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Davidson Institute for Talent Development

In 1999 former educational software entrepreneurs, Jan and Bob Davidson, founded the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, a nonprofit operating foundation, out of a concern that our nation’s most gifted and talented young people are largely neglected and underserved.  The mission of the Davidson Institute is to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference.

In order to fulfill this mission, the Davidson Institute offers the following programs and services that support profoundly intelligent young people, their families and the educators that serve them:

  • The Davidson Academy of Nevada -

Located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, The Davidson Academy opened in August 2006 and is the first free public day school of its kind offering middle and high school students an individualized education that allows them to soar academically.


  • Davidson Young Scholars -

A FREE program offering support services for profoundly gifted students between the ages of 5 and 18 in the areas of educational advocacy, talent and interest development, child and adolescent development, and peer connections.


  • Davidson Fellows -

$50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships are awarded annually to recognize outstanding students 18 and under who have completed significant work in science, mathematics, technology, literature, music, philosophy or outside the box. Davidson Fellows are honored for their achievement at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.


  • THINK Summer Institute -

A three-week residential summer academic experience at the University of Nevada, Reno where 13- to 16-year-olds can earn up to six college credits that may be transferable.


  • Educators Guild -

A free, online community for elementary, middle and high school teachers, counselors, administrators, GT coordinators, and other education professionals.


  • Davidson Gifted Database -

Your gateway to gifted resources - a special section of the Davidson Institute’s web site that includes a searchable database of more than 800 articles and 4,600 resources for and about gifted and talented students. Also available are an events calendar, an archived summary of news articles and a database of state and federal gifted education policies.


  • Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds -

A nationally renowned book, Genius Denied is hailed as a “manifesto for change,” co-authored by Bob and Jan Davidson, with Laura Vanderkam, and published by Simon and Schuster.

More information can be found at


Davidson Institute for Talent Development
9665 Gateway Drive, Suite B
Reno, Nevada 89521
Fax: 775-852-2184