Thursday Pre-Convention

Humanities Curriculum with a Track Record: Conversations with Colleagues -- Roundtable Discussions

Thursday, November 9
11:10 AM - 12:10 PM
Location: 203 A

Take an in-depth look at your choice of one of several ELA/humanities curricula found effective with supporting achievement in low income gifted learners; talk to developers or experienced implementers of the curriculum about key features.

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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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Shelagh Gallagher

Engaged Education

Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher works with teachers and schools around the world to promote appropriate education for gifted children. She currently runs Engaged Education, a consulting firm for gifted education in Charlotte, NC. Under that umbrella she provides professional development, participated in policy forums, writes curriculum, and recruits teachers for the Diligence and Delight Learning Center in China. Earlier in her career, Dr. Gallagher spent 15 years leading the gifted education licensure and M.Ed. programs at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Before that Dr. Gallagher served as Director of Research and Assessment at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Shelagh is best known for her work developing Problem-Based Learning curriculum for gifted students, however, she has also conducted research, made presentations, and published articles on topics related to the development and education of gifted children. Shelagh served two terms on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and is currently a US delegate to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. She has received the Distinguished Service Award and the James J. Gallagher Award for Advocacy from the North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented, the Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence from UNC Charlotte, and the Article of the Year Award from NAGC. Eight of Dr. Gallagher’s curriculum units have won the NAGC Curriculum Division Award for Outstanding Curriculum. She recently received the “Person of SIGnificance” award from the National Society for Gifted and Talented. Every summer Dr. Gallagher makes time to work to work with gifted adolescents as a Fellow at the IEA award-winning camp Yunasa.


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Catherine Little

Associate Professor
University of Connecticut

Catherine Little, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. She teaches courses in gifted and talented education and in the undergraduate honors program, and she serves on the University’s Honors Board of Associate Directors. Her research interests include professional development, differentiation of curriculum and instruction for advanced learners, and classroom questioning practices. She co-edited the text Content-Based Curriculum for High-Ability Learners with Joyce VanTassel-Baska. Catherine is currently serving as Governance Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children.


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Tracy C. Missett

Assistant Professor
University of Montana

Dr. Missett is an Assistant Professor at the University of Montana's Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences where she currently holds the Suzanne and Dave Peterson Endowed Professorship in Gifted Education. Dr. Missett received her Ph.D. and B.A. from the University of Virginia, her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and her M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University. While a doctoral student at the University of Virginia, Dr. Missett was a Graduate Research Assistant on a project of the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT) and engaged in research on the effectiveness of the CLEAR Curriculum Model as well as on the impacts of Destination Imagination. Dr. Missett has published multiple articles and book chapters on topics in gifted education, and she has received awards in both curriculum and research from the National Association for Gifted Children.Her primary research interests include twice-exceptional students, gifted students with complex emotional and behavioral profiles, curriculum development, and creativity as a component of giftedness.


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