Corbett Preparatory School of IDS Partnered With the
University of South Florida College of Education
In order to raise the ceiling for all learners, Corbett Prep embarked on a collaborative partnership with the Gifted Program at the University of South Florida College Of Education . We partnered with the head of the program, Dr. Elizabeth Shaunessy. She effectively immersed the entire school in an intensive study of the multitude of ways students can be gifted along with the study of creativity, self-esteem, problem solving, assessment, and curriculum design.
The content and instruction were relevant, motivating, inspiring and in some instances life-changing as we increased our knowledge about the literature, research, and strategies that focus on stretching the learner and capitalizing on unique gifts!
After five graduate level courses in five straight semesters, both the administration and faculty earned endorsement in gifted education thanks to the leadership of our amazing instructor, Dr. Elizabeth Shaunessy and the vibrant energy of our Corbett Prep team.
Back To Our Roots
Corbett Preparatory School of IDS (formerly Independent Day School Corbett Campus) was founded by Marilyn Gatlin and Betty Anderson after they had completed their Masters' Degrees in the University of South Florida 's first Gifted Education Program. They were part of Dr. Dorothy Sisk's (a major national leader in Gifted Education) first cadre of gifted education graduates. They were headed to be part of establishing a program in the public schools.
However, these two visionary leaders, with the assistance of their reknowned mentor, Dr. Dorthy Sisk, decided that Gifted Education was really for, and about all learners and proceeded to establish Independent Day School under that premise in September, 1968. (See History).
Forty two years later, we received official confirmation about the grant/contract/collaborative that we received, which allowed all of our teachers and administrators to study and earn endorsement under the leadership of the USF College of Education, Gifted Program Director, Dr. Elizabeth Shaunessy.