Building Verbal Intelligence (Part 1) – Opening the Doors of Opportunity for Low SES Gifted Students

Building Verbal Intelligence (Part 1) – Opening the Doors of Opportunity for Low SES Gifted Students


Presenter: Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

While we have spent energy on finding and implementing a variety of procedures to ensure that gifted children from poverty are identified for our gifted programs, much less energy has been put into building the skills for success that will enable them to flourish in the gifted program. In this course, Dr. Juntune explores strategies to change the way we work with low-SES students.

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During this 1-hour course, Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., shares the findings of research started at Texas A&M University and the interventions being implemented in El Paso ISD to change the way we view and serve gifted students from poverty.

In this course, you will learn three steps to improving success rates for low SES:

  1. Mind Sketching: A teaching technique that encourages students to sketch out the concept behind their answer while they come up with the words to communicate it.
  2. Building Verbal Intelligence: Children living in poverty have a simple language structure and we must give them a complex language structure.
  3. How to design a gifted program specifically for these students

Dr. Juntune is a renowned consultant, trainer, professor, and lecturer with more than 45 years of experience in the field of education. She is an instructional associate professor at Texas A&M University, and she teaches graduate-level courses in her expert areas of intelligence, child and adolescent development, educational psychology, giftedness, and creativity. Dr. Juntune earned her master’s degree in curriculum instruction from St. Cloud University and her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Texas A&M University.

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