Educators attend state institute on gifted education

Published 3:57 pm Friday, July 6, 2018

Angie Schaffe, Amy Cord, Pam Hyatt, Kathy Haynes represented Stanly County at 2018 NCAGT Institute on “Pulling Together: Reaching All Gifted Learners.”
Throughout the institute, participants had a chance to spend time exploring the social and emotional needs, effective identification practices, and instructional methodologies for reaching children from specific subpopulations.
Teachers, parents, administrators, university personnel and other interested professionals attended the institute on gifted education in Winston-Salem.
William A. (“Sandy”) Darity Jr. delivered the keynote address. He is a professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and the director of the Center on Social Equity at Duke University.
Major speakers on the program were North Carolina’s own experts in the field of gifted education. They were Mary Ruth Coleman, Lori Flint, Shelagh Gallagher, Alissa Griffith, Linda Robinson, Mary Slade, Martin Smith and Kristen Stephens.
Specific topics which they addressed were: the highly gifted; students of poverty; English learners; African-American students; twice exceptional; gifted girls.
In addition, Sneha Shah Coltrane, director of Gifted Education at the Department of Public Instruction, gave a “State of the State” report on gifted education.
The North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented is a statewide organization of teachers, administrators, parents and others interested in appropriate education for North Carolina gifted students.
With more than 800 members, NCAGT represents the interests of approximately 150,000 identified gifted and talented students across the state.
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Attendees were able to earn CEU credits.