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Monday, August 12 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Cross-Age Peer Mentoring: Cultivating a System of Academic Excellence LIMITED

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How can a district use cross-age peer mentoring to support students from historically underserved populations in gifted and talented? Participants in this session will hear how one Des Moines Public High School piloted a course for credit in collaboration with one of their feeder pattern elementary schools. Hear firsthand from a few of the high school students involved. 
The purpose of the GT Leadership and Mentoring course is to provide leadership opportunities for the GT high school students.  The idea is that by being mentors/role models the GT students help their mentees to foster a positive attitude and enthusiasm for high level academic pursuits as well as increasing their confidence and self-efficacy. The positive outcome for the mentors is to develop confidence and leadership skills, foster empathy and patience for others, cultivate cultural capital, and expand the connection to their community. 
The course was created to connect to both NAGC programming standards and to the Iowa Core, using available staff and resources.

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Casey Dunley

GT Consultant, Des Moines Schools
Casey Dunley currently serves as a Gifted and Talented Consultant at Roosevelt High School in the Des Moines Public School District. She is passionate about equity, access and opportunity for students from historically underserved populations in GT, the Excellence Gap, extended learning... Read More →

Monday August 12, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm CDT