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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 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.

filmmaker Dario Guerrero

When Dario Guerrero was growing up in Los Angeles, he used to tell friends he wanted to go to Harvard. In truth, he says, "I wasn't even sure what Harvard was."

With the help of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Scholars Program, which provides academic support and advising to bright, underrepresented high school students, Guerrero excelled in high school and eventually attended Harvard University....Read more.