Global Awareness

Asynchronous Development. Name it. Recognize it. Manage it. Celebrate it.

Sunday, November 12
9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 213 A

Whether a parent, an educator, a counselor, or recognize it in yourself and/or others, asynchronous development is embedded in your experience. Recognizing, managing, and honoring it is a challenge. Members of the Columbus Group explore how asynchronous development manifests itself in the whole person – mind, heart, body, and spirit, why it requires deeper differentiation in the classroom, and influences family dynamics. Learn about Qualitative Assessment, developed by Annemarie Roeper, which identifies giftedness by focusing on the emotional characteristics known to have a correlation to high intellectual capacity and the Columbus Group definition of giftedness. There’s ample time for questions and discussion.

Barbara Hutton

Head of School
NOVA School

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Patricia ANN. Gatto-Walden

Psychologist and Consultant for the Gifted
Patricia Gatto-Walden, PhD

Patricia Gatto-Walden, PhD, is a nationally recognized psychologist who has worked therapeutically with thousands of gifted, highly and profoundly gifted children, adolescents and adults for over three decades. In her adjunct Consulting practice for the gifted, she specializes in two areas: holistic health and well-being, and educational consulting for parent groups, academic staff and program development. Patricia has helped parents, educators and administrators understand and accept the multifaceted inner world, needs and concerns of gifted individuals. It is her belief that we must attend daily to the integration and enhancement of the mind, heart, body, spirit and social self to attain health and well-being. Dr. Gatto-Walden is a featured speaker at international and national conferences and educational workshops. She has served two terms as Chair of the Global Awareness Network for the National Association for the Gifted. She is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Educational Advancement and co-founded “Yunasa”, a holistic summer camp for highly gifted youth. She has consulting offices in the Denver and Boulder, Colorado, and Amelia Island and Jupiter, Florida.


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Kathi Kearney

Gifted Education Specialist
Maine School Administrative District 51

Kathi Kearney is a Gifted Education Specialist in Maine School Administrative District #51, Cumberland, ME. She also teaches online courses in gifted education for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and is a professional associate with the Gifted Development Center in Westminster, CO. Kathi is a former chair of the NAGC Conceptual Foundations Network.

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