Mar 09

William and Mary 2018 Summer Program

The Center for Gifted Education (CFGE) is accepting registrations for the 2018
Summer Enrichment Program (SEP). Session I will begin on Monday, June 25, 2018
and conclude on Friday, June 29, 2018, consisting of 5 consecutive days of
instruction. Session II will begin on Monday, July 9, 2018 and conclude on
Friday, July 13, 2018, consisting of 5 consecutive days of instruction. The
Summer program will be located at the William & Mary Mason School of Business
located at 101 Ukrop Way, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based
learning for students enrolled in grades K-9. SEP is not meant to supplant the
regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing
able students to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics,
humanities, and the arts.

The program’s brochure is accessible through the Center’s website at

If you have any questions or if there is anything with which we can assist
you, please contact us by phone at 757-221-6198 or by email at

Mar 07

Summer Camps!


Planning for Summer


It’s hard to know how much and what kind of activity your child needs over the summer — scheduled family activities, community camps, academic programs, or residential camps. That can be determined by you and your child, but it is known that children who participate in summer activities, experience learning gains and those who do not, lose some learning gains from the past school year.

There are many considerations when thinking about camps and programs your child might attend.  Here are a few things to consider when looking at camps or programs.

The best camps:

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  • Are physically and emotionally safe and welcoming places, with adequate staffing
  • Provide a variety of activities –academic, physical, and social – based on a single goal or philosophy.  
  • If academically oriented, provide challenge and allow your child to explore higher-level concepts than they might get during the school year
  • Provide active rather than passive learning experiences that build on your child’s interests
  • Have staff who are trained in the academic and emotional needs of gifted students as well as those from diverse backgrounds.
  • Have trained counselors who can help students who have difficulties finding friends or joining in activities
  • Are flexible enough to meet your child’s academic, athletic, or musical ability without be overwhelming and have an end of session evaluation of progress made with next steps.

Talk with  your child about the following:

  • Is he ready for a residential camp or would he be happier coming home in the evening?
  • Is the camp content interesting?
  • How much structure would make him happiest?


More Resources

Mar 07

Resources for Parents

Parenting for High Potential March Cover

March 2018

  • New “Gifted” Media Provide Springboards for Discussion, Dr. Charles Hyatt
  • Using Environmental Science Investigations to Challenge Gifted Children, Dr. Stephen Schroth
  • Sports that Work for Gifted ChildrenScott Lutostanski
  • How to Discuss Books with Your Kids (Even When You Haven’t Read Them!), Dr. Elissa F. Brown and Michele Joerg
  • Tabletop Games in a Digital World, Dr. Carolyn Ragatz and Zach Ragatz
  • Looking at Media Through a Different Lens, Dr. Sylvia Rimm

Feb 16

William and Mary Camp Launch 2018

Camp Launch

Born out of a desire to help gifted students from all socioeconomic levels, Camp Launchprovides eligible seventh- and eighth-grade students with enrichment and academic opportunities. The children are recruited from school districts around Virginia. They participate in a two-week residential program with courses in STEM, writing, and personal development.

Camp Launch has four goals:

Camp Launch at William & Mary
Camp Launch at William & Mary
  • to deliver advanced instruction in academic content, such as STEM, writing, academic self-efficacy, and personal development;
  • to provide enrichment opportunitiesin a wide variety of content areas;
  • to encourage the development of peer support networks; and
  • to develop in campers a future orientation that includes a college education, along with preparation that will help them take advantage of enabling opportunities to achieve that goal
  • Please contact your child’s  school for more information. 

Feb 02

Do you ever wonder?

 Wonderopolis is a site that poses a wonder a day and allows your family to have a creative starting place for fun discussions and family activities.

Feb 02


February 18-24, 2018 is National Engineers Week! As part of the week-long celebration, the Batten College of Engineering & Technology at Old Dominion University invites you and your female students to:
“Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day”
6:00pm-8:00 p.m.
University Theater
47th & Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, Va. 23529
Girls Night Out includes a meet-and-greet with FEMALE ENGINEERING ROLE MODELS and a screening of the movie “DREAM BIG,” a heartfelt story of human ingenuity narrated by Jeff Bridges in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers. Girls also have a chance to win CASH PRIZES by participating in a pre-event ENGINEER SELFIE CONTEST via Instagram (see attached flyer for contest information – also see post below).
Click HERE to register
FOR MORE INFORMATION contact Andrea Luna:
Batten College of Engineering and Technology
Old Dominion University
(757) 683-3789

Jan 24

Cubes in Space

Cubes in SpaceTM, a program by idoodledu inc., is the only global competition, offered at no cost, for students 11-18 years of age to design and propose experiments to launch into space or a near space environment on a NASA sounding rocket and zero-pressure scientific balloon.

Register at

Sep 07

NAGC 64th Convention-November 9-12, 2017

Sep 07

Coding Experience 2017

Sep 27

# What is QUEST?


QUEST is the program for academically gifted students in grades 3-8. Students receive differentiated instruction from the gifted resource teacher and general education teacher throughout the year.  Assignments are provided to stimulate and foster critical thinking and independent research skills.   Students work both individually and in small groups to develop independent learning skills, creative potential, and higher level thinking abilities.