Category: Poster

35 - Great Expectations: Identity and Self-Actualization in Gifted Students

Friday, Nov 10
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Why do so many gifted individuals consider themselves their “own worst enemy”? How can we help students embrace their gifts and realize their personal potential? This presentation integrates theory and practice to provide educators, counselors, and parents with strategies to foster a resilient sense of self in gifted learners. By examining identity development in gifted children and exploring effective interventions from the preschool through the teenage years, participants gain new tools for their work with students and new insights into common challenges--from fear of failure and fixed mindsets to perfectionism and imposter syndrome.

Meredith Hafer

Academic Dean
The Grayson School
Broomall, Pennsylvania

Meredith Hafer serves as Academic Dean at the Grayson School, an independent school for gifted learners located outside Philadelphia. She holds a master's degree in Philosophy from Harvard University and a master's degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Gifted Education from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. As an educator and school leader, she spends her days counseling students, advising families, and guiding teachers on meeting the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional students. Meredith also loves to be in the classroom and returns to her academic roots on a regular basis by teaching philosophy, writing, and enrichment for all ages. She specializes in curriculum, creativity, thinking skills, underachievement, and social-emotional needs.