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Guest Speaker Series

Lisa Van Gemert presents "Gifted PD Improv: A Participant Guided Experience"
Date: Thursday, March 7, 2024
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Lisa Van Gemert, a renowned expert in the field of education, is all set to take you on an exciting journey of professional development. Her base session on low-prep differentiation strategies is just the beginning of an immersive experience that will leave you feeling inspired and empowered.

But that’s not all! With Lisa as your guide, you get to choose the topics that matter most to you. That’s right, you get to vote on the next topic that will be presented. And after that, another vote will determine the next topic. It’s a truly targeted, tailored PD that has been a huge hit across the country.

Some of the topics that may be covered based upon participant responses are:

  • Creativity & Instructional Strategies
  • Depth & Complexity
  • Identification & Assessment
  • Social & Emotional Needs of the Gifted

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from one of the best speakers in gifted education!

Participants will be invited to a (1) hour follow-up session one month later via ZOOM to ask questions that may come up once they've had time to process and implement some of the strategies presented.
It will be offered from 4 - 5 p.m. on a date yet to be determined.

Using a combination of neuropsychology, pedagogy, experience, humor, technology and sheer fun, Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in education with audiences around the world. She is an expert consult to television shows including Lifetime’s “Child Genius,” and a writer of award-winning lesson plans, as well as numerous published articles on social psychology and pedagogy and the book, Perfectionism: Practical Strategies for Managing Never Good Enough. A former teacher, school administrator, and Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa, she shares resources for educators and parents on her website and is co-founder of the Gifted Guild, a professional community for educators of the gifted.

Location: ESC of Lorain County, 1885 Lake Avenue, Elyria
Audience: Teachers of Gifted Students
Contact Hours: 6 hrs.
Event Fee:  Free - Gifted Consortium District Members |  $75 - Non-Members
Member Districts:  Amherst, Avon Lake, Clearview, Columbia, Firelands, North Ridgeville, Oberlin, Perkins, Sheffield-Sheffield Lake, Wellington
Assistance: Tracy Butchko, [email protected], 440-324-5777 x1100

Dr. Jonathan Plucker presents "Fostering Creativity and Innovation in Gifted Students"
Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Creativity is a highly valued 21st century skill, but what do we know about how to foster it in children? Is it the same in both children and adults? What does the latest research tell us about how to help create cultures of creativity? How can we even define it? We will explore these and other questions through a series of anecdotes and hands-on activities that illustrate and model key creativity-producing instructional strategies. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the nature of creativity and how it manifests itself in the lives of adults, with application of that information to how children learn, both in and outside of school. The latest research and thinking on creativity and innovation will be emphasized throughout the talk. Participants should bring at least one of their lesson plans or activities, which we will examine and tinker with during the session to refocus it creatively.

Dr. Plucker is an educational psychologist whose research examines education policy and talent development. His work defining and studying excellence gaps is part of a larger effort to reorient the thinking of policymakers and educators toward promoting achievement for all children. He has long studied creativity and innovation, especially how to help students develop lifelong creative skills. His recent books include "Excellence Gaps in Education," "Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education," and "Creativity and Innovation."

Participants will be invited to two (1) hour follow-up sessions via ZOOM to ask questions that may come up once they've had time to process and implement some of the strategies presented.
It will be offered from 4 - 5 p.m. on a date yet to be determined.