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Vanderbilt Gifted Education Institute

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth is pleased to offer professional development opportunities designed to help educators better serve and support high-ability students. Known collectively as the Vanderbilt Gifted Education Institute, we endeavor to develop those who work with them throughout the academic year and summer. Use the navbar to the right to learn more about each offering and find registration information.

On-Site Professional Development Opportunities

PTY’s Gifted Education Institute is pleased to offer a variety of professional development sessions to school staff or parent groups in an effort to provide additional support and information about the unique learning needs of high-ability students. PTY will work with school leaders or parent groups to design a session that addresses the specific learning needs and interests of the audience.

2017 Conferences


Best Practices in Identifying and Teaching the Gifted

The Tennessee Employment Standard

August 2017 – May 2018

During this year-round experience participants will explore the nature and needs of academically gifted learners, including those who are low income and culturally different. Workshop sessions will take place on select evenings and weekends throughout the year. Each day will encompass meaningful learning experiences, lectures from national experts in gifted education, and opportunities to interact with other education professionals. In this workshop you will also practice methods for differentiating curriculum and discuss strategies for meeting the needs of gifted students. Click here for more information about this training.

For additional information about dates, times, and session locations, please contact Sarah DeLisle (sarah.s.delisle@vanderbilt.edu or 615.322.3179)

Finding and Developing Talent in Students from Low Income Backgrounds

December 11-12, 2017

Keynote Speakers: Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Ph.D. & Del Siegle, Ph.D.

Workshop descriptions and other featured speakers coming soon.

2018 Conferences

Differentiation for the Gifted Learner

March 8-9, 2018

Keynote Speakers: Kathy Gavin, Ph.D. & Shelagh Gallagher, Ph.D.

Workshop descriptions and featured speakers announced by January 2018.