Educational service districts, public school districts, tribal compact and private schools have joined the project as pilot sites. As a group, they represent the great variety of educational settings that exist across a state that covers 71,303 square miles, divided by a mountain range.
Demographics, resource base, enrollments, staffing profile and approach to professional learning all vary widely across these LEAs, and private schools. HiCapPLUS pilot sites reflect this kind of diversity. Several districts have a significant number of students who are English language learners, a high percentage of families eligible for the free and reduced price meal program, and students with disabilities.
- ESDs 113, 121, 171, 189
- Districts Bridgeport, Camas, Mount Vernon, Olympia, Pasco, Pateros, Spokane, Wenatchee
HiCapPLUS partners — Nancy Hertzog and Jann Leppien — are experts in the field of gifted education and will work with pilot participants to create content for an online professional learning platform.
Nancy B. Hertzog, Ph.D. Dr. Hertzog has an extensive background in gifted education and expertise in curriculum development. She is a professor of educational psychology at the University of Washington, and the director of the Halbert and Nancy Robinson Center for Young Scholars. Currently, Ms. Hertzog’s research focuses on how teachers differentiate instruction to address the diverse needs of their students.
Jann H. Leppien, Ph.D. Dr. Leppien has worked as a research assistant for The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT). She works as associate professor in the College of Education at Whitworth University, and consults with school districts around the nation. Ms. Leppien is the inaugural holder of the Margo Long Chair in Gifted Education at Whitworth.
Jody Hess, project director │ Gayle Pauley, project oversight
Estela Garcia, project support │ Jacqueline Wyatt, web support