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Keynote Schedule

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Educator Keynote: Gifted Education and Talent Development are Synonyms
9:00-10:15 a.m.

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Parent & Educator Keynote: The Beautiful Risk of Supporting Creative Learners
9:30-10:45 a.m.

Keynote Speakers

Gifted Education and Talent Development are Synonyms

Dr. Frank C. Worrell is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he serves as Faculty Director of the School Psychology Program, the Academic Talent Development Program, and the California College Preparatory Academy. He also holds an affiliate appointment in the Social and Personality Area in the Department of Psychology. His areas of expertise include at-risk youth, cultural identities, gifted education and talent development, scale development, time perspective, and the translation of psychological research findings into school-based practice. He served as Co-Editor of Review of Educational Research from 2012 to 2014 and as Editor of that journal from 2015 to 2016 and was a Member at Large on the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association from 2016 to 2018. Dr. Worrell is a Fellow the American Educational Research Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and five divisions of APA. He is an elected member of the Society for the Study of School Psychology and the National Academy of Education. In 2013, Dr. Worrell was a recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children. He was also a 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Contributions to Research Award from the Division 45 (the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race) of APA, a 2018 recipient of the Outstanding International Psychologist Award from Division 52 (International Psychology) of APA, and the 2019 recipient of the Palmarium Award in Gifted Education from the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Dr. Worrell has ongoing international collaborations in China, Ethiopia, Germany, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.


The Beautiful Risk of Supporting Creative Learners

Dr. Ron Beghetto is an internationally recognized expert on creative thought and action in educational settings. He is the Pinnacle West Presidential Chair and Professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Dr. Beghetto is the Editor for the Journal of Creative Behavior, series editor for Creative Theory and Action in Education (Springer Books), and serves as a creativity advisor for LEGO Foundation. He published 10 books and over 100 articles and chapters on the topic of creativity in educational settings.