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Dr. Del Siegle

Dr. Del Siegle serves as director of the National Center for Research on Gifted Education. He is a professor in gifted and talented education and Head of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. He is a past president of the Montana Association of Gifted and Talented Education (Montana AGATE), past president of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), and past chair of the Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent SIG of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Along with Betsy McCoach, he is co-editor of Gifted Child Quarterly (founding co-editor of the Journal of Advanced Academics). He writes a technology column for Gifted Child Today. Dr. Siegle is coauthor with Gary Davis and Sylvia Rimm of the popular textbook, Education of the Gifted and Talented. He is also author of a new book, The Underachieving Gifted Child: Recognizing, Understanding, & Reversing Underachievement.  Prior to becoming a professor, Del worked with gifted and talented students in Montana.

Keynote:

Meaningful Learning that Increases Student Motivation: Teachers Matter

Gifted students achieve and underachieve for a variety of reasons. In this session, we will discuss factors that students and research suggest influence gifted students’ achievement. We will share possible solutions for increasing student motivation and subsequent achievement.

Workshop:

Research is More Than Googling: Using Technology to Conduct Authentic Research

When students think of research, they usually think about looking something up on the Internet and writing a report. However, a more exciting type of research exists that involves collecting and analyzing data.

Students of all ages love to pose questions and search for answers. We’ll discuss hands-on activities that demonstrate different types of research. We’ll also share how to use existing or free software to better understand data and make research more meaningful for your students.