The West Virginia University Department of Special Education will host the third annual WVU Gifted and Talented Workshops the week of June 24-28.

Hosted by WVU’s College of Education and Human Services under the direction of Dr. Jill Olthouse, the workshops, known as WVU TAG, will occur daily and are taught by experienced Gifted Education teachers, all of whom are enrolled in the WVU Special Education master’s degree program.

High achieving and gifted elementary students will have the opportunity to participate in academic-oriented summer classes that concentrate on math, science and writing. The workshops combine technology with variety of teaching methods in small classes to maximize the learning experience for each child.

The courses offered this year are:

• Creative Writing
• Math Games
• Bridge Building I
• Bridge Building II

“WVU Summer TAG Workshops are unique because they are academic oriented, but they are still fun and engaging,” said Olthouse, assistant professor in special education at WVU. “The workshops feel like summer camp, and students are learning advanced material.”

Students who have a 3.5 GPA or who have placed in the top 10 percent of standardized assesments qualify. They are not required to be currently enrolled in a school TAG program. The cost is $90 for a 15-hour workshop. The program also offers a limited number of $45 scholarships to participants who qualify and free or reduced lunch costs. Qualified students must apply for these and two winners will be selected from the pool of applicants.

For registration and more information, see: or contact Olthouse at



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CONTACT: Christie Zachary, College of Education and Human Services