Giftedness Institute

Wednesday, August 12–Thursday, August 13, 2020

Registration opens January 2020


For 50 years, the Nueva School has led the field of gifted education as an independent school with a dual purpose: to serve gifted students and to share our resources, talents, knowledge, and innovation with the larger community. We are experts at meeting the specialized needs of gifted learners, knowing that giftedness is a concept that can be complex and nuanced.


Why attend?

While teaching and working with gifted students is exhilarating, it can also be daunting. Giftedness manifests itself in countless ways in the classroom, and at Nueva we have developed many approaches to support gifted learners and help them thrive. This Institute will educate teachers, parents, and caregivers about giftedness and its associated excitabilities and intensities. 

Session leaders will share best practices for differentiating curriculum and classroom experiences, address the social and emotional needs of gifted students, and describe ways to support students of color and LGBTQ+ students. Table conversations with gifted students and their parents will bring these practices to life, giving attendees a chance to hear and inquire about the lived experience of giftedness.


Who is this Institute for?

This Institute is mainly for PreK-12 teachers, counselors, and administrators working with gifted students, but may also be helpful for parents and caregivers of gifted children who are seeking more information on giftedness and the range of behaviors that accompany giftedness.


Registration & Financial Awards

The cost to attend is $300 per person. Registration includes two full days of workshops, continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, and print resources. Financial awards are available. Please contact for more information. 

All program participation fees are due in advance to confirm your registration and participation. Any cancellation and refund requests must be submitted in writing via email to

Learning Outcomes

Topics will include:

  • What is giftedness and who are gifted students?

  • The lived experience of gifted students

  • Social-emotional needs of gifted students

  • Differentiating for gifted students: Excitabilities, intensities, asynchrony, perfectionism and movement

  • Scaffolding for twice-exceptional students in our classrooms

  • Recognizing, supporting, and valuing gifted students of color

  • Insights into assessment

  • Understanding the unique needs of gifted LGBTQ+ students

Participants will leave with:

  • A deeper understanding of the complexities of and misconceptions around giftedness

  • Practical strategies for differentiating curriculum for gifted students

  • A strong sense of the range of giftedness in learners and the lived experience of giftedness

  • Ideas of how to scaffold lessons for students in the classroom and manage social-emotional needs of gifted students



August 12–13, 2020 


Hillsborough Campus
6565 Skyline Blvd.


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Please contact us Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm Pacific Time, should you have any questions regarding your registration.