Norma Lu Hafenstein
What I doNorma Lu Hafenstein, Ph.D., is the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education at the University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences.
giftedness, gifted education, early childhood education, rural education, professional learning, Dabrowski, social and emotional development, adult giftedness, gifted education policy, gifted education research, doctoral education
- Ph.D., Education of the Gifted, University of Denver, 1986
- MS, Education of the Gifted, Kansas State University, 1980
- BS, Elementary Teaching, Emporia State University, 1979
- American Educational Research Association
- National Association for Gifted Children
- Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
- World Council for Gifted and Talented Children
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
- Colorado Consortium for Educator Programs: Gifted Education
- Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented
- Colorado Academy for Educators of the Gifted, Talented and Creative
- Council for Exceptional Children
a. Hafenstein, N.L., Hesbol, K. (August, 2018). Culturally Proficient Leadership in Identification of Under-Represented Gifted Students. 16th Conference of the European Council for High Ability (ECHA), Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland.
b. Hafenstein, N.L., Hesbol, K. (June, 2018). Design Thinking: Innovative Strategies to Improve the Identification of and Service to Gifted Learners. Right4Rural Education Symposium, Denver, CO
c. Hafenstein, N.L., Hesbol, Taylor, R. (April, 2018). Leadership Considerations to Improve Gifted Identification and Talent Development for Historically Marginalized Students in Rural Settings. Belin-Blank Center, The 2018 Wallace Research Symposium on Talent Development, Baltimore, MD.
d. Hafenstein, N.L., Hesbol, K, Medina, J., Taylor, R., & Amiri, F. (April, 2018). Influencing Leadership to Enact Culturally Responsive Practices in Gifted Education. Presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2018 Annual Meeting, New York City, NY.
e. Hesbol, K., Hafenstein, N.L., Amiri, F. (January, 2018). Rural and Remote: Changing the Unerrepresentation of Giftedness among Underrepresented Minority Students. Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE), 2018 Winter Leadership Conference, Westminster, CO.
f. Hafenstein, N.L., Lopez, J., Hesbol, K., Medina, J. (November, 2017). Rural and Remote: Challenges and Strengths in Gifted Education. National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), 2017 Annual Convention, Charlotte, NC.
g. Hafenstein, N.L., Hesbol, K., Medina, J., Lopez, J. & Taylor, R. (February, 2017). Giftedness in Rural Poverty: What Do We Know? Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, Policy Symposium and Conference. Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver, Denver, CO.
Ongoing Research Support
Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act Grant (Co-Principal Investigator)
The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) in collaboration with the University of Denver, $1,148,389 (2015-present) The goal of this grant, named “Right4Rural”, is to use various resources and implement innovative, locally defined programs so strong sustainable gifted programs exist in every part of the state, especially in rural and at-risk populations where aspirations and practices fluctuate depending upon person, vision, and recorded history.
Completed Research Support
Bradley Foundation (PI)
This project is aligned with and supported by the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED), $75,000 (2014-2018)
Project E-RiDGE (Evaluation and Replicability in Doctoral Gifted Environments) was designed to measure the impact of doctoral students (Curriculum Studies and Teaching with a specialization in Gifted Education) at the student-service level. Researchers designed a constructivist approach in which doctoral students identify complex problems of practice and develop impact projects to address these issues.
The Buell Foundation (PI)
Longitudinal Research Project: The Development of a Longitudinal Database Consisting of Information Regarding the Graduates of the Ricks Center.
- Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program
- Named Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, Considine Family Foundation, Daniel L. Ritchie, University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education
- Faculty Career Champion, University of Denver
- Lifetime Achievement Award, Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented
- Distinguished Alumni Award, Emporia State University
- Cast Bronze Bell in Ricks Center entry, University of Denver; Chancellor Daniel L. Ritchie