In accordance with the Institute for the Development of Gifted Education's mission to impact the field of gifted education through research, publication and outreach, the Institute works to provide educators, policymakers and parents a deeper understanding of intellectual giftedness.
Research projects through the Institute provides the foundation to inform practitioners, researchers, and educators in the field. Research projects include current research on neuropsychology of giftedness, doctoral level program evaluation, historical perspectives of giftedness, and psychological aspects of giftedness. These projects include international collaboration and broad based demographic variability.
Curricula and publications
The Institute's curricula and publications are utilized globally. Teachers and learners benefit from the integrated thematic curricular approach that has been carefully crafted to match the learning characteristics and dispositions of gifted children and 21st Century Skills. In 2004 and 2012, the Institute was presented with the National Association for Gifted Children's Excellence in Curriculum Award.
The Institute's monograph series provides research based articles written by leaders in the field on topics specific to sub-populations within giftedness. Monographs are utilized by researchers, policy makers, and as part of graduate level coursework.
Institute conferences provide a forum for professional education and collaboration. Through keynote presentations, topical presentations from leading practitioners, and interactive workshops participants gain applicable knowledge for real-world contexts. Conferences are held yearly and vary with cutting edge topics based on market response and current needs within the field.
Through the generous support of the Considine Family Foundation, the Palmarium Award is a formal recognition of eminence in the field. The Palmarium Awardee exemplifies the vision of the Institute for the Development of Gifted Education and shares their expertise through a keynote address during the conference.