Category: Research & Evaluation

56 - Spotting Gaps: STEM Curricula as a Platform for Advanced Learners

Saturday, Nov 17
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

In this session, we present emerging findings related to gaps in science achievement, engineering knowledge, and science engagement for advanced learners in grades 2-5. We also investigate engineering design-based curricula as a promising domain for addressing opportunity and achievement gaps in high-poverty schools, and will subsequently explore features of engineering design-based curricula as a promising means of addressing gaps.


 

Monica C. Meadows

Doctoral Student / Gifted and Talent Facilitator
University of Arkansas at Little Rock / Jacksonville North Pulaski School District
Jacksonville, Arkansas

Monica Meadows is in her fourteenth year of teaching. She currently works as a Gifted and Talented Facilitator and Science Teacher for the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District in Jacksonville, AR. She has experience teaching various high school science classes, high school and middle school talented and gifted seminar classes, middle school gifted and talented pull-out classes, elementary gifted and talented pull-out classes, and elementary enrichment classes. She has also taught for three years at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Summer Laureate University for Youth program, and worked as the program principal for two year. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with Social Studies emphasis with a minor in Physics from the University of Central Arkansas, and a Masters of Education degree in Gifted and Talented Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Monica is continuing her education, pursuing a Doctoral degree in Educational Administration and Supervision with an emphasis in Gifted and Talented Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she is also an adjunct instructor.

Ann Robinson

Founding Director
Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education
Little Rock, Arkansas

Jill Adelson

Research Scientist
Duke TIP
Durham, North Carolina

Christine Deitz

Associate Director
Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education
Little Rock, Arkansas

Dr. Christine Deitz is the Associate Director for the Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is a nationally recognized educator in gifted, creative, and talented education. During her 26 years of public school service, she was a College Board faculty consultant in social studies. Christine holds two National Board Teacher certifications and is also the coordinator of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Candidate Support Site at UA Little Rock. A recipient of multiple national educator and curriculum awards, Dr. Deitz was recognized as Doctoral Student of the Year and received the A. Harry Passow Classroom Teacher Award from the National Association for Gifted Children. She is the author of numerous articles on gifted education and is the president of the state’s advocacy association, Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education.

Kathleen Cash

Dean of Faculty Development
Trinity High School
Louisville, Kentucky

Kathy Cash is Dean of Faculty Development and Trinity High School in Louisville, Kentucky. She has spent years working with advanced students at the high school level, teaching various accelerated and Advanced Placement mathematics classes. She holds a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Louisville where she completed a dissertation on student academic engagement in mathematics among students of high ability.