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September 2, 2014

CFGE Math Unit Wins Curriculum Award!

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Moving Through Dimensions: A Mathematics Unit for High Ability Learners (Grades 6-8) is the winner of a 2014 NAGC Curriculum Studies Award!
See this link for information about the unit:

March 18, 2014

New Humanities Units Available from Prufrock

Filed under: Uncategorized — klchan @ 7:53 am

Two new humanities units for teachers of students in grades 6 to 8, are now available from Prufrock Press:

Exploring America in the 1950s:  Beneath the Formica is a unit for high ability students in grades 6 to 8 about struggling  to define  who the USA is in the Cold War world as Americans struggled with the  confidence of winning WWII, of being a world superpower, and also the corresponding an anxiety over that influence and the weapons behind it.  This humanities unit will focus on the way in which the literature, art, and music of the 1950s add a depth of understanding about the daily experience of the American people and how they felt about the events of the time, as well as showing how and why the social changes of the decade (start of the civil rights movement, beats, basis for a future feminist movement) occurred.


Exploring America in the 1960s:  Our Voices Will Be Heard is a unit for high ability students in grades 6 to 8 that starts with the hope of the early 60s as seen in JFK’s Camelot, moving to increasing disillusionment and the despair by the end of the decade as those hopes are  through assassinations or  the involvement in Vietnam.  This humanities unit focuses on the way in which the literature, art, and music of the 1960s add a greater understanding of how those living through the decade experienced and felt about those events, of how and why the social changes occurred, as well as how they gave voice to groups who were seeking a greater role in American society in the 1960s.



February 23, 2014

Resources for Digital Writing

Filed under: Uncategorized — klchan @ 9:11 am

This website is an excellent source of of student-composed web texts for each digital media covered in the Common Core State Standards:

February 10, 2014

Resources for Engineers’ Week, February 16 – 22

Filed under: Uncategorized — klchan @ 5:18 pm

Engineers Week is February 16–22, 2014. Engineering is in the spotlight right now—and science teachers need to know how to incorporate it into their STEM curriculum, what resources really work, and where to get online PD to stay current.  The National Science Teachers Association has developed numerous resources related to engineering:

February 4, 2014

NCTM Illuminations

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The NCTM Illuminations website is home to more than 800 free math resources:

January 16, 2014

Correlations to Common Core State Standards for Prufrock Products

Filed under: Uncategorized — klchan @ 3:26 pm

The William and Mary products sold through Prufrock Press align with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics and English Language Arts. At the following link, you’ll find guides that indicate which standards line up with the products you’re considering purchasing:

Each document lists standards for the grade levels in each book. Because many of the books are full of challenging content, you’ll find that some of the standards for higher grade levels are included in these alignment sheets.

October 10, 2013

Correlations to the Mathematics CCSS

Filed under: Uncategorized — klchan @ 1:53 pm

Prufrock Press has provided CCSS correlations for some of the CFGE’s materials.  According to their information: 

Each document lists standards for the grade levels in each book. Because many of Prufrock’s products are full of rigorous, challenging content, you’ll find that some of the standards for higher grade levels are included in these alignment sheets.


Go to this link for the correlations:

August 27, 2013

Professional Development for the William and Mary Curriculum

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Please contact me about professional development needs related to the William and Mary curriculum units.  The training offered can be adapted to meet the specific needs of your district.

I can conduct training about the implementation of specific units in any content area.  Additionally, I can provide training about how to integrate the curriculum materials with already existing district programs.

Training about how to use the teaching models incorporated in the units can also be provided, as well as instruction in developing curriculum materials using the models.

Contact me at, or at 757-221-2588.


July 30, 2013

Information for Parents about Common Core State Standards

Filed under: Uncategorized — klchan @ 11:44 am

The Parents’ Guide to Student Success was developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics that 46 states have adopted. Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.

See this link for the Parents’ Guide to Student Success:

April 22, 2013

Professional Summer Institute at the CFGE!

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Registration is now open for the Professional Summer Institute – a two day workshop for teachers, gifted program coordinators, and administrators.


The purposes of this Institute are:

1. To highlight Center for Gifted Education Materials 2. To disseminate research- based best practices 3. To provide professional development to promote leadership and exemplary practices in gifted education

  • Language Arts Curriculum
  • Social Studies Curriculum
  • Science Curriculum
  • Spatial Reasoning
  • Research-based Teaching Models
  • Creativity and Learning
  • Developing Social and Emotional Skills to Support Talent Development
  • Reasoning and Curriculum: An Integration of Thought and Content

  • Designing Curriculum for Underserved Populations: Implications of Research for Practice

  • Informational Texts: Reading, Writing, and Research for High Ability Students

All sessions will take place at the College of William and Mary School of Education, located at 301 Monticello Ave Williamsburg VA 23185.

Visit the for session descriptions, lodging information, and directions.

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