Tonight I interviewed a good friend, who I met for the first time at the ECHA conference in Paris, Prof. Dr. Karen B. Rogers. She is a passionate and very lovely lady, who I appreciate very much as herself and a gifted educator with longtime experiences.
Who is Prof. Dr. Karen B. Rogers?
Karen Rogers, Ph.D., is Professor of Gifted Studies in the Department of Special Education and Gifted Education in the College of Applied Professional Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructional Systems from the University of Minnesota and also holds Master’s degrees in Special Education of the Gifted and in Psychological Foundations of the Gifted.
Dr. Rogers has been an invited lecturer at several universities in the United States and Australia and is a frequent keynote speaker for state, national, and international conferences on gifted education. She is the author of more than 150 articles, 18 book chapters, and four books. More than 500,000 people worldwide have read her paper on ability grouping, written for the National Research Center on Gifted and Talented. She was co-developer of a one-week television series on the nature of giftedness, called “One Step Ahead,” which is housed in the PBS Network Library in Nebraska. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, Roeper Review, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, Gifted Education International, and Gifted Child Quarterly, and she is a regular reviewer for the American Educational Research Journal. She is also Past-President of the Association for the Gifted of the Council for Exceptional Children.
Dr. Rogers has been an elementary classroom teacher and a coordinator of programs for gifted and talented students. She was the curriculum author and creator of the widely heralded OMNIBUS enrichment program for gifted children, a program still being used in 23 states. She is the mother of three gifted children, now grown, and grandmother of five.
- Re-Forming Gifted Education: How Parents and Teachers Can Match the Program to the Child
- A Menu of Options for Grouping Gifted Students (Practical Strategies Series in Gifted Children)
These are my questions, which I asked her;
Here are my questions:
- What originally got you involved with gifted children and their needs?
- How do you define giftedness?
- What kinds of assistance do you believe that parents need?
- What does the current research say about the benefit or lack of benefit to gifted children?
- What do you advise to teachers of gifted children?
- In this age of No Child Left Behind, do you think that gifted kids are having their educational needs adequately addressed?
I created 2 videos for us.
The first part is about understanding gifted kids and the definition of giftedness. Also there is some information for parents of gifted children.
I would like to invite you to join Prof. Gagné ´s lecture at the global virtual meeting on May 26th 2012.
Gagné’s Differentiated Model of Giftedness and Talent:
The second part is about some good advise for teachers, research and good tips.
I am very grateful for her time to make this interview for all interested parents, educators and teachers.
Fact is that we can make a change to support gifted kids, because they need us.
To understand gifted children, we have to ask experts with experience, wherever they are. Technology makes a lot of things easier for us to contact, ask, share and create a better environment for those kids today.