Teachers Workshop is a resource and community space for educators sponsored by the Duke University Talent Identification Program. Here educators of the gifted can find guidance on everyday teaching challenges, tips to inspire their instruction, and free classroom-ready lessons and materials.
Join your colleagues to share lesson ideas, and review and discuss best practices in gifted curriculum and instruction.
We’re here to inspire greater art, craft, and ideas for your classroom. The ideas you’ll find are starting points for conversation about best practices. Tell us what worked and what didn’t. We’re also here to learn what’s already working for you. Share your joys and frustrations about the art and rocket science of teaching gifted youth.
Every day presents exciting and daunting challenges for educators of the gifted: an opportunity to solve a problem or make something new happen for our students. At Teachers Workshop we strive to be invitational, conversational, and motivational so you can make what you need to for your classroom.
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Help us create a space where caring, committed educators of the gifted gather to refine and create best practices.
Brian Cooper, Editor
Brian Cooper, co-founder of Teachers Workshop, is Director of Educational Innovation and Online Learning for Duke TIP. He taught AP English Literature and Composition in Durham Public Schools, and he was named Durham Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year. He has worked with Duke TIP for over 20 years in a variety of roles, developing and managing campus-based and online programming and working with grant-funded initiatives to engage and support gifted students from low-income and underrepresented backgrounds. Brian is passionate about developing innovative educational experiences that engage talented students and that connect them with peers and a dedicated teacher as they wrestle with big ideas and real-world problems.
Read all of his posts here.
Co-founder of Teachers Workshop, Lyn Fairchild Hawks served as Director for Curriculum and Instruction for Duke TIP’s distance learning programs, where for 15 years she supervised teachers in Duke TIP’s online programs, designed curricula, and created independent study courses and online student benefits. She managed the blog as lead editor from 2017 to 2020. A long-time teacher, she has published lessons with Duke TIP, NCTE, Chicago Review Press, and ASCD. She is author of Teaching Julius Caesar: A Differentiated Approach and coauthor of Teaching Romeo and Juliet: A Differentiated Approach and The Compassionate Classroom: Lessons that Nurture Wisdom and Empathy. She is also author of the young-adult novel, How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought, for high school students, and coauthor of the graphic novella, Minerda, for middle grade students. She is represented by Tara Gelsomino of One Track Literary Agency and an MFA candidate at the Vermont College of Fine Arts for Writing for Children and Young Adults.
Read all of her posts here.
At Teachers Workshop we’ll host several contributors–internal and external. Duke TIP staff who design and teach programs for gifted youth will be featured regularly. Many posts detail the best practices and principles that our staff have integrated in professional development and lessons for programs such as eStudies and eInvestigators, representing the work of several Duke TIP internal collaborators.
And maybe you! If you are an experienced author and educator, you’re welcome to apply.
About Duke TIP
The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization that has served over 2.8 million academically talented students in grades four through twelve since 1980. Each year, Duke TIP enrolls nearly one hundred thousand new students in its talent searches. TIP’s talent searches help these gifted students assess the extent of their abilities with above-level testing, recognize them for their achievements, and provide them with a variety of enrichment benefits. TIP also offers accelerated face-to-face and online educational programs to more than eight thousand students each year. In addition, TIP is constantly conducting research into the educational, emotional, and social factors impacting the lives of gifted children, then sharing this research and related advice with educators, parents, and the greater gifted community. Learn more.