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Thursday Pre-Convention Programs

Registration Fee: $149 per session (includes breakfast and lunch)


Designed by the Early Childhood, Middle Grades, and Special Schools and Programs Networks

Geared for those new to gifted education as well as those that are looking to make changes to programs and others interested in various service and programming models. Gifted education offers a full choice of models and theories for developing programs and services, often times leaving the practitioners to wonder what a particular model might look like if implemented in their setting. This pre-convention program will focus on eight models of gifted education practice and highlight how various schools are implementing the models in their setting. There will be an opportunity to investigate the practical applications of the model, interacting with practitioners of the models. The day will aim to answer such questions as: How do gifted children, their teachers, or coordinators benefit from the various models? How can each model work together with the others?


Integrated Curriculum
Joyce VanTassel-Baska, Smith Professor Emerita, William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Schoolwide Enrichment
Joseph Renzuilli, Professor, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT and Sally Reis, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Susan Assouline, Director, Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Reggio Emilia
Nancy Hertzog, Professor, Educational Psychology; Director, Robinson Center for Young Scholars, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Autonomous Learner
George Betts, Professor Emeritus of Gifted Education and President, NAGC, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

Online/Blended Learning
Megan Palevich, Director of Education and School Principal, Laurel Springs School, Ojai, CA

Interest Based Schools
Bronwyn MacFarlane, Professor of Gifted Education, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR

Problem-Based Learning
Shelagh Gallagher, Engaged Education, Charlotte, NC



Alberto M. Carvalho
Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Join the nation's leading African-American and Hispanic/Latino scholars, authors, and researchers in the field of gifted education for this historic opportunity designed for practitioners, researchers, administrators, scholars, social justice advocates, and all other instructional and educational leaders in the field to address the identification and education of gifted, advanced, and high-ability African-American and Hispanic/Latino students.

Program Chair: Jaime A. Castellano, Florida Atlantic University, Lake Worth, FL
Co-Chairs: Margarita Bianco, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO, and Tarek C. Grantham, Professor, University of Georgia, Athens, GA


Implications and Practices for Learning, Teaching, and Leading

Jaime A. Castellano, Professor, Florida Atlantic University, Lake Worth, FL

Dina Brulles, Director of Gifted Education, Paradise Valley USD, Phoenix, AZ

What Does It Mean to be Equitable in Gifted Education? Setting Common Language and Goals for Under-represented Students of Color

Donna Ford, Professor, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Gifted Hispanic/Latino Students as English Learners

Nilda Aguirre, President, Kreative Kids, Hammond, LA

Promoting Diversity and Achievement through Creativity and Equity

Tarek C. Grantham, Professor, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Sally Krisel, Director of Innovative and Advanced Programs, Hall County Schools, Gainesville, GA

Wendy Leader, Gifted Education Consultant, Colorado Department of Education, Denver, CO

Margaret Hines, Co-Director, University of Georgia Project SPARC, Athens, GA

Marianne Solomon, Executive Director, Future Problem Solving International, Melbourne, FL

April Dennis, Program Director, Future Problem Solving International, Melbourne, FL

Family/Parent Collaboration/Partnerships

Joy Lawson Davis, Associate Professor, Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA

Maggie Aldana, Gifted Teacher, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Thonotosassa, FL

Tiombe Dunn, School Psychologist, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL

Leslie Hosey, Director of Lower School and School Psychologist, Roeper School, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Embracing the Whole Child: Developing Social, Emotional and Academic Growth through Curriculum, Instruction and Understanding

Dina Brulles, Director of Gifted Education, Paradise Valley USD, Phoenix, AZ

Rosina Gallagher, Psychologist & Educational Consultant, Chicago, IL

Kristina Collins, Assistant Professor, Texas State University, San Marcos,TX

Michelle Frazier Trotman Scott, Associate Professor, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA

Next Generation/Innovative Assessments to Identify Low-Income, Racially, Culturally, and Linguistically Diverse Gifted Students

Jaime A. Castellano, Professor, Florida Atlantic University, Lake Worth, FL

Nilda Aguirre, President, Kreative Kids, Hammond, LA

Sylvia Lee, Senior Research Associate, Pearson

Anne Horak, Assistant Professor, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Equity, Inclusion, Cultural Competency and Social Justice

Donna Ford, Professor, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Kate Bachtel, President, SENG, Boulder, CO

Lisette Rodriguez, Director of Advanced Academic Programs, School District of Miami-Dade County, FL

Gilman Whiting, Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

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