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3.6.9 Pathways to professional proficiency in gifted education: A process and product

Do you need to increase the capacity of educators to meet the needs of gifted students? A recent partnership between the Colorado Education Department and universities in Colorado has resulted in a defined series of pathways for gifted endorsement and licensure in Colorado. Join us to learn about the process implemented by the Colorado Consortium of Educators of Gifted Teacher Education (CCGETE) as well as gain information about the standards for the three pathways of “Core,” “Specialist,” and “Administrator” licensure. This session will provide information about an inclusive process that brings stakeholders to the table for collaboration and commitment.


Julia Watson
University of Denver, Colorado Dept of Education
United States

Julia Watson, PhD, currently serves as the Gifted Education Regional Consultant (GERC) for 19 school districts and works as a researcher and professor at the University of Denver. She has been an educator for 40 years, as a teacher (K-college), an administrator, staff developer, teacher-coach, and district facilitator. She has worked in Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, Arkansas, Nebraska, and for 13 years in Hawaii. Areas of expertise include Curriculum, Assessment, Leadership, and Gifted/Talented. She was nominated as Outstanding Educator of the Year, for Outstanding Dissertation (1997) and was inducted into the Colorado Academy of Educators for Gifted, Talented, & Creative.

Norma Hafenstein
University of Denver
United States

Dr. Hafenstein’s award-winning professional career spans numerous positions in leadership and scholarship. She is a Full Clinical Professor in the Teaching and Learning Sciences Department, founded the Ricks Center for Gifted Children, a PS-8 school on the campus, in 1984, and founded the Institute for the Development of Gifted Education in 1997. She presents extensively on giftedness at national and international conferences. Dr. Hafenstein has presented at the International Dabrowski Congress, Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted Annual Conference (SENG), World Council on Gifted and Talented Children Biennial World Conference (WCGTC), and the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (AERA).


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