Dominican's summer enrichment programs provide opportunities for gifted children

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Several decades ago, talent development in the education of gifted children was introduced across the nation, reflecting a growth of research and development around notions of intelligence. Ironically, when it comes to leaving no child behind, we discover that gifted students can easily fall through the cracks as testing drives us to teach to a standardized response while bringing proficiency of all students to grade level. The phrase, "genius denied," refers to those who will suffer a profound gap between their fullest potential and what little is asked of them, particularly when one size just doesn't fit all.

There is a common misnomer that gifted students can get by on their own, and therefore do not require specialized services. All too often, this misguided notion is also coupled with another myth that intelligence is inherited, does not change, and therefore again, does not require specialized services.

Perhaps this is part of the reason why schooling for the gifted is too often a lonely and isolating experience. Not to mention, BORING!

Ask any gifted child what it's like to learn with same aged peers who are learning at a less advanced level (a.k.a., "regular school"), and the most common reply will relate to waiting. Waiting for the other students to catch on; waiting for the instructor to challenge more; waiting for answers to tangential questions; waiting for something to inspire a desire to achieve; waiting… for someone to notice.

The Summer Gifted and Talented Program is offered on the beautiful campus of Dominican University, where we are blessed to witness what can be accomplished when you bring like-minded individuals together in a safe and supportive learning environment. Throughout the halls of Summer Gifted, our classrooms are buzzing with busyness because we know that academic talent must be developed, nurtured, and fed. From students to teachers, siblings to parents, it's also clear that our learning community is cut from the same cloth, and tightly knit together. For us, summer is the highlight of the year. It's a time when we can feel free to be our quirky curious selves, motivated by the energy that comes with the joy of learning.

"I'm incredibly proud of our learning community. We're the grand sum of all our precocious parts, and there is nothing meek about that. It's within this niche that we are inspired to do something great, something more, something meaningful," says program director, Janie Wu.

Summer enrichment programs provide inspiring opportunities for both academic and social growth, and quite possibly, a life defining experience for the gifted and talented student.

Visit educate.dom.edu/academics/gifted-talented for more details about the Summer Gifted and Talented Program at Dominican University! Inspired Minds, Amazing Possibilities.

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