Teachers of children with learning disabilities, emotional or behavioral disorders, hearing impairments, or attention deficits may be interested in attending the Project HIGH HOPES National Training Institute on July 10-14, 1995 at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, CT. Participants at the institute will interact with nationally-acclaimed experts in the field and observe students using interdisciplinary curriculum to solve real-world problems. Project HIGH HOPES is a federally funded Javits program which focuses on identification of potential for gifted behavior in science/technology, visual arts, or the performing arts in students with special needs. For more information contact: Project HIGH HOPES, P.O. Box 402, Danielson, CT 06239.
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Over the last 12 years, the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Johns Hopkins University has become a major influence in American education with its world-wide talent search and advanced summer programs for talented fourth through twelfth graders. Based on 13 case studies from the CTY program, Smart Kids-How Academic Talents Are Developed and Nurtured in America by W. G. Durden and A. E. Tangherlini is an interesting, readable book about talented children and their education in the United States. In it the authors describe drawbacks in the current educational system and how improvements can be implemented. Smart Kids—is available for $27.50 from Hogrefe & Huber Publishers, P.O. Box 2487, Kirkland, WA 98083.
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School districts with innovative ideas to motivate female students to pursue careers in science, mathematics, and engineering can tap into a National Science Foundation program. NSF’s Model Projects for Women and Girls program annually supports about 17 projects of up to $100,000 each that design and implement highly focused activities to increase women’s and girls’ confidence in science, math, and engineering studies. For more information contact: Lola Rogers, Program Director, Division of Human Resource Development, Educational and Human Resources Directorate, NSF, Room 815, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, (703) 306-1637.
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Educators interested in language arts programs for highly able K-9 learners will want to attend one of two training institutes being conducted by the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex Board of Cooperative Education Services and the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary. A spring institute will be held at the College of William and Mary on March 5-7 at Williamsburg, VA. For registration information call Dana Johnson at (804) 221-2362. A summer institute will be held July 10-14 at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. For registration information call Robin Gibbin at (518) 584-3239 (ext. 315).