Curriculum Studies


Use Poetry to Enhance Rigor and Depth with GT Students

Saturday, November 11
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 217 BC

In this session, educators learn how to incorporate different types of poetry and poetic elements into their instruction. Teaching poetry allows access to complex ideas that can be addressed in the often short time span that GT educators have with students. Sharing of inexpensive and free web based resources as well as print resources encourages educators to integrate poetry into their everyday planning and be ready to implement on Monday morning. Educators learn first hand how to use different forms of poetry to cover current events, introduce Kaplan’s depth and complexity icons, increase self-efficacy and self-awareness, and integrate poetry into student’s everyday lives.

Ruth E. Lyons

Gifted and Talented District Coordinator
RSU 22

Dr. Ruth Lyons is the Director of Gifted and Talented Services for the RSU 22 District in Hampden Maine. RSU 22 serves the towns of Hampden, WInterport, Newburgh, and Frankfort. In addition, Ruth is the President of the state affiliate, Maine Educators of Gifted and Talented (MEGAT). Previously, Ruth was the Director of the Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy in Hartford, CT. Ruth received her Ph. D. in the Educational Psychology Department at the University of Connecticut, a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership from the University of Maine, a Master’s of Science in Education from Fordham University, and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has been awarded the 2010 NAGC A. Harry Passow Classroom Teacher Scholarship and the Connecticut Association of the Gifted 2011 Administrator of the Year.


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Kimberley Moran

Senior Editor
We Are Teachers

Kimberley Moran is a Senior Editor with We Are Teachers. Kimberley was a teacher for 12 years previous to this position where she taught in a regular classroom, was a literacy specialist, and a gifted and talented teacher. She works hard to uncover engaging ways for all people to follow their passions. She lives in Maine with her family.


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