Uncovering Gifted, Diverse Learners

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Uncovering Gifted, Diverse Learners


Presenter:Karen Zeske, Ph.D.
Core Area: Identification & Assessment
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

With so much effort and attention placed on raising low performing students, researchers are finding that G/T students in the classroom are often stagnating in their achievement. While this group of learners are being left behind, low-income gifted students are falling even further behind their higher-income classmates. Good program design can address all of these achievement gaps, including the unique needs of low-income students.

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In this course, Karen Zeske, Ph.D. highlights the difficulty in identifying and addressing the needs of gifted students, especially those in low-income populations. Dr. Zeske outlines successful program models and educational practices, with a focus on how to implement these strategies for maximum impact. Characteristics of successful programs and expected student outcomes are also tied to specific strategies in the classroom.

In this 1-hour course, you will learn how to:
  • Recognize and implement successful program models
  • Define executive skills
  • Teach self-confidence, motivation, organization skills, and system awareness strategies

Dr. Zeske is a gifted and advanced academics coordinator in Irving ISD and has been serving gifted learners since 2000. She recently completed her doctoral studies at the University of North Texas. Dr. Zeske’s research interests include gifted advocacy and gifted education of historically underrepresented populations. She is the past chair of the Leadership Division for the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT).

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