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Jean Sunde Peterson, Ph.D.

Jean Sunde Peterson, Ph.D., is professor emerita and former director of school counselor preparation at Purdue University. She conducts workshops on academic underachievement, prevention- and development-oriented small-group work with children and adolescents, bullying, and more. Dr. Peterson has authored more than 130 books (including Get Gifted Students TalkingHow (and Why) to Get Students Talking, and Bright, Complex Kids), journal articles, and invited chapters, and her articles have appeared in all major gifted-education journals as well as the Journal of Counseling & Development, Professional School Counseling, and International Journal of Educational Reform. She has received ten national awards for scholarship, as well as numerous awards at Purdue for teaching, research, or service, and was a state teacher of the year in her first career as a classroom teacher. She lives in Indiana.

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Jean is available to speak on these topics:
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Emotional Health Issues
  • Middle Schoolers
  • Stress
  • Underachievement


Bright, Complex Kids

A field guide for understanding the complex characteristics and social and emotional needs of gifted kids.

Bright, Complex Kids PLC/Book Study Guide

This free guide is designed as a professional development resource and can be used to facilitate a book study or as a learning experience for a professional learning community (PLC) using Bright, Complex Kids.

Get Gifted Students Talking

This practical resource helps teachers, counselors, and youth leaders bring gifted students together to talk face-to-face about important issues in their lives.

How (and Why) to Get Students Talking

A unique, practical resource that helps teachers, counselors, and youth leaders bring students together to talk openly about important issues in their lives.

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