College of Education

Vanessa Ewing, Ph. D.

Instructor, Gifted & Talented Endorsement Program

College of Education

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

vanessaewing@hotmail.com

Dr. Vanessa Ewing has served as principal of a private elementary school focused on individualizing education to help children become exceptional, accelerated, and creative. Dr. Ewing has taught kindergarten, and both gifted and special education to children ages five to eighteen. She has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Individual Differences in Cognition from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master's Degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Leadership from the University of Colorado.

For over a decade she has also taught teacher education and psychology courses to graduate and undergraduate students in Colorado. In these positions part of her duties have included teacher supervision and placement at a variety of schools throughout the Denver Metropolitan area. Her areas of specialization include differentiation, working with children identified as gifted, early childhood education, and working with children with exceptionalities. She always looks forward to working with UCCS students in the area of Gifted and Talented education.

Teaching

CURR 5201 Foundations of Gifted Education

CURR 5202 The Assessment and Identification of Gifted and Talented Students

CURR 5203 Psychology of the Gifted: Social / Emotional Needs and Special Populations

CURR 5211 Curriculum Models and Aligned Programming for Gifted Students

CURR 5214 Differentiated Instruction and Research - Based Strategies for Teaching the Gifted

CURR 5215 Gifted Program Leadership

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • Ewing, V. & Ganus, L. (Spring, 2011). "Best Practice" Educational Methods for the Development of Creative Eminence. National Association of Gifted Children Creativity Newsletter
  • Ewing, V. (June, 2007).  Oh, the Places You’ll Go: Taking Literacy Outside the Classroom!  Boulder County Kids Newspaper.
  • Ewing, V. (October, 2006).  The Empowerment of Gifted Minds: An Education Designed for Success.  Broomfielder Magazine.
  • Ewing, V. (August, 2006).  The (often unspoken) Benefits of a Private School Education.  Broomfielder Magazine.
  • Zook, N., Welsh, M., Ewing, V., & Alm, E.  (January, 2006).  Executive function in older adults.  Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition.
  • Ewing, V., Stukas, A., & Sheehan, E.  (October, 2003).  Attitudes toward gay and lesbian instructors.  Journal of Social Psychology.

Professional Presentations

  • Ewing, V. (March, 2011). Gifted Education for Young Children. Colorado Association of Educators of Young Children, Denver, CO.
  • Ewing, V. (February, 2011). What about the Little Guys? Early Childhood Gifted Programs. Beyond Giftedness, Arvada, CO.
  • Ewing, V. & Kearney, K. (November, 2010). Preparing Leaders in Gifted and Talented Education: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. National Association for Gifted Children, Atlanta, GA.
  • Ewing, V. & Ganus, L. (October, 2010). Creativity and Young Children: Theory and Practice. Colorado Association of Educators of Young Children, Denver, CO.
  • Ewing, V. & Ganus, L. (October, 2010). Great Beginnings: Strategies for Early Literacy Success. Colorado Association of Educators of Young Children, Denver, CO.
  • Ewing, V. & Ganus, L. (October, 2010). Identification and Programming for Early Childhood Gifted Education. Colorado Association of Educators of Young Children, Denver, CO.
  • Ewing, V. & Ganus, L. (April, 2010). Learning through Play, the Creative Way. Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council, Denver, CO.
  • Ewing, V. & Ganus, L. (April, 2010). An Introduction to Gifted Education. Colorado Association of Educators of Young Children, Denver, CO.
  • Ewing, V. & Ganus, L. (April, 2010). Creativity in the Classroom. Colorado Association of Educators of Young Children, Denver, CO.
  • Ewing, V. (October, 2009). An Introduction to Strategies for Teaching Gifted and Talented. Colorado Core Knowledge Conference, Federal Heights, CO.
  • Ewing, V. (October, 2008). Differentiated Instruction.  Colorado Core Knowledge Conference, Federal Heights, CO. 
  • Ewing, V. (March, 2004).  The Core Knowledge Curriculum: Teaching Strategies for Working with Students with Disabilities.  National Core Knowledge Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Ewing, V., McCammon, N., Muhn, S., Gatewood, T., & Macedo, M. (April, 2003). Connecting the Classroom to the Real World: A Teaching Module for Psychology of Prejudice Courses was presented at the Rocky Mountain
    Psychological Association in Denver, CO. 
  • Zook, N., Welsh, M., Retzlaff, P., Alm, E., Ewing, V., & Wakkinen, H. (February, 2003).  Tower of London - Revised and WAIS - III performance in older adulthood was presented at the International Neuropsychological
    Society Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Zook, N., Welsh, M., Alm, E., & Ewing, V. (June, 2002).  Older adults show decline in performance on the Tower of London - R was presented at the American Psychological Society Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Ewing, V., Pepper, S., & Wakkinen, H.  (April, 2002).  A longitudinal study of undergraduate field experience was presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association in Park City, Utah.
  • Ewing, V., & Smith, R.  (June, 2001).  Negative stereotypes about older adults may be beneficial to young adults was presented at the American Psychological Society Conference in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Pepper, S., Ewing, V., & Bromley, S.  (June, 2001).  The predictability of violence:  Sexual orientation matters was presented at the American Psychology Society Conference in Toronto, Ontario. 
  • Elison, J., & Ewing, V.  (June, 2001).  Gender differences in shame and coping styles was presented at the American Psychological Society Conference in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Ewing, V., Elison, J., Smith, R., & Pepper, S.  (April, 2001).  Conceptions of masculinity, femininity, the ideal male, and ideal female: Gender and ethnic differences was presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Conference in Reno, Nevada.
  • Ewing, V., & Smith, R.  (April, 2001).  Negative stereotypes about older adults can be both beneficial and harmful was presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Asssociation Conference in Reno, Nevada.
  • Ewing, V., Taylor, S., & Reece, J.  (February, 2001).  The portrayal of women's studies, gender studies, and cultural studies programs: A content analysis was presented at a conference entitled Women's Studies in Ruins?  Theory, Politics, Pedagogy in Greeley, Colorado.
  • Ewing, V., Stukas, A. A., & Sheehan, E. P. (February, 2000).  Attributional ambiguity and the gay instructor: Effects of lecture quality and instructor's sexual orientation on teaching evaluations was presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Ewing, V., & Earthman, M.  (April, 1999).  Students perceptions of undergraduate field work experience was presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Ewing, V., & Earthman, M.  (June, 1999).  Undergraduate internship experiences:  A program evaluation  was presented at the American Psychological Society Conference in Denver, Colorado.
  • Ewing, V.  (April, 1998).  Gender roles:  Ethnicity and gender as determinants was presented at the Western Psychological Association / Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Invited Presentations

  • Ewing, V. (April, 2008).  Differentiation in Practice: Utilizing Research in the Classroom.  Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Boise, ID.
  • Ewing, V. (April, 2008).  Teaching New Teachers to Teach: First Year Mishaps and Common Mistakes of Beginning Teachers.  Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Boise, ID.
  • Ewing, V. (April, 2008).  Teaching Students with Disabilities, Non - Traditional Students, and Students with Acquired Disabilities.  Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Boise, ID.
  • Ewing, V. (April, 2008).  Counseling Topics within the GLBTQ Community: Lifespan Development—Stages and Processes. Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Boise, ID.
  • Ewing, V. (April, 2007).  Classroom Teaching Techniques for Individuals with Disabilities.  Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Denver, CO.
  • Ewing, V. (April, 2007).  Educational Approaches for the Creation of GLBT Supportive Classrooms.  Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Denver, CO.
  • Ewing, V. (April, 2007).  The Bridge Between Basic Research and the Classroom. Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Denver, CO.
  • Ewing, V. (February, 2007).  The Art of Assessment.  Knowledge Learning Corporation Conference.  Westminster, CO.
  • Ewing, V. (October, 2006).  Working with Gifted and Talented Students.  Gifted and Talented Education Conference.  Broomfield, CO.
  • Ewing,  V. (April, 2005).  Disability Panelist: Special Education as viewed by Parents, Teachers, and Students.  Groups Under - Represented: Disability Issues at Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Ewing, V. (April, 2004).  Disability Panelist: Why students with disabilities are still discriminated against.  Groups Under - Represented:Disability Issues at Rocky Mountain Pswychological Association,Reno, NV.
  • Ewing, V. (April, 2004).  A Place Where I Belong: GLBT Friendly Departments and Universities.  Panel moderator on Groups Under - Represented: GLBT Topics at Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Reno, NV.
  • Ewing, V. (April, 2004). Creating a Sense of Community: Teaching Techniques and Strategies based on Class and University Size.  Invited Panelist on Psychology of Teaching Issues at Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Reno, NV. 
  • Ewing, V. (April, 2003).  Disability and the Experience of Education.  Panel moderator on Groups Under - Represented: Disability Issues at Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Denver, CO.
  • Ewing, V. (October, 2002).  Achievement Motivation.  Guest lecturer for one week of lectures for a Motivation junior level psychology course, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.
  • Ewing, V.  (April, 2002).  An Historical Overview of Discrimination and Prejudice Against Disabled Students in Education.  Invited panel member on Groups Under - represented: Disability Issues at Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Park City, Utah.
  • Ewing, V.  (April, 2002).  Being a Successful Graduate School Candidate and Student.  Invited panel member on undergraduate student issues at Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Park City, Utah.
  • Ewing, V.  (April, 2002; June  2002).  Gender Inequity in Pay.  Invited presentation for Psychology of Women undergraduate and graduate students, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.
  • Ewing, V.  (April, 2002).  Theories of Love and Attraction.  Invited presentation for Social Psychology students, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.
  • Ewing, V.  (March, 2002).  The Social Psychology of Love and Hate.  Invited presentation for Introductory Psychology students, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.
    Ewing, V. & Gonzales, D. (February, 2002).  Solutions to prejudice and discrimination on campus.  Invited presentation for continuing education and training to faculty and staff of student residence halls, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.
  • Ewing, V.  (February, 2002).  Bi - polar Disorder: Characteristics, Experiences, and Treatments.  Invited presentation for Abnormal Psychology undergraduate students,  University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.
  • Cochran, K., Ewing, V., Miramontes, L., & Opferman, M.  (May, 2001).  A history of the works and theories of Jerome Bruner.  Invited colloquium, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO.
 
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