High Ability Learners


2016-2017 High Ability Learners (HAL)

Contact: Becky Keilig 402-471-0737 or becky.keilig@nebraska.gov 

Academic Competitions

Academic Competitions

United States Academic Decathlon
Teams for different schools compete to match their intellects with other students. Nebraska contact information for Academic Decathlon is included on this site.

Kids Philosophy Slam
Home to Kids Philosophy Slam. Students unlock their intellectual and creative potential through a unique and powerful philosophical forum.

National Academic League
National Academic League motivates and recognizes academic athletes much like their athletic peers. Using competitiveness, teamwork, critical thinking, scholarship and problem solving, each team demonstrates enthusiasm and pride just as an athletic team.

National Geographic Bee
The National Geographic Bee is an academic contest designed to encourage the study of geography in the nation’s classrooms. Each state sends a winner to the national contest every year. The site includes teaching materials and lessons.

*Imagine* Links to Academic Competitions (John Hopkins University)
Competitions from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

Art of Problem Solving
Academic competitions for all curricular areas.

Academic competitions for all curricular areas.

Academic team competition for high school students on the U.S. economy and central bank.

USA Mathematical Talent Search
The USA Mathematical Talent Search is a free mathematics competition open to all United States middle and high school students.

First Lego League
Robotics competition (9-16 year-olds) designed to get students excited about science and technology.

American Mathematics Competitions
A free web-based math, science, and technology competition for grades 6-9.


Robotics Competitions

Young Scientists Competitions

Discover Education 3M Young Scientist Competition for grades 5-8.

Google Science Fair is for students ages 13-18. Projects will be judged by a panel of scientists and researchers.

National Academic Championship

Exploravision is a science competition for students K-12.

National high school cyber defense competition created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

Broadcom Masters Competition – society for Science and the Public
Science fair competition for middle school students, held by the Society for Science and the Public (SSP). This competition allows students from around the United States to compete in topics such as mathematics, science, and engineering.

Student Competitions from the American Statistical Association

The Ultimate Guide to Student Contests

Hoagies’ Gifted Competition Sources


Information for Educators and Parents

Duke Talent Identification Program
Special programs are offered for students to meet their intellectual and social needs.


Information for Educators

An Administrators Toolbox for the Gifted

Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development (University of Connecticut)
The University of Connecticut is the home of the Neag Center for gifted Education and Talent Development. The site contains much research  in creativity, assessment, identification, programming, and evaluation.

GERI Gifted Education Resource Institute (Purdue University)
This website is a resource for research in giftedness, creativity, and development of human potential.


Websites of Interest

High-Ability Learners’ Websites of Interest

Information for Educators, Parents, and Students

Information for Educators and Parents

Information for Educators

Academic Competitions


Information for Educators, Parents, and Students

National Association For Gifted Children

Nebraska Association of Gifted

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)

Hoagies Gifted Education Page

The University of Iowa

Center for Talented Youth (CTY)

Davidson Institute for Talent Development


High Ability Latest News

High Ability Learner Accountability Visits

In order to help schools create strong, evidence-based, student-centered high ability learning programs and services, Becky Keilig is creating a process for High Ability Learner Accountability Visits, similar to the continuous improvement process.  If your school is interested in being part of the developmental stage, please have your superintendent or principal contact the HAL department at NDE.

The visit includes a self-assessment instrument, a review of the continuum of services and identification practices, interviews, engagement observations, data use and data review, and a HAL Visit Report.  The report will include a promising practice overreview, areas of growth, commendations, and recommendations. This may serve as the program evaluation for the year.






Becky Keilig

High Ability Learning and Dual Credit Specialist

Rhonda Wisdom

Administrative Assistant