HAL & SEL Webinar Series
High Ability Learners and Social-Emotional Learning Webinar Series
Presented by the Nebraska Department of Education and University of Nebraska Kearney
High Ability Learners are a unique population of students with unique needs. While their academic needs are important, meeting their affective needs is crucial to success. Research shows that gifted students have distinct characteristics which creates the need for targeted support in their psycho-social development. Through this webinar series, we will explore the affective needs of High Ability Learners, the importance of supporting their needs, and the implications for HAL teachers, counselors, and school psychologists. Join us for 7 wonderful sessions with experts in the field, practitioners, and the voices of students currently living this reality.
Session 1: October 20th, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (CST)
SEL, MTSS, and HAL: How to Make Them Work Together – Casey Hurner, Lindsee Fryatt, & Sheyanne Meadows
MTSS is a familiar framework traditionally applied to academics. Social-Emotional Learning is crucial to student success, and this occurs at every level in the MTSS framework and should be focused on in the CORE. While SEL can support all students, how specifically does it impact High Ability Learners, and what do they look like in the different tiers? This session will outline SEL within an MTSS framework and how we can use this to support the development of High Ability Learners.
Sheyanne Meadows is the High Ability Learning Specialist for the Nebraska Department of Education. Casey Hurner serves as the NeMTSS Regional Lead for Region 3, and Lindsee Fryatt is the NeMTSS Regional Lead for Regions 1 & 2.
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Session 2: October 28th, 3:00-4:00 p.m. (CST)
Twice-Exceptional Students – Jude Matyo-Cepero
Jude Matyo-Cepero, Ph.D, NBCT, currently works at the College of Education, SPED & Gifted Education, University of Nebraska at Kearney. She is the recipient of the Lewis Professorship for Gifted Education. Research interests include: Advocacy, Gifted Education, Autism, Twice-Exceptional, Behavior and teacher education.
Session 3: November 6th, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (CST)
Dr. Susannah Wood is a prolific researcher in the field of gifted education and psychology. Through her breadth of research and passion, she will discuss the synthesis of her findings into her top 10 tips for counselors to support learners with high ability.
Susannah M. Wood, Ph.D. is currently an associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education at the University of Iowa. She is also a faculty partner with the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talented Development, where she provides professional development opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, and practicing educators related to the social and emotional concerns of gifted students. Her research interests encompass preparing school counselors for practice, with a particular focus on serving the gifted population in collaboration with other educators and professionals. Dr Wood’s research has been published in such peer-reviewed publications as Gifted Child Quarterly, Roeper Review, Journal of the Education of the Gifted, Journal of School Counseling, Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, and Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy. In 2018 she and Dr. Jean Sunde Peterson published Counseling Gifted Students: A Guide for School Counselors with Springer Publishing Company
Session 4: November 12th, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (CST)
Gifted Students and Mental Health: The Role of Boredom, Belonging, Friendship, Service Delivery, and Academic Challenge – Tim Stambaugh
What do boredom and belonging have to do with friendships, perceived challenge, depression, and anxiety? How do students’ perceptions of boredom and belonging relate to their mental health? This session explores the results of an empirical study focused on relationships among these constructs. After a review of the literature and findings, recommendations for interventions for counselors, educators, and administrators will be shared.
Tim Stambaugh, PhD is a clinical counselor specializing in the social and emotional needs of academically gifted students. His research and writing focuses on boredom and belonging as well as their related correlates. Twenty-five years of experience in community settings and private practice along with membership in organizations including ACA have informed a rich clinical environment for his work.
Session 5: November 18th, 3:00-4:00 p.m. (CST)
The Role and Future of the School Psychologist – Emma Sinnett
This session will be focused on the role of a school psychologist in regard to future implications of our work with the gifted student population. Additionally, this session will cover the process of identifying these students and the available supports that can be utilized to help this population succeed in all facets of life.
Session 6: December 2nd, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (CST)
Experiences with the Strategic Instructional Model and Possible Selves – Jude Matyo-Cepero and Class
Session 7: December 9th, 3:00-4:00 p.m. (CST)
Learning tips and theories behind the services we provide for gifted students is important, but it is totally different when we actually see it manifest in our classrooms. This group of middle-to-high school-aged students share their experiences growing up gifted and how their psychosocial needs impacted their journey.
Sheyanne Meadows: Sheyanne Meadows is the High Ability Learning Specialist for the Nebraska Department of Education. She completed her bachelors and master’s degrees at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Prior to coming to Nebraska, she taught middle school gifted ELA in a district just outside of Nashville. In addition to teaching, she worked at Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth in their summer programs for gifted students in grades K-12. Sheyanne is a member of the National Association for Gifted Children, the Council for State Directors of Programs for the Gifted, and serves on the NeMTSS Committee.
Jude Matyo-Cepero: Jude Matyo-Cepero, Ph.D, NBCT, currently works at the College of Education, SPED & Gifted Education, University of Nebraska at Kearney. She is the recipient of the Lewis Professorship for Gifted Education. Research interests include: Advocacy, Gifted Education, Autism, Twice-Exceptional, Behavior and teacher education.
Emma Sinnett: Emma is originally from Omaha, attained her undergraduate degree in Psychology and is currently studying School Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in their graduate program. At this time, she is completing her practicum experience in Lexington with Lexington Public Schools. Emma is the secretary of the graduate committee, GrASP (Graduate Association of School Psychologists) and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Additionally, she has a piece in the National Association of Professional Development Schools accepted and is in production to be released in December. That article is titled Building A Vision for STEM Instruction: Preparing Early Childhood Teacher Candidates.