The Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary, a research and development center, was established in 1988 under the leadership of Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska. Dr. Tracy L. Cross began serving as Executive Director in 2009. The Center provides services to educators, policy makers, graduate students, researchers, parents, and students in support of the needs of gifted and talented individuals. Located in Williamsburg, Virginia, the Center has established an international reputation for excellence in research, curriculum development, and service. 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.
The Center for Gifted Education is a learning community that values and fosters the talent development process and optimal functioning of high-ability individuals over their life span.
- To provide graduate education programs and opportunities for individuals interested in teaching gifted students and/or assuming administrative and leadership positions in the field of gifted education.
- To provide selected programs and services for pre-collegiate learners and their families.
- To develop, field-test, and disseminate curriculum in relevant content areas at appropriate developmental levels.
- To conduct research and evaluation for dissemination to relevant audiences and for data-based decision-making.
- To provide professional development to promote leadership and exemplary practice in gifted education and talent development.
- To coordinate psychological services for high-ability students and their families and to inform the practice of school psychologists and counselors.