Benefits of Summer Learning for Gifted Students at SIG


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The Benefits of Summer Learning for Gifted Students at SIG webinar was recorded live on February 9th, 2010 by the Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG).

These slide focus on the benefits of summer gifted education and the advantages that the Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) has to offer gifted students in grades K through 11. Topics covered include: Summer Programs, SIG Academics, Student Life and Recreational Activities.

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Benefits of Summer Learning for Gifted Students at SIG

  1. 1. The Summer Institute for the Gifted Presents: Benefits of Summer Learning for Gifted Students at SIG WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  2. 2. About this Webinar This webinar was recorded live on February 9th, 2010 by the Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG). The slides shown in this webinar are available for download on SlideShare. Visit
  3. 3. Webinar Topics •  Benefits of a Summer Program •  SIG Overview –  Academics –  Student Life –  Student Activities •  Q&A WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  4. 4. Your Panelists Barbara Swicord, Ed.D. President and CEO, SIG Executive Director, National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT) Tatiana Behrmann Program Supervisor, Student Activities WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  5. 5. Benefits of Summer Learning •  Why Do Students Select a Summer Academic Program? WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  6. 6. Why did you choose to attend the SIG program? WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  7. 7. Preparing for College Entrance •  35% of respondents believe that their participation in SIG did help them get into college/university. •  “Application to college was easy- He visited so many campuses and knew what would be a good fit for him. He understood more than many of his friends the dynamics involved in choosing a school. MIT in the end was his choice and he was right- he loves everything about the school.” – Rosellen (parent of John), George School 1999; Bryn Mawr College 2001 and Amherst College 2002 WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  8. 8. College Prep •  75% believed that their SIG program helped prepare them for their college experience –  Living in close quarters with dorm mates –  Being away from home and independent –  Managing time for social and academic endeavors –  Walking to classes –  Making friends –  Lessening the shock/fear of being a freshman –  Relying on own judgment by being responsible for successes and failures WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  9. 9. Impact on Professions 93 responses mentioned •  Business (such as computer engineers, fundraisers, environment consultants, marketing and sales managers and human resource professionals) •  Finance •  Medicine •  Teaching •  Entertainment (such as writers, broadcasters, musicians, television producers, illustrators) WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  10. 10. Personal Influences, both ways •  My first experience with veterinary medicine was a class called "frontiers of vet med" at Drew University the summer I was 12, and now I'm in vet school at Cornell.” - Erica, Drew University 1999 and 2000 •  “I took several courses at SIG which influenced which career I would not want. This was excellent as I did not have to waste time stumbling around in freshman year searching for a profession.” – Raymond, Bryn Mawr College 2004 WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  11. 11. Social Impact 81% maintained contact with people from SIG 63% maintain contact with people from SIG today •  Social networking sites help to stay connected •  Long lasting and deep friendships were made •  Connections were made with people from all over world •  Commonalities exist with other alumni that participants don’t have with any other friends WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  12. 12. Social Impact December 28, 2009, 7 PM A group of 9 SIG alumni met in Manhattan for a reunion. We had dinner, shared stories and laughed at old pictures. Some of us hadn’t seen each other for nearly 10 years. In truth, I expected some initial awkwardness. However, the bond that was created from summers’ past remained intact. All of us picked up as if we got out of camp yesterday. It truly boggled my mind to think that the quirky kids I met all of those years ago would still be my friends today. They are the people I hold the closest and treasure the most. – Deborah Heagan, SIG Student 1996-2001 WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  13. 13. Student comment •  I made the best friends I have ever had at SIG, and I am still in contact with them. I think I was able to do this because, in most situations, I don't make super-close friends because I'm a little bit different, but at SIG, being different is normal! – Anya, Bryn Mawr College, 2005; Princeton University 2006; Bryn Mawr College 2007 WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  14. 14. Long term benefits WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  15. 15. Life Benefits: Themes •  Self-sufficiency/independence •  Friendship •  A gained confidence to be themselves by being amongst peers/sense of community •  Preparation for college/take away nervousness •  Social development/learning how to make friends •  Exposure to out-of-ordinary classes •  International friendship/exposure •  Self-discovery •  Learning for the sake of learning •  Fun WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  16. 16. Summer Institute for the Gifted Program Overview WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  17. 17. SIG Overview •  9 residential sites, 10 sessions, at highly regarded colleges throughout the country •  Up to 80 courses offered at each site •  A holistic approach to gifted education committed to the academic, social, and emotional characteristics of gifted children. WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  18. 18. SIG Mission Statement •  To provide the highest quality educational and social opportunities for academically gifted and talented pre-college students through programs appropriate to their needs, abilities and interests. WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  19. 19. Basic Information •  Residential: Grades 4-11 (7-11) •  Day: K-8 •  Eligibility: 95%ile, G/T Program, other •  Fees- –  Residential: $4,225-$4,995 –  Day: $1,995 •  Teachers hired local to campus •  Student : Teacher ratio is 9 : 1, avg. class size 10 •  All three weeks in length WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  20. 20. SIG History •  SIG began in 1984 with a single residential session in NJ. •  2010 is our 26th Year! •  The program of the National Society for the Gifted and Talented ( as of September 2009. •  In addition to the Residential Program, SIG added Saturday and Day Programs in 2003. •  Over the past 25 summers SIG has expanded to 22 sessions in 13 states. •  This year, we expect to enrich close to 2000 academically gifted students in grades K through 11. WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  21. 21. Residential Sites •  Amherst College •  Bryn Mawr College •  Dartmouth College (New!) •  Emory University •  Princeton University •  Vassar College •  UC Berkeley (2) •  UCLA •  UT Austin WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  22. 22. Day Sites •  Boston University Academy (MA) •  Bryn Mawr (PA) •  Fairfield University (CT) •  Manhattanville College (NY) •  Moorestown Friends School (NJ) •  The Nueva School (CA) (New!) •  Out-of-Door Academy (FL) •  The Overlake School (WA) (New!) •  Sandy Spring Friends School (MD) (New!) •  Stuart Country Day School (NJ) WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  23. 23. Weekday Structure •  Residential: 4-5 courses during 5 period day, recreation period and study time after dinner; weekend – trips, movies, dances, parent day, talent shows, etc… •  Day: 3 courses during day, recreation period and option of extended care in morning and/ or evening WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  24. 24. The Academic Program •  Math and Science •  Humanities •  Multi-Disciplinary •  Creative and Performing Arts •  Fitness and Recreation WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  25. 25. Course Examples •  Different and the Same: Unique Cultures, Shared World •  Building Blocks of Engineering: The Way Things Work •  Cunning Camouflage •  Analyzing Aviation: Airfoils to Zeppelins •  SIG Apprentice WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  26. 26. Typical Academic Schedule (Residential and Commuter) •  7:30 a.m. Good Morning! •  8:00-8:35 a.m. Buffet-Style Breakfast •  8:45-10:00 a.m. 1st Period •  10:15-11:30 a.m. 2nd Period •  11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 3rd Period •  1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Buffet-Style Lunch •  1:45 - 3:00 p.m. 4th Period •  3:15 - 4:30 p.m. 5th Period •  8:15 - 9:15 p.m. Study Tutorials * Commuters arrive / depart – 8:30 a.m. / 5:45 p.m. WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  27. 27. PM Schedule •  4:45 - 5:45 p.m. Recreational Period •  5:45 - 6:15 p.m. Dorms •  6:15 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner •  7:15 - 8:15 p.m. Evening Activities •  8:15 - 9:15 p.m. Tutorials •  9:15 - 10:00 p.m. Snack & Lights Out Jrs. •  9:15 - 11:00 p.m. Snack & Lights Out Srs. WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  28. 28. Typical Academic Schedule (Day) •  7:45 - 8:30 a.m. Extended-Day Drop Off Time •  8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Normal Drop Off Time •  8:45 -10:15 a.m. 1st Period •  10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Snack/Break •  10:30 -12:00 p.m. 2nd Period •  12:00 -1:00 p.m. Lunch •  1:00 - 2:30 p.m. 3rd Period •  2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Recreation Period •  4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Extended-Day Pick Up Time WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  29. 29. Residential / Commuter Organization •  Director •  Academic Dean •  Residential Dean •  Student Activities Dean •  Administrative Assistant •  Nurse (RN) 24/7 •  Housemasters •  Resident Assistants •  Counselors WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  30. 30. Day Organization •  Director / Academic Dean •  Instructors •  Program Assistants (TAs) •  Administrative Assistant •  Nurse (RN) WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  31. 31. Student Activities •  Recreation Period –  Mini-Olympics –  Academic Challenges –  Team Sports –  Arts Crafts •  Organized In-House Events •  Evening Programs •  Saturday Get Away Days •  Sunday Activity Day WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  32. 32. Residential Program-Evening Programs •  Professional Performer •  Brain Bowl / Mini Olympics •  Recreational Activities •  Theater Presentation •  Dances WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  33. 33. •  Saturdays include: - Get-Away Days Residential Programs - Science Center Weekends Six Flags Studio Tours Water Park Museums •  Sundays include: Historical Sites -Activity Day City Tours -Talent Show Baseball Games -Parent Visitation Day - Movie Night WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  34. 34. Further Contact •  For further information please contact: •  Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) •  River Plaza 9 West Broad Street Stamford, CT 06902-3788 •  Toll-Free Phone: (866) 303-4744 •  Email: •  A copy of this webinar will also be available on our website. WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  35. 35. Join the SIG Fan Page… WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  36. 36. Questions? WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  37. 37. Student Quote SIG really pushed me to keep myself motivated. Throughout all of middle school, and now into high school I am constantly challenging myself to do better. Without the SIG experience at a young age, I do not believe that I would have had the motivation to work at applying for a difficult semester school for ambitious teens. SIG not only benefited me when I was participating in the program, but has continued to help me throughout my academic career. – Ashley, Denison University 2002 WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  38. 38. Bryn Mawr SIG Student Quote “Here, unconventional and intelligent are the norms. We can be our own person without fear of being judged harshly. SIG offers us a haven in which we are supported whole-heartedly.” –  Sarah Anne Stern (Maryland) WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  39. 39. Student Quote SIG was a truly transformative experience for me. It was the first place I ever fit in, and giving one of the speeches at graduation in 2002 is still, perhaps, the best moment of my entire life. We've all grown up, and many of us have moved away, but at least we can all get together every now and then to share our memories. - Michael Canter WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  41. 41. Student Quote •  For me, it was the social growth that allowed me to mature and, I feel, played a role in future successes. Participating in the SIG program gave me a feeling of social belonging that I had never felt before; in turn giving me the confidence to engage in social, academic, and artistic pursuits that I would not have had the courage to attempt prior to this experience. While we all went to different colleges, chose different career paths, and now live all over the country, I feel that my friends from SIG are the ones who always stand by me even though we are hundreds of miles apart. I can only hope that the current campers will benefit from the experience as much as I did. - Melissa Gogo WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG
  42. 42. Student Quote First, I must tell you that I treasured every moment at SIG. I never really fit in at school. I was either too smart, too quirky, or the dreaded combination of both social misfortunes to ever really find a core group of friends. SIG was different. The campers were more open-minded and accepting. Their knowledge of obscure artistic endeavors, Cirque du Soleil before it was mainstreamed is my favorite example, and fierce love of anything quirky resulted in the close bonds formed between the campers. We understood each other. SIG quickly became a haven. - Deborah Heagen WWW.GIFTEDSTUDY.ORG