Social and Spiritual Intelligence

Dorothy A. Sisk

This workshop will examine the traits of Spiritual Intelligence (SI) as defined by Dorothy Sisk and E. Paul Torrance in their book Spiritual Intelligence: Developing Higher Consciousness. These traits can be used to help identify Spiritual Intelligence in gifted students. This workshop will focus on the importance of addressing Spiritual Intelligence as a natural fit for gifted students who want to make a difference. Seven specific ways educators can use to develop Spiritual Intelligence will be demonstrated.

Dorothy A. Sisk, Ph.D., holds an endowed chair in education of gifted students at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Dr. Sisk is an international consultant focusing on leadership and creativity development. She was a professor at the University of South Florida, coordinating programs for training teachers of the gifted, and the former director of the U.S. Office of Gifted and Talented in Washington, DC. She currently directs the C.W. and Dorothy Ann Conn Gifted Child Center at Lamar University, and teaches the courses for the endorsement in gifted education. She received the Distinguished Leaders Award from the Creative Education Foundation (CEF) in 1989, the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) in 1983 and 1994, the Creative Lifetime Award from CEF in 1994, and was selected for the Hall of Fame Award of CEF in 2005. Dr. Sisk served as one of the founders and was the first president of the American Creativity Association, and president of The Association for Gifted and Talented (TAG), the Florida Association for Gifted, and the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC), where she was executive administrator, and editor of Gifted International from 1980-1990. She has conducted training sessions throughout the United States and internationally. Dr. Sisk is author of Creative Teaching of the Gifted, and Making Great Kids Greater; co-author with Doris Shallcross of Leadership: Making Things Happen, The Growing Person, and Intuition: An Inner Way of Knowing; co-author with E. Paul Torrance of Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom and Spiritual Intelligence: Developing Higher Level Consciousness; and co-author with Susan Israel and Cathy Block of Collaborative Literacy: Using Gifted Strategies to Enrich Learning for Every Student. In addition, she has contributed numerous articles and chapters in books on gifted education.