CURRICULUM VITAE

Angela Novak, Ph.D.

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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) focus within the Department of Elementary and Middle Grades Education

Program Coordinator, Academically and Intellectually Gifted (service role); AIG is offered as an add-on for licensure and a concentration for the MAEd degree.  Responsible for advertising and student recruitment.

Developed new course series for AIG, including 10 total courses, 5 at the undergraduate level, which were new offerings for the university, and 5 at the graduate level, to replace existing courses with a new (GIFT) prefix. Created curriculum and took it through the university curriculum revision process (2018-2019) as a service to the department and additional teaching responsibility.

Teach graduate and undergraduate classes including:

  • ELEM 6010: Teaching the Integrated Language Arts (Fall 2017)

  • MIDG 4010: Instructional Evaluation in the Middle Grades (Fall 2017)

  • SPED 6402: Differentiated Curriculum for the Gifted (Spring 2018, 2019)

  • ELEM 6024: Supervised Internship in the Elementary Classroom (Spring 2018)

  • SPED 6104: Introduction to Gifted Education (Summer, 2018; involved designing and running a summer camp for local gifted students) 

  • SPED 6403: Practicum in Gifted Education (Summer, 2018; involved designing and running a summer camp for local gifted students; Summer 2019)

  • SPED 6401: Methods and Materials in Gifted Education (Fall, 2018);

  • ELEM 4300: Organization and Management in the Elementary School Classroom (Fall, 2018);

  • ELEM 3000: Curriculum and Standards in Elementary School (Spring, 2019; Fall, 2019; Spring 2020)

  • ELEM 6200: Leading Curriculum Revision and Implementation (Summer, 2019)

  • MIDG 6100: Young Adolescents, School and Community (Summer 2019)

  • GIFT 4000/6000: The Diverse Gifted Child (Fall, 2019, 2020, 2021)

  • GIFT 4100/6100: Foundations of Gifted Education (Spring 2020, 2021, 2022)

  • GIFT 4200/6200: Instructional Practices in Gifted Education (Fall 2019, 2020, 2021)

  • GIFT 4300/6300: Creativity, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving in Gifted Education (Spring 2020, 2021, 2022)

  • MIDG 6300: Advanced Strategies in Teaching and Assessment in Middle School (Fall 2019, 2020) 

  • MIDG 6200: Curriculum Revision and Implementation at the Middle Grades (Spring 2020)

  • ELEM 4400: Assessment for the Elementary School Educator (course co-creator; Spring 2020, 2021, 2022; Fall 2020, 2021)

  • ELEM 6400: Advanced Assessment and Teaching in the Elementary School (Summer 2020)

  • MIDG 4001: Organization, Management, and Motivation in the Middle Grades (Summer 2020)

  • TCHR 4001: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Elementary School (Summer 2020) 

  • TCHR 4992: Residency II (Spring 2021)

  • TCHR 4002: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Elementary School (Summer 2021) 

  • ELEM 4324: Internship in the Elementary School (Spring 2022) 

  • TCHR 4004: Classroom Management and Adolescent Development in the K-12 School (Summer 2022)

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INSTRUCTOR, GIFTED EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Teach the online graduate courses for graduate-level students pursuing a gifted endorsement, B/MT or MA degree using Collab and Canvas LMS platforms.
Courses: Differentiation (5 semesters, 2017-2019) and Curriculum (1 semester, 2017)

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EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership, January 2010

The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Concentration in Gifted Education Administration and a Cognate in Higher Education Administration, Graduated with Honors

Dissertation: Gifted Collegians: An Explanatory Sequential Mixed Methods Study of the Talent Development Process of Gifted Undergraduate Students

M.A. in Education, May 2006

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Educational Psychology Department, with a focus on Gifted Education

A.B. in Psychology and Elementary Education, May 1999

The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

 

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE ACTIVITIES

CEC-TAG BOARD MEMBER

Membership Chair, 2019 present

Committee Member, Standards and Accreditation Committee, 2018-2019
Chair, Membership Committee, 2019-present
Ad-Hoc Committee for Responsive Learning (2019-2021)
Ad-Hoc Committee for High Leverage Practices (2019-present)
Chair of Ad-Hoc Committee for Legislative Policy Review (2022)

NAGC DIVERSITY/EQUITY COMMITTEE

Co-Chair

Appointed position on the National Association for Gifted Children's Diversity and Equity Committee serving two year term, 2019-2021; reappointed 2021-2023

NAGC RURAL GIFTED SIG

Founding Coordinator

Proposed Rural Gifted Learner Special Interest Group at NAGC Convention 2018; drafted mission and gathered required signatures to indicate interested and submitted to the board.
Approved by the Board March, 2019.

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING NETWORK, NAGC

Program Chair, Chair, Communications Chair, Newsletter Editor

  • Program Chair, Professional Development Network for the National Association for Gifted Children (2017-present).

  • Chair and Past Chair, Professional Development Network for the National Association for Gifted Children (2015-2017; 2017-2019)

  • Chair-Elect, Communications Chair and Newsletter Editor, Professional Development Network of the National Association for Gifted Children (2012-2015)

NC AIG IHE

Co-Chair, Secretary

Secretary, North Carolina Academically and Intellectually Gifted Institutes of Higher Education Consortium, 2018- 2019
Co-Chair, 2019-present

JOURNAL REVIEWER

Gifted Education International

Theory and Practice in Rural Education

Gifted Child Quarterly

Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning

Journal for the Education of the Gifted

Submission Reviewer, selected based on expertise for specific articles, 2016-present

Publons Profile

CONVENTION/CONFERENCE SUBMISSION REVIEWER

National Association for Gifted Children
American Educational Research Association
American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education
Council for Exceptional Children-The Association for the Gifted

NAGC Networks include: Curriculum Studies, Special Populations, Social and Emotional, Professional Development, and Creativity
AERA: Research on Giftedness, Creativity and Talent and Rural Education SIGs

PURE PLAY EVERY DAY, INC

Advisory Council

2020- present

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

ECU University, College, and Department Service

Search Committees (Department Chair, Distinguished Rural Professor) 2021-2022
BB&T Active Learning and Leadership Program,  2021
University Studies Faculty Oversight Committee, 2021-2024
College of Education Library Committee, 2017-2021
College of Education Ad Hoc Diversity Committee for the Anti-Racism Statement, 2020
ELMID Curriculum Committee, 2017-2020
ELMID Social Committee, 2017-2019
ELMID Personnel Committee, 2018-present
College of Education AIG Coordinator, 2018-present

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

(lapsed memberships not listed)

  • National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), 2004-present

  • Kappa Delta Pi, Honor Society in Education, 2007-present

  • Council for Exceptional Children, The Association for the Gifted (CEC-TAG), 2008-present

  • ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), 2010-present

  • American Mensa, 2013-present

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2018-present

  • North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented (NCAGT), 2018-present

  • Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG), 2018-present

  • North Carolina Multilingual Institutes of Higher Education Consortium, (2022-present)

  • Abolitionist Teaching Network, 2020-present

  • National Center for Institutional Diversity; Diversity Scholars Network, 2020-present

  • National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), 2020-present

THEORY AND PRACTICE IN RURAL EDUCATION

Guest Editor

Special Issue on Rural Gifted Learners

Call for Proposals

 
Researching and Writing

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Teacher training and retention of new teachers

  • Cultural competency, equity, and professional learning of gifted educators

  • Montessori and gifted pedagogies and practices

  • Rural gifted learners

  • Equity and social justice in gifted education

  • Equity and professional learning of gifted educators

  • Play

  • Gifted and talented students in higher education and honors programs

  • Collegiate teaching through the lens of social justice and differentiation

  • Gifted multilingual students

  • Special populations of gifted students, focusing issues of equity and access

  • 2e populations, specifically ADHD and anxiety

  • Disconnect between expertise and pedagogy in higher education

 
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PUBLICATIONS

 
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CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Novak, A.M. (2022, April 21). Not White saviors, but critical scholars: The need for gifted critical race theory. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2022, April 3). A tree grows in Brooklyn: Equity and Play. U.S. Play Coalition Annual Conference, Clemson, SC. [Recorded for online reboot]

  • Novak, A.M. (2022, March 25-27). Framing gifted education through the lens of critical race theory. [Live Virtual Conference Session]. California Association for the Gifted. 60th Annual Conference, virtual event.

  • Lewis K.D. & Novak, A.M. (2021, November 10-13). Cozy up with KidLit: Delving into courageous conversations with gifted students. [Pre-recorded Conference Session]. National Association for Gifted Children. Virtual and In-Person Conference, Denver, CO. Recorded session for six-month playback.

  • Lewis K.D. & Novak, A.M. (2021, November 10-13). Gifted educators as change agents: A playbook for equity-driven professional learning. [Pre-recorded Conference Session]. National Association for Gifted Children. Virtual and In-Person Conference, Denver, CO. Recorded session for six-month playback.

  • Novak, A.M. & Lewis, K.D. (2021, November 10-13). Windows, mirrors, and sliding Glass doors in a gifted classroom. [Pre-recorded Conference Session]. National Association for Gifted Children. Virtual and In-Person Conference, Denver, CO. Recorded session for six-month playback.

  • Levi Altstaedter, L. & Novak, A.M. (2021, November 11-12). Hispanic/Latinx community perceptions of and responses to inequitable gifted programming. [Pre-recorded Conference Session]. National Forum to Advance Rural Education. Virtual and In-Person Conference, presented virtually. 

  • Novak, A.M., & Taylor, S.E. (2021, June). Eduspeak and play: Surviving the wolf at the door while keeping play alive & well in your classroom [Pre-recorded Conference Session]. US Play Coalition Conference. Virtual. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2021, June). Equity and play: Surviving and thriving [Pre-Recorded Conference Session]. US Play Coalition Conference, Virtual. 

  • Lewis, K.D., & Novak, A.M. (2021, March 13). Guiding principles for equity driven professional learning for gifted teachers [Multi-Presentation Session, Pre-Recorded, On Demand]. Council for Exceptional Children 2021 Convention and Expo. Virtual. Multi-Presentation Session. 

  • Novak, A. M., & Lewis, K.D. (2021, March 13). Four zones of professional learning: Fostering equity in gifted programs [Multi-Presentation Session, Pre-Recorded, On Demand]. Council for Exceptional Children 2021 Convention and Expo. Virtual. 

  • Hughes, C., Troxclair, D., Novak, A., Dailey, D., Buchanan, M, & Weber, C. (2021, March 12). Adapting high leverage practices for 2e: Implications for practice and research [TAG Showcase Demonstration Session, Pre-Recorded, On Demand]. Council for Exceptional Children 2021 Convention and Expo. Virtual. 

  • Gallagher, J.L. & Novak, A.M. (2021, February 25). Cultivating teacher knowledge of equity and assessment in an online course [Pre-Recorded Future Casting Session]. American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Virtual.

  • Novak, A.M. (2020, November 13). Flow: More than creativity, it’s play![Breakout session for live Q&A during conference; Recorded, On Demand]. National Association for Gifted Children, Reimagined, Virtual.

  • Lewis, K.D., Novak, A.M., & Weber, C.L. (2020, November 14). Guiding principles for culturally responsive professional learning for gifted teachers. [Breakout session for live Q&A during conference; Recorded, On Demand]. National Association for Gifted Children, Reimagined. Virtual.

  • Novak, A.M. & Lewis, K.D. (2020, November 17-20). Crafting culturally responsive gifted classrooms: A window and mirror view [Pre-recorded, on-demand]. National Association for Gifted Children, Reimagined, Virtual. 

  • Lewis, K.D. & Novak, A.M. (2020, November 17-20). Boosting the cultural competence of gifted teachers: Learning via literature,[Pre-recorded, on-demand]. National Association for Gifted Children, Reimagined, Virtual. 

  • Lewis, K.D. & Novak, A.M. (2020, November 17-20). Four zones of professional learning: Fostering equity in gifted programs,[Pre-recorded, on-demand]. National Association for Gifted Children, Reimagined, Virtual. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2019, March 31). How principles in play connect to gifted pedagogy [Pre-recorded, on-demand]. U.S. Play Coalition. Virtual.

  • Novak, A.M. (2019, March 31). Playing the eduspeak game: Tips on aligning lessons with play principles. [Pre-recorded, on-demand]. U.S. Play Coalition. Virtual.

  • Mitro, W, & Novak, A.M. (2019, March 5). A field of connections: Montessori and AIG [Accepted state conference session] North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented Annual Conference, Winston-Salem, NC. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2019, March 5). Focusing on equity and access in AIG [State conference session]. North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented Annual Conference, Winston-Salem, NC. 

  • Novak, A.M. & Taylor, S.E. (2019, March 6). Focus on play: Connecting play to gifted pedagogy [State conference session]. North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented Annual Conference, Winston-Salem, NC. 

  • Gilson, C. & Novak, A.M. (2018, March 6). Re-envisioning AIG professional learning practices [State conference double session]. North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented Annual Conference, Winston-Salem, NC. 

  • Brigandi, C. & Novak, A.M. (2019, November 7-10). Enrich or accelerate: Making connections that bridge the two conceptual foundations [National conference session]. National Association for Gifted Children, Albuquerque, NM. 

  • Lewis, K.D. & Novak, A.M. (2019, November 7-10). Beyond conferences: How teachers can engage parents & communities via professional learning [National conference session]. National Association for Gifted Children, Albuquerque, NM. 

  • Novak, A.M. & Lewis, K.D. (2019, November 7-10). Mirrors & windows: Ensuring gifted programs reflect the community while exploring the world [National conference session]. National Association for Gifted Children, Albuquerque, NM.

  • Novak, A.M., & Taylor, S.E. (2019, November 7-10). Don’t forget to play! How principles in play connect to gifted pedagogy [National conference session]. National Association for Gifted Children, Albuquerque, NM. 

  • Lewis, K.D. & Novak, A.M. (2019, November 7-10). Increasing multicultural competence of gifted teachers using children’s literature. [National conference session] National Association for Gifted Children, Albuquerque, NM. 

  • Novak, A.M. & Lewis, K.D. (2019, July 24-28). Guiding the gatekeepers: Using professional learning to promote equity and access in K12 gifted education, [International conference session]. World Conference on the Gifted and Talented, Nashville, TN. 

  • Lewis, K.D. & Novak, A.M. (2019, July 24-28). Professional learning and families: Working with teachers to create learning opportunities for parents [International conference session]. World Conference on the Gifted and Talented, Nashville, TN. 

  • Novak, A.M. & Lewis, K.D. (2019, July 24-28). Reading rainbow remix: Fostering cultural competence of gifted teachers through literature in professional learning settings [International conference session]. World Conference on the Gifted and Talented, Nashville, TN. 

  • MacFarlane, B., Lewis, K.D. & Novak, A.M. (2019, July 24-28). Practical programming for rural gifted teachers and administrators [International conference session]. World Conference on the Gifted and Talented, Nashville, TN. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2019, March 30). Don’t forget to play! How principles in play connect to gifted pedagogy [Regional conference session]. Creativity and Technology Conference- Fostering Creativity in the Digital Age, Western Carolina University at Biltmore Park, Asheville, NC. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2019, March 7). Weaving AIG into cultural agility [State conference session, presented twice]. North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented Annual Conference, Winston-Salem, NC. 

  • Lewis, K.D. & Novak, A.M. (2018, November 16). Equity and access in K-12 gifted and the need for targeted professional learning for teachers [National conference panel session]. National Association for Gifted Children, Minneapolis, MN. Revised and updated from a session conducted at NAGC in Charlotte, NC: November 10, 2017 and Orlando, FL: November 4, 2016 (Refereed). 

  • Lewis, K.D. & Novak, A.M. (2018, November 16). Using literature in professional learning to raise multicultural competence of gifted teachers [National conference session]. National Association for Gifted Children, Minneapolis, MN. Revised and updated from a session conducted at NAGC in Charlotte, NC: November 10, 2017 (Refereed). 

  • Lewis, K.D. & Novak, A.M. (2017, November 11). Gifted across cultures: Reaching every child, every day [National conference session]. National Association for Gifted Children Convention, Charlotte, NC. Revised and updated from a session conducted at NAGC in Phoenix, AZ: November 14, 2015 (Refereed).

  • Novak, A.M. & Lewis, K.D. (2016, November 4). Meeting the social and emotional needs of gifted Hispanic and Bilingual youth [National conference session]. National Association for Gifted Children Convention, Orlando, FL.  

  • Novak, A.M. & Vieillard, K. (2013, November 9). Top ten lessons learned in 29 years of gifted summer programming [National conference session]. National Association for Gifted Children Convention, Indianapolis, IN. 

  • Novak, A.M. & Lewis, K.D. (2012, November 15-18). Online teacher training: Research to real world [National conference session]. National Association for Gifted Children Convention, Denver, CO. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2012, March 9). Curriculum compacting as a practical tool for differentiation. [State conference session]. New Jersey Association for Gifted Children Conference, Somerset, NJ. Revised and updated from a session conducted at National Curriculum Network Conference, Williamsburg, VA: March 11-13, 2009 (Refereed).

  • Novak, A.M. (2012, March 10). Overexcitabilities and the gifted child [State conference session]. New Jersey Association for Gifted Children Conference, Somerset, NJ.

  • Novak, A.M. & Lewis, K.D. (2015, November 13). Hispanic and Bilingual are not synonyms: Considerations from the border. [National conference session]. National Association for Gifted Children Convention, Phoenix, AZ. 

  • Lewis, K.D. & Novak, A.M. (2015, November 13). Equity and access in gifted programming for Hispanic youth: Targeted professional development for teachers [National conference session]. National Association for Gifted Children Convention, Phoenix, AZ. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2010, November 12). Curriculum compacting: A practical tool to differentiate curriculum. [National conference poster session]. National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Convention, Atlanta, GA. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2010, November) Underachievement: Who? What? When? Where? Why? And How to help! [State conference session]. Advocacy for Gifted and Talented Education in New York State (AGATE), College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2010, February 10). Curriculum compacting as a practical tool for differentiation [State conference session]. North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented (NCAGT) Conference, Winston-Salem, NC.

  • Novak, A.M. (2009, October 28-November 1). Talent development and honors programs: What do we know? [National conference session]. National Collegiate Honors Council 2009 Annual Conference, Washington D.C.

  • Rose, V.C. & Novak, A.M. (2009, November 5-8). Social-Emotional 101: An overview of the issues [National conference session]. National Association for Gifted Children Convention, St. Louis, MO. 

  • Invited Sessions

  • Novak, A.M. (2022, March 11). Centering gifted students of the global majority in the classroom. [Live Virtual Conference Session]. North Carolina Association of the Gifted and Talented. Virtual Conference.

  • Novak, A.M. (2021, October 26). Answering the “but why” questions of gifted and talented children.[Live Webinar Session]. Arizona Association for the Gifted. AAGT Informs Webinar Series. https://youtu.be/Zh9ATD5rOJQ 

  • Novak, A.M., Whiting, G.W., Nyberg, J.L., & Ford, D.Y. (2021, November 12). From “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” to critical race theory: Disrupting inequity in action. [Live Synchronous Hybrid Conference Session]. National Association for Gifted Children. Virtual and In-Person Conference, Denver, CO.

  • Castellano, J.A., Brulles, D.M., Ford, D.Y., Grantham, T.C., Kirsch, L.B., Segota, J., Novak, A.M., & Whiting, G.W. (2021, November 12). Outcomes from the NAGC National Symposium on Equity for Black and Brown Gifted Students. [Live Synchronous Hybrid Conference Session]. National Association for Gifted Children. Virtual and In-Person Conference, Denver, CO. Panel Session.

  • Novak, A.M., & Whiting, G.W. (2021, November 17). Critical race theory: Where does it fit in gifted education? [Live Synchronous Conference Table Talk]. National Association for Gifted Children. Virtual and In-Person Conference, Denver, CO.

  • Novak, A.M., Wood, J.L, & Gentry, M. (2021, August 12). What’s next workshops: Equity for Black and Brown gifted students part I-implicit bias, microaggressions, D3 model. [Live Synchronous Workshop]. National Association for Gifted Children’s National Symposium on Equity for Black and Brown Gifted Students. Virtual. Organizer and Workshop Facilitator.

  • Novak, A.M. & Lewis, K.D. (2021, August 12). Shifting the field and committing to antiracism: Action steps for allies, accomplices, and co-conspirators to change minds, policies, and practices. [Live Synchronous Workshop]. National Association for Gifted Children’s National Symposium on Equity for Black and Brown Gifted Students. Virtual. Organizer and Workshop Facilitator.

  • Novak, A.M. & Lin, J. (2021, August 12). Leading for change: Implementing equity ideas, creating diverse spaces, ensuring true belongingness, and working towards social justice. [Live Synchronous Workshop]. National Association for Gifted Children’s National Symposium on Equity for Black and Brown Gifted Students. Virtual. Organizer and Workshop Facilitator.

  • Novak, A.M. & Levi Alstaedter, L.(2021, August 12). What’s next workshops: Equity for Black and Brown gifted students part II-communication and collaboration in equity. [Live Synchronous 3-Day Symposium Session Series]. National Association for Gifted Children’s National Symposium on Equity for Black and Brown Gifted Students. Virtual. Organizer and Workshop Facilitator.

  • Novak, A.M. (2021, June 15-17). Equity work: Recognizing whiteness [Live Synchronous 3-day Symposium Session Series]. The Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Symposium. Virtual. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2021, June 15-17). Play: The work of childhood [Live Synchronous 3-day Symposium Session Series]. The Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Symposium. Virtual. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2021, March 4-5). Flow: More than creativity, it’s play [NAGC Convention Highlight Session, Pre-Recorded]. North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented Conference, Virtual. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2021, March 4-5). Fostering equity through professional learning [NAGC Convention Highlight Session, Pre-Recorded]. North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented Conference, Virtual. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2021, January 11). Develop a plan to address inequities [Pre-Recorded Conference Session]. The Art of Advocacy, Leading Equity Virtual Summit. Virtual. 

  • Novak, A.M.(moderator) (2020, November 17). Rural gifted education: Promising practices [Live/synchronous, recorded, on demand, panel session]. National Association for Gifted Children, Reimagined, Virtual. 

  • Weber, C.L. & Novak, A.M. (2020, November 17-20). Professional development for teachers of the gifted in the content areas, [Prerecorded, on-demand, panel session]. National Association for Gifted Children, Reimagined, Virtual.

  • Novak, A.M., Weber, C.L., Lewis, K.D., Davis, J., Friedrichs, T., Shaklee, B., Bland, L., & Fugate, C.M. (2019, November 7-10). Best practices in professional learning: Strategies for special populations and topics in gifted education [National conference panel session]. National Association for Gifted Children, Albuquerque, NM. 

  • Novak, A.M., Brulles, D., Brown, K., Lee, M. & Fogarty, E. (2019, November 10.) Getting our kicks on Route 66: Navigating the path of professional learning [National conference panel session]. National Association for Gifted Children, Albuquerque, NM. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2019, March 8). Challenges- and potential solutions- to AIG identification in rural schools [State conference session, presented twice]. North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented Annual Conference, Winston-Salem, NC. 

  • Novak, A.M., Weber, C.L, Brigandi, C., McIntosh, J., Fogarty, E., Gilson, C., Croft, L., Miller, M., & Lewis, K. (2018, November 17). Best practices in professional learning and teacher development [National conference panel session]. National Association for Gifted Children, Minneapolis, MN. 

  • Novak, A.M., Brown, K., Brulles, D., Phelps, C. & Fogarty, E. (2018, November 18). Professional learning: What’s the best option for my district? [National conference panel session]. National Association for Gifted Children, Minneapolis, MN. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2018, July 19-21). Gifted across cultures: Reaching every child, every day [Non-profit symposium session]. 10th Annual Hormel Gifted Education Symposium, Austin, MN. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2018, July 19-21.) Social and emotional needs of gifted students [Non-profit symposium session]. 10th Annual Hormel Gifted Education Symposium, Austin, MN. 

  • Phelps, C., Croft, L., Fogarty, E. & Novak, A.M. (2016, November 5). Lightning talks: Innovative and collaborative professional development exemplars [National conference panel session]. National Association for Gifted Children Convention, Orlando, FL. 

  • Brulles, D., Croft, L., Kirsch, L., Lewis, K., Novak, A., Phelps, C., & Weber, C. (2016, November 6). Imagining the possibilities: Effective teacher preparation in gifted education. [National conference panel session]. National Association for Gifted Children Convention, Orlando, FL.

  • Gentry, M. Collins, K.H., Phelps, C., Brulles, D., Fogarty, E., Novak, A. (2015, November 13). Effective professional development practices that honor the whole child in underserved populations [National conference panel session]. National Association for Gifted Children Conference, Phoenix, AZ. 

  • Phelps, C., Brulles, D., MacIntosh, J., Collins, K.H., Gentry, M., Fogarty, E., & Novak, A.M. (2014, November 16). Special Interest Groups and professional development [National conference panel session]. National Association for Gifted Children Convention, Baltimore, MD. 

  • Greene, M. & Novak, A.M. (2012, February 28). College planning for gifted students [Webinar]. National Society for the Gifted and Talented, Stamford, CT. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2011, October 2). The perplexing problem of perfectionism. [Regional conference session]. Scholar Search, Boston University, Boston, MA. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2011, March 5-6). The struggle for excellence: Working with perfectionism. [Regional conference session]. Parents of Gifted Offspring (POGO), Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2010, October, 30-31). An introduction to social and emotional needs of gifted students: Asynchrony, overexcitabilities and perfectionism [Regional conference session]. Parents of Gifted Offspring (POGO), Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2010, October 17). Overexcitability and the gifted child [Regional conference session]. Scholar Search, Boston University, Boston, MA. Revised and updated from a session conducted at  Virginia Association for the Gifted Twelfth Conference, Williamsburg, VA: October 27, 2007.

  • Novak, A.M. (2009, December 1). Strategies for working with perfectionism, motivation, or overexcitabilities [Regional affiliate meeting presentation]. Westchester-Putnam Chapter of Advocacy for Gifted and Talented Education in New York State (WPAGATE), Soundview Preparatory, Yorktown Heights, NY. Revised and updated from a session conducted at Essex County Public School’s Exceptional Children’s Family Fun Night, Tappahannock, VA: February 21, 2008.

  • Novak, A.M. (2009, March 21). Strategies for working with gifted children with special social and emotional needs [Regional Parents Meeting]. Gifted Department Parents’ Day, Spotsylvania Public Schools, Spotsylvania, VA. 

  • Novak, A.M. (2006, October 30). Tiered assignments as a differentiation tool [District conference session]. Norfolk Public Schools All Staff Development Day, Norfolk, VA. Invited Session. Revised and updated from a session conducted at Maury High School In-Service, Norfolk, VA: November 20, 2006.

 
In the Classroom

EXPERIENCES

Lifelong Learning

Professional Experience

Manager, Advanced and Enriched Instruction, DC Public Schools

Washington, DC (1/2015-8/2017)

  • Manage the advanced offerings for DC Public School students in the elementary grades, including School-wide Enrichment Model sites.

  • Manage the Summer Enrichment Program at three sites, including hiring and training staff, recruiting students, and managing day-to-day operations.

  • Write curriculum for advanced reading and experiential learning units.

  • Work with schools and teachers via professional development and individual coaching to best meet the needs of advanced students.

  • Manage outside curriculum (Junior Great Books and Project M2 and M3 Math), including ordering materials and training teachers.


Scorer, edTPA Pearson

Remote Employee, (1/2014-5/2015)

  • Scored education portfolios for Pearson’s edTPA project.

  • Worked with the content area of elementary education, including literacy and mathematics.


Academic Director, Summer Institute for the Gifted   

Stamford, CT (8/2009-5/2014)   

  • Hired as Program Supervisor for Academics in 2009; transitioned to Program Director for Academics in 2010 and to Academic Director in 2011.

  • Supervisor for academic program for residential, day, afterschool, and weekend programs; developed courses for all programs.

  • Site supervisor for variety of residential summer camps, day summer camps and Saturday programs; responsible for hiring staff, marketing programs, and facilitating positive relationships between the host campuses and the program; served as on-site Director during one residential session.

  • Created the online program for SIG Beyond and taught in the program’s first session.

  • Created and taught the online Instructor Certification Program, a three-week intensive online professional development program for SIG instructors.


Teaching Experience

Gifted Teacher and TAG Lead, Newport News Public Schools

Newport News, VA (8/2007 to 6/2009)     

  • Taught third grade with an identified homogeneous class of TAG students.

  • Trained Mentor for first-year and newly hired teachers to the district.

  • Served as TAG Lead Teacher; responsible for representing TAG teachers at school-level meetings, as well as conducting vertical team meetings with the TAG teachers.

  • Member of the 21st Century Technology Team, Data Team, School-Based Management Team and Social Committee.

  • Served as a Cooperating Teacher for a Student Teacher from James Madison University (Spring, 2008)


Graduate Assistant, The College of William and Mary   

Williamsburg, VA (Various, 2006-2008)                                                                        

  • Worked at the Center for Gifted Education in a variety of capacities including administrative support, editing, and conference assistance. (Summer, 2006)

  • Worked in the Instructional Technology Department of the School of Education: created tools for the static home page for the undergraduate research blog and assisted undergraduate students in creating research blogs. (Summer, 2008)

  • Taught various Saturday/Summer Enrichment courses for up to 17 gifted children; “Digging Up a Dinosaur”, for pre-kindergarten through first grade, “Towers and Bridges” for grades three through five, and “Psychology” for grades seven through ten. (Spring, Summer, 2007)


Gifted Resource Teacher, Norfolk Public Schools

Norfolk, VA  (8/2006-6/2007)

  • Worked as a resource to middle school teachers, assisting in planning for differentiation, conducting professional development, co-teaching, and modeling lessons. 

  • Taught two courses in the Arts and Sciences after school program, “Making a Documentary” and “Drama: Improvisational Theater”; Coordinated the Arts and Sciences program at the school level.


Gifted Teacher, Windsor Public Schools

Windsor, CT (8/2005-6/2006)          

  • Taught students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades in a pullout program for children identified gifted in Language Arts.

  • Coached the Mock Trial Team and Knowledge Master Open Team.  Facilitated the Debate Enrichment Cluster and the Lego Robotics Enrichment Cluster.


Gifted Teacher, Region Four Supervision District           

Chester, Deep River and Essex, CT (10/2004-6/2005)

  • Worked with students in grades one through six in three elementary schools as the gifted and talented teacher in a pullout program.

  • Served as Coach for three Math Counts teams, two Debate teams, an Odyssey of the Mind team, a Math Olympiad team and a Knowledge Master Open team.  


Teacher, Hampton City Schools           

Hampton, VA (8/1999-6/2003)              

  • Taught full day kindergarten, second, third and fourth grades, including a mainstreamed special education, an inclusion special education and a gifted cluster class.

  • Organized and taught in before- and after-school programs targeting children in need of additional instruction. 

  • Served as the United Way Coordinator, Odyssey of the Mind Coach, and Case Manager for Special Education.

 

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