Join us for a unique teacher education and professional development opportunity led by one of the foremost experts in the field of gifted education! Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher, President of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), will be at our Pasadena learning center to talk about problem-based learning. This presentation is open to educators of all levels. To register, fill out the form below.
Are you new to PBL? Do you want to know how a problem begins and how a unit evolves? Do you know the difference between problems and projects? Want to learn how to adapt PBL for gifted learners? Find answers through simulation, research, and classroom examples. Most of all, experience the benefit of student engagement when learning is framed in a PBL story! This session combines demonstration, information, and practical examples, to convey the fundamentals of Problem-Based Learning. After experiencing a “deep dive” into a PBL unit in the morning, the afternoon focuses on the basics of problem design.
Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher’s career in gifted education spans 30 years, with positions including teacher, Research Assistant (Duke TIP), Director of Research and Assessment (Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy), grant manager (William & Mary Center for Gifted Education), team member founding two gifted schools, and 13 years as professor, researcher, writer, and Javits grant director (UNC Charlotte). Today she conducts research, provides professional development, recruits gifted teachers for academic programs in China (DDC), and contributes to state and national policy initiatives. She mentors in a 4th-grade reading program and spend summers with gifted youth at Camp Yunasa. Throughout, Shelagh has been active in NAGC, missing one convention since 1986. Her roles in NAGC include: Convention Program Committee, Convention Task Force (co-chair), two Local Arrangement Committees (subcommittee chair), Development Committee (chair), Javits-Frasier Scholars program, two Secondary Task Forces (chair once), Assessment Task Force, and editor of Quest (Research and Evaluation newsletter).