High Ability: Meeting the Needs

3-day Focus on High Ability Instruction in Math and ELA K-6


This 3-day workshop series is designed to help teachers meet the needs of high ability learners in their classrooms with a focus on strategies, models, and practices in language arts and math. The interactive sessions will also allow participants time to apply their training through collaborative planning and lesson designs that incorporate advanced content, effective processes, and authentic products. These three sessions are designed to cover the elements of differentiated learning for high ability learners: critical and creative thinking, metacognition, advanced content, enrichment and acceleration, student choice, and authentic assessment.

Specific models, strategies, and best practices that we will be discussed in the series:

  • Problem-based learning
  • Paul’s Reasoning Model
  • Blooms levels – “upside down” for high ability
  • Depth of Knowledge
  • Organizers – hamburger model, research process, S.E.E.S. for math writing, vocabulary web, reading web
  • Number Talks
  • Creating meaningful rubrics
  • Math problem-solving resources
  • Conceptual math activities to drive deeper thinking
  • Four-level grammar study
  • Power of Latin stems for vocabulary
  • Use of pre-tests
  • Compacting, accelerating, enriching the math curriculum (and other content areas)


We look forward to seeing you for these three helpful and interactive days of professional learning facilitated by Monica Plantan at the Southern Indiana Education Center during the spring of 2017!

Monica Plantan

Monica Plantan teaches graduate courses relating to gifted curriculum at Ball State University, writes curriculum for high ability learners through the Indiana Department of Education, and delivers professional development for teachers. Formerly she was a classroom teacher for 32 years in three states with experience at all grade levels, most recently teaching high ability middle school students in Indiana for 20 years. She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Education from Illinois State University and her Gifted/Talented Endorsement from Purdue University. Monica advocates for appropriate curriculum differentiation and program needs for gifted students, serves on the board of the Indiana Association for the Gifted, and is a member of the Curriculum Studies Network for the National Association for Gifted Children.

April 4, May, 11, and June 7, 2017

*These workshop days are for teachers and administrators Grades K-6.

*Each session will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern) and will take place at the Southern Indiana Education Center office at 1102 Tree Lane Drive in Jasper. (47546)

*Lunch is included in the registration.

*Each participant will receive a certificate for 18 Professional Growth Points with additional opportunities to earn more.

*All participants should bring a laptop to use during the session.

*Registration fee is $420 for ESC members ($590 nonmembers). This includes 3 days of professional learning.

*See registration link below.