Middle Grades


Next Steps: Streamlining the Planning for Gifted Adolescents

Saturday, November 11
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: 217 A

How complicated can it be to differentiate for gifted learners? Consider the challenge: Differentiate content, process, and product across readiness, interest, and learning profile, while keeping in mind the needs of the gifted. With over 27 different combinations, planning can feel impossible, especially in middle and high school! This interactive session demonstrates how to differentiate for gifted adolescents by using a tri-dimensional design menu. Solidly grounded in effective practices, the menu makes it possible to streamline the design of respectful yet significant tasks for gifted students. Examples across curriculum areas are provided. Make designing differentiated tasks targeting gifted adolescents practical, focused, and do-able!

Richard M. Cash

Educational Consultant
nRichconsulting Educational Consulting, Inc

Dr. Richard M. Cash is an award winning author and educator who has worked in the field of education for over 25 years. His range of experience includes teaching, curriculum coordination, and program administration. Currently, he is an internationally recognized education consultant (www.nrich.consulting). His consulting work has taken him throughout the United States, as well as into Canada, The Czech Republic, China, England, Indonesia, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland, Qatar, Spain, South Korea, and Turkey.

Richard received his doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN. Along with his Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Richard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theater from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. For over 10 years, he co-directed a children’s theater company in Minnesota, and co-authored 4 award winning children’s plays. He was recipient of the National Association for Gifted Children’s Early Leader Award (2011), recognizing his leadership in programing for gifted children. Richard was also named the “Friend of the Gifted, 2016” by the Minnesota Educators of the Gifted and Talented.

His areas of expertise are educational programming, rigorous and challenging curriculum design, differentiated instruction, 21st century skills, brain-compatible classrooms, gifted & talented education, and self-regulated learning. Dr. Cash authored the books Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century, (2011), a finalists for the Association for Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award; and Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics (2014) (co-author Diane Heacox), winner of The Legacy Book® Award for Outstanding Educators Publication. His newest book Self-Regulation in the Classroom: Helping Students Learn How to Learn was released in March 2016. All books are published by Free Spirit Publishing, Inc. (www.freespirit.com).


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Diane G. Heacox

Professor Emerita, educational consultant, author
St. Catherine University

Dr. Diane Heacox is Professor Emerita at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is an award winner author, national and international consultant and professional development trainer to both public and private schools on a variety of topics related to teaching and learning. Dr. Heacox has taught at both elementary and secondary school levels and has served as a gifted education teacher and administrator, as well as an instructional specialist in public education.Dr. Heacox is the author of four books. Her books have been translated into Dutch, Hungarian, Korean, and Portuguese. Her Differentiation Classroom Practices Inventory was used by the Ministry of Education in Portugal for conducting a national survey of classroom practices.Dr. Heacox was recognized by the Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented as the 2010 Friend of the Gifted for service to gifted education. She is also in the University of St. Thomas Educators Hall of Fame for contributions to the field of education.


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