Dr. Alicia Cotabish, assistant professor of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and 2013-2015 President of the Arkansas Association of Gifted Education Administrators (AAGEA), recently served as the Keynote Speaker for the 22nd Annual Conference of the Minnesota Educators of the Gifted and Talented in Brainerd, MN. The conference theme, Pump It Up: Differentiate the Common Core, attracted several hundred conference attendees. Dr. Cotabish presented two keynote presentations tied to her recent book release, Using the Next Generation Science Standards with Gifted and Advanced Learners. Both keynote presentations provided strategies in designing and delivering high quality gifted education programs focused on the Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards.
Dr. Debbie Dailey, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning in UCA’s College of Education, was awarded the Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education (AGATE) Challenger Award. AGATE is an independent organization promoting excellence in education, particularly as it relates to gifted and talented children and youth in Arkansas. The purpose of the Challenger Award is to honor and recognize a person or persons who risked taking an unusual (creative, different, innovative) step in a direction most people would probably not think of or consider. The award was presented to Dr. Dailey at the 2014 AGATE Conference held February 5-7 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.