Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Joan Kerr - Gifted Education Consultant

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Joan Kerr, M.A. Educational Administration, is a former middle school teacher of the gifted. She currently serves as the District Curriculum Specialist and GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) Program Coordinator for the Rosedale Union School District in Bakersfield, California and serves on the executive board of the California Association for the Gifted (CAG) as President-Elect.

As a member of CAG's Publications Committee, Joan has co-authored CAG's position papers on Middle School Gifted Programs, High School Gifted Programs, and Gifted Program Evaluations, as well as CAG's newest publication, "The Leadership Challenge - Gifted and Talented Education Programs: A Guidebook for Administrators."

Joan has presented at many state, county, and local conferences, and has provided consulting services to school districts throughout California's Central Valley.

In addition to her work with gifted education, Joan serves as a BTSA Program Support Provider Consultant, training BTSA Support Providers to work effectively with new teachers.


Contact Information:
Joan Kerr
GATE Program Coordinator
Rosedale Union School District
2553 Old Farm Road
Bakersfield, CA 93309

Phone: (661) 588-6000, ext. 147
Mobile: (661) 301-1931
Fax: (661) 588-6009

email: joan.kerr@hotmail.com


Presentations:
GATE Certificate Course
This comprehensive 8-session course is aligned with the California Recommended Standards for Gifted and Talented Education Programs and provides participants with knowledge in:
  • Gifted Program Design
  • Characteristics and Identification of Gifted Students
  • Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction
  • Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Children
  • Characteristics of Effective Teachers of the Gifted
  • Working with Parents of Gifted Children
  • Evaluation of Gifted Programs
Gifted Parenting: Helping Your Gifted Child Thrive
This lively and interactive session for parents discusses some common characteristics of gifted children, looking at both the delights of giftedness as well as the social and emotional challenges that can be associated with those characteristics. Participants will also examine some of the myths and misconceptions associated with giftedness and will come away from the session with many practical ideas and resources for helping their child thrive in school and in life.

Hurray! I'm a New GATE Teacher. NOW What Do I Do?
This introduction to gifted education for novice GATE teachers includes: 1) an overview of the characteristics of gifted children that will help teachers meet the social/emotional needs of their students, and 2) a clear introduction to differentiation that will help teachers design lessons that both challenge and motivate.

Mainstreaming Special Populations: Gifted and Talented
This workshop is the gifted education segment of the Kern County BTSA Program's course on working with special populations. It is designed to present new teachers with the tools they need to recognize and differentiate instruction for the gifted students in their classrooms.

Consulting Work:
Bakersfield City School District, Bakersfield, CA
Central Unified School District, Fresno, CA
Central Union School District, Lemoore, CA
Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office
Rio Bravo-Greeley School District, Bakersfield, CA
Tehachapi Unifed School District, Tehachapi, CA

Honors/Awards:
Emerson Middle School Teacher of the Year, 1988
Kern Council for Social Science History Teacher of the Year, 1994
Award for Excellence in Social Science, Bakersfield City Schools, 1997

Education:
University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A., History and English - Magna Cum Laude - 1970
Standard Secondary Life Credential - 1971
California State University, Bakersfield
M.A., Educational Administration - 1997