Presenters: Cathy Mast & Debra Gill, OAGC
Core Area: ODE Teacher Competency a, d, e; Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences 1.1, 1.2; Learning Environments 2.1; OAGC Differentiation
Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

When communicating in the classroom, gifted English Learners are often overlooked due to language challenges. In this 1-hour course, Cathy Mast and Debra Gill, veteran educators and Primary Enrichment Specialists in Columbus City Schools, teach participants how to recognize giftedness among English Learners, practical strategies for connecting with and teaching gifted English Learners, and how to help gifted English Learners reach their full potential. 

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How do language and culture influence the way gifted learners express their giftedness? Join Cathy Mast and Debra Gill, veteran educators and Primary Enrichment Specialists in Columbus City Schools in Ohio, to learn how the presentation of giftedness changes in students from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

In this course you will explore:

  • How language and culture influence they way English Learners demonstrate their giftedness
  • What unique considerations you should take during the gifted identification process for English Learners
  • Practical strategies for adapting lessons for English Learners
  • How to apply both critical and creative thinking for English Learners 
This Course addresses the following standards: 
ODE Competencies: a, d, e
NAGC Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1

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

Presenter Bio

Debra Gill has worked for the past 21 years in the Columbus City School district, one of Ohio’s
largest urban public school systems, which services approximately sixty thousand students from
diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Debra’s diverse teaching experience includes
both elementary and middle school assignments. As a Math and Science Leadership Specialist,
Ms. Gill created project-based educational units and mentored several pre-service teachers
from local colleges and universities. Debra routinely taught full-inclusion science classes,
collaborating on a daily basis with Special Education and Gifted and Talented teachers. She also
recognized a need for and initiated an after school tutoring program to address the academic
and social needs of English Language Learners. Ms. Gill later became a Curriculum Coach and
Academic Interventionist in which she modeled lessons, co-planned interdisciplinary
instructional units, and provided colleagues with support necessary to deliver effective,
research-based instructional practices. As a Curriculum Coach, Ms. Gill networked with both
district and national facilitators to collaboratively plan and facilitate professional development
sessions designed for the advancement of school goals. Debra currently works in the Gifted and
Talented Department as a Primary Enrichment Specialist where she not only provides
instruction through enrichment activities that promote the development of complex critical-
thinking skills, but she also helps identify academically gifted and talented students from
underrepresented student populations within the school district. Debra has completed all
required courses necessary for her TESOL endorsement. 

Cathy Mast has worked in Columbus City Schools in Ohio for over 20 years and has been part of
the Gifted & Talented Division for the past 12 years. She has worked as a gifted intervention
specialist, gifted coordinator, self-contained gifted classroom teacher, and as a specialist in the
primary talent development program. She completed a TESOL program through Ohio State
University in order to better serve the growing number of English Learners in Central Ohio. 

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47 reviews for Meeting the Needs of Gifted English Learners


    very helpful

  2. Kelly – DELAWARE CITY (verified owner)

    This course provided some concrete ideas to use in the classroom and lots of things for me to think about as a teacher. The sound level is uneven, however, which was a little distracting.

  3. Amanda – SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-U CITY ISD (verified owner)

    Great info and strategies

  4. Pamela – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)

    It gives you a lot of information.

  5. Gabriela – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I loved that many of her ideas included the lower primary grades.

  6. Patricia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting.

  7. Alma – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    This course helps understand better and how to teach a gifted student.

  8. Romelia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very informational

  9. Marisela – DONNA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (verified owner)

    Great Information

  10. Nozuko – HARMONY SCIENCE ACADEMY & SCHOOL OF SCIENCE – HOUSTON SOUTH 101846 OR 101862 (verified owner)

    This was a very good PD depicting what is exactly going on in an ELL classroom.

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