Professional Development

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Gifted Across Cultures: Reaching Every Child, Every Day

Saturday, November 11
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 211 B

Gifted behaviors may present differently depending on one’s background. Understanding how culture influences giftedness is critical to support meeting the needs of all gifted learners. This presentation explores the unique qualities of cultures that impact the classroom and how professional development in cultural awareness can support gifted students. Participants gain an understanding of the role culture plays in giftedness and how to support gifted children from a variety of backgrounds, with implications both in the identification and gifted services realms. Participants will leave with a plan for professional development to put into place in their districts.

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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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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