Category: Poster

20 - Be the Spark: Shining a Light on Your Own Program Through Systematic Review

Saturday, Nov 11
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

If you see something, say something. As gifted teachers in a medium-sized district, we could see that our programming options for gifted students needed revision. Comfortable with the status quo, our district seemed in no hurry to uncover issues. We became the catalyst in advocating for our program. With our special education director, we led our own comprehensive program review. From deciding on research questions, to conducting surveys and focus groups, to collecting quantitative data and artifacts of practice, we show you how you can gather the information you need to make a spark, leading the change you desire.

Amanda Coffman

Gifted Facilitator
Shawnee Mission School District
Overland Park, Kansas

Amanda Coffman holds a bachelors in Elementary Education from Boston University and a masters in Education of the Gifted and Talented from The University of Connecticut. She has worked in many school settings including public, private, and partial hospitalization programs. For 8 years she ran an Advanced Academics program for elementary and middle school students in the Quaker Valley School District in Sewickley, PA. She currently lives in Prairie Village, KS with her husband and 3 children.

Gabrianna Neuer

Gifted Facilitator
Shawnee Mission School District
Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Gabrianna Neuer earned a BS in Elementary Education from Kansas State University and a MS in Special Education with a Gifted, Talented, Creative concentration from Emporia State University. She has worked as a gifted facilitator of both elementary and secondary students for the past 11 years. Currently, she serves high ability middle school students in the Shawnee Mission School District in a gifted specific classroom and as a co-teacher in advanced math and English classes. She lives in Lenexa, KS with her husband and 2 sons.