Webinar Series

Fall 2021 HAL Webinar Series: Planning for Sustainability

HAL/MTSS Pilot Project – Sheyanne Meadows, HAL Specialist, NDE & Tessa Fraass, MTSS Regional Support Lead, NeMTSS

September 29 – 4:00pm (CST)

High Ability Learning programs often are treated as “one more thing” or as a siloed service. Streamlining systems and serving ALL students is at the heart of multi-tiered systems of support. This includes students who are high ability.  MTSS has been primarily used to identify and support struggling students. While the model has primarily been used this way, recent models have extended to include high ability learners in the MTSS system.


While there are several models of MTSS for gifted learners, there is very little data and research to support the models. In partnership with NeMTSS, we are launching a pilot program to support schools in integrating HAL into their MTSS system. This webinar will provide background information and details regarding the pilot program. Come learn with us and decide if this pilot may be a good fit for your school!

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Leading District HAL Services – Julee Sauer, Director of Secondary Curriculum, Papillion La Vista Community Schools

October 6, 4:00pm (CST)

This session provides participants with a district administrative perspective on serving students with identified high-ability learning needs.  Dr. Julee Sauer and Deb Rodenburg from Papillion LaVista Community Schools (PLCS) share their experiences along with the guiding principles and practices of the PLCS’s continuum of services.

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Partnering with Parents of Gifted Children – Monica Hutfles, K-12 High Ability Learning Program Facilitator, Millard Public Schools

October 13, 4:00pm (CST)

Parents of gifted children want to be involved in their child’s education.  We will share examples of how schools can communicate with gifted parents, as well as available resources for parents.

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Secondary Services for High Ability Learners – James Klaus, High School Spectrum Facilitator, Rutherford County Schools

October 20, 4:00pm (CST)

One common question in HAL programs is how do we serve our high school students? From AP and advanced academics to college tours and post-secondary opportunities, high school HAL services vary wildly and can be a source of stress. This session will discuss one district’s model of serving secondary gifted students through affective domains and skills that will assist them in college and beyond.

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Effectiveness of Synchronous/Asynchronous Webinars for Professional Learning – Sheyanne Meadows, HAL Specialist, NDE & Jude Matyo-Cepero, Professor of Gifted Education, University of Nebraska Kearney

October 27, 4:00pm (CST)

As the world becomes more connected and technology more prevalent, how can we harness it to provide wide-spread professional learning for gifted educators? This study examines the effectiveness of a series of webinars offered synchronously and asynchronously as a way to deliver professional development to educators. The data and recommendations for future practice in professional learning will be shared.

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Administrator Panel

November 3, 4:00pm (CST)

Join us for a panel of administrators from schools/ESUs across the state to hear their experiences with supporting HAL programs. Administrators will range from starting HAL programs to having robust programs, as well as represent urban, suburban, and rural areas of Nebraska.

Past Webinars

New NSCAS Growth and Implications for HAL

HAL and Perfectionism

Differentiation for High Ability Learners Webinar Series

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Data-Based Decisions and Differentiation for High Ability Learners in an MTSS System (March 2, 2021), Presenters: Kristy Feden,  Claudine Kennicut, Sheyanne Meadows

Curriculum Compacting and Tiered Lesson Plans: Practical Strategies for Teacher (March 17, 2021) Presenters: Jude Matyo-Cepero, Patricia Hoehner, Dillon Goltl, Kellsey Hoehner, Nicole Teten

Bored No More:  Four Ways to Differentiate Instruction for Academically Advanced Learners (March 24, 2021), Presenter: Tamra Stambaugh, Vanderbilt University


The Power of Partnership (March 31, 2021) Presenters: Molly Wolfe-Koehler

Practical Differentiation Strategies (April 14, 2021), Presenter: Kate Hough

Supporting High Ability Learners Through Creativity (April 21, 2021), Presenters: Beth Maloney, Sheyanne Meadows

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.

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SEL, MTSS, and HAL: How to Make Them Work Together – Casey Hurner, Lindsee Fryatt, & Sheyanne Meadows (Session 1: October 20th)

Twice-Exceptional Students – Jude Matyo-Cepero (Session 2: October 28th)

Gifted Students and Mental Health: The Role of Boredom, Belonging, Friendship, Service Delivery, and Academic Challenge – Tim Stambaugh (Session 4: November 12th)

The Role and Future of the School Psychologist – Emma Sinnett (Session 5: November 18th)

Experiences with the Strategic Instructional Model and Possible Selves – Jude Matyo-Cepero and Class (Session 6: December 2nd)

Voices from the School: Student Panel (Session 7: December 9th)

Updated October 26, 2022 11:58am