Wendy Behrens

DSC_1238fixWendy Behrens is the Gifted and Talented Education Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education, where she advises educators, administrators, parents, and policymakers. She provides technical assistance to and collaborates with educator networks and others interested in promoting rigorous educational opportunities. Behrens served as Director for Project North Star, a Jacob Javits Grant. Prior to her service to the state, Behrens worked as a district gifted services coordinator and a consultant for the Science Museum of Minnesota. She presents frequently on the nature and needs of gifted learners, instructional strategies, comprehensive service design, and policies that support highly able learners. Behrens is past-president of the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted, and received the President’s award from NAGC in 2013. She is an elected US delegate to the World Council on Gifted, serves on the editorial board for Gifted Child Today and on advisory councils for the Center for Talent Development and the Grayson School. Behrens co-authored Exploring Critical Issues in Gifted Education: A Case Studies Approach (2013), Differentiated Instruction for Gifted Learners: A Case Studies Approach (2016), Developing Academic Acceleration Policies: Whole Grade, Early Entrance and Single Subject (2018) and several book chapters.

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