Super Sunday Session

Improve Creative Thinking and Problem Solving Performance in Your GT Program

Sunday, November 12
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 213 BC

Creative thinking involves critical thinking and problem solving. These complex skills deserve a prominent place in the 21st century classroom, especially since U.S. students underperform in problem-solving compared to their international peers. In this session, you will learn how Future Problem Solving (FPS) performance can be significantly improved when students learn about and are given strategies to hone their problem-solving styles. Find out how to infuse style training into classroom activities to improve problem-solving performance.

Marcia Delcourt

Western Connecticut State University

Dr. Marcia Delcourt, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Education and Educational Psychology at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT, where she received WCSU’s Teaching Excellence Award. She is the Coordinator of the Doctoral Program in Instructional Leadership and teaches courses in leadership, measurement, research and cognition, as well as curriculum and instruction. She received her BS in Special education from Bloomsburg State University, her MA in Special Education with a concentration in Gifted and Talented Education from the University of Connecticut and her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology, also from UCONN. Dr. Delcourt has been the Principal Investigator or evaluator for over 25 grants. She has been a full-time Professor at McGill University where she taught courses in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology. She was also a Professor at the University of Virginia and a Principal Investigator for The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. She has been active in education for over 30 years as a teacher, graduate level program coordinator, curriculum and program consultant, and researcher. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Educational and Psychological Measurement, Gifted Child Quarterly, The Journal for the Education of the Gifted, International Journal of Creativity and Problem Solving and Journal of Research and Development in Education. She recently co-edited a book entitled Inquiry in education volume II: Overcoming barriers to successful implementation and has contributed to The international handbook on innovation education and Fundamentals of gifted education. She has collaborated with colleagues in India to identify and mentor gifted Indian students in mathematics and science. She is intensely involved in teacher education and professional development and program evaluation, and has a longstanding research commitment to instructional needs of gifted students, dual exceptionalities, fostering creativity, and the uses of technology in education.


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Laura F. Main

Director of Academics/Principal
Booker T. Washington Academy

Laura Main currently serves as the Founding Director of Academics/Principal at Booker T. Washington Academy in New Haven, CT. She works on curriculum and program development as well as professional development and teacher evaluation. Previously, Dr. Main worked with gifted high school students on developing their problem solving style to enhance their performance in the Future Problem Solving program. She has also served as a math specialist, a writing specialist, a teacher of the gifted, a math support teacher, and a classroom teacher. Dr. Main holds an Ed.D degree in Instructional Leadership from Western Connecticut State University, a C.A.S. degree in educational leadership from Sacred Heart University, a M.S. in early childhood and elementary education from Bank Street College, and a B.A. in English from Cornell University.


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April Dennis

Program Director
Future Problem Solving Program International

April is the Program Director of Future Problem Solving Program International. April holds a Master's Degree in Gifted Education and is a NBCT. She spent 17 years as an elementary teacher, and continues to collaborate and present at the district and state levels for Florida's gifted. April facilitates gifted endorsement courses for teacher certification. April believes Future Problem Solving Program is an ideal avenue for providing students with engaging and creative opportunities!


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Marianne Solomon

Executive Director
Future Problem Solving Program International

Marianne Solomon has served as the Executive Director of Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) since 2005. In 2012 she was presented the E. Paul Torrance Creativity Award. A graduate of University of Central Florida with her Masters Degree in Gifted Education, Marianne’s passion is providing the fulfilling and creative curriculum for students so that they will be prepared for the future.


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