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Out-of-School Enrichment Programs for Gifted Learners

Saturday, November 11
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 210 B

The presentation reviews the benefits of out-of-school enrichment programs for gifted learners, the advocacy necessary for such programs, and suggestions for building them. We share a quick review of one state's experience with out-of school enrichment programs and how the state's process could be replicated by others who wish to support gifted learners through such programs in their districts, regions, or states.

Mary Kathryn Stein

Director of Gifted & Talented
Arkansas Department of Education

Dr. Mary Kathryn Stein is the Director of Gifted & Talented and Advanced Placement Programs at the Arkansas Department of Education. She is the Central Region Director of the Council of State Directors of Program for the Gifted (CSDPG). She is a frequent presenter at state meetings regarding gifted education and is the program coordinator for gifted and talented services in public schools in the state providing technical assistance to districts. She oversees the approval of each district's services to gifted and talented students annually and is a resource for Advanced Placement and Pre-Advanced Placement in the state. She manages several state grants including funds for teacher training, equipment and materials for AP teachers, incentive funds for scores of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement Exams for schools, the state's payment for AP exams, the Academic Enrichment for Gifted/Talented in Summer (AEGIS) grants, and grants for programs to benefit gifted students such as the State Science Fair, History Day, and Arkansas Governor's School. She has taught in elementary and middle school gifted programs and served high school students as an AP teacher and exam reader for several years before coming to the department of education.


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Sandra Johnson

Gifted Specialists
OUR Educational Service Cooperative

Sandra Johnson has served as a regional Gifted Specialist at the OUR Cooperative in Harrison, Arkansas for the last thirteen years. Her experience prior to that includes twenty years as a Gifted Coordinator in three Arkansas school districts. Sandra currently serves on the Legislative and Advocacy Committee for NAGC. She has served on the board for both of Arkansas' state gifted education organizations. Since her role as President for Arkansas Association of Gifted Education Administrators (2011-13), she has served that organization as the Legislative Chairperson. She has been involved with Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education in many roles including Conference Chair, Legislative Chair, and Education Chair. Arkansas Department of Education has used her as a trainer for many state initiatives.


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