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Head and Shoulders: Subject Acceleration in Elementary Mathematics

Friday, November 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 211 B

How can we meet the needs of mathematically gifted students whose abilities exceed the “regular” GT program? Subject acceleration in mathematics acknowledges individual strengths and differences and provides an opportunity for students to “shine and soar” in the field they love. Session participants explore strategies used to identify highly gifted elementary mathematics students and become familiar with program benefits and design. Particular attention is paid to students’ reasoning and problem solving abilities, as these critical thinking skills are essential components of all mathematical learning. We share information about the number of students identified and program options.

Wendy Ingalls

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher
Baltimore County Public Schools

Wendy Ingalls is the Mathematics Resource Teacher in the Office of Advanced Academics for Baltimore County Public Schools. She holds a Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins University and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Specialist in Gifted Education certification.

Wendy has worked as a teacher mentor, gifted and talented Catalyst Resource Teacher, classroom teacher, and school-based gifted and talented facilitator. She is an associate faculty member at Notre Dame of Maryland University, where she teaches elementary methods courses and gifted education courses for the School of Education graduate program. Wendy continues to be involved with curriculum development and works collaboratively with the Office of Mathematics for Baltimore County to present strategies for challenging and enriching the core curriculum to meet the needs of gifted learners.

Wendy and her colleague, Debra Myers, have presented these strategies and best practices for meeting the needs of gifted and highly able students to educators and parents at the National Association for Gifted Students, College of William and Mary, and Maryland Educators of Gifted Students conferences, as well as for Baltimore County principals and faculties and other school districts throughout Maryland.

Wendy is an active member of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and Kappa Delta Gamma, a professional women’s educator organization, and serves as secretary for the Maryland Educators of Gifted Students (MEGS). In 2010, she was recognized by MSDE as a leader in gifted education.

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Debra Myers

Advanced Academics Resource Teacher
Baltimore County Public Schools

Debra Taylor Myers is currently a Primary EducationResource Teacher in the Office of Advanced Academics for Baltimore County Public Schools. She has served as a primary education consultant for Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), traveling to many counties and Baltimore City to assist teachers through professional development. Debra continues to be involved with curriculum development for the gifted learner and works collaboratively with the Office of English Language Arts K-12 for Baltimore County to present strategies for challening and enriching the core curriculum to meet the needs of young gifted learners.

Debra has served as a classroom teacher (K-5), teacher mentor, and gifted and talented resource teacher.. In addition, she has taught classes at Towson University most notably, Principles and Practices of Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School and Children’s Literature.

Debra and her colleague, Wendy Ingalls, have presented these strategies and best practices for gifted students to educators and parents at the National Association for Gifed Students, College of William and Mary, Maryland Educators of Gifted Students, Baltimore County principals and faculties, and other school districts throughout Maryland.

Debra is an active member of the National Association for the Gifted Children (NAGC), Maryland Educators of Gifted Students (MEGS), Kappa Delta Gamma, a professional women’s educator organization, and Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society for educators. She also is involved with the International Reading Association, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Council for Exceptional Children.

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