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The Equity Case for Prioritizing Gifted Education at a Moment of Reckoning

Speaker: Colin Seale

AAGT Informs Episode 1 Information

With the COVID-19 pandemic placing a spotlight on existing inequities in education, issues of racial justice rising to the top of public consciousness at level unseen in generations, and massive budget cuts likely in K-12 education, there are serious questions about the will to support the needs of gifted and talented learners. At the same time, our society’s need for critical thinking has never been stronger. Colin Seale, education advocate Founder and CEO of thinkLaw, and author of Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Practical Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking to All Students, will share powerful, but practical arguments for prioritizing and expanding the benefits of gifted education as a key pathway for achieving educational equity.


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Access Denied: Arizona Gifted Education Report Card

Speaker: Marcia Gentry, PhD

AAGT Informs Episode 2 Information

Much has been written about underrepresentation by income and race in gifted education during the past 40 years. Additional literature exists concerning gifted students in locales including city, suburban, town, and rural school settings. Sadly, little has changed. This report seeks to refine what is known about underrepresentation in gifted education by conducting more detailed analyses than have previously been done. Because of inequity in identification and services, many scholars and practitioners outside the field of gifted education raise concerns about racism, classism, and elitism within the field. Other scholars in the field of gifted education work to understand and solve inequity and some continue to defend inequity as it exists.

Join Marcia as she dives into Arizona’s report card of this study and how we can identify inequity and thoughts on how it can be addressed.

Additional Links

Dr. Gentry’s Presentation Slides

Full Gifted Education Report

Arizona’s Report Card

Understanding Gifted Students Response to these Uncertain Times of Change

Speaker: Dr. Paul Beljan

AAGT Informs Episode 3 Information

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dr. Paul Beljan was not be available to provide this presentation on Wednesday, July 15. We will notify all when the new date is made available.

Our gifted students process information differently and may react to uncertainty in many ways. This discussion with Dr. Beljan will identify what responses may look like for your gifted child and how to implement successful tools to keep the calm during chaos.

Common Characteristics and Behaviors of Gifted Students that Require Special Accommodations in Curriculum and Instructional Practices

Speakers: Connie Crowley & Donna Campbell

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Being gifted is not a diagnosis, fixed with a prescription.  It is a composite of characteristics and behaviors that are unique to each person.  Connie and Donna will discuss common traits and individual attributes of gifted students with anecdotal examples of how giftedness often reveals itself in unexpected ways. Strategies to respond to gifted students’ learning differences will be shared.


Helpful Documents and Presentation Slides

Saxon Placement Tests

Program Models and Options for High Ability Learners

Speakers: Peter Laing and Scott Hagerman

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One size does not fit all! Join Peter Laing and Scott Hagerman for a dialogue regarding programs, service delivery models and strategies and systems of support will be shared to support both gifted and advanced learner access and success within rigorous curricula. Attendees will leave empowered with new understanding and practical tools to help support their local school efforts to expand accelerated and advanced learning opportunities for the students and families they serve.


Slide Deck for Presentation

Curriculum and Instructional Strategies to Support School Options

Speaker: Marianne Landrith

AAGT Informs Episode 6 Information

The Pandemic has forced the educational community to consider all possible options for delivery of curriculum and instruction in the near future.  With the sudden onset of school closure in the spring, it was clear there is no one way for schools to meet the learning needs of all their students and expect them to thrive in an environment of anxiety and uncertainty.  And yet, “if there ever was a time to let gifted students flourish, it would be now.” (Paula Prober) Marianne will discuss how the options being considered for students can be successful for gifted students when using curriculum and instruction that peak their curiosity and creativity, and provide appropriate challenges