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Friday, November 2 • 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Breakout 4A: Student Panel: What I Wish Educators Knew

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Without adequate resources and equitable support, gifted students can feel invisible in school.

Over the past year, we piloted a monthly Lunch and Learn with freshman gifted students, addressing various topics, including self-advocacy, communication, introspection, challenge, and more. This panel of students will share their thoughts on their learning needs, passions, classroom successes, and classroom difficulties. Through pre-planned questions, as well as Q&A time, students will discuss the importance of student voice in decisions about gifted education, share their dreams for their high school experiences, and express what they wish their teachers knew. The students will give feedback on various educational strategies and personalized learning opportunities.

This interactive panel will provide attendees with the opportunity to engage with student experiences and brainstorm ideas to implement in their communities. Attendees will gain knowledge about current high school students’ experiences, as well as engage in dialogue about the needs of gifted learners. They will have the opportunity to brainstorm ideas and action plans to bring back to their home communities, as well as discuss the best way to effect change for their students.

NAGC Standards Addressed
Standard 1: Learning and Development
1.1. Self-Understanding. Students with gifts and talents demonstrate self-knowledge with respect to their interests, strengths, identities, and needs in socio-emotional development and in intellectual, academic, creative, leadership, and artistic domains.
1.5. Awareness of Needs.
Students’ families and communities understand similarities and differences with respect to the development and characteristics of advanced and typical learners and support students with gifts and talents’ needs.

Standard 2: Assessment
2.5. Evaluation of Programming. 
Students identified with gifts and talents demonstrate important learning progress as a result of programming and services.

Standard 3: Curriculum and Instruction
3.1. Curriculum Planning. 
Students with gifts and talents demonstrate growth commensurate with aptitude during the school year.
3.4. Instructional Strategies
Students with gifts and talents become independent investigators.

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Amy Miller

Community Education Director, Oregon School District
Amy Miller is the Oregon School District Coordinator of Advanced Learning. She is also the past President of the Greater Dane County Talented and Gifted Network and a current SENG Facilitator. Amy has presented at the Wisconsin Association of Talented and Gifted state conference... Read More →
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Alyssa Pon-Franklin

School Counselor, Oregon High School
Alyssa holds an Bachelor’s degree from UW-Madison in Psychology and Spanish and a Master's degree from UW-Milwaukee in School Counseling. She currently works at Oregon High School as a School Counselor and loves being able to develop relationships with students and families. During... Read More →

Friday November 2, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm CDT
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