Category: Poster

23 - Engaging With Your Community: Establishing Partnerships for Creative Problem Solving

Friday, Nov 10
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

One of the features of Community Problem Solving is the integral part that local communities play in the development of the creative problem solving process. Join two CmPS coaches as they share examples of successful school-community partnerships that connect learners to local leaders and transform problem solving. Discover how to foster successful partnerships, anticipate and tackle challenges, and build relationships that benefit both school and community groups. Participants take away strategies for developing globally-minded students who are ready to tackle present-day issues by accessing credible sources and finding authentic opportunities to carry out real-world action plans within their community.

Laura Gary

FPS Coach, ELA and Social Studies Teacher
Renfroe Middle School, City Schools of Decatur
Decatur, Georgia

Tarek C. Grantham

University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

Dr. Tarek C. Grantham is Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Georgia (UGA), and he teaches in the Gifted and Creative Education Program (GCE), primarily in the Diversity and Equity Strand. Dr. Grantham’s research addresses the problem of under-representation among ethnic minority students, particularly Black males, in advanced programs. He co-edited Gifted and Advanced Black Students in School: An Anthology of Critical Works (2011), and Young, Triumphant, and Black: Overcoming the Tyranny of Segregated Minds in Desegregated Schools (in-press). Dr. Grantham serves as the Chair for the Special Populations Network of the National Association for Gifted Children. He has served as a Board member for the Council for Exceptional Children, Talented and Gifted Division. Dr. Grantham has been awarded the Mary M. Frasier Excellence and Equity Award by the Georgia Association for Gifted Children for outstanding achievement in practices that promote equitable identification procedures and/or provision of high-quality services to gifted students from under-represented groups. He is the fortunate husband of a wonderful wife, Dr. Kimberly D. Grantham, and the proud father of three children: Kurali, Copeland, and Jovi.

Meg E. Hines

Lecturer, Gifted Education
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

Dr. Meg Easom Hines is a Lecturer and the Coordinator of Gifted and Creative Education (GCE) Online Programs in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Georgia. Dr. Hines has worked in the GCE Program teaching graduate courses and conducting practica/internship experiences in gifted education since 2005. Before her position at UGA, Meg was an instructor at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, teaching graduate courses for in-service and pre-service educators in the School of Education. Meg also worked as an elementary public school teacher for eight years in Atlanta, GA, Augusta, GA and Charleston, SC. Meg consults with teachers, administrators and policy makers in the local schools on creativity, differentiated instruction, curriculum design and innovative programming. Her research interests include the underachievement of creative students and how creative problem solving and critical thinking meet the needs of this special population. Meg is a recipient of the National Association for Gifted Children’s (NAGC) 2003 Doctoral Student Award. Currently, Meg serves as a member of NAGC’s Special Populations network and as a member of the editorial review panel for Teaching for High Potential, one of NAGC’s leading journals for practitioners.