KAGE online workshop to help identify underrepresented

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The Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (KAGE) will offer its fall workshop online – “The Equity Imperative in Gifted Education: Refocused and Ready for the Shift!” – a session on identification of the underrepresented led by April Wells.

The announcement said, “Participants will be guided through practices that move the field from the rest stop of courageous conversations to a pathway that outlines courageous actions aimed at meeting the needs of gifted learners from underserved populations.” It will provide instructional “look fors” in the classroom to help educators build an environment where all students can thrive.

The workshop via Zoom will take place 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. CT on Sept. 15. It costs $125 for KAGE members, and $155 if joining or renewing KAGE membership as part of registration.

Wells is the gifted coordinator for Illinois’ second-largest school district, where in 2012-2013 she oversaw a redesign of the gifted program. She is on the board of directors for the Illinois Association for Gifted Children and has done presentations for many education groups. Wells received a 2018 Gifted Coordinator Awards from the National Association for Gifted Children.

She is the author of “Achieving Equity in Gifted Programming: Dismantling Barriers and Tapping Potential.”

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