Kentucky Association for Gifted Education Fall Workshop - Dr. Kristina Henry Collins

Social Emotional and Cultural Contexts of Talent Development

Recognizing and understanding race, ethnicity, class, gender, linguistic, and cognitive diversity within home, school, and community settings is of critical concern for understanding socioemotional development in gifted students. Developing and demonstrating culturally relevant and responsive approaches to meeting the needs of high performing and gifted students, particularly those from culturally and linguistically different backgrounds from dominant culture, are fundamental to equity and access in gifted and talented education.

The goal of this workshop is to facilitate participants’ development of knowledge, skills, and dispositions related to research, theory, policy, and practice in advanced, gifted and talent development. Participants will be asked to analyze and critically reflect on core theories of socio-emotional development and to explore the intersections of social, emotional, and culturally related concepts. An examination of the social & emotional development of children and adolescents based on current theoretical positions and research is included.


Monday, September 13, 2021


$125 current KAGE members, $155 if joining or renewing with registration

Tentative Agenda

9:00 – 11:15 AM CST

  • Intro/Activating Strategy
  • Lecture/ Instructional Strategy
  • Closing/Summarizing Strategy

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM CST Lunch Break (45 minutes)  

12:00 – 2:30 PM CST

  • Intro/Activating Strategy
  • Lecture/ Instructional Strategy
  • Closing/Summarizing Strategy
  • Q&A Session (as time permits

Kristina Henry Collins, Ph.D., is the core faculty for Talent Development at Texas State University, San Marcos. She is also a Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) Institute Faculty Research Fellow whereby she serves as the Co-PI for NASA STEM EPDC (Educator Professional Development Collaboration).

Dr. Collins boasts 30 years of teaching and leadership experience in various educational settings, PK-20. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in educational psychology at The University of Georgia where she also earned an Ed.S. degree, specializing in gifted and creative education (GCE) with an add-on certificate in educational administration and policy leadership; a M.S.Ed. degree in mathematics from Jacksonville State University with an add-on certificate in technology education from the Georgia State University (formerly Georgia Piedmont Technical Institute); a B.S. degree in Engineering from The University of Alabama; and a military diploma in cryptology and electronic surveillance through the United States Navy.

Dr. Collins’ research foci include social, emotional, and cultural (SEC) contexts of gifted and talent development; STEM identity development in underrepresented students; and culturally responsive mentoring across the lifespan. Dr. Collins is the proud recipient of the 2020 National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Special Populations Network “Early Career Award”, 2020 Bridges Academic Press 2021 “Person to Watch” in the field of twice exceptionality, and 2011 Mary Frasier Equity and Excellence Award presented to her by Georgia Association of Gifted Children (GAGC) for her work in advancing educational opportunities for under-represented students in gifted education.

In addition to serving on the NAGC board, Dr. Collins is the president of the Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted, Inc. (SENG), and she serves on the advisory committee for Texas Gifted Education Family Network (GEFN) and the G-Word Film documentary. Dr. Collins previously served in several other NAGC roles, including awards chair of the Special Populations Network, a member of the Diversity & Equity Committee, and a mentor to the Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholars. Dr. Collins founded the East Metro Alliance for Gifted Education (EMAGE), and she was its first executive director.