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UNDERSTAND ME! Supporting the Learning Needs of Diverse Gifted Students

UNDERSTAND ME! Supporting the Learning Needs of Diverse Gifted Students
March 13, 2019 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
1 hour
Attributes Gifted and Talented
Grade Level PreK, Grades K-12, Professional Development


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Join National Association for Gifted Children and Share My Lesson for a webinar to discuss how some of our nation’s brightest children need informed counselors, teachers and parents to help them overcome social, emotional and psychological challenges.

The Giftedness Knows No Boundaries Campaign, sponsored by the National Association for Gifted Children, is a strategic initiative designed to help educators UNDERSTAND gifted and talented children from all backgrounds. The program provides an online competency-based professional learning opportunity for educators to identify gifted students from diverse backgrounds and increase equity of access to quality programming. Participants may earn an online badge of mastery, indicating a specific standard for effective practice is met. The cohort-based model provides an opportunity for states, districts and schools to support educators as they implement high-leverage strategies and practices that support the unique learning needs of gifted and talented children from diverse backgrounds. The latest badge for educators to earn is Understand Me!, which helps educators understand the nature and needs of gifted learners through effective professional learning and preparation. 

Professional Credit

Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

Share My Lesson is now a New York State Education Department-approved provider for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements and an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved Professional Development provider.


Dr. Erinn Floyd serves as Director of Professional Learning for the National Association for Gifted Children. She is the former State Director of Gifted Education for the Alabama Department of Education. With over twenty-six (26) years of experience, she has conducted school improvement, strategic instruction, and gifted identification training for educators and school leaders in Alabama, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Floyd’s scholarship and research focus on racial equity in gifted education, educator efficacy, equity and diversity training for educators, mentoring, identification of gifted African American students, and rural African American gifted students. She has published book chapters and articles, including, Mentoring at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs): Theory, Design, Practice, and Impact (2018), Gifted Children of Color Around the World: Diverse Needs, Exemplary Practices and Directions for the Future, Advances in Race and Ethnicity in Education (2016), Young, Triumphant, and Black: Overcoming the Tyranny of Segregated and Desegregated Minds (2013), Special Populations in Gifted Education: Understanding Our Most Able Students from Diverse Backgrounds (2008), and Using Picture Book Biographies to Nurture the Talents of Young African American Students (Gifted Child Today, 2010). Dr. Floyd is an inaugural recipient of the Dr. Mary Frasier Teacher Scholarship for Diverse Talent Development. Dr. Floyd and her devoted husband of twelve (13) years are the proud parents of two gifted children, a son, (12) and a daughter (8).

Dr. Kristina H. Collins is a graduate of the The University of Georgia, where she earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology. She also holds an Ed.S. in educational psychology from the The University of Georgia, a M.S.Ed. in mathematics from Jacksonville State University, a B.S. in engineering from the University of Alabama, and a Military Science diploma in cryptology from the United States Navy. Dr. Collins has many years of experience with STEM teaching and leading in Title I middle schools and high schools. Her professional certifications include technology education, AP computer science, and educational leadership/administration. At Texas State University, she teaches courses related to talent development and gifted education.




February 10, 2020
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Hi Laurie, If you log in to Share My Lesson, you should see the powerpoint to download just under the description on this same resource page. If you are still having trouble, you can email us at [email protected] Thanks, Susan
Susan Youssofi
March 19, 2019
I can't find the powerpoint to download.
March 14, 2019