Institute for Educational Development

Practical Strategies for Better Meeting the Academic and Social-Emotional Needs of Your GIFTED/TALENTED STUDENTS (Grades 1-8)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Diane Cassidy

Outstanding Gifted Education Teacher and Presenter

Specifically Designed for Educators Serving Grades 1-8: Gifted Education Teachers, Classroom Teachers, Librarians, Instructional Aides, Counselors, and Administrators

  • Practical, research-based strategies to better support the academic and social-emotional needs of your gifted/talented students
  • New, innovative methods to increase rigor, intellectual challenge, engagement and accelerated learning in your instruction of high achieving students
  • Classroom-proven ways to build the social-emotional skills of your gifted/talented students
  • Realistic, qualitative differentiated instructional practices for use with gifted/talented students

Practical Strategies

The focus of this outstanding NEW seminar is on highly practical ways to weave together instructional practices that appropriately challenges gifted students' intellectual abilities while strengthening their social-emotional skills as well. Award-winning gifted education teacher and presenter, Diane Cassidy, will share a proven step-by-step process for designing advanced lessons for any content area or grade-level which fosters greater academic growth and achievement for gifted learners. You'll discover new and innovative ways to strengthen your gifted students' social-emotional growth, activate greater student engagement, develop higher-order thinking skills, and provide authentic learning opportunities.

You'll leave this seminar with a fresh perspective on your work with gifted students and a wealth of strategies you'll be able to use immediately in your own program.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Learn New and Innovative Ways to Better Support the Academic and Social-Emotional Needs of Your Gifted/Talented Students
    Learn numerous ways you can better address the diverse academic and social-emotional needs for your gifted students
  2. Create a Classroom Environment that Supports the Social-Emotional Health of Gifted Students
    Because gifted students demonstrate greater in maturity in some domains more than others they maybe at greater risk for specific kinds of social-emotional difficulties if their needs are not met. Learn positive ways to create a more inclusive classroom environment that reduces anxiety, stress and expectations of perfectionism
  3. Gain a Fresh Perspective on Differentiation and What it Means in Working with Gifted/Talented Students
    Examine the myths and realities of differentiation and gain a realistic and more relevant understanding of what this means working with gifted students
  4. Strengthen Your Students' Social-Emotional Skills
    Help your gifted students develop the essential social skills necessary for positive relationships
  5. Revitalize Your Instruction of Gifted/Talented Students
    Differentiation, rigor and 21st Century skills can be cliché terms that have lost their true meaning and purpose … Refresh your understanding of these key concepts as they apply to working with gifted learners
  6. Embed the Teaching of Social-Emotional Skills within Your Academic Lessons
    Discover practical ways to incorporate the teaching of important social-emotional skills within your academic lessons
  7. Make Best Use of Curriculum Compacting and Accelerated Teaching Strategies to Provide the Most Appropriate Level of Instruction
    Learn ways to more effectively use curriculum compacting and accelerated instructional techniques to enable high-ability students to skip work they already know and substitute more challenging content at a quicker learning pace
  8. Utilize Advanced Lesson Design to Increase the Intellectual Challenge for Your High-Achieving Students
    Learn the eight research-based components of advanced lesson design and discover ways they can be incorporated into any content area grade-level to strengthen instruction for gifted students
  9. Help Your Gifted Learners Better Manage Performance Expectations
    Learn proven ways to help your high achieving students develop the skills needed to better manage their own and others performance expectations
  10. Receive an Extensive Gifted Instruction Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive gifted instruction resource handbook that contains descriptions of all of the lesson ideas and resources presented during the seminar

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • New, innovative instructional strategies for accelerating academic instruction of your gifted students
  • Five major social/emotional challenges gifted students may experience and strategies to address them within lesson planning
  • Proven steps for creating a more engaging "thinking classroom"
  • Specific strategies to transform your role from an instructional leader of learning to an instructional coach of advanced learning for gifted students
  • Specific instructional implications for differentiation, rigor, relevance, and 21st Century skills as they apply to gifted students
  • How to create a more inclusive classroom for gifted learners that supports their social-emotional health
  • The key differences between factual, procedural and conceptual teaching and what they mean in terms of teaching gifted learners
  • Specific directions for designing more effective, advanced, differentiated, and accelerated lessons for high achieving students
  • How to help gifted students better address their own expectations for perfectionism and the performance expectations for others
  • Ways to make the best use of technology as a tool for increased student-directed learning
  • Proven techniques for designing questions that promote greater cognitive rigor and academic challenge
  • Research-based strategies for creating authentic assessment opportunities for high achieving students

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

In my 34 years as an educator for gifted students, I have had the wonderful opportunity to witness bright, creative and inspirational students graduate from high school and go on to become accomplished doctors, engineers, architects, scientists, writers, judges and teachers. Sadly, others became high school dropouts, and I have lost several students to suicide and drug overdoses. The social and emotional challenges gifted students experience are often overlooked and undervalued. Conversely, not experiencing an academic environment that is challenging and respects ability and potential can compound and intensify these real and definable affective needs.

Throughout my career working with gifted students, I have developed numerous practical and realistic strategies to address the academic and affective needs of this unique population. Having taught in the classroom for 22 years, I know the realities of the many responsibilities a teacher must juggle while still trying to find time to develop lessons to address the varied abilities of all students. Often the focus of a teacher's extra time is devoted to those students not performing at grade-level. But what about those students who demonstrate skills above grade-level? I believe they deserve to come to school each day and learn and grow the same as the other students they sit next to. It's been my experience that if not challenged, eventually these students with advanced abilities will eventually regress to the mean or simply disengage from learning.

It has been my service of passion to advocate for the needs of our gifted students at a state and national level. As a former school district administrator and gifted specialist for the state department of education, I welcome the opportunity to work with teachers to develop instructional strategies that better support gifted learners. Join me for this full-day workshop as we "seize the day" and chart our course to advanced learning.

Diane Cassidy

P.S. While you will take with you a toolbox of research-based strategies you can implement the next school day, my ultimate goal is that you will leave with a deeper understanding of the important difference you can make in the life of a gifted child and that your advocacy and support of these students is paramount.

Who Should Attend

Educators Serving Grades 1-8: Gifted Education Teachers, Classroom Teachers, Librarians, Instructional Aides, Counselors, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Gifted Instruction Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive gifted instruction resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Latest research and ready-to-use ideas to support gifted learners
    • Instructional strategies for achievement and affective growth
    • Steps to create a "thinking classroom"
    • Lesson planning templates
    • Bibliography of resources
  2. Meet and Share with Other Teachers:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in strengthening their programs for gifted and high-achieving students.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Diane Cassidy will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own gifted and talented program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.