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An Educational Night for Parents and Teachers:


Featured Speaker:
Gina Rae Stipelstad
Long Beach Unified School District


Gina Rae Stolpestad has a strong background in GATE and Science Education,

including a master’s degree in Science Education from USC. She provides

professional development and coaching for K-12 teachers and administrators,

presents at local and state conferences and pursues life-long learning in education.

Gina taught gifted learners in elementary and secondary classrooms, designed

summer science enrichment classes and led university extension courses in gifted

education. Now she is experiencing the greatest educational charge of all,

parenting two young children to persist in their inquiries about the world around

them and develop creative problem solving to innovate their own ideas.

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 NAGC: Planning for Summer


 Summer Camps at UC Irvine


Summer camps are UCI-sponsored (different from for profit groups that rent space on our campus) youth programs and are carefully created to promote skills development in a safe and inclusive environment. Through the richness of the university's expertise and resources, our programs incorporate the latest innovations and techniques designed to elevate the educational experience. It is our sincere goal to have a positive impact on each child's personal growth and development by teaching confidence, personal responsibility and character development. We also recognize the importance of striking a balance between instruction and fun and creating unforgettable UCI experiences. 

See the flyer for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the characteristics of a typical gifted student?

Gifted children have characteristics that often make them stand out from other students.  Gifted students are curious, have a good memory, a developed sense of humor, they are highly creative, use advanced vocabulary, and have a wide knowledge base as compared to their peers.

Is there a definition of "gifted"?

Yes, the current definition, which is located in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is "Children who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services and activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities".

What is the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program?

The GATE program provides challenging curriculum and instruction to gifted and talented students in California capable of achieving significantly beyond the level of their peers.  The state of California provides program and grant support to local school districts to establish GATE programs.  The state provides general standards that offer districts considerable flexibility in defining who are "gifted and talented" and in designing local programs.

What is the process for GATE identification?

Each district develops its own criteria for GATE identification.  Contact your district GATE coordinator for more information regarding identification and testing.

How is GATE instruction different?

GATE programs use Depth and Complexity to enhance and make the core-curriculum different.  Depth and Complexity is used to differentiate learning opportunities that stress the complexity of subject matter, develop greater depth in thinking and reasoning skills, and provide for the creation of new ideas and new products.

What is differentiated instruction?

Differentiated instruction involves providing students with different avenues to acquiring content; to processing, constructing, or making sense of ideas; and to developing teaching materials so that all students within a classroom can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability.

Where can I find more resources?