Gifted Institute - Training High Flyers: Soaring Beyond Proficient
This institute week will encourage new strategies for helping gifted students; build bridges to connect instruction with theory; and provide time for collaboration with professionals.
Course/Important InformationCourse: GFED 686
Meeting Dates: June 24 - 28, 2013
Institute Director: Carolyn Hoy
Institute ScheduleMonday, June 24th - Ground School:
- AM - Gifted 101 and 102: students will chose between learning about characteristics and traits of gifted or how to work with students of twice-exceptional identifications. Speakers: Linda Deal and Cindy Snyder, gifted education consultants; Abby Alexander, School District of Lancaster Gifted Support teacher; and Marilyn Thomas, parent, and Cheryle R. Radcliff, Teacher of the Gifted, Souderton SD
- PM - Using PVAAS data to write Gifted Individual Education Plans with Tanya Morret, Capital Area Gifted Liaison
- AM - Invite your administrator to the morning session to hear about acceleration for gifted. Noted psychologist Mary Ann Swiatek will speak
- PM - Judy Galbreath of Free Spirit Publishing will discuss gifted children’s unique needs.
- Evening - Judy will continue the conversation with parents, sponsored by LC-PAGE.
- AM - Colette Cairns of IU-13 will lead us through the newest tools in technology.
- PM - Presentation by Fong Ho, Susquehanna SD on using Glogster and Voki with your students; Speed Geeking: share your best tech tool
- AM - Cheryl Everett of Chester County IU will discuss Curriculum Compacting with practical ideas to help you keep your students moving at their own pace.
- PM - Barb Smith of the Literacy Design Cooperative will discuss ways to differentiate and add rigor to your curriculum.
- AM - Noted author and speaker Michael J. Gelb will lead us via tele conference through ways to explore our own creativity with his materials on How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci.
- PM - Linda Deal, Janice Estabrook and Andrea Keeling-Woodruff will continue the conversation on creativity training and tying the arts to your content.
Dr. Mary Ann Swiatek
Dr. Swiatek graduated from Oberlin College with honors in Psychology, and received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University. She is a licensed psychologist who recently began working in private practice, providing psychological testing and therapy services. She is the 2012 recipient of the Neubler-Pregler award from the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE). To date, she has authored more than 30 articles and book chapters about gifted youth, and has presented on the topic to researchers, school administrators, teachers, and parents of gifted children. She is a past member of the PAGE Board and continues to be an active member of the Affiliate Support Bureau. Her interests focus on academic acceleration and social coping among gifted students, but she regularly speaks on other topics related to giftedness, as well.
Judy Galbraith, M.A.,
Judy Galbraith has a master’s degree in guidance and counseling of the gifted. She has worked with and taught gifted children and teens, their parents, and their teachers for more than 30 years. In 1983, she started Free Spirit Publishing, which specializes in Self-Help for Kids® and Self-Help for Teens® books and other learning resources. Judy is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide, The Gifted Teen Survival Guide, When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All The Answers, What Kids Need to Succeed, and What Teens Need to Succeed. In 1996, Galbraith received the E. Paul Torrance Creativity Award; in 2004, she was named the Midwest Publisher of the Year; in 2011, she was awarded the California Association for the Gifted (CAG) Ruth A. Martinson Award; and in 2012, she was awarded the “Friend of the Gifted” award by the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented for her sustained advocacy on behalf of gifted children. Judy lives with her partner Gary in Minneapolis, along with their rescue dogs Twiggy and Sally, two spirited black terriers. Judy’s hobbies include sailing, traveling, reading, scuba diving, biking, and hiking. You can follow Judy on Twitter at @judyfreespirit.
Michael J. Gelb
Michael Gelb is the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. He is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership. Gelb leads seminars for organizations such as DuPont, Merck, Microsoft, Nike, Raytheon and YPO. He brings more than 30 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and organizational consultant to his diverse, international clientele. Michael Gelb is the author of 12 books on creativity and innovation including the international best seller How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day (1998). How to Think Like Leonardo has been translated into 25 languages and has appeared on the Washington Post, Amazon.com, and the New York Times best seller lists.
Cheryl Everett graduated from West Chester University with a Masters Degree in secondary education. She has 36 years of experience in the field of education as a middle school and high school teacher of science and the gifted, and at the college level, with both pre-service and graduate level students. She presently holds a position as the science staff development consultant and gifted liaison at the Chester County Intermediate Unit. She is an active member of the statewide PAIU Gifted Liaison Network and conducts numerous trainings at the local, regional and state level on gifted education. She has also had the privilege of presenting at PAGE conferences over the last few years.
Tanya Morret has been an Educational Consultant with the Capital Area Intermediate Unit for the last five years and has served as a Response to Instruction and Intervention lead, as well as their Gifted Liaison. Prior to this role, Tanya worked as a middle school teacher for 15 years, twelve of which were spent providing direct service to gifted students in grades 4 through 8. She also co-taught with a gifted support teacher in a middle school social studies classroom. Tanya earned her Bachelors of Secondary Education Social Studies and her Masters in Gifted Education from Millersville University. Currently Tanya is active with the Statewide PAIU Gifted network. She has presented on a wide range of gifted topics including Responsibilities of General Education Teachers for the Gifted and Differentiation for the High Ability.