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Gifted Education’s Future Will Be Explored Nov. 19 At Rutgers Conference For Educators, Parents

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Keynote speaker Joyce VanTassel-Baska to describe challenges facing field in an ‘age of standards and accountability’

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers will explore the unique challenges of educating the most gifted students in a classroom at the second annual Gifted Education conference for education professionals and parents on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Conference keynote luncheon speaker Joyce VanTassel-Baska, professor emerita and founding director of the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William & Mary, will describe “Challenges Facing Gifted Education in this Age of Standards and Accountability.”    

Concurrent morning sessions include the “Politics and Realities of Gifted Education Administration,” “Differentiating the Next Generation Science Standards” and “Modifying the Curriculum to Write a Differentiated Unit of Study.”  Scheduled concurrent afternoon sessions are “Gifted Underachievers: Who, What, Why?” “Problem- and Project-Based Learning for High-Ability Learners” and “Planning Professional Learning to Improve Gifted Education.”

The afternoon sessions will be followed by a poster session of final projects by graduates of the Rutgers Gifted Education certificate program. Winners of $500 scholarships, named for VanTassel-Baska, who is a founding faculty member of the program and author of the certificate curriculum, will be announced. Three breakout roundtables for teachers and parents of children in grades K-5, and middle and high school, respectively, and also for administrators and coordinators will conclude the conference. The event will be held at Rutgers Business School, 100 Rockafeller Road on the Livingston Campus in Piscataway.

“Every teacher in New Jersey works with gifted learners, but many do not have the resources or special training to address the academic, social and emotional needs of these exceptional students in the classroom,” said Elizabeth Beasley, director of Rutgers-New Brunswick Summer and Winter Sessions and Special Projects within the Division of Continuing Studies (DoCS).

“The conference’s goal is to provide research-based best practices to support educators and parents working with children with extraordinary gifts.”

For information and registration, visit: or contact DoCS at or 848-932-7565.

Rutgers’ Gifted Education certificate program is the only such graduate-level program in New Jersey. The program is a fully online, 15-credit graduate curriculum that can be applied to master’s and doctoral programs at Rutgers Graduate School of Education as well as the Master’s in Childhood Studies offered by Rutgers University-Camden. The certificate program features experts in the field of gifted education from Rutgers and other universities across the country.

Rutgers University’s Division of Continuing Studies focuses on lifelong learning needs and opportunities. Serving all Rutgers campuses, the division includes more than 135 employees in 20 business units providing hundreds of credit and noncredit programs with thousands of participants from youth to retirees. DoCS also provides educational support services combining pedagogy and technology, including instructional design and course management systems for online, face-to-face and hybrid learning environments.

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