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Laurel E. Brandon is a postdoctoral researcher at the Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development. She was an elementary school gifted specialist for six years, five of which were in Title 1 schools. She has conducted research and presented sessions about creativity and enrichment pedagogy at national and international conferences. She has worked on a research team led by Joseph Renzulli that developed a distance learning course in gifted and talented education for Arkansas. She is a co-author of the parent rating scale Things My Child Likes to Do (2nd edition). Her research interests include enrichment pedagogy, creativity, interest and talent development, and positive psychology, and her doctoral dissertation examined teachers' and students' perceptions of school-based opportunities for student creativity.

Dr. Brandon's workshop topic is 'Strategies for Teaching and Scaffolding Problem Finding'. Are you looking to raise the level of authenticity of your students' independent and interest-based projects? Do your novice problem-finders have trouble choosing a topic to get started? In this session, learn practical strategies such as Bug Listing and My Heroes that help students identify topics they really care about. Once your students have identified topics of real personal concern, you can guide them to go 'beyond the PowerPoint' in independent work to develop products, performances, and services that make a difference.

Laurel Brandon, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development