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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.


Employment Standard – Professional Development Opportunity

Best Practices in Identifying and Teaching the Gifted Learner: Tennessee Employment Standard 2024


August 24, 2024 to January 11, 2025

Join us for this exciting educational experience that explores ways to identify gifted learners and differentiate instruction for them.

Note: Teachers licensed in states other than TN are invited to attend and will receive a certificate of attendance but will not receive the TN employment standard. Most content is not state-specific. Alternative activities will be provided during state identification conversations.

In this intensive training you will engage in a variety of learning experiences such as projects, discussions, lectures, modeling, and collaboration with other education professionals.

Topics discussed include the following:

  • Misconceptions and myths about gifted students
  • Conceptions and characteristics of giftedness
  • Identification and assessment of gifted students, including those typically underrepresented in gifted programs
  • Working with special populations of gifted students
  • Social and emotional development of the gifted child
  • Evidence supported instructional strategies for working with gifted students in a variety of settings
  • Selecting and evaluating curriculum resources

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Other Resources for Educators and Families

We view our mission at PTY as supporting students and families in developing their talents. PTY has taken modified select lessons from our field-tested and published curriculum for your use at home.