Presenter: Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

While we have spent energy on finding and implementing a variety of procedures to ensure that gifted children from poverty are identified for our gifted programs, much less energy has been put into building the skills for success that will enable them to flourish in the gifted program. In this course, Dr. Juntune explores strategies to change the way we work with low-SES students.

Visit the TAGT website to learn more about the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.

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During this 1-hour course, Dr. Juntune shares the findings of research started at Texas A&M University and the interventions being implemented in El Paso ISD to change the way we view and serve gifted students from poverty.

In this course you will learn three steps to improving success rates for low SES:

  1. Mind Sketching: A teaching technique that encourages students to sketch out the concept behind their answer while they come up with the words to communicate it.
  2. Building Verbal Intelligence: Children living in poverty have a simple language structure and we must give them a complex language structure.
  3. How to design a Gifted Program Specifically For These Students

Visit the TAGT website to learn more about the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.

Presenter Bio

Dr. Joyce Juntune is a renowned consultant, trainer, professor, and lecturer with more than 45 years of experience in the field of education. She is an instructional associate professor at Texas A&M University, and she teaches graduate-level courses in her expert areas of intelligence, child and adolescent development, educational psychology, giftedness, and creativity. She has focused the majority of her career on the areas of intelligence and gifted and talented education. Dr. Juntune has served as the executive director for the National Association for Gifted Children and the Institute for Applied Creativity at Texas A&M University. 

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855 reviews for Building Verbal Intelligence (Part 1) – Opening the Doors of Opportunity for Low SES Gifted Students

  1. Rebecca – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    Got my attention on how important it is to continue to build student’s verbal intelligence and gauge how much speaking I do for them. Absolutely made me aware of why some identified GT students have seemed “average” to me and need to focus on helping them build language to close the gap.

  2. Noemi – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  3. Maria – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This course really helps in understanding why students acquiring a second language or students who live in poverty are unable to be successful in a gifted program when having high non-verbal scores.

  4. Shelby – HUTTO ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed the information presented because it is so relevant to the classroom and had great ideas on how to help students.

  5. Dominique – UNITED ISD (verified owner)


  6. Graciela – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative and realistic anecdotes

  7. Nora – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

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  8. Raquel – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

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  10. Natasha – WYLIE ISD (verified owner)

    I appreciate that there was new information in this presentation.

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