Differentiating Instruction for Gifted Learners in your Classroom

Easy Ways to Differentiate for the Gifted / High Ability Learner in your Classroom:  Unsure if or how to challenge high ability learners in your regular classroom without a lot of stress or planning on your part? In this session, you will build your understanding of a high ability learners, take with you a treasure trove of practical ideas around core competencies, and receive further support throughout the year from SAGE- BC, the Specialist Association of Gifted Educators in BC.

Target Audience

Classroom Teachers, LSTs, EAs


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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    Trish Summers

    Trish Summers is a Gifted Resource Teacher in the North Vancouver School District. She received her Diploma in Special Education, as well as a Masters in Special Education, both with a focus in High Ability, from UBC. She has worked with gifted students for more than 25 years in independent schools, as well as in the public system. She has coached many Destination Imagination teams to provincial championships, and has won a world championship in Tennessee. Trish is also a long-standing member of the Lower Mainland Gifted Contacts (LMGC) committee, and is currently the Vice-President of the Specialist Association of Gifted Educators of BC (SAGE-BC).  When she is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her two teenagers, who are also gifted! 

  • Tybie Elenko


    Tybie is a teacher, gifted education specialist and parent. Tybie resides with her husband in Kelowna, BC. She currently works for the Central Okanagan District as a Learning Support Teacher. Throughout several decades, her teaching career has specifically focused on meeting the needs of gifted learners. She previously held the position of Gifted Coordinator in Surrey School District. Advocating for each learner and being proactive in how to continue supporting these specialized learners in an inclusive environment continue to be focus areas. Tybie enjoys the Okanagan lifestyle including playing golf, hiking and watching the many wild animals from her residence including a wild turkey nicknamed “Herb”.