Susan Rakow, Ph.D. to teach “Teaching to the Top” March 31 – April 1


Lake Erie College’s Center for Leadership and Professional Development is proud to present ED 7013 “Teaching to the Top: Introduction to Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students” under the instruction of Susan Rakow, Ph.D.

Geared toward instructors for grades K-12, “Teaching to the Top” will be taught Friday, March 31 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in room A2 of the Garfield Center on the Lake Erie College campus. The course is worth one semester hour and costs $230. One semester hour courses may be taken for a letter grade or pass/fail.

Students in the course will benefit from the guidance of Susan Rakow, Ph.D. After serving as a teacher of gifted, advanced, and typical learners for over thirty years and later as a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Gifted Education at Cleveland State University for ten years, Rakow currently is a licensed professional counselor specializing in the needs of gifted youth, adults and families. She is the author of Educating Gifted Students in Middle School: A Practical Guide (Prufrock Press), Teaching to the Top (NMSA), and numerous publications in professional journals. Rakow is committed to improving the lives and educational experiences of gifted children by helping their teachers, parents and counselors understand and develop the skills to enhance their growth.

The course description for “Teaching to the Top” is as follows: “In this era of standards and accountability, it is far too easy to overlook the needs of gifted and advanced students, or to understand their sometimes perplexing attitudes and behaviors. This workshop will introduce teachers to the basic characteristics of gifted learners of all ages and suggest some strategies for ensuring that their needs – academic, social, and emotional – are met at school. This workshop is appropriate for all teachers grades K-12 who teach heterogeneous, cluster-grouped, or advanced classes. In-class activities include lecture, discussion, sharing, and video interviews with gifted learners. The follow-up project will emphasize application of these concepts to teachers’ current professional settings, students, and responsibilities. Bringing a device is optional for this course.”

Registration for “Teaching to the Top” is required. To register, visit

Lake Erie College’s Center for Leadership and Professional Development serves the ongoing needs of K-12 educators within the School of Education and Professional Studies. For more information, contact Lisa Strausbaugh, director of the Center for Leadership and Professional Development, at or 440.375.7379.

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