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Dr. Sandra I Kay: Human Potential - Nurturing Talents, Cultivating Expertise

Description: Developing children’s potential is a common denominator we all can embrace. Given the current educational debates, it is more important than ever that we directly support children in understanding their skills and talents. Empowered with research-based behavioral checklists in six talent areas, parents and teachers identify sparks of potential on a Talent Profile. Here the arts, athletics, academics, creativity, leadership and psychomotor/kinesthetic abilities are physically on the same page and measure achievements with the same scale. This cumulative K-12 Talent Record of observed behaviors and demonstrated achievements invites collaboration between everyone interested in advancing human potential. The Talent Record’s annual snapshots clearly and succinctly illustrate the environment of talents each child has explored and to what extent accomplishments have occurred in those chosen talent areas.This communication tool was originally designed to preserve and foster the joy and wonder experienced by those who have found their passion, while helping others identify an idea worthy of pursuit, not because it is a 21st Century skill to know what one does well, but to foster the joy it brings to do something well, especially something that takes effort. Pursuing joyful efforts remains the North Star throughout the development of adult, elite expertise. Bio: Sandra I. Kay has a Doctor of Education and Master of Education in Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelor and Master of Science in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz. Her chapter 7 in the 1998 art ed textbook "Creating Meaning in art: Teacher as choice maker" introduced her concept of Elegant Problems to the world. Grounded in K-12 education for 34 years, she spent 10 of those years as a Visiting Scholar at Teachers College Columbia University honing her work on Elegant Problems as well as a Talent Profile system that places the arts, academics and athletics all on the same page while coordinating district-wide gifted and talented programs for students demonstrating talent in any of the six areas federally defined. Her current research interests remain focused on community efforts to catalog and communicate the developing talents/expertise in children and on their problem-finding aspects of creative thought, visual thinking, and other habits of mind that engage the imagination and promote self-directed inquiry in children and adults. This year’s project is focused on completing a collaborative educational documentary entitled “Engaging the Imagination: Wally’s Way” that introduces new audiences to ways of understanding abstract sculptures and the joys of using one’s imagination for creative thought.


Dr. Temple Grandin: Thinking Differently, The Essential Value of Neurodiversity in Our World and Future

Description: In an intimate and in-depth keynote conversation with Quad Prep Founder and Head of School Dr. Kim Busi, Dr. Temple Grandin illuminates the value, impact, and urgent necessity of neurodivergent thinkers in our world, its economy, and its future. Sharing key moments and stories from her own incredible successes as a scientist, activist, and author, and drawing from her deep expertise in the field, Dr. Grandin offers new perspectives, pointing the way forward for twice-exceptional educators, providers, individuals, and their families.
Bio: Dr. Temple Grandin is well known to many for her trailblazing work as a spokesperson for people with autism and her lifelong work with animal behavior. Dr. Grandin has been with Colorado State University (CSU) for over 25 years. Her life’s work has been to understand her own autistic mind, and to share that knowledge with the world, aiding in the treatment of individuals with the condition. Her understanding of the human mind has aided her in her work, as she is one of the most respected experts in both autism and animal behavior in the world.
Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants. She has also developed an objective scoring system for assessing handling of cattle and pigs at meat plants. This scoring system is being used by many large corporations to improve animal welfare.

She obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College and her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University. Dr. Grandin received her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989. She has appeared on television shows such as 20/20, 48 Hours, CNN Larry King Live, PrimeTime Live, 60 Minutes, the Today Show, and many shows in other countries. She has been featured in People Magazine, the New York Times, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Time Magazine, the New York Times book review, and Discover magazine. In 2010, Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people. Interviews with Dr. Grandin have been broadcast on National Public Radio and she has a 2010 TED Lecture titled "The World Needs ALL Kinds of Minds." She has also authored over 400 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design. Her life story has also been made into an HBO movie titled "Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes," which won seven Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. In 2017, she was inducted into The Women's Hall of Fame and in 2018, was named a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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