Rutgers to Hold Aug. 30 Showcase for New Gifted Education Certificate Program

Rutgers to Hold Aug. 30 Showcase for New Gifted Education Certificate Program

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Jeanne Purcell, a national leader in the field of teaching gifted children and an authority on parallel curricula and differentiation of instruction, will be the featured speaker at an Aug. 30 showcase for Rutgers’ new Gifted Education Certificate program.

Purcell will teach the fall course “Curriculum and Instruction for the Gifted” in New Brunswick.

The free, two-hour public program will begin at 4 p.m. in Room 205B of Rutgers’ Public Safety Building, 55 Commercial Ave., New Brunswick. Classroom teachers; gifted program teachers and coordinators; educational resource specialists; school and district administrators, counselors and child study team members; and parents are encouraged to attend. The five-course series, developed by Joyce Van Tassel-Baska, an internationally recognized professor emerita of education, developed the Rutgers program in alignment with state guidelines for teacher development and national standards for gifted education.

“Gifted and talented children deserve an education appropriate to their needs and talents, and our society stands to benefit greatly from the contributions these individuals can make,” said Elizabeth Hough, director of Rutgers-New Brunswick Summer and Special Projects. “In these difficult economic times when scarce resources are stretched thin, Rutgers decided to offer this new graduate certificate series for K through 12 educators and administrators.”

For more information about the showcase and certificate program, and to register, visit or call 732-932-7565.



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