Telra UNC Charlotte Learner Investigation Program
TULIP is a collaboration between Telra Institute and the Cato College of Education at UNC Charlotte to identify and cultivate academic talent in children. Our long-term goal is to broaden and strengthen the pipeline of future scholars by supporting young learners and their families with educational resources, guidance, and programming to fully develop their potential.
Spring 2022 Program Offerings
February-April: Asynchronous Development in Elementary-aged students (rising K to rising grade 5)
We know that talented young learners often develop in asynchronous ways, with some sets of capabilities maturing faster than others. Research staff from UNC Charlotte are offering a free multi-dimensional set of assessments that measure overall development, with a particular focus on language, reading, mathematical, and social-emotional development. Parents are also asked to complete a set of rating scales to help gain a full picture of your child’s social-emotional development.
Gain a better understanding your child – All the assessment results will be provided to you.
Receive tailored guidance
Educational resources or next steps for your child recommended by UNC Charlotte education experts
Social-emotional advice and support resources provided by a psychologist who specializes in working with gifted and 2E children (student identities are not disclosed to the psychologist)
Receive more personalized education
For Telra students, the results can help staff to better understand and accommodate your child’s learning needs
For non-Telra students, you can choose whether or not to share the results with your child’s school
Certify your child for school gifted and talented programs
Most schools do not provide free testing for gifted qualification until late 2nd or 3rd grade
Securing this suite of assessments on your own could cost hundreds of dollars
Note: TULIP offers a very common set of assessments, but we make no guarantee that these are accepted your school. Please check your own school/district policies regarding gifted/AIG/TD identification.
Surface indications of any learning differences, such as ADHD or ASD, that could benefit from early identification and management.
Help advance UNC Charlotte’s research on asynchronous development in children, with a particular focus on gifted and 2E learners.
Depending on your child’s age, they would participate in most or all of the following assessments:
Test of Phonological Awareness (TOPA-2+)
Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT-5)
Expressive Vocabulary Test (EVT-3)
Raven’s Progressive Matrices (RPM/RCPM)
The overall assessment time is 2-2.5 hours, plus 30-60 mins across multiple play breaks.
Parents of participating children will be asked to complete a set of surveys related to your child’s academic, development, and social-emotional development. Completion of these forms should take 55-75 mins.
Virtual Seminar - Challenges of Parenting a Gifted or 2E Kid
Presenter: Alyse Bone, MS, CRC, LCMHC, RYT-200
Watch recording below.