Gifted students all come from different backgrounds and have different influences that affect the ways they think and learn. Even though all gifted students may have some traits in common, we must be careful to treat them each as individuals and honor each one’s own unique background.
In this one-hour course, educators will explore:
- Gender roles, their effects on students, and the main conflicts students have when it comes to societal expectations
- Cultural differences encountered by minority gifted students
- Ways to support all gifted students in the classroom and general school setting
ODE Competencies: D, E
NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards: 1, 2
Heather Clark has packed a wealth of experience into her 12 years as a professional educator, serving a variety of roles as a teacher and also as a leader through curricular administration. With a masters in STEM education, Heather has worked with and championed for gifted students from the very beginning. She now serves as a Gifted Coordinator for the Licking County Educational Service Center, splitting her time and expertise between two Central Ohio districts. Heather’s experience with urban, suburban, and rural populations make for a well tested knowledge base and a sensitive application of the best educational practices, ones that are both student centered and practical. She lives in Blacklick, Ohio with her supportive husband and two young sons that constantly keep her moving.