Speaking

I am available to facilitate professional development sessions for educators, present to parent groups, and keynote state conferences across the country. Speaking and consultation formats include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Professional development/workshops (1.5-6 hours)
  • Conference breakout sessions and keynotes
  • Webinars
  • Program evaluation
  • Professional consultation

Since 2010, I have given over 50 presentations on gifted education topics at the local, state, national, and international levels. A representative sample of those presentations is included below. Although my primary area of expertise is the social-emotional needs of gifted learners, I also teach courses in gifted programming, identification, and curriculum at the graduate level.

Selected Juried Presentations

  • Ritchotte, J. A., & Graefe, A. K. (2017, October). A teaching toolkit for underserved gifted learners. Accepted for the 40th annual Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented Conference, Loveland, CO.
  • Ritchotte, J. A. (2017, November). Talking to children about their giftedness. Accepted for the 64th annual convention of the National Association for Gifted Children, Charlotte, NC.
  • Ritchotte, J. A., Zaghlawan, H. (2017, November). Supportive reading practices for young, 2E children: A single-subject study. Accepted for the 64th annual convention of the National Association for Gifted Children, Charlotte, NC.
  • Ritchotte, J. A. (2016, November). Underachievement and the whole child: Expanding our views of Giftedness (Presidential Session). Presented at the 63nd annual convention of the National Association for Gifted Children, Orlando, FL.
  • Ritchotte, J. A., & Graefe, A. (2016, November). An alternate path: Gifted individuals’ reasons for not completing high school. Presented at the 63nd annual convention of the National Association for Gifted Children, Orlando, FL.
  • Ritchotte, J. A., & Zaghlawan, H. (2016, November). Paving the path to engagement for young gifted children. Presented at the 63nd annual convention of the National Association for Gifted Children, Orlando, FL.
  • Ritchotte, J. A., & Murry, F. (2015, October). Underachievement: What parents need to know.
  • Presented at the 38th annual Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented Conference, Loveland, CO.
  • Ritchotte, J. A., Suhr, D., & Graefe, A. (2015, November). High achieving students and identified gifted students: Are they that different? Presented at the 62nd annual convention of the National Association for Gifted Children, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Ritchotte, J. A., Matthews, M. S., & Jolly, J. (2014, November). What’s wrong with giftedness?
  • Parents’ perceptions of the gifted label. Presented at the 61st annual convention of the
  • National Association for Gifted Children, Baltimore, MD.
  • Ritchotte, J. A. (2014, April). The underachievement of gifted middle school students. Presented at the 2014 annual Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Ritchotte, J. A., Flowers, C., & Matthews, M. S. (2013, April). The validity of the Achievement- Orientation Model for gifted middle school students. Presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Ritchotte, J. A., Matthews, M. S., & McBee, M. (2012, April). Effects of total school cluster grouping and within-class ability grouping on elementary school students’ academic achievement growth. Presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver. British Columbia, Canada.

Selected Invited Presentations and Keynotes

  • Ritchotte, J. A., (2017, February). Positive advocacy for parents of gifted children. Gifted Education Parent Seminar. Jefferson County Public Schools, CO.
  • Ritchotte, J. A., (2016, April). Giftedness and self-advocacy: Supporting our children and our students. Adams 12 School District, Thornton, CO.
  • Ritchotte, J. A., (2016, January). Giftedness: What, why, and how??? Adams 12 School District Gifted and Talented Super Saturday, Thornton, CO.
  • Ritchotte, J. A., (2015, November). Underachievement: What parents need to know. Thompson School District, Loveland, CO
  • Ritchotte, J. A., (2014, October). Invited keynote speech: The affective needs of children with gifts and talents. St. Vrain School District, CO.
  • Ritchotte, J.A., (2014, October). The underachievement of bright students. Chinook West (Teens Inc.), CO.
  • Ritchotte, J. A., (2014, October). Parenting gifted children: The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Thompson School District, Loveland, CO.
  • Ritchotte, J. A., (2014, February). Invited keynote speech: Considerations for not ungifting the gifted underachiever. Colorado Academy for Educators of the Gifted, Talented, and Creative.
  • Ritchotte, J. A. (2013, February). Motivating the gifted underachiever. “It’s a Family Affair: Pairing and Sharing for the Future” Family Conference, Union County Public Schools, NC.

Selected Support Group Facilitation and Professional Consultation

  • Gifted parent group facilitator (SENG Model Parent Support Group). Thompson School District, CO.
  • Facilitator of monthly social and emotional issues group discussions with gifted middle school students. Matthews, NC.
  • Evaluated and suggested modifications to current gifted programming (grades 3-8). Fort Collins, CO.
  • District 6 G&T Parent Institute. Discussed the topic of gifted underachievement and its reversal with parents. Greeley, CO.
  • Jeffco School District PD. Discussed the topic of gifted underachievement and its reversal with teachers and parents in two separate trainings. Arvada, CO.