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The Tennessee Employment Standard

Best Practices for Identifying and Teaching the Gifted Learner

2016 Tennessee Employment Standard*

June 20-July 1, 2016

Join us for a two-week, intensive workshop exploring the nature and needs of academically gifted learners, including those who are low income and culturally different. Each day will encompass meaningful learning experiences, lectures from national experts in gifted education, and opportunities to interact with other education professionals. In this workshop you will also practice methods for differentiating curriculum and by learning strategies to meet the needs of gifted students.

Weekly Topics (subject to change)

Week One

  • Misconceptions and myths about gifted students
  • Conceptions and characteristics of giftedness
  • Identification and assessment of gifted students, including those typically underrepresented in gifted programs
  • Working with special populations of gifted students
  • Social and emotional development and the gifted child

Week Two

  • Models of curriculum development and service delivery
  • Differentiation strategies for working with gifted students in a variety of settings
  • Selecting and evaluating curriculum and resources
  • Assessing gifted learner progress and writing individual education plans

Non-Tennessee residents are encouraged to attend as most content is not state-specific.  Alternative activities will be provided during state identification conversations.

Featured Presenters:

Donna Y. Ford, Ph.D. Professor in the Dept. of Special Education and Dept. of Teaching and Learning; Vanderbilt University. Professor Ford conducts research primarily in gifted education and multicultural/urban education. She has published many articles and books throughout her career and was the 2008 recipient of the NAGC Distinguished Scholar Award. Her most recent books are Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education; Multicultural Gifted Education; and Reversing Underachievement Among Gifted Black Students.

Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D. Executive Director of Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth and Research Assistant Professor of Special Education; Vanderbilt University and was the recipient of the 2015 NAGC Early Leader Award. Professor Stambaugh’s research interests include the impact of accelerated curriculum on student achievement, needs of rural gifted students, and factors that contribute to the success of low-income gifted students. Her most recent co-edited/authored books are Serving Gifted Students in Rural Settings (winner of the Legacy Award) and PTY curriculum units in ELA as well as the Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension-Nonfiction series.

Summer 2016 Registration

Cost: $1,275 per person two weeks** OR $775 one week – includes all course materials, lunch, and parking.

Location: Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Campus

Cancellation Policy: A minimum number of participants is needed to hold this event. Participants may cancel up to five business days prior to the workshop. All cancellations are subject to a $50 service fee. Your cancellation must be received in writing via fax or email.

*For Tennessee residents, qualified participants who successfully complete the two-week session and all commensurate coursework are eligible for the Tennessee employment standard in gifted education. Participants will be awarded a document that indicates the employment standard has been met. Please check with your district’s licensure office before registering to be sure they will accept Vanderbilt’s Employment Standard contact hours for employment in your district. This workshop does not constitute course credit from Vanderbilt University or an added endorsement in Gifted Education. Frequently asked questions about licensure, housing, logistics, etc.

**Note that participants must attend both weeks to be eligible for the standard.