The Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) at Purdue University is an innovative center dedicated to the discovery, study, and development of human potential. Founded by John Feldhusen in 1974, GERI's mission is holistic development of giftedness, creativity, and talents among individuals throughout their life-span. This is accomplished through enrichment programs for gifted, creative, and talented youth; graduate programs for future scholars and leaders; professional development and coursework for educators of gifted, creative, and talented students and cutting-edge research in psychology and education related to giftedness, creativity, and talent development.
Purdue University's Gifted Education Resource Institute Presents:
Developing Student Strengths and Talents
Online Professional Learning Units designed to help educators develop their students’ strengths and talents.
Using strategies, programs, and understandings from the field of gifted, creative, and talented education can be a powerful means of helping more children and youth achieve at higher levels. Understanding learning differences, talent development, strength-based, and student-focused education can empower educators to effectively differentiate curriculum and instruction, while they also attend to the affective needs of their students. Welcome to our interactive, on-line learning units.
Designed to help educators discover, nurture, and develop talents among their students, each Unit requires about 10 hours to complete, which includes engaging on-line as well as applying content in the classroom or clinic. Upon successful completion of each unit a professional development certificate or badge documenting the experience will be provided for a total of up to 90 hours.
Entire school districts, individual school faculty, small groups of interested educators, or individuals subscribe for a two-year term, which allows ample time to fully engage in each of the nine units. Pricing is based on the number of staff members in the group subscribing. Upon subscription, log-in directions will be provided.
Program Coordinators: Marcia Gentry, Ph.D., with specialty in gifted, creative, and talented education and Jennifer Richardson, Ph.D., with specialty in educational technologies and instructional design.
Download a 2014 Summer Residential Brochure!
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Call for Participants
The HOPE Plus Project: We Need Your Help!
Unlike educational opportunity and economic prosperity, giftedness is truly color blind. It exists in all populations regardless of race, gender, or cultural background. One of the most underserved
populations among gifted and talented individuals across the country are Native American students. In recognition of this fact, Purdue's Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) has undertaken a major project in partnership with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to help address thecurrent situation and we need your help! The program can be completely described by its title, HOPE
The project has two phases. Phase one involves bringing 62 Native American students in grades 6 through 12 from the Navajo, Ojibwe, and Lakota tribes to Purdue to participate in the GERI Summer Residential gifted enrichment program. The second phase of the project is where you come in! It is my responsibility as a PhD student in gifted education at Purdue University to validate the HOPE Nomination Scale (Gentry, Peters, & Peterson, 2008) for use with Native American students. The HOPE Scale is a teacher rating instrument that measures academic and social aspects of giftedness. I have already collected 1,300 completed HOPE Scales from teachers of Native American students. Now, I need to collect just as many completed HOPE Scales from teachers of non-native students.
If you are a teacher or administrator from a school that teaches 6th through 12th grade students from the general population or mixed-ability and would be willing to help by completing a short 12 question scale on each of your students, please contact Jason McIntosh at email@example.com. It typically takes 2 or 3 minutes to complete the scale for one student. The deadline for completing the scales is March 15th. You can help make a difference in the lives of Native American students across the country. Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Camp Counselor Positions Available
GERI is currently in the process of hiring counselors for the 2014 GERI Summer Residential Camps. Our summer camps run from June 29 - July 26. There are many positions avaiable. Please see the application located at http://www.geri.education.purdue.edu/youth_programs/Employment.html for more information or contact Enyi Jen at 765-494-7241 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
To a Bright Kid With Trouble(s)
GERI Summer Programs
2013 GERI Promotional Video
GERI is a multidimensional center dedicated to the study, discovery, and development of human potential. Founded by John Feldhusen in 1974 and situated in the College of Education, GERI’s mission is holistic development of giftedness, creativity, and talents among individuals throughout their lifespan. This is accomplished through enrichment programs for gifted youth, graduate programs for future scholars and leaders, professional development and coursework for educators of gifted students, and on-going research on the psychology of giftedness, creativity, and talent development.
A center located in the Department of Educational Studies in the Purdue University College of Education, GERI is affiliated with the Gifted, Creative and Talented Studies specialization within EDST which offers graduate programs in gifted education and a licensure program for K-12 educators in Indiana. GERI also provides training to pre-service teachers through hands-on opportunities and training in connection to Super Saturday and the GERI Summer Camps.
Under the leadership of Executive Director Professor Marcia Gentry, GERI provides leadership in gifted education, and serves as an advocate for programs and services to high ability students. GERI alumni serve in leadership positons across the United States and abroad and in hundreds of K-12 classrooms.
STRATEGIC PLAN (PDF) GERI BROCHURE (PDF)
Native American Research Initiative
This summer, 55 gifted, creative, and talented Native American students from Arizona, Minnesota, and South Dakota were invited to attend the 2012 GERI Summer Residential Camps. While at camp, the students participated in classes in art, math, and science. To learn more, please visit the GERI Native American Research Initiative website.