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16 Beyond imagining: A case study in building comprehensive gifted services that embrace diversity

Negligible funding requires that schools integrate the needs of diverse learners into every aspect and initiative of school. Learn how one district enfranchised underrepresented populations by incorporating a continuum of diversified gifted services (all without state funding). The presenter provides a roadmap for duplicating her efforts by answering the questions: How can schools: 1) Make your gifted population reflect the school’s demographics? 2) Provide teacher training in understanding affective and academic needs of diverse gifted students? 3) Monitor how various subpopulations make academic progress? 4) Ensure teachers have the training necessary to differentiate instruction, accelerate curriculum, and provide enrichment opportunities?


Dina Brulles
Paradise Valley Unified School District
United States

Dina Brulles, Ph.D., is the Director of Gifted Education at Paradise Valley Unified School District in Arizona also the Gifted Program Coordinator at Arizona State University. The gifted programs Dina oversees incorporate innovative uses of technology, enfranchise underrepresented populations and provide extensive professional development opportunities. Dina serves on the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Board of Directors as the school district representative. Dr. Brulles co-authored the books, Differentiated Lessons for All Learners, The Cluster Grouping Handbook: How To Challenge Gifted Students and Improve Achievement For All, Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classrooms, and Helping All Gifted Children Learn.


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