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Supporting Academically Gifted Low-income Youth

 

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Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth
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Accomplished venture capitalist Harvey Goldstein has spent more than 50 years in the Southeast Asian market and possesses decades of expertise working with foreign investors in Singapore and Indonesia. Outside of his work, Harvey Goldstein is a champion of supporting gifted students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and has worked with the Johns Hopkins University Centre for Talented Youth.

Findings from a Johns Hopkins study into high-ability students from low-income backgrounds indicate a lack of resources for gifted students. While many states enact policies to identify gifted students and train teachers to challenge these students appropriately, the study shows that all states need to improve access to resources that enable gifted students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds to perform at an academically advanced level.

Johns Hopkins researchers advise policymakers to expand universal screening programs to identify high-ability students earlier and offer more responsive learning tracks to all advanced students, including dual grade-level enrollment and early graduation programs.

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Online Offerings at Johns Hopkins CTY

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Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth
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The founder of Business-Link Consultancy in Singapore and PT Harvest International Indonesia, Harvey Goldstein has worked in international business for approximately five decades. One way in which Harvey Goldstein has given back to the community has been through scholarships for the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

In addition to face-to-face courses, the CTY offers online courses for gifted young people. These courses enable pre-college students with talent and interest in a specific field to pursue their strengths further. Instructors can provide assistance to the students by phone, via email, or through virtual classrooms. CTY provides these courses in both individually paced and session-based formats.

In an individually paced course, a student may enroll at any time during the year and progress at a comfortable rate. Those who complete the courses quickly can apply any remaining time toward their next relevant courses. These courses include most STEM courses.

By contrast, session-based courses offer a more structured alternative. Students who learn best with clear goals and deadlines can follow specific schedules. The humanities courses that CTY offers, as well as some engineering, math, and science courses, follow this format.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership and APCAC Support

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Trans-Pacific Partnership
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Harvey Goldstein is a philanthropist, a strategic international business consultant, the founder and chairman of Indonesian-based Harvest International, and a member and leader of several global organizations. With decades of business experience in Indonesia and throughout the rest of Southeast Asia, Harvey Goldstein is well versed in the needs and issues of the region and works to improve economic development. The recent Trans-Pacific Partnership will have a major impact on the region, and the Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) is one of the organizations to which Mr. Goldstein belongs that supports this effort.

An association of nearly 30 American chambers of commerce in the Asia-Pacific region, APCAC represents over 15,000 companies with over $600 billion in investment in the area.

APCAC recently voiced its support for the TPP, a free trade agreement (FTA) between the United States, Canada, and several other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Pending approval in the U.S., the FTA stands to eliminate tariffs and reduce barriers to trade.

The goal of the agreement is to harmonize numerous regulations among the countries involved for the purpose of streamlining and improving international trade to the benefit of all countries. For additional information on APCAC’s support, see the press release at www.apcac.org/apcac-applauds-signing-of-tpp.

The Role of Parents in the Online Education of Gifted Students

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Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth
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A graduate of NYU, Polytechnic, Syracuse University, & SUNY at Buffalo, Harvey Goldstein has been the president and director of PT Harvest International Indonesia since 1987. While maintaining his Indonesian Office, Mr. Goldstein moved to Singapore to become a director at Business-Link Consultancy Pte Ltd, and has been based there since 2006. Apart from his professional pursuits, Harvey Goldstein is an active supporter of Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

Founded in 1979, the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth is on a mission to educate some of the brightest and most advanced K-12 learners from all over the globe. The organization conducts an annual search for students who meet the criteria for enrollment. These students are then given further training through its summer and online programs.

The center’s online programs cater to thousands of students from over 60 countries every year. This unique, individualized, distance-learning program provides challenging yet academically appropriate courses to participants through email and virtual classrooms. The success of this program does not only rely on the students’ natural abilities, but is also dictated by the participation of their parents and guardians.

Parents and guardians, by providing appropriate moral support and guidance, are an important component within the program. By ensuring that the students promptly turn in their homework and exams, and that they are in constant communication with their instructors, parents and guardians contribute to their student’s success.

CTY Explores Ways to Inspire Hard Work Among Advanced Learners

A foreign direct investment expert based in Singapore, Harvey Goldstein is a director of Business-Link Consultancy PTE LTD, and is the chairman of Harvest International in Indonesia. In addition to stimulating investment, Harvey Goldstein endorses educational opportunities for the most gifted young students worldwide by supporting the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

Center leader Elaine Hansen recently authored on article that discussed the relationship between intelligence and hard work in order to explore claims that academically advanced students have less “grit.” According to leading CTY faculty and staff, there are too many personal factors at work to make such a generalization, but the organization’s educators explain that they do employ strategies to help student sustain grit. CTY educators foster hard work by focusing on three main imperatives, which include combating boredom, emphasizing questions instead of answers, and rendering hard work contagious.

Hansen asserts that boredom is one of the main issues for advanced students, whose abilities may be untested by standard school curriculum. To overcome boredom, educators establish high academic goals, challenge students with difficult material, and maximize self-directed, interactive learning. CTY educators also state that students work harder when they are surrounded by motivated peers with whom they can collaborate to seek knowledge and tackle problems.

Young Presidents’ Organization Offers Community of Business Leaders

Harvey Goldstein leads Harvest International Indonesia and possesses more than 45 years’ experience working in the areas of private sector growth and development in Southeast Asia. Outside his career at the Indonesia-based company, Harvey Goldstein serves as chapter chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

YPO offers business leaders the opportunity to join a community of fellow professionals who achieved success before age 45 and continue to foster a commitment to learning, trust, and confidentiality. In order to become an YPO member, applicants must meet qualifications on both a personal and professional level. Moreover, applicants must hold the responsibility of overseeing full operations for a qualifying corporation or division.

Qualified corporations satisfy at least one criterion from two different requirement categories: A Requirements and B Requirements. A Requirements involve employee numbers and compensation totals, while B Requirements include mandates regarding dollar volumes and enterprise values. YPO grants exceptions in some cases, however, such as instances of currency devaluation or other occurrences.

The most basic criteria for members is focused on the applicant’s age and professional title within their business. Applicants must apply before reaching their 45th birthday and possess the equivalent of a high-ranking title at their place of employment. Qualified tiles include president, CEO, managing director, publisher, or similar positions.

To apply, applicants must submit a preliminary membership application for review by general YPO personnel. After conducting evaluation, these individuals pass on applications which meet membership criteria to the appropriate chapter for final consideration.

To learn more about YPO membership and the application process, visit the organization’s membership page at ypo.org/join-ypo.

The EERC – Innovator and Meeting Partner

With more than four decades of executive experience in Southeast Asia, Harvey Goldstein serves as both the managing director of Singapore’s Business-Link Consultancy PTE, Ltd., and president and director of PT Harvest International Indonesia. Through PT Harvest International Indonesia, Harvey Goldstein has overseen a variety of client services for over 100 clients, including the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC).

Founded as the Robertson Lignite Research Laboratory in 1951, the EERC is dedicated to addressing environment and energy issues throughout the world. With its experienced team of scientists and engineers, the EERC partners with a wide range of research, industry, and government organizations to achieve its goals. To best focus on innovative solutions, the EERC maintains a network of nine centers of excellence, including the National Center for Hydrogen Technology, the Emission Control Technologies Center, and the National Alternative Fuels Center.

The EERC is a member and sponsor of the annual Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership, which will hold its 2015 meeting in Chicago. Scheduled to be held at the Embassy Suites Chicago – Downtown/Lakefront location from September 16 through 17, meeting topics are anticipated to range from laboratory and modeling advancements to joint collaborative projects between the United States and Canada. Interested members may also participate in the workshop on CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery the day before the meeting’s official start.