UALR Center for Gifted Education

About the Center

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The Center for Gifted Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock provides programs and services to talented students and their families, teachers, and administrators. Established in 2001, it is only one of twenty-five such centers nationwide.

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The goals of the Center are:

Graduate Programs

The Center supports a full range of graduate programs in gifted education:

Professional Development

Arkansas Advanced Placement Center

More than five hundred teachers a year receive training in teaching Advanced Placement courses at the Arkansas Advanced Placement Professional Development Center, a division of the Center for Gifted Education.

AP Summer Institute

Each summer, teachers attend UALR's AP Summer Institute at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science and the Arts in Hot Springs. The College Board endorsed Institute provides Pre-AP and AP instruction in English, mathematics, social studies, science, art, and foreign languages.

Teachers of Color

The Teachers of Color and Mentors Program offers graduate study scholarships and mentors to middle and high school teachers of color who wish to teach AP and Pre-AP courses. The program was initiated with funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

Pre-College Programs

Summer Laureate/University for Youth

Summer Laureate/University for Youth provides unique learning experiences for students in grades K-7. The three-week summer program offers a variety of classes taught by graduate students seeking Masters degrees in gifted education, master teachers, and community experts. Approximately three to four hundred children participate in over thirty different courses annually. Established in 1980, Summer Laureate is one of the nation's longest running university enrichment programs for high ability youth.

Special Events

Arkansas Recognition Ceremony Talent Identification Program (TIP)

Each spring the Center hosts the Arkansas Recognition Ceremony for participants in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP).

Talent Search Scholar Investigations

In conjunction with the Arkansas Recognition Ceremony, the Center provides special sessions on academic and career-focused topics. Sessions have showcased a virtual reality laboratory, cyber careers, the Clinton Presidential Library, and collaborative opportunities with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

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