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Who are the highly able? Exploring Identification Issues

Dr. Selena Gallagher

How do we know which students in our classrooms might be in need of additional challenge? In this session, we'll delve more deeply into the complex and sometimes contentious issues of identification and discuss how we might find the highly able students in our classrooms whether they are high achievers or underachievers.

What Does and Doesn’t a Psycho-Educational Evaluation Tell You?

Dr. Priscilla Bade-White

The attendee will learn the basic psychometric data trends for gifted learners across commonly used tests as well as how to find the less obvious data points. Key data in psycho-educational evaluation that identify a gifted learner and the "soft signs" that warrant a referral for an intellectual assessment are explored

The Sweet Spot: Meeting the Academic Needs of The Hidden Gifted - Twice-Exceptional Students

Dr. Bindiya Hassaram

In this presentation, profiles of students who are twice-exceptional will be explored, particularly through a case study of a 2e learner. Skill building in reading, writing and spelling often seems tedious to a child who is a quick thinker, imaginative and creative. This presentation will document how to incorporate skill building in these areas through creative project work.

Developing a gifted identification process in an international school setting - successes and lessons learned

Cynthia Bolton

Finding gifted students in an international setting utilizing objective and consistent tools can be challenging. This presentation will look at how to provide teachers with the opportunity to look at all students objectively and to identify what steps are necessary to ensure that even the most challenging gifted students are identified and a process is developed to best meet their needs in the international school setting.

Social and Emotional Learning Through a High Ability/Gifted Lens

Anita Churchville

This session will focus on exploring the social-emotional needs of gifted and highly able learners in and out of the regular classroom. We will explore the challenges and obstacles inherent in going from awareness of the social-emotional needs specific to this group of students to addressing them in effective ways.

Questions & Quirks: Gifted Students in the Elementary School

Dr. Selena Gallagher

In this introductory session we will examine some of the research on gifted elementary school students with a focus on practical applications for classroom teachers. Through an exploration of case studies of real children, we will discuss possible responses to these unique youngsters.

A Continuum of Possibility: One High Ability Program from K-12

Anita Churchville

This session will describe what service provision for the highly able currently looks like at each level of the American School of Bombay and will highlight programmatic models and options provided for students as well as professional development opportunities and capacity-building strategies for administrators, educators, coaches and parents.

Talent Development: An Inclusive Response to Highly Able Learners

Dr. Selena Gallagher

An introduction to the talent development approach to meeting the needs of highly able learners, an inclusive system that fully embraces the Challenge for All philosophy. Find out how and why it differs from traditional gifted education approaches, why it is uniquely suited to international schools, and what it looks like in practice.

Guiding Gifted Readers

Dr. Selena Gallagher

A discussion of some of the common characteristics and needs of gifted readers, and some strategies for working with them. Time will also be provided to explore and share resources for this population.

Complementing the Classroom: The Potential for Incorporating Online Instruction

Susanna Holm

High ability students can sometimes find themselves in situations where their content knowledge outstrips that of their classmates and may even challenge that of their teachers. But at the same time, they may not yet have the academic skills needed for their teachers to turn them loose on a meaningful independent study project. This workshop looks at solutions that incorporate blended or online opportunities into the school environment, giving specific examples of how some schools have used CTY’s programs to support their own attempts to best meet the needs of high ability students.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for High Ability Learners

Dr. Lindsey Anderson

While often applied to support students with disabilities, Universal Design for Learning can be equally useful for instructional planning that leads to rigorous and appropriate challenges for high ability students. This workshop will introduce you to the guiding principles of UDL and give you an opportunity to begin exploring how they might be applied to support HA learners.

Differentiation 3.0

Rodnella Turner

Educators are constantly told to differentiate, but not necessarily given the details on where to actually begin. In this hands-on session, we will discuss differentiating for content, product, and process, as well as discuss ways to effectively tier assignments. Teachers will be given explicit instruction on how to begin to create tiered lessons as well as time to apply targeted feedback to their own teaching.

Strategy Buffet

An introduction to five of the most effective strategies for highly able learners will be presented, followed by an opportunity to dig more deeply into one or two of particular interest.

Resource Share - Enhancing Engagement

An opportunity to explore some of the most highly recommended resources for gifted learners and swap favourites with each other.