Conceptual Foundations


The Next IDEA and Gifted Children with Disabilities

Friday, November 10
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 207 D

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 freed teachers from having to wait for struggling children to fail and streamlined interventions. However, relevant changes in wording (e.g., “states must not require a severe discrepancy…”; “students who perform below grade level”) rendered many gifted students with co-existing disabilities invisible. Getting the words right in the next reauthorization of IDEA is critical to the defensible identification of all children with disabilities. What words appropriately conceptualize “disability” and “identification” yet register the subtle-appearing weaknesses in gifted children that are significant enough to undermine success as the demands of their education increase?

Kathi Kearney

Gifted Education Specialist
Maine School Administrative District 51

Kathi Kearney is a Gifted Education Specialist in Maine School Administrative District #51, Cumberland, ME. She also teaches online courses in gifted education for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and is a professional associate with the Gifted Development Center in Westminster, CO. Kathi is a former chair of the NAGC Conceptual Foundations Network.


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Barbara Gilman

Associate Director
Gifted Development Center

Barbara (Bobbie) Jackson Gilman, M.S. is Associate Director of the non-profit Gifted Development Center in Westminster, CO, which specializes in the assessment of gifted children at all levels of giftedness, with and without disabilities, for educational planning and advocacy. She consults with parents worldwide and maintains ongoing involvement in research on the gifted and gifted assessment. Bobbie wrote the award-winning Academic Advocacy for Gifted Children: A Parent's Complete Guide and Challenging Highly Gifted Learners (for teachers). She co-chairs with Dr. Dan Peters the National Association for Gifted Children's Assessments of Giftedness Special Interest Group (SIG), formerly the Assessment Task Force. Involved with the Task Force’s research on the WISC-IV, Bobbie helped determine best practices for its use with gifted children, resulting in the NAGC position statement, “Use of the WISC-IV for Gifted Identification.” (This data was shared with the test publisher to create WISC-IV extended norms to better identify highly, exceptionally and profoundly gifted children.)

Bobbie spearheaded the SIG’s more recent work on twice-exceptional issues, including the 2013 “Critical Issues in the Identification of Gifted Students with Co-existing Disabilities: The Twice-Exceptional,” co-written by 17 SIG members, which provided a basis for NAGC’s Position Statement, “Ensuring Gifted Children with Disabilities Receive Appropriate Services: Call for Comprehensive Assessment” (2013). Bobbie frequently writes and presents on the current challenges of Twice-Exceptional identification and service eligibility with Dr. Dan Peters, Dr. Mike Postma and Kathi Kearney. She is newly involved in a SIG study on the WISC-V to research that test's efficacy with gifted children and to provide data to Pearson on high scoring children to create extended norms. This year, she is updating her advocacy book. Bobbie is the 2015 recipient of SENG's Healthcare Professional of the Year award.


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Sylvia Rimm

Sylvia Rimm Ph.D., Director
Family Achievement Clinic (Cleveland, OH)

Dr. Sylvia Rimm is a psychologist who directs Family Achievement Clinic in Ohio and specializes in working with gifted children and adults. She is also a clinical professor at Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Rimm speaks and publishes internationally on parenting, giftedness, creativity, and underachievement. Among her many books are Education of the Gifted and Talented, Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades and What You Can Do About It, How to Parent So Children Will Learn, See Jane Win®, How Jane Won, See Jane Win for Girls and Jane Wins Again. See Jane Win® was a New York Times Best Seller and was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in People magazine.
Dr. Rimm was a longtime contributor to The Today Show and hosted Family Talk on public radio nationally. Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes presently features Dr. Rimm’s family segment, Creating Heroes, on their weekly CBS Saturday morning show.
Dr. Rimm serves as treasurer for the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children. She has received the prestigious Anne F. Isaacs, Robert Rossmiller and Palmarium awards for her lifetime contributions to gifted children.


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Megan Foley Nicpon

Associate Professor / Associate Director for Research and Clinic
University of Iowa

Megan Foley-Nicpon is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at The University of Iowa and a licensed psychologist and researcher at the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. Dr. Foley-Nicpon’s research and clinical interests include assessment and intervention with twice-exceptional students, particularly gifted students with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and emotional/learning difficulties, and the social and emotional development of talented and diverse students. She has over 40 referred articles and book chapters in the areas of gifted, counseling psychology, and twice-exceptionality, and numerous presentations at international, national, and state professional meetings. Awards include the NAGC Early Scholar Award, AERA Research on Giftedness, Creativity and Talent Path Breaker Award, AERA Division E Outstanding Research Award in Human Development, and, twice, the MENSA Research Award, MENSA Education & Research Foundation.


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Mike Postma

Executive Director

Dr. Michael Postma is a writer, presenter, and educational consultant specializing in gifted education with a emphasis on working with twice exceptional children. Michael is also an expert in assessment, student engagement, 21st century fluencies, and differentiated instruction. Currently, Michael lives in Surf City, NC (near Wilmington) with his wife and three children, two of whom have Aspergers Syndrome.


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