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Transforming Innovative Gifted Programming Through Quality Indicator Rubrics

Friday, November 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 218 A

Let’s shine a light on an environment organized to foster the needs of 21st century gifted learners through the use of “Gifted Program Quality Indicator Rubrics.” Teachers, coaches, and administrators can use this tool to transform their current gifted service model into a comprehensive gifted program that focuses on high impact instruction, data-driven decision making, and collaborative culture. This research-based coaching tool can support schools and districts to build a new gifted program, evaluate the current state of gifted programming to make plans for improvements, guide professional development, and communicate progress toward individual, team, school-wide, and/or district-wide gifted program initiatives.

Sarah R. Meers

Gifted Resource Specialist
Pasco County Schools

After teaching grades 3rd -5th for Pasco County Schools for 10 years, Sarah Meers made the transition to Gifted Resource Specialist. During her career, she has developed a passion for innovative educational options that meet the needs of all students. Sarah is privileged to currently support all education stakeholders including students, teachers, parents and administration in the area of gifted education for Pasco County Schools. She also has started a gifted education consulting business, 21st Century Gifted, to assist other schools and districts in supporting and improving educational practices for thier gifted students.

Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from St. Petersburg College, followed by her Master’s in Education Leadership from University of Scranton. As a life long learner, Sarah has also taken classes to expand her teaching certifications and endorsements to included Elementary Education, Exceptional Student Education, Reading K-12, Gifted Education, as well as English Speakers of Other Languages.

Sarah is honored to be presenting at the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) conference in Charlotte, NC in Fall 2017.

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LIz Hamilton

Gifted Resource Specialist
Pasco County Schools

Liz Hamilton is a Gifted Resource Specialist for Pasco County Schools working with educators, coaches, administration, families, and students to develop innovative gifted programming and provide a world-class education for all students. Liz started her career in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has been teaching gifted children aged Kindergarten through 12th grade for ten of her fifteen years in the profession. Liz has developed gifted programs in multiple settings and locations, including multi-age pull-out curricula, inclusion services, and self-contained programs. She also has the honor of representing the Tampa Bay Area Writing Project as a Teacher Consultant and AVID as a DIstrict Director for Pasco County Schools. Liz has presented for USF's SCATTER teacher training program, the TBAWP Fall Conference, and AVID Summer Institute. She knows that creating systems that address the unique and diverse needs of gifted children is key to fostering passion, direction, and motivation. She lives in Tarpon Springs, Florida, with her husband, daughter, and stepson.

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Heather J. Wall

Gifted Resource Specialist
Pasco County Schools


Currently a GIfted Resource Specialist serving Pasco County Schools grades K-12, Heather has also taught elementary grades 2-5 throughout the district. She has been in Pasco County for 12 years but began her teaching career in Orange County, Florida in 1996.

After the having the opportuinty to open a new elementary school in Pasco County, she started a gifted inclusion program in a multi-age 4/5 classroom. 9 years later that program is thriving as one of the top inclusion programs within the county. She currently works to coach and support teachers of gifted, administrators, parents and students throughout all levels of gifted services across the district.

Heather graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She recieved the Sallie Mae First Year Teaching Award in 1997. She also has had the priviliage of also being named Teacher of the Year in Pasco County. She is happily married and has 3 children.

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