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Shining a Light on Primary Gifted Children: Analyzing Informational Texts With a Focus on Higher-Order Skills

Saturday, November 11
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: 211 A

According to the Common Core State Standards, students must “actively seek thoughtful engagement with informational texts that builds knowledge, enlarges experience, and broadens worldviews.” In this session, the presenters share strategies for helping young gifted students analyze informational texts. Participants review examples of research-based, practical activities. We emphasize designing activities to teach gifted students how to connect to prior knowledge, make inferences, and summarize information. Ideas for research projects, questioning, and writing exercises that require close reading are shared.

Kimberley Chandler

Curriculum Director
Center for Gifted Education, College of William and Mary

Dr. Kimberley Chandler is the Curriculum Director at the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary and a Clinical Assistant Professor. Her professional background includes teaching gifted students in a variety of settings, serving as an administrator of a school district gifted program, and providing professional development training for teachers and administrators nationally and internationally.
Kimberley has served as the editor and contributing author of many curriculum materials (science, social studies, language arts, and mathematics) from the Center for Gifted Education.
Currently Kimberley is the Network Representative on the NAGC Board of Directors and newsletter editor of the CEC-TAG newsletter The Update. Her research interests include curriculum policy and implementation issues in gifted programs, the design and evaluation of professional development programs for teachers of the gifted, and the role of principals in gifted education.


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Magdalena Fitzsimmons

S.T.A.T. Resource Teacher
Baltimore County Public Schools

Magdalena Fitzsimmons is currently an Instructional Coach for the Baltimore County Public Schools S.T.A.T. (Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow) initiative at the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, Maryland. She is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, the City University of New York, Brooklyn College, and the University of Calgary, Canada. Ms. Fitzsimmons has presented at numerous national and state conferences on the topics of arts integration, problem-based learning, curriculum for gifted students, creativity, and technology integration. She received the 2011 Teacher as Leader Citation and Award from the Maryland State Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education, the 2005 National Music Foundation Lois Bailey Glenn Award for Teaching Excellence, a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to the Baltimore County Public Schools, and is a three-time winner of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in performance and recording. Ms. Fitzsimmons has also written and edited reading language arts curriculum for gifted and talented students for Baltimore County Public Schools and the Maryland State Department of Education. She is the author of Grade 5 Challenging Common Core Language Arts Lessons, published by Prufrock Press in cooperation with William & Mary's Center for Gifted Education.


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