Kim Jennings Joins the WATG Board
My name is Kim Jennings, and I am lucky to work with talented and gifted students every day. My educational journey started in Jacksonville, Illinois at Illinois College where I received my BS in K-8 Elementary Education. Marriage then brought me to Iowa where I started my career with gifted education. I received my gifted education teaching endorsement from the Belin Blank Center at the University of Iowa. This center’s entire focus is to help serve the gifted community with advocacy, research and leadership and gave me a great start in the field. During my time in Iowa, I was the K-12 gifted education coordinator for three years at a rural school district and this is where I realized that I wanted to do more with gifted education. I then received my master’s degree in Gifted Education from the University of Northern Iowa. During my time at the University of Northern Iowa my research project entitled, Fifth Graders’ Enjoyment, Interest, and Comprehension of Graphic Novels Compared to Heavily-Illustrated and Traditional Novels, was published in International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education. My husband and I moved to Wisconsin where I continued my role as the Talent Development Coordinator at the Kettle Moraine School District. In my current position, I work with students, staff and parents on all areas of gifted education. My work with students allows me to utilize best practices in the field of education and put them into action. I can see how the needs of gifted students need to be addressed and how much students benefit when their academic and social emotional needs are met. I routinely share differentiation practices and strategies with administration and staff to help meet the needs of the students within the classroom. Similarly, I provide coaching to teachers focusing on how to find that delicate balance of both challenging gifted students and including them in the regular education classroom effectively. Much of my role centers around fostering communication between parents and the school through committees, question and answer sessions, and social media support networks for parents of talented and gifted students. Additionally, I facilitate the CESA 1 meetings for gifted education. This position organizes networking systems for gifted coordinators, teachers, administrators and counselors from all of southeast Wisconsin. I am very excited to be joining the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted. I look forward to being part of such a great team with a focus on a group of children who need strong advocates behind them.
A big thank you to all who donated to WATG during our year end appeal! There is still time to donate by simply mailing a check to the WATG Office or clicking the Donate link to the right.
As you may already know, the State of Wisconsin provides less than $237,000 in total funding related to gifted education. Below is a graphic showing Wisconsin funding levels compared to our neighbor states.
Source. National Association for Gifted Children State of the States Report (2011-2012)
The lack of public support in our state puts the burden on parents, teachers, and community organizations to not only provide appropriately-challenging curriculum for students, but to advocate for students’ needs to be met in the first place. This year we hope to undertake a progressive drive to provide additional training and professional development for educators and implement advocacy training for parents and others who understand the importance of gifted education.
WATG– NAGC Member Benefit
Did you know that because WATG is an affiliate of NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children), Parent Members of WATG are eligible for a reduced-price NAGC membership? The NAGC affiliate Parent Member price is $15 and includes a subscription to Parenting for High Potential. Find out more here.
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