The Center for Gifted Studies
Just as students need the highest-quality instruction available, so do educators need professional development opportunities to help grow their skills, and parents need access to resources and information to guide them. The Center for Gifted Studies is devoted to meeting the demand with our fall slate of programming for gifted students, their educators, and their parents.
Our Differentiation Workshop offers something for both teachers new to the concept of differentiation as well as to experienced practitioners.
The Twice-Exceptional Students Seminar helps address the needs of gifted students who also have another exceptionality such as a learning disability. Parents of twice-exceptional students are also encouraged to attend.
The Berta Seminar on Identifying and Addressing the Emotional Needs of Gifted Students helps ensure that the social/emotional needs of gifted learners are being met. This seminar is also very valuable for counselors and the parents of gifted youth.
Fall Super Saturdays, now in its 26th year, offers enrichment classes for high ability and high-interest students in grades 1 – 8. Through a hands-on, minds-on approach, students explore, investigate, and learn with experienced teachers and like-minded peers. In addition, Parent Seminars are offered on raising gifted and talented children.
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 more than thirty-five 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.
Fall Super Saturdays
Watch our video on the Excellence Gap, "Give Excellence a Chance," created through Project Reaching Academic Potential (RAP)
The Excellence Gap is the achievement gap at the advanced level of student achievement: lower socioeconomic groups, English language learners, and African American and Hispanic students are underrepresented at the highest levels of academic achievement.
“If we don’t do something about the disparity … we’re going to continue to see some of the same problems we’re seeing in our society now by not addressing and nurturing some of these young talents while we have the opportunity.”— LaTonya Frasier-Goatley, Advance Program Coordinator, Jefferson City Schools
“This country thrives on talent, on ideas, on creativity, on innovation. And unfortunately, the fastest growing parts of our student population are the groups that are suffering the worst of the Excellence Gap.” — Jonathan Plucker, Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University and author of Excellence Gaps in Education