NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

K-12 Professionals

Gifted Education Essentials

EDUC 2000




Instructor: Bethany Ustanko

Grading: Letter or S/U

Tuesday, June 01, 2021 - Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Course completion: September 3, 2021

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Available Seats: 14 of 25

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $70

Course Description:

My student already knows the material in this lesson, what do I do?”

“How do I help my high ability learners reach their full potential?”

“What are the best practices for teaching gifted learners?”

These questions are common for educators when considering the needs gifted and talented students in their classrooms. Whether attendees are educators in a general education setting, gifted and talented education specialists, or administrators this professional development course is designed to help answer these and other essential questions. The webinars which are a key component of this course offer a foundation for understanding the educational, psychological, and advocacy needs of these students.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from North Dakota’s leaders and experts in the field of Gifted and Talented education.  These experts include (but are not limited to):

  • Yee Han Chu, MSSW, Ph. D.; NDAGC President & Chair
  • Ann Duchscher, MA; NDAGC Treasurer
  • Julie Jaeger MS; NDAGC Board Officer
  • Alicia Schroeder-Schock, MA; NDAGC Board Officer

Content is focused on the following themes:

  • Curriculum
  • Programming
  • Assessment
  • Identification
  • Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted
  • Advocacy

Flexibility and choice will be integrated to allow learners to diversify for individual needs and interests. The goal of this course is for attendees to feel more secure in responding to students’ intellectual maturity, and in providing instruction tailored to the unique learning needs of gifted leaners.


  1. Gain an understanding about best practices for curriculum, programming, assessment, identification, social and emotional, and advocacy needs for gifted and talented learners.
  2. Reflect on new learning, and identify its implications on attendees’ current educational practice.
  3. Craft actionable steps towards the implementation of best practices for gifted leaners into attendee’s future educational practice.


Resources are optional and provided with each webinar presentation. A primary resource is listed below for webinars developed through January 2021. A current listing is available to NDAGC members at ndagc.org 

  • Who Are the Gifted? presented by Jacqueline Owen
  • Helping Your Perfectionistic Child Feel Good Enough presented by Yee Han Chu
    • Adelson, J. L., & Wilson, H. E. (2009). Letting go of perfect: Overcoming perfectionism in kids.  Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.
  • Elevate Critical Creative Thinking presented by Julie Jaeger
  • Demystifying Differentiation for the Gifted presented by Ann Duchscher
    • Heacox, D, & Cash, R. (2020). Differentiation for gifted learners: Going beyond the basics.  Revised and updated edition.  Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing.
  • Reading for Depth and Complexity: Implementing the Icons in Your Instruction presented by Beth Ustanko and Alicia Schroeder-Schock
    • Byrd, I. & Van Gemert, L. (2019). Gifted guild's guide to depth and complexity: Finding your way through the framework.
  • How to Talk to Power Brokers about Gifted Education presented by Yee Han Chu and Ashley Hanna
  • Twice Exceptional Students: What do these Students Need? Presented by Yee Han Chu, Jacqueline Owen, Anna Hoover, Katie Clark and Sara Robinson
  • Ensuring Equitable and Defensible Assessment of Gifted and Talented Students presented by Yee Han Chu, Ann Duchscher, and Alicia Schroeder-Schock
  • The Schoolwide Enrichment Model: Building Talent in Your Schools presented by Alicia Schroeder-Schock
    • Reiss & Renzulli (2014). The Schoolwide Enrichment Model: A How-To Guide for Talent Development
  • Understanding the Gifted Child: Exploring the Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Children presented by Beth Ustanko and Emily Jones
    • Webb et al. (2016). Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children and Adults
  • Elevate Critical Creative Thinking via Digital Storytelling presented by Julie Jaeger
  • Providing Coping Support to High School Students in AP Courses: A Review of the ACE Program presented by Yee Han Chu
    • Shaunessy-Dedrick, E. & Suldo, S. (2020, November 15). Teaching Teens a Superpower: How to Cope with Academic Stress Using Strategies that Co-occur with Happiness [Conference presentation]. NAGC 67th Virtual Annual Convention.
  • Curriculum Compacting presented by Alicia Schroeder-Schock

About The Instructor

Bethany Ustanko

Bethany received her M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction in 2008 from the College of St. Catherine/St. Paul and earned her B.A. from Concordia College in 1999. She has 22+ years teaching experience and is currently a Gifted Services Teacher for Fargo Public Schools.

Special Instructions:

Available ONLY to members of the North Dakota Association for Gifted Children (NDAGC). For membership information, please visit ndagc.org/.

**Registration Instructions:

Summer registrations begin March 1, 2021.  URL will close July 23rd @ 5:00 p.m.

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