Vision & Goals
SUSD Gifted Programs provide challenging curriculum to gifted students through the use of differentiated instruction designed to best meet the academic and affective needs of the students. The gifted program is designed to teach students with meaningful learning experiences that foster an enriched and in-depth understanding of the core curriculum. These best practices for gifted education guide and shape our gifted programs throughout the district.
Prepare SUSD students for a global and technologically advanced society. Success requires advanced academic learning, appropriate social skills, emotional stability and ethical decision-making leadership. Program Goals:
Provide learning experiences that are responsive to the cognitive, creative and affective development of gifted students by applying education theory and research-based models of curriculum and instruction that are culturally relevant and designed to ensure specific student outcomes.
My Child is Gifted… Now What? Gifted Programming in SUSD
Join Gifted Education Director, Karen Brown as she provides an overview of the continuum of
gifted services available in SUSD, Preschool through High School. Parents will gain insights
into various program models to determine which services best fit their children’s distinctive
needs. Karen will also discuss how the various programs support the social/emotional and
academic needs of gifted learners. About the Speaker:
Karen Brown is the new Gifted and Accelerated Learning Director for SUSD. In her role, she
supports administrators, teachers, parents, and students in both the academic and social
emotional areas. Karen teaches in the Gifted Education Masters’ Program at ASU and consults
with districts throughout the country on curriculum, Common Core implementation, Depth of
Knowledge, differentiation strategies, and depth and complexity training. Karen received the
2013 NAGC Professional Development Award and NAGC’s Gifted Specialist award in 2018.
She co-authored the books, Differentiated Lessons for Every Learner: Standards-Based
Activities and A Teacher’s Guide to Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning. Seminar 2: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Saguaro High School, Community Room
Presenter: Dr. Laura Wingers
“Mindfulness, Mental Health and Well-being: Meeting the Needs of Gifted Children”
Young gifted students can be wonderfully (and awfully) intense! Intellectual, emotional, sensory,
and/or behavioral intensity can create feelings of being “out of sync” with parents, peers, or even
with themselves. Those with academic or other challenges combined with high IQ can
experience such intensity even more keenly. What are the expected behaviors in young gifted
children? And what are risk factors and “red flag” behaviors that may lead to greater concerns?
How does this affect the family? And how can we as parents find help? Get answers to these
questions and more, as we explore how we can incorporate a more mindful way of being in our
own lives and in how we respond to our children. Exploring how we can pause, reflect, adapt,
and adjust – how we can be less reactive and more “present in the moment” – often leads to
reductions in stress levels and improvements in quality of life, regardless of the challenges we or
our children face. Dr. Wingers will also share mindfulness-based intervention approaches with
our students and teachers in a series of classroom presentations with students and professional
learning for our teachers About the Speaker:
Laura Wingers, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and the founder of CENTER Psychology & Consulting,
located in Scottsdale, Arizona. She works closely with parents, teachers, physicians and other treatment
providers to identify and meet the needs of school age children and adolescents. Dr. Wingers’ professional focusincludes:
* highly and profoundly gifted intellect and related developmental asynchrony
* dyslexia and other learning differences
* ADHD and executive function impairments, and
* anxiety and mood disorders.
With nearly 20 years’ experience, and expertise in pediatric neuropsychology, clinical psychology, and school psychology, Dr. Wingers’ services include: * gifted assessment
* neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological assessment, and
* psycho-educational assessment for children from preschool through high school.
Dr. Wingers and CENTER clinicians also provide solution-focused therapy and consultative services for
parents and children as well as mindfulness-based intervention approaches. Dr. Wingers also provides
training and consultation services for school districts and parent groups locally and nationally.
Gifted Pre-K will be offered at Kiva Elementary and Redfield Elementary for the 2020-2021 school year!
Assessment is offered every Monday beginning in November at Echo Canyon Elementary at 2:45 pm. For more information contact:
Community Education at 480-484-7932