Summer Programs for Motivated Students

by elizabeth | October 11th, 2010

I’ve just returned from West Virginia, where I attended the National Conference of Governor’s Schools. I direct the Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts, a 2-week residential summer enrichment program. Here’s a photo of our samba dancers after our annual Independence Day parade:

GIA 2010 - Dancers after the Parade

The conference was great! I got to meet and share ideas with leaders of similar programs all around the country. I heard about how music students learn to improvise and collaborate with film and theater students at the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. I heard about a West Virginia Governor’s Honors Academy class that teaches students to accept failure and use it to propel them forward. I heard about how excited the alumni of the Missouri Scholars Academy are about returning for reunions. And so much more…. check out the NCOGS website to see the programs for motivated teens in your area! There are programs in many subject areas, including the arts, engineering, math, science, and international relations.

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elizabeth! is a vocalist, trombonist, and songwriter working in NYC and Los Angeles. Originally from Vermont, she studied neuroscience at Harvard before moving to NYC to play, tour, and record with jazz musicians, indie rockers, pop stars and more. Her new album of original jazzy pop tunes was just released on Canopy Jazz!

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