Student Choice = Student Voice: Infusing the Curriculum with Passion and Creativity


Are you tired of hearing: “WHY do I need to learn this?” Discover multiple ways to change these whiny “Whys?” into questions that delve deeper into subject matter by tapping into students’ individual interests. Explore ways to add authenticity across the disciplines for all grade levels. Hear from students who have experienced the power of choice in their education and leave ready to make research projects come to life, economics lessons inspire ingenuity and science fair projects surge with innovation.

Attendees will also attend the parent/teacher luncheon presentation entitled “Letting Go of Perfect” by Hope Wilson.

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C RaymondCarol Raymond, MEd currently serves as the Director of Assessment & Special Programs, Professional Practice Coordinator, STEM Instructor and SENG Advisor at EA Young Academy. Carol has experience as a gifted and talented specialist, classroom teacher, elementary music specialist, and private music instructor.  Her degrees in music performance (BM), elementary music education (BME) and gifted education (MEd) provide a unique blend of expertise in the development of E.A. Young’s curricular and special programs. Prior to coming to Young, she authored numerous differentiated math and science units and created the social/emotional curriculum for Hardin Simmons University’s summer gifted program, “Threshold.”  Her passion area is implementing methods to meet the social and emotional needs of her students through challenging and appropriate academic pursuits.
Professionally, Carol serves on the American Mensa Gifted Youth Committee and is a member of the TAGT Communications Committee and is active in the TAGT Research Division where she has previously served as an officer.  She frequently presents at TAGT conferences in areas of parent education, social/emotional needs of the gifted and curriculum differentiation. While completing her graduate degree, Mrs. Raymond received the Mensa Education Foundation Scholarship as well as the NAGC A. Henry Passow Teacher Scholarship.  Carol also serves as a SENG Model Parent Group (SMPG) Facilitator. Her nationwide research study regarding the effectiveness of the SMPG model was recognized as the top Non-Doctoral Completed Research at the 2011 NAGC Graduate Gala. An article based on this research but adapted for parents was published in the SENGvine and is also featured in Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted: 30 Essays on Giftedness, 30 Years of SENG.