Welcome: Jane Paulin
Opening Remarks: Commissioner Jason Glass
Dr. Renzulli Keynote: The most dangerous phrase in our language is “We’ve always done it this way.” Gifted education has been the “research laboratory” for many innovations in education that have taken place over the years and the opportunities for flexibility and creativity in our field should inspire us to address present day challenges so that we can continue the respect and support that gifted education programs have earned in California and elsewhere.
The first things we should consider when examining the future of gifted education and talent development initiatives are the larger changes taking place in the demographics of school populations, the dramatic role that technology is playing in learning pedagogy at all levels (including the job market), and the unprecedented challenges being placed on teachers to differentiate curriculum and personalize learning for all of our high potential young people.
Addressing these issues has important implications for identification practices, program organization and operation, professional development, policy making, and the role that our field can play in improving the general culture of learning in schools that provide gifted education programs. A brief description of these challenges and suggestions for dealing with them will be followed with an opportunity for questions and discussion with conference participants.
The underlying goals of this presentation are: (1) To preserve and expand programs and services for the development of gifted behaviors in diverse groups of students. (2) To protect the jobs of gifted education teachers and leadership personnel. (3) To examine what should make gifted education qualitatively different from general education. (4) To explore the possibility of a slightly expanded role of gifted education teachers and our relationship with general education.
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Last updated 12/10/2020