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Growing Within and Outside of Schools: Stories of “Super Users” of Supplementary Gifted Programs

Friday, November 10
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 207 A

Samuel earned high SAT scores in math and reading in grade 7. He subsequently took summer and online courses through a talent search program, followed by AP classes during 9th and 10 grades at his high school. He then earned two associate degrees at community college before matriculating at a selective university. Samuel’s journey illustrates how educational opportunities outside of school can be utilized to provide appropriate talent development paths for gifted students. In this session, we explore varied talent development paths utilizing within- and outside-of-school opportunities, based on a study of 60 super users of supplemental gifted programming.

Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

Director, Center for Talent Development
Northwestern University

Dr. Paula Olszewski-Kubilius is currently the director of the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University and a professor in the School of Education and Social Policy. Over the past 33 years, she has created programs for all kinds of gifted learners and written extensively on issues of talent development, particularly on programming for under-represented gifted students. Her most recent work is a monograph written with Rena Subotnik and Frank Worrell, “Rethinking Giftedness and Gifted Education: A Proposed Direction Forward Based on Psychological Science”, published by the Association for Psychological Science. She has served as editor of Gifted Child Quarterly, co-editor of the Journal of Secondary Gifted Education and on the editorial review boards of Gifted and Talented International, The Roeper Review, and Gifted Child Today. She is currently vice-chair of the board of trustees of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and a member of the board of directors of the Illinois Association for the Gifted. She also serves on that advisory boards for the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary and the Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington. She is the immediate past president of the National Association for Gifted Children from whom she received the Early Scholar Award in 1987, the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2009, and the GCQ Paper of the Year Award in 2011.


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Susan Corwith

Associate Director
Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University

Susan Corwith, Ph.D. is an associate director at Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University where she oversees CTD's school and family services, admissions and advising, assessment, and marketing and outreach departments. Dr. Corwith also conducts professional development and teaches in the Advanced Teaching: The Gifted program at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy.


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Eric Calvert

Associate Director
Northwestern University Center for Talent Development

Eric Calvert is an Associate Director at the Northwestern University Center for Talent Development. Calvert oversees the Gifted LearningLinks online program for gifted and academically advanced students (http://ctd.northwestern.edu/online). Previously, he has served as Assistant Director for Gifted Education and International Education at the Ohio Department of Education, and as Director of Youth Programs for the Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) at Purdue University. Dr. Calvert also contributes time to several gifted education organizations, including serving NAGC through the professional development committee, NAGC Expert Speakers Program, and as a reviewer for NAGC research publications. He also serves as a governing board member for the Ohio Association for Gifted Children and the Illinois Association for Gifted Children. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Bowling Green State University and an M.S.Ed. in educational psychology with an emphasis in gifted education from Purdue. His interests include technology-integrated curriculum models, the role of technology in students' informal learning and thinking, and educational structures that support opportunities for acceleration and talent development.


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Saiying Steenbergen-Hu

Research assistant professor & Director of Research
Northwestern University

Saiying Steenbergen-Hu, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor and the research director of the Center for Talent Development (CTD) of Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. Her research focuses on the effectiveness of educational interventions on students’ academic achievement and psychosocial development. Her methodological interests and skills include meta-analysis, research synthesis, educational measurement and assessment, quantitative research methodology, and applied statistical analysis. Her meta-analysis, coauthored with Sidney Moon, on the effects of acceleration on high-ability learners won the Gifted Child Quarterly (GCQ) Paper of the Year Award in 2012. She and Paula Olszewski-Kubilius recently published a methodological brief “How to conduct a good meta-analysis in gifted education” in Gifted Child Quarterly (Volume 60, No. 2, 2016).


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