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Enduring Lives, Lasting Knowledge: Using Biography-based Curriculum with Early Learners

Friday, November 10
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 213 BC

A "great" biography leaves enduring understandings in the minds of gifted learners. Developed specifically for early elementary children, this session shares field-tested lessons and effective strategies using award-winning biographies to teach critical and creative thinking. In a celebration of diverse talent, biographies of Dave the Potter (slave, poet, and artist), Marion Anderson (singer), and George Washington Carver (scientist) inspire point-of-view analysis, portraiture, and persuasive writing prompts. Presenters demonstrate how infusing STEAM-related skills and understandings into language arts lessons dramatically enhances learning. Whether jumpstarting learning, diving deeply into literature, or approaching STEAM topics, biography provides a fascinating entry point to learning.

Christine Deitz

Associate Director
Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education

Dr. Christine Deitz is the current Program Chair for the Middle Grades Network. She is a past A. Harry Passow Classroom Teacher Award recipient, Curriculum Award winner, Doctoral Student of the Year, and the past Chair of the Middle Grades Network for the National Association for Gifted Children. She is the Associate Director for the Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. A National Board Certified teacher since 2004, Christine has 26 years of public school experience, and worked exclusively with diverse populations of high-ability children for the past 21 years. She is a nationally-recognized educator, author, and consultant for gifted education.

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