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Experts to discuss why gifted children need challenge in the classroom

Motivating and challenging gifted students in the classroom will be the focus of a free public lecture Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Nashville Public Library, located at 615 Church St. Free parking is available at the library.

Gifted education experts Julia Roberts and Tracy Inman from the Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University will explain why gifted students need academic rigor and challenge in the classroom and will offer tips for parents and teachers on how to support an enriching classroom environment.

The event is part of the Julian Stanley Lecture series, launched by Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth in partnership with the Nashville Public Library in October 2007 to address how parents and teachers can help gifted children thrive, emotionally and academically.

Roberts is the Mahurin Professor of Gifted Studies and director of the Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University. Inman is the center’s assistant director and a frequent national speaker on gifted education. She and Roberts are co-authors of a new book, Strategies for Differentiating Instruction: Best Practices for the Classroom.

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth offers a variety of opportunities for gifted youth. To learn more about PTY, visit

Media contact: Melanie Moran, (615) 322-NEWS