Louisiana Lagniappe (LAgniappe) Summer Institute for Teachers

Advanced strategies for all teachers!
High end learning & talent development for all students!


Tuesday June 1, 2010
Dr. Thomas Hays ( Lincoln, Nebraska Public Schools, ret)

Keynote: Anti-intellectualism:  What it is. What it does. What can be done?Although this "ism" is rarely identified, discussed or understood it has a profound effect on American culture and education. This presentation is an exploration of the nature of anti-intellectualism and how it manifests itself in the popular culture, general education and the education of high ability learners. Topics included are: A definition of anti-intellectualism, an explanation of the different types of anti-intellectualism, specific examples of how it "shows itself" in the popular culture and in schools, a review of several research studies, and some practical solutions to the educational problems it causes.  Examples of how anti-intellectualism discourages student achievement will also be included.

Breakout: Anti-intellectualism: The Rest of the Story 
This session will provide specific information on the ways that anti-intellectualism affects the education of high ability learners and will examine the solutions offered by various authors and researchers.  Resources on this topic will be discussed.   Participants will be encouraged to share their own encounters with anti-intellectualism. 


Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Dr. Kathy Gavin, University of Connecticut

Keynote:  Math Myths: Truth or Fiction? 
We are on the brink of a new industrial order dominated by technology that is changing and will continue to change the entire world. Understanding and using mathematics plays a key role in our country’s ability to remain a major player on the global playing field.  A fresh look at old math myths provides the backdrop to learn about exciting new math curriculum and instructional strategies to develop one of our most precious societal resources, the mathematical talent of our promising young students.    

Breakout: Teaching Math to Talented Elementary Students 
In this session, participants engage in some investigations from advanced math units for elementary students developed by Project M3 and Project M2. As students take on the role of practicing mathematicians, they go on an archeological dig to uncover the Mystery of the MoLi Stone, encounter footprints of the Yeti in the Himalayas, graph and analyze wacky world records, and much more. Primary students meet the Meerkats, Dru and Teller, and help them design a shape gallery for students around the world. In all of the exciting units, students think deeply about complex concepts, write about their new findings, and come to love mathematics.   

Thursday, June 3, 2010
Dr. Thomas P. Hebert, University of Georgia

Keynote: Lessons Learned from Gifted Students’  Life Stories Teachers often learn important lessons from students. This presentation explores the life stories of several noteworthy students who provide insights on growing up gifted. Highlighted are the social and emotional issues they encounter in life. From these stories teachers recognize their influential roles and examine strategies to provide support for the young people they teach. 

Breakout: Supporting Social and Emotional Development Through Biographies
Teachers working with gifted teenagers can support the social and emotional development of their students through biographies. The inspirational life stories of men and women of achievement deliver powerful messages to gifted middle and high school students. In this interactive session, educators examine how to use biographical materials to address complex issues such as peer group expectations, underachievement, multipotentiality, and the development of resilience. Sample lessons and a menu of recommended of biographies are offered.