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Visual Literacy And The Gifted Learner: Infusing Visual Art Across The Curriculum

Friday, November 10
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 204

Based on methods learned from the National Gallery of Art’s Summer Teacher Institute, this program uses visual art from nineteenth century America, the French Impressionist era, and the Italian Renaissance as the core curriculum across all subject areas. From using paintings to teach reading strategies and creating poetry to creating abstract drawings as the basis for teaching technical writing, this program is all about the art. Hands-on demonstrations include practical methods to promote divergent thinking, empathy, and curiosity among gifted learners. Ready-to-use lesson ideas that can be adapted to any grade level with ease are shared.

Derek Cavilla

Adjunct Professor
University of Central Florida

Derek Cavilla received his education at the University of Central Florida (UCF), where he earned a Doctor of Education with a specialization in gifted education, a Master of Education in Teacher Leadership, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. He currently teaches graduate level courses in gifted education at UCF and his areas of research include how to maximize student success through the infusion of social-emotional learning (SEL) as well as how to better identify and support both underachieving gifted and twice-exceptional students. Dr. Cavilla entered the field of education in order to make a positive impact on society and has touched the lives of thousands of students from kindergarten to graduate level having held various roles, including: fifth grade teacher, high school English teacher, university professor and, currently, the Director of Student Affairs at a private school in the Bay Area of California. In his free time, Dr. Cavilla enjoys travelling the globe to new and exciting places, whipping up gourmet treats in the kitchen, and burning off calories from Ben & Jerry’s ice cream through running.

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