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Changing Teachers' Attitudes About Valuing Gifted Differentiation? A PD Plan That Worked!

Saturday, November 11
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Location: 202 B

Two members of a collaborative team of university researchers and district leaders will share the professional development plan that positively affected the attitudes and behaviors of 66+ teachers who work on a daily basis with gifted learners. During the 2 ½ years of the program, student growth and community support for the program have both increased. The content and skills provided to support these teachers will be shared with audience members.

Tania Lyon

District Talent Development Coordinator
Mankato Area Public Schools

Tania Lyon is the Talent Development Coordinator for Mankato Area Public Schools. Tania has her doctorate degree in Critical Pedagogy from the University of St. Thomas. She spent 24 years as a secondary English Language Arts Teacher. In 2011, Tania was recipient of the statewide WEM Foundation’s Outstanding Educator Award in Ethics in Education. Tania also taught Advanced Placement Language and Composition, served as an AP exam reader, and table leader.


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Karen B. Rogers

Professor Emerita of Gifted Studies
University of St. Thomas

Karen Rogers is Professor Emerita of Gifted Studies in the Teacher Education Department, College of Education, Leadership, and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she has taught and conducted research since 1984. She is author or co-author of 5 books (with another 4 in the works), many journal articles, multiple publications, and book chapters. She took a 3-year hiatus from her work at St.Thomas to become Director of Research for the Gifted Education Research and Resource Inforrmation Center at the University of New South Wales in Australia and has lectured at universities all over the world. Her research interests include twice exceptionality, research synthesis techniques, cognitive development, gifted program design, development, and evaluation, student assessment, and arts education. She has served CEC/TAG, the AERA Research on Gifted, Creative, and Talented SIG, and NAGC in various leadership and task force roles over the years and attended all but 3 NAGC conferences since 1980. Currently, she is a Co-Principal Investigator on a 3-year Javits grant focusing on collaborative program identification and service restructuring and a Contracted Developer on a second Javits grant focusing on professional development for teachers of rural gifted learners through the Minnesota Department of Education.


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