NKU Hosts “DreamFest” for Local Gifted Students

NKU Campus

March 7, 2018- Northern Kentucky University once again hosts hundreds of the region’s brightest elementary and middle school students for the DreamFest Conference. 2018 marks the 33rd year that NKU has invited these gifted students to campus for a day of learning and enrichment.

DreamFest is organized by the Northern Kentucky Association of Gifted Educators (NKAGE) with the Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services (NKCES) and NKU’s College of Education and Human Services. Nearly 800 of students from grades 4-8 will take over NKU’s campus during spring break on March 8.

 “DreamFest is a premier event for the gifted and talented community in northern Kentucky,” said Dr. Kimberly Clayton-Code, director of NKU’s Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies. “NKU is honored to host this event year after year to continue developing our youth. Students will be able to take advantage of the diverse offerings of intellectually innovative and engaging sessions.”

The Cincinnati Museum Center will be presenting this year’s main event for all students titled Phenomenal Physics.  In addition to enjoying “a variety of hair-raising and high-flying demonstrations of physics in action” from CMC staff, students will also participate in breakout sessions aligned to their area of giftedness:  from language arts and mathematics, to performing arts and leadership.

“This event really highlights the collaborative spirit that exists amongst our public school districts here in northern Kentucky.  In a time when Gifted and Talented Education monies are slated to be cut out from the state education budget, it’s very inspiring to witness how 16 very diverse school districts work together to plan and manage such a powerful event for our region’s students. The event is a proud day for all of northern Kentucky,” said Matt Engel, the supervisor of instruction for the Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School district and the co-president of NKAGE.

·       What: 2018 DreamFest Conference

·       When: March 8, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

·       Where: NKU’s Campus

DreamFest features more than 55 breakout sessions offered in 10 areas of giftedness. Local professionals and teachers volunteer their time to lead the breakout sessions.

About NKU:  Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information on our 50th, visit nku.edu/50.