Presenter: Heather Clark
Core Area:
Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences 1.1, 1.2; Learning Environments 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4; ODE Teacher Competency d, e; OAGC Characteristics
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1 

When educators treat gifted students like individuals rather than one homogeneous group, they can better support their students. In this course, educator Heather Clark helps teachers gain an understanding of gender roles and the main conflicts gifted students experience when it comes to societal expectations.

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Gifted students all come from different backgrounds and have different influences that affect the ways they think and learn. Even though all gifted students may have some traits in common, we must be careful to treat them each as individuals and honor each one’s own unique background. 

In this one-hour course, educators will explore:

  • Gender roles, their effects on students, and the main conflicts students have when it comes to societal expectations
  • Cultural differences encountered by minority gifted students
  • Ways to support all gifted students in the classroom and general school setting

ODE Competencies: D, E
NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards: 1, 2

Click here for a leader’s guide created by the Ohio Association for the Gifted and Talented.

Heather Clark has packed a wealth of experience into her 12 years as a professional educator, serving a variety of roles as a teacher and also as a leader through curricular administration. With a masters in STEM education, Heather has worked with and championed for gifted students from the very beginning. She now serves as a Gifted Coordinator for the Licking County Educational Service Center, splitting her time and expertise between two Central Ohio districts. Heather’s experience with urban, suburban, and rural populations make for a well tested knowledge base and a sensitive application of the best educational practices, ones that are both student centered and practical. She lives in Blacklick, Ohio with her supportive husband and two young sons that constantly keep her moving.


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47 reviews for Supporting Gender and Cultural Differences in the Gifted

  1. Ashley – New Lexington City Schools (verified owner)

    She did a nice job during the presentation. I liked the activities we did during it. It kept me from feeling like I was just staring at a screen for an hour with no interaction.

  2. Casey – New Lexington City Schools (verified owner)

    I thought this course was interesting. I really like the interactive activity during the presentation.

  3. Amie – COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    It was a good reminder that we need to be culturally responsive as teachers.

  4. Lott – COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    Great info!

  5. Brian – COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    It was perfectly adequate. The presenter was fine, though obviously nervous. The additional work was appropriate if not particularly deep. The quiz was pretty simplistic and could have been passed without viewing the presentation.

  6. Leah – MARION CITY (verified owner)

    Great information and helpful when considering resources for developing a gender/culturally diverse curriculum

  7. Roger – COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    Pretty good, especially for newer teachers or those with very limited experience in dealing with these issues.

  8. Sylvia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I love it because it is very inclusive, and it provides many strategies to understand and acknowledge various situations of the minority groups I deal with in class.

  9. Jonathan – WORTHINGTON CITY (verified owner)

    Good, brief overview of gender differences

  10. Blanca – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    A lot of talk about differences and challenges — good. Very little “how-to” — bad. This should be at least 2 hours so we can learn how to do something.

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