Computers & Technology


Get Rid of the Box: Challenge the Boundaries of Gifted Services

Friday, November 10
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 212 A

How did a large school district go beyond “Thinking Outside the Box” and create solutions to “Get Rid of The Box” altogether? Participants learn how an innovative initiative expanded resources and made our GT services geographically limitless on a scarce budget. Through the use of technology, Gifted & Talented Instructional Coaches shrank geographical barriers and connected students from different socio-economic groups, fostering their ability to acquire 21st century skills and to gain cultural and learning experiences regardless of their location. The district took deliberate steps to expand gifted services while cutting costs. Participants learn about the hurdles, successes, and plans for the future.

Tiersha Adkins

Gifted and Talented Instructional Coach
Knox County Schools, Knoxville, TN

Tiersha Adkins is a Gifted and Talented Instructional Coach who collaborates with teachers to create and share resources designed specifically for the advanced learners in Knox County Schools.

After spending a decade in the classroom, Tiersha believes that classroom environments can provide stimulating, rigorous, and fun learning opportunities for the many diverse learners in the classroom. She is currently using this passion specifically for the high ability learners in her district.

An early adopter of technology in the classroom, Tiersha has worked as a Technology Trainer for teachers, a TPaCK Coach (technology, pedagogy and content knowledge), is currently the Lead Technology Coach for the Gifted and Talented department in Knox County Schools and serves as their Canvas Learning Management System administrator and trainer.

Tiersha is a certified teacher and holds a Master’s of Science in Education from The University of Tennessee.


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