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2018 Tuesday, July 24th-Thursday, July 26th  9:00-12:00 p.m. 

Choose one Institute to attend all week

Institute #1: Quality Curriculum and Instruction for Advanced Learners: A Look at Essential Elements (Gr. K-12)

Dr. Marcia Imbeau

Professor, Curriculum and Instruction 
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

What does high quality curriculum and instruction look like for advanced learners? Given the cognitive capacity of students who are highly able, a rigorous, challenging curriculum and instruction is required if we expect students’ continuous growth.  This institute will address some of the key principles of high quality curriculum and instruction tied to required standards to maximize students’ learning.  Participants will acquire a set of tools and methods for using a conceptual approach to organize or explore content that is discipline based and integrative; assisting students as they pursue advanced levels of understanding through abstraction, depth, breadth, and complexity;  asking students to use processes and materials that approximate those of the expert, disciplinarian, or practicing professional;  emphasizing problems, products, and performances that are true to the discipline; and ensuring flexibility to accommodate self-directed learning fueled by student interests.

Dr. Marcia B. Imbeau is a Professor at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where she teaches graduate courses in gifted education and elementary education. She is actively involved with University/Public School Partnerships and teaches in a local elementary school as a university liaison. The new Common Core State Standards are an embedded feature of her work in differentiation, curriculum development, and classroom management. She has been recognized for her teaching and was awarded the College of Education and Health Professions Outstanding Teaching Award in 2000 and 2003. 

Her professional experience includes serving as a field researcher for the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, elementary teaching in the regular classroom, teaching in programs for the gifted, and coordinating university-based and Saturday programs for advanced learners. Marcia has been a board member for the National Association for Gifted Children and has served as a Governor At-Large for the Council for Exceptional Children—The Association for the Gifted Division. She is a past president of Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education, a state organization that supports appropriate instructional services for all students.

Among her publications are Managing a Differentiated Classroom: K–8 (with Carol Tomlinson); The Parallel Curriculum Model (2nd edition, Corwin Press, 2009 with Carol Tomlinson, Sandy Kaplan, Joseph Renzulli, Jeanne Purcell, Jann Leppien, Deborah Burns, and Cindy Strickland); a chapter on Designing a Professional Development Program in Designing Services and Programs for High-Ability Learners: A Guidebook for Gifted Education (Corwin Press, 2006); and How to Use Differentiated Instruction with Students with Disabilities in the General Education Classroom (Council for Exceptional Children, 2002 with Barbara Gartin, Nikki Murdick, and Darlene Perner).

Marcia is a member of the ASCD Differentiated Instruction Cadre, which provides support and training to schools interested in improving their efforts to meet the academically diverse learning needs of their students. She has also been a regular presenter at ASCD conferences and institutes. 


Institute #2: The Power of Strength-Based, Talent-Focused Education for Twice Exceptional Learners (Gr. K-12)

Dr. Susan Baum
Professor Emeritus from The College of New Rochelle, NY
Director of the 2E Institute for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy
Studio City, California

For too long students with wonderfully diverse minds are looked at by what they can’t do. Educational efforts center around fixing what is broken rather than enhancing what they can do. Experience what can happen when curriculum, instruction, and learning opportunities are informed by celebrating their gifts, talents, and interests. Specifically, this institute will focus on (1) identifying strengths, talents and interests; (2) leveraging strengths for skill development; (3) using strengths, interests, and talents for engagement in learning; and (4) engaging students in talent development opportunities-a non-negotiable for 2e learners.


Dr. Susan Baum is the Director of the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy, a school for twice exceptional students, and recently retired as the Coordinator for the International Graduate Program for Educators at SUNY, Buffalo State College.  As a Professor Emeritus from The College of New Rochelle, Susan is known for her seminal work in the education of twice exceptional children and has published extensively on the topic. As an international consultant, Susan has published in the areas of twice exceptional students, primary-aged gifted students, and social and emotional factors affecting gifted students. She served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Students and is past president and co-founder of the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS). She is the 2010 recipient of the Life Time Achievement Award granted by the Weinfeld Group, for her contributions to the field of the education of twice exceptional learners, 2011 recipient of the Connecticut Association for Friend of the Gifted Award, and the 2015 Distinguish Professional Alumni Award from the Neag School of Education for her work with twice exceptional students. Susan has published widely in the areas of creativity, twice-exceptionality, and talent development. Her books include Creativity 1,2,3; Chi Square, Pie Charts and Me; and To be Gifted and Learning Disabled: Strategies for Helping Gifted Students with LD, ADHD and more.  She is co-editor and author of several chapters in Nurturing the Gifts and Talents of Primary Grade Students and is co-author of a book entitled Toolkit for Teens: A Guide for Helping Adolescents Manage Stress. Dr. Baum is co-author of the popular book, Multiple Intelligences in the Elementary Classroom: A Teacher’s Toolkit, written in collaboration with Howard Gardner.


Institute #3: Fill your Teacher Tool-Kit with Evidence Based Instructional Strategies that Advance Learning (Gr. K-12)

Diane Rowen Garmire, MA 
Teaching Artist, Professional Educational Consultant in Art and Gifted Education
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Do you ever ask yourself, “What is at the core of quality teaching?”  Or, “How could I create a student focused way of thinking about teaching and learning?”  Do you wonder what differentiation is and what it is not?  This institute is intended to help teachers design appropriate learning and performance variations for individuals with gifts and talents that enhance creativity, acceleration, depth and complexity in academic subject matter and specialized domains.  You will learn how to apply the models and philosophies from famous creativity researchers while investigating and matching theory with practical classroom strategies.  Learn how differentiation can modify instruction to meet the individual needs of students. Be prepared to make your own classroom models to address your specific needs. Participants create and collaborate as they select, adapt, and use a repertoire of evidence-based instructional approaches to advance the learning of gifted and talented students. You will leave with a tool-kit loaded with practical and useful methods to meet the needs of gifted/talented students in your classroom or program.

Diane began her education career in North Idaho in 1975 as an art educator and later as a teacher for gifted/talented children.  Her passion has always been infusing learning through art. In 2007 she was selected to travel to Japan as a recipient of the Japanese Fulbright Memorial Fund. Later, in 2008, she was selected by the Korea Society to travel as a scholar to South Korea. Diane incorporated these experiences in travel through writing curriculum in storytelling and cultural heritage. She has provided professional development for educators for the past 16 years at Summer Edufest in Boise, Idaho, as well as other venues for teachers in gifted education. She teaches annually at Whitworth University, a graduate level course: “Creativity and the Common Core.”  In the fall of 2016 Diane delivered two keynotes on Creativity for the Kansas State G/T convention in Kansas City, KS. She repeated this presentation at the 2016 WATAG conference and again at NAGC in Orlando, FL.  Most recently, Diane was named as Artistic Director of Future Design Academy, sponsored by the Idaho State Department of Education. This program is an arts-infused STEAM’d program that focuses on design and engineering for young students.  In July 2017,  Diane was presented the 2017-18 GEM (Gifted Education Milestones) by ITAG-SAGE for her contributions to the field of gifted/talented education. Retired from public school teaching in 2015, Diane continues to teach art lessons for children through “Smart with Art” and ArtsEd Washington.

Institute #4: 
Creative Mathematics Within the Core Curriculum (Gr. K-12)

Dr. Rachel McAnallen (Ms. Math)
Mathematics Educational Consultant
Storrs, Connecticut

Place value is an essential tool to understanding the four basic operations which eventually leads to algebraic thinking. Using a monetary approach and respecting the decimal point, the teachers and students will find creative and engaging ways to understand basic math concepts which align with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Inherent in all the lessons will be conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts, computational fluency, mathematical communication, problemsolving, and a “Stay in the Struggle” attitude. Developmental theory, multiple intelligences, and different learning styles will be emphasized, which should enable teachers to help all students – including those who are dyslexic and math anxious – to understand mathematical concepts from the concrete stages to the abstract. The final outcome of this strand is to understand that arithmetic is answering the question whereas mathematics is questioning the answer.

Known simply as Ms. Math to children across the country, Dr. Rachel McAnallen has devoted her life to sharing the joy and beauty of mathematics with learners of all ages. She has been known to a generation of American teachers as an exceptionally creative presenter on the pedagogy of mathematics. A professional educator for 58 years, she travels the globe teaching her subject at every grade level. In addition to her experience in the classroom, Rachel has served as a department chair, a school board member, and a high school administrator. She claims the latter position is responsible for the majority of her grey hairs she now has.  She has a passion for teaching, golf, and mathematical modular origami, though not always in that order.  A life-long learner, Rachel approaches the world around her with a boundless curiosity and a playful sense of humor that is reflected in her teaching style. She believes that mathematics is a language to be spoken, a music to be heard, an art to be seen, and a dance to be performed. Rachel loves to dance. Now she has teamed up with the equally creative Carol Ann Williams to write a series of books about the "why" of mathematics for children. The Awesum Alex books present math concepts to children within the context of a story about children who learn in a fun and magical classroom with a teacher who is just as excited to share what the children are discovering. The characters, brilliantly illustrated by Christopher Tice, question the procedures that are taught in the regular classroom and come to enjoy and understand the concepts that underlie mathematics. For many, the explanations of math concepts may be the means to understanding math truly for the first time. These books are available through Royal Fireworks Press.

Institute #5: The Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) (Gr. K-12) 

Jeff Danielian, MA
Director of the La Salle Scholars Program, Teacher Resource Specialist for The National Association for Gifted Children, Providence, Rhode Island

Tamara Fisher, MA
K-12 Gifted Education Specialist for the Polson School District, Educational Consultant
Polson, Montana

Participants in this institute will receive a brief overview of the research and history regarding talent development and gifted education as it relates to the philosophy and work of Joseph Renzulli and his conception of giftedness. His model and framework for talent development and curriculum modification and differentiation will be explored in depth. The majority of time spent in the institute will be learning how to implement a school or classroom-based enrichment and talent development program based on the Schoolwide Enrichment Model and associated Enrichment Triad Model and Houndstooth Interventions. Highlights will include discussions about curriculum compacting, enrichment learning and teaching, developing total talent portfolios, creating enrichment clusters and facilitating independent research and projects. This institute is designed for classroom teachers, enrichment specialists, gifted education coordinators, and administrators.

Jeff Danielian is the Director of the La Salle Scholars Program in Providence, Rhode Island. He received his Masters degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut and currently holds the position of Teacher Resource Specialist for The National Association for Gifted Children, working from his Rhode Island home base on many exciting projects, including being editor-in-chief of Teaching for High Potential (THP) and writing the monthly blog, The Teacher's Corner. Jeff is the author of Enriching the Young Naturalist, The Young Adult Book Contest, and co-author of The Reel Classroom, all published by Prufrock Press. He is currently co-editing a book containing selected works from THP. He also presents at local, national, and international conferences on many topics including the affective needs of gifted and talented students, creativity and eminence, and the school/home connection.

Tamara Fisher is the K-12 Gifted Education Specialist for the Polson School District on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. She has 20 years of experience teaching gifted youth; served for ten years on the Executive Board of the Montana Association for Gifted and Talented Education, including a term as President; blogged for six years about gifted education and gifted students for the national online magazine "Education Week Teacher;" earned a Masters degree in Gifted Education in 2004 (UConn); and is co-author (together with Karen Isaacson) of "Intelligent Life in the Classroom: Smart Kids and Their Teachers" (winner of the 2007 TAGT Legacy Book Award and a 2008 "Learning Magazine" Teacher's Choice Award). She has presented numerous times on various gifted-related topics for local, county, tribal, state, regional, national, and international audiences, including teachers, parents, students, administrators, pre-service teachers, and the general public. She was selected as the 2001 Polson Teacher of the Year and the 2013 Montana AGATE Educator of the Year. While earning her B.S. in Elementary Education from Montana State University-Bozeman, where she was an Honors Scholar, Tamara co-created a volunteer mentor program matching college Honors students with gifted kids in the local schools. Over 20 years later, the "Mentor GATE" program is still running today, and some of the volunteers have been Tamara's former students!