Since its founding in 1994, the Ball State Center for Gifted Studies and Talent Development has identified, promoted, and developed giftedness. With the help of an advisory committee, the center endeavors to fulfill its mission by meeting the needs of gifted and talented students, their teachers, their schools and administrators, their parents, and their larger communities through enrichment programming, professional development, parent seminars, and research activities designed to improve educational programs and create a better understanding of the needs of gifted and talented individuals.
As one of Ball State University’s sixteen Knowledge Units, the Center has achieved national recognition for its work. Read the History of the Center Magazine for a detailed report of the Center’s first 15 years.
The center sits at the nexus of several recognized educational programs serving gifted and talented students on Ball State’s campus.
The center brings together networks of stakeholders, including departments within Teachers College, interdisciplinary departments across Ball State University, the Indiana Department of Education, and teachers, parents, and gifted students across Indiana and the U.S.
Since its inception, the center has received millions of dollars of federal and state grants. These projects include:
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