Curriculum Vitae: Charlotte A. Akin

charlotteakin@msn.com
 
B.A. University of Washington, 1969
M. Ed. University of Portland, 1998
Teacher: 21 years in Washington State
     13 years in general education classes grades 1, 2-5
       8 years, teacher in elementary EXCEL program, Evergreen Public Schools
           piloted and helped develop Full Time Self-Contained program for gifted children
Administrator:  5 years Highly Capable Programs Manager, Evergreen Public Schools 2006 – 2011
Co-founder and partner:  Center for Dynamic Education, L.L.C.(CDE), established in 2000.
   (All three CDE partners were adjunct faculty for Portland State University and Seattle Pacific University.)
    Summer Institutes in gifted education 2000- 2008.  Consultant for districts in the state and region from 2000 – 2015.
President, Washington Assn. of Educators of Talented and Gifted (WAETAG), 2012-14
Published author
  “Reading around the Home”  Washington Organization for Reading Development in 1988.
  “See the Chickens?” Down Syndrome Today, Winter, 1993.
  The Long Road Called Goodbye: Tracing the Course of Alzheimer’s, Creighton University Press, 2000*
  “Messages for Parents and Teachers” Gifted Child Today, Spring, 2004
  “Academic Asynchrony” Gifted Child Today, Spring, 2005
    Sample Presentation Articles:
“What Primary Care Professional Should Know About Alzheimer’s” (presented at Oregon Health Sciences, 2002)
“The Look of Quality Care” (presented at Caregiver’s Conference, SW Washington Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities, 2015)
Grants:
* 2013:  Authored a grant for training regional professional developers throughout Washington State in the field of gifted education.  The grant was funded by WAETAG, the Office of the Superintendent of Education (in WA), two private donors and each of the eleven Educational Service Districts in the state.  Further support for the project was given by the Center for Gifted Education at Whitworth University in Spokane WA.  Charlotte was Lead Trainer in this project, recruiting professionals from around the state for their participation.  A listing of the Regional HCP Professional Developers with contact information can be found at www.waetag.net.  Jan Kragen is the current leader of this group.
* 2015:  Authored a grant for and aided development of an online program document handbook in the field of gifted education.  This was funded by the Robinson Center at the University of Washington and is currently available on the WAETAG website above or at https://robinsoncenter.uw.edu/2015/06/new-educators-highly-capable-program-handbook/.  Charlotte is co-author of this handbook with Dr. Nancy Hertzog and Dr. Rachel Chung.
Awards:
* Washington Education Association’s Teacher to Remember Award, 1999
* National Honor Roll: America’s Outstanding Teachers, 2006
* WAETAG Distinguished Leadership Award, 2006
* SAMMY Award June 2006 (Given by Clark County Commissioners for environmental work in salmon restoration.)
* WAETAG Distinguished Leadership Award, 2015
Endorsement:  “Charlotte is my most trusted advisor in the gifted child arena in education.  Her years of classroom experience, her love of children, and her drive to help them succeed are nothing short of legendary.” Washington State Senator Ann Rivers
Personal:
Charlotte is the wife of one, mother of two, and grandmother of four.  She lives with her husband and pets on a creek bank in the forest near Battle Ground WA.