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Dear Members of the CTY Community,

In the days since the video of the senseless killing of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis was shared with the world, our country and our communities have been reeling. Faced with such horrifying injustice, people across the nation are speaking out about the reality that, every day, Blacks and African-Americans face brutality, discrimination, and a lack of basic respect for their humanity. These indignities are not new, but they have been brought back into the light, where they need to stay so that they can be eradicated.

At CTY, we have the privilege of working with academically talented young people from around the globe, many of whom will go on to be leaders in fields of their choosing. But we know that even among these equally exceptional students, their paths forward in this world and the obstacles they face vary dramatically. Studies show that Black and African-American students are less likely to be identified as gifted or academically advanced, less likely to gain access to accelerated academic programming, and more likely to experience under-matching at the college level.

Access and inclusion are central to CTY’s mission of identifying and serving the world’s brightest students, and we have taken a number of steps to try to reduce the inequities of our educational system and promote diversity in our own programs. Now, more than ever, we know that we must lean in to that commitment and continue to evaluate our practices and priorities to ensure that systemic racism and discrimination are not the thief of opportunity for students in our community—and beyond.

One way we aim to do this is by regularly reviewing our curricular offerings to ensure that we are providing learning experiences for our students that will support their development as critical thinkers prepared to confront these issues. We will also continue support for our CTY Baltimore Emerging Scholars program and financial aid and outreach efforts to ensure young Black and Brown students are better represented in advanced classrooms and, ultimately, in higher education and positions of leadership in our communities.

In addition, we know that hard work often begins at home, which is why CTY will continue, as part of the HopkinsLocal initiative, to improve our support of minority- and locally owned businesses and to combat bias and discrimination in our hiring and promotion practices. On Monday, June 8, we will also host a listening session for employees to discuss the impact of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the far too many other instances of brutality and injustice on our diverse community.

CTY is, above all else, a place of learning and growth, and there is much understanding we can gain from these awful events and from each other. Learning starts with listening, and at CTY, we pledge to do both.


Amy Lynne Shelton, Ph.D.
Interim Executive Director and Senior Director of Research
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Professor, Associate Dean for Research
Johns Hopkins School of Education

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

Honorees stand on the Shriver Hall steps November 23, 2019

Hundreds of students were honored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth in Baltimore this weekend as some of the brightest in the world.

The students were honored at the CTY Grand Ceremony, held in Shriver Hall on Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, for their exceptional performance on the SAT, ACT, or similar assessment taken as part of the CTY Talent Search. CTY uses above-grade-level testing to identify advanced students and provide a clear picture of their true academic abilities. More than 18,000 students in grades two through eight tested through CTY’s Talent Search between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, representing 50 states and more than 80 countries. More than 2,100 students from this group who scored in the top 12 percent on their test were invited to attend the Grand Ceremony....Read more.

Jonathan Plucker

Jonathan Plucker, the Professor of Talent Development at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, a joint appointment with CTY, has been named president of the National Association for Gifted Children....Read more.

CTY Students in a row

CTY marked its 40th anniversary last week with a celebration featuring special guests, a student panel, and a look at how CTY plans to continue shaping the field of gifted education for decades to come....Read more.