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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.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is recognizing 10 schools and academic programs in the United States, Hong Kong, and China for their extraordinary commitment to educating academically advanced young people.

Out of all of the schools and academic programs in the world whose students participated in the CTY Talent Search, these 10 institutions have the highest number of students being honored at CTY awards ceremonies this year. These bright students will be recognized at CTY award ceremonies around the world this spring for achieving an exceptionally high score on a rigorous, above-grade-level test....Read more.

 

Those Lego bricks and wooden blocks littering your floor aren’t just pain-inducing clutter. These favorite toys are helping your kid achieve in school and beyond.

“When kids are building with blocks and Legos they’re using spatial reasoning skills. These skills not only have a relationship to academics, but to the fields you might gravitate to, and where you’re going to excel,” says Amy Shelton, a cognitive psychologist and director of research at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)....Read more.

A sensor to help emergency vehicles measure the speed and depth of flood waters. A microorganism that can decompose BPA. A hydrogel injection that can help patients heal after a heart attack.
 
The students behind these innovative concepts were among those selected to receive the CTY Cogito Research Award, a prize given annually to middle and high school students from around the world who demonstrate initiative, creativity, and promise in their STEM research-project proposals. The 10 winning individuals and/or teams will each receive a $599 grant and guidance from a mentor to develop their ideas. Winners will submit a final report on the results of their research later this year....Read more.

Jonathan Plucker, a prominent education policy and talent development scholar, will join Johns Hopkins University in January as the inaugural Julian C. Stanley Professor of Talent Development.

This joint appointment between the School of Education and the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) reflects Johns Hopkins’ commitment to interdisciplinary research and to advancing the science of learning.

“In his exceptional career to date, Jonathan Plucker has been a compelling and informed voice speaking to the needs of students at all points on the learning spectrum,” said Elaine Hansen, executive director of CTY. “His leadership in defining the excellence gap as a critical dimension of all educational improvement is particularly key to advancing and integrating the unique strengths of JHU’s School of Education and the Center for Talented Youth.”...Read more.