Wendy A. Behrens

Minnesota Department of Education

Wendy Behrens, M.A. Ed., serves as the Gifted and Talented Education Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education, providing leadership and consultation services for educators, administrators, and parents. She provides technical assistance to and collaborates with institutions of higher education, professional organizations, educator networks, and others interested in promoting rigorous educational opportunities.  Previously, Behrens worked as a gifted services coordinator and consultant for the Science Museum of Minnesota. She is a frequent presenter on instructional strategies, assessment, comprehensive service design and evaluation, and policies that support gifted education. She has been invited to make presentations on various topics related to the education of gifted and high potential learners in the Middle East, Far East, and Europe.

Wendy is the current treasurer of the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted, a member of the NAGC Policy Task Force and advisory councils for the Northwestern University Center for Talent Development and the University of St. Thomas. She is a U.S. delegate to the World Conference on Gifted and received the 2013 NAGC President’s Award.  She co-authored Exploring Critical Issues in Gifted Education: A Case Studies Approach, a 2013 Prufrock Press and NAGC co-publication with Christine L. Weber, Ph.D. and Cecelia Boswell, Ed.D.

Speaker Topics:

  • Case Studies in Gifted Education
  • Decision Making Strategies in Professional Development
  • Creating an Infrastructure to Support Gifted Learners
  • Policies that Support Gifted Learners
  • Five Things Every Administrator (Educator) Should Know about the Education of Gifted Learners
  • Identification and Support of At-Risk Highly Able Learners
  • Common Characteristics and Classroom Issues for Gifted and Advanced Learners
  • Program Design and Evaluation
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Developing Critical Thinking Skills
  • Enrichment as a Tool for Motivation and Engagement
  • Simple Truths about Gifted Education:  What Parents Needs to Know
  • Advocacy that Works