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Careful Consideration: How to Find Gifted Readers in the Classroom

Friday, November 10
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 213 D

With more students from economically disadvantaged or English language learning backgrounds, teachers may not immediately know who their advanced and gifted readers are. The process of identifying advanced and gifted readers may be impeded by a teacher's implicit bias. Funded by the Javits Program, the Utah Center for the Advancement of Reading Excellence has developed the Careful Consideration Method for identifying students as advanced and gifted readers. This method asks teachers to assess their classroom environment and teaching practices, observe students through a lens that respects diversity, consider multiple data sources, and advocate for students from an inclusive perspective.

Scott L. Hunsaker

Distinguished Associate Professor of Honors Education
Utah State University

Dr. Scott L. Hunsaker is a Distinguished Associate Professor of Honors Education at Utah State University (USU) in Logan, UT. Over his nearly 20 years at USU, he has been recognized by his college with the Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor, and the Carol and Bill Strong Human Service Awards. An active member of both national and state gifted education associations, Dr. Hunsaker has served on the NAGC Board of Directors and as UAGC President. He has been honored with the Early Leader Award by NAGC and the Jewel Bindrup Award by UAGC. Dr. Hunsaker is the editor of Identification: The Theory and Practice of Identifying Students for Gifted and Talented Education Services and has published in the following journals: Teacher Librarian, Forum on Public Policy, Gifted Child Quarterly, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, Roeper Review, Exceptional Children, Journal for Creative Behavior, Gifted Child Today, Teaching for High Potential, and Parenting for High Potential.

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Rebecca H. Odoardi

Project Director
Utah Center for the Advancement of Reading Excellence

Rebecca Haslam-Odoardi is currently an educational consultant in the field of gifted/talented education. She holds a B.S. in Elementary, Secondary and Special Education and an M.Ed. in Gifted/Talented Education from Utah State University. She retired after eighteen years as Director of Gifted and Talented programs in Davis School District, one of the largest school districts in the state. She was Co-Director of the Advanced Readers at Risk Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Program and Utah Director of the High-Ability Student Initiative Program. She has been a regular classroom teacher, a teacher of gifted and talented students, an adjunct professor and has won awards for her expertise in the field of gifted and talented education. She has been President of the Utah Association for Gifted Children and also served as Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee for the National Association for Gifted Children. Recently, she has co-authored a chapter about Dr. Calvin Taylor in the new book, "A Century of Contributions to Gifted Education: Illuminating Lives" being published in October by Ruteledge Press. Rebecca has two sons, Jared and Thomas and is married to Andrew Odoardi. She and her family live in Bountiful, Utah.

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Joan G. Bramble

Principal
Granite School District

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