History of the Talent Development Institute
The Talent Development Institute (TDI) was created by Dr. Carol Story in 1998 with the support of Johnson State College. 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 20 years it has served close to a thousand Vermont students.
TDI continues at Johnson State College (now Northern Vermont University), 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 over 100 campers, teen leaders, teachers, and counselors were involved. We continued two weeks of TDI in 2017, and will do so again in 2018.
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 10-17 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 Johnson State College (now Northern Vermont University) is currently our only TDI program.