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1 Welcome to the Webinar Opening Doors for Top Students

2 Before we get started Welcome and introductions Today s session will last minutes Feel free to ask questions at any time by speaking into your phone or by using the Q&A feature at the top of your screen.

3 Webinar Agenda CTY mission and leadership Myths about gifted students Supporting gifted learners The CTY Talent Search Opening doors at CTY Questions?

4 Dr. Elaine Tuttle Hansen Dr. Elaine Tuttle Hansen Joined CTY in August 2011 as the third executive director since its founding in 1979 Former president of Bates College Served as provost and professor of English at Haverford College CTY Mission To recognize and develop the world s brightest minds.

5 Groundbreaking work by Dr. Julian Stanley Julian Stanley Professor of Psychology Johns Hopkins University ( )

6 What are common myths about gifted students? Gifted education programs are elitist. Gifted students don t need special services; they ll do just fine on their own. Teachers of gifted students don t need special training. Doing nothing is equivalent to doing no harm. Students who accelerate their learning are being pushed too hard and may become socially maladjusted. Age, not readiness, should determine grade placement.

7 What You Can Do to Support Your Gifted Learner Challenge him or her! Assess mathematical and verbal reasoning abilities using above grade level tests and use standardized tests for documentation of achievement Incorporate academic acceleration and enrichment into your child s curricular plan: Distance education Academic summer programs Academic competitions/ contests and for older students Internships and mentorships Independent study and special projects Community service, travel, cultural experiences

8 What You Can Do to Support Your Gifted Learner Challenge your gifted learner! Consider his/her needs in each subject area (e.g., although advanced in math, he/she may not be as advanced in the humanities). Continue to nurture the development of his/her gift, but also encourage the development of skills and abilities that are not as strong. Encourage your child to be involved in academic planning and creating challenging and meaningful assignments.

9 What You Can Do to Support Your Gifted Learner Nurture the social and emotional development of your child: Acquire information about the social/emotional needs of gifted children (see resources). Help your child to understand his/her giftedness and normalize his/her feelings and experiences. Find opportunities for your child to interact with intellectual peers and age peers. Provide your child with opportunities to develop social skills. Encourage your child to take risks, make informed decisions, tolerate imperfection, make realistic appraisals of relative strengths and weaknesses, accept self

10 What You Can Do to Support Your Gifted Learner Be excellent role models for your children by taking care of yourselves (attend to your own self esteem needs). Be sure your actions and words are consistent. Help your child to manage his/her overexcitabilities or intensities. Seek individual, group, or family counseling if the need arises. A good start for any gifted learner is to join the CTY Talent Search

11 Who can join CTY Talent Search? Students in grades 2 8 who Score at the 95th percentile or higher on a nationally normed aptitude or achievement test, or Score at distinguished/advanced level on a state test, or Demonstrate superior academic performance

12 Discover the benefits of joining the CTY Talent Search Expose students to above grade level testing/college admissions test in a low stakes setting Benefits Assess a student s high academic talents and/or reveal previously unrecognized abilities Build a foundation for stronger academic and study skills Focus educational planning and decision making Meet students and parents who share a similar interest in learning Be recognized for academic excellence

13 CTY s above grade level tests Grades 2 8 School and College Ability Test (SCAT) Grades 7 8 SAT or ACT Grades 5 8 Spatial Test Battery (STB)

14 Awards Ceremonies The annual awards from CTY are effectively the only recognition our son receives, outside his own family, for his academic accomplishments. And your support means a lot to him. Thank you. Val

15 After testing with CTY, what s available? Opening Doors 1 Opening Doors at CTY Summer Academic Programs Three week day and residential programs One intensive course per session Recreational activities promote social interaction For the first time, everyone was just like me! Minimum score requirements for all courses CTYOnline Year round courses in math, science, language, and humanities Courses for elementary, middle, and high school students Minimum score requirements

16 Opening Doors 2 Family Academic Programs Grades 2 12 One Day and Overnight Programs Humanities, Science & Technology, and College Prep workshops Educational Travel Programs Imagine Opportunities, resources, and guidance for middle/high schoolers 5 issues a year, right to your door Finally, a magazine that takes my bright child seriously! Cogito.org Online resources for promising young scientists ages 8 18 Meet and talk with other science minded students worldwide Resources free to interested students

17 CTY Diagnostic and Counseling Center Refined educational testing and guidance Appropriate for extremely advanced learners, young children, and/or students with possible learning differences Very useful for placement discussions with schools Opening Doors 3 CTY College Counseling Offers individualized college counseling services Provides the personalized attention, tools, and advice students need to achieve their college admissions goals Can assist you in becoming a well prepared, competitive college applicant

18 Questions? Phone: Visit web to find out more!

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