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The Talent Development Academy Project

The Talent Development Academy Project, a College of Charleston partnership with five Charleston County Schools serving primarily low-income students, is an innovative approach to finding more students with a high ability that may be masked. The five schools participating in the TDA project are Springfield Elementary, Minnie Hughes Elementary, E.B. Ellington Elementary, Frierson Elementary, and Hunley Park Elementary. The goal is, through intense teacher development and learning about innovative and high-level curricula and instructional practice, TDA teacher talent scouts see and grow their student's academic talents. Funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Education Act, visit: http://blogs.cofc.edu/talent-development-academies/ to learn more about how this project supports the engagement of diverse gifted and talented learners.

Dr. Julie Swanson, Principal Investigator
Blondell Adams, Director of Talent Development Academies
Dr. Lara Russell, Teacher in Residence
Lindsey Anderson, Teacher in Residence


Project ExCel and Problem-Based Learning

We are in our final year of Project ExCel with George Mason University. Project ExCel uses Problem-Based Learning to find gifted traits and high academic potential among underrepresented students.  Participating schools are Baptist Hill Middle, Jerry Zucker Middle, Morningside Middle, and Simmons-Pinckney Middle. Students receive award-winning, engaging units in Problem-Based Learning. George Mason University has a team of professors and researchers including Anne Horak, project coordinator, that work with us closely to study the effectiveness of Problem-Based Learning and its ability to capture gifted traits and academic potential in students that are not typically identified as gifted and talented  In addition to students learning via problem-based learning, the teachers receive training and support throughout the year from GMU and the CCSD Gifted and Talented department. Project ExCel is funded through the Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented program within the U.S. Department of Education.

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