Special Populations

Roundtable

Supporting Executive Function Development in the Congregated Gifted Setting

Saturday, November 11
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: Exhibit Hall Roundtable 6

This presentation focuses on supporting Executive Function development in a congregated gifted setting. This is particularly important given the asynchronous nature of development in gifted individuals. Areas of Executive Functioning we focus on are working memory, behavior management, problem solving, goal setting and progress monitoring, and specific academic strategies.

Heather SUEN. Lai

Teacher
Westmount Charter School

Heather Lai is a middle school math science teacher in a school for the gifted in Calgary, AB. Her practice focuses on the education of the gifted, with a content specialization in math and science. She is also inspired by the practices of Reggio Emilia and therefore interprets curriculum and builds her instruction through a student-centred, negotiated and generative approach.

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Ley-Anne Folks

Learning Strategist
Westmount Charter School

Ley-Anne Folks is a Canadian educator specializing in twice-exceptional learners. During her M. Ed. (Gifted with ADHD), she investigated the role of executive functions (EF) in learning, and developed classroom support techniques for gifted students with EF deficits. In her current role as a Learning Strategist at a congregated gifted school, she supports teachers and students as they navigate the challenges of multiple exceptionalities.

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