Category: Parent & Community

18 - Engaging the Minds of Parents: Building Connections to Empower and Support

Saturday, Nov 17
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

“It takes a village” is the heart of why schools and homes need to develop strong relationships to support students with gifts and talents. In this session participants discuss successful practices in developing home/school relationships, including what works (and what doesn’t work) to develop strong and effective relationships between homes and schools.


Christine J. Briggs

Associate Professor and Director, Center for Gifted Education
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana

Christine J. Briggs, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Curriculum and Instruction and the Director for the Center for Gifted Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She teaches gifted education, research design, instructional coaching, and capstone courses to master's students. Her professional contributions include publications in Gifted Child Quarterly, Urban Education, and Gifted Child Today; and serving as co-chair of the NAGC Curriculum Award and a member of the NAGC Education committee.

She facilitates Master's Candidates' completion of their Capstone Projects as a culminating activity to earn an M.Ed. in Gifted education. For the past 10 years, candidates have identified a problem/concern in their teaching area that reflects content and skills learned within the M.Ed. program, complete a research proposal, with IRB approval, and conduct their study, and report their findings. She has facilitated all of the projects for this program since 2006. Three recent graduates of the program presented their studies at both MSERA and AERA.

Christine continues to advocate for students of diversity and poverty to gain access to challenging and rigorous instruction to find their gifts and talents.

Micah Bruce-Davis

Assistant Professor
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana