The Institute offers two days of workshops that include presentations, training and panel discussions on several topics important to the education of gifted youth. Additionally, Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University is the keynote speaker and host of the first of two sessions on Monday, July 18, “The Other Side of Giftedness.” The primary focus of this workshop is the social and emotional challenges related to being gifted and to help teachers and counselors better understand why gifted students act and feel the way that they do.

Tuesday’s second session includes instruction from Nelson and Roberta Kaufman, Ph.D., an assistant professor of education at USD. A third session, three hours of graduate credit for the Institute (SPED 762: Nature and Nurture of Creativity), is scheduled for July 18-22 at USD.

“We are thrilled to develop 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 develop opportunities for high-ability students. All students, including our brightest, have a right to learn.”

Tuition for the Institute for Teachers of Gifted Youth is $100 for the one-day workshop ($75 for SDAGC members) and $150 for the two-day workshop (teachers attending the two-day session will receive one-credit for recertification). The graduate course, SPED 760: Nature and Needs of the Gifted Child, 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 Roberta 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.

For more information or to register for the 2011 Institute, please visit or contact Nelson at (605) 677-6479 or e-mail at

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