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A District's Unique Approach to Empower Gifted, Talented & Special Population Dual Enrollment Students

Friday, November 10
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Location: 205

A Georgia school district offers an innovative Dual Enrollment program that is the first of its kind in the nation. Our Early College intentionally focuses on gifted/talented high school students who may also be first generation college students, twice-exceptional, or from diverse populations, providing a way to earn both a high school diploma and college credit. Participants will leave with the key tenets of our unique approach to transform GT students, particularly first generation college students, as they see themselves in a new light, empowered with the support and confidence they need to successfully bridge the transition from high school to college.

Michele Hood

Program Coordinator
Hall County Schools

A gifted teacher serving students for 27 years, Mrs. Hood is currently serving as the coordinator for Hall County, Georgia's premier, stand-alone campus for Early College. She is also a founding coordinator for Earhart-Edison Academy, a public middle school STEM program of choice, school within a school program. Mrs. Hood loves advocating for ALL talented and gifted students helping them find and follow their passions and reach their potential. Mrs. Hood has her Ed.S from the University of Georgia in Psychology specializing in Gifted Education. She and her husband have six children and live on a farm in Hall County, Georgia.

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Laurie Ecke

Assistant Director of Innovative and Advanced Programs
Hall County Schools

After teaching middle and high school gifted, honors, and IB courses for 15 years, Laurie Ecke is currently the Assistant Director of Innovative and Advanced Programs for Hall County Schools in Gainesville, Ga. She teaches the Gifted Endorsement courses for Hall County Schools and Pioneer RESA and is the Legislative Liaison for the Georgia Association for Gifted Children. Dr. Ecke was involved in the first public school International Baccalaureate Bilingual Diploma Programme focused on Native Speakers of Spanish, and her dissertation explored immigrant students’ stories in an IB Programme. She advocates for gifted and talented students from all backgrounds to reach their potential in educational opportunities that build on their unique strengths and interests. She has been married for 35 years to Skip Ecke, has three beautiful children, and three amazing grandchildren.

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