Conceptual Foundations

Roundtable

Educating Gifted Learners at Home: Perspectives and Lived Experiences

Friday, November 10
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: Exhibit Hall Roundtable 5

Parents of gifted children are increasingly expressing concern about the education of high-ability students in America’s public schools. Many of these parents are exploring alternative educational options for meeting their gifted children's unique learning and social/emotional needs. This trend is reflected in the fact that the most rapidly growing segment of the home schooling population represents those who choose home schooling for academic reasons. This session discusses the findings of a qualitative study that explored the lived experiences and perspectives of families who home school their gifted children. Implications for parents and educators are shared and discussed.

Charlton Wolfgang

Assistant Professor
Millersville University

Charlton Wolfgang, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Gifted Education and Coordinator of the M.Ed. and Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education Program at Millersville University. At Millersville University he works with pre-service and in-service teachers in early childhood and middle level education, gifted education, science methods, and STEM education. Dr. Wolfgang taught middle school Life Science, middle school Gifted Support, and high school Honors Biology for over 17 years. He recently was a Curriculum and Instruction Consultant for STEM at the Lancaster-Lebanon IU13. Additionally, he served as a facilitator at the Millersville Gifted Institute for several years. Dr. Wolfgang earned his Ph.D., K-12 Principal Certification, and Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility through Drexel University’s Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies program. He currently serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE), focusing on higher education, working with state and local legislators, technology and social media.

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