The Institute, co-sponsored by the USD School of Education and the South Dakota Association for Gifted Children, features many local, state and regional educators as well as gifted students from the South Dakota Ambassadors of Excellence camp (

Participants have an opportunity to register for single day or two-day sessions or a weeklong, 3-credit graduate course session from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Margie Kitano, Ph.D., a leader in the field of gifted education and the associate dean of education at San Diego State University, will conduct sessions on meeting the needs of gifted and talented children in classroom settings, social and emotional support for gifted students, and multicultural aspects of giftedness. Kitano was instrumental in developing new national standards for preparation of professionals working with gifted and talented children. She also co-authored the book “Using the National Gifted Education Standards for PreK-12 Professional Development,” which was released this year.

"Dr. Kitano brings a wealth of knowledge, a background in multicultural perspectives, and a reputation as a great presenter," stated Tim Duggan, Ed.D, director of the Institute for Teachers of Gifted Youth, assistant professor with the USD School of Education. "We are thrilled that she has agreed to work with our teachers and administrators in South Dakota."

Graduate credit will be offered for the weeklong registrants, and one re-certification credit will be available for the two-day session. Cost for the Monday workshop with Kitano is $100; $150 for the Monday-Tuesday workshop. USD tuition rates for graduate students apply to the full-week graduate course. South Dakota teachers can apply for a tuition discount while discounts will be provided to SDAGC members. For more information about the Institute or to register, please contact Duggan at (605) 677-5210 or e-mail, or visit

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