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Thursday, October 13 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
2D: Nurture Culturally, Linguistically Gifted Learners

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This session is aimed at introducing a nontraditional method of identifying elementary level students with outstanding potential in underrepresented communities. Researchers agree that culturally and linguistically diverse students from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds tend to be overlooked by teachers using traditional screening assessments. As a result, this contributes to the marked underrepresentation of these students in gifted and talented programs. In this session, we will explain how project-based learning (PBL) using arts integration opportunities is an effective approach to recognize students with outstanding potential. In this workshop, we will utilize the Teacher's Observation of Potential in Students (TOPS) developed by Dr. Mary Ruth Coleman and colleagues to properly identify skills and traits of gifted and talented students.


By the end of the workshop, teachers should expect to:


  • Increase their ability to recognize and nurture outstanding potential in minority students by considering students'€™ cultural and linguistic abilities.

  • Practice identifying traits and skills commonly associated with gifted minority students.

  • Increase own awareness about cultural and ethnic barriers that impede the identification of gifted minorities.

  • Provide teachers with a unique opportunity to hear from expert teachers who directly work with minorities.


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German Diaz

Teacher, Milwaukee Public Schools/Allen Field Elementary
My name is German Diaz. I am a 4th grade teacher in the Milwaukee Public School District (MPS). I am a native of Colombia who is passionate about education, social justice and multiculturalism. I have been working with the district for about nine years. My teaching experiences include... Read More →
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Martha Lopez

Gifted & Talented Program Support Teacher, Milwaukee Public Schools

Thursday October 13, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm CDT
Tundra C-D