Reaching Every Gifted Mind (Keynote)
Orange County Council for Gifted and Talented Education (OCC GATE) Annual Conference (Keynote)
October 28, 2017
Title: OCC GATE Annual Conference Keynote
Location: Cal State Fullerton, 800 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92831
Event Information: www.occgate.org
Description: Many gifted students succeed in school and beyond. However, too many students do not succeed in school or as adults when they leave the education system. Some of these children are labeled as GATE, and others are never formally recognized as gifted. How do we prevent gifted students from slipping through the cracks? Dr. Rankin will share strategies for tapping into the mind of every gifted child. She studied and implemented strategies for reaching gifted students while she was an award-winning teacher, assistant principal, district administrator, and chief education & research officer. Dr. Rankin thus approaches this topic as an educator, but also as a researcher and author (her most recent book is Engaging & Challenging Gifted Students: Tips for Supporting Extraordinary Minds in Your Classroom, published by ASCD), as a volunteer (she serves as assistant coordinator of the Mensa Gifted Youth Program in Orange County and volunteers working with students and teachers as far as the Congo), as a parent of a gifted child, and as a former GATE student.
Dr. Rankin will also present two breakout sessions on this topic:
Engaging & Challenging Gifted Students
Meeting the needs of all gifted students with varying idiosyncrasies and in classrooms of varying academic levels can be a challenge but is still a goal all teachers can reach. Dr. Rankin will share strategies from her book on engaging and challenging gifted students that can be applied at any school. Since the majority of Dr. Rankin’s former students were socioeconomically-disadvantaged English learners, she specialized in using differentiation and creative instruction (like gamification, project-based learning, highly interactive lessons, etc.) to ensure her gifted students were being challenged and engaged even as they learned alongside struggling learners. These strategies also work well in honors classes and gifted enrichment programs. Teachers will leave the session with new ways to meet the needs of their gifted students.