Parent & Community

Roundtable

The Duality of Giftedness: Promoting the Strengths and Addressing the Weaknesses

Saturday, November 11
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: Exhibit Hall Roundtable 3

Parenting a gifted child is not for the faint of heart. This session focuses on how the characteristics of gifted children can be perceived as both strengths and weaknesses by others. Learn how to model and practice self-regulation skills to increase your gifted learner's potential for success. By maximizing the strengths and minimizing weaknesses, students and parents will better understand the unique lens needed to provide support for gifted learners.

Alison DeMark

GATE Coordinator
Fullerton School District

Alison DeMark, MA.Ed., Ed.D., is a GATE Coordinator in the Fullerton School District. She has spent 16 years in public education with over a decade of classroom teaching experience. Her expertise is in both teacher pedagogical practices, and working with the gifted. Alison is currently the president for the Orange County Council for the Gifted (OCCGATE) and sits of the Board for the California Association of the Gifted (CAG) as the Educator Representative for the Orange Region. She is a part-time adjunct faulty at the University of Southern California where she teaches courses in academic writing, and creativity in the Doctor of Education Program. Alison enjoys collaborating with educators, baking, and updating her dog’s Instagram account.

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Julie Hull

Coordinator, Gifted and Talented Education
Orange County Department of Education

Julie Hull has worked in the field of education for the last 20 years in a variety of capacities. As a classroom teacher, she taught honors and Advanced Placement courses and had the opportunity to work with pre-service and new teachers in classroom management and pedagogy, as site GATE Supervisor she was responsible for GATE identification and program development and most recently at the County Department of Education, Julie is the coordinator for GATE and Advanced Placement. Julie holds a seat on the board for two educational non-profits: Orange County Council for the Gifted (OCC GATE) and California Association of the Gifted (CAG) where she works to advocate for gifted education and first best instruction in classrooms throughout Orange County. Additionally, Julie presents sessions at local, state and national conferences and provides parent education opportunities at local districts. Julie is the parent of three gifted, but extremely diverse children, who have different cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal needs.

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