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The Center for Gifted Studies and Education at Hunter College

The Center for Gifted Studies and Education at Hunter College was created to be a clearinghouse of information and ideas pertinent to gifted education in New York City. It seeks to do that in several ways.

Firstly, the Center provides advanced teacher certification in gifted education in collaboration with the School of Education at Hunter College. Secondly, the Center supports and collaborates with the Hunter College Campus Schools, publicly funded specialized schools administered by Hunter College that are designed to educate intellectually and academically gifted students. Thirdly, the Center aspires to develop, advocate and promote best practices in gifted education in New York City.

The Center’s Director, Dr. Razel Solow, holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, has taught elementary and secondary school in public and Firm Schools, has conducted teacher trainings in working with gifted students and has specialized in parent advising. Before coming to the Center for Gifted Studies, Dr. Solow was Chair of the Parent/Community Division of the National Association for Gifted Children, was on the Editorial Board of Parenting for High Potential, and founded an educational consulting company, School-Wise, which provides gifted education consulting services for families and schools. Dr. Solow is also completing work on a research-based book about exceptionally gifted girls.

Over the past couple of years, the Center for Gifted Studies and Education has engaged in providing professional development workshops for teachers at Hunter College Campus Schools and a coalition of Gifted and Talented Schools around New York City that include the Lower Lab School, NEST+ m (New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math) and TAG (The Talented and Gifted School). The workshops have focused on issues such as how to nurture intellectualism among gifted students and how to address the needs of students with many different skills, interests and learning styles.

Recently, the Center also hosted a roundtable discussion with eminent leaders in the arts and sciences on how they developed their talents and took risks in their careers. The roundtable was open to teachers, parents and students. This month, the Center will partner with public schools in District 4 and Frances Stern, author of ?Raising Children So They Can Do Math? to host workshops for District 4 parents.

The Center’s website which is located at http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/gt-center also contains an invaluable and comprehensive list of resources for educators and families of gifted children.

About the Contributor: Ranu Boppana, M.D., Board Certified Adult, Adolescent, and Child Psychiatrist, is regular contributor to the NYC Firm Schools Blog in the areas of gifted education and child & adolescent mental health.

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