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Public Attitudes Towards the Gifted: Myth and Reality

Saturday, November 11
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: 213 D

Society’s sensitivity toward advanced learners in our country has framed the discussion, research and programming around gifted education for decades. But, until recently, the actual thoughts and opinions of the nation have been unknown. In 2016, the Institute for Educational Advancement began an unprecedented journey to survey public attitudes regarding gifted education and public policy for gifted learners. The data has been gathered from a stratified random sample of American citizens on several topics, including attitudes towards the term ‘gifted’ and increased public services. The results shed light on American educational priorities and public policy surrounding gifted education.

Elizabeth Jones

President
Institute for Educational Advancement

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Shelagh Gallagher

Consultant
Engaged Education

Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher works with teachers and schools around the world to promote appropriate education for gifted children. She currently runs Engaged Education, a consulting firm for gifted education in Charlotte, NC. Under that umbrella she provides professional development, participated in policy forums, writes curriculum, and recruits teachers for the Diligence and Delight Learning Center in China. Earlier in her career, Dr. Gallagher spent 15 years leading the gifted education licensure and M.Ed. programs at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Before that Dr. Gallagher served as Director of Research and Assessment at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Shelagh is best known for her work developing Problem-Based Learning curriculum for gifted students, however, she has also conducted research, made presentations, and published articles on topics related to the development and education of gifted children. Shelagh served two terms on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and is currently a US delegate to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. She has received the Distinguished Service Award and the James J. Gallagher Award for Advocacy from the North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented, the Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence from UNC Charlotte, and the Article of the Year Award from NAGC. Eight of Dr. Gallagher’s curriculum units have won the NAGC Curriculum Division Award for Outstanding Curriculum. She recently received the “Person of SIGnificance” award from the National Society for Gifted and Talented. Every summer Dr. Gallagher makes time to work to work with gifted adolescents as a Fellow at the IEA award-winning camp Yunasa.

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