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Using the Arts to Develop Gifted Children’s Critical Thinking Skills

Saturday, November 11
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 211 B

The arts can help gifted children gain critical thinking skills that transfer to other academic areas. Exposing gifted learners to discipline-based practices—such as composition, aesthetic percipience, and processes and techniques—permits children to understand how and why creators make the decisions they do, and to consider whether they agree. Including the arts in many curricular areas allows gifted children to gain this exposure while also addressing their needs throughout the day. Other instructional strategies, such as Creative Problem Solving, can be used with the arts to support gifted children’s needs. This session provides instructional strategies, curricular materials, and other ideas that teachers and parents can use with gifted learners.

Stephen T. Schroth

Professor of Early Childhood Education
Towson University

Stephen T. Schroth holds a PhD in Educational Psychology/Gifted Education from the University of Virginia, where he studied with Carolyn M. Callahan and Carol Ann Tomlinson. Past-Chair of the NAGC Arts Network, Dr. Schroth is a Professor of Early Childhood Education and serves as Graduate Program Director at Towson University. The author of over 375 books, monographs, chapters, articles, and other publications, he served as a classroom teacher, gifted coordinator, and arts prototype school coordinator for a decade in the Los Angeles Unified School District. His research interests include the development of artistically talented students, differentiated instruction, effective instructional and leadership practices, and working with English language learners.

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Jason A. Helfer

Deputy Superintendent of Education
Illinois State Board of Education

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