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June 11, 2007

Gifted education resource to offer summer school for educators

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Educators can learn more about serving the needs of gifted and talented children and about discovering the talents in all children on June 25-28 at Purdue University's DISCOVER! 2007.

DISCOVER! 2007 is sponsored by the College of Education's Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) and will take place on Purdue's West Lafayette campus. This year's theme is "Discover Differentiation and Talent Development to Raise Student Achievement."

The event offers in-depth sessions on topics such as program development, social and emotional needs of gifted children, and developing personal talents. The institute includes more than 30 sessions with practical applications led by international experts, educators and scholars. Special sessions in the arts, language arts, mathematics, social studies, program development and other topics also are available.

"Educators will find the information invaluable," said Marcia Gentry, associate director of the Gifted Education Resource Institute. "They will collect new ideas, make new connections and ultimately better serve the needs of their students."

Emphasis is placed on educating the child by integrating social and emotional aspects, differentiating curriculum to create optimal learning, and showcasing effective methods for delivering content in a way that facilitates learning.

DISCOVER! 2007 participants choose either a commuter or residential package.

In addition to the sessions, optional excursions to two area attractions - Wolf Park and Tour of Samara: A Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Home - also are available. A complete schedule and keynote descriptions are available online at http://www.purdue.edu/geri.

Register online at http://www.conf.purdue.edu/DISCOVER or download a registration form at http://www.purdue.edu/geri. If space allows, registrations will be accepted past the original June 11 deadline.

The Indiana Department of Education has provided funding so that Indiana educators can attend DISCOVER! 2007 at a reduced rate. Indiana educators can deduct $100 from any of the packages. If registering online and utilizing the Indiana educator discount, call Ed Keller at (765) 494-9482, Lisa Peters at (765) 494-2752 or toll-free at (800) 359-2968 for a discount code.

School corporations registering six or more people will receive a complementary pass that will allow an administrator from the same corporation to attend sessions free of charge. Travel, lodging and meals will be at your expense. Contact Stacey Folyer at (765) 494-7243, sfolyer@purdue.edu, or Marcia Gentry at (765) 496-3721, mgentry@purdue.edu.

DISCOVER! 2007 is presented in association with the National Association for Gifted Children's Counseling and Guidance Division and funded in part by the Indiana Department of Education.

Media contact: Amy Patterson Neubert, (765) 494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Sources:   Marcia Gentry, (765) 496-3721, mgentry@purdue.edu

Tonya Agnew, College of Education communications director, (765) 494-0568, tragnew@purdue.edu

Jillian Gates, DISCOVER! 2007 coordinator, (765) 494-9671, jcgates@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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