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Stetson program expands thinking cap for gifted students
Twelve-year-old D.J Morrison pressed his lips together as he maneuvered a robotic arm made of wood and rubber bands. It was one of his many projects during a weeklong technology at Stetson University. . . .

Daytona Beach News-Journal, FL
July 22, 2006

Teachers of gifted students get training
Carroll County public schools are exceeding state guidelines by providing teachers in its gifted and talented program with advanced certification in their field. By next school year, all 15 of Carroll’s gifted and talented teachers will have completed a six-course certificate program . . .

The Examiner, DC
July 20, 2006

Gifted students take on fear
Sitting around a table, a group of young people discuss with almost Talmudic intensity whether vampires, werewolves, and even UFOs are real.  As they do so, they're conducting research, forming opinions and learning about fear - and how a little knowledge can conquer it. . .

Abilene Reporter-News, TX
July 18, 2006

Schools seek to kindle gifted
Thurston County's three largest school districts are eyeing changes to programs for gifted students in response to some parents concerns that their children aren't being adequately challenged at school. . . .

The Olympian, WA
July 17, 2006

What constitutes a gifted pupil?
You knew that the moment they took their first step, scrawled their earliest stick-figure painting, won the egg and spoon race, or displayed scientific curiosity by asking persistently: "Where do babies come from?"

BBC News, UK
July 14, 2006

Teacher wins treasure hunt; gifted program real winner
Puzzle-solving nets nearly a thousand dollars for the school district's gifted program -- Like a true teacher, Jeremy Smith puts his money where his heart is - right into his classroom.  Smith, who won $1,120 for solving the "Puzzle Me Carson City" treasure hunt, will use the winnings for his Eagle Valley Middle School classroom, where he will begin teaching English this fall. . . .

The Nevada Appeal, NV
July 12, 2006

Gifted pupils 'still missing out'
Up to 100,000 gifted pupils in England are missing out on extra help to develop their talents, an expert says.  Sir Cyril Taylor, chairman of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, said 900 schools were not recommending children for government-backed courses. . . .

BBC News, UK
July 11, 2006 

Project seeks to help gifted kids get ahead
For two weeks, 95 fourth and fifth graders from Dayton were running around Miami University’s campus. They are part of a five-year-old program called Project Ahead — a program that targets young students who have shown a high potential and interest in math and science. . . .

The Oxford Press, OH
July 9, 2006

Gifted students shy away from fast-tracking
CEILI Moore enjoys a challenge.  The 11-year-old is in the top 5 per cent of her Year 6 class, participates in debating and academic tournaments, and has spoken at her local Rotary Club in western Sydney. . . .

The Australian-News
July 10, 2006