Professional Development


An In-Process Professional Development Module for Educators on Gifted GLBTQ Students

Friday, November 10
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: Exhibit Hall Roundtable 5

Despite increasing demand for, and literature on, traits and educational approaches for gifted gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) students, there are still few training modules on these youth to be presented efficiently and effectively. This session presents a one-hour module that builds knowledge, attitudes, and foundational skills related to research-documented gifted GLBTQ student traits and effective educational approaches. Student intellectual, achievement, and social/emotional characteristics from multiple research settings are presented, as are effective teacher and administrator approaches for meeting those needs. Two nationally-based professional developers and a North Carolina gifted-education trainer offer tentative recommendations on module effectiveness and implementation strategies.

Terence P. Friedrichs

Friedrichs Education

Terry Friedrichs, Ph. D., Ed. D, has worked for 40 years as a researcher, K-12 and university educator, school and legislative advocate, and high school and college youth-group leader, for gifted GLBTQ and twice-exceptional students. He is the author and editor of approximately 20 articles, chapters, and books on the needs of these two populations, including Characteristics of Gifted Students with Disabilities (Prufrock, 2001) and (with Teresa Manzella and Bob Seney) an NAGC Select Series volume on meeting the needs of gifted sexual-minority youth (in preparation). He currently serves as the inaugural chair of NAGC's GLBTQ Network and as a member of the NAGC Legislative Committee. He also serves, in his home state of Minnesota, as a board member of various policy and legislative-advocacy organizations concerned with progress for both sexual-minority individuals and people wiith disabilities.


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Mary Ruth B. Coleman

Director, USTARS and Access Programs
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist Emeritus, at the FPG Child Development Institute, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She directs Project U-STAR~PLUS (Using Science, Talents and Abilities to Recognize Students – Promoting Learning in Underrepresented Students). Her projects have included: ACCESS (Achievement in Content and Curriculum for Every Student’s Success, a National Significance Project funded by OSEP and applications of RtI for young children through the Recognition & Response Project sponsored by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. Dr. Coleman has numerous publications including the 14th Edition of the seminal textbook, “Educating Exceptional Children” by Samuel A. Kirk, James J. Gallagher, and Mary Ruth Coleman (2014) and “Implementing RtI with Gifted Students” Edited with Susan Johnsen (2013). She has served three terms (9 years) on the Board of Directors for the Association for Gifted (TAG), one of which she was President; three terms (9 years) on the Board of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC); and two terms (6 years) on the Board of Directors for the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). She was president of CEC in 2007.


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Laurie Croft

Associate Director, Professional Development; Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development
University of Iowa

Laurie Croft is a clinical professor of gifted and talented education in the Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Iowa College of Education; she serves as the Associate Director for Professional Development at The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center in Gifted Education and Talent Development. She received her Bachelor of Arts (Honors) and Master of Arts degrees, both in History, from Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma, respectively. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Tulsa, emphasizing gifted education. Research interests include the conceptual foundations of gifted education, professional development for teachers of the gifted, and teacher excellence. Croft has made presentations at various state, national, and international conferences, and to parent groups, teachers, and school boards. As well, she has experience facilitating professional development in gifted education for educators from around the world. At the Belin Blank Center, Croft is responsible for planning and coordinating the comprehensive program of classes and workshops in gifted education that enable educators to earn an endorsement in gifted education; as well, she supervises practicum experiences for teachers of the gifted. She develops new professional educational opportunities for teachers, has designed new courses in curriculum concepts and in program models in gifted education, and is developing a graduate certificate in talent development. Croft serves as the Honors Advisor for the College of Education Honors Opportunity Program, and she encourages undergraduates in the Teacher Education Program to complete coursework in gifted education, a shortage area in Iowa, as well as other states.


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Jason Mc Intosh

Gifted Specialist
Littleton, AZ School District


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