In following its mission to impact the field of gifted education through research, publication and outreach, The Institute works to give educators, policymakers and parents a deeper understanding of intellectual giftedness.
The work of The Institute is not bound by geography; in fact, it is specifically geared to transcend the reach of the Ricks Center for Gifted Children and have a global impact.
Institute-sponsored research projects in gifted education provide the latest insights for practitioners and other researchers, in addition to building the theoretical basis for further application.
The Institute's curriculum units are in use by teachers throughout the United States and in several countries, including China, South Africa, the Netherlands, Ukraine, England and Australia. This has exposed thousands of students to the integrated thematic curricular approach that has been carefully matched to the learning characteristics and dispositions of gifted children and 21st century skills.
In conjunction with the production of curriculum units, The Institute sponsors a conference for school practitioners, parents, graduate students, and university professors interested in learning about focused topics related to gifted education and learners. These conferences—the most recent of which was held in October 2011—host participants from across the country.
The Institute's monograph series also reaches worldwide, sharing focused information relating to current topics and issues in the education and development of gifted children. Additionally, The Institute's professional development and outreach programs have a measurable impact on gifted education as they also work to support gifted education with educators, parents and policymakers.
This work has become part of the global education community, with the Ricks Center's curriculum replicated in numerous countries, and its alumni continuing to serve as leaders and agents of change throughout the world.
In 2004, The Institute won the National Association for Gifted Children's Excellence in Curriculum Award, helping us toward our goal of being part of the national and global landscape of gifted education.