What is the gifted institute?
Over the past few decades, Gifted Institute provided the opportunity for educators to learn from experts in the field who shared research-based information with practical application. Over 200 teachers gathered each year because of their interest in gifted education and their desire to continue to grow as educators. Such educational leaders as Dr. Sandra Kaplan, Dr. Jim Delisle, Dr. Joe Renzulli, and Dr. Joyce Juntune, who seldom come to West Texas, shared their expertise and knowledge that helped educators learn foundational knowledge and current trends in Advanced Academics. In addition, creative and engaging presenters like Ian Byrd, Lisa Van Gemert, Dr. Cecelia Boswell, JJ Colburn, and Dr. Christopher, herself, shared engaging activities that allowed teachers to make direct application to their schools and classrooms. The opportunity continues to grow and includes teachers outside the local area who travel to the event each year. This year, Gifted Institute will be an interactive virtual conference allowing more educators to participate. What a wonderful opportunity that will continue each year!
Who Is Excited For Gifted Institute 2021?
What's in Store for Gifted Institute 2021
Register now for Gifted Institute 2021! Thinking Like a Lawyer: Practical Tools to Teach Critical Thinking to all students, hosted by Dr. Mary Christopher, CGL Consulting LLC. This interactive, virtual conference with Colin Seale will provide a quality professional learning experience for K-8 teachers and administrators on Wednesday, June 9, 8:30-3:30. It meets the requirements for your 6-hour update required for gifted educators in Texas. This session provides a practical guide to develop standards-based, critical thinking skills based for gifted learners. Each participant will receive a copy of his book.
Rote memorization and spoon-fed instruction is unacceptable for all learners, but especially G/T students. Join us to learn how to incorporate powerful meaning across all grade levels through practical, “Thinking Like a Lawyer” critical thinking instructional strategies. Learn to unleash gifted students' full potential and help them realize the intrinsic value of learning instead of obsessing with perfection and performance. Colin Seale, Founder/CEO of thinkLaw, helps educators teach critical thinking through the lens of fairy tales and case law, depending on the students’ ages. His book, Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking to All Students merged his prior work as a teacher and lawyer with his passion to provide educational opportunities like those in gifted and talented courses in a specialized high school he attended in Brooklyn.
Plus: Each participant will receive a copy of his book.
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What Happened for Gifted Institute 2020?
What is in store At this year's conference?
Social/Emotional Needs of Gifted Students
After the lockdown for COVID-19, CGL Consulting, LLC, quickly pivoted Gifted Institute from a direct teaching experience to an interactive, virtual conference with Lisa Van Gemert, an expert in online design and delivery and gifted education. She explored the special needs of gifted students and provide a wealth of ways students and teachers can strengthen gifted learners socially and emotionally. At different points, participants met in breakout rooms with teachers in and outside of their schools to practice and apply these strategies. In addition, CGL provided self-care activities of mindfulness and yoga for teacher and student use. This event offered interactive experience unlike many other online learning experiences.