Global Awareness

Concurrent

Teaching Leadership and Service for Global Citizenship

Friday, November 10
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 218 B

In a global society, we envision all citizens sharing responsibility for social issues. How do we prepare gifted students for initiating social change? Gifted learners in grades 3-12 must study social issues, create solutions for change, and inspire others to act. One curricular concept demonstrates how it is done. The proposed curriculum develops leadership skills and social awareness. Students find their voice and learn how to use it to inspire change. Students increase their awareness of social issues, develop a plan for change, and inspire others. In the process, students develop confidence not only in their ability to understand problems, but also their ability to inspire others to be change agents.

Mary L. Slade

Professor and Department Chair
Winthrop University

Currently, Mary is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the College of Education at Winthrop University. She teaches the online coursework that leads to certification in gifted education. Mary has taught in higher education since 1990; teaching in educational psychology, exceptional education, and gifted education. Previously she taught in elementary, middle, and high schools as a fourth-grade, gifted education, and English teacher. Dr. Slade served several terms on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children, and earned the Early Leader Award from the organization. Mary is a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented. Mary's primary research interests are in co-teaching, differentiation, and professional development in gifted education.

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