The Center for Gifted Studies
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.
Educators of gifted and talented students require professional learning opportunities to best support students. We offer Advanced Placement trainings as well as day workshops discussion differentiation, social/emotional needs, twice-exceptional students, among others. Learn more about our educator offerings.
Parents are vital to best providing for gifted children. Our opportunities allow parents to learn best practices for social/emotional development, strategies for working with twice-exceptional students, and more. Learn more about our offerings for parents.
Project Launch Plus is a federal grant focusing on talent development for young people of high ability (90th percentile in at least one subject area) who have had few opportunities to develop their talents and who live within three hours of WKU. These young people live in rural areas and/or have family incomes that previously prevented them from participating in enrichment programs.
Educators can submit qualifying students on the Project Launch Plus page.
Talent Identification Program of Kentucky
In late 2020, Duke University announced the closure of Duke’s Talent Identification Program. The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU understands the need to continue this critical program and is committed to talent development. For more information visit the Talent Identification Program of Kentucky (TIP-KYSM) page.