Joanne Foster, EdD

Joanne Foster, Ed.D., is a parent, teacher, gifted education consultant, and award-winning author. Her newest book, co-authored with Dona Matthews, is Being Smart about Gifted Learning: Empowering Parents and Kids Through Challenge and Change—a fully updated 3rd edition of Being Smart. (Fall 2021) Dr. Foster’s work focuses on supporting and encouraging children’s optimal development, including their intelligence, creativity, productivity, and well-being. She conducts teacher-training workshops, gives presentations to educators and parent organizations in local, national, international, and online forums, and serves on advisory committees concerning children’s education and high-level development. She is the author of ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids: Hundreds of Ways to Inspire Your Child (2019), Bust Your BUTS: Tips for Teens Who Procrastinate (2018 IBPA Silver Benjamin Franklin Award winner), and Not Now, Maybe Later: Helping Children Overcome Procrastination (2015). She is also co-author (with Dona Matthews) of Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids (2014). Dr. Foster's writing is featured in a range of publications and online venues across a variety of disciplines. She taught at the University of Toronto for many years, and she continues to provide leadership in areas of giftedness and child development to parents and teachers in school communities across North America, and beyond. To find out more about Dr. Foster’s work, and for access to lots of resources, please go to