In the News

UA Little Rock Graduate Student (Sheyanne Smith) Honored for Gifted and Talented Work. Read more…

UA Little Rock Graduate Student (Lauren Smithey) Receives Javits-Frasier Scholar Award  Read more….

Dr. Ann Robinson Receives Ann F. Isaacs Founder’s Memorial Award from National Association for Gifted Children. Read more…

Dr. Ann Robinson Named Distinguished Professor. Read more…

Dr. Ann Robinson and the Mahony Center for Gifted Education Team receive the 2021 AGATE Presidential Award. Read more.

UA Little Rock Jodie Mahony Center Receives Nearly $2.5 Million STEM Grant

Read more

Dr. Ann Robinson presents at European Council for High Ability conference

See her presentation graphics here and here!

UA Little Rock Holds Virtual AP Summer Institute for 700 Teachers

Read more

Summer Laureate University for Youth turns 40!

Read more about SLUFY here and here!

Check out this news story about SLUFY.

Innovative Collaboration equals success for award-winning Stem Starters+ program

Read the article here.

APSIs (Advanced Placement Summer Institute) at UA Little Rock turn 25!

Read More

AP Summer Institute Receives $441k Grant To Support Teacher Professional Development

Read More

UA Little Rock Jodie Mahony Center Receives $55k Grant To Provide Workshops For Arkansas Teachers

Read More

Jodie Mahony Center Receives $31k Funding For Middle School Program: “Mt Stage: The Hamilton Experience”

Arkansas Department Of Education awarded our center to host “MT Stage: The Hamilton Experience.” This program allows middle schoolers to produce and perform in Hamilton: An American Musical, a popular hip hop musical that debuted on Broadway in 2015.

“We want to thank, in particular, the Governor and the supportive Arkansas legislators who believe in the AEGIS summer programs and ensure their continued funding,.”

Read More

National Science Teachers Association Shines Spotlight On Jodie Mahony Center For Gifted Education

Read More

Teacher of the Year

Congratulations Cassidy Smith of Magnolia for being elected Teacher of the Year! Read more here!

Roll it!

The National Science Teachers Association Conference featured the Jodie Mahony Center and STEM Starters+! Enjoy our five-minute documentary!

STEM Starters+ team presents at AERA in San Antonio

Left to right: Jill Adelson (University of Louisville), Ann Robinson, Kristy Kidd, Christine Deitz (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)

The STEM Starters+ research team presented twice at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in late April. The team is assembled in front of the structured poster session in this photo. A paper, A Talent for Tinkering: Developing Talents in Young Low-Income Children through Engineering Curriculum, was also presented by Drs. Robinson and Adelson at the meeting.

Left to right: Jill Adelson (University of Louisville), Ann Robinson, Kristy Kidd, Christine Deitz (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)

Dr. Gail Hughes and Dr. Ann Robinson talk about STEM grants at a UA Little Rock Lunch & Learn

Gail Hughes, Kristy Kidd, and Ann Robinson

Left to right: Gail Hughes, Kristy Kidd, Ann Robinson (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)

The Family of Martha Gaunt Bass was recognized as the 2017 Friend of the Mahony Center at the College of Education and Health Professions Recognition & Awards Ceremony


Dr. Deitz is a guest blogger at Savvy Magazine with her “Becoming Gifted” Article

Today’s public schools do more than a respectable job of identifying children of advanced ability for gifted and talented programs and services. Gifted services are typically decided on a case-by-case basis, and on a child’s need for creative and critical learning experiences beyond the traditional classroom. In short, gifted children require special services and supported opportunities to fully develop their potential. More

Research team finds benefits of engineering lessons for first graders

Dr. Jill Adelson, Kristy Kidd, and Dr. Ann Robinson

After extensive investigation through the STEM Starters+ program, researchers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock found that even at the first-grade level, students can benefit from engineering lessons.

Students who participated in the STEM Starters+ lessons not only developed a greater understanding of engineering, but they also learned more science and were more highly engaged in learning. More

Left to right: STEM Starters+ Research Team: Dr. Jill Adelson, Kristy Kidd, and Dr. Ann Robinson (University of Arkansas at Little Rock)

Arkansas Gifted and Talented Study Incorporates EiE

Researchers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock are using EiE in a study that aims to promote equity in gifted and talented programs. The STEM Starters+ research project at University of Arkansas-Little Rock is using Engineering is Elementary (EiE).