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COE team of researchers to assess federal gifted education programs

A team of researchers from the UGA College of Education has received a one-year, $360,000 cooperative agreement to assess gifted education programs in U.S. Department of Defense schools around the world.

UGA experts will meet with representatives from Department of Defense Education Activity schools to discuss future goals for providing gifted education services for students in the 181 accredited schools, which are located in 14 districts in 12 foreign countries, seven states, Guam and Puerto Rico. Many of the schools’ 78,000 students are the children of active military personnel.

The collaborative project brings together faculty experts from the education college’s Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development, the educational psychology department, the Program Evaluation Group and military experts from UGA Extension.

The research team includes Bonnie Cramond, a professor of educational psychology; Sarah Sumners, interim director of the Torrance Center; Karen DeMeester, director of the Program Evaluation Group; and Casey Mull of UGA Extension. Additional faculty members and doctoral students from the educational psychology department/Gifted Education Program and Georgia College & State University’s Center for Program Evaluation and Development also will assist in the project.