Secondary Courses for the Gifted: Beyond More of the Same

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Secondary Courses for the Gifted: Beyond More of the Same


Presenter: Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., nRich Educational Consulting
Core Area: Social & Emotional
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

The difference between an Olympic runner and a weekend jogger isn’t simply that one runs faster than the other. Just as an Olympic athlete’s body trains and functions differently, the brain of a gifted student must be trained differently. Gifted courses should not just be harder versions of regular classroom work. They should be tailored and designed to stretch, challenge, and engage the brains of our gifted learners.

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Differentiation for gifted learners is not the same as differentiation in a regular classroom. In this 1-hour course, Richard M. Cash, Ph.D. draws from years of research and personal experience in gifted education to offer ideas for differentiating gifted courses. He discusses the various levels of the teaching and learning continuum and uses a framework to guide students toward greater learning autonomy through self-confidence.

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Use pace to accelerate instructional practice
  • Incorporate depth and complexity into your gifted courses
  • Increase sophistication in the course through critical questioning
This course is aligned with 2016 ODE Teacher Competencies a, b, c, e, f, g and NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards 2.2, 3.3, 3.4, 5.1.

Dr. Cash has worked in the field of education for over 25 years. He has taught at the elementary, middle school and college levels. Most recently, he served as Director of Gifted Programs for the Bloomington Public Schools in Minnesota. Dr. Cash is the president and lead consultant for nRich Educational Consulting, Inc. His areas of expertise include educational programming, differentiated instruction, brain compatible classrooms, and self-regulated learning. Dr. Cash has authored “Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century” and “Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics” (co-author Diane Heacox), which was a Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented Legacy Book® Award winner. He is actively involved with the World Council on Gifted Education, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).

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