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The goal of undergraduate teacher preparation programs is to prepare future teachers to work with all learners. Gifted and talented learners are likely found in every classroom regardless of where they reside, however, according to Rinn et al. (2022), Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Nebraska do not require undergraduate teacher candidates to take university coursework on gifted education. The goal of this presentation is to provide a general overview of gifted education specific to Kansas. This presentation aims to address myths and misconceptions about gifted education and gifted learners, characteristics of gifted learners, a basic overview of a general identification process, and strategies to unlock preservice teachers’ understanding about gifted learners and gifted education.

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Giftedness, Gifted and talented, gifted education, talent development, twice-exceptional learners, characteristics of giftedness, myths of giftedness, differentiation


Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Methods | Elementary Education | Elementary Education and Teaching | Gifted Education | Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching | Special Education and Teaching

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Unlocking Understanding about Giftedness