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Saturday, February 12, 2022
11:00am – 12:00pm


EDUCATOR FOCUS: Making it Real! Designing Curricular Units to be Meaningful and Relevant! with Dr. Jann Leppien- Professor Emerita from Whitworth University

Connecting curriculum and instruction to real world applications is key to students’ engagement and growth in understandings. However, the “real world” has to be their world and has to connect to their existing schemas of what they understand and deem is important. This session will provide concrete strategies for teachers to design their units to be emergent and inclusive of students’ personal experiences increasing their agency to make their own connections.

Jann H. Leppien, Pd.D. is Professor Emerita from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and former Margo Long Chair in Gifted Education and Program Director for graduate programs in gifted education. Her professional experience includes serving as a research associate at the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, working as an elementary and middle school teacher, and coordinating gifted education services K-8. She conducts professional staff training for educators in the areas of differentiated instruction, curriculum design and assessment for advanced students, thinking skills, and gifted program development, both nationally and internationally. She has served on the board of the National Association for Gifted Children, and currently serves on the board for the 2E Center for Research and Professional Development, NAGC’s Leadership Committee, and Washington State’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Board. She is the coauthor of the The Multiple Menu Model: A Practical Guide for Developing Differentiated Curriculum and The Parallel Curriculum: A Design to Develop High Potential and Challenge High-Ability Students and series editor for content related PCM books.

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