Rutherford County teachers complete ‘Gifted Academy’ - And news on gifted students

Aug 02, 2022 at 02:47 pm by WGNS


Twenty-two teachers from Rutherford County attended the "Gifted Academy" in July – a collaboration between Rutherford County Schools and Murfreesboro City Schools.

The program was fully funded by The Jennings and Rebecca Jones Foundation by way of a grant. This unique training opportunity provided RCS teachers a means of furthering their professional development in a targeted area of need, said Courtney Brown, the RCS Gifted Services supervisor.


Participants of the academy investigated methods for identifying gifted students and making accommodations for them in the classroom. While collaborating with Murfreesboro City Schools teachers, all participants were able to exchange ideas and gain greater knowledge of how to serve gifted students, Brown said.

Teachers who successfully complete the curriculum will be awarded the Tennessee Gifted Employment Standard.

Rockvale High student represents at national conference

Jessica Condren and Keely Miga, students at Rockvale High School, were chosen to represent Christiana, Tennessee, as National Youth Delegates to the 2022 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University. 

Of 100 students selected, Jessica and Keely took part in a week-long exercise of leadership in environmental science and conservation.

Students were selected for the summit based on their academic achievement, interest and excellence in leadership. 

Washington Youth Summit aims to encourage and inspire young leaders from across the nation who desire a future leadership role in the environmental industry. 

More information about the summit can be found online at

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