Teaching for High Potential

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

It has been 12 years since the first publication of the National Association for Gifted Children’s Teaching for High Potential (THP), and in that time, THP has found a great niche in the field and a collective group of voices to carry it. This new collection of selected articles and columns presents a range of topics from all content areas, including tips and tools for identification, differentiation, and addressing gifted students' social-emotional needs. Come and learn how this resource can be used to enhance a classroom lesson, guide curriculum development, or supplement professional development.

Jeffrey S. Danielian

LaSalle Academy

Jeff Danielian is a middle school teacher of natural science in Providence, Rhode Island. After graduating from Lyndon State College with a degree in Natural Science, he received his Masters degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Jeff currently holds the position of Teacher Resource Specialist for The National Association for Gifted Children, working from his Rhode Island home base on many exciting projects, including being editor-in-chief of Teaching for High Potential, co-authoring the bi-monthly column Connecting for High Potential and writing the monthly column The Teacher’s Corner. Jeff is also the author of Enriching the Young Naturalist, a curriculum guide for science teachers, and has recently submitted his second manuscript for Prufrock Press tentatively titled The Academy Awards for Young Adult Literature. He continues to author and co-author articles while presenting at local, national, and international conferences on many topics, including the affective needs of high ability students, creativity and eminence, and the school/home connection.


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C. Matthew Fugate

Post Doc
Purdue University

Matthew received his doctorate in Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies at Purdue University. Prior to this, he worked as an elementary teacher in the Houston Independent School District where he also served as a Gifted Coordinator and Magnet Coordinator. During this time, he received his Masters in Educational Psychology, Gifted Education from the University of Connecticut. Past research examined the relationship between working memory and levels of creativity in gifted students who also have characteristics related to ADHD. He has also examined the coping mechanisms of twice-exceptional girls in secondary school as they navigate both their academic studies and interpersonal relationships. Matthew currently holds a post doctorate position at Purdue University, working as an instructor in the gifted certification and graduate program. He is also part of a team focused on increasing research, identification, and servicing of gifted Native American populations as part of the HOPE+ research grant. He has presented to parents, teachers, and schools across the United States and in Kuwait on topics such as creativity, curriculum compacting, identification, twice exceptionality, underserved populations, and Total School Cluster Grouping. Matthew currently serves as the Associate Editor for Teaching for High Potential. He has been recognized by Purdue University receiving the College of Education’s Dean’s Doctoral Scholarship, the Feldhusen Doctoral Fellowship and the Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship, as well as being a recipient of the 2013 NAGC Graduate Student Award.


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Elizabeth A. Fogarty

University of Minnesota

Dr. Elizabeth Fogarty is a Lecturer in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Minnesota where she coordinates the Reading Licensure. Liz was an associate professor of Elementary Education in the College of Education at East Carolina University. Her education includes a B.A. Elementary Education, Psychology, College of St. Benedict; an M.S. Gifted Education and Talent Development, Minnesota State University, Mankato; and a Ph.D. Educational Psychology, Gifted Education, Literacy concentration, University of Connecticut.

In 2006, she was recognized by the National Association for Gifted Children with the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award and in 2010 with the Early Leader Award. In 2013, she received the East Carolina Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award. Liz lives in Chaska, Minnesota with her husband and two children.


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