Category: Poster

55 - QUEST: Developing Leaders in Gifted Education through Professional Learning

Friday, Nov 10
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Leadership, essential for serving gifted students, frequently comes from teachers who understand how to meet their needs. Independent teacher learning has emerged as an option for professional growth underpinning programmatic leadership. With easily available online resources, educators can pursue greater knowledge, and learning can be organized as a QUEST, a framework encouraging the exploration of
• Questions teachers have;
• Understandings teachers initially have (including unexplored implicit ideas);
• Emotions arising about the topic, from stakeholders;
• Standards guiding the exploration of relevant research; and new
• Thoughts developed about the topic and its implementation.
This session shares the QUEST and relevant resources.

Laurie Croft

Associate Director, Professional Development; Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

Laurie Croft is a clinical professor of gifted and talented education in the Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Iowa College of Education; she serves as the Associate Director for Professional Development at The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center in Gifted Education and Talent Development. She received her Bachelor of Arts (Honors) and Master of Arts degrees, both in History, from Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma, respectively. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Tulsa, emphasizing gifted education. Research interests include the conceptual foundations of gifted education, professional development for teachers of the gifted, and teacher excellence. Croft has made presentations at various state, national, and international conferences, and to parent groups, teachers, and school boards. As well, she has experience facilitating professional development in gifted education for educators from around the world. At the Belin Blank Center, Croft is responsible for planning and coordinating the comprehensive program of classes and workshops in gifted education that enable educators to earn an endorsement in gifted education; as well, she supervises practicum experiences for teachers of the gifted. She develops new professional educational opportunities for teachers, has designed new courses in curriculum concepts and in program models in gifted education, and is developing a graduate certificate in talent development. Croft serves as the Honors Advisor for the College of Education Honors Opportunity Program, and she encourages undergraduates in the Teacher Education Program to complete coursework in gifted education, a shortage area in Iowa, as well as other states.

Anna M. Payne

Graduate Assistant, Professional Development; Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

Anna Payne is a doctoral student at the University of Iowa in mathematics education, with a focus on gifted students in mathematics. At the university, she supervises mathematics student teachers, as well as working with innovative options for professional learning at the Belin-Blank Center. She has previously worked as a secondary mathematics teacher in middle and high schools in Iowa, working with gifted students at all grade levels. Anna has presented at several conferences at the local, state, and international level on gifted education.