Research & Evaluation


Training Rural Teachers, School Leaders, and Parent/Communities to Support Underserved Gifted Learners

Friday, November 10
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 202 A

Project North Star is a Javits grant preparing teachers, administrators, and communities to identify and support traditionally underserved highly able learners attending rural schools. A state department of education has worked closely with six rural schools with high populations of American Indians to elevate systems of identification and support. Grant staff discuss findings, material development, and progress toward the goals of the grant. Materials to be shared include an overview of professional development modules; assessments for teachers, administrators, and students; a teacher growth indicator; community forum resources; and an annotated bibliography of materials for supporting students with realistic fiction.

Wendy A. Behrens

Gifted and Talented Education Specialist
Minnesota Department of Education

WENDY A. BEHRENS is the Gifted and Talented Education Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education, where she leads and advises educators, administrators, and parents. She provides technical assistance to and collaborates with institutions of higher education, educator networks, and others interested in promoting rigorous educational opportunities. Behrens also serves as Project Director for Project North Star, a 2015 Jacob Javits Grant. Prior to her service to the state, Behrens worked as a district gifted services coordinator and a consultant for the Science Museum of Minnesota. She presents frequently on the nature and needs of gifted learners, instructional strategies, comprehensive service design, and policies that support highly able learners. Behrens is President of the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted, and received the President’s award from NAGC in 2013. She is an elected US delegate to the World Council on Gifted, and a member of NAGC Policy Task Force and advisory councils for the Center for Talent Development, and Grayson School and the Council for Exceptional Children-Talented and Gifted Board. Behrens co-authored Prufrock Press and NAGC co-publications Exploring Critical Issues in Gifted Education: A Case Studies Approach (2013) and Differentiated Instruction for Gifted Learners: A Case Studies Approach (2016) with Christine L. Weber, Ph.D. and Cecelia Boswell, Ed.D.


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Cori Paulet

Program Manager, Educational Researcher
University of St. Thomas

Cori Paulet has an M.A. in Gifted, Creative and Talented Education from the University of St. Thomas, MN. She is an educational researcher and project manager for two Javits grants: the UST/Mankato MN Gifted Ed Collaborative and Project North Star with the Minnesota Department of Education. She was the curriculum designer and lead instructor on a personal narrative writing grant, in collaboration with ThreeSixty Journalism, providing at-risk, urban high school students the knowledge, skills and practice for writing personal essays for college/career. With experience producing educational television and multimedia for PBS, she is very interested in the creative possibilities of intermingling digital media, games, technology and education.


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Karen B. Rogers

Professor Emerita of Gifted Studies
University of St. Thomas

Karen Rogers is Professor Emerita of Gifted Studies in the Teacher Education Department, College of Education, Leadership, and Counseling at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she has taught and conducted research since 1984. She is author or co-author of 5 books (with another 4 in the works), many journal articles, multiple publications, and book chapters. She took a 3-year hiatus from her work at St.Thomas to become Director of Research for the Gifted Education Research and Resource Inforrmation Center at the University of New South Wales in Australia and has lectured at universities all over the world. Her research interests include twice exceptionality, research synthesis techniques, cognitive development, gifted program design, development, and evaluation, student assessment, and arts education. She has served CEC/TAG, the AERA Research on Gifted, Creative, and Talented SIG, and NAGC in various leadership and task force roles over the years and attended all but 3 NAGC conferences since 1980. Currently, she is a Co-Principal Investigator on a 3-year Javits grant focusing on collaborative program identification and service restructuring and a Contracted Developer on a second Javits grant focusing on professional development for teachers of rural gifted learners through the Minnesota Department of Education.


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Diane G. Heacox

Professor Emerita, educational consultant, author
St. Catherine University

Dr. Diane Heacox is Professor Emerita at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is an award winner author, national and international consultant and professional development trainer to both public and private schools on a variety of topics related to teaching and learning. Dr. Heacox has taught at both elementary and secondary school levels and has served as a gifted education teacher and administrator, as well as an instructional specialist in public education.Dr. Heacox is the author of four books. Her books have been translated into Dutch, Hungarian, Korean, and Portuguese. Her Differentiation Classroom Practices Inventory was used by the Ministry of Education in Portugal for conducting a national survey of classroom practices.Dr. Heacox was recognized by the Minnesota Educators of Gifted and Talented as the 2010 Friend of the Gifted for service to gifted education. She is also in the University of St. Thomas Educators Hall of Fame for contributions to the field of education.


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Carol Malueg

Research Project Manager
University of St. Thomas

Carol Malueg is the mother of 2 gifted girls, a professional in the field of gifted education, and an active member of several state and national organizations that support gifted kids and their families. Carol currently serves as President on the state board of directors for the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented (MCGT), and is a Master Facilitator and Trainer for Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted children (SENG). She is currently employed by the University of St. Thomas as a research project manager for a Javits Grant project focused on improving identification of and services for gifted at-risk students. Carol also works with the Center for K-12 Guidance as an Independent Educational Consultant, specializing in K-12 educational planning for gifted and talented and twice-exceptional students in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.


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Jane Kise

Differentiated Coaching Associates

Jane A. G. Kise, Ed. D., founder of Differentiated Coaching Associates, has worked as a consultant for over 25 years, specializing in executive and instructional coaching, and professional development. She is also the author or coauthor of over 20 books, including Unleashing the Positive Power of Differences: Polarity Thinking for Our Schools; Differentiated Coaching: A Framework for Helping Teachers Change; and Intentional Leadership. She holds an MBA in finance from the Carlson School of Management and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.

Kise works with organizations across the United States and in Saudi Arabia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Current and past clients include public and private schools, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, NASA, and Twin Cities Public Television. She is a frequent workshop speaker and has presented at Learning Forward, ASCD, NCTM, NCSM, World Futures, and (APTi) conferences, including keynoting in Miami, London, Paris, Berlin, Sydney and Auckland.

Kise’s research on coaching teachers for change received several awards. Her research on how students approach mathematics became a TEDx talk. She is certified to use the MBTI ® Steps I, II and III, the EQ-i2.0 , and the Hogan assessments, among other instruments.


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