By Katy Bowman

Shreev Goyal of Austin, Texas, has loved math for as long as he can remember. As a toddler, his ears always perked up when he heard his mom helping his older brother with math homework. Playing with a set of wooden blocks with numbers on the sides also fueled his fascination. “I would match up the numbers and order them, and that’s really where it all started,” Goyal said.

He remembers flexing his subtraction skills on a road trip to Dallas when he was about 4 years old. “We lived around Exit 256, and we were driving…

By Amy Shelton

Some parents look at summer strictly as a time when kids should be working ahead in their studies or catching up to stem summer learning loss. Others think of the weeks of unstructured time as a way for kids to relax and recharge. And given the fact that so many learners have had their education disrupted over the last year, maybe this summer is a chance to regroup.

As the mom of a ninth grader and the senior director of research at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, I’ve found that one size does not fit…

By Katy Bowman

Communications skills are a vital part of nearly any job, but at the highest levels, they can keep communities informed and engaged; sell products and ideas to the masses; and ultimately, make or break a company or organization.

So how do you become a communications executive? Andrew Green recently joined the CTY Bright Now Speaker Series to share an inside look at his job as Johns Hopkins University’s vice president for communications.

Green spent 20 years as a reporter and editor at the Baltimore Sun, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in…

By Maria Blackburn

In the year since the Covid-19 pandemic pushed school online, we’ve gotten used to kids going to class in pajamas, pet-related Zoom classroom interruptions, and technical problems derailing learning plans.

When the pandemic ends and schools reopen for all students, things will return to normal, we hope. And yet, K-12 education may never be the same. “This past year has been a huge jolt to the American education system,” Erin O’Connor, the director of New York University’s early-childhood-education program, recently told the New Yorker. …

By Tracey Gaughran

For parents whose spring family outings have been grounded due to COVID-19, juggling work and kids over the school break might seem like an impossibly daunting task. Thankfully, there are plenty of fun, free online activities and resources available to spark kids’ creativity, engage their intellect, and keep them busy with learning when school’s out.


By Maria Blackburn

Ask a bioethicist what they do and you’ll be drawn into a thoughtful conversation about some of the moral and ethical questions surrounding innovations like new medicines, biomedical procedures, and ways of altering plants and animals.

“There are almost never easy answers, but we always hope that the work we do changes something for the better,” says Jeffrey Kahn, director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics who recently joined CTY families to talk about his work as a bioethicist as part of the Bright Now Speaker Series.

Kahn’s recent work has included contributing to the…

The great outdoors can provide a much-needed boost right now

By Katy Bowman

When it comes to getting outside in the winter, many of us find ourselves in constant battle … with ourselves. It’s freezing out there. The world is scary. It’s comfier to stay in and play video games.

I go into hibernation mode the minute temperatures dip into the 30s. But I try to force myself to go outside for some exercise every day, and I’m always struck by how much happier and healthier it makes me feel. …

By Katy Bowman

Podcasts — audio shows that listeners access on computers and smartphones — are great tools for learning and entertainment in this era of extended screen time that comes with virtual schooling. The audio format can help satisfy kids’ quest for knowledge and ignite their imaginations while giving their eyes a much-needed break from screens.

“Podcasts require kids to imagine their own visuals, which is something they don’t get to do as much these days,” said Jennifer Swanson, CTY science instructor, author of more than 40 books, and co-host of the podcast “Solve It! For Kids.” …

Because the show must go on, even in a pandemic

By Katy Bowman

One of the holiday traditions I cherish most is attending my kids’ school concerts. After months of hearing them practice their instruments alone in their rooms, seeing them perform with their classmates in the school auditorium is a joyous occasion I look forward to all year.

Unfortunately, Covid-19 has canceled many of the live arts events that help make the holidays merry and bright. The dance recitals, musicals, and concerts, church singalongs and Nutcracker performances, community theater and Broadway shows that usually lift our spirits are going…

By Maria Blackburn

“How do I find a group of friends ‘like’ my child, to do ‘their’ kind of ‘fun’ activities i.e. play chess, science projects, history buff, etc.” — Joan McGregor, member, CTY Parents Facebook Group

First, know that your child is not alone. Making friends isn’t easy for many children, and for academically advanced kids it can be complicated by the fact that your child’s same-age peers may not share their more academic or unique interests, says Michelle Muratori, a senior counselor at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.

Here’s her advice:

Start with their interests

“Always start with your child’s…

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

The Center for Talented Youth is part of Johns Hopkins, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Since 1979, CTY has been the world leader in gifted education.

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