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Released May 25, 2004


HATTIESBURG --- The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2004. Over the past 25 years, the field of gifted education has grown in many ways. The center has been an integral part of that growth, providing a variety of advanced training opportunities for educators in the field.

The center offers a wide variety of services to both regular and gifted education teachers and others interested in the field. Teacher education programs provide courses required for certification in gifted education. In addition, graduate degree programs with an emphasis in gifted education at the master's, specialist, and doctoral levels are offered.

Graduate students have taken leadership positions in public and private school programs for the gifted and at colleges and universities. Many of Dr. Karnes' former doctoral students have co-authored professional journal articles, books, book chapters, and assessment instruments with her.

The following courses are available to teachers desiring certification in gifted education:

• "Characteristics and Education of Gifted Students"

This course includes characteristics, educational options, assessment and referral procedures, and legal issues. Teacher attributes and competencies, family characteristics, and local, state, and national issues are also addressed.

• "Methods and Materials in Teaching Gifted Students"

This course includes instructional models, methodologies, and material appropriate for students. Learning styles, writing and evaluating instructional units, public relations strategies, and sources of funding are included.

• "Curricula Development in Gifted Education"

This course includes steps necessary for curriculum development and evaluation of gifted education. Differentiated models, advanced content areas, and process skills are also addressed.

• "Atypical Gifted Students"

This course encompasses the assessment and identification, characteristics, and delivery of services for diverse groups within gifted education including the culturally diverse, rural, disabled, female, low socioeconomic, underachieving, and highly gifted populations.

• "Practicum with Gifted Students"

This course is a supervised practicum with gifted students in a variety of instructional settings. The development of appropriate instruction, attention to individual differences, and evaluation of student progress are also included.

Upon completion of these courses, teachers will be eligible for a gifted endorsement to their current teaching certificate.

Scholarships are available for teachers enrolled full time during the summer semester and are working toward a graduate degree with an emphasis area in gifted education. Scholarships in the amount of $500 are available to applicants who have been accepted into a graduate degree program in curriculum, instruction, and special education with an emphasis in gifted education and who seek preparation for teaching gifted students in specialized programs in elementary and secondary schools or for college and university positions in the field of gifted education. Two scholarship funds-- the Christopher J. Karnes Gifted Education Memorial Fund and the Frances A. Karnes Endowed Scholarship Fund--have been established at the graduate level at Southern Miss through the generosity of many persons and groups. Teachers are encouraged to apply early for graduate school and the scholarships. Decisions will be made by a committee. Applications for the scholarships are available through The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies.

A new course is available to undergraduate pre-service teachers, titled "Instructional Strategies for Teaching High Ability and Gifted Students within Traditional Classrooms." This a practical course to help prepare undergraduate education majors to meet the needs of gifted and talented students in the regular classroom. Plans are underway to extend this course offering to graduate students.

The Day of Sharing for Teachers of the Gifted is a biannual conference attended by gifted education teachers and administrators from across the state. It is held in the fall and spring of each year and presents practical, enlightening information geared to helping educators enhance the quality of educational services offered to gifted and talented students.

For more information on any of these programs and services or for a scholarship application, visit or contact The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, 118 College Drive #8207, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001; (601) 266-5236 or 5246; (601) 266-4978 (fax); or e-mail



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