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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


Teaching for Learning: Curriculum Differentiation for High Ability and Gifted Learners

February 27 and 28, 2017

Did you know that over 90% of a gifted students’ time is spent in the general education classroom? Many times gifted students do not make adequate yearly progress in their learning. How do teachers ensure that all students’ needs are being met in the general classroom? What systems need to be in place to support ongoing student achievement? This two day conference, designed with the classroom teacher and building administrator in mind, focuses on strategies that promote teaching and learning for students in gifted and heterogeneous (Tier 1) classrooms.

Sessions will focus on embedding higher level questioning, tiered instruction, curriculum compacting, and other effective differentiation strategies as well as the implementation of award-winning Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth curriculum and the Jacob’s Ladder series, including the new non-fiction editions.

Catherine Little, Ph.D., from the University of Connecticut will be the keynote speaker. Vanderbilt University Professor and Executive Director of PTY, Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D., PTY curriculum co-author, Emily Mofield, Ed.D., Scientist/Educator Jennifer Ufnar, Ph.D., Tennessee Department of Education Coordinators, and other exemplary speakers will also lead sessions.

2017 Spring PD Registration

2017 Spring PD Schedule

Best Practices in Identifying and Teaching the Gifted

The Tennessee Employment Standard

June 19-30, 2017

During this two-week, intensive workshop participants will explore the nature and needs of academically gifted learners, including those who are low income and culturally different. 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 by learning strategies to meet the needs of gifted students. Click here for more information about this training.


Talent Development & High-Ability Low-Income Students

December 11-12, 2017

Keynote Speaker: Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Ph.D.

Workshop descriptions and other featured speakers announced by May 2017.

2018 Conferences

Differentiation for the Gifted Learner

March 8-9, 2018

Workshop descriptions and featured speakers announced by October 2017.