General Session

Closing General Session: Shaping the Future: Changing Minds, Policies, and Practices

Sunday, November 12
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Convention Center Ballroom

The NAGC17 closing general session will feature a panel of influential leaders who have distinctive perspectives on giftedness and high potential. This extraordinary session will provide attendees the unique opportunity to reflect on the rich history of gifted education and organize for action and future success. Looking through the lenses of the NAGC strategic framework, Change Minds. Change Policies. Change Practices, these educators will share thoughts on NAGC’s work and the role its members can play in shaping the future of the field.

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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Sandra Kaplan

Professor of Clinical Education
University of Southern California

Sandra Kaplan
Professor of Clinical Educaiton
University of Southern California
Rossier School of Education
Principal Investigator, Project CHANGE, Jacob Javits Grant, U.S. Department of Education
Educator Chair, California Association for the Gifted
Areas of interest: Differentiated Curriculum, Early Childhood, Redefining the definition and identification procedures for gifted students -- Blue Ribbon Committee


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Joseph S. Renzulli

University of Connecticut

Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli is Director of UConn’s Renzulli Center for Creativity, gifted Education, and Talent Development and a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology. The American Psychological Association named him among the 25 most influential psychologists in the world. He received the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Award for Innovation in Education, considered by many to be “the Nobel” for educators, and was a consultant to the White House Task Force on Education of the Gifted. His work on the Three Ring Conception of Giftedness, the Enrichment Triad Model and Curriculum Compacting and Differentiation were pioneering efforts in the 1970s, and he has contributed hundreds publications to the professional literature. Dr. Renzulli has received more than $50 million in research grants and several million dollars of additional funding for professional development and service projects.

Dr. Renzulli established UConn’s annual Confratute Program which has served more than 35,000 teachers from around the world since 1978. He also established the UConn Mentor Connection, a summer program that enables high-potential high school students to work side by side with leading scientists, historians, and artists and other leading edge university researchers. He is also the founder along with Dr. Reis of the Joseph S. Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy in Hartford, Connecticut which has become a model for local and national urban school reform for high potential/low income students.

His most recent work is an online personalized learning program that provides profiles of each student’s academic strengths, interests, learning styles, and preferred modes of expression. This unique program has a search engine that matches multiply coded resources with student profiles. Teachers also use the program to select and infuse high engagement enrichment activities into any and all standardized curriculum topics. []


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Linda Silverman

Gifted Development Center

Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical and counseling psychologist. She directs the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development (ISAD), and its subsidiaries, the Gifted Development Center [] and Visual-Spatial Resource [], in Denver, Colorado. She has studied the psychology and education of the gifted since 1961 and has written over 300 articles, chapters and books, including Counseling the Gifted and Talented, Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner, Advanced Development: A Collection of Works on Gifted Adults and Giftedness 101.


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Frank C. Worrell

Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

Frank C. Worrell is a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where he serves as Faculty Director of the Academic Talent Development Program, the California College Preparatory Academy, and the School Psychology program. His areas of expertise include academic talent development, at-risk youth, sociocultural factors related to educational and psychological functioning, scale development, teacher effectiveness, and the translation of research findings into school-based practice. Dr. Worrell is a past Editor of Review of Educational Research. He is a Fellow in five divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA), a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and an elected member in the Society for the Study of School Psychology. In 2013, he received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children and in 2015, the Distinguished Contributions to Research Award from Division 45 of APA, the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race.


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