Ensell will be Trained to Identify High Potential Children in Low Income Settings

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The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) announced its 8th annual class of Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholars. Included among the list of 12 educators from Title I schools all around the country is Katie Ensell, a third grade teacher at Hawthorne Elementary in the Westerville City School District. The group will attend a special strand of sessions at the NAGC Annual Convention and receive a travel stipend through generous support made possible by the Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholarship Fund for Diverse Talent Development.

The teacher training program honors Mary Frasier, Ph.D., the late and beloved past president of the association who led the way in identifying under-served gifted children.  Dr. Frasier’s pioneering work in the state of Georgia increased by three-fold the number of African American and quadrupled the number of Hispanic children in gifted/talented programs.  She later consulted across the U.S. and became legendary in the field of gifted on the topic of under-served children.

In order to take expertise and tools back to their schools, these scholars will be trained using the proven tools that Mary Frasier developed and inspired during her career.  A rigorous four-day program has been designed as part of NAGC’s 60th annual convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, where all of the experts in the field will gather from November 7 - 10.  The twelve scholars were selected from a nationwide pool of applicants.

The national scholarships include a two-year membership to the National Association for Gifted Children, convention registration, four days of training at the convention, an assigned mentor, and a travel stipend.