Category: Curriculum Studies

58 - Students in Charge: Personalization as the Vehicle for Differentiating for Gifted Learners

Saturday, Nov 17
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Because gifted students are gifted all day, every day, personalization is the ultimate form of differentiation. Allowing learners to have freedom in the pace, process, and product of their learning puts them in the driver seat. Explore how one district used a continuum to create this environment for gifted learners while providing quality instruction for all.


Kathleen M. Attilio

21st Century Specialist
Dysart Unified School District
Surprise, Arizona

Kathleen Attilio is a 21st Century Specialist who works extensively with K-12 teachers on integrating instructional practices to support all learners in the Dysart Unified School District in Surprise, Arizona. She designs professional development experiences focused on blended and personalized learning strategies in all content areas to support diverse learners as well as peer mentor sessions to guide teacher coaches in mentoring new teachers to the district. In her role as the K-8 gifted project manager in the district, she facilitates professional development for gifted cluster teachers and collaborates with them to create and share lessons and resources designed specifically for gifted learners in their classrooms.

David Beard

21st Century Specialist/Gifted Specialist
Dysart Unified School District #89
Surprise, Arizona

I am an innovative project manager overseeing and participating in many initiatives that push the boundaries of the traditional classroom instructional model. I am a cognitive coach who can mediate people's thinking about their practices. I am a gifted expert with hundreds of hours of delivering professional development to teachers and leaders. I am an expert curriculum designer and have facilitated the creation and augmentation of curricula from many content areas and grade levels. I am a collaborator and a leader and move between these roles seamlessly. I am also a technology specialist. I can excel in any platform and can bring up the efficacy of those around me.

I am lucky enough to have worked in positions that have fed all of these skill sets and that have constantly pushed the boundaries of traditional education practices in innovative ways. I will bring this spirit of innovation to any organization that I work with.