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The Center for Gifted Studies


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The recent global pandemic has highlighted racial and economic inequities in many areas of schooling, including opportunities for advanced learning. Inequity in gifted education suggests that we are missing a large percentage of students whose potential may remain untapped and whose contributions may never be realized.
We invite elementary and middle school principals who are committed to learning more about finding and serving students with high potential from racially, culturally, ethnically, and linguistically different populations to join these Cohorts. Participants will engage in lively discussions with national experts and other passionate principals focused on cultivating equity and access to advanced learning. 


Where Gifted Learners Discover Their Potential

Located on the Western Kentucky University campus in Bowling Green, Kentucky, The Center for Gifted Studies has been serving children who are gifted and talented, their educators, and their parents for 40 years. The Center provides exciting educational opportunities for gifted young people, rigorous professional development for teachers, and support for parents of gifted young people. Under the direction of Dr. Julia Roberts, The Center has become one of the preeminent advocates for gifted education in the United States.

The Center believes that when gifted young people meet their extraordinary potential, our communities, our state, our nation—even our world—become better places. That is why each school year, The Center renews its commitment to encouraging excellence by providing quality programming and resources for gifted students, their teachers, and their parents.

Kentucky Talent Search

In late 2020, Duke University announced the closure of Duke TIP including residential programs and talent search. The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU is committed to talent development and understands the need for programming to ensure the continual development and a talent search program. Staff at The Center are currently collaborating with several universities around the United States to develop a plan to ensure we continue to identify and serve talented students across the Commonwealth. Please follow along with us as we prepare these plans. Sign up here to receive email updates as we have more information.

Educator Discount

WKU is offering licensed Kentucky educators a special rate of $350/credit hour. Online options are tailored to working professionals and are taught by award-winning professors.
Learn more about the Endorsement in Gifted Education, the MAE in Gifted Education and Talent Development, and the Education Specialist in Gifted Education and Talent Development at our Graduate Programs in Gifted Education page.
Learn more about WKU’s educator discount here

Upcoming Opportunities

Principal Cohorts for Equity

Elementary Principals

Sept. 15-16 & Oct. 20-21, 2021

Middle School Principals

Sept. 16-17 & Oct. 21-22, 2021

Twice-Exceptional Students Seminar

September 24, 2021

The Berta Seminar

October 25, 2021

Fall Super Saturdays

November 6, 13, & 20, 2021




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 Last Modified 7/21/21