Gifted Learners and Differentiated Instruction

Instruction and Learning
Gifted Learners and Differentiated Instruction

Some learners know that they are gifted. But identifying a gifted student is not always easy. Not all gifted learners are alike, though many share some characteristics. Some say an IQ score determines whether a child is gifted. Others say all children are gifted. The list of possible qualities could go on endlessly. So, what are the characteristics of gifted students and how can we best help them reach their full potential? The goal of this course is to provide educators with an overview of differentiated instruction and strategies to meet the needs of gifted learners. We’ll accomplish this by exploring the identification of gifted learners, assessment and planning, and strategies for differentiated instruction.

Course Authors
Karen Megay-Nespoli
Karen Megay-Nespoli is an associate professor at St. Joseph’s College and the director of the graduate program in literacy and cognition. She has worked more than 10 years both in the classroom and as a consultant for gifted programs. As an advocate for gifted students, she serves on the Board of Directors of Advocacy for Gifted and Talented Students in New York State (AGATE). She has presented at a variety of international, national, state and local organizational conferences.


63 minutes