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Changing Perspectives Through Gifted Minority Student Identification

Saturday, November 11
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
Location: 213 A

Like most educational systems in the United States, TCSD has seen a significant underrepresentation of minority students in its Gifted and Talented Program. Because of the unique nature of the minority population in TCSD, almost all of the minority students are Hispanic and almost all are English Language Learners. Through a process highlighted in this session, TCSD was able to increase the population of Hispanic students in their gifted programming. While this work is substantial, the truly inspiring component was realized in change in perception among staff, peers, and the students themselves. This session will feature these moving stories as well as outline a “doable” process for change.

Christi F. Roberts

Gifted and Talented Coordinator
Transformational Education Solutions

Christi Roberts has been a public school educator for over 20 years. For the past 9 years, she has served as the Gifted and Talented Coordinator and Educator for her school district. Christi is passionate about equity in education for all students. Ms. Roberts holds an MS in Mathematics Education from Montana State University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in curriculum and instruction with an interrelated focus on gifted education, mathematics education, and culturally, linguistically diverse populations. Her research examines pathways for success gifted English Language Learners. Christi was honored with the Milken Educator Award in 2005 as well as being a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching twice during her career. She is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Exceptional Needs and holds an endorsement in English Language Learners.

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Chad Ransom

Educational Consultant
Transformational Educational Solutions

Chad Ransom has been a classroom teacher, instructional coach, building principal, program administrator, and adjunct faculty member for the last 15 years. In those roles, he created the first dual immersion program in hist state, co-lead school improvement efforts that resulted in one school being labeled as “performing” after being labeled “failing,” and was one of the winners of the PBS American Graduate Champions in 2015. Chad has worked extensively with teachers and administrators at every level to help them improve their practices and student learning. He is certified in SIOP, SDAIE, LOTI, and various other professional development programs and is currently completing his PhD in Educational Leadership with a focus on supporting principals to lead and manage change. Chad is passionate about closing the achievement gap, while still ensuring that all students are continually challenged to reach their full potential.

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