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Gifted and Talented Institute: Dr. Joseph Renzulli and Team

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These presentations feature Dr. Joseph Renzulli, a Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut and director of the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, and his team during the two-day Gifted and Talented Institute recorded at the AETN studios. The website also includes access to supplemental reading materials and additional resources for further information. The website highlights: identification of gifted students, differentiated instruction, the Schoolwide Enrichment Model, creativity, and critical thinking skills.

Overview

Dr. Joseph Renzulli provides an overview of topics to be discussed in further detail throughout the Gifted and Talented Institute.

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COURSE 1 - Identification Of Gifted Students

The two parts of this session cover topics related to the identification of gifted students.

Part one presents various issues related to a broader conception of giftedness and a systematic approach that can be used to identify both traditionally high scoring students and students that show signs of high potential through the use of non-test criteria.

Part two explores the characteristics and needs of gifted students, including culturally diverse and underserved populations, gifted girls, underachieving students, and twice-exceptional students—students who are intellectually gifted and have one or more disabilities, including learning disabilities, developmental disorders, and mental disorders.

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COURSE 2 - Differentiated Instruction Of Gifted Students

The two parts of this session cover topics related to differentiation.

Part one presents approaches to differentiation of content and instruction according to Joseph Renzulli's Five Dimensions of Differentiation, as well as work by both Sandra Kaplan and Carol Tomlinson. The goal of this piece is for teachers to learn practical applications of these three approaches and discover how to differentiate within their own classrooms, as well as to understand that each of them brings gifts to the rooms in which they teach.

Part two focuses on pretesting and types of acceleration for advanced and gifted learners in the primary grades through high school. It also informs teachers about effective assessments for accelerated students, including assessment of enrichment projects such as Type IIIs.

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COURSE 3 - Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM)

The two parts of this session cover an overview of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) as well as curriculum compacting, enrichment clusters, and technology integration.

In the first part, participants will be given an overview of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) with particular emphasis on Type I, Type II and Type III enrichment, the three components of the Enrichment Triad. The Enrichment Triad Model was designed to encourage creative productivity on the part of young people by exposing them to various topics, areas of interest, and fields of study, and to further train them to apply advanced content, process-training skills, and methodology training to self-selected areas of interest.

Part two focuses on practical applications of integrating SEM components into the general or specialized classroom such as enrichment clusters, curriculum compacting, and technology to better serve the needs of all learners, including gifted and high-ability students. By responding to students' varied interests and abilities, these techniques motivate all students to learn, and enable advanced students to make continuous progress throughout the school year. Teachers will also be given a brief overview of the theoretical base and research findings related to enrichment clusters and curriculum compacting.

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COURSE 4 - Creativity And Critical Thinking

The two parts of this session cover creativity and critical thinking.

In the first part, Ms. Carla Brigandi and Ms. Nicole Waicunas discuss what creativity is, why it is important, and how it can be taught. They also discuss the barriers, blocks, and squelchers associated with creativity and how they can be overcome.

In the second part, Ms. Meredith Hafer explains what critical thinking is by also discussing what it is not. She then shares with the audience how teachers can guide their students from surface-level information to genuine understanding using instructional methodologies that are GFAK (Good For All Kids.) Also in her presentation, she defines and gives examples of ten critical thinking skills.

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Video: Critical Thinking

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