Join your colleagues around the state to expand your knowledge of the unique needs of gifted learners: how to find them, how to support them and how to help them soar! We'll work, question, collaborate, brainstorm and create together, leaving you with materials and strategies to use with your students. All three workshops are facilitated by Molly Kellogg, a GT teacher with 18 years of teaching experience, 8 of those in gifted education in Maine. Molly holds her masters in gifted education and has served as a GT teacher in Yarmouth schools and GT consultant in Cape Elizabeth schools. Teachers will receive contact hours for their participation in these workshops (5 hours for each workshop; 15 hours for the whole series). Use the attached registration form to sign up now or contact Marti Cox at SMCC at 207.741.5862 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop 1: Gifted Learners in the heterogeneous classroom: adapting and modifying to meet their needs
Thursday, June 23rd - Cape Elizabeth - 9:00am - 2:30pm
Teachers will use their own lessons and units of study to practice adapting environmental factors and modifying curriculum experiences for gifted learners. The facilitator will provide participants with practical strategies and examples as well as useful resources for further reference. This workshop provides time for collaboration, questioning, working and inspiration! Teachers in grades K-12 will find this workshop applicable to their practice. We will be pulling some tools and strategies from the book Teaching Gifted Kids in Today's Classroom by Susan Winebrenner. No prior experience differentiating for gifted learners necessary.
Workshop 2: Social Emotional needs of the gifted through the lens of children’s literature
Tuesday, June 28th - Brunswick SMCC campus - 9:00am - 2:30pm
Participants will explore the social emotional needs of gifted learners through familiar children’s book characters. This vehicle for understanding gifted learners allows teachers, parents, counselors, administrators, and kids to safely discuss the familiar yet unique issues various gifted learners face in school and in life. This workshop provides several opportunities for active discussion and collaboration to determine effective ways to set these students up for success in school. Teachers, counselors and social workers in grades K-12 will find this workshop applicable to their practice.
Workshop 3: Twice Exceptional Learners: the unique characteristics and needs of learners with learning disabilities and areas of giftedness
Thursday, June 30th - Brunswick SMCC campus - 9:00am - 2:30pm
Participants will learn about the characteristics and needs of twice exceptional learners in addition to a series of strategies to support these learners in school. This workshop will provided participants with time to analyze and discuss the characteristics of this unique group of learners in order to identify their needs for learning and social/emotional health. Specific examples of twice exceptional learners will then be used by the group to develop strategies to help theses students succeed in school. Teachers, counselors and social workers in grades K-12 will find this workshop applicable to their practice.