Curriculum Studies

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What’s Truth? Teaching Nonfiction through Concept Development with Primary Source Artifacts

Saturday, November 11
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 211 B

The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and other ELA state standards focus on developing the critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful in college and career. One emphasis of the ELA standards is nonfiction. To teach nonfiction while ensuring high-end learning for gifted learners' cognitive and affective growth, an effective strategy is the employment of concept development through primary source documents. This session demonstrates how to increase K-8 students’ conceptual understanding through the implementation of primary source artifacts as a vehicle to deepen the understanding of nonfiction in reading and writing.

Elissa Brown

Distinguished Lecturer
Hunter College-CUNY

Dr. Elissa Brown is a Distinguished Lecturer and Director, of the Hunter College Center for Gifted Studies and Education at Hunter College. Previously, she was the Director of Teacher & Leader Education Programs and Gifted Education at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. From 2002-2007, she was the Director of the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. She has served as a state director of gifted education, a federal grant manager, a district gifted program coordinator, principal of a specialized high school and a teacher of gifted students. As a professor, Elissa coordinates and teaches the Advanced Certificate program in Gifted & Talented and has served as an adjunct professor at several universities, including Rutgers and Duke University. She is a published author in the field of gifted education and presents widely. She was the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the N.C. Association for Gifted & Talented, the 2007 Dean’s award at the College of William & Mary, and the 2004 Early Leader award from the National Association for Gifted Children. She has 3 grown children and lives in East Harlem.

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