The Institute featuring Creativity offers two days of workshops that include presentations, training, and panel discussions on several topics important to the education of gifted youth. Additionally, the Institute features keynote speaker, Wendy Leader, Ph.D., chairperson-elect of the Creativity Network for the National Association for Gifted Children and coordinator of Gifted Programming in Grand Junction, Colo. One-credit toward recertification is available for teachers attending the two-day session.

“We are thrilled to provide this opportunity for teachers in our region,” stated Trudi Nelson, Ed.D, Institute Director and assistant professor of education at USD. “The Institute is a great resource for teachers and school specialists to learn more about how they can strengthen programs for high-ability students.”

The first of two sessions begins 8 a.m. on Monday, July 19 with Leader hosting the workshop, “Beyond the Cookbook and into the 21st Century.” The primary focus of this workshop is creativity in the classroom and preparing students with skills for the 21st century. Tuesday’s second session also begins at 8 a.m. and includes instruction from Roberta Kaufman, Ph.D., assistant professor of education at USD and Nelson. Ambassadors of Excellence campers will be featured in a panel discussion on meeting the needs of gifted students. For participants who wish to include the Institute as part of a three-credit graduate class, SPED 762: Nature and Nurture of Creativity is being offered July 21-23.

Tuition for the Institute for Teachers of Gifted Youth is $100 for the one-day Monday workshop ($75 for SDAGC members) or $150 for the two-day workshop. The offered graduate course, SPED 762: Nature and Nurture of Creativity, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., is a required course in the gifted certification sequence for the State of South Dakota and includes participation in the Institute. Participants will develop a project following the course, which they will submit to Kaufman. Tuition rates are charged according to the Board of Regents policies and are subject to change without prior notice. Students will be billed for tuition and fees by the USD Business Office.

To register for the Institute or for more information, please visit or contact Nelson at (605) 677-6479 or e-mail at

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