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The Tennessee Employment Standard

Best Practices for Identifying and Teaching the Gifted Learner

2018-2019 Tennessee Employment Standard*

August 2018 to April 2019

Join us for this year round 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. You will also discuss evidence supported Identification methods and practice strategies for differentiating curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of gifted students.

Non-Tennessee residents are welcomed and will receive a certificate of completion but not the Employment Standard.  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

 Vanderbilt professors, practitioners, 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 in between sessions of the workshop.

Registration options coming soon.

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

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

Dates: Please click here for the specific meeting dates.

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.