Kimberly Clayton-Code, Director of the Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies at Northern Kentucky University
, would like to reach 6,000 students a year, doubling her five-year-old program's current rolls, witth programming that supports their academic gifts and allows them to meet like-minded peers and to flourish.
"These children’s needs are just as diverse as children across the spectrum," says Clayton-Code, who helped launch the institute at NKU five years ago. "They’re a group of students whose needs aren’t always attended to."
She notes that having high-profile "nerds" making news--people like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates--helps make some paths easier, but that the typical white-male image can make it more challenging for females and minorities to relate.
That's why NKU hosts the ExploreMore Program
for students in grades K-8, the Dreamfest Conference for grades 4-8 and the Young Women LEAD Conference
, which welcomes 700 young women to the campus in October.
"Working with these children, seeing what they can do and where they can go – I’m just amazed at their level of knowledge and interest and thirst for learning," Clayton-Code says.
• Check out the ExploreMore brochure
for fall 2012.
• Like NKU on Facebook
• Find out the latest offerings at the Institute on its Facebook page
By Chris Graves