Dina Brulles

Governance Secretary (Interim), NAGC Board of Directors
Paradise Valley Unified School District

Dina Brulles, Ph.D., is the Director of Gifted Education at Paradise Valley Unified School District where she has developed a continuum of gifted education programs, preschool through high school.  The programs and services Dina oversees incorporate innovative uses of technology, enfranchise underrepresented populations and provide extensive professional development opportunities.  She is also the Gifted Program Coordinator at Arizona State University.

Dina currently serves on the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Board of Directors as the School District Representative.  She has also served as president of the Arizona Association for the Gifted and Talented, vice president of SENG, and on leadership teams of NAGC Networks.  Dina received the inaugural 2014 NAGC Gifted Coordinator Award and also the first NAGC Professional Development Network Award in 2013.

Dina co-authored the books, The Cluster Grouping Handbook:  How To Challenge Gifted Students and Improve Achievement For All, Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classrooms, and Helping All Gifted Children Learn, along with other publications and teacher training courses.  Dina assists school districts in developing, supporting, and evaluating gifted programs with an emphasis on integrating current educational initiatives. Having implemented and supervised the Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model, she has become a recognized expert in that practice. 

Speaker Topics:

  • Gifted Programming
  • Cluster Grouping
  • Increasing diversity in gifted programming
  • Implementing and supporting gifted cluster model
  • Documenting progress in a gifted cluster model
  • Teacher in a gifted cluster model
  • Building professional development programs
  • Enfranchising and Serving Under-represented Populations in Gifted Education
  • Demystifying ability grouping
  • Using the results of a nonverbal ability test