Karen L. Smith

Recognizing the diverse needs of gifted students in her school district’s growing population of English as a Second Language (ESL) students, Ms. Smith attends the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children 17th Biennial Conference at the University of Warwick in Warwick, England. Along with delegates from fifty countries, Ms. Smith acquires a greater understanding of the different ways global cultures create conceptions of giftedness and talent and how those conceptions inform policy, practice, and research. Ms. Smith returns to Boise and shares her knowledge by presenting at national conventions, district in-service sessions, and monthly school staff meetings, and by helping staff to create a formal strategy for identification and implementation of gifted services for ESL students.