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Karen S. Meador, Ph.D

Home Address: 1100 Lime Kiln Rd., San Marcos, TX 78666
Telephone: 512 751 7307

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EDUCATIONAL HISTORY
Ph.D., Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas -- May 1992
Major: Early Childhood Minor: Gifted and Talented
Early Childhood Endorsement
Gifted and Talented Endorsement

M.Ed., Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana-- December 1989
Major: Special Education/Emphasis on Gifted and Talented Core Area: Reading

B.S. in Ed., North Texas State University, Denton, Texas -- August 1972
Major: Elementary Education Minor: English -- Texas Teaching Certificate

WORK EXPERIENCE
Current: Consultant and Writer

Sept.’97-March ’98 Consultant, Division of Advanced Academic Services, Texas Education Agency

Fall ‘96-Spring ’97 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Southwest Texas State University

Spring ‘95-Summer ’96 Assistant Professor, State University of West Georgia

Summer ‘89-’95 Researcher/Instructor, Creative Scholars Network Summer Program for Adolescents, Natchitoches and Lafayette, Louisiana

Summer ’94 Visiting Professor, University of Georgia

‘92-‘94 Consultant, Gifted Education in the Regular Classroom, Carroll Independent School District, Southlake, Texas

‘94 Gifted and Talented Teacher (K-4), Carroll Independent School District

‘93 First Grade Teacher, Carroll Independent School District

‘92-‘93 Third Grade Teacher, Carroll Independent School District

Spring ‘92 Assistant Grant Writer, Gifted Students Institute, Denton, Texas

‘90-‘91 Supervisor of Student Teachers, Texas Woman's University
Summer ‘90 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Teaching Gifted and Talented Students, Texas Woman's University

‘90-‘91 Kindergarten Gifted Program Consultant, Coppell Independent School District, Coppell, Texas

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
National Association for Gifted Children
Texas Association for Gifted and Talented
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development


BOARDS, COMMITTEES, AND OFFICES HELD
‘01 Guest Co-Editor, Celebrate Creativity, Creativity Division, National Association for Gifted Children

‘99 Special Publication Editor, Creativity Division, National Association for Gifted Children

’96-2000 Publications Committee, Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)

‘97-‘99 Guest Editor, 1999 Childhood Education Focus Issue: Creativity Around the Globe, ACEI

‘96-‘99 Editorial Advisory Panel, THINK

‘95-‘99 Early Childhood Committee, ACEI

‘95-‘98 Research Committee, ACEI

‘96-‘99 Affiliate, Center for Creative Learning, Sarasota, Florida

‘95-‘96 Chair, Creativity Division, NAGC

‘96 Chair, Search Committee for Early Childhood/Reading, State University of West GA

‘95-‘96 Elections Committee, Department of Education, State University of West GA

‘94 Mathematics Curriculum Revision Team, Carroll Independent School District, Southlake, Texas

‘93-‘94 Mathematics Chair, Johnson Elementary School, Carroll Independent School District, Southlake, Texas

‘93-‘94 Trainer, Dimensions of Learning, Carroll Independent School District, Southlake, Texas

‘92-‘94 Editor, "Celebrate Creativity", Creativity Division, NAGC

‘92-‘94 Membership Committee, NAGC

‘92-‘94 Design Team for District Gifted and Talented Program, Carroll Independent School District, Southlake, Texas

‘89-‘93 Editorial Committee, Educating Able Learners, Gifted Students Institute

‘93 Co-Editor, Winning Blue Ribbon School Application, Johnson Elementary School, Carroll Independent School District, Southlake, Texas

‘91-‘92 Research Chair, Creativity Division, NAGC

‘87-‘89 Executive Committee and Board Member, Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, Natchitoches, Louisiana

‘87-‘89 President, Association for Gifted and Talented Students, State of Louisiana

‘81-‘88 School Administration Liaison, Rapides Parish Association for Gifted and Talented Students, Alexandria, Louisiana

‘84 Task Force, Revision of Identification Process for Gifted Students, Association for Gifted and Talented Students, Louisiana

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

National
‘92-‘93 Who's Who in American Education, The National Reference Institute

‘91 Graduate Student Research Award, The Association for the Gifted, Council for Exceptional Children

State
‘89 President's Service Award, Association for Gifted and Talented Students (CEC)

Regional
‘91-‘92 Early Childhood Graduate Student of the Year, Texas Woman's University

‘88 Outstanding Contribution to the Arts, The Department of Creative and Performing Arts, The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts

PUBLICATIONS

Books and Book Chapters
Tiered Activities for Learning Centers: Differentiation in Math, Language Arts, Science & Social Studies, 2004, Pieces of Learning Press (Available at the publisher's site)

Thinking Divergently with Nurtured Nursery Rhymes: A Reader's Theater, 2003, Dreamcatcher Publishing (Available on this site)

Highly Creative Students: An Underserved Treasure, in Underserved Populations, 2003, Hampton Press Inc. (lead author)

It's in the Bag, 1999, Pieces of Learning Press (Available at the publisher's site)

Creative Thinking and Problem Solving in Young Learners, 1997, Libraries Unlimited/Teacher Ideas Press (Available at amazon.com)

It’s in the Center (In Review)

Keyboard Kapers for Kids, 1990, Meadly (co-composer)

Qualitative Research Methods for Studying Creativity, in Current Research and Methods for Studying Creativity in Youth, 1999, Hampton Press Inc. (lead author)

Research Based Strategies and Programs to Facilitate Creative Thinking, in Current Research and Methods for Studying Creativity in Youth, 1999, Hampton Press Inc. (lead author)

ARTICLES

Refereed Journals
Clustering: Findings From the Field, TEMPO (in press) (Texas Association for the Gifted)

Creativity Shows Up Early and in Many Ways, Parenting for High Potential, (March 2000) (National Association for Gifted Children)

Guest Editor Lead Article, Creativity Around the Globe, Childhood Education, 1999 International Focus Issue, Association for Childhood Education International

Creativity: In the Classroom and Beyond, TEMPO, XIX(4) (Texas Association for the Gifted)

Models of Creative Behavior: Characters in Children’s Picture Books, Gifted Education Supplement, Roeper Review, 21(1)

The Effect of Synectics Training on Gifted and Nongifted Kindergarten Students, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 18(1)

Emerging Rainbows: A Review of the Literature on Creativity in Preschoolers, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 15(2)

Meeting the Needs of Young Gifted Students Through Appropriate Practice in the Regular Classroom, Childhood Education, Vol. 72

Magazines and Journals
Thinking Outside the Box: The Power of Creativity in Content, Illinois Association for Gifted Children Journal 2002 (Co-authored with Dr. Jim Granada) (Invited Article)

The “Whistles” Stop Here: Encouraging Meaningful Creative Thinking in the Classroom, Understanding Our Gifted (Invited Article)

A Kaleidoscope of Life With Young Creative Children, Communicator, 30(4) (California Association for the Gifted (Invited Article)

Connection-Making in Curriculum: The Power of Forced Associations and Analogies, the Journal Portfolio, Vol. 13, Illinois Council for the Gifted (Invited Article)

Questioning So Children Will Think, Creative Learning Today, 6 (1) (1996)

Evidence of Thinking in Children’s Lives, THINK, April, 1995 (lead author)

Parent to Parent, Surviving Early Childhood with a Creative Child, Gifted Child Today (March/April, 1993)

An Interview With E. Paul Torrance, THINK, February, 1994

My Teacher, My Mentor, My Friend, Gifted Child Today, May/June, 1992

Cooperative Partnerships in Education, Gifted Child Today, January/February 1992

Close Encounters With Social Issues, THINK, February 1998

Heart to Heart: A Letter to Parents About Thinking, THINK, February 1997

Garbology: Detective Work in People’s Trash, Teaching K-8, April 1996 (lead author)

SCAMPER: Putting Fun Into Idea-Generation, THINK, December 1996

Baggy Research, THINK, February, 1994

Dance With Each Child: Strategies for Tapping Spatial Intelligence, THINK, April, 1993

Questions to Stimulate the Affective Domain: Personal Analogies, THINK, February 1992

Book Reviews
Review of The Creativity Handbook: A Visual Arts Guide for Parents and Teachers, Childhood Education (Invited Review)

Review of Teaching Young Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom, Childhood Education, (Invited Review)

Review of Rootless Flower: An Ecology of Creativity, Roeper Review, 19 (4) (Invited Review)

Review of Creativity in the Classroom, Roeper Review, 18 (2) (Invited Review)

Review of Children’s Literature for Lorgnette, Heart of Texas Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa

PRESENTATIONS
International
‘91 Synectics: A Key to Creative Learning, World Conference on Gifted and Talented Children, The Hague, Holland

National
’03 Thinking Creatively About Primary Science, National Association for Gifted Children, Indianapolis, IN

’02 Thinking Creatively About Primary Science, NAGC, Denver, CO.

’01 Honing the Art of Tiered Assignments, National Association for Gifted Children, Cincinnati, OH

’01 The Joy of Convergence, National Association for Gifted Children, Cincinnati, OH

’00 Tools for Advanced Thinking: Encouraging Student Autonomy, Teaching for Intelligence Conference, Orlando, Florida

‘99 Creative Thinking and Problem Solving for Young Learners, National Association for Gifted Children, Albuquerque, New Mexico

‘99 Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving for Young Learners, Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), San Antonio, Texas

‘98 Picture Book Characters: Models for Students’ Thinking, National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), Louisville, Kentucky

‘98 The Joy of Convergence in Creative Thinking, NAGC, Louisville, Kentucky

‘98 Brain-Based Curriculum, Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), Tampa, Florida

‘97 Creativity and Problem Solving in Young Learners, NAGC, Little Rock, Arkansas

‘97 An Extravaganza of Problem Solving Methods, Synectics, NAGC, Little Rock, Arkansas

‘97 Opening the World Through Creativity, ACEI, Portland, Oregon

‘96 Inclusion for Young Gifted Students: Individually Appropriate Curriculum That Works, ACEI, Minneapolis, Minnesota

‘96 The Power of Forced Associations and Analogies in Creative Thinking, NAGC, Indianapolis, Indiana

‘96 Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, NAGC, Indianapolis, Indiana (co-presenter)

‘96 How to Question So Children Will Think, Center for Creative Learning Affiliate Conference, Sarasota, Florida

‘95 Creativity in the Regular Classroom, NAGC, Tampa, Florida

‘95 Creativity Extravaganza: Creative Teachers, Moderator, NAGC, Tampa, Florida

‘94 Where Did you Get That Idea? NAGC, Salt Lake City , Utah

‘94 Teachers and GT Specialists: Partners in the Classroom, NAGC, Salt Lake City, Utah

‘94 Help! I Think This Child Is Gifted, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Atlanta, Georgia

‘93 Documentation and Assessment of Creative Thinking, NAGC, Atlanta, Georgia

‘92 Research Extravaganza, Moderator, NAGC, Los Angeles, California

‘92 The Educational Importance of Synectics, American Creativity Association, Dallas, Texas

‘91 The Centers Approach to Serving Young Gifted Students, NAGC, Little Rock, Arkansas

‘91 Nurturing Creativity: What Does the Research Say? (Invited Presentation), NAGC, Little Rock, Arkansas

‘90 Synectics and the Young Child, NAGC, Kansas City, Missouri


State
’03 Thinking Creatively About Primary Science, Texas Association for Gifted Children, Houston, Texas

’03 Balancing the Curriculum, Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum, San Antonio, Texas

’02 It’s in the Center, Texas Association for Gifted Children, Houston, Texas

’02 Creativity and Content in the Middle School, TAGT, Houston, TX

’02 Literature, TEKS, and the Gifted Reader, TAGT, Houston, TX

’02 Thinking Creatively About Primary Science, TAGT, Houston, TX

’01 Look Out! The “Equalizer” Is In the Building, Texas Association for Gifted Children, San Antonio, Texas

’01 Differentiating Centers for Young Gifted Children, Texas Association for Gifted Children, San Antonio, Texas

’01 Visual Thinking: Encouraging The Mind’s Eye, Texas Association for Gifted Children, San Antonio, Texas

’01 The “Whistles” Stop Here, Keynote Address, Seventh Annual Region 12 Gifted and Talented Symposium (May 2001)

’00 The Art of Tiered Assignment: Regular Classroom Differentiation, Texas Association for Gifted Children, Austin, Texas

’00 Creativity and Content, Texas Association for Gifted Children, Austin, Texas

‘99 Problem Solving Through Children’s Literature, Texas Association for Gifted Children, Houston, Texas

‘99 It’s in the Bag: Divergent Thinking Activities, Texas Association for Gifted Children, Houston, Texas

‘98 Brain-Based Curriculum: Branching Dendrites in the Classroom, Velma E. Schmidt Conference Series, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas (Invited Presentation)

‘98 Shaping the Human Brain, June 1998, Early Childhood Institute, Fort Worth, Texas

‘98 Reading, Thinking, Problem Solving: Teaching Creativity with Children’s Literature,
Texas Association of School Librarians (Invited Presentation), San Antonio, Texas

‘98 K-2 Curriculum: The Synergy of Developmental Appropriateness and Advanced Learning, Texas Association for Gifted and Talented

‘97 Brain-Based Curriculum for Gifted Students: Branching Dendrites in the Classroom, Texas Association for Gifted and Talented, Austin, Texas

‘96 Multiple Intelligences-Based Primary Curriculum: The Road to Advanced Thinking, Texas Association for Gifted and Talented, Austin, Texas

‘96 Parenting the Gifted Student, Georgia Recognition Ceremony for the Sixteenth Annual Talent Search, Invited Presentation, Carrollton, Georgia

‘95 See It, Do It, Understand It: Activities to Enhance Spatial Skills, Georgia Association for Young Children, Atlanta, Georgia

‘91 A Centers Approach to Serving the Young Gifted Student, (Co-presenter) Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented, Dallas, Texas