Hello, and welcome to the Gifted Education Consultant website. We appreciate your interest in supporting our gifted learners. We have extensive experience in the field, including gifted identification, creating services and developing programs, providing professional learning experiences for teachers, school administrators and parents, and developing curriculum and instruction practices. My personal area of interest is identifying and serving historically marginalized populations in the field of gifted education. I hope that the resources shared here help inspire you to strengthen your services, support and advocacy for our diversely gifted learners.
Dina Brulles, Ph.D.
Dina Brulles, Ph.D., is the Gifted Program Coordinator at Arizona State University and the former Director of Gifted Education at Paradise Valley Unified School District in Arizona. She recently served as NAGC’s Governance Secretary and also as the board’s School District Representative. Dina received the prestigious 2022 NAGC Anne Isaacs Award for Distinguished Service. She was also the recipient of the 2019 and the 2020 NAGC Book of the Year Award (for practitioners), NAGC’s inaugural 2014 Gifted Coordinator Award, and the Professional Development Network Award in 2013. Dina has actively supported and served as a mentor for the Javits Frasier Scholarship Program since 2010.
Dr. Brulles’ work emphasizes and encourages equitable and inclusive identification practices and programming in gifted education. By sharing her interests and experiences, Dr. Brulles supports others in their efforts to develop all of our gifted learners’ potential. Her books include: A Teacher’s Guide to Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning; Designing Gifted Education Programs; Differentiated Lessons for All Learners; The Cluster Grouping Handbook; Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classrooms; Helping All Gifted Children Learn; Understanding and Using the Naglieri General Ability Tests; and the Naglieri Ability Test – Verbal.
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Karen Brown is the director of Gifted Services for Paradise Valley Unified Schools in Phoenix, Arizona. She served previously as the Gifted and Accelerated Learning director at Scottsdale Unified School District. In her role she works with K-12 administrators, teachers, parents, and students to ensure that the instructional practices and materials utilized provide the appropriate challenge for all students. As a National Board certified educator she has taught as a gifted cluster teacher, a gifted specialist, a twice exceptional teacher, and the Gifted Program Mentor.
Karen teaches in the Gifted Education Masters’ Program at ASU and consults throughout the country. She was the recipient of the 2018 NAGC Specialist’s and Masters’ Award, co-recipient of the 2013 NAGC Professional Network Award, and the 2013 AAGT Gifted Teacher of the Year. Karen is currently the NAGC Professional Learning Network Chair. She has co-authored two books, Differentiated Lessons for Every Learner and A Teacher’s Guide to Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning, winner of the 2019 NAGC Book of the Year Award.
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ElizaBeth Warner, M.Ed, NBCT, is the Gifted Program Mentor for the Paradise Valley School District in Phoenix, Arizona. In this role, Warner guides and encourages teachers who teach in gifted programs from preschool through high school. She provides leadership with curriculum implementation, instructional strategies, and professional learning. Her passion is inquiry-driven instruction, creative problem-solving, and inspiring teachers and students to embrace a journey of life-long learning. Warner is an ed-tech enthusiast known for utilizing technology that empowers student engagement and voice. Warner teaches in the Gifted Education Masters’ Program at ASU. She also serves as a Khan Academy Ambassador and is a Google Certified Educator. She has presented at the National Association of Gifted Conference, Supporting the Needs of the Gifted (SENG), and the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented conferences.
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