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What's Happening in Gifted Programs: Gifted Practices in Elementary Schools and Connections to Student Success

Friday, November 10
8:00 AM - 8:20 AM
Location: 213 D

Gifted education programs are diverse with respect to their structure and focus. This diversity is reflective of the field itself. We have survey responses from 2,000 elementary schools in three states that mandate services for gifted students. We share which delivery models are most commonly used (e.g., pullout instruction, push-in instruction, cluster grouping), factors associated with curriculum choices (e.g., existence of gifted-specific curricula, autonomy of gifted teacher-specialist to choose curriculum), and how these related to each other and to student achievement.

Del Siegle

Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs
University of Connecticut

Del Siegle is Director of the National Center for Research on Gifted Education (NCRGE) and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. He is a past president of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), past president of the Montana Association of Gifted and Talented Education (Montana AGATE), and past chair of the Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent SIG of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He was a founding co-editor of the Journal of Advanced Academics and recently finished a term as co-editor of Gifted Child Quarterly. Dr. Siegle is co-author of the 6th and 7th editions of Education of the Gifted and Talented. He is also author of The Underachieving Gifted Child: Recognizing, Understanding, & Reversing Underachievement. In 2016, he received the Palmarium Award, which is given yearly to the individual most exemplifying the vision of a future in which giftedness will be understood, embraced, and systematically nurtured throughout the nation and the world. Prior to becoming a professor, Del worked with gifted and talented students in Montana

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Jeb Puryear

Research Associate
University of Connecticut

Jeb Puryear is a teaching fellow and doctoral candidate studying Educational Psychology with a concentration in Gifted and Talented education at the University of North Texas. Prior to this position, he spent thirteen years as chemistry teacher and five years as the coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. He is an active member of NAGC, AERA, TAGT, and SERA including leadership roles. He has served as an ad hoc manuscript reviewer for journals in the field. He is a two-time winner at the NAGC R&E Graduate Student Research Gala His areas of research include creativity measurement/ theory, STEM talent development, gifted education paradigms/conceptions, and advanced academic inequity based on locale and race.

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Christina M. Amspaugh

Assistant Professor
University of Virginia

Christina M. Amspaugh is an Assistant Professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with concentration on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development at the University of Connecticut, where she worked as a graduate research assistant with the National Center for Research on Gifted Education and was an on-site coordinator for Confratute, UConn’s summer institute on gifted education and enrichment teaching. Her professional experience includes 11 years as a gifted intervention specialist and gifted coordinator in Ohio. Her research interests include underserved gifted populations, the development and evaluation of gifted education programs, classroom assessment practices, and the use of technology to support the needs of gifted students.

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Ashley Y. Carpenter

Graduate Research Assistant
University of Connecticut

Ashley Carpenter is a doctoral candidate at the University of Connecticut. She is the mother of a twice-exceptional child and taught middle school science for 15 years. She has experience with Exceptional Student Education (ESE), drop–out prevention, and full-time gifted programs. She taught at the Center for Gifted Studies in Pinellas County, Florida for 6 years. She has her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marine Science from Eckerd College, her Master’s of Arts degree in Science Education from the University of South Florida, and is completing her Doctorate in Educational Psychology in the Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development department under Dr. Del Siegle. Her interests include underachievement of gifted adolescents and twice-exceptional students.

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