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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

PTY’s annual conference focuses on meeting the needs of high-ability learners from low-income backgrounds. Topics addressed will include identifying low-income gifted students, developing low-income gifted student’s social-emotional skills, and using research-based curriculum resources and instructional strategies. Click here to learn more about the workshop and keynote sessions for this conference.

There are two ways to register for this event. Please note that a completed registration is required for each individual participant.

Click here to register online

Click here to complete a PDF registration form

For additional information or assistance with registration, please contact Sarah DeLisle (sarah.s.delisle@vanderbilt.edu or 615.322.3179).

Keynote Speakers:

Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Ph.D. 
Northwestern University
Center for Talent Development
Del Siegle, Ph.D.
University of Connecticut
Naeg School of Education
Featured Speakers:
Lydia Bentley, Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University
Peabody College
Christine Deitz, Ed.D. and Kristy Kidd, M.Ed.
University of Arkansas
Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education
April Wells, M.Ed.
Coordinator for Gifted, Academies, Advanced Placement, and World Languages
Illinois Elgin School District U46

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.