Professional Development


District Gifted Coordinators: Leadership to Shine a Light on Gifted Children in Your District!

Saturday, November 11
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 203 B

Within a school district, the gifted coordinator is the keeper of the flame for quality gifted programming. Charged with creating the vision and transforming the vision into reality, for coordinators the ultimate mission is creating programming that prepares gifted students to use their talents, strengths, and energy to make the world a better place. With multiple challenging roles -- developing district-wide programming, creating equitable identification practices, providing relevant PD, supporting parents, and advocating within the community -- the job can be overwhelming! Join two experienced, NAGC-award-winning gifted coordinators from very diverse districts as they provide practical strategies and resources for transforming your district’s gifted program.

Lauri B. Kirsch

Supervisor, K-12 Gifted Programs
Hillsborough County Public Schools

Lauri Kirsch is the Supervisor of Gifted Programs for Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida), the nation's eighth largest school district. In 1994, Dr. Kirsch discovered her passion: gifted education. Since that time, her involvement in gifted education has been through a multitude of roles, allowing her to learn and lead from a variety of perspectives. As an educator since 1981, her experiences have included gifted teacher, curriculum developer, teacher trainer, doctoral student, conference presenter, researcher, administrator, and gifted advocate. Through these experiences, Dr. Kirsch has found that leadership is the critical element for success in any organization, from the classroom, to a school district, to a state affiliate group. Lauri served two terms as NAGC's State Board Representative and served as NAGC Treasurer from 2012-2014. She is a past President of the Florida Association for the Gifted and currently serves on the Board of the Florida Gifted Network. Lauri was recognized by NAGC as the recipient of the 2014 NAGC Coordinator Award. As the parent of two grown gifted daughters, she has navigated the unchartered waters that are integral to parenting the gifted. Kirsch says her goal is to share a common sense message that may inspire and guide others in supporting the children who will be the leaders in our world’s future.


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Dina M. Brulles

Director of Gifted Education
Paradise Valley Unified School District

Dina Brulles, Ph.D., is the Director of Gifted Education at Paradise Valley Unified School District in Arizona where she has developed a continuum of gifted education programs, preschool through high school. The programs and services Dina oversees incorporate innovative uses of technology, enfranchise underrepresented populations and provide extensive professional development opportunities. She is also the Gifted Program Coordinator at Arizona State University.

Dina currently serves on the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Board of Directors as the School District Representative. She has also served as president of her state gifted association, vice president of SENG, on NAGC Task Forces and on leadership teams of NAGC Networks. Dina was a co-recipient of the inaugural 2014 NAGC Gifted Coordinator Award and also the first NAGC Professional Development Network Award in 2013.

Dina co-authored the books, Differentiated Lessons for All Learners, The Cluster Grouping Handbook: How To Challenge Gifted Students and Improve Achievement For All, Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classrooms, and Helping All Gifted Children Learn, along with other publications and teacher training courses. Dina assists school districts in developing, supporting, and evaluating gifted programs with an emphasis on integrating current educational initiatives. Having implemented and supervised the Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model, she has become a recognized expert in that practice.


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