USD to host leading gifted education scholar

USD to host leading gifted education scholar Dr. Tracy L. Cross, George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Gifted Studies at Ball State University, and a national leader in the field of gifted education, will present a workshop for teachers, counselors, and school administrators titled, "From Underachievement to Suicide – How Students Cope with Being Gifted," on Monday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Delzell Education Center on the Campus of The University of South Dakota.�

Dr. Cross will also offer a special evening session with parents regarding the social and emotional lives of gifted children.�Cross's appearance kicks off the Third Annual Institute for Teachers of Gifted Youth, sponsored by the Division of Curriculum and Instruction in USD�s School of Education and the South Dakota Association for Gifted Children (SDAGC).�The institute runs through Friday, July 22.�

The cost of the Tracy Cross workshop to educators is $75 for non-SDAGC members and $50 for SDAGC members.� The parent workshop is free. Educators interested in South Dakota Teacher Recertification credit can receive one credit if they attend Monday's session and the follow-up workshop on Tuesday, July 19 ($125 for both days). Those who wish to earn three graduate credits for attending the entire week of the Institute should call 605-624-5832 for more information.

In addition to his distinguished professorship at Ball State, Cross is the executive director of the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities and professor of psychology.�He has published more than 60 articles, including several in such prestigious journals as the Peabody Journal of Education, Gifted Child Quarterly, and Journal for the Education of the Gifted, numerous book chapters, a co-authored textbook titled Being Gifted in School – An Introduction to Development, Guidance and Teaching and a supplemental text, On the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students. He has presented approximately 120 papers at international, national and state conferences.

Cross is the editor of the Roeper Review, former editor of Gifted Child Quarterly, Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, Research Briefs, The Teacher Educator, and Journal of Humanistic Education. He is on the editorial board of every journal in the field of gifted education and has written a regular column in the journal Gifted Child Today on the social and emotional needs of gifted students.

"Tracy Cross is a voice of clarity and strength advocating for gifted children and articulating what research tells us regarding their individual issues and needs," said Dr. Tim Duggan, assistant professor of education at USD. "It will be an honor to have him at The U."

Duggan and other scholars, including USD's own Dr. Mark Daniels, will conduct sessions on Tuesday and throughout the week.

The Institute for Teachers of Gifted Youth was founded in 2003 to help serve the needs of gifted students in South Dakota through professional educator training and development.

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