Conceptual Foundations

Combined Concurrent

Essential Understandings for Social and Emotional Curriculum

Saturday, November 11
4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: 202 A

This session focuses on the critical details associated with writing better affective curriculum to meet the social and emotional developmental needs of advanced learners, with an applied discussion about foundational best practices for developing essential guiding questions for differentiated curriculum. With an emphasis on conceptual foundations, participants learn about research-based practices for social and emotional learning experiences, creating affective curriculum, and community partnerships infusing innovative affective education into gifted program activities. Both theoretical and practical issues connected to growth opportunities for advanced students are shared. This session serves as a professional resource about providing differentiated learning experiences across the social and emotional spectrum.

Bronwyn MacFarlane

Professor of Gifted Education
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Bronwyn MacFarlane, Ph.D., is Professor of Gifted Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she teaches graduate courses in gifted education and educational leadership. She serves as Chair of the NAGC STEM Network and Past-Chair of the NAGC Counseling & Guidance Network. Her edited book, “STEM Education for High-Ability Learners: Designing and Implementing Programming” (2016), is the first of its kind to bring together elements for delivering comprehensive STEM programming for developing high abilities.

She served as Associate Dean on the founding dean's team of the UA-Little Rock College of Education and Health Professions, providing leadership for educator and health preparation programs. She has experience leading academic affairs at the college level from the Dean's Office, guiding college programs through accreditation and review processes, serving as CAEP Site Visitor & SPA Reviewer of university programs, providing organizational leadership for large community partnership projects, teaching diverse learners, managing academic school programs, designing and evaluating differentiated curriculum and online programs, and providing quality professional development.

She earned her doctorate from the College of William and Mary and her research interests focus upon programs and curricula to increase talent development. She has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and technical reports and delivered over 100 presentations. She co-edited “Leading Change in Gifted Education: The Festschrift of Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska” (2009) and writes the regular column “Curriculum Corner” for NAGC's Teaching for High Potential magazine.

She has received numerous awards including the UALR College of Education Faculty Excellence Award for Research & Creative Endeavors; UALR Distinguished Teaching Fellow Medallion; UALR New Faculty Teaching Commendation. Also, the NAGC Outstanding Doctoral Award; College of William & Mary School of Education Dean’s Award for Excellence; College of William & Mary Excellence in Gifted Education Doctoral Award; and International P.E.O. Scholar Award, and the AGATE Challenger Award.


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