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Professional Certificate in Education for the Gifted and Talented

Professional Certificate in Education for the Gifted and Talented

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Required (12 units)
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Teaching the Gifted and Talented: Guidance and Goals of the Program

This survey course focuses on the major components and issues of gifted and talented education. Current research provides insights into the unique needs of gifted and talented students. Topics to be addressed are: current state legislation, identification of specific characteristics of gifted students, teacher selection, four components of differentiated instruction, program standards and competencies, program assessment/evaluation, and parent involvement.

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3 units

Teaching the Gifted and Talented: Recognizing Individual Differences

Exploration of the intellectual and social-emotional development of gifted students. Through case studies and within the historical context of changing views of intelligence and giftedness, this course considers the impact of learning differences, culture and language, social economics, and other exceptionalities in the development and recognition of giftedness. Particular attention is given to underachievement in gifted students, giftedness in early childhood and adolescence, gifted girls, and the relationship between creativity and giftedness.

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3 units

Teaching the Gifted and Talented: Approaches to Curriculum and Design

Classroom approaches for applying current research on the education of gifted and talented students. Includes development and evaluation of curricular projects and selecting, preparing and evaluating materials. Emphasis on cultivation of high-level cognitive and affective skills and the development of leadership skills.

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3 units

Teaching the Gifted and Talented: Advanced Approaches to Curriculum Differentiation

Advanced approaches to curriculum differentiation with hands-on experiences in thematic interdisciplinary teaching. Instruction examines inductive and deductive strategies, independent study and learning centers as vehicles for fostering learning skills in the classroom.

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3 units

Elective (3 units)
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Best Practices for Gifted English Learners

The class will provide participants the opportunity to design and implement equitable learning opportunities that maximize achievement and academic success for gifted English learners, with a focus on elementary and middle school levels.

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2 units

Classroom Management Strategies for Teachers: K-6

Practical and easy-to-apply strategies designed to improve the effectiveness of elementary school classrooms. Topics include: classroom management skills, organizational goals, positive interrelationships between teachers and parents and methods for establishing room environments that are conducive to learning.

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2 units

Developing Leadership Skills With Gifted Students

Characteristics of gifted leaders, definitions of leadership, how to recognize potential leaders, and lessons and programs that offer leadership opportunities in and out of the classroom. Applications of multiple intelligences to leadership, connections between leadership traits and characteristics in gifted students, such as empathy and creativity, are presented.

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1 units

Differentiating Instruction Using Prompts to Increase Higher-Level Thinking Skills

Methods for providing differentiated instruction using the Icons of Depth and Complexity developed by Sandra Kaplan. Information to the students provides ways to use the icons in different curricular areas. To create hands-on products that raise thinking skills are presented. Classroom management strategies that increase the use of differentiated curriculum are discussed.

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1 units

Gifted Students at Risk

Methods for teaching the at-risk gifted child. Research on underachievers, perfectionists, gifted girls, English learners, learning disabled and highly gifted is presented. The course addresses the causes of being at risk and instructional strategies that can be used.

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1 units

Identifying the Educational Needs of Gifted Males, Ages 5-18

Unique social, emotional, and academic needs of boys who have been identified as gifted. Topics include characteristics and traits of gifted boys and how these lead to challenges in both school and society. Discussion includes traditional views of masculinity which can cause conflict for gifted adolescents and strategies to support gifted boys cognitively and affectively.

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1 units

Teaching Creatively Gifted Students

Characteristics and needs of creatively gifted students and practical approaches for working with them. Classroom applications for developing creative and critical thinking skills and methods for integrating problem solving skills into the curriculum are presented.

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2 units

GATE Conference: Celebrating 30 Years of Making Powerful Connections

A one-day conference on ways educators and parents can explore brain-based learning for gifted and talented students. Workshop topics include critical thinking skills, thematic interdisciplinary teaching, technology, and components related to differentiation of instruction for GATE learners.

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1 units

Maker Innovations for Educators

An introduction to Maker Education. Participants will learn the principles behind the Maker movement and its connections to STEAM education. Innovative strategies and resources for including Maker-style, hands-on activities in a variety of educational environments such as classrooms, libraries, and community service spaces will be explored. You will also discuss ways to connect Maker Education to STEAM Education practices, NGSS, CCCS, Growth Mindset, Project based learning and curriculum standards; Maker strategies for your educational environment; resources available for developing Maker activities; how to plan a Makerspace for an accessible space; and Maker activities that are immediately applicable to any environment.

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4 units

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