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Friday, July 20, 2018

Gifted Education



Saturday April 21, 2018
8.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
at the Morgridge International Reading Center


Conference online registration closes Wednesday April 18 at 4.00p.m.
Limited on site registration will only be available if space permits.

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Explore innovative research, perspectives, technology and best practices for teaching High-Ability, Gifted and Talented learners.


Dr. Mary Ruth Coleman
Senior Scientist Emerita, University of North Carolina

Dr. Coleman's research focuses on students with exceptional learning needs, in particular, students with learning disabilities and students with gifts. She has directed several FPG projects including Project U-STARS~PLUS (Using Science, Talents, and Abilities to Recognize Students ~ Promoting Learning for Under-Represented Students) and Project ACCESS (Achievement in Content and Curriculum for Every Student's Success). She was Co-Principal Investigator for the Early Learning Disabilities Initiative and, from 1994 to 1998, she Co-Directed North Carolina's Statewide Technical Assistance for Gifted Education Center. Prior to this she was Associate Director of the Gifted Education Policy Studies Program at the Frank Porter Graham Center. Dr. Coleman has numerous publications including the 13th edition of the seminal textbook, Educating Exceptional Children, with co-authors Samuel A. Kirk, James J. Gallagher, and Nicholas J. Anastasiow. Dr. Coleman served three terms on the Board of Directors for the Association for the Gifted (TAG), one of which she was President, and three terms on the Board of the National Association for Gifted Children. She also has served as President of the Council for Exceptional Children. Dr. Coleman began her career as a teacher in public and private elementary schools, with both regular classroom and special education assignments.

Dr. Rachel McAnallen
Zoid and Company, CT

Known simply as "Ms. Math" to children across the country, Rachel McAnallen has devoted her life to sharing the joy and beauty of mathematics with learners of all ages. A professional educator for over half a century, Rachel travels the world teaching her subject at every grade level. In addition to her experience in the classroom, Rachel has served as a department chair, a school board member, and a high school administrator - she claims the latter position is responsible for the majority of her gray hair. Rachel has a passion for teaching, golf, and mathematical modular origami, though not always in that order. As a life-long learner, Rachel completed her PhD at the University of Connecticut at age 75. Rachel approaches the world around her with a boundless curiosity and a playful sense of humor that is reflected in her teaching style.

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UCF ADAGE (2017) Presentation Handouts

UCF ADAGE Gifted Conference (2016) Reaching for Excellence with Advanced and Gifted: Elevating All Learners.

Sanibel Leadership Conference (Clearwater, June 2016)

UCF ADAGE/FLAG Reaching Ahead in Teaching the Gifted (2014)

UCF ADAGE/FLAG Professional Development in Gifted Education (2013)

Future Conferences in Gifted Education