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Free Spirit Professional® resources are designed to help you and your students make the most of the school day. Covering topics such as social and emotional development, school climate, differentiation, RTI, PBIS, leadership, service learning, gifted education, special needs, mental health, and more, our expert authors provide best practices and active, hands-on learning that will lead to success in and out of the classroom for students of all ages and abilities. Many of our resources include reproducible forms, PDF presentations, and PLC/book study guides, which make them a cost-effective means of training and professional development for small groups, professional learning communities, schools, and districts.

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Teaching Kids to Pause, Cope, and Connect

Thirty hands-on lessons provide students opportunities to learn and practice self-regulation strategies.

NEW! Understanding and Using the Naglieri General Ability Tests

An accessible guide to identifying gifted students and creating equity and inclusion within gifted programs.

NEW! Create an Emotion-Rich Classroom

Strategies and activity ideas to support emotional development in children.

Talent Zones

10 tools for developing talents in multiple areas, from academics to arts to athletics, in all kids.

Big Conversations with Little Children

Be prepared to respond to a wide range of potentially tough questions and sensitive concerns posed by young children.

Bright, Complex Kids

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

Neurodivergent and Gifted: Supporting Twice-Exceptional Students

During this free webinar recording, author Emily Kircher-Morris, M.A., M.Ed., LPC, discusses the attributes of 2e learners; considerations for assessments and identification; and how to identify and provide appropriate accommodations in gifted, general, and special education classrooms.

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.

Teaching Twice-Exceptional Learners in Today’s Classroom

Recognize and support twice-exceptional / 2e students to help them succeed in school—and beyond.

Empowering Underrepresented Gifted Students

Help underserved high-potential students claim their right to an education that addresses their unique needs.

Achieving Equity Through Student Self-Advocacy

This free webinar, based on the research and lived experiences of gifted education experts, is designed to help allies better support underrepresented gifted learners as they break through the barriers to self-advocacy and follow their dreams.

A Teacher’s Guide to Learning to Get Along®

Help young readers get the most out of the Learning to Get Along® series.

Teaching Twice-Exceptional Learners in Today’s Classroom PLC/Book Study Guide

Use this free professional development resource to facilitate a book study or learning experience for a professional learning community (PLC) using Teaching Twice-Exceptional Learners in Today’s Classroom.

A Leader’s Guide to Ease the Tease

Help young readers get the most out of Ease the Tease.

A Leader’s Guide to Make a Friend, Be a Friend

Help young readers get the most out of Make a Friend, Be a Friend.

The Big Deal About Addictions: What Educators Need to Know

In this edWebinar, Dr. James J. Crist, author of What’s the Big Deal About Addictions?, addresses the prevalence of addictive disorders among teens, how to spot the signs of addiction, how addiction impacts online learning, and how educators can work with teens and help them improve their learning experience.

Consent Is a Social-Emotional Skill: Building a Culture of Consent in Your School

Using hands-on activities that can be adapted for school and home, you’ll discover how to support children’s understanding of empathy and consent. You’ll learn considerations for your own modeling and teaching consent in a classroom setting, and you’ll discuss the gray areas when an adult needs to be in charge.

Social Emotional Stories

Make social emotional learning fun and engaging with 24 ready-to-use lessons about peculiar plants and astonishing animals.

Create a Culture of Kindness in Elementary School

Increase empathy in the elementary classroom with ready-to-use lessons that teach students positive skills and attitudes.

A Leader’s Guide to What’s the Big Deal About Addictions?

Help readers get the most out of What’s the Big Deal About Addictions?
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