Speakers and Topics

Dr. Carol Horn's Speaking Topics

  • Creating a Continuum of K- 12 Services for Gifted Learners: Putting Standards into Practice
  • Assessing for the Academic Growth of Advanced Learners in the 21st Century
  • Twenty-first Century Learning
  • Socratic Seminar: A Dynamic Search for Understanding
  • Finding and Nurturing Young Scholars

Inkandescent Speakers Bureau

Dr. Carol Horn, Coordinator Advanced Academics Program, Fairfax County Public Schools

Dr. Carol V. Horn is coordinator of Advanced Academics Program (former Gifted and Talented Programs) for Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia.

She has worked in gifted education for the past 20 years and has a Master of Education in Educational Psychology with an Emphasis on Gifted from the University of Virginia.

She earned her doctorate in Teacher Preparation and Special Education from The George Washington University and is the 2002 recipient of the Hollingsworth Award from the National Association for Gifted Children for outstanding research study in the field of gifted education.

Speaking Topics for Dr. Carol Horn

Creating a Continuum of K- 12 Services for Gifted Learners: Putting Standards into Practice

Ongoing professional development aligned with a strong curriculum framework supports a continuum of advanced academic services designed to develop talent and potential beginning in kindergarten. Participants will explore a dynamic model aligned with research-based best practices and the NAGC Gifted Program standards and implemented in a large school district with a diverse population. This successful framework enhances teaching practice, directly impacts student learning, and promotes advanced academic achievement and continuous intellectual growth for a wide range of advanced learners.

Dr. Horn has delivered this speech at:

  • National Curriculum Network Conference, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • Virginia Association for Gifted Conference, Williamsburg, VA

Assessing for the Academic Growth of Advanced Learners in the 21st Century

How do we account for the achievement and progress of advanced learners in today’s classrooms? How do you design an assessment system that incorporates 21st Century skills and accommodates high levels of performance? Participants will explore and identify criteria for student performance that documents in-depth knowledge, an advanced application of skills, and a deep understanding of the content, issues, and problems inherent in a field, subject area, or discipline. They will discover how complex performances and real-world applications may be integrated into the learning process to prepare students for 21st century challenges and to document and report advanced intellectual growth.

Dr. Horn has delivered this speech at:

  • National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Conference, Denver, Colorado
  • National Curriculum Network Conference, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • Virginia Association for Gifted Conference, Williamsburg, VA

Twenty-first Century Learning

With the current focus on 21st Century Skills, educators have a unique opportunity to engage in dialogue and an exchange of ideas that support critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving. Thinking, reasoning, reflecting, analyzing, discussing, and applying new ideas are essential characteristics of a climate of learning that encourages students to think on a higher level, challenge existing ideas, and entertain new possibilities for the future. This session will guide participants in becoming leaders for school-wide instructional practices that are designed to develop 21st century skills in all learners. Participants will have the opportunity to learn essential strategies for teaching critical and creative thinking and will learn about resources to support school teams in extending their knowledge, expertise, and practice.

Dr. Horn has delivered this speech at:

  • National Curriculum Network Conference, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • Fairfax County Public Schools Academic Diversity Institute, Fairfax, VA

Socratic Seminar: A Dynamic Search for Understanding

The Socratic seminar engages students in thoughtful discussions that lead to a deeper understanding of issues, themes, and ideas. The rules and structure that a seminar requires promote habits of discourse and a shared respect that permeate all aspects of a classroom community. A careful selection of literature, art, and historical documents provides the content for rich dialogue as students consider varying viewpoints and work toward a shared understanding. This lively forum provides multiple opportunities for students to share their thinking and strengthen their communication skills. Participants experience firsthand the power of an instructional strategy that expands student thinking in ways that are designed to endure.

Dr. Horn has delivered this speech at:

  • National Curriculum Network Conference, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • Fairfax County Public Schools Academic Diversity Institute, Fairfax, VA

Finding and Nurturing Young Scholars

Advanced academic potential in students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds is often overlooked and unrecognized. The Young Scholars (YS) model is designed to find students with high academic potential from diverse backgrounds at an early age, and to nurture their potential so that they will be prepared to engage in advanced learning opportunities as they progress through the school system. Participants will examine a comprehensive district-wide approach to the issue of underrepresentation with multiple levels of support. Information on a video, online course, and handbook designed to guide school districts who wish to implement the model will also be shared.

Dr. Horn has delivered this speech at:

  • National Curriculum Network Conference, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • Virginia Association for Gifted Conference, Williamsburg, VA
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), New Orleans
  • World Conference on Gifted Education, Warwick England

Events

Speaking Events

more Date: Oct 10, 2012 Speaker: Carol Horn Topic: Assessing for the Academic Growth of Advanced Learners in the 21st Century Organization: National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Conference Location: Denver, Colorado
more Date: Mar 22, 2012 Speaker: Carol Horn Topic: Finding and Nurturing Young Scholars Organization: National Curriculum Network Conference Location: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
more Date: Mar 05, 2012 Speaker: Carol Horn Topic: Assessing for the Academic Growth of Advanced Learners in the 21st Century Organization: National Curriculum Network Conference Location: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
more Date: Nov 11, 2011 Speaker: Carol Horn Topic: Assessing for the Academic Growth of Advanced Learners in the 21st Century Organization: Virginia Association for Gifted Conference Location: Williamsburg, VA
more Date: Mar 15, 2011 Speaker: Carol Horn Topic: Twenty-first Century Learning Organization: National Curriculum Network Conference Location: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
more Date: Mar 08, 2011 Speaker: Carol Horn Topic: Socratic Seminar: A Dynamic Search for Understanding Organization: National Curriculum Network Conference Location: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
more Date: Mar 01, 2011 Speaker: Carol Horn Topic: Creating a Continuum of K- 12 Services for Gifted Learners: Putting Standards into Practice Organization: National Curriculum Network Conference Location: College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
more Date: Aug 18, 2010 Speaker: Carol Horn Topic: Socratic Seminar: A Dynamic Search for Understanding Organization: Fairfax County Public Schools Academic Diversity Institute Location: Fairfax, VA
more Date: Sep 30, 2009 Speaker: Carol Horn Topic: Finding and Nurturing Young Scholars Organization: Virginia Association for Gifted Conference Location: Williamsburg, VA
more Date: Feb 20, 2009 Speaker: Carol Horn Topic: Creating a Continuum of K- 12 Services for Gifted Learners: Putting Standards into Practice Organization: Virginia Association for Gifted Conference Location: Williamsburg, VA
more Date: Aug 05, 2008 Speaker: Carol Horn Topic: Finding and Nurturing Young Scholars Organization: World Conference on Gifted Education Location: Warwick, England
more Date: Mar 12, 2008 Speaker: Carol Horn Topic: Finding and Nurturing Young Scholars Organization: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Location: New Orleans