Professional Development


Using Teacher Beliefs to Identify Professional Development Needs

Friday, November 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 204

This session examines the relationship between teacher beliefs and the implementation of best practices in gifted education. The presenters share a field-tested online survey that school leaders might use in identifying teachers’ beliefs about standards-based practices, how their beliefs influence their frequency of implementing these practices in their classrooms, and their perceptions about obstacles related to implementation. Previous results from the survey’s use are discussed, and participants will identify ways the results might be used to plan professional learning opportunities for teachers, organize advocacy efforts, and identify needed changes in policies at the local, state, and national levels.

Corina R. Kaul

Graduate Student
Baylor University

Corina R. Kaul, MA, received her B.S. degree from the University of Oregon, her master's degree from Baylor University, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Educational Psychology at Baylor University where she is specializing in gifted education and quantitative research. She is Assistant Director of the Center for Community and Learning and Enrichment and administers Baylor’s University for Young People, an enrichment program for gifted students, and the annual conference for K-12 educators of gifted children. She also assists in conducting program evaluations of district gifted programs. Her current research interests focus on GT program evaluation, low-income gifted students, gifted first-generation students, teachers of gifted students, affective needs of gifted learners, and gifted English Language Learners. She may be reached at


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Susan K. Johnsen

Baylor University

Susan K Johnsen, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she directs programs related to gifted and talented education. She is editor of Gifted Child Today and coauthor of The Practitioner’s Guide for Using the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, Identifying Gifted Students: A Practical Guide, the Independent Study Program, RTI for Gifted Students, Using the National Gifted Education Standards for University Teacher Preparation Programs, Using the National Gifted Education Standards for PreK-12 Professional Development and more than 200 articles, monographs, technical reports, and other books related to gifted education. She has written three tests used in identifying gifted students: Test of Mathematical Abilities for Gifted Students (TOMAGS), Test of Nonverbal Intelligence (TONI-4) and Screening Assessment Gifted Students (SAGES-2). She is a reviewer and auditor of programs in gifted education. She is past president of The Association for the Gifted (TAG), Council for Exceptional Children and past president of the Texas Association for Gifted and Talented (TAGT). ). She has received awards for her work in the field of education, including NAGC’s President’s Award, CEC’s Leadership Award, TAG’s Leadership Award, TAGT’s President’s Award, and Baylor University’s Investigator Award, Teaching Award, and Contributions to the Academic Community. She may be reached at Department of Educational Psychology, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97301, Waco, TX 76798, USA or


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