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Institute for the Development of Gifted Education

Conference 2015

Symposium 2015: Policy and Practice: Trends and challenges impacting gifted learners

The Institute for the Development of Gifted Education’s symposium, Policy and Practice: Trends and Challenges Impacting Gifted Learners, held on Thursday, February 5th had a tremendous showing with over 50 attendees.  Panelists Chester E. Finn Jr., Rena Subotnik, Jacquelin Medina, and Terrence Richard Blackman engaged in discussion on policy issues facing Gifted Education today, the positive and negative implications of the issues, as well as future trends.  The panel was moderated by Norma Hafenstein and the audience contributed questions to the panel as well. 


Chester Finn panel photo

    Chester E. Finn Jr. - Distinguished Senior Fellow
 and President Emeritus, Thomas b. Fordham Institute

Rena Subotnik Panel

       Rena F. Subotnik - Director of the Center for
     Psychology in Schools and Education, American
                   Psychological Association

Terrence Blackman panel

                           Terrence Richard Blackman - Assistant Professor                                                                     Morgridge College of Education


Jacquelin Medina panel

                              Jacquelin Medina - Director, Office of Gifted                                                             Education, Colorado Department of Education


Norma Hafenstein Moderator

   Moderator: Norma Hafenstein - Director, Institute
    for the Development of Gifted Education; Ricks
     Endowed Chair for Gifted Education; Clinical
     Professor of Curriculum Studies and Teaching,
               Morgridge College of Education


Panel and Moderator


*Additional panel featuring Dr. Rena Subotnik with Chester E. Finn, Jr. as Moderator presented by Fordham LIVE - Can Gifted Education Survive the Common Core? 

2015: Weaving together innovative thinking and design: the future of differentiation

  • The 5th Annual IDGE Conference was held on February 6, 2015.
  • The focus of the conference was on innovative thinking, design, and differentiated instruction.
  • Keynote speaker, Dr. Bertie Kingore, focused on the future of differentiation promoting students' deeper learning by reimagining and reinventing learning environments, instructional processes, and the effective use of time.
  • Dr. Julia Link Roberts received the Institute's 2015 Palmarium Award and gave the lunchtime address.  Her address focused on what policies and procedures enhance opportunities for all students to learn at levels that allow for continuous progress and what a school in which gifted young people thrive would look like.
  • February 6th featured a full day of session. Conference Schedule
  • Conference proceedings can be found on the Conference Portfolio Site.


Bertie Kingore Keynote


Keynote crowd