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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.
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.
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.
You can find more information about Dr. Temple Grandin at templegrandin.com.