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Leveraging Technology for Equity: NNAT-3 vs CogAT. Which is More Culturally/Linguistically Appropriate?

Saturday, November 11
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: 212 B

Are there advantages to utilizing an online assessment? Which is more culturally/linguistically appropriate? Is an assessment that takes 1/3 the time and gives instant results actually better than a paper-based test? Come and find out about a research-based pilot project involving administration of CogAT and NNAT-3 assessments for over 500 3rd graders. Presenters are a director of Academically/Intellectually Gifted Programs in the largest school district in NC, a director of Data/Research/Accountability, and Coordinating Teachers who implemented, beta-tested, problem-solved, improved, and designed professional development for online testing. We will share lessons learned and exciting results -- come and benefit from our research!

Alena R. Treat

Director of Academically or Intellectually Gifted Programs
Wake County Special Schools

Alena Treat has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with research in Gifted Education (minor in Instructional Systems Technology and emphasis on Research), a Master's degree in Gifted Education, and a BSE in Elementary Education (minor in Interpreting for the Deaf). She is currently employed in Wake County Special School System as Director of Academically or Intellectually Gifted Programs.

Previously, Alena worked in gifted education in various capacities in both rural and urban school districts, a university (Assistant Professor in Teacher Education), a special education cooperative, magnet schools, and the Kansas State Department of Education (Director of a Javits grant). She has been on the U.S. Department of Education's Southeast Regional Advisory Committee where she represented gifted education for a five-state area. Alena has supervised and provided professional development to gifted teachers in Arkansas, Texas, and North Carolina, and has also supervised undergraduate and graduate teachers on the Navajo and Lakota Reservations and in Indiana. Alena has written and directed a Javits grant, SOL Net (Soeakers of Other Languages Network, which started gifted programs for ELL students in Dallas and for Navajo and Ute on the Navajo Reservation in Utah.

For the past two years, Dr. Treat has served as chair of the NAGC Diversity & Equity Committee. She was previously appointed to NAGC's Gifted GLBT Task Force (1999-2005) and National Work Group on Gifted Sexually Diverse Students (2005-2009). Alena has also served as chair (twice) and vice chair (three times) of the NAGC Computers and Technology Division/Network.


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Shani R. Brown



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Matthew A. Lenard

Director, Data Strategy and Analytics
Wake County Public School System

Matthew Lenard is Director of Data Strategy and Analytics at the Wake County Public School System. Prior to joining Wake County, he was Policy Analyst at the Southern Regional Education Board and a Teach for America Corps Member. His work at Wake County focuses on program and policy evaluation, improving the quality and use of data across the district, and developing research-practice partnerships. He regularly presents his research to various stakeholder groups, including teachers, school leaders, district leadership, and the board of education. His work has appeared in various education conference proceedings (AEFP, AERA, APPAM, and SREE) and is supported by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and the National Science Foundation.


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Michelle Gainey

AIG Coordinating Teacher
Wake County Public School System


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