WAETAG Sponsored Universal Screening Webinar

Date: September 14, 2023
Time: 4:30-6:00 pm PST
Cost: Free
Location: Virtual

Starting school year 2023-24, all Washington state school districts will be required to universally screen all students in a grade level for highly capable services, in both early and late elementary school. In this webinar we will discuss why universal screening is important for equitable outcomes, research about universal screening strategies, and how you can put these strategies to work in your school district. Then we will hear how districts are successfully implementing universal screening in their schools and discuss what leaders need to consider when initiating universal screening, including expected outcomes and criteria for selecting appropriate screeners. Join an esteemed panel of educators and researchers within and outside the state of Washington as they respond to this new initiative. An update from OSPI and timelines for accessing OSPI guidelines will be shared. Time will be allotted for questions.

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September Webinar Theme: Models of Thinking and Questioning

Cultivating a Culture of Thinking

Date: September 28, 2023
Time: 4:00-5:30 pm PST
Cost: Free
Location: Virtual

Cultivating a Culture of Thinking

Models of thinking and questioning are important for students to acquire as they strive to take on new ways of thinking and being in the world. High-quality questioning supports a culture in which students are not only challenged but expect to be challenged as they become thoughtful, confident, and independent learners. This session will focus on varied practices, instructional strategies, and routines for developing classroom cultures of thinking that are more deliberately focused on developing young learners who can think, create, and question, while simultaneously interact with their peers as they work to construct meaning, make their thinking visible, and actively engage in rich academic discourse. Participants will examine learning prompts that escalate the level of critical thinking and enhance student discourse as they interact with meaningful content and engage in deeper learning.

Jann Leppien

Guest Speaker: Jann Leppien, Ph. D.

Dr. Jann H. Leppien is Professor Emerita from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. She is the former Margo Long Chair in Gifted Education and Program Director for graduate programs in gifted education (2013-2021). Her professional experience includes serving as a research associate at the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, working as an elementary and middle school teacher, and coordinating gifted education services K-8. She conducts professional staff training for educators in the areas of differentiated instruction, curriculum design and assessment for advanced students, thinking skills, and gifted program development, both nationally and internationally. She has served on the board of the National Association for Gifted Children, and currently serves on the board for the 2E Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy in Studio, City, CA, NAGC’s Leadership Committee, and Washington State’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Board. She is the coauthor of the Multiple Menu Model: A Practical Guide for Developing Differentiated Curriculum and The Parallel Curriculum: A Design to Develop High Potential and Challenge High-Ability Students and series editor for content related PCM books. She is currently, President of Edufest, a summer institute on teaching and learning in Boise, ID.

Upcoming Webinars


September 14, 2023

September 21, 2023


New HiCap Law (SSB5072) and Universal Screening Informational Webinar

Cultivating a Thinking Culture


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Dr. Jann Leppien

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