Professor Patti Wood, Ph.D., has served as the director and faculty advisor for the M.S.E. degree in gifted education at Samford since 2006. She serves on the executive board of the Alabama Association for Gifted Children and is active with the National Association for Gifted Children. She provides professional development to school districts on how to meet the needs of gifted learners, particularly regarding reading instruction for gifted/advanced readers and differentiation.
Degrees and Certifications
- Ph.D. Special Education/Gifted and Talented, University of Alabama
- M.A. Communication Disorders, University of Alabama
- B.S. Speech-Language Pathology, University of Montevallo
- Class AA: Gifted/Talented
- Class A: Educational Leadership/Administration
- Class A: Speech-Language Impairment
- reading instruction for gifted/advanced learners
- professional development regarding nature and needs of the gifted
- differentiated curriculum and instruction
- integration of technology in curriculum and instruction
Awards and Honors
- 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
- 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.
- Using Costa’s Levels of Questions to Tier Instruction for the Common Core State Standards, National Association for Gifted Children, Annual Conference, November 2013.
- Young Gifted Readers and the Common Core State Standards, National Association for Gifted Children, Annual Conference, November 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.
- Alabama Federation Council for Exceptional Children
- National Association for Gifted Children
- American Education Research Association
- Alabama Association for Gifted Children
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
- Council for Exceptional Children, Talented and Gifted