Focus on Gifted In Public Schools – Online Event

Focus on Gifted In Public Schools – Online Event

Focus on Gifted In Public Schools – Online Event

MindShift hosted a free webinar with Psychiatrist, Author, and English Language Learner (ELL) Advocate Dr. Michael Hayden, entitled Gifted in Public Schools: The Next Generation of Language Learners. It is critical that schools identify and prepare English Language Learners (ELLs) to succeed in college and in life. Schools need resources and interventions for the English language learner children of Gifted in Public Schools to be successful.

Gifted in Public Schools interviews address the differences in ELL assessment programs, the need for intervention, and the transfer policies for math and reading assessments. Gifted in Public Schools also discusses GEL interventions, textbooks, phonics, and reading program materials. Once student placement is established and school resource programs are established, the graduation rate for English Language Learners (ELLs) significantly improves.

Dr. Hayden has two degrees in Educational Psychology, a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, and an M.A. Degree in Higher Education Counseling and Educational Psychology. Dr. Hayden is a Certified Teacher Assistant (CTA) with an Associate Degree in Counseling. He worked as a social worker, behavioral therapist, clinical social worker, and hospital psychiatric technician. Dr. Hayden is also a Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Diagnostic and Treatment Services in Counseling with Special Services for English Language Learners (ELLs).

Dr. Hayden is the founder of Pozo English LLC, an independent support and assessment services provider for all English Language Learners (ELLs) in Chicagoland and to the families of English Language Learners across the United States. Dr. Hayden is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at Governors State University. The first book he published on English Language Learners (ELLs) was Give Me Back my English and created a huge outcry for similar resources.

The benefit of learning English increases the GED attainment rate and the academic success of these students and the community. The release of Gifted in Public Schools will help to validate the interest in identifying and providing GED resources to English Language Learners, the Chicagoland pilot program of the GED English Success Program, and the social and emotional benefits of learning English.

Dr. Hayden’s book, Give Me Back My English, was named One of Illinois’ Top Seven Nonfiction Books in 2012 by Illinois High School Public Access Network, Inc. Dr. Hayden is the Academy and Department Chairman of Reading & Language Arts at Governors State University.

To learn more about Dr. Hayden and his book, visit To learn more about the Chicagoland math and reading assessment program, GED English Success Program, and the GED English Recovery Program, visit To learn more about the English Language Learner Resource Center at Governors State University, visit

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