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  • Keynote Presentations

    Reflections on the Gifted Brain, Exceptionalities, and Engagement for Thriving in School
    Nicole A. Tetreault, PhD

    Neuroscience is illuminating how no two brains are alike. Each of our brains is as unique as our fingerprints based on our genetics, autobiographical memories, and current perceptions. We live in a world rich in neurodiversity, each brain uniquely wired to experience, process, and communicate differently. Research shows one in five people have neurodivergent minds including giftedness, autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, and sensory processing disorder. And neurodivergence impacts people across a wide variety of intellectual and creative abilities, including those who are twice-exceptional (high potential plus a learning disability). This can lead to challenges in school, at home, and in personal relationships. Dr. Tetreault advocates for neuro-uniqueness as the “new normal,” explaining how groundbreaking science leads us to nurture the entire individual: our gifts, our challenges, and everything in between. Explore positive practices centered around neuroscience and psychology to nurture the whole person. When a person taps into their essence and shares their gifts, they experience the light of coming into their full embodiment, where they live and thrive as liberated beings.


    Dr. Nicole Tetreault is a compassionate neuroscientist, author, meditation teacher, and international speaker on topics of neurodiversity, neurodevelopment, creativity, mental health, and wellness. Her book, Insight into a Bright Mind, explores groundbreaking research examining the experiences of unique, creative, and intense brains through interviews, storytelling, and literary science, while advocating for new directions of human diversity and neurodiversity. Nicole received her Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in biology specializing in neurodevelopment and neurodegenerative disorders. As the founder of Awesome Neuroscience, she translates the most promising neuroscience and positive psychology for people to live their best life. Nicole has authored numerous academic papers on intelligence, autism, brain evolution, neuroinflammation, and behavior. She is a professor at Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education and teaches the complexities of neurodiversity, meditation, and neuroscience. Nicole leads a new generation of meditation practices by fusing novel discoveries in neuroscience with the ancient lineage of Buddhist meditation. As recipient of the Milton Career Exploration Prize from Caltech, she founded the novel non-profit Beyond the Cell, a transformative program to rehabilitate incarcerated women through guided meditation, neuroscience, literature, and expressive writing. Nicole believes we have the ability to wire our minds for positive plasticity through compassion and wisdom and live the life we dream. For more about Nicole, please visit nicoletetreault.com and beyondthecell.org.

     

    2022 Palmarium Award and Keynote

    A Future Path for Gifted Education: Understanding and Promoting Domain Specific Talent Development

    Dr. Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Northwestern University

    The field of gifted education has shifted from a focus on general giftedness to talent within domains. But what do we know about the nature of talent development within different domains? What is the evidence regarding the role and importance of domain specific abilities for achievement? How can an understanding of pathways and trajectories for different domains assist educators and parents in fostering talent development for more students? How can we make insider knowledge about domains explicit and cultivate psychosocial skills to enable more under-represented students to maximize their potential? These are the questions that will be addressed in this presentation. 

     

    Dr. Paula Olszewski-Kubilius is the director of the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University and a professor in the School of Education and Social Policy. Over the past 38 years, she has worked to create programs models to meet the need of diverse gifted learners including online learning programs, summer, and weekend programs. She has written and published extensively about issues in gifted education, with a particular focus on talent development for under-served gifted students. Her recent work includes The Handbook of High Performance: Developing Potential into Domain-Specific Talent with colleagues Rena Subotnik and Frank Worrell, published by the American Psychological Association, and Unlocking Potential. Identifying and Serving Gifted Students from Low-Income Households, with Tamra Stambaugh, published by Prufrock Press. Olszewski-Kubilius has served as the editor of Gifted Child Quarterly, co-editor of the Journal of Secondary Gifted Education and on the editorial boards of Gifted and Talented International, Roeper Review, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, and Gifted Child Today. She is currently the vice chair of the board of trustees of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and serves on that advisory boards for the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary and the Robinson Center for Young Scholars at the University of Washington. She is a past- President of the National Association for Gifted Children and the Illinois Association for Gifted Children. Dr. Olszewski-Kubilius has received several awards for her publications along with co-authors including the Gifted Child Quarterly Paper of the Year Award in 2011, 2017 and 2020; The Gifted Child Quarterly Paper of the Decade in 2020; the Mensa Education and Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research in 2013; and the National Association for Gifted Children Scholarly Book of the Year Award in 2018, 2019 and 2020. She received the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2009 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2016 from the National Association for Gifted Children.

     

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This portfolio last updated: 10-Apr-2022 1:59 PM