Special Populations


Implementing Successful Behavioral Interventions with Gifted Students

Friday, November 10
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: Exhibit Hall Roundtable 2

Educators are aware of gifted students in classrooms who exhibit behaviors affecting their engagement in learning activities and eventual success in the classroom. This session describes a problem solving process teachers used in implementing effective interventions with gifted students in their classrooms. The teachers pinpointed challenging behaviors, collected baseline data, implemented interventions, and examined their effectiveness with a wide range of behaviors from following directions to improving attitudes toward learning. Participants have an opportunity to discuss each of the problem solving steps and share cases of gifted students who present challenging behaviors in their own classrooms.

Susan K. Johnsen

Baylor University

Susan K Johnsen, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she directs programs related to gifted and talented education. She is editor of Gifted Child Today and coauthor of The Practitioner’s Guide for Using the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, Identifying Gifted Students: A Practical Guide, the Independent Study Program, RTI for Gifted Students, Using the National Gifted Education Standards for University Teacher Preparation Programs, Using the National Gifted Education Standards for PreK-12 Professional Development and more than 200 articles, monographs, technical reports, and other books related to gifted education. She has written three tests used in identifying gifted students: Test of Mathematical Abilities for Gifted Students (TOMAGS), Test of Nonverbal Intelligence (TONI-4) and Screening Assessment Gifted Students (SAGES-2). She is a reviewer and auditor of programs in gifted education. She is past president of The Association for the Gifted (TAG), Council for Exceptional Children and past president of the Texas Association for Gifted and Talented (TAGT). ). She has received awards for her work in the field of education, including NAGC’s President’s Award, CEC’s Leadership Award, TAG’s Leadership Award, TAGT’s President’s Award, and Baylor University’s Investigator Award, Teaching Award, and Contributions to the Academic Community. She may be reached at Department of Educational Psychology, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97301, Waco, TX 76798, USA or Susan_Johnsen@baylor.edu/


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Yara N. Farah

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
William & Mary

Yara N. Farah, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Gifted Education (CFGE), William & Mary, where she provides research support for gifted and talented curriculum effectiveness studies. She also is the chair of the membership committee for The Association for the Gifted (TAG) - Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). She received her doctorate in educational psychology from Baylor University. Her emphasis areas of study are gifted and talented education and measurement. Her research interest relate to gifted education, mathematics enrichment and instructional practices in inclusive classroom, and twice exceptional students. Previously, she worked for a year as a special education teacher for students in grade 3 and 4. She also worked for one year as a paraprofessional in a fully inclusive classroom. She has a master’s degree in special education, mild to moderate, from California State University Northridge (CSUN) and a bachelor degree in Elementary Education, with a minor in psychology and a minor in philosophy, as well as a Diploma in Special Education from the American University of Beirut (AUB). She may be reached at Center for Gifted Education, School of Education, William & Mary, P.O. Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795, or ynfarah@wm.edu.


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