Dr. Patricia F. Wood

Program Director, M.S.E. in Gifted Education

Wood, Patti

Contact Information

Email: pfwood@samford.edu
Phone: 726-4287
Office: Orlean Bullard Beeson Hall 225

Biographical Information

Dr. Patti Wood has served as program director and faculty advisor for the graduate program in gifted education since 2006. She is on the Executive Board for the Alabama Association for Gifted Children and serves as the program chair for the annual conference. Dr. Wood’s areas of expertise include professional development for school districts related to understanding the academic and social emotional needs of gifted children, differentiating curriculum and instruction for gifted learners, and reading instruction for high ability students.

Education:
Ph.D. Special Education/Gifted, University of Alabama
M.A. Communication Disorders, University of Alabama
M.S.E. Instructional Leadership, Jacksonville State University
B.S. Communication Disorders, University of Montevallo
Member of:
National Association for Gifted Children
Alabama Association for Gifted Children, Board of Directors
Alabama Federation Council for Exceptional Children
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Awards:
Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education Outstanding Teaching Award, 2013
American Educational Research Association Outstanding Dissertation Award for Research on Giftedness and Talent, 2007
National Association for Gifted Children Dissertation Gold Award, 2006
National Association for Gifted Children Most Outstanding Research Paper, 2006
Tommy Russell Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student in Special Education, 2006
Jasper Harvey Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Special Education, 2005
Publications:
Hilsmier,A. S., Wood, P. F., Carson, C., Dutton, K., & Johnson, J. (2014). Function-based thinking:  Teacher experiences in secondary classrooms. The Educational Collaborative, 4(2), 1-13.
Wood,P. F. (June 2013). Young gifted readers + great books = grand conversations. NAGC Early Childhood Network Newsletter.
Wood, P. F. (2009). Growing young gifted readers: Ideas for both parents and teachers. Understanding Our Gifted, 21(3), 6-8.
Wood, P. F. (2008). Reading instruction with gifted and talented readers: A series of unfortunate events or a sequence of auspicious results? Gifted Child Today, 31(3),16-25.
Wood, P. F. (2007). Reading instruction with gifted and talented readers: The intersection of student perception and teacher practice. Quest, 18(2), 2-7.
Wood, P. F. (2007). Book review of Teaching students with gifts and talents: A practical guide for every teacher.Quest, 17(2), 8.
Presentations:
Gifted Readers: So Many Books, So Little Time, Alabama Department of Education MEGA Conference, Mobile, July2013.
Gifted Readers: A Balancing Act, Alabama State Department of Education MEGA Conference, Mobile, July 2013.
At the Corner of Creativity and Affective Needs, National Curriculum Network Conference, The College of William & Mary, March 20, 2013.
Young Gifted Readers + Great Books = Grand Conversations, National Association for Gifted Children Annual Conference, November 2012.
Action Research: Becoming a Teacher Researcher. National Association for Gifted Children, New Orleans, November 2011.
At the Corner of Creativity and Affective Needs. National Association for Gifted Children, New Orleans, November 2011.
The Road Less Traveled: Combining Creative Thinking and Differentiation. National Association for Gifted Children, Atlanta, November 2010.
Infusing Creativity into Your Content Areas: It’s Easier Than You Think! National Association for Gifted Children, Atlanta, November 2010.
Growing Young Gifted Readers with Good Books and Grand Conversations. National Association for Gifted Children, Atlanta, November 2010.
Bibliotherapy with Gifted and Twice Exceptional Learners:  Using Picture Books to Address Affective Issues, Council for Exceptional Children, Nashville, April 2010.
Whatever Happened to Creative Thinking Skills? National Association for Gifted Children, St. Louis, Missouri, November 2009.
Creative Thinking Skills and State Standards: An Oxymoron, National Association for Gifted Children, St.Louis, Missouri, November 2009.
In Their Own Words: To Be Gifted in School, American Education Research Association, San Diego, April 2009.
Twice Exceptional: Gifted Students with Asperger’s Syndrome, Council for Exceptional Children, Seattle,Washington, April 2009.
Growing Young Gifted Readers:Nurturing Cognitive & Affective Reading Development National Association for Gifted Children, Tampa, FL, November 2008.
Using Picture Books to Ignite Minds and Spirits of High-ability Learners, National Association for Gifted Children, Minneapolis, MN, November 2007.
Reading Instruction for Gifted and Talented Readers: A Paradox?” Council for Exceptional Children, Louisville, KY, April 2007.
Gifted and Talented Readers’ Perceptions of Reading Class Activities, American Educational Research Association, Chicago, March 2007.
From the Student Perspective: Classroom Reading Activities with Gifted Readers, National Association for Gifted Children, Charlotte, NC, November 2006.  
Left out? What Gifted & Talented Readers Need from Classroom Reading Instruction, National Association for Gifted Children,Charlotte, NC, November 2006.
Reading Instruction for Gifted and Talented Readers: Are We Swimming Against the Current? Council for Exceptional Children, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 2006.