Webinar Series

Differentiation for High Ability Learners Webinar Series

March 2nd, 3:00 (CST) – Data-Based Decisions and Differentiation for High Ability Learners in an MTSS System

High Ability Learners are often lumped together for interventions and services regardless of their talent domain, strengths and weaknesses, and specific learning needs. This session will explore how we can use data on our HAL students to make decisions that place them in an appropriate, tiered intervention and adjust as we continue to collect data. We will discuss how to integrate this differentiation and problem solving within an existing MTSS system.


Kristy Feden, Regional Support Lead – Regions 1&2, NeMTSS

Claudine Kennicut, Regional Support Lead – Region 4, NeMTSS

Sheyanne Meadows, High Ability Learning Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education

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March 17th, 3:00 (CST)Curriculum Compacting and Tiered Lesson Plans: Practical Strategies for Teacher


Jude Matyo-Cepero, Professor of Gifted, University of Nebraska Kearney

Patricia Hoehner, Professor, EDAD Department, University of Nebraska Kearney

Dillon Goltl, STS Teacher, Millard Public Schools

Kellsey Hoehner, Special education, Papillion La Vista Community Schools

Nicole Teten, 6th Grade Science Teacher, HI Nebraska City Public Schools

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March 24th, 3:00 (CST) Bored No More:  Four Ways to Differentiate Instruction for Academically Advanced Learners

Looking for ways to differentiate instruction for your students who already know or could learn more quickly your grade level curriculum standards?  We will define common terms and strategies used in gifted education such as depth, complexity, abstractness, and creativity and then we will examine ways to incorporate these strategies into your classroom curriculum.  Several examples will be shared with opportunities for practice, as time allows.



Tamra Stambaugh, Vanderbilt University

March 31st, 3:00 (CST) – The Power of Partnership

Practical tips to maximize the impact of HAL services in your schools.


Molly Wolfe-Koehler, K-12 High Ability Learner Facilitator, Bellevue Public Schools

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April 14th, 3:00 (CST) – Practical Differentiation Strategies

This session will outline how to create environments to best support differentiation by maximizing instructional time and student learning. A quick review of key reports using MAP assessment data to align students with opportunities to learn higher level standards aid participants in determining who and what to teach next. Specific strategies supporting differentiated content, process and product for gifted learners will be presented with resources teachers and facilitators can use in their classrooms today!


Kate Hough, HAL Facilitator, Elkhorn Public Schools

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April 21st, 3:00 (CST) – Supporting High Ability Learners Through Creativity

Creativity is usually associated with the theater, dance, music, and art. Creativity is not simply the ability to excel in the arts, but has a strong correlation with intelligence and individuals eminence in a field or domain. In order for students who have talents in fields such as Math or English to reach the next level in potential fulfillment, they need to be able to produce novel ideas and think outside the box to solve problems. This presentation will discuss the components of creativity, as well as provide strategies to provide creative thinking opportunities for HAL students.


Beth Maloney, Gifted and Talented Education Instruction and Support, Omaha Public Schools

Sheyanne Meadows, High Ability Learning Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education

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April 28th, 3:00 (CST) – Differentiating Curriculum for HAL: Experiences of Professionals in Curriculum Building at University of Nebraska Kearney

Teachers, undergraduates, and other professionals experienced designing and differentiating curriculum for high ability learners in their class this semester at the University of Nebraska Kearney, taught by Jude Matyo-Cepero. These students will share their experiences with curriculum for HAL students, including barriers, successes, and advice for other educators.

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Past Webinars

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 April 29, 2021 2:38pm