Presenter: Benny Hickerson 
Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies 
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary 
Hours: 1

Given the challenges facing society today, we need our G/T students stepping into leadership roles and offering creative solutions more than ever before. When we provide the right instruction and an atmosphere that encourages creativity, our students don’t have to wait for the future to begin making a difference; they can help change the world today!

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Gifted leaders, especially creative thinkers, are the hope of our future. Many of the characteristics of the creatively gifted also imply potential for leadership development: preference for complexity, original solutions to problems, refusal to accept the status quo, and extreme sensitivity and idealism. However, this potential is often neither recognized, nor fully developed.

In this course you will learn:

  • The connection between characteristics of creativity and of leadership
  • How creativity and leadership intersect with the characteristics of gifted individuals
  • Ways to develop skills that can enhance both creativity and leadership potential

Presenter Bio

Dr. Benny Hickerson is an adjunct professor of gifted/talented education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is also a private consultant and a frequent presenter and speaker for staff development. Dr. Hickerson has served as a K-12 district and campus administrator, a classroom teacher in both public and private schools, as well as an undergraduate and graduate level teacher. As a K-12 administrator, she was instrumental in developing and coordinating curriculum and program services for G/T students in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD. Dr. Hickerson served on the Board of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) from 1993-1999, serving as TAGT Board President in 1998. 

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598 reviews for Giftedness, Creativity and Leadership

  1. Callen – GEORGETOWN ISD (verified owner)

    Loved the ideas and examples presented in this course.

  2. Lizette – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    Good information but slow presentation.

  3. Ana – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    This was a very informative course that introduced me to various teaching strategies that will help foster creativity and leadership among my gifted and talented students.

  4. Dora – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Needs to have some kind of background

  5. Jennifer – LITTLE CYPRESS-MAURICEVILLE CISD (verified owner)

    interesting things about gifted students

  6. Heath – HALLSVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    Great course to help you think about leadership.

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  10. MICHELLE – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    Great overview!

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