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2017 WCGTC Biennial World Conference

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3.11.5 Promoting cultural relevance in the secondary classroom through arts integration

To help gifted adolescents feel more connected to the standards in content-area classes and to inspire greater self-efficacy and success, incorporating songs, artwork, and literature from popular culture is an important strategy. In this session, the presenters will discuss the way in which the music, art, and literature of various contemporary decades can add a depth of understanding about the American people’s experience and show how and why the social changes of each time period occurred. The session will include the introduction of graphic organisers and instructional strategies that promote higher order thinking and interdisciplinary learning through arts integration.


Kimberley Chandler
College of William and Mary
United States

Kimberley Chandler’s professional background includes teaching gifted students in a variety of settings, serving as an administrator of a school district gifted program, and providing professional development training for teachers and administrators. Kimberley has served as the editor and contributing author of numerous curriculum materials from the Center for Gifted Education. She co-authored the book Effective Curriculum for Underserved Gifted Students and is the co-editor of the book Effective Program Models for Gifted Students From Underserved Populations. Kimberley is the Network Representative on the NAGC Board of Directors and is editor of the CEC-TAG newsletter The Update..


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