The Center’s mission is to provide a learning community that values and fosters the talent development process of individuals over the lifespan. The Center’s professional development programs support this mission as we work with individuals at local, state, national, and international levels to foster talent within our professional community. The goals for our professional development programs are to promote leadership and exemplary practice within the broad study of giftedness and talent development. We meet our goals by providing a range of professional development options programs, services, and materials to educators, policy makers, researchers, parents, and graduate students in support of the needs of gifted and talented individuals over the life span.
Several major grants, including funding from the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act, have provided significant support for the work of the Center and guided our development of research-based practices in our professional development services. As a learning community, faculty, staff, and graduate students at the Center for Gifted Education seek to strengthen the knowledge and skill base of educators through conferences, seminars, workshops, and customized services that focus on gifted learners. The Center offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, counselors, researchers, and others working in the field of gifted education.
A National Curriculum Network Conference, a Professional Summer Institute, a Pre-AP Summer Institute, and an Advanced Placement Summer Institute are the four annual events held on the campus of The College of William and Mary for K-12 administrators, teachers, coordinators, and counselors.