Category: Poster

65 - Shine the Light on Gifted Children: Children with Promise Make a Difference in our World Through Awareness and Action

Friday, Nov 10
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

The growth and full development of a human being are encapsulated in the legacy of a life well lived. The nourishment for this personal growth is the action, demonstration, and reflective practices involved in developing youth leaders regardless of age, race, ethnicity, social economic status or religious belief. Educators can foster the growth of the whole child by integrating their ethical concerns, moral values, and global awareness into standards-based learning activities. This session shares evidence and advice from research-based strategies and practices that help schools embrace the whole child by developing social, emotional, and academic growth through service learning and blended learning models.

Theresa Y. Newsom

Gifted Resource Teacher
Colorado Springs School District 11
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Theresa Y. Newsom, Ph.D., currently works as a Gifted Resource Teacher in Colorado Springs School District 11 and as a member of NAGC’s Whole Gifted Child Task Force. Theresa provides instruction through an integrated curriculum intertwined with creativity and leadership using state standards. She has a dual emphasis on children of color and the development of leadership skills in identified gifted students, and high ability/ high potential students as well. Her article Developing African-American Leaders in Today's Schools: Gifted Leadership, the Unfamiliar Dimension in Gifted Education (2010) was featured in the Black History Bulletin. She also holds a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and is the CEO/ Educational Consultant for Children with Promise Educational Services and is an Educational Events Coordinator. This includes creating a city- wide literacy festival for her local community as the Founder of the Black Educator’s Network, a grassroots cross-district organization of educators in Colorado Spring. This festival has given away over 4,000 books to 500+ attendees.
Dr. Newsom has held positions in leadership including principal of a Title I Elementary School, as an Assistant Principal in three different identified high and low social economic status middle schools and as the Language Arts Curriculum Leader for an International Baccalaureate Middle School. She has presented at the Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented (CAGT) Conference several times; at NAGC in New Orleans, LA and Baltimore, MD and at the Council of Exceptional Children’s (CEC) Conference in Denver. Theresa has most recently presented at NAGC in Orlando, FL November 2016, and the African American Youth Leadership Conference March 2017. Theresa’s exuberance, knowledge and ability to create a learning environment to foster divergent thinking with real life application advances the concept and services for the whole gifted child.