The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) is pleased to be working with the Aditya Birla Education Trust (ABET) on several initiatives to identify and support the needs of bright young learners in India.  This cooperation includes a new summer program [UPDATE April 3, 2020: Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Summer 2020 program has been postponed until 2021] in Mumbai, three workshops in February 2020 for Indian teachers on the characteristics of high-ability students, and the participation of students from Aditya Birla World Academy (ABWA) in CTY’s programs in the United States. 

The new three-week summer day program at Aditya Birla Education Academy offers advanced learners in grades 5-9 the opportunity to immerse themselves in concentrated academic study among intellectual peers who share a love of learning. Four experienced CTY instructors and a veteran program manager will be present to teach courses regularly offered in CTY’s programs and work with the Aditya Birla organizers. CTY is collaborating with the Aditya Birla Education Academy (ABEA) on the program design, identifying and supporting the instructors, and licensing course content. ABEA is responsible for the administrative operation of its program, and families can contact ABEA directly to learn more about enrolling.

The ABEA educator workshops convened 150 elementary and secondary teachers in Mumbai and New Delhi in early February to learn about gifted education and the needs of high-ability students. Through these professional development sessions, teachers were able to gain perspective for their own classrooms and programs.

Looking to the future, both organizations hope to reach more students and educators in India and are also exploring cooperation on adolescent wellness and mental health, which ABET’s Chairperson Neerja Birla has championed.

Samuel Robfogel