Jim Delisle, Ph.D.

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Dr. Delisle has been a teacher of gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more than 30 years. A former classroom teacher, teacher of gifted children, and counselor of gifted adolescents, Jim retired from Kent State University, where he served as Director of undergraduate and graduate programs in gifted education for 25 years.

Jim has served on the Board of Directors of The National Association for Gifted Children, Duke University Talent Identification Board, Council for Exceptional Children, and The Roeper School for the Gifted.

The author of more than 250 articles and 15 books, Jim’s work has been published in multiple languages worldwide. His work has been highlighted in The New York Times, Washington Post, People Magazine and on Oprah!. His book, The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook(with co-author Judy Galbraith) is among the most popular books published in the field of gifted child education, with more than 200,000 copies in print.

In an effort to keep in touch with the “real world” of public schools, Jim left his University position in 1991, 1997, and 2005 to return to full-time classroom teaching. Each time, Jim was reminded of how much easier it is to teach graduate students two evenings a week than it is to teach 2nd, 7th, or 9th grade students every day, hour after hour! From 1998-2008, Jim also taught middle school students one day each week in the Twinsburg, Ohio school system.

Jim’s recent retirement allows him to pursue different professional experiences, including writing children’s books.

Staff Development Topics:
  • Meeting the Intellectual and Emotional Needs of Gifted Children in a School Setting 
  • Growing Good Kids:  The Top Twelve Writing Activities for Teaching and Reaching Middle School Students 
  • Differentiation Requires HOPE:  Opening New Doors to Learning for Every Student
  • The Top Ten Strategies for Raising a Happy and Successful Gifted Child
  • Highly Gifted, Barely Served:  The Legacy of Inclusion
  • Building Strong Writers in the Middle School: 12 Lessons for Reflective Wordsmiths and their Teachers
  • Doing Poorly on Purpose: Underachievement and the Quest for Dignity
  • Parenting Precocious Kids: Understanding the Ups and Downs of Growing Up Gifted
  • Can’t You Just Chill Out?: Appreciating the Intensities of Gifted Individuals
  • Giftedness: Living With It and Liking It
  • If I’m So Smart, Why Aren’t the Answers Easy?
  • Gifted Education Goes Hollywood: A film lover’s guide to our fields’s future
 
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