2011 WAETAG Conference
Our keynote speaker was Karen B. Rogers, Ph.D.
Dr. Rogers received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instructional Systems from the University of Minnesota in 1991. She also earned two master's degrees, one in Special Education with an emphasis in gifted, and another in Psychological Foundations with an emphasis in gifted. For the past three years, she was the Director of Research for the Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. In February 2008 she returned to her position as a Professor of Gifted Studies in the Special Education Department at the University of St. Thomas in the College of Applied Professional Studies.
Dr. Rogers has been a "visiting instructor" for University of Melbourne and University of New South Wales in Australia, University of Northern Colorado, Montana State University, Bowling Green University, Southern Methodist University, University of Mideastern Tennessee, and University of Minnesota. She currently holds Honorary Professorial Fellowships at the University of New South Wales and the University of Wollongong in Australia and at NanYang University (National Institute of Education) in Singapore.
Dr. Rogers' work experiences include several years as an elementary classroom teacher and a GT Coordinator. She was the curriculum author and creator of OMNIBUS, a program that was used in 23 U.S. states and 4 countries. She co-developed a 10-week television series on the nature of giftedness, called "One Step Ahead," which is housed in the PBS Network Library in Nebraska and with the Department of Independent Study at the University of Minnesota.
At this point in her life, Dr. Rogers has published one edited book, two sole-author books, 150 articles, 20 book chapters, and literally thousands of pages of enriched curriculum for gifted learners. She is proud of two publications in particular: first, the technical paper she wrote for the National Research Center on Gifted and Talented which saved honors courses in two states (Mississippi and California) and has been read--at last count by the NRC--by over 750,000 people worldwide; and second, her book Re-forming Gifted Education: How Parents and Teachers Can Match the Program to the Child (available from amazon.com and the publisher Great Potential Press).
Currently, Dr. Rogers serves on the editorial boards of Roeper Review and Gifted Child Quarterly and reviews regularly for American Educational Research Journal. She is an associate editor for the newly minted Journal of Advanced Academics. She just finished her term as a Board Member on the National Association for Gifted Children Board of Directors, is a past president of The Association for the Gifted (TAG), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children, and is Chair of the Special Interest Group on Research on Intellectual Giftedness in the American Educational Research Association.
Dr. Rogers' proudest accomplishments, however, are her three gifted children as well as nine grandchildren (grades pre-school through grade 7), five of whom have thus far been identified as gifted as they progress through their school years.