Summer Workshops for Educators

Dr. Laurie Croft, Administrator, Professional Development

Our first workshop this summer will be taught by one of our youngest instructors, Dr. Jennifer Croft (my older daughter). Dr. Jennifer has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Northwestern University; she will be teaching Writing for High Ability Learners (7E:196:WKF) on June 11, 12, and 13 (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day). This is one of our new workshops this summer, and one that is so important to many gifted learners! This workshop will help you consider ways to help writers improve their craft, while honoring their ideas and “style” as it is developing. The description for this workshop says:

This workshop explores creative writing in gifted education as story-telling, as a means of both interpersonal and intrapersonal development, as a way to generate organizational techniques, as a methodology in diverse fields from biology to geography, and as much, much more! Participants will combine studies on the uses of creative writing in the classroom with hands-on writing exercises to be able to talk about what works, what doesn’t, and how particular learning styles of gifted students may be best served by specific approaches. (Programming strand)

Our last on-campus workshop this summer will be taught by Dr. Jerry Croft (who is also our oldest instructor-next year will be his 50th year of teaching ;-) Dr. Jerry, who is married to the administrator for professional development at the Belin-Blank Center, was long known as “Mr. Geographic Education” to teachers in Oklahoma (he is a professor emeritus of geography at Oklahoma State University). Dr. Jerry has taught gifted children at the University School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and he can share ways of providing Social Studies for High Ability Learners: Geographic Analysis (7E:165:WKB) that gifted students love-and these strategies are great examples of what Dr. Julian Stanley called “relevant enrichment,” adding to any other content area. The description for the July 18 – 19 workshop (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) notes:

This workshop will help participants understand that geography is very different than the way they might have learned it. Today, geographers are studying topics as diverse as medical illnesses and sports through the lens of “spatial analysis”. Gifted and talented learners are enthusiastic about enriching units of study through spatial analysis and place analysis, both easy to incorporate. (Programming strand)

I feel as though I’m describing the three bears….I’m the third Dr. Croft (Mama Bear?) who will be offering workshops this summer. Mine are ONLINE, and they are available at the end of the summer. If you would benefit from understanding more about Differentiation at the Secondary Level (7S:174:WKA), you can enroll for the self-paced workshop that starts on July 15 and ends on August 2. Differentiation falls in the Programming strand. As well, you can focus on an area of expertise that particularly interests you by enrolling in Current Readings/Research in Gifted Education (7E:185:WKA), also self-paced, from July 22 – August 9. This latter workshop can apply to different strands, based on the readings and research you choose to pursue!

Watch for information about TWO new workshops, as well as one topic MANY of you want to know more about!

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