Originally a full-time preschool teacher, Dr. Rene Hackney now holds a Master?s in school psychology and a PhD. in developmental psychology from George Mason University. She trained at the Developmental Clinic at Children?s National Medical Center and for the public schools, teaching in parenting programs at each. She has also acted as a consultant to several area preschools.
For the last four years, Dr. Hackney has owned and lectured for Parenting Playgroups, Inc, a parenting resource center and preschool classroom in Alexandria Virginia. She has offered workshops to a wide
range of parent, teacher and social work groups during this time.
Workshop topics include eight hours on positive discipline techniques, five hours on early academic issues and common issues such as sibling rivalry and potty training. All workshops provide well researched lecture, in-class practice and open discussion time. Additionally she hosts a monthly parenting focused book club and fun play programs to introduce the preschool setting to young families.
Dr. Hackney is married and has two young children of her own.
Host: What is the gifted and talented program?
Rene Hackney: The gifted and talented program is often housed under the special education umbrella. Gifted and talented programs identify children to be pulled out for enrichment programs. With evaluating gifted and talented, it used to be that schools systems would really just look at an IQ score. Now many more school systems are looking at IQ score plus teacher recommendations, plus a package of the child's actual work and evaluate that all together. When there is a gifted and talented placement again those can be through the mainstream, through the pull out or through the enclosed classes.