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Beyond the Cliché: Reflective Strategies to Help Gifted Students Form Positive Identities as Global Change-Makers

Friday, November 10
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: 212 A

While gifted students often thrive in school settings, true success relies on the transfer of learning to real-world environments. A strong sense of self is essential for students to expand their endeavors beyond the classroom. Reflective thinking is a central component to identity formation. Unfortunately, reflection is often seen as a "time filler" activity, rather than a meaning-making process. This presentation investigates the impact of instructional strategies for reflective thinking that encourage students to move beyond the cliché, equipping them to become active citizens who are confident in their ability to create change. Participants will leave with practical reflective strategies that can be implemented in diverse educational settings.

Sarah Marie Catalana

Assistant Professor
Winthrop University

Dr. Sarah Marie Catalana is an assistant professor in the Curriculum and Pedagogy Department of the Richard W. Riley College of Education at Winthrop University. She teachers courses in educational assessment and research, as well as gifted and talented endorsement courses.
Her research focuses on pre-service teacher education, investigating ways to encourage future teachers to engage in critical reflection and uncover assumptions in education through community engagement experiences. She worked closely with the University of Georgia Project U-SPARC (University School Partnership for Achievement, Rigor, and Creativity) initiative, supporting UGA undergraduates as they served as mentors for children in a local Title One school. She has also spent significant time teaching and serving abroad, developing science education programs for children in Ecuador, teaching young children in Haiti, designing professional development opportunities for teachers in Nicaragua, and leading American high school students on service learning trips.

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Meg E. Hines

Lecturer, Gifted Education
University of Georgia

Dr. Meg Easom Hines is a Lecturer and the Coordinator of Gifted and Creative Education (GCE) Online Programs in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Georgia. Dr. Hines has worked in the GCE Program teaching graduate courses and conducting practica/internship experiences in gifted education since 2005. Before her position at UGA, Meg was an instructor at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, teaching graduate courses for in-service and pre-service educators in the School of Education. Meg also worked as an elementary public school teacher for eight years in Atlanta, GA, Augusta, GA and Charleston, SC. Meg consults with teachers, administrators and policy makers in the local schools on creativity, differentiated instruction, curriculum design and innovative programming. Her research interests include the underachievement of creative students and how creative problem solving and critical thinking meet the needs of this special population. Meg is a recipient of the National Association for Gifted Children’s (NAGC) 2003 Doctoral Student Award. Currently, Meg serves as a member of NAGC’s Special Populations network and as a member of the editorial review panel for Teaching for High Potential, one of NAGC’s leading journals for practitioners.

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