Category: Professional Development

10 - Capturing Students' Ideas with Strategic Documentation

Saturday, Nov 17
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Strategic documentation can effectively capture the kind of thinking emphasized in the gifted education classroom. This method of making students’ thinking public can be used for formative assessment, to record students’ learning trajectories, and to facilitate classroom discussion. We use a K-8 extracurricular academic enrichment program to bring to view the power of effective documentation.


Alexandra Goodell

Summer Program Director, Transition School Principal, Outreach Coordinator
University of Washington Robinson Center for Young Scholars
Seattle, Washington

Alex Goodell is the Outreach Program Director at the University of Washington's Robinson Center for Young Scholars. She is also a Doctoral Candidate in the University of Washington's Learning Sciences Department. At the Robinson Center, she oversees inquiry-based enrichment programs that are designed to challenge students with diverse abilities. Her research focuses on students' identity and engagment in open-access Advanced Placement classrooms taking a project-based approach to instruction.

Nancy B. Hertzog

Professor, Educational Psychology; Director, Robinson Center for Young Scholars
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Nancy B. Hertzog is a Professor in the Area of Learning Sciences and Human Development, and the Director of the Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington. In addition to studying the outcomes of Robinson Center alumni, her research focuses on teaching strategies designed to differentiate instruction and challenge children with diverse abilities. She has studied teachers' implementation of the Project Approach in classrooms with both high-achieving and low-achieving children. She directed University Primary School, an early childhood gifted program, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for fifteen years, giving her experience in gifted education that has spanned from preschool to college. She has published three books and several chapters on early childhood gifted education.