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The 2010 NAGC Regional Academy

Presented by NAGC in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, CESA 1 (Cooperative Education Service Agency 1), Wisconsin Association for Talented & Gifted (WATG) and the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS)

Overlooked Gems: Working with Low Income and Culturally Diverse Gifted Learners

Friday, April 23-Saturday, April 24, 2010
Wyndham Hotel and Conference Center, Airport Center
Milwaukee, WI

Conference featured Joyce VanTassel-Baska, author of Patterns and Profiles of Promising Learners From Poverty

Conference Schedule/Handouts (click on session title to access any handouts available)

Friday, April 23 

5:30 - 6:30 pm  

Registration Open
6:30-8:00 pm   

Patterns & Profiles of Promising Learners from Poverty: Key Concepts

This interactive panel discussion will introduce the issues related to serving these students.   Our experts will explore the following: identification, programming, tailoring curriculum, family dynamics, the need for social support, and psychological stressors.  You’ll get a sense of the broad range of issues before delving deeper the following day!  Moderator: Pam Clinkenbeard, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

8:30 - 9:30 pm    Networking and Dessert Reception
Saturday, April 24
8:00 - 8:30 am    Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:45-10:00 am  

Patterns & Profiles of Promising Learners from Poverty
Joyce VanTassel-Baska

Editor of the recent book by the same title, our speaker will provide an informative overview of the major ideas, latest research, and key applications to practice, as they relate to this population of learners.

10:00 - 10:15 am   Overview of Workshops
10:30 - 11:45 am 

Breakout #1 Sessions  (Choose 1)

Noon - 1:00 pm  Networking Lunch
1:15 - 2:30 pm  

Breakout #2 Sessions (Choose 1)

2:45 - 3:00 pm   Chocolate Break
3:15 - 4:15 pm  

Breakout #3 Sessions (Choose 1)

4:15 - 4:30 pm   Conference Wrap-Up and Evaluation
Certificate of attendance

Undergraduate and Graduate Credit Offered by the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

EDFOUND 498 – Independent Study: Overlooked Gems (Undergraduate Credit)
EDFOUND 798 – Independent Study: Overlooked Gems (Graduate Credit)
Instructor: Scott J. Peters, Ph.D.

These courses are designed to “put into action” what you learn at the Overlooked Gems Academy. Each student will design, create, produce an application of content/methods that suits his/her individual context.

Individuals are encouraged to register before the workshop by contacting Carrie Lencho at the UW – Whitewater Continuing Education office. On-site registration will be available for those individuals who have not already registered for either course.


Pam Clinkenbeard is Interim Associate Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Educational Foundations at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.   She directs the master’s degree emphasis in Challenging Advanced Learners and co-directs the licensure program for gifted teachers.  She is a past president of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted and is currently on its board.  She was also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), and currently serves on the advisory boards of the Center for Talent Development (Northwestern University) and the Gifted Education Resource Institute (Purdue University).  Pam received her doctorate in educational psychology and gifted education from Purdue University, and has worked in those fields at Duke University, the University of Georgia, and Yale University (with the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented).  She has written several book chapters and has published articles in Gifted Child Quarterly, Journal for Education of the Gifted, and Roeper Review.   She received the NAGC Early Researcher award, and is working on research projects related to the economics of gifted education and scientific reasoning in diverse gifted preschoolers.

Arlene DeVries, a private consultant in gifted education, retired after 24 years as a consultant with the Des Moines Public Schools gifted/talented program.  She is Past President of SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted), recently completed nine years as a member of the board of directors of the National Association for Gifted Children, serving for many years as chair of their Parent-Community Division, is Past President of Iowa Talented and Gifted Association and a recipient of their Distinguished Service Award. In 2006 she received the Drake University School of Education Outstanding Alumnae Award, and in 2009, the SENG Exceptional Leadership Award. Her presentations have included the World Gifted Conferences in The Hague, Netherlands; Toronto, Canada; Hong Kong; Seattle, Washington; Barcelona, Spain; and Adelaide, Australia. She has facilitated more than 70 ten-week series of guided discussion groups for parents, and trains professionals throughout the country in facilitating the SENG model parent groups.  She is co-author of two books from Great Potential Press, Gifted Parent Groups:  the SENG Model, 2nd Edition, and A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children.

Rosina M. Gallagher is a psychologist and educational consultant who was born and raised in Mexico City through early adolescence. Her professional experience includes 34 years of service to the Chicago Public Schools as evaluator of bilingual education, psychologist coordinator in Special Education, and administrator of gifted programs. Currently adjunct faculty in the Master of Arts in Gifted Education at Northeastern Illinois University, Dr. Gallagher serves as president of SENG, the national nonprofit organization that supports the social and emotional needs of the gifted, president elect of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children, and Secretary of the Illinois Fund for Careers in School Psychology Minority Scholarship Program. She has also chaired NAGC’s Special Populations Network, and has been a member of the NAGC Diversity and Equity Committtee and the Illinois Advisory Council on the Education of Gifted and Talented Children.    

Seth Sondag currently works to coordinate high-end learning opportunities for children and adults in his role as the Gifted, Creative and Talented Education (GCT) k-12 Program Coordinator at the School District of West Allis-West Milwaukee.  He has a distinct interest in efforts to identify talent and provide enrichment for children from historically under-identified groups such as special education students, cultural and linguistic minorities and those economically disadvantaged.  In addition to providing continuing education opportunities specifically for the district GCT staff, Seth works intensively with all district staff in the areas of differentiated instruction and service learning.  He is also the project coordinator for a recently funded Javits research grant through the Department of Education.
Tamra Stambaugh is a research assistant professor of special education and director of Programs for Talented Youth at Vanderbilt University.  She is the co-author of Comprehensive Curriculum for Gifted Learners and co-editor of Overlooked Gems: A National Perspective on Low-Income Promising Students, the Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program (both with Joyce VanTassel-Baska) and Leading Change in Gifted Education (with Bronwyn MacFarlane). Stambaugh has also authored or co-authored journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics focusing on curriculum, instruction and leadership.  Her current research interests include the impact of accelerated curriculum on student achievement, teacher effectiveness and talent development factors – especially for students of poverty. Stambaugh is a member of the NAGC awards committee and the Higher Education workgroup.  She is the recipient of several awards including the Margaret The Lady Thatcher Medallion for scholarship, service, and character from the College of William and Mary School of Education.  Prior to her appointment at Vanderbilt, she was director of grants and special projects at the College of William and Mary, Center for Gifted Education.

Joyce VanTassel-Baska is the Jody and Layton Smith Professor Emerita  of Education and former Executive Director of the Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary in Virginia where she developed a graduate program and a research and development center in gifted education. She also initiated and directed the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University. She has also served as the state director of gifted programs for Illinois, as a regional director of a gifted service center in the Chicago area, as coordinator of gifted programs for the Toledo, Ohio public school system, and as a teacher of gifted high school students in English and Latin. She has worked as a consultant on gifted education in all 50 states and around the globe. She is a past president of the National Association for Gifted Children. She is the author and/or editor for numerous publications, including the Critical Issues in Equity and Excellence in Gifted Education Series published by NAGC. Her major research interests are on the talent development process and effective curricular interventions with the gifted.