Professional Development

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Equity and Access in Gifted Programming and the Need for Targeted Professional Development for Teachers

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

There is a well-established disparity in the identification of minority children for programs for the gifted and talented. In many school systems, identification of gifted students often begins with the classroom teacher. This presentation focuses on the need for targeted professional development for classroom teachers, specifically on the characteristics of typically underrepresented youth. Participants will leave with an understanding of the essential areas of professional development and a plan for how to implement this professional development in their schools or 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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