Dr. Kimberly Clayton-Code Honored for her Impact Among Gifted Students

Dr. Kimberly Clayton-Code
Dr. Kimberly Clayton-Code is pictured on the right with the other KAGE award recipients.

March 23, 2018- Northern Kentucky University’s Dr. Kimberly Clayton-Code has been honored with the 2018 Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (KAGE) Service and Advocacy Award. Dr. Clayton-Code was recognized for her exceptional service and advocacy in support of educating Kentucky’s gifted and talented youth.

Dr. Clayton-Code serves as the director of the Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies, which is in the College of Education and Human Services. Over the last decade, nearly 35,000 gifted students have visited NKU’s campus due to programming offered through this institute.

“We are very fortunate to have someone like Kimberly directing our gifted studies program,” said Cindy Reed, dean of the College of Education and Human Services. “She is a major influence in the region in terms of preparing educators to meet the needs of gifted and talented students, and a leader in terms of offering quality programs for gifted students and their parents. We are thrilled to have these very talented young people and their families as regular visitors to the NKU campus and hope that they will view NKU as the go-to place for quality higher education in the future.”  

Along with NKU’s recent 2018 DreamFest, Dr. Clayton-Code has coordinated a wide variety of programs for gifted students such as Camp Innovation, Parent Place workshops, the Young Women LEAD Conference, Power Saturday and STEM Night Out. Camp Innovation Pathways to College is a weekend and summer enrichment program designed for students in grades K-9 to explore a variety of transdisciplinary courses infusing entrepreneurship, science, mathematics, social studies, technology, visual and performing arts. While students are attending the Camp Innovation program, their parents are invited to attend Parent Place workshops which present topics such as Understanding Kentucky’s Continuum of Gifted Services, Meeting the Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Youth and Navigating Online Resources and Social Media. More information about each of these programs is available at http://gifted.nku.edu.

“It’s an amazing opportunity to challenge these students with new learning experiences on our campus and to assist their parents in supporting their gifted children,” said Dr. Clayton-Code. “I am deeply honored to receive this award from the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education.”

Dr. Clayton-Code received her award at the 2018 KAGE Annual Conference in Lexington in late February.

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.