Category: Poster

58 - Partnering to Challenge: Early Findings of Implementation and Impact from the "Supporting Smart Spaces" Project

Saturday, Nov 11
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

This paper will present frameworks, research design, and emerging findings from the “Supporting Smart Spaces” project, which is funded in part by a five-year award from the Jacob J. Javits Program in the U.S. Department of Education. The objectives of this session include to report on emerging findings on both implementation and impact, discuss how online learning can expand opportunities for historically underrepresented and disadvantaged students in gifted education, and discuss arising challenges and limitations. The Smart Spaces model is based on the premise that a culturally responsive framework should be central to any systemic approach to improve opportunities for all students, especially those from underrepresented groups.

Annalee G. Good

Wisconsin Center for Education Research
Madison, Wisconsin

Annalee Good is a researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Her current projects include studies of digital tools in K-12 supplemental education, evaluations of academic tutoring partnerships, and research on the challenges of instruction and assessment for advanced learners. She has published and presented numerous papers on topics including public contracting for digital instructional tools, the nature of the instructional landscape in out-of-school time tutoring, the role of tutoring in school reform, and the role of K-12 teachers in the creation of public policy.

Rebecca Vonesh

Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth
Madison, Wisconsin

Rebecca, Director of the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth's online Academy, has dabbled in the details of classroom culture in a variety of school settings. Her experience in the classroom complements the thematic approach that WCATY uses throughout the Academy. Years of working with and exploring the boundaries of online communication, also enables Rebecca to assist the wonderful WCATY instructors as they build a truly unique web community for gifted students at