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|Regional Office of Education Offers Techniques in Teaching Gifted Students
|Classroom teachers across Knox County are learning to identify gifted students in their classrooms and adjust lessons to challenge those few students for whom learning comes easy.
The Illinois State Board of Education offers Gifted Education Seminars thru the Knox County Regional Office of Education to area educators by the Regional Office of Education that teach teachers the perspectives and understanding the gifted child, and strategies to differentiate their lessons for the gifted child. Joyce Behrens, certified trainer, recently completed the training.
"It's a timely merge with today's classroom expectations," she said. "The seminar is very worthwhile. Any time spent with the materials will provide useful applicability in the class room. The Differentiation unit, for example, teaches strategies that help teachers differentiate lessons to make them challenging to gifted kids."
"There are models of strategies teachers can adopt like the Parallel Curriculum. It is complex and a lot of extra work, but teachers love it. The seminar text book by Bertie Kilgore has ideas so straight forward it gets right to the crux of reaching all kids." She said.
The Knox Regional Office of Education will be giving a $500.00 stipend to teachers who complete the seminar. In addition to providing teachers with two books on gifted education and a flash drive, they can receive 45 cpdu's or 3 hours college credit. The goal is for 10% of the teachers in Knox County to be trained in the Gifted Education Seminars. There are forty-one teachers currently enrolled or have completed these seminars. Three seminars were offered . One has been completed. There is a limited amount of space still available for any Knox County certified teacher.
"It is a great project. There will be a lot of teachers who skilled in identify gifted students and know how to work with them," Regional Superintendent of Schools Bonnie Harris said. "Teachers are being trained in new methodologies and that adds to the resources in their schools and communities. They will be able to identify gifted students and have the materials to educated them."
The next seminar sessions are June 5 and Aug. 7, and the third seminar sessions are on June 14 and July 23. there are only six spaces remaining, but space in the seminars will be available without the financial incentive.
(Knox County Regional Office of Education)
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