This session is designed for 3rd-8th teachers who want to create tasks that truly ask students to think differently. The focus is on a model that allows for three different access points to engage thinking and task development. Participants will work through frames designed to grow ability as they create a set of model questions and tasks to immediately implement in their classrooms.
Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Time: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Christine In-Albon has been an educator in the Vail Unified School District for the last 25 years. Currently she is the Coordinator of the Gifted Program for the District, and has designed and implemented a school wide cluster model at three elementary sites. She also teaches honors environmental science courses, and has taught middle school science, gifted humanities, AP seminar and has started many enrichment opportunities for students. As an educator she strives to engage students in their learning and aid them in making connections outside of the classroom. Before teaching, Christine helped establish and run a non-profit working in Mexico and Southern Arizona focused on marine education and conserving sea turtle nesting beaches in Nayarit. Her passion is providing students engaging opportunities to discover and grow their strengths, abilities, and passions. Christine is an active member of the Southern Arizona Gifted Network and member of AAGT.
Mary Garcia is the Gifted and Advanced Program and Professional Development Specialist for the Vail Unified School District. She has a passion for connecting content and cultivating curiosity. She has over 25 years of experience teaching including an elementary reading specialist, middle school English Language Arts teacher, and gifted enrichment instructor. She recently partnered with Christine In-Albon to design and implement a school-wide cluster model at three elementary sites in the Vail Unified School District to increase access for all students. Her early educational experiences in Syria and the United States informed her educational philosophy that there is the power of perspective, connection and community and that learning must transcend the four walls of the classroom. Mary is an active member of the Arizona Association of Gifted and Talented and National Association of Gifted Children.
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