Founder and Director of The Center for Gifted, Joan Franklin Smutny
welcomes thousands of gifted children to year-round programs. She
teaches creative writing to young students at her programs, as well as
gifted education courses to graduate students at the university level.
She is editor of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children Journal,
contributing editor of Understanding our Gifted, and a regular
contributor to Gifted Education Communicator, Parenting for High
Potential, and Gifted Education Press Quarterly.
Joan has authored, co-authored, and edited many articles and twenty books on gifted education for teachers and parents, the most recent of which include Discovering and Advancing Talents in Spanish-Speaking Students (2012), Teaching Advanced Learners in the General Education Classroom(2012), Parenting Gifted Children (2011), Manifesto of the Gifted Girl (2010), Differentiating for the Young Gifted Child, 2nd Edition (2010), Igniting Creativity in Gifted Learners, K-6 (2009), Acceleration for Gifted Learners, K-5 (2007), and Reclaiming the Lives of Gifted Girls and Women (2007). In 1996, Joan received the NAGC Distinguished Service Award for
her outstanding contribution to the field of gifted education. In 2012, she received the E. Paul Torrance Award in Creativity given by NAGC.