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Applying to VSA: A Sneak Peek!

Dec. 26, 2012—It is December 26, just after noon. PTY is running with a skeleton crew right now. Many of our staff are visiting friends and family over the holidays. We have only gotten a few calls this morning, but so far they have all been about the VSA application process. It seems that many students are...

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Summer SAVY 2013 Course Offerings are Here

Dec. 6, 2012—Soon, Summer SAVY 2013 course books will be mailed and the new online application will be available! For now, here is a glimpse of our offerings. Dates & Times Session 1: June 16-21 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) Session 2: June 24-28 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) Session 3: July 8-19 (Weekdays 9:00 a.m. to...

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SAVY Spotlight – Picture Book Extravaganza

Dec. 6, 2012—Ready for Readers Does your child “get lost” in stories? Is your student always asking questions about the books they are reading? Then, Picture Book Extravaganza, an exciting Spring SAVY course, is the class for your kindergarten student! In this course, students will learn through Jacob’s Ladder, which emphasizes advances learning processes that encourages critical...

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Spring WAVU 2013 Course Offerings are Here

Nov. 20, 2012—Spring 2013 7th & 8th Grade Courses Lyrics: From Epic Poems to Modern Pop This class will revel in an eclectic mix of lyrics from Homer and Dante to Dylan and Tupac. Beginning with the origins of the form in ancient Greece and continuing through to its incarnations in Renaissance, Romantic, and Modern poetry, we...

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Nearly There!

Nov. 13, 2012—Believe it or not, we have already been getting phone calls for parents asking us about VSA next year. They want to know: When will the application be available? What kinds of courses will you be offering? Will so-and-so be teaching again? We started planning for VSA 2013 (#VSA2013) the week after VSA 2012. For...

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Do You WAVU?

Nov. 1, 2012—Last Saturday we welcomed our fall cohort to campus for Weekend Academy at Vanderbilt University (WAVU). Students spent their weekend learning from Vanderbilt scholars, making new friends, and having a great time. In our classes students studied bones to determine the sex and age of the deceased, learned how scientists use computer modeling to develop...

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SAVY Spotlight – Road to the White House

Sep. 7, 2012—“Calling all future Presidents!” Is your fifth or sixth grader plugged into politics and enthusiastic about elections? If so, we have the course for you! This fall, SAVY is excited to offer Road to the White House, an academically advanced class focusing on US government and the electoral process. For six Saturdays leading up to...

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VSA 2012: Wrapping Things Up

Aug. 3, 2012—by Program Coordinator David J. Dunn, PhD Is it over already? It seems like only a few days ago we were making plans for the summer. Wasn’t it just last week that we were setting up the VSA Office, dragging our equipment out of storage (or as we call it around here, “The Department of...

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PTY Welcomes Gem Thomerson

Aug. 1, 2012—PTY welcomes Gem Thomerson (Ed.D.) as its new Director. Working with our Executive Director, Tamra Stambaugh (Ph.D.), Thomerson will apply her expertise in gifted education to advance our existing programs and to develop new ones. She holds a doctorate from the University of South Carolina in curriculum and instruction with a focus on teaching academically...

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PTY Five Year Report

Apr. 17, 2012—The past five years have been an eventful period for Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth.  We’ve seen our programs for students grow, added new programs for families and educators, contributed to research in the field of gifted education, and strengthened our connections on campus and in our community.  In Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth Five...

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