Middle Grades

Concurrent

What's New in Young Adult Literature: 2017 Edition

Friday, November 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 209 B

Let’s Shine a Light on Gifted Children and help them Shine Their Own Lights by nurturing their love of reading. Because gifted learners are strong readers, their reading instruction is often ignored. These readers report they don’t know what to read and where to find new books. This session is designed to help teachers, librarians, and parents guide their students into positive, creative, and appropriate reading. After building a rationale for using YA Lit with gifted learners, we review new YA novels, the Focus of this session. The Book List will be provided. Join us in this Middle Grades tradition to share new books.

Robert (Bob) W. Seney

Professor Emeritus/Gifted Studies
Mississippi University for Women

Robert W. Seney (Bob) is Professor Emeritus/Gifted Studies from Mississippi University for Women, where he was a member of the faculty for fifteen years. While at MUW, he served as the Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Education, the major instructor in the Masters of Gifted Studies Program, and the Director of the Mississippi Governor’s School. He remains active in several organizations such as the World Council for Gifted Children, the National Association for the Gifted and Talented, the Colorado Association for Gifted Children and the Colorado Academy of Educators of the Gifted, Talented, and Creative. He presents at their conferences and has served in leadership positions in all of these organizations. He was a member of the NAGC Board of Directors: serving on the first Editorial Advisory Board of NAGC’s Parenting for High Potential, NAGC’s publication for parents, a reviewer for the Gifted Child Quarterly, and until recently wrote a column on books for NAGC’s Teaching for High Potential. He writes a column, About Books, for the 2eNewsletter, an electronic newsletter for parents and teachers of twice exceptional gifted students. He was the Chair of the 2005 World Conference for Gifted Children in New Orleans, Louisiana. Before university service, he was the coordinator of gifted programs for Spring Branch Independent School District, Houston, Texas; a teacher of the gifted; and an administrator in non-public schools. He has served over 40 years in gifted education. He earned his doctorate from the University of Houston in Gifted Studies. He has been a featured speaker at the Asia-Pacific Conference for Gifted Education in Bangkok, Thailand. He is a member of the NAGC’s Expert Speakers Bureau.

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