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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. 

2019-2020 Academic Year Conferences & Trainings

Differentiation for Gifted Learners

Dates: March 4 and 5, 2019

Cost: $279

This two day conference, designed with the classroom teacher and building administrator in mind, focuses on curriculum resources and instructional strategies that promote achievement gains for high achieving and gifted students in heterogeneous classrooms and gifted classrooms.

Learn more about developing higher level questions and products, designing units that emphasize abstract conceptual understanding, teaching through a problem based learning approach, and applying models and frameworks that promote content expertise. PTY will showcase Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth’s new elementary integrated science and ELA units published by Prufrock Press and provide workshops on our previously published ELA middle school units and models. The recently published Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program nonfiction series and newly released second editions of the original Jacob’s Ladder books will also be shared.

The hands-on sessions are led by curriculum developers, PTY faculty and staff, and nationally known experts in the field of gifted education.

Click here to register via our online system.

Click here to register via paper form.

Hotel Information

Best Practices in Identifying and Teaching the Gifted: 

The Tennessee Employment Standard

Dates: August 2018 to August 2019

Cost: $1275

During year-round experience participants will explore the nature and needs of academically gifted learners, including those who are low income and culturally diverse backgrounds. Workshop sessions will take place on select evenings and weekends throughout the year. Each meeting will encompass meaningful learning experiences, lectures from national experts in gifted education, and opportunities to interact with other education professionals. Participants will practice methods for differentiating curriculum and will discuss strategies for meeting the needs of gifted students. Click here for more information about The Tennessee Employment Standard, including specific meeting dates.

Registration closed for the 2018-2019 school year. Information for the 2019-2020 school year will be posted soon.

For additional information, please contact Sarah DeLisle ( or 615.322.3179).

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.