Signature Series

Signature Session

Update on the Work of the NAGC Talent Development Task Force

Friday, November 10
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Location: 208 A

In February 2015, the National Association for Gifted Children Board of Directors voted unanimously to create a task force on talent development for the purpose of researching, discussing, and assessing where NAGC is and where it should be going relative to its talent development emphasis. A diverse group of experienced leaders agreed to serve. Recently the NAGC Board of Directors accepted the report from the Talent Development Task Force and approved next steps that included sharing the report with various NAGC constituents and soliciting feedback on possible products and resources that might be helpful to NAGC audiences. In this session, members of the task force present the findings and components of the report and engage the audience in an interactive discussion to gain commentary and direction.

Sally Krisel

Director of Innovative and Advanced Programs
Hall County School District

Dr. Sally Krisel is Director of Innovative and Advanced Programs for Hall County Schools in Gainesville, GA, where she promotes engagement and achievement for all students by developing high-level programming options for gifted students and extending as appropriate the pedagogy once thought to be the exclusive domain of gifted education to a larger group of learners. In the last ten years, the system has implemented three International Baccalaureate Diploma Programs; and it has launched two dozen charter schools and “niche” programs of choice, all of which are based on a philosophy of talent development.

Dr. Krisel served for ten years as Georgia’s State Director of Gifted Education. Previously she was Director of Student Assessment and Gifted Education for Clarke County School District in Athens, Georgia, and Program Coordinator at the University of Georgia (UGA) site of the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT). Krisel was instrumental in designing and conducting the training sessions of the Staff Development Model piloted by the NRC/GT to help teachers recognize and respond to indicators of potential giftedness in economically disadvantaged and limited English proficient students.

President-Elect of NAGC, Dr. Krisel is also a part-time faculty member in the Department of Educational Psychology at UGA. She is author of numerous book chapters and articles in the field, and she has been recognized by UGA’s College of Education and NAGC for her contributions. In 2004 Krisel was named the winner of the UGA College of Education Professional Achievement Alumni Award and NAGC’s Community Service Award. She was selected as the Career Achievement Award winner from Columbia College in 2017. Sally is a Past-President of the Georgia Association for Gifted Children and winner of the GAGC Leadership Award, Margaret Bynum Award, and Mary Frasier Equity & Excellence Award.


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Rena F. Subotnik

Director, Center for Psychology in Schools and Education
American Psychological Association

Rena F. Subotnik is Director of the Center for Psychology in Schools and Education at the American Psychological Association. One mission of the Center is to generate public awareness, advocacy, clinical applications, and cutting-edge research ideas that enhance the achievement and performance of children and adolescents with gifts and talents in all domains. Her recent publications reflect her scholarship on applications of psychological science to gifted education, talent development in specific domains, and psychological strength training for academically gifted children and youth. She has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the American Psychological Foundation, the Association for Psychological Science, the McDonnell Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education Javits program, and the Spencer Foundation for research on and services for gifted adolescents.


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Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

Director, Center for Talent Development
Northwestern University

Dr. Paula Olszewski-Kubilius is currently the director of the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University and a professor in the School of Education and Social Policy. Over the past 33 years, she has created programs for all kinds of gifted learners and written extensively on issues of talent development, particularly on programming for under-represented gifted students. Her most recent work is a monograph written with Rena Subotnik and Frank Worrell, “Rethinking Giftedness and Gifted Education: A Proposed Direction Forward Based on Psychological Science”, published by the Association for Psychological Science. She has served as editor of Gifted Child Quarterly, co-editor of the Journal of Secondary Gifted Education and on the editorial review boards of Gifted and Talented International, The Roeper Review, and Gifted Child Today. She is currently vice-chair of the board of trustees of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and a member of the board of directors of the Illinois Association for the Gifted. She also serves on that advisory boards for the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary and the Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington. She is the immediate past president of the National Association for Gifted Children from whom she received the Early Scholar Award in 1987, the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2009, and the GCQ Paper of the Year Award in 2011.


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Matthew Mcbee

Associate Professor, Dept of Psychology
East Tennessee State University


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Joy Lawson Davis

Associate Professor & Chair, Dept of Teacher Education
Virginia Union University


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