2018 Gifted Education Conference – Presented through the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair 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
  • RENEWAL CREDIT: Attendees can earn 7.5 renewal credit hours for attending both the Symposium and Conference. Certificates will be handed out at the end of the conference to be picked up in person.

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

Marcia Gentry, Ph.D.

Marcia Gentry (PhD, UCONN 1996), Professor of Educational Studies, directs the Gifted Education Resource Institute at Purdue University. She has received multiple grants worth several million dollars in support of her work with programming practices and underrepresented populations in gifted education. Dr. Gentry’s research interests include student attitudes toward school and the connection of these attitudes toward learning and motivation; the use of cluster-grouping and differentiation to meet the needs of students with gifts and talents while helping all students achieve at high levels; the use of non- traditional settings for talent development; the development and recognition of talent among underserved populations including students with diverse cultural backgrounds including Native American youth, and children who live in poverty. She actively participates in NAGC and AERA; frequently contributes to the gifted education literature, and regularly serves as a speaker and consultant. She has collaborative projects across the country and around the world. Prior to her work in higher education she spent 12 years as a teacher and administrator in K-12 settings. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, spending time with her daughter who just graduated from Miss Porter’s School in Farmington Connecticut and will attend Purdue this fall, gardening, hanging out in the horse barn, collecting contemporary Navajo weavings, spending time at her cabin on Lake Superior, and working with her doctoral students.  She was the 2014 recipient of the prestigious National Association for Gifted Children’s Distinguished Scholar Award—and at this same meeting Scott Peters, one of her graduates received the Early Scholar Award and, Jiaxi Wu, one of her doctoral students received the Doctoral Student Award!

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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