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Gifted and Advanced Learners

November 8, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

$45 – $70
DATE:     November 8, 2023  
TIME:     9:00am – 11:30am  Session #1: What does 'Gifted and Advanced' Look Like? Finding Talent!
          1:00pm -  3:00pm  Session #2: Differentiated Instruction for Advanced Learners 
TYPE:     In-Person

          200 Ridgefield Ct, Suite 206
          Asheville, NC 28806

FEE:      $45 WRESA Members
          $70 Non-members 

CEUs:     5 Contact Hours 
LIMIT:    30 Participants

Audience: K-8 Classroom Teachers and AIG Specialists

Morning Session: 9:00am – 11:30am    What does ‘Gifted and Advanced’ Look Like? Finding Talent!

This session will help participants identify common characteristics of gifted youth and
address the topics below:

High Achievers vs. Gifted Learners

  • What’s the difference and does it matter?
  • Using local norms for gifted identification
  • Advanced Learners are Diverse Learners
  • Why are black students not identified as gifted?
  • What does gifted look like in other cultures?
  • When English is not their first language
  • What is twice exceptional?
  • Serving Gifted in Rural Settings
  • Families and Belief Systems


  • Special Populations in Gifted Education, Castellano & Frazier
  • Empowering Underrepresented Gifted Students, Joy Lawson Davis
  • A Call to Action; Equity and Excellence, NCDPI

Afternoon Session: 1:00pm –  3:00pm    Differentiated Instruction for Advanced Learners

Participants will look at differentiation in the regular classroom. Stepahanie Knox will
provide guidance, strategies, and the research behind the topics listed below

Differentiation in the Regular Classroom

  • Content, Process, Product
  • Rigor
  • Instructional Delivery
  • Strategies (tiered assignments, anchor activities, etc)
  • Finding time (all day, every day)
  • PLCs (planning for differentiation, pathways (Heacox))


  • Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom, Heacox
  • Differentiation for Gifted Learners; Going Beyond the Basics, Heacox/Cas
  • Differentiating Instruction with Menus (Series), Westphal
  • Byrdseed Platform, Ian Byrd

Presenter: Stephanie Knox, Ma.Ed., NBCT, is the AIG/Advanced Learning Lead Specialist for Buncombe County Schools. She has been working in gifted programming for 15 years and has been in education for 30 years. She has presented on a variety of topics but her favorite is gifted programming.

If you have additional questions, contact Candie Sellers at csellers@wresa.org

If you are unsure whether your school system is a WRESA member, click  WRESA MEMBER List.



November 8, 2023
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
$45 – $70


Candie Sellers
828-774-5681 Ext. 104


200 Ridgefield Ct, Suite 206
Asheville, NC 28806 United States
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