KEYNOTE: Kristie Speirs Neumeister
Since the beginning of her academic career, Kristie has been interested in understanding perfectionism in gifted students, including how it develops, impacts social and emotional well being, and influences achievement motivation. In addition to perfectionism, an emerging interest of Kristie's is gaining an understanding of factors that influence the success of twice-exceptional learners. The research on this group of learners is currently gaining momentum in the field of gifted education.
Another thread that runs through her academic and professional engagement is the development of books and materials that can be used by practitioners in the field to design and or improve programs for gifted students. This developed from her direct work with the practitioners who take her graduate courses in gifted education as well as those she has met through consultation with their districts.
Kristie has worked with a number of school districts (from large, urban to small, rural) in the state of Indiana, and through this work, spent considerable time developing ways to “translate” the research findings from the field into the language of practitioners to give them concrete guidance on identification, services, and curriculum and instruction that is based in best practices.Dr. Catherine Hagerman Pangan
"STEAM for Gifted Kids"
Catherine is an Associate Professor at Butler University in the College of Education. She is a past recipient of the Richard Guyer Chair in Education and serves as Program Coordinator of the Elementary Program. She is honored to work with freshman through graduate students and many community partners. Her work focuses on science and social studies methods, teacher leadership, education technology, and pre-service teaching. She also has a unique role as a “Faculty-in-Residence" and lives, along with her family, with 630 freshmen and sophomores.
Dr. Pangan contributes as a columnist in The New Teacher Advocate magazine as “Dr. P.” and has written curriculum for teachers for exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Her proudest literary work is a children’s book titled “No Peanuts for Me!” about her son’s peanut allergy. She also authored chapters for “The Power of Teacher Leaders” and “Connecting Children to Nature” and advised on a student led publication “The Gifts of Indiana.”
Currently she is the co-project manager for One Butler: The Brain Project, a year-long initiative focused on the impact neuroscience has in every dimension of our lives. She is honored to serve as a trustee on Sycamore School's board. Dr. Pangan received her B.S. in Elementary Education, Master’s in Educational Administration, an endorsement in Gifted Education, and Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching with an emphasis on policy and education law. Dr. Pangan has been working in education for almost 20 years.
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead! In this workshop we will engage in thoughtful ways to integrate science, technology, engineering, art, and math through many different types of explorations including Suminagashi, Kandinski’s work, and even experiment with some virobot painting.