While many students around the world experienced online learning for the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic, gifted educators and scholars have been exploring ways to use technology to foster talent development and close “opportunity gaps” for more than 40 years.


  • What do we know about “what works” in formal online learning with gifted students?

  • What have we learned about the role of the Web and other media in gifted students’ informal learning and social development inside and outside of school?

  • What technology skills and habits should parents foster to support students’ ability to use technology effectively and safely to support their learning and identity development?


This session will share key learning design principles from decades of gifted education and educational technology research and practice to help families select and scaffold developmentally appropriate learning experiences with media and technology. The session will also highlight surprising new findings regarding students’ experiences in pandemic-era online learning and implications for thoughtful educators and parent advocates as they envision public education’s next “new normal.”


About the Presenter: Eric Calvert, Ed.D., is Associate Director of the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University where he oversees the nation’s longest-running online learning program specifically for gifted and academically advanced students. He also teaches courses in Online and Hybrid Learning Design in Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy. He also leads the Online Consortium for Accelerating Middle School (Project OCCAMS), which leverages technology to support compacted, culturally responsive language arts curriculum to support successful acceleration of students in diverse schools.


This Virtual presentation is FREE and open to the public,

but you must pre-register.

Monday, November 29, 2021

7 p.m.

This is a 45 to 60-minute presentation.

If you have a question for Mr. Calvert, please enter it on the website.


This free program is presented by Partners in Learning for Unlimited Success of Southwest Michigan, a support and advocacy group for the families of advanced and accelerated students. PLUS  is a local chapter of the Michigan Association for Gifted Children.

Register to receive a link to the virtual presentation on Monday, November 29

Thanks for registering, a link will be sent the week before the meeting.

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PLUS of Southwest Michigan is dedicated to providing leadership, support and advocacy of education and services to meet the needs of gifted, talented and creative students in our region.