to serve those who seek true excellence in their teaching practice.
Recognizing that no national or international organization existed specifically for teachers of the gifted, we decided to combine our experience and passion for gifted education to create Guild. Our hope is that the Guild will serve as a place of connection, of expanded awareness, of support, of quality training, and of recognition of exceptional efforts to those ends.
We’re out to make the world safe for gifted kids and their teachers, and we’d love for you to join us.
Gifted Guild. You already belong. Now it’s time to join.