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2016 Institutes Start Tuesday, July 26th at 10:30-12:00 p.m.

Select one of the following 6 Edufest Institutes to attend on:

Tuesday, July 26th (10:30-12:00 p.m.)

Wednesday-Thursday, July 27th-28th (9:00-12:00 p.m.)

Institute #1: Differentiation: What Does it Take to Get it Right? (Gr. K-12)

Dr. Marcia Imbeau,  Professor University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

While most teachers address learner's varied needs in some way, we have little evidence of quality differentiation in many, if not most, classrooms. In this session, we'll take a brief look at what it means to differentiate with fidelity to a model that is based on our best knowledge of effective teaching and learning. A goal of the session is to help participants identify both their strengths and possible next steps for growth in responsive teaching. This institute will be a continuation of the topic addressed by Dr. Tomlinson during her morning session.

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: If I Am So Smart, Why Can’t I Learn? Understanding the Twice Exceptional Child (Gr. K-12)

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

This session will help you understand the unique learning profile of students who are gifted and talented and who also have learning and behavior challenges such as ADHD, specific learning disabilities, and autism. Through case studies, activities, and discussion, you will learn the necessity of using a strength -based, talent-focused approach to help these students thrive. You'll also learn specific strategies for helping these students attend, produce, and develop  socially.

Dr. Susan Baum is Co-Director of the International Center for Talent Development, the Director of the 2E Institute for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy, a school for twice exceptional students, and 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 pub
lished 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).  

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 T

o 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 also one of three authors of the popular book, Multiple Intelligences in the Elementary Classroom: A Teacher’s Toolkit, written in collaboration with Howard Gardner.

Institute #3: Mission Possible: Helping Students Prepare for the Future Using the Enrichment Triad Model (Gr. K-12)

Dr. Angela M. HousandAssociate Professor, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Coordinator of the Academically and Intellectually Gifted Graduate Program

By the year 2040, NASA intends to send humans to Mars. Gifted students in our classrooms today are the scientists, engineers, pioneers, artists, and innovatorwho will make that plan a reality. Using the Enrichment Triad Model and the student interest topic “Mars”, this session takes participants on a journey through the Enrichment Triad experience so that they can use the Enrichment Triad Model with students in their classroom. Technology tools and resources, debriefing activities, sample process lessons, and opportunities to plan your own activities for students are part of this strand. Join us as we prepare students to engage in joyful learning so that they may embark on the human race’s next great adventure—the future! (Please bring a laptop to this session.) 

Dr. Angela Housand is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Academically and Intellectually Gifted graduate program at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington (UNCW) where she develops, coordinates, and teaches courses for the Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Teacher Licensure Program. Prior to her work at UNCW, Angela was a research associate at the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. Over the years, she has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences and her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, as chapters in edited books, and in research reports. In addition to teaching and research, Angela actively serves in positions for both the American Educational Research Association's Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent SIG, and the National Association for Gifted Children.

Institute #4: Developing Potential in Traditionally Underrepresented Gifted Learners (Gr. K-12)

Dr. Karen L. WestbergProfessor, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN

Maggie Smith-PetersonElementary District Program Facilitator for Talent Development and Advanced Academics, Minneapolis Public Schools

Equitably identifying and serving students in gifted programs is a complex issue. Educators need tools and methods proven to find and develop academic talent in all populations.  This institute will immerse participants in best practices for both finding and serving students most often overlooked and underrepresented in traditional gifted programs. Discover and deepen your understanding of research-based characteristics of diverse learners; curricular and instructional approaches that create the conditions to both identify and develop academic talent; as well as systems, methods, and tools for identifying learners from underrepresented groups.

Dr. Karen L. Westberg is a professor at The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota where she teaches graduate coursework in the Gifted, Creative, and Talented Education Program. She is the project director of a federal Javits Grant that involves the implementation of comprehensive gifted education services in the Mankato, MN School district that includes a Rising Scholars program for traditionally underrepresented students. Before joining the faculty at The University of St. Thomas, she spent ten years at the University of Connecticut where she was a principal investigator at the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT) and taught coursework in gifted education and research methodology.  She began her career as a classroom teacher and gifted education specialist in Minnesota schools.  She has served on the

Executive Committee of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), is a member of the Gifted Child Quarterly Editorial Board, and consults with school districts on program development, identification, etc.

Maggie Smith-Peterson is the Elementary District Program Facilitator for Talent Development and Advanced Academics within Minneapolis Public Schools. She has worked as classroom teacher, gifted education specialist, and arts educator with New York City Public Schools and Saint Paul Public Schools. Maggie is the recipient of the NAGC Hollingworth Award for her scholarship in gifted education focused on CLED learners. She holds an M.S. as well as an M.A. in gifted, creative, and talented education.  

Institute #5: What's Your Forte? (Gr. K-12)

Diane GarmireTeaching Artist, Professional Educational Consultant in Art and Gifted Education

Linda StokesTeacher of Highly Gifted Students and Educational Consultant, Boise Public Schools

Do current educational philosophies help develop talent in your students?  If you are wondering how to get deeper, more meaningful experiences for true talent development, this is the institute for you! Each day we will investigate and experiment with proven methods of creativity, problem solving, and arts integration.  We will practice the best research for gifted education that has stood the test of time.  By revisiting the work of the greatest minds in gifted education, participants will build upon their knowledge for the crucial job of teaching Talent Development. The sessions each day are designed to be highly hands-on and intriguing.  You will join Linda and Diane to develop your own portfolio of ideas and models via discoveries in art, drama and self-awareness techniques. Come fly through three days of talent development and creativity. Let’s cement fine arts, grit and Mindset to work this week and help students to unfold their full potential!

Diane Garmire As a teaching artist and teacher for gifted/talented children, Diane (now retired) began her teaching career in public schools in 1975.  Bringing arts infused curriculum to students and helping teachers learn how to provide arts-filled lessons in their classrooms continues to be her passion.  Working as an independent contractor, Diane completed 20 visual art lessons for Crayola’s ® online education program this past year. She has provided professional development for educators for the past twelve years at Edufest and other venues for teachers in gifted education. Her most recent adventure in teaching was this July at Whitworth University where she taught a graduate level course for teachers; “Creativity and the Common Core”.  Diane has received numerous awards, scholarships and grants. 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 Korea.  From these travel experiences Diane developed curriculum for students in upper elementary grades that integrate the art of calligraphy and storytelling with history and culture. She was invited to work as a teaching artist for the Tennessee Academy for the Arts presenting a one-week intensive workshop to high school teachers on the topic of creative visual arts integration. Diane continues to travel throughout the United States providing professional development to educators on topics of arts infused curriculum.

Linda Stokes has been involved with Gifted Education for many years and deeply cares about the children that our field nurtures, embraces and helps move forward in their endeavors.  She has taught humanities courses in Middle School, Elementary School, and with gifted students at all levels and grades, worked with under privileged children and gained many friends. She has worked for progress in the field by being President of ITAG, provided profession development in science, literature, drama, puppetry and all around fun. Currently, Linda is employed by the Boise School District and has a Highly Gifted Third Grade class filled with awesome children.    Linda received Idaho’s Teacher of the Year GEM Award and from her prior life, New Mexico’s Teacher of the Year in 1997.  She was named recipient of the EXXON Mobile Teacher Academy Award, led professional trainings for the Jason Project through INL, and Science/Literature methodologies with the Fergusson- Florissant School District producing a manual entitled Sci-Write which blended writing, literature and scientific methodology for their curriculum which became a nationwide professional model. On the side, Linda has been a member of an art group for over 10 years that has pieces published regularly and can be found with paint smudges on her poetry. Linda has presented strands at Winter Edufest and Summer Edufest. Her great loves are science, world travels, making books from scratch, photography, drama and reading, reading, reading.  She loves a challenge and hard work when the rewards are shown in people’s lives.


Institute #6: Without Geometry, Life is Pointless (Gr. K-12)

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

The protractor and straightedge are powerful mathematical tools for any teacher of geometry. Basic design techniques, measurement and geometric vocabulary can easily be integrated into the standard curriculum using these tools. It is also a way to integrate art into the mathematics curriculum and simultaneously turn those students on to math who are bored with the arithmetic part of mathematics.  Participants will leave this workshop with many math models that will be "kid catchers" in their classroom.  A circular protractor and straightedge will be provided for the participants but they should bring a pencil, colored pens/markers and, last but not least, their sense of humor.

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.  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 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.