Professional Development

Concurrent

Using Literature in Professional Development to Raise Multicultural Perspectives of Your Gifted Teachers

Friday, November 10
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 209 A

Children’s literature is an effective tool in creating a classroom culture which embraces cultural diversity and builds understanding among students. Professional learning communities often use educational texts as the basis for discussion. These concepts are combined in this session; participants will leave with an understanding on how to incorporate multicultural children’s literature in professional learning communities to foster teachers’ culturally responsive teaching practices. The presenters model how to use literature during professional development sessions and book studies so that attendees are better prepared to utilize the strategy with teachers in their own districts.

Angela M. Novak

Assistant Professor
East Carolina University

Angela Novak was a teacher for 10 years in regular, special education, and gifted education settings. She has worked in the private-non-profit sector as well as in public school and central office settings. She is currently Assistant Professor at East Carolina University in Elementary and Middle Grades Education. She has a gifted endorsement through Shenandoah University, an MA in gifted education from the University of Connecticut and a doctoral degree in gifted education administration from The College of William and Mary. She has presented at the local, state and national levels on topics in gifted education including differentiation strategies, professional development, tiered assignments, curriculum compacting, gifted students in college, the social and emotional needs of gifted children, and Dabrowski’s overexcitabilities. She is the Past-Chair of NAGC's Professional Development Network.

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Katie Lewis

Assistant Professor
York College of Pennsylvania

Katie D. Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Education at York College of Pennsylvania where her teaching and research focuses on preservice teachers. She works closely with preservice teachers completing their field experiences and student teaching. Her main areas of research interest include underrepresentation of gifted Hispanic students, teacher preparation, and writing to learn.

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