Curriculum Studies


Classically Current: Using Taba’s Interpretation of Data for Rigorous Discussion of Cause and Effect

Saturday, November 11
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 213 BC

High-quality instruction never grows old! Hilda Taba’s questioning strategies retain their currency because thoughtful, rigorous classroom discussion never goes out of style. Indeed, new Common Core guidelines requiring meaningful discussion and rigorous critical thinking make these strategies contemporary once again. Taba’s Interpretation of Data strategy is particularly useful, engaging students in detailed, evidence-based discussion of cause and effect relationships with only a whiteboard and some markers. Participants will review the basics of good questioning, analyze the structure of an Interpretation of Data lesson, learn tips for success, and discuss Cognitive Maps as a tool for lesson planning.

Shelagh Gallagher

Engaged Education

Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher works with teachers and schools around the world to promote appropriate education for gifted children. She currently runs Engaged Education, a consulting firm for gifted education in Charlotte, NC. Under that umbrella she provides professional development, participated in policy forums, writes curriculum, and recruits teachers for the Diligence and Delight Learning Center in China. Earlier in her career, Dr. Gallagher spent 15 years leading the gifted education licensure and M.Ed. programs at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Before that Dr. Gallagher served as Director of Research and Assessment at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Shelagh is best known for her work developing Problem-Based Learning curriculum for gifted students, however, she has also conducted research, made presentations, and published articles on topics related to the development and education of gifted children. Shelagh served two terms on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and is currently a US delegate to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. She has received the Distinguished Service Award and the James J. Gallagher Award for Advocacy from the North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented, the Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence from UNC Charlotte, and the Article of the Year Award from NAGC. Eight of Dr. Gallagher’s curriculum units have won the NAGC Curriculum Division Award for Outstanding Curriculum. She recently received the “Person of SIGnificance” award from the National Society for Gifted and Talented. Every summer Dr. Gallagher makes time to work to work with gifted adolescents as a Fellow at the IEA award-winning camp Yunasa.


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