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The Tennessee Employment Standard

Best Practices for Identifying and Teaching the Gifted Learner

2018 Tennessee Employment Standard*

June 18-29, 2018

Join us for this two week experience exploring 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 learn] strategies to meet the needs of gifted students. Non-Tennessee residents are encouraged to attend as most content is not state-specific.  Alternative activities will be provided during state identification conversations.


  • 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 and the gifted child
  • Models of curriculum development and service delivery
  • Differentiation strategies for working with gifted students in a variety of settings
  • Selecting and evaluating curriculum and resources
  • Assessing gifted learner progress and writing individual education plans

 Vanderbilt professors, practioners, and other experts in the field will lead sessions.

All participants will be required to complete readings and additional assignments before the start of the workshop and on nights and weekends of the workshop.

2018 Employment Standard Registration

Cost: $1,275 per person (includes all course materials).

Payment is due 15 days prior to the start of the training.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: A minimum number of participants is needed to hold this event. VU may cancel up to fifteen business days prior to the workshop and will provide a full refund. Participants may cancel up to 5 business days prior to the workshop. All participant cancellations prior to 5 days before the conference are subject to a $50 service fee. A 50% refund will be granted for cancellations within 4 days of the conference. Participant cancellation must be received in writing via fax or email. 

*Information to Receive Tennessee Employment: For Tennessee residents, qualified participants who successfully complete the two-week session and all commensurate coursework are eligible for the Tennessee employment standard in gifted education. Participants will be awarded a document that indicates the employment standard has been met. Please check with your district’s licensure office before registering to be sure they will accept Vanderbilt’s Employment Standard contact hours for employment in your district. This workshop does not constitute course credit from Vanderbilt University or an added endorsement in Gifted Education. Frequently asked questions about licensure, housing, logistics, etc. Note that participants must attend all sessions to be eligible for the standard.