Minnesota Council for the Gifted & Talented

Connections. Advocacy. Resources. Equity. Support.


Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Robbinsdale Middle School
Co-sponsored by Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented and Robbinsdale Area Schools

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2015 Keynote Speakers – 

Morning Keynote Speaker – Layne Kalbfleisch
Gifted, Twice Exceptional, and The Study of Each (Both) – Emerging Insights from Cognitive Neuroscience– An active question alive in the field centers on aspects of giftedness that may mimic behavioral qualities of psychological, learning, or psychiatric conditions. How do you discern between giftedness and impairment based on behavior? How can you characterize twice-­exceptionality more precisely (in cases of specific learning disability, dyslexia, attention disorder, and autism spectrum disorder)? What is the nature of asynchrony in some gifted children? Recent evidence suggests that asynchrony is connected to the relationship between certain aspects of intelligence and executive function. In fact, this relationship may account for many of the idiosyncrasies we observe about giftedness on the individual level and provide a pragmatic means for bridging the gaps between assessment, identification, and support in both the classroom and the therapeutic environment. While this work is newly emerging and in progress, based on information from the most recent neuroscience in the study of giftedness and of twice exceptionality, new information will be presented that offers the listener distinct pathways for inquiry, insight, and new understanding.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker – Richard Rusczyk

Problem Solving: A 21st Century Education – The professional landscape moves quickly now, and will move much faster in the world today’s students will shape. Preparing students for these rapid changes requires more than simply imparting specific skills that may quickly be obsolete. In this address, Rusczyk will discuss the shortcomings of the traditional approach to math education, and remedies to help prepare students for rigorous college classes and competitive careers. While the talk will focus on math-related topics, many of the issues we’ll discuss are relevant to other areas of study.

Richard Rusczyk is the founder of Art of Problem Solving, co-author of The Art of Problem Solving textbooks, director of USA Mathematical Talent Search, and a co-creator of the Mandelbrot Competition. In 2012, he won the MATHCOUNTS distinguished alumnus award. He will also facilitate a morning workshop with the kids and an afternoon session for adult attendees.