Signature Series

Signature Session

C.P.R.: Curriculum Units That Produce Results!

Friday, November 10
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 203 A

The importance of designing and implementing effective curriculum units of study for gifted students cannot be overestimated. In this session, we will combine elements of effective curriculum units, sharing the rubric employed for evaluating the NAGC curriculum units of study as well as the winning 2017 curriculum units. Presenters will share effective ways to create curriculum units, revise existing curriculum units, and implement high end classroom learning in a multitude of settings with diverse gifted learners. Implications for curriculum, instruction, and assessment will be explored.

Elissa Brown

Distinguished Lecturer
Hunter College-CUNY

Dr. Elissa Brown is a Distinguished Lecturer and Director, of the Hunter College Center for Gifted Studies and Education at Hunter College. Previously, she was the Director of Teacher & Leader Education Programs and Gifted Education at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. From 2002-2007, she was the Director of the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. She has served as a state director of gifted education, a federal grant manager, a district gifted program coordinator, principal of a specialized high school and a teacher of gifted students. As a professor, Elissa coordinates and teaches the Advanced Certificate program in Gifted & Talented and has served as an adjunct professor at several universities, including Rutgers and Duke University. She is a published author in the field of gifted education and presents widely. She was the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the N.C. Association for Gifted & Talented, the 2007 Dean’s award at the College of William & Mary, and the 2004 Early Leader award from the National Association for Gifted Children. She has 3 grown children and lives in East Harlem.


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Emily L. Mofield

Consulting Teacher for Gifted Education
Sumner County Schools

Emily Mofield, EdD is the Consulting Teacher for Gifted Education for Sumner County Schools, Tennessee. She leads her district through major gifted programming shifts, specifically in promoting differentiated instruction for advanced learners in both the the regular classroom and pullout settings. She is the co-recepient of the NAGC Hollingworth research award (with Megan Parker Peters) and is the co-author (with Tamra Stambaugh) on the published Advanced ELA Curriculum Series by Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth. She was recognized by the Tennessee Assocation of Gifted as Teacher of the Year in 2012 and has received multiple NAGC Currriculum Network Awards. She has also authored multilple research publications on the social emotional needs of gifted learners relating to achievement motivation and perfectionism. Currently, she serves as Chair-Elect of the Curriculum Studies Network for NAGC.


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Christine Briggs

Associate Professor and Director, Center for Gifted Education
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Christine J. Briggs is an associate professor in the department of Curriculum and Instruction (C & I) at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she teaches in the masters programs in C & I and Gifted Education. One of her favorite teaching assignments is the facilitation of graduate candidates final action research projects in the Gifted masters program. These research courses guide candidates to emerge as thinkers and change agents in their schools of programs. She also serves as the Director of the Center for Gifted Education and the Masters in Gifted Education program coordinator.

Christine is a member of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Education Committee and is the Co-Chair for the NAGC Curriculum Studies Network Curriculum Awards.


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Carol Ann Williams

Educational Consultant
Stockton University


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