Curriculum Studies


Building Interdisciplinary Connections: Exploring the Universality of the Problem Solving Process

Friday, November 10
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: Exhibit Hall Roundtable 11

What do engineers, historians, and entrepreneurs have in common? All rely on a problem solving process to make advances in their fields. While each field may put its own “spin” on the process, the core elements of problem solving are the same. Gifted students, many of whom thrive on “big picture thinking” will appreciate learning a universal problem solving process designed around these core elements. The presenters will highlight the interdisciplinary versatility of the model by sharing examples of how to use it with gifted students in science, humanities, engineering, and math. A handout with explanations of each step will be shared.

Kristie LYNN. Speirs Neumeister

Professor in Gifted Education
Ball State University

Kristie Speirs Neumeister, Ph.D. is a Professor of Educational Psychology at Ball State University where she directs the Gifted Licensure series and teaches graduate courses in educational psychology relating to gifted education. She also is a Consultant to the Indiana Department of Education in the area of High Ability Education. She is the past president of the Indiana Association for the Gifted and was the 2009 National Association for Gifted Children Early Scholar Award recipient. She and her husband also are the parents of four gifted daughters.


Send Email for Kristie Speirs Neumeister

Ginny Burney

Ball State University


Send Email for Ginny Burney

Isabelle Crowder

Professor in Gifted Education
Piedmont College

Dr. Isabelle Crowder earned a M.Ed. in Special Education and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis on Gifted and Creative Education, from the University of Georgia. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Piedmont College's Athens campus, working with graduate and undergraduate students. She has taught courses related to gifted education and creativity at both UGA and Piedmont, and has lead parent and teacher workshops on related topics. In 2014 Dr. Crowder created a new state-approved gifted endorsement program for Piedmont’s School of Education. Dr. Crowder's research interests include gifted programming and instruction, creativity, and program evaluation. Prior to coming to Piedmont, Dr. Crowder spent eight years teaching elementary special education and gifted education. She also has extensive experience with collaborative instruction in general education classrooms. A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Crowder lives in Athens with her husband and three children.


Send Email for Isabelle Crowder

Meg E. Hines

Lecturer, Gifted Education
University of Georgia

Dr. Meg Easom Hines is a Lecturer and the Coordinator of Gifted and Creative Education (GCE) Online Programs in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Georgia. Dr. Hines has worked in the GCE Program teaching graduate courses and conducting practica/internship experiences in gifted education since 2005. Before her position at UGA, Meg was an instructor at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, teaching graduate courses for in-service and pre-service educators in the School of Education. Meg also worked as an elementary public school teacher for eight years in Atlanta, GA, Augusta, GA and Charleston, SC. Meg consults with teachers, administrators and policy makers in the local schools on creativity, differentiated instruction, curriculum design and innovative programming. Her research interests include the underachievement of creative students and how creative problem solving and critical thinking meet the needs of this special population. Meg is a recipient of the National Association for Gifted Children’s (NAGC) 2003 Doctoral Student Award. Currently, Meg serves as a member of NAGC’s Special Populations network and as a member of the editorial review panel for Teaching for High Potential, one of NAGC’s leading journals for practitioners.


Send Email for Meg Hines

Elizabeth Connell Lewis

Science Instructor
Metairie Park Country Day School

Elizabeth Connell Lewis is the Science Specialist at Metairie Park Country Day School in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is responsible for curriculum development, teaching classes and coordinating the science program for grades K through 5. Elizabeth also offers academic enrichment opportunities for gifted and talented students through the Future Problem Solving Program and First Lego League robotics.
In addition to teaching elementary and middle school, Elizabeth has served as Director for the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) at Mary Baldwin College, and has taught graduate courses in Gifted Education and coordinated academic enrichment programs for the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development at The University of Georgia.


Send Email for Elizabeth Connell Lewis

Meg Strnat

Gifted Coordinator
Hamilton Southeastern Schools

Meg Strnat is the High Ability Coordinator for Hamilton Southeastern Schools in Fishers, Indiana. She previously taught for 11 years in a self-contained 4th grade gifted classroom. Meg has presented at state and national conferences including NAGC.She has been published in state and national magazines including NAGC's Teaching for High Potential and Science and Children. She just finished a two-year term as President of the Indiana Association for the Gifted.


Send Email for Meg Strnat


Building Interdisciplinary Connections: Exploring the Universality of the Problem Solving Process

Attendees who have favorited this

Please enter your access key

The asset you are trying to access is locked. Please enter your access key to unlock.

Send Email for Building Interdisciplinary Connections: Exploring the Universality of the Problem Solving Process