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Center for Gifted Education recognized for outstanding curriculum

  • Book Award:
    Book Award:  Jennifer Robins, right, director of publications & professional development for the W&M Center for Gifted Education, accepts the award on behalf of the center at the annual conference of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. {em}Photo by Amy Maddox{/em}  
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The William & Mary Center for Gifted Education has been recognized by the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented with their Legacy Book Award in the curricular materials category.

The award honors “outstanding books published in the United States that have long-term potential for positively influencing the lives of gifted individuals and contribute to the understanding, well-being, education and success of gifted and talented students,” according to the organization’s website. The curricular materials category awards a book that provides educators with supporting materials to use in the classroom.

The book recognized, Mind Your Time, centers on the concept of time and encourages students to think about how it affects their lives through intriguing and challenging reading sections and activities.

Mind Your Time is just one of the many publications the Center for Gifted Education has developed to provide curriculum frameworks and units of study to educators, policy makers, graduate students, researchers, parents, and students in support of the needs of gifted and talented individuals. The curriculum has enjoyed national and international widespread use, and has been distributed to school districts and students in all 50 states, as well as at least 28 other countries.  

The Center for Gifted Education, founded by Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska and currently under the direction of Dr. Tracy L. Cross, has been in operation at the William & Mary School of Education since 1988. The Center has been the recipient of 30 years of continuous funding from federal, state, and foundation grants for curriculum development, research and dissemination, and programming for gifted students.