August 11–12, 2022
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For 50 years, the Nueva School has led the field of gifted education as an independent school with a dual purpose: to serve gifted students and to share our resources, talents, knowledge, and innovation with the larger community. We are experts at meeting the specialized needs of gifted learners, knowing that giftedness is a concept that can be complex and nuanced.
While teaching and working with gifted students is exhilarating, it can also be daunting. Giftedness manifests itself in countless ways in the classroom, and at Nueva we have developed many approaches to support gifted learners and help them thrive. This Institute will educate teachers, parents, and caregivers about giftedness and its associated excitabilities and intensities.
Session leaders will share best practices for differentiating curriculum and classroom experience. Videos of our classrooms in action and a discussion of curriculum and projects will give practitioners a chance to see our teaching in action as well as see how educators construct challenging and differentiated curriculum. A panel with gifted students and their parents will bring these practices to live, giving attendees a chance to hear and inquire about the lived experience of giftedness.
Who is this Institute for?
This Institute is mainly for PreK–12 teachers, counselors, and administrators working with gifted students, but may also be helpful for parents and caregivers of gifted children who are seeking more information on giftedness and the range of behaviors that accompany giftedness.
Topics will include:
What is giftedness and who are gifted students?
The lived experience of gifted students
Social-emotional needs of gifted students
Differentiating for gifted students: Excitabilities, intensities, asynchrony, perfectionism and movement
Scaffolding for twice-exceptional students in our classrooms
Recognizing, supporting, and valuing gifted students of color
Insights into assessment
Participants will leave with:
A deeper understanding of the complexities of and misconceptions around giftedness
Practical strategies for differentiating curriculum for gifted students
A strong sense of the range of giftedness in learners and the lived experience of giftedness
Ideas of how to scaffold lessons for students in the classroom and manage social-emotional needs of gifted students
The following topics are woven into this two day workshop. The format includes both general sessions open to all participants and choice sessions with multiple topics that will run simultaneously. Materials for all workshops will be shared with all participants (even for choice sessions you were unable to attend).
What is giftedness? How does it manifest in children (and adults!)? How is giftedness different than academic achievement? What are some of the myths around gifted education?
Giftedness and Overexcitabilites
Gifted children are talented in many ways, and they have “intensities” in their personalities that affect their day-to-day lives and social interactions. Learn more about these overexcitabilities and how they impact children in and out of the classroom.
Pedagogy in the Classrooms
Learn how teachers design their learning experiences to engage gifted learners and how they apply (and modify) pedagogy to meet the needs of these students.
Hear from students, alumni, and parents about the lived experience of giftedness. Panelists will discuss their challenges and achievements, lessons they learned along the way, and how mentoring was an important part of their experience and growth.
Reflection on Giftedness
How do teenagers reflect on their own giftedness? Watch the graduation speech of one of Nueva’s graduates to get an intriguing understanding of giftedness.
Differentiating the Classroom for Gifted Students
Gifted students thrive in a well differentiated environment. We will discuss the need for both flexibility and structure in the classroom, and share examples of how to differentiate curriculum and learning experiences for gifted students.
Engaging with Gifted Kids of Color
Students of color, especially black and hispanic students, are under-identified and underrepresented in gifted programs across the U.S. How can we help to change these statistics and to support gifted students of color within our schools are our classrooms?
Community Engagement/Social Justice
Gifted students thrive when they have the opportunity to both learn in the classroom and participate in the larger community. Hear from teachers about the ways that engaging in social justice and in the community through service learning enriches the education and social experiences of gifted students,
Scaffolding for 2-E Students in the Classroom
Many gifted students are twice exceptional: they have learning or behavioral differences such as ADHD, dyslexia, or auditory processing challenges. This session address the ways that teachers and caregivers can structure classrooms and home lives to support the needs of these students.
Gifted children thrive when they are seen as individuals, and they love to engage with others, especially adults. Hear from teachers about the importance of building relationships between teachers or mentors and gifted children.
Hear from parents of gifted children about some of the joys and challenges of raising a child with a high IQ. There will shared resources and recommendations as well as time to discuss and share lived experiences as a group.
Exploring the world outside the classroom helps gifted students gain perspective on the learning they’ve done in class. Nueva’s trip program helps students “Learn by Doing, Learn by Caring” as embodied in our motto.
While we do not provide shuttles or other forms of transportation to Nueva, our San Mateo campus is easily accessible by Caltrain and other public transportation systems; please refer to Google Maps or the Caltrain website for details. Uber and Lyft are also widely available in our area.
If you will be joining us from out of town, we recommend looking into the following hotels for your accommodations, which are all within a 15-minute drive and/or are accessible by train to and from our campuses. There are many other hotels in the area and we encourage you to please do additional web research for other hotel options.
- San Mateo Marriott*
1770 S Amphlett Blvd, San Mateo 94402
- Hyatt Regency
1333 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame 94010
- Westin San Francisco
1 Old Bayshore Highway, Millbrae 94030
- Aloft San Francisco Airport
401 E Millbrae Ave, Millbrae 94030
- Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
600 Airport Blvd., Burlingame 94010
- Bay Landing Hotel
1550 Bayshore Hwy. Burlingame 94010
- Embassy Suites*
150 Anza Boulevard Burlingame 94010
- Best Western Coyote Point Inn
480 N Bayshore Boulevard San Mateo 94401
- Crowne Plaza
1177 Airport Boulevard, Burlingame 94010
- The Dylan Hotel at SFO
110 S El Camino Real, Millbrae 94030
If you utilize sites such as expedia.com or hotwire.com, search for hotels in San Mateo, Foster City, Burlingame, or Millbrae.
*The Nueva School has secured a 15 percent discount with San Mateo Marriott and a fixed-rate discount of $159 at Embassy Suites, which includes breakfast and cocktails.
Aug. 11–12, 2022
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
San Mateo Campus
131 E. 28th Ave. San Mateo, CA 94403
*Note: We are currently planning for this institute to take place in person. However, we are ready to pivot if it becomes necessary to do so.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.