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Common Core Math and the Gifted Learner
What does it mean to teach through the Mathematical Practices? How will the Common Core impact the gifted learner? Conceptual vs. Algorithmic: What does that mean? Join us as we delve into 6 Mathematic Shifts found in the Common Core. We will explore how the Common Core standards will impact the teaching practices for the gifted learner and how the 8 Mathematical Practices will guide instruction on a daily basis. return to previous page
Karen Brown
Nov 21

5:00pm to 6:00pm
Supporting Teachers & Students, Just a Click Away with Digital Differentiation!
To effectively reach, teach, and assess gifted students, teachers need resources, guidance, and communication… at their fingertips! Learn how to incorporate a Gifted Resource Site for providing curriculum, supporting teachers, and documenting achievement. This dynamic site provides web-based training, teacher meeting agendas, and a method for sharing curriculum, differentiated lesson plans, and digital resources that includes videos of classroom demonstrations, examples of student-produced work, and programming options. The presenters demonstrate how to create a learning community for sharing ideas, strategies, assessment tools and outcomes, and a method for forming flexible learning groups and documenting growth for students learning beyond grade-level. 
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Dina Brulles and Karen Brown
Dec 12

5:00pm to 6:00pm
The Problem of Mis-diagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted/Talented Children
Characteristics of gifted and talented children can result in incorrect diagnoses, such as ADD/ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or Bipolar Disorder. Some gifted children do suffer disorders—such as in Learning Disabilities, Allergies, or Depression—but giftedness is often an overlooked factor. Few psychologists, pediatricians, or other health care professionals have received any training about the characteristics or common difficulties of gifted children or adults, though these professionals have much to offer such families. This Webinar describes how to differentiate whether a child or adult suffers from these disorders, or whether the child or adult is simply showing gifted behaviors. The session also discusses dual diagnoses, with an emphasis on disorders that occur more frequently among gifted populations. The session will close with ideas for the emotional/behavioral management of gifted children from a neuropsychological perspective. 
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Paul Beljan
Jan 16

5:00pm to 6:00pm

When is Acceleration the Best Decision?
Is acceleration right for gifted students? What resources are available to help me make the best decision? How do I advocate for a student when acceleration is the best option? This session will cover the answers to these questions and more! High ability students have unique academic, cognitive and social needs. Many bright students need more academic challenge than they are receiving in their educational environment. Acceleration is “progress through an educational program at rates faster or at ages younger than conventional” (Pressey, 1949) and is one of the most effective and research-based interventions for the academic growth of gifted children. 
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Kim Lansdowne
Feb 13

5:00pm to 6:00pm

Increase Rigor and Achievement with Cluster Grouping
Effective gifted cluster grouping requires careful planning, consistent support and continual teacher training. This Webinar provides a roadmap for implementing and sustaining a successful cluster-grouping model and methods for documenting growth. Learn to create balanced classes that enhance teacher efficacy, improve student performance, increase prospects for underserved populations, and open access to learning opportunities historically reserved for high-achieving gifted students. Participants explore methods for: planning, implementing, and evaluating the model; teaching in and managing the gifted cluster classroom; and expanding differentiated learning experiences to ALL students, setting the stage for continuous academic success for students at every level. Achievement studies for gifted and general education students—in cluster and regular classes—will be referenced.
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Dina Brulles
Mar 6

5:00pm to 6:00pm

Tweeting, Posting and Updating - Social Media in Gifted Education
Social media is ubiquitous in today’s world. Both teachers and students now have the ability to not only access information, but also safely engage with experts and express their own ideas to a global audience. This collaboration and communication can transform both classroom learning and teachers’ professional development. Through the use of social media, students can immerse in deep and rich project-based learning. In this Webinar, participants will learn how to integrate project-based learning into the classroom through the use of social media. 
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Karen Mensing and David Graham
Apr 3

5:00pm to 6:00pm

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