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Pictured Left to Right: Karen Edwards, Christi Sexton, Jana Mayer, Jilliane McCa

Several Model faculty members recently presented at the official conference of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC). Hosted in Nashville, Tennessee, the conference “brings together leaders in the field of gifted and talented education every two years to promote communication among one another and share best practices and experiences,” according to the WCGTC website.

Dr. Jilliane McCardle, Jana Mayer, Christi Sexton, Mary Elizabeth Henton, and Karen Edwards presented their 75 minute symposium to a diverse crowd of educators and administrators. Selected from over 400 proposals from around the world, the presentation highlighted how the visual and performing arts can empower gifted and talented students who also have a disability.

The Model faculty members also attended sessions at the conference including topics such as utilizing talent development as a way to enhance the curriculum for gifted learners, understanding the psychology of high performance, and implementing creative problem solving to support leadership skills.

“Because Model is a laboratory school, we are always researching and innovating best practices in education. Our Gifted and Talented Program is no exception,” said Dr. Jilliane McCardle, Model’s Gifted Services Coordinator. “Our program is designed to develop students’ unique talents and immerse them in authentic, memorable educational experiences.”

Each faculty member intends to continue researching and incorporating the resources gained from the WCGTC conference in their instructional and administrative practices.

For more information on Model’s Gifted and Talented program, contact

Published on July 25, 2019

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