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Sunday, October 13 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Pre-conference session: Identifying the Young Gifted Child: Dynamic Assessment through Observation

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Attendees are welcome to check in for the conference in the Iowa Foyer (1st floor, conference center) before or after the pre-conference workshop.

Dr. Sally Beisser
Drake University

This presentation encourages observation, questioning, portfolio development, and communication known as “dynamic assessment” to assess advanced learners in early childhood rather than “static assessments” through normative testing. Dr. Beisser will distinguish static vs.dynamic assessment (Leaders Project, 2013) to explain that static assessment is determined by what a child already knows according to comparison to norms or set criteria. Dynamic assessment looks at a child’s ability to acquire or express skills or knowledge during an assessment. We will explore behaviors common to early gifted learners including:
1. Asynchronous development and/or self-critical behaviors
2. Early use of advanced vocabulary, complexity, and humor
3. Early literacy skills; interest in symbols
4. Excellent memory; retention from varied sources
5. Keen observation; curiosity and inquisitiveness
6. Intense interests in specific topics; concentration; perseverance; enjoys tinkering
7. Strong critical thinking skills; organizational skills
8. Creativity; imaginative capacity
9. Ability to understand complex concepts; thinks abstractly
10. Early demonstration of talents in music, art, athletics, or the performing arts.

The workshop will conclude with time for participants to personalize these observations in their own programs or district. Bring your laptops to create your own follow up documents to chart student behaviors of your pK-grade 3 advanced learners. We are all in this together!

Pre-conference attendees are invited to attend Parent Day breakout sessions, including a session on perfectionism with Dr. Beisser, at the conclusion of the pre-conference.