Bobbie Gilman

Barbara (Bobbie) Jackson Gilman, M.S., Associate Director, has worked with Linda Silverman, beginning just after her own sons were tested at the GDC in 1991.  Bobbie has a background in psychology and child development from Duke and Purdue. She consults with parents and educators, plans and interprets assessment to guide educational planning, participates in research using our data on over 6000 gifted children, provides teacher training (e.g., a 3-day retreat for teachers from Edmonton, Alberta), and promotes effective gifted assessment (she has worked with Pearson, Riverside, and Pro Ed to respond to gifted needs in test development).  Her books include the award-winning Academic Advocacy for Gifted Children: A Parent's Complete Guide and Challenging Highly Gifted Learners.  She co-chairs with Dan Peters the National Association for Gifted Children's Assessments of Giftedness Special Interest Group (SIG), formerly the Assessment Task Force, which researched the WISC-IV and suggested best practices for its use for gifted identification. Bobbie spearheaded the SIG’s work on twice-exceptional issues, including the 2013 “Critical Issues in the Identification of Gifted Students with Co-existing Disabilities: The Twice-Exceptional, which provided a basis for NAGC’s Position Statement, “Ensuring Gifted Children with Disabilities Receive Appropriate Services: Call for Comprehensive Assessment” (2013).