Special Populations

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Challenges and Opportunities in Rural Gifted Populations

Saturday, November 11
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: 209 B

Meeting the needs of gifted students in rural communities is a challenging endeavor that includes identification issues, limited access and opportunities, and the nature of the culture itself. In this session, participants will explore the predicaments unique to gifted students in rural areas and how these relate to student success. Additionally, this session will provide practical supports to foster successful identification, servicing, and talent development of high-ability students from this underserved population.

Myriah M. Miller

Doctoral Student
West Virginia University

Myriah Miller is a doctoral student at West Virginia University majoring in Curriculum and Instruction and minoring in Gifted Education. She previously earned dual masters’ degrees in Elementary Education and Reading and was a classroom teacher for six years. Myriah is a recent recipient of both academic and research scholarships. As a previous gifted educator and a lifelong resident of a rural community, her research interests include rural perceptions of giftedness and rural gifted programming.

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Carla B. Brigandi

Assistant Professor of Special Education
West Virginia University

Carla Brigandi is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University. She holds a Doctorate of Educational Psychology with a focus on Gifted Education and Talent Development from the University of Connecticut. In 2015, she received the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Doctoral Student Award and in 2016, she received the NAGC Research and Evaluation Network’s Dissertation Award. Prior to earning her Ph.D., Carla was a classroom teacher for 15 years. She taught both mathematics and gifted education and in 2012, she was elected school educator of the year. She currently teaches undergraduate courses in special education and graduate courses in gifted education. Her research focus is on creating environments where children with gifts and talents thrive.

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