Presenter: Sheila Mulbry, Zenith Spark
Core Area: Instructional Planning and Delivery 1C, 1D, 1E; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A, 2C; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3A; Learning Environment 4A, 4D; Data-Driven Practice 5A; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A, 6D
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1 

How can you successfully challenge and engage a class full of diverse students? Gifted learners may lose interest while other students struggle to keep up. In this informative one-hour course, Sheila Mulbry explains everything you need to know for optimizing your classroom instruction and ensuring each student is engaged in the material.

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Engaging students is an oft-used mantra, but how do we accomplish this in our ever-changing world of diverse learners? In this course, you will learn to create a more student-centered classroom by identifying the 4 human/student drives: Mastery, Understanding, Interpersonal, and Self-Expression.

Additionally, you’ll learn about incorporating activities addressing the 8 Cs of Student Engagement. They are categorized as Competition, Challenge, Curiosity, Controversy, Choice, Creativity, Cooperation, and Connections. When you have completed this session, you’ll have a firm understanding of how to foster student engagement in your classroom.

In this 1-hour course, you will learn:

  • What drives student engagement
  • How to successfully engage every student
  • The 6 levels of engagement
  • The 8 Cs of student engagement
  • Traits and needs of gifted students
  • How the 8 Cs interweave with 21st-century skills

Presenter Bio

Sheila Mulbry currently serves as Gifted Coordinator with Lockhart ISD. She is a constant advocate for
gifted students and their special needs and has presented staff development on gifted education for the
past 20 years at local, state, and national conventions. She obtained BA degrees in Humanities (‘83) and
Elementary Education (‘90) and holds ESL and Gifted Endorsements from the State. Awards include
TAGT’s 2019 Educator of the Gifted. Sheila is currently serving as TAGT’s Board of Directors, K-12

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