Category: Poster

61 - Reviving a University-affiliated K-12 Gifted and Talented Program

Friday, Nov 10
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

This session presents the pivotal structural changes made at a K-12 gifted and talented program in an eastern university in its attempt to revive. Although the program existed for 35 years, it has lost its competence and attraction in the past few years. A new team of administrators came on board and revamped the program, recreating new, innovative, and unique STEM courses that satisfy the academic needs of the attendees. The presenter shares some specific examples of the changes, including the blueprint for a special makerspace session called Einstein Hour, and other new STEM courses like Rainbow Electronics and Forensic Sculptor.

Jiaxi Wu

Assistant Director of Gifted and Talented Program
Montclair State University
Montclair, New Jersey

Jiaxi Wu is the Associate Director of Gifted and Talented Program at Montclair State University, overseeing on-site programs. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bucknell Univeristy. Jiaxi got her PhD degree in Gifted, Creative, and Talented studies from Purdue University. Prior to Purdue, she was an English major and had been teaching English as a second language to Chinese students in Shanghai, China for six years. While at Purdue, Jiaxi had been a student enrichment program coordinator for three years. Jiaxi is an active member of NAGC--including 3 networks and AERA. Jiaxi has several publications and refereed national/international presentations. She is also active in service, reviewing proposals, and serving on faculty search committes. Jiaxi's research interests include underserved population, effectiveness of enrichment programs, and quantitative studies using advanced statistical measurement.