Barbara ("Bobbie") Gilman, M.S., serves as Associate Director of the non-profit Gifted Development Center in Denver, where she specializes in school advocacy consultation with parents worldwide, and diagnosis and recommendations for moderately, highly, exceptionally and profoundly gifted children and gifted children with learning disabilities, AD/HD, and underachievement issues. She co-chairs the National Association for Gifted Children's (NAGC) Assessments of Giftedness Special Interest Group (a temporary NAGC Task Force just approved as a permanent group) and wrote the NAGC position statement, "Use of the WISC-IV for Gifted Identification." The group is continuing to research comprehensive intelligence tests, suggest best practices for their use with gifted children, and work with test developers/publishers to create test instruments more appropriate for gifted assessment.
Bobbie holds degrees in Child Development and Psychology from Duke and Purdue, and has worked with the gifted population 18 years, testing gifted children and making educational recommendations for them. A mother of highly gifted sons, she is a veteran of gifted committees and school improvement teams, was an original organizer of Summit Middle School, BVSD's first charter school, chairing the curriculum committee and helping to hire the original teachers. She is a popular speaker for parents on advocacy issues and teachers on classroom accommodations for the gifted, highly gifted, and twice exceptional.
Bobbie's award-winning book, Academic Advocacy for Gifted Children: A Parent’s Complete Guide (2008, an updated version of Empowering Gifted Minds: Educational Advocacy That Works), guides parents through the process of documenting the unique instructional needs of a gifted student, finding curricular options that meet the child's needs, and negotiating with school personnel for programming accommodations. Her book, Challenging Highly Gifted Learners, written for educators, addresses programming for highly, exceptionally, and profoundly gifted students.