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College Board Advanced Placement Program Innovate Kentucky: Create a Spark Little Learners, Big Ideas

Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (housed at The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU)

World Council for Gifted & Talented Children (housed at The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU)

National Association for Gifted Children

The Association for the Gifted

The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky (located at WKU)

2017 Wedge Seminar 

The Wedge Visiting Scholar Presentations

The Wedge Visiting Scholar Presentations, a free evening lecture and all-day workshop for educators and the public, has been presented each year since 2003 through a gift from the Wedge family. Presentations have included Dr. Carol Tomlinson on “Defensible Differentiation: What Will It Take to Get It Right?”; Dr. Donald Treffinger on teaching children to think critically and creatively; Jonathan Plucker on excellence gaps; Bronwyn MacFarlane on “Curriculum for Every Student to Succeed: Integrating Best Practices from Gifted Education in the Content Areas; and Barbara Kerr on “From Imagination to Innovation: Encouraging Students in STEM.”


Most Recent Presentation, April 2017:

School Leadership for School-Based STEM Programs: Infrastructure, Design, and Implementation

This presentation discussed key leadership considerations in building and delivering local STEM programs. Details about designing comprehensive programming and curriculum to support student interest and career motivation with a foundation of successful models were also  shared.

Curriculum for Every Student to Succeed: Integrating Best Practices from Gifted Education in the Content Areas

This workshop  provided educators with in-depth training about designing curriculum in the content areas for advancing high ability talent development, as well as how to develop social and emotional awareness among students using content-based curricular connections.

About the Presenter

Bronwyn MacFarlaneBronwyn MacFarlane, Ph.D., is Professor of Gifted Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has held leadership roles as Associate Dean for the UALR College of Education and Health Professions; Academic Dean of the Summer Institute for Gifted at Princeton University; NAGC Network Chair of the STEM and Counseling & Guidance Networks; Editorial Assistant and Guest Editor for Roeper Review journal, columnist of the “Curriculum Corner” for Teaching for High Potential magazine; and K-12 classroom teacher. She has received awards for her scholarship, creative work, and educational leadership. Her edited books, STEM Education for High-Ability Learners: Designing and Implementing Programming (2016) and Leading Change in Gifted Education: The Festschrift of Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska (2009) provide the field with discussions of the elements needed for designing and delivering comprehensive gifted educational curriculum and services. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Planning from the College of William and Mary. Her research interests focus upon talent development, assessing programs, and curricula interventions to increase talent development among learners.

Wedge Visiting Scholar Presentations 2018

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