Bobbie Gilman

Barbara (Bobbie) Jackson Gilman, M.S., Associate Director, has worked with Linda Silverman since 1991, beginning just after her own sons were tested at GDC. She has a background in Psychology and Child Development from Duke and Purdue. Bobbie consults with parents and educators, plans and interprets assessment to guide educational planning, participates in research using our data on over 6,500 gifted children, promotes effective gifted assessment (working with Pearson, Riverside, and Pro Ed in test development), and teaches advocacy classes. Bobbie has a particular interest in advocacy since realizing her own children should have come with a manual! Her fourth book, Gifted Minds Empowered: Advocacy to Develop Gifted Children’s Strengths (2019), is her most comprehensive advocacy book yet for parents and educators, with expanded information on higher levels of giftedness, twice exceptionality and the law. It is the textbook for GDC advocacy classes. Bobbie co-chairs with Dr. Dan Peters the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Assessments of Giftedness Special Interest Group (SIG). The members’ work on twice-exceptional issues includes the 2013 “Critical Issues in the Identification of Gifted Students with Co-existing Disabilities: The Twice-Exceptional.” The SIG’s research on the WISC-IV and WISC-V provided the basis for NAGC guidelines to optimize use of these popular intelligence tests (see the 2018 NAGC position statement, “Use of the WISC-V for Gifted and Twice-Exceptional Identification”) for ALL gifted children. The recommended approaches improve the test’s ability to identify specific strengths in gifted children who are culturally diverse, economically deprived, highly gifted, or twice exceptional.