W&M provides leadership at National Association for Gifted Children conference
The Center for Gifted Education (CFGE) experienced considerable success at the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) conference held in Baltimore, MD, November 13–16, 2014. Dr. Tracy L. Cross, Executive Director of the Center and Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Psychology and Gifted Education, led the conference as President of NAGC. Dr. Kimberley L. Chandler, Director of Curriculum and Clinical Assistant Professor at the Center, serves on the NAGC Board of Directors and was the recipient of the 2014 NAGC Early Leader Award.
Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska, Professor Emerita and former Executive Director of the Center, was selected as the Legacy Series honoree. The Conceptual Foundations Network recognized and interviewed her during a special session entitled Curriculum, Being and Becoming With Joyce VanTassel-Baska. Dr. Lori Anderson, an alumna of the Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership (EPPL) program with an emphasis in gifted education, received the second-place award in the doctoral dissertation competition. Paige Hendricks, a current doctoral student in the EPPL program, received the 2014 Professional Development Network award. Reginald Johns, a current doctoral student in the EPPL program, was awarded second place for Completed Research at the Doctoral Level at the 2014 Graduate Student Research Gala by the NAGC Research and Evaluation Network. His topic was Sources of Positive Self-Efficacy for African American Women in STEM. The CFGE’s mathematics unit, Moving Through Dimensions, was the recipient of a 2014 NAGC Curriculum Studies Award. The unit, which was written by Dana Johnson, was one of several curriculum units that were selected to be shared with educators as models of exemplary curriculum for use with gifted students.
In addition, numerous CFGE faculty members and students made presentations during the conference representing William & Mary’s School of Education and Center for Gifted Education very well.