History of the TDI Summer Camp

Carol Story, PhD

The Talent Development Institute (TDI) was created by Dr. Carol Story in 1998 with the support of Johnson State College (now Northern Vermont University-Johnson).  The original goal of the Institute was to provide for professional development of classroom teachers regarding the nature and needs of gifted learners in Vermont schools.

By the second year of TDI, an institute for gifted learners was started.  The teacher institute ran for three years and the student institute continues still. TDI celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017!  In its 22 years it has served over a thousand Vermont students.

TDI continues at Northern Vermont University-Johnson,  continuing to serve students in grades 4-9.  This overnight, one-or-two week-long program offers opportunities to discover art, drama, computers, science, math, writing, and much more.  In 2016, the second week was successfully added to the original week-long program, and has remained ever since.

In 2004, the Leadership Program (essentially a counselor-in-training program) was added and serves students in grades 10-12.  It is now a three-year program, helping 17-25 teens each year learn about themselves and other gifted people, and guides them in learning how to teach and supervise our campers.

Over the years, there have been other iterations of TDI in  week-long, daytime programs, including those at Williston Central School and at Fort Ethan Allen in Colchester in the mid-2000’s.  TDI Summer Camp at Northern Vermont University-Johnson is currently our only TDI program.

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