Out of Sync: Essays on Giftedness

Author: Tolan, Stephanie S.

Subjects: Gifted Education/Guidance; Asynchrony; Giftedness

ISBN: 978-0-088092-499-3

Latest edition: 2016

Order code: 4993

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"These are valuable gems in the canon of giftedness. Treasure them."  – Joy L. Navan, Ph.D.

Stephanie S. Tolan set out as a concerned mother to help her highly gifted son have a school experience that matched his intellectual ability and pace of learning. In the process, she became an advocate for gifted children and, as a founding member of the Columbus Group, played a major part in reshaping thinking about giftedness itself.

Her essay "Is It a Cheetah?" is justly renowned for its power and worldwide influence. Other essays deal with spirituality, the problem of pain, self-esteem and the gifted adult, imagination, and intuition.

Here, collected for the first time, are her essays and talks that are now part of the fabric of the most advanced thinking about gifted people. 

From the introduction: "For more than 30 years now, I’ve written and spoken about the difficulties this rare population of kids and their families face in a world that doesn’t recognize their differences or—if it does—offers little to help them accept and cope with, let alone take joy in, those differences. It can still be difficult for such a child to think or believe, 'It’s okay to be me.'”

The author goes on to say: "In this volume I’ve collected many of the articles and essays I’ve written about the gifted and highly gifted precisely because (in spite of the enormous changes in the world: computers, internet, wi-fi, social media, the legalization of home schooling, the invention of charter schools, and the veritable explosion of information—and arguments—about the gifted)..., children and families still face the same basic challenges."

Read more of what she has to say about this book.

Stephanie S. Tolan was awarded Educator of the Year by SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) in 2016.

Stephanie S. Tolan has written and published poetry, plays, and more than two dozen books for children and young adults, including the 2003 Newbery Honor-winning Surviving the Applewhites. She began to write nonfiction about the needs of highly to profoundly gifted children after the discovery that her son and the son of her closest friend were seriously out of sync with the norms of the American educational system. Co-author of the award-winning Guiding the Gifted Child (1982), she has gone on to write and speak about the needs of the gifted ever since. Her novel Welcome to the Ark, about four profoundly gifted children who meet in a mental institution, has given many out-of-sync children the comfort of finding themselves in a work of fiction. 

One of the original members of the Columbus Group, Tolan helped bring the concept of asynchronous development to the gifted community and co-edited Off the Charts: Asynchrony and the Gifted ChildA Senior Fellow at the Institute for Educational Advancement, she participated in designing Yunasa, a summer camp experience for highly gifted children that focuses on helping them balance mind, body, spirit, emotions, and social self.

Reviews:

"I highly recommend Stephanie S. Tolan's latest nonfiction book Out of Sync: Essays on Giftedness (2016). Although I'd read many of her essays in the past, when this book arrived in my mailbox, I couldn't stop reading. The book includes essays I've long loved, along with some I missed meeting over the years. The book differs from other books about the gifted experience because Stephanie not only provides us with thought-provoking knowledge; she also poignantly shares how that knowledge has affected her personally. Stephanie provides us with information, but more importantly, she provides us with a model of how we might integrate evolving knowledge about giftedness into our own belief systems. I love the respectful, inclusive, and clear nature of her writing. The book is true gem!"  – Wenda Sheard, J.D., Ph.D, emeritus board member and past-president of SENG

"What a pleasure it is to have Stephanie Tolan’s essays on giftedness gathered together in one volume! Several of them I have read before, and to return to them from the perspective of decades in the field brings fresh insight. The pleasure continues as I read unfamiliar pieces. As words leap off the pages, I find myself nodding in understanding, feel a catch in my breath as I encounter new discernment, and shriek with delight when an intuitive belief I held for so long comes to be explicit through Stephanie’s clear and perceptive words. Some readers will want to read and reflect on the content essay by essay. Others will read through it in one or two sittings. Either way, these are valuable gems in the canon of giftedness. Treasure them."  – Joy L. Navan, Ph.D., consultant in gifted education

"These are valuable gems in the canon of giftedness. Treasure them."  – Joy L. Navan, Ph.D.

Stephanie S. Tolan set out as a concerned mother to help her highly gifted son have a school experience that matched his intellectual ability and pace of learning. In the process, she became an advocate for gifted children and, as a founding member of the Columbus Group, played a major part in reshaping thinking about giftedness itself.

Her essay "Is It a Cheetah?" is justly renowned for its power and worldwide influence. Other essays deal with spirituality, the problem of pain, self-esteem and the gifted adult, imagination, and intuition.

Here, collected for the first time, are her essays and talks that are now part of the fabric of the most advanced thinking about gifted people. 

From the introduction: "For more than 30 years now, I’ve written and spoken about the difficulties this rare population of kids and their families face in a world that doesn’t recognize their differences or—if it does—offers little to help them accept and cope with, let alone take joy in, those differences. It can still be difficult for such a child to think or believe, 'It’s okay to be me.'”

The author goes on to say: "In this volume I’ve collected many of the articles and essays I’ve written about the gifted and highly gifted precisely because (in spite of the enormous changes in the world: computers, internet, wi-fi, social media, the legalization of home schooling, the invention of charter schools, and the veritable explosion of information—and arguments—about the gifted)..., children and families still face the same basic challenges."

Read more of what she has to say about this book.

Stephanie S. Tolan was awarded Educator of the Year by SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) in 2016.

Stephanie S. Tolan has written and published poetry, plays, and more than two dozen books for children and young adults, including the 2003 Newbery Honor-winning Surviving the Applewhites. She began to write nonfiction about the needs of highly to profoundly gifted children after the discovery that her son and the son of her closest friend were seriously out of sync with the norms of the American educational system. Co-author of the award-winning Guiding the Gifted Child (1982), she has gone on to write and speak about the needs of the gifted ever since. Her novel Welcome to the Ark, about four profoundly gifted children who meet in a mental institution, has given many out-of-sync children the comfort of finding themselves in a work of fiction. 

One of the original members of the Columbus Group, Tolan helped bring the concept of asynchronous development to the gifted community and co-edited Off the Charts: Asynchrony and the Gifted Child.  A Senior Fellow at the Institute for Educational Advancement, she participated in designing Yunasa, a summer camp experience for highly gifted children that focuses on helping them balance mind, body, spirit, emotions, and social self.

Reviews:

"I highly recommend Stephanie S. Tolan's latest nonfiction book Out of Sync: Essays on Giftedness (2016). Although I'd read many of her essays in the past, when this book arrived in my mailbox, I couldn't stop reading. The book includes essays I've long loved, along with some I missed meeting over the years. The book differs from other books about the gifted experience because Stephanie not only provides us with thought-provoking knowledge; she also poignantly shares how that knowledge has affected her personally. Stephanie provides us with information, but more importantly, she provides us with a model of how we might integrate evolving knowledge about giftedness into our own belief systems. I love the respectful, inclusive, and clear nature of her writing. The book is true gem!"  – Wenda Sheard, J.D., Ph.D, emeritus board member and past-president of SENG

"What a pleasure it is to have Stephanie Tolan’s essays on giftedness gathered together in one volume! Several of them I have read before, and to return to them from the perspective of decades in the field brings fresh insight. The pleasure continues as I read unfamiliar pieces. As words leap off the pages, I find myself nodding in understanding, feel a catch in my breath as I encounter new discernment, and shriek with delight when an intuitive belief I held for so long comes to be explicit through Stephanie’s clear and perceptive words. Some readers will want to read and reflect on the content essay by essay. Others will read through it in one or two sittings. Either way, these are valuable gems in the canon of giftedness. Treasure them."  – Joy L. Navan, Ph.D., consultant in gifted education

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