The mission of the Belin-Blank Center is to empower and serve the international
gifted community through exemplary leadership in programs, research, and advocacy.
The Belin-Blank Center:
- Identifies gifted, talented, and artistic learners;
- Offers specialized educational opportunities for students;
- Increases awareness and use of acceleration to enhance learning;
- Provides assessment, counseling, and consultation services;
- Develops curriculum resources and materials;
- Facilitates the professional development of educators;
- Disseminates information through conferences and publications;
- Leads in local, national, and international policy formation;
- Enhances educational opportunities through technology;
- Collaborates with the worldwide gifted community;
- Promotes access, diversity, and equity in developing talent.
The Belin-Blank Center supports the development of gifted education programs throughout
the world. Our
include the Templeton International
Fellows program, a professional development program for South Korean and Russian educators,
and summer programs for high-ability Chinese students (China
Scholars Program). Additionally, we have partnerships with gifted education institutions
in Australia, Canada, Chile, and Israel.
Acceleration of gifted students
The Belin-Blank Center is the international leader in research and advocacy on academic
acceleration. Academic acceleration has been empirically validated as the most effective
academic intervention for gifted students. The publication of A Nation Deceived:
How Schools Hold Back America's Brightest Students made acceleration for gifted
students a topic of national discussion. In 2015, the Belin-Blank Center produced
A Nation Empowered: Evidence Trumps the Excuses Holding Back America’s Brightest
Students, which provided a significant update to A Nation Deceived and helps to
continue the national (and international) conversation on this important topic.
Please visit the site for the Belin-Blank Center's
Acceleration Institute for information on academic acceleration and to read the reports.
The Wallace Research and Assessment Clinic is home to the National Institute for
Twice-Exceptionality (NITE). Twice-exceptionality refers to gifted students who
have learning, behavioral, and/or social-emotional difficulties. NITE provides a
clearinghouse for resources related to the topic of twice-exceptionality. The NITE
team of licensed psychologists and researchers has actively researched this topic
and abstracts of several recent research publications are available on our
Assessment and Counseling Clinic webpage.
Director, Belin-Blank Center and
Professor, Psychological and Quantitative Foundations