PHOENIX DESERT SUMMER INSTITUTE 
6-8 GIFTED STRATEGIES WORKSHOP
Phoenix & Tucson
Randi P Cutler, Presenter
Randi Posner Cutler is a Gifted Specialist for Paradise Valley Unified School District. As an educator for over 15 years, she has over a decade of gifted education experience as a cluster teacher and as a gifted specialist. Infusing her classroom with technology is her passion, and she participates regularly in district pilot programs such as Flipping the Classroom and Collaborating with iPads. Randi believes that a teacher’s influence goes beyond the curriculum that they teach. She is passionate about educating the whole children. In her classroom she focuses on the social-emotional needs of her students as well as the academic needs. As an active contributor at annual conferences of the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented and at the National Association for Gifted Children, she has presented on enrichment and technology collaboration for the classroom. In 2015, Cutler was nominated as the Arizona Gifted Teacher of the Year. She conducts numerous professional development classes for Paradise Valley inspiring others with her enthusiasm for gifted education. She was prompted to enter education after a successful career in the garment industry. She was a buyer for Talbots, Macy’s, and the Director of Private Label Sportswear at Foxcroft. Cutler is a graduate of Ithaca College and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management/Marketing along with her education certification and gifted endorsement.


Course Description: 

This four day workshop is designed to help teachers gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the gifted and talented learner in the classroom. This will be a hands-on, active workshop that integrates simulation, collaboration, reflection and application throughout the learning process for workshop participants to learn experientially and construct their own knowledge. Participants will discover the specific and unique needs of the gifted and talented student, strategies for working with this student, along with developing aligned and differentiated curriculum, instruction, and assessments for the gifted and talented student. Participants will explore multiple ways to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of the gifted and talented learner and leave with practical, highly effective strategies and ideas. 



Objectives/Outcomes: 
Participants will be able to: 
    * identify the unique characteristics of gifted students
    * identify the characteristics of giftedness that tend to screen children out of       programs
    * understand the myths that exist about gifted learners
    * identify and name the different ways that a student can be gifted
    * understand the social-emotional needs of gifted students
    * identify teaching strategies for gifted learners
    * identify and apply questioning strategies for gifted learners
    * determine ways to differentiate instruction and assessment
    * develop plans for implementing instructional strategies and differentiation
    * identify strategies to foster and challenge creativity
    * describe the elements of a Socratic Seminar 
    * identify ways to incorporate 21st century skills - critical, collaboration,     *            creativity, communication into your curriculum
    * create ways to add depth, rigor, challenge and complexity in curriculum


Gifted Strategies 6-8
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