Ann Robinson

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Dr. Ann Robinson is Past President of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and a former editor of Gifted Child Quarterly. She has received the Early Leader, the Early Scholar, the Distinguished Service and Distinguished Scholar Awards from the Association. Ann is currently a Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of the Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Before she began working with teachers at the university level, she taught high school English and elementary enrichment classes in grades three through six in Washington and in Indiana. Over the course of her academic career, Ann has secured over $20 million in external funding including three Jacob K. Javits demonstration projects in curriculum, instruction, and evaluation. She presents and consults internationally and has held visiting appointments at Wolfson College and the Cambridge Institute of Education, University of Cambridge (U.K.), University of Brunel (U.K.), Monash University (Australia), and the University of New South Wales (Australia). Her most recent book is A Century of Contributions to Gifted Education: Illuminating Lives.

Speaker Topics:

  • If You Build It, They Will Come: Advocating for Exemplary Gifted Services
  • Differentiated Curriculum for Advanced Learners and the Evidence to Back it Up!
  • Building Differentiated Instruction with Biography: Non-Fiction Reading in the Common Core Spotlight
  • What to Do with the Children from Lake Wobegon: Fostering Talent through Innovation
  • How Can Innovation Save Gifted Education?
  • Evidence-Based Practices for High-Ability Learners: What Educators Want to Know
  • Pipelines, Pigs, and Pumping Stations: Creating the Structure for STEM Talents
  • Illuminating Lives: Stories and Insights from the Founders of Gifted Education