At the 1996 Symposium on Kentucky’s Children Who Are Gifted and Talented, participants discussed the need for cultivating leadership in gifted youth. Spurred by that discussion, The Center for Gifted Studies held its first Leadership Institute months later. Each year the program has brought in experts from around the country to guide more than 650 teachers, counselors, and administrators in developing leadership skills in young people with an eye towards the educational standards of Kentucky schools.
Presenters have included education coordinator at WKU’s Center for Leadership Excellence John Baker, award-winning author Barbara Lewis, Executive Director of the Ohio Leadership Institute John Lester, youth motivational speaker Ed Gillis, and Toyota executive Jim Wiseman. Topics have included encouraging leadership in youths, leadership philosophy, service learning for youth, leadership in conjunction with Kentucky’s educational standards, and developing leadership activities.
Leadership Institute XIX: TBA.
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