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Professional Development Workshops and Seminars

Members of the Institute for the Development of Gifted Education will present the following seminar topics. They also or will individualize a topic to meet your needs.

If you're interested in hosting a professional development workshop or seminar, please contact the Institute at 303-871-2607, or


  1. Integrated Curriculum—Gifted learners think about topics holistically and are fascinated by real-world topics. This seminar will introduce the concept and purpose behind integrated curriculum. A hands-on approach will enable teachers to design their own integrated units.

    Methods for organization and implementation will provide teachers with a comprehensive understanding of the integrated curriculum model. We will discuss balancing integration with specific goals of content areas, as well as the role of content standards and 21st century skills.
  2. Young Gifted Children—This seminar will address both the identification of and programming for the young gifted child. We will describe various identification and screening tools, and participants will learn how to structure a play-based assessment.

    The Institute will introduce a variety of teaching and programmatic methods and strategies as ways to meet the needs of the young gifted learner. We will introduce different program approaches such as Reggio Emilia, project-based learning, play-based learning and integrated curriculum, with focus on the most appropriate elements for young gifted learners.
  3. Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners—This interactive seminar will outline the research in the area of gifted education addressing the social-emotional needs of gifted learners. Discover the unique characteristics of gifted individuals and how these impact classroom settings. Classroom strategies for addressing these needs will be profiled.
  4. Instructional Strategies for Gifted Learners—Research-based instructional strategies for gifted children will be explored during this seminar. Information on multiple intelligences, differentiation, integration, problem-based learning, project learning approach, enrichment, acceleration and others will be introduced along with implementation ideas for the classroom.

    Strategies will be individualized based on specific settings.
  5. Characteristics of Giftedness—This introduction to giftedness and gifted programming will provide a strong base for teachers, administrators and coordinators. Discover the characteristics of giftedness and various techniques and strategies to identify these characteristics in diverse populations.

    Various authors in the field of giftedness will be discussed, and the varying viewpoints on characteristics and definitions of giftedness.
  6. Individualized Session—Facilitators at the Institute for the Development of Gifted Education can work with you, your school or district to individualize presentations that address the needs of the staff, parents, administrators, etc.