Signature Series

Signature Session

Shining A Light to Find Gifted Students From All Groups

Saturday, November 11
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 213 A

This panel shows how three different school districts in the U.S. with distinctive challenges are using the F-TAP and TABs, developed by Mary M. Frasier, to identify and serve diverse students for the gifted program. The three school systems (rural Georgia; urban New Mexico, and the U.S. Department of Defense Schools) use the tools developed as part of the U.S. National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented because they focus on a strengths-based view of students; allow for modification by school districts to meet their particular needs; and are easy to use. 

Bonnie Cramond

The University of Georgia

Bonnie Cramond, Ph.D., is a professor of Educational Psychology/Gifted and Creative Education at the University of Georgia. She has been a schoolteacher, an editor of the Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children, and director of the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development. She is on the review board for several journals and is a survivor of parenting two gifted and creative people. An international and national speaker, she has published numerous articles and chapters, a book on creativity research, and teaches classes on giftedness and creativity. She is particularly interested in the identification and nurturance of creativity, especially among individuals considered at risk because of their different ways of thinking, such as those misdiagnosed with ADHD, emotional problems, or those who drop out.


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Sally Krisel

Director of Innovative and Advanced Programs
Hall County School District

Dr. Sally Krisel is Director of Innovative and Advanced Programs for Hall County Schools in Gainesville, GA, where she promotes engagement and achievement for all students by developing high-level programming options for gifted students and extending as appropriate the pedagogy once thought to be the exclusive domain of gifted education to a larger group of learners. In the last ten years, the system has implemented three International Baccalaureate Diploma Programs; and it has launched two dozen charter schools and “niche” programs of choice, all of which are based on a philosophy of talent development.

Dr. Krisel served for ten years as Georgia’s State Director of Gifted Education. Previously she was Director of Student Assessment and Gifted Education for Clarke County School District in Athens, Georgia, and Program Coordinator at the University of Georgia (UGA) site of the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT). Krisel was instrumental in designing and conducting the training sessions of the Staff Development Model piloted by the NRC/GT to help teachers recognize and respond to indicators of potential giftedness in economically disadvantaged and limited English proficient students.

President-Elect of NAGC, Dr. Krisel is also a part-time faculty member in the Department of Educational Psychology at UGA. She is author of numerous book chapters and articles in the field, and she has been recognized by UGA’s College of Education and NAGC for her contributions. In 2004 Krisel was named the winner of the UGA College of Education Professional Achievement Alumni Award and NAGC’s Community Service Award. She was selected as the Career Achievement Award winner from Columbia College in 2017. Sally is a Past-President of the Georgia Association for Gifted Children and winner of the GAGC Leadership Award, Margaret Bynum Award, and Mary Frasier Equity & Excellence Award.


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Geoffrey Moon

Gifted Education Specialist
Santa Fe Public Schools

Geoffrey Moon is a Specialist for Gifted Education in Santa Fe Public Schools where he organizes gifted identification and educational services, teaches gifted students, and provides professional development. He has maintained and developed New Mexico’s FTAP-2 gifted identification tool for since 2004. Moon holds a MAT from Western New Mexico University, and is the past president of the New Mexico Association for the Gifted. He has been the recipient of the Southwestern College Award for Excellence in Special Education, NMAG Administrator of the Year, and SENG Honor Roll. He researches and presents on underrepresented gifted populations, creativity development, and gifted programming development.


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Sarah Sumners

Interim Director, Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development
University of Georgia

Sarah E. Sumners is an associate research scientist and interim director of the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development at the University of Georgia. She has led creativity trainings both nationally and internationally, co-authored several book chapters and entries on teaching creativity, has taught graduate courses on teacher education and creativity, and has written several grants to fund research. Dr. Sumners has a wide range of experience in grant writing, teaching, and professional development. She holds an M.Ed. in gifted studies from Mississippi University for Women and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Mississippi State University.


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Laurie Ecke

Assistant Director of Innovative and Advanced Programs
Hall County Schools

After teaching middle and high school gifted, honors, and IB courses for 15 years, Laurie Ecke is currently the Assistant Director of Innovative and Advanced Programs for Hall County Schools in Gainesville, Ga. She teaches the Gifted Endorsement courses for Hall County Schools and Pioneer RESA and is the Legislative Liaison for the Georgia Association for Gifted Children. Dr. Ecke was involved in the first public school International Baccalaureate Bilingual Diploma Programme focused on Native Speakers of Spanish, and her dissertation explored immigrant students’ stories in an IB Programme. She advocates for gifted and talented students from all backgrounds to reach their potential in educational opportunities that build on their unique strengths and interests. She has been married for 35 years to Skip Ecke, has three beautiful children, and three amazing grandchildren.


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Sarah Marie Catalana

Assistant Professor
Winthrop University

Dr. Sarah Marie Catalana is an assistant professor in the Curriculum and Pedagogy Department of the Richard W. Riley College of Education at Winthrop University. She teachers courses in educational assessment and research, as well as gifted and talented endorsement courses.
Her research focuses on pre-service teacher education, investigating ways to encourage future teachers to engage in critical reflection and uncover assumptions in education through community engagement experiences. She worked closely with the University of Georgia Project U-SPARC (University School Partnership for Achievement, Rigor, and Creativity) initiative, supporting UGA undergraduates as they served as mentors for children in a local Title One school. She has also spent significant time teaching and serving abroad, developing science education programs for children in Ecuador, teaching young children in Haiti, designing professional development opportunities for teachers in Nicaragua, and leading American high school students on service learning trips.


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Kate H. Guthrie, M.Ed.

PhD Student
University of Georgia


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Harun Tadik

PhD Student
University of Georgia

Harun TADIK is a doctoral student at University of Georgia, where he is pursuing a degree in Educational Psychology with concentration on Gifted and Creative Education. He completed his master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at University of Cincinnati, USA and earned his bachelor degree in Gifted and Talented Education from Istanbul University, Turkey. He is currently a research assistant in Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development at University of Georgia. His research interest includes social-emotional needs of gifted children, assessment of creativity, divergent thinking, and environmental influences on creativity.


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