LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani Online Gifted Book Study – 4/4/2022

From Amazon’s description, “Something happens in students when they define themselves as makers and inventors and creators. They discover powerful skills – problem-solving, critical thinking, and imagination – that will help them shape the world’s future…our future.” We will be thinking about how to challenge ourselves and our gifted learners (as well as ALL learners) to continue to learn and create while they are in online, face-to-face, or blended school environments. If you have read Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning by the same authors, this study will add to your thinking. If not, no problem! It may inspire you to read Empower as well. We will share ideas, discuss each chapter, explore strategies, and connect to each other. Join us and earn 15 gifted HPQD contact hours. Participants will post to discussion threads, reply to each other, share ideas, and complete assignments.

Participants are responsible for the purchase of the book.

This book study counts for 15 gifted HQPD contact hours.

Gifted competencies addressed:

a) The ability to differentiate instruction based on a student’s readiness, knowledge and skill level, including using accelerated content, complexity, depth challenge, creativity and abstractness.

b) The ability to select, adapt or create a variety of differentiated curricula that incorporate advanced, conceptually challenging, in-depth, distinctive and complex content.

c) The ability to provide an extension or replacement of the general education curriculum to modify the learning process through strategies such as curriculum compacting and to select alternative assignments and projects based on individual student needs.

d) The ability to select, use and interpret technically sound formal and informal assessments for the purpose of academic decision-making.

If you are an educator in a full gifted coordination district, enter your district name as the PO# to take the course at no cost.

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