Special Schools & Programs

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Duke TIP Implementation

Friday, November 10
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 205

The Duke Talent Search is one of several across the nation embracing the concept of talent development by seeking to identify and serve advanced learners through enrichment programming, online and face-to-face course offerings, above-level testing, and residential learning experiences. This session details how one district partners with Duke TIP to engage students through recruitment for participation, program information dissemination, support mechanisms, and recognition efforts. Best practices and lessons learned over the past decade are shared; these can be replicated in your district as part of your array of services for advanced learners.

Michelle Swain

Director, Gifted and Advanced Academic Services
Round Rock ISD

Michelle Swain currently serves as the Director of Gifted and Advanced Academic Services in Round Rock, ISD, a position she has held for 10 years. She oversees a number of programs designed to meet the needs of advanced learners including Gifted and Talented, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Dual Credit, Texas Virtual School Network, the College Board College Readiness Pathway (ReadiStep, PSAT/NMSQT, SAT School Day), Duke TIP and examination for acceleration. Michelle previously served as a classroom teacher and advanced academic program facilitator in Austin ISD. She has presented numerous sessions on the topic of gifted identification and services at local, state and national conferences and events.

Michelle served on the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented Board in various positions, including 2011 President, and has served as an at large repreesentative and secretary on the Texas IB Schools Board.. She is currently the State Representative on the National Association for Gifted Children Board of Directors.

Michelle is a graduate of The University of Texas School of Education and received her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas State with a gifted endorsement and administration certification.


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