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Jonathan PluckerWho are the profoundly gifted? And what do they need in order to thrive?

Leading gifted education experts discussed these questions this week on the National Public Radio podcast 1A, which explores issues at the forefront of American life. The episode, titled “Rated PG: Profoundly Gifted, featured panelists Jonathan Plucker, Julian C. Stanley Professor of Talent Development at JHU’s School of Education and Center for Talented Youth; Anya Kamenetz, NPR education reporter and a CTY alumna; and Patricia Susan Jackson, founder and director of the Daimon Institute for the Highly Gifted....Read more.

Jonathan PluckerWe are pleased to announce that Jonathan Plucker, CTY’s Julian C. Stanley Professor of Talent Development, is the next president-elect of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). 

Plucker will preside over the 13-member board, which charts a strategic course for the organization, sets priorities for programs and services, and oversees finances and resources. His two-year term as president-elect begins Sept. 1, and his term as president begins in 2019. ...Read more.

Valerie Nao YoshimuraValerie Nao Yoshimura, a French teacher at The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, is the winner of this year’s Friedel and Otto Eberspacher Award for Excellence in the Teaching of a Modern Western European Language.

Each year, CTY gives the award to an educator who inspires students to understand the world’s people and cultures. Lieselotte E. Kurth of Johns Hopkins University’s German Department established the award in 1989. It includes a $1,500 prize....Read more.

Book cover Excellence Gaps In Education.Excellence gaps, those divides in achievement between academically advanced students of different racial groups, ethnicities, and income levels, aren’t just a problem for educators and advocates to fret over and solve, argues Jonathan A. Plucker, co-author of the new book “Excellence Gaps in Education” (Harvard Education Press, 2016). If we fail to close these significant achievement gaps among our brightest students, we’re hurting the nation’s workforce and economic development—and that affects everyone....Read more.

Picture of Robert Arena.Robert Arena, an online education executive with experience in course development and program marketing, has been named Senior Director of Online Programs at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. At CTY, Arena will oversee all aspects of the center’s renowned online education for academically advanced pre-college students.

“Rob has a rare combination of technical expertise in online education, especially in courseware development for K-12, along with deep experience developing effective communications and campaigns,” said Elaine Hansen, executive director of CTY. “He is joining us at an important inflection point in the maturation of CTY Online Programs. We are confident that he will lead us in a quickly evolving educational environment to promote access and a secure future for CTY Online Programs aligned with CTY’s and Johns Hopkins’ mission.”...Read more.