A Letter From the Executive Director

Dr. Tracy L. Cross

Welcome to The Bridge: Newsletter of the Center for Gifted Education & Institute for Research on the Suicide of Gifted Students

The professionals who make up the Center for Gifted Education are very hardworking. Their work is far-reaching and quite meaningful. As this issue of The Bridge illustrates, Center activities range from a large-scale curriculum efficacy study being conducted with our friends in Arizona, to suicide prevention training across the William & Mary campus. In addition, Center personnel run many important programs for students, provide a series of important professional development activities for educators, and conduct numerous ongoing studies. They write grant proposals, provide service to schools, and consult with families. Moreover, they teach graduate courses in gifted education and educational foundations and serve on and chair doctoral students committees. They deserve to be commended for their considerable contribution to the students we serve, both directly and by preparing those who support them (e.g., teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, and parents).

Increasingly over the past 5 years, we have received requests for graduate school opportunities via online models. The Center has offered an endorsement program in three formats for many years. We offer the endorsement courses on campus, fully in school districts around Virginia, and more recently in a hybrid format. Last year we completed our first completely online endorsement opportunity as well. Over the years, several hundred professionals have received an endorsement in gifted education from the Center courses.

I am excited to describe a new and important opportunity for professionals wanting to obtain a doctoral program in an online format. By becoming a part of our current and very successful Executive Ed.D. Program in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership, we will now be offering nationwide an Executive Ed.D. in EPPL Gifted Education Administration. Applications for this program will open very soon and admissions will be granted in early 2018. For more information about this program, please review the current Executive Ed. D. Programs described on the William & Mary School of Education webpage and/or contact me at [[tlcross, Dr. Tracy L. Cross]]. Please note that we will continue our Ph.D. program in EPPL Gifted Administration as well.

As can be seen by these examples, the Center for Gifted Education and the Institute for Research on the Suicide of Gifted Students attempt to contribute to the lives of gifted students in myriad ways. My colleagues at the Center and Institute, plus all of the support team across William & Mary, deserve credit for their serious and ongoing contributions to this cause.

Tracy L. Cross, Ph.D.