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Challenging Gifted and All Students with the Cluster Grouping Model

Challenging Gifted and All Students with the Cluster Grouping Model

Course Description

Gifted students and struggling learners have much in common. Both ends of the academic bell curve deserve to have their special learning needs met. Attending to the needs of gifted students through the Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model (SCGM) techniques in the classroom—at all grade levels—can provide challenging curriculum options for advanced learners, lead to improved classroom behavior and, perhaps surprisingly, raise the performance of all students.



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Course Presenters

Dina Brulles

Dina Brulles earned a Ph.D. in education for the gifted and an M.A. in curriculum and instruction. She teaches at the Graduate College of Education at Arizona State University and is the director of gifted education in the Paradise Valley Unified School District in Arizona. Dina is also the president of the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented (AAGT); and is a board director for Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG).

Dina has created and supervised cluster grouping programs and, with the publication of The Cluster Grouping Handbook: A Schoolwide Model Book, become a recognized expert in that practice. Brulles consults with school districts in their efforts to create education programs for the gifted that reflect the needs of the districts' specific population. Before she became an administrator, Brulles was an elementary classroom teacher, a bilingual teacher, and an ESL teacher.


Susan Winebrenner

Author and consultant Susan Winebrenner is founder and president of Education Consulting Service, Inc., a speakers’ bureau for educational topics. She has an A B.S. in education and M.A. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin inform her work as a columnist for the journal Understanding Our Gifted and as a national and international presenter in her field.

Susan has published three books—Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom, Teaching Kids with Learning Difficulties in the Regular Classroom, and Super Sentences. She also published a stand-alone compact disc, Differentiating Content for Gifted Learners in Grades 6-12.

She has served on the faculty of New Leaders for New Schools, a national organization dedicated to training and supporting a new generation of outstanding school principals for urban schools.

Partner Profile

Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) is a leading public sector solutions implementation and operations improvement firm that partners with health, education, and human services agencies to improve lives. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, PCG has nearly 2,000 professionals in more than 50 offices around the US, in Canada and in Europe. PCG’s Education practice offers consulting services and technology solutions that help schools, school districts, and state education agencies/ministries of education to promote student success, improve programs and processes, and optimize financial resources.

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