Challenging & Engaging Gifted Students in Your Classroom
ACSD Conference on Teaching Excellence
1:00 to 2:30 PM on June 30, 2017
Presenters: Jenny Grant Rankin, Ph.D., and Karen Wagner
Location: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado
Event Information: http://www.ascd.org/conference-on-teaching-excellence.aspx
Description: In this interactive session, teachers learn instructional strategies shared in the ASCD Arias book written by one of the presenters (Jenny Grant Rankin, Ph.D.), and practiced in the classroom by the other presenter (Karen Wagner). Dr. Rankin, who teaches the PostDoc Masterclass at University of Cambridge, implemented these strategies for teaching intellectually gifted students while she was an award-winning teacher, and supported teachers when she was a school administrator, district administrator, and chief education & research officer. Dr. Rankin (a Mensan who grew up gifted) applies these strategies while serving as the assistant coordinator of the Mensa Gifted Youth Program in her county and also while parenting her highly gifted child. Karen Wagner applies these strategies while teaching at a magnet school for gifted and talented students, which she has done for ten years. She is also a Teach Plus Education Policy Fellow and a TeachStrong Teacher Ambassador. Teachers will leave the session with a reference tool, knowing how to identify each gifted student’s special needs (including overexcitabilities and hidden challenges), and knowing how to engage and challenge gifted students in ways that meet these unique needs.