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3.6.4 Professional training: Developing leaders in gifted education

Leadership, essential for serving gifted/talented students, often comes from teachers who understand how to meet their needs. Independent teacher learning has emerged as an option for meaningful understanding. With online materials, educators can pursue greater knowledge. Learning can be organised as a QUEST, a framework encouraging the exploration of A) Questions teachers have; B) Understandings teachers initially have (including unexplored implicit ideas); C) Emotions arising about the topic, from stakeholders; D) Standards guiding the exploration of relevant research; and E) New thoughts developed about the topic and its implementation.


Laurie Croft
University of Iowa
United States

Laurie Croft is a clinical associate professor at the University of Iowa and is the associate director for professional development at the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. Croft has made presentations at various state, national, and international conferences, and to parent groups, teachers, and school boards. She coordinates a comprehensive program of online classes that comprise an endorsement in gifted education, and she serves as the College of Education honors adviser. She is currently a US delegate to the WCGTC.

Anna Payne
University of Iowa
United States

Anna Payne is a doctoral student at the University of Iowa in mathematics education, with a focus on gifted students in mathematics. At the university, she supervises mathematics student teachers, as well as working with innovative options for professional learning at the Belin-Blank Center. She has previously worked as a secondary mathematics teacher in middle and high schools in Iowa, working with gifted students at all grade levels. Anna has presented at several conferences at the local and state level on gifted education.


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