NECGT Signature Series

SIGNATURE SERIES Friday, October 23, 2015

Session 1: 10:45 - 12:00 noon

Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska - Accelerating the Gifted in the Age of the Common Core

A Nation Empowered provides an update to the watershed work initiated by A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America's Brightest Students. A Nation Deceived informed us of research-based practices for challenging academically talented youth. A Nation Empowered tells the story of how well we have applied what we have learned. The purpose of A Nation Empowered is to inform educators, parents, and policy makers of current research on acceleration, how that information has been applied to educational policy throughout the nation, and how educators can use the findings to make decisions for their brightest students.

Session 2: 1:15 - 2:30pm

Dr. Sandra Kaplan - Depth and Complexity

How can teachers respond appropriately to learner variance in the classroom and at the same time ensure that every student becomes competent in the same subject matter? In this session participants will discuss the compatibility of standards--‐based teaching and differentiated instruction. This session focuses on the creation of lessons that incorporate Sandra Kaplan's Dimensions of Depth and Complexity working in tandem with the Common Core State Standards with thinking skills or processes, grade-specific core content in order to appropriately challenge a range of learners.

Session 3: 3:00 - 4:15pm

Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli - An Infusion Based Approach to Curriculum Enrichment: Jazzing Up the Common Core

The widespread adoption of the Common Core has promoted enthusiastic interest among gifted education advocates and several promising practices for adapting standards have been contributed to the literature in gifted education. This presentation describes a practice that can be used in regular classrooms and in cases where adapted standards for high achieving students have not been implemented. The practices use a curriculum enrichment infusion process that guides teachers through the steps necessary to select, inject, and extend higher-level thinking skills, creativity training, and the application of knowledge skills into any and all regular curricular content.

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