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How Educators Conceptualize Artistic Giftedness and Talent: Factors Influencing Selection for Arts Enrichment

Saturday, November 11
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Location: 209 A

Special programs and schools that serve artistically gifted students are popular in theory but often face significant opposition in practice. How regular education classroom teachers and administrators perceive the need for these programs and schools affects their success, although little has traditionally been known about their thoughts. This presentation provides data from a national study regarding educator conceptions of artistic giftedness and talent. We examine the implications these beliefs have for those advocating for or charged with operating such programs or schools. Strategies that have been successful in creating broad-based support for arts programming and special schools are shared.

Jason A. Helfer

Deputy Superintendent of Education
Illinois State Board of Education

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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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