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34,863 students have participated in our programs!


Formally established in 2008, the Institute focuses on our mission of being a comprehensive and valued source for gifted and high potential youth, their parents, and educators in the regional community.  The Institute has a reputation for excellence in providing educational opportunities for students, developing innovative curriculum, providing quality professional development for parents and educators, and conducting rigorous research.

In addition to our services, the Institute maintains collaborative, meaningful partnerships with businesses, community agencies, and educational institutions in support of high potential and gifted youth. 

Our philosophy is child-centered. We believe all children should be provided with educational and enrichment experiences matched to their unique needs and interests. Talent can be developed by matching one's interests, abilities, and aptitude with the right opportunities, experiences, and challenges. Learners should be provided with experiences that motivate, encourage perseverance, develop creativity, and enable them to grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially. We aim to provide content-rich experiences that build confidence and competence while deepening understanding of complex ideas.


Our Director:

Professor Kimberly Clayton-Code, Ph.D. is the director and co-founder of NKU's Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies.  She teaches courses in gifted and talented education, social studies, diversity, economic education, and educational foundations.

Dr. Code was recognized with the Frank Sinton Milburn Outstanding Professor Award in 2021. This is the highest honor bestowed upon one faculty member each year who has demostractred sustained quality and outstanding teaching, overall leadership, scholarship, and service. She received the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (KAGE) Service and Advisory Award for her exceptional service and advocacy in support of educating Kentucky's gifted and talented youth in 2018. She was recently recognized as a Wise Women of NKU.

Other activities have included editing and authoring the national prestigious award-winning, Entrepreneurs in Kentucky (Leavey Award) and Pathways to Home Ownership (ARELLO and EIFLE Awards) curriculum projects.

Kimberly’s career as an educator began with the Campbell County Schools gifted and talented program as well as teaching fifth grade in a self-contained class. She also taught with the Newport Independent School district.  Kimberly has degrees from the University of Louisville (Ph.D.), Northern Kentucky University (M.Ed.), and Purdue University (B.A.).

Dr. Code can be contacted via email at