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2.1.5 Access and equity in gifted education: Paradigm shift and professional development

Presenters will share how one state in the United States is addressing the under-representation of students from diverse populations in gifted education through legislation, advocacy, policy, and professional development. The impact of the paradigm shift from identifying a child as gifted to identifying which children need accelerated or advanced services allows school districts to design an array of services that meet individual students’ needs. Designing and implementing an array of services requires comprehensive professional development. Presenters will share newly designed accessible, on-line professional development modules that address access and equity in gifted education.


Nancy Hertzog
University of Washington
United States

Dr. Nancy Hertzog is Professor in the area of Educational Psychology at the University of Washington, and the Director of the Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars. She has an extensive background in gifted education and expertise on curriculum differentiation and development. From 1995-2010 she directed University Primary School at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of two books, several chapters, and has published in the Journal of Curriculum Studies, Gifted Child Quarterly, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, Roeper Review, Teaching Exceptional Children, Early Childhood Research and Practice, and Young Exceptional Children.

Jann Leppien*

Jann Leppien, Ph.D. is an associate professor and the Endowed Chair in Gifted Education at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. The Center focuses on providing educators with a specialty endorsement or master’s degree in gifted education, engaging in research, providing professional development, and collaborating with other agencies striving to improve services for advanced students. She has served on the NAGC Board of Directors and is coauthor of The Multiple Menu Model: A Practical Guide for Developing Differentiated Curriculum, The Parallel Curriculum: A Design to Develop High Potential and Challenge High-Ability Students and series editor for content related PCM books.

Jody Hess*

Ms. Jody Hess is Project Director, HiCapPLUS Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Education Program. She directed Highly Capable Programs for Tacoma Schools, including program development, evaluation, professional development, grant management, and reporting. She led Project NET-Nurturing Exceptional Talent classroom-based instructional model of talent development, which increased participation of students living in poverty, students with disabilities, and English learners in Tacoma’s Highly Capable Programs. Ms. Hess is Program Supervisor, Special Programs in Washington State. Ms. Hess has been gifted program manager and teacher, as well as instructor in Specialty Endorsement for Center for Gifted Education, Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington.


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