Presenter: Birdie Chesanek
Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Negative stereotypes are often associated with those raised in generational poverty. Of all these stereotypes, one of the most damaging in education today is that students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds are less likely to be gifted. Low verbal skills often mask true giftedness. It’s time to get past the stereotypes and begin uncovering giftedness in our low-SES students.

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In this course, Birdie Chesanek offers hands-on ideas to help bridge the gap between verbal and nonverbal intelligence for children from low-SES backgrounds. In this make-and-take session, Ms. Chesanek reviews educational issues that may be present when teaching students from low-SES backgrounds, explores strategies to bridge the gap between verbal and nonverbal intelligence, and then provides plans for using those strategies in various content areas.

In this 1-hour course, you will learn to:

  • Build academic knowledge
  • Encourage learning equality in the classroom
  • Implement verbal learning strategies
  • Build working and long-term memory
Ms. Chesanek has worked in education for over twenty years. She has taught in El Paso ISD for fifteen years and adult ESL classes at El Paso Community College for five years. Since 2009, she has received training from Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, on strategies to bridge the gap between verbal and nonverbal skills for students from low-SES backgrounds. She has co-presented at the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented Annual Conference and is a presenter for El Paso ISD’s gifted and talented program.

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285 reviews for Improving Verbal Skills for Children from Low S.E.S. Backgrounds

  1. YVETTE – DEL VALLE ISD (verified owner)

    It does a really good job at teaching Mindsketching.

  2. Koprina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Targeted to younger students. Classroom processes for brain development.

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  4. Claudia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    no comment

  5. Lee – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I really liked this course. Presenter modeled actual activities and explained each in depth. Great ideas will definitely implement. Thank you.

  6. Annette – HILLSBORO ISD (verified owner)

    Practical strategies for daily building of verbal skills

  7. Rebecca – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very Good

  8. Luz – WALLER ISD (verified owner)

    The types of intelligence I taught was not well explained.

  9. Marcos – WALLER ISD (verified owner)

    Great presentation! I love the idea of using mind-sketching with my students. Very visual presentation. Time flew listening to the presenter.

  10. Allyson – Pilot (verified owner)

    I never heard of mindsketching before and thought it was interesting to learn about.

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