2018 Gifted Education Conference – Presented through the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education

Talented Voices: Diversity and Equity in Gifted Education

8th Annual Conference

On behalf of the Morgridge College of Education, welcome to the 8th Annual Gifted Education Conference – Presented by the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education: Talented Voices: Diversity and Equity in Gifted Education.

Designed for teacher leaders, building and district leaders, parents, mental health professionals, and education service providers, the conference is intended to provide specific topical information about selected areas in gifted education.

This year, we are planning another dynamic and informative Symposium and Conference that focuses on identification of and service to all gifted learners. Join us to learn strategies for recognizing talent, and tools for the development of programming and service models. Important policy issues and trends facing gifted education today will be highlighted and discussed during the Symposium. The Gifted Education Conference will join leading educators and researchers with participants to explore gifted education through an equity lens with a recognition of all gifted learners.

Past speakers have included: Dr. Frank C. Worrell, Dr. Susan Assouline, Dr. Chester Finn, Dr. Rena Subotnik, Dr. James Delisle, and Dr. Bertie Kingore. Please bookmark this page and check back often as we will continually update information as we finalize speakers and other important details about this exciting event. We look forward to having you join us in February 2018!


Norma Lu Hafenstein, Ph.D.

Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education

Clinical Professor, Curriculum Studies and Teaching

Morgridge College of Education

Conference Schedule

  • Policy Symposium: February 7, 2018  4:30 PM – 7:00 PM MST
  • Conference: February 8, 2018  8:00 AM – 5:30 PM MST


  • Discounts Available
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2018 Conference Speakers

Keynote SpeakerS

Dina Brulles, Ph.D.

Dr. Brulles is the Gifted Program Coordinator for the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Dina is also the Director of Gifted Education in the Paradise Valley Unified School District in Arizona where she has developed a continuum of gifted education programs. Dr. Brulles is Past President of the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented (AAGT).  She currently serves on SENG’s Editorial Board and on their Diversity Committee (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted), and also serves on the NAGC’s Equity and Diversity Committee (National Association for Gifted Children).  Dina assists school districts in evaluating and developing their gifted programs.  She has created and supervised cluster-grouping programs and has become a recognized expert in that practice. Dr. Brulles’ publications include, The Cluster Grouping Handbook:  How To Challenge Gifted Students and Improve Achievement For All and Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom, both by Free Spirit Publishing, and Helping All Gifted Children Learn:  A Teacher’s Guide to Using the NNAT, by Pearson Assessment Inc. 

Stephen H. Chou, Psy.D.

Dr. Chou is a licensed clinical psychologist and Director of Training at the Summit Center. He is also the owner of and a licensed clinical psychologist within his private practice in Burlingame, CA and Boulder, CO. Dr. Chou is a former adjunct professor at the Alliant International University – California School of Professional Psychology at the San Francisco Bay Area campus, and current adjunct professor at the University of Denver. He has specialties in Family/Child and Multicultural/Community counseling and neuropsychological assessment, especially within the field of giftedness/2e/multi-e. Dr. Chou has been delighted with the myriad of fascinating mind, heart, and soulful presentations of gifted and talented children, youth, and their families; not only with their intelligence but also with their unique socio-emotional development over the lifetime.

Dr. Chou graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a BA in Integrative Biology and a minor in music, Johns Hopkins University with a BS in Nursing, and from Alliant International University – California School of Professional Psychology with an MA and PSYD in Clinical Psychology.

Judy Kiyama, Ph.D.

Dr. Judy Kiyama received her PhD from the University of Arizona. Dr. Kiyama’s research examines the structures that shape educational opportunities for underserved groups through an asset-based lens to better understand the collective knowledge and resources drawn upon to confront, negotiate, and (re)shape such structures. Her research is organized in three interconnected areas: the role of parents and families; equity and power in educational research; and underserved groups as collective networks of change. Dr. Kiyama’s current projects focus on the high school to college transition experiences of first-generation, and low-income, and families of color and their role in serving as sources of cultural support for their college-aged students. In 2014 Dr. Kiyama was awarded the Mildred García Exemplary Scholarship Award.

2018 Palmarium aWARD rECIPIENT

Please see our Call for Nominations

The Palmarium Award is awarded to the individual most exemplifying the vision of a future in which giftedness will be understood, embraced, and systematically nurtured throughout the nation and the world. Recipients demonstrate vision through understanding of giftedness in the areas of:

  • Practice by impacting graduate education, pre-service, and P-12Community
  • Outreach through advocacy at a variety of levels (local, national, international)
  • Publications informing teachers, children, parents, policy makers, and academia
  • Research influencing theory, practice, and policy

If you are interested in nominating an individual for the 2018 Palmarium Award, please contact us at idge@du.edu.

Policy & Practice Symposium

Dr. James T. Webb
2017 Palmarium Award Winner
President, Great Potential Press, Inc. Recognized as one of the most influential psychologists nationally on gifted education, with 16 books, over 75 professional publications, three DVDs, and many research papers.



Also Speaking:

Dr. Dina Brulles

Dr. Stephen H. Chou

Dr. Judy Kiyama

Panel moderated by Dr. Norma Hafenstein•University of Denver Morgridge College of Education Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education; Clinical Professor, Curriculum Studies and Teaching

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