Research & Evaluation

Super Sunday Session

Top 20 Principles From Psychology for Pre-K–12 Creative, Talented, and Gifted Students’ Teaching and Learning

Sunday, November 12
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 217 A

Are gifted students unique learners? In this session, presenters rely on two recent syntheses of teaching and learning research to make show how gifted students may be simultaneously unique from—and the same as— typical students. The session will introduce 20 principles from psychology that focus on key aspects healthy intellectual and socio-emotional development. Attendees will also learn how these principles can be applied to gifted student learning and gifted classroom planning to help teachers increase their effectiveness and improve student learning.

Rena F. Subotnik

Director, Center for Psychology in Schools and Education
American Psychological Association

Rena F. Subotnik is Director of the Center for Psychology in Schools and Education at the American Psychological Association. One mission of the Center is to generate public awareness, advocacy, clinical applications, and cutting-edge research ideas that enhance the achievement and performance of children and adolescents with gifts and talents in all domains. Her recent publications reflect her scholarship on applications of psychological science to gifted education, talent development in specific domains, and psychological strength training for academically gifted children and youth. She has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the American Psychological Foundation, the Association for Psychological Science, the McDonnell Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education Javits program, and the Spencer Foundation for research on and services for gifted adolescents.


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Matthew C. Makel

Director of Research
Duke University TIP

Matthew C. Makel is the Director of Research for Duke University’s Talent Identification Program. His research focuses on research methods and academic talent development. Matt earned his PhD in Educational Psychology from Indiana University, an MA in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University, and his BA in Psychology from Duke University, where he first started working with academically talented students while an undergraduate.


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Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

Director, Center for Talent Development
Northwestern University

Dr. Paula Olszewski-Kubilius is currently the director of the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University and a professor in the School of Education and Social Policy. Over the past 33 years, she has created programs for all kinds of gifted learners and written extensively on issues of talent development, particularly on programming for under-represented gifted students. Her most recent work is a monograph written with Rena Subotnik and Frank Worrell, “Rethinking Giftedness and Gifted Education: A Proposed Direction Forward Based on Psychological Science”, published by the Association for Psychological Science. She has served as editor of Gifted Child Quarterly, co-editor of the Journal of Secondary Gifted Education and on the editorial review boards of Gifted and Talented International, The Roeper Review, and Gifted Child Today. She is currently vice-chair of the board of trustees of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and a member of the board of directors of the Illinois Association for the Gifted. She also serves on that advisory boards for the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary and the Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington. She is the immediate past president of the National Association for Gifted Children from whom she received the Early Scholar Award in 1987, the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2009, and the GCQ Paper of the Year Award in 2011.


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