Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher is a nationally-recognized expert in gifted education and problem-based learning.
Prior to her current role as consultant and author, she spent 13 years conducting research and teaching graduate courses in gifted education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also spent three years working at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, one of the nation’s premiere high schools for gifted students. Dr. Gallagher has conducted research, made presentations, and published articles on topics including the personality attributes associated with giftedness, gender differences in mathematics performance, questioning for higher order thinking, the developmental needs of gifted adolescents, appropriate instruction for gifted students, twice exceptional students, and effective curriculum models on gifted learners—especially Problem-Based Learning.
Shelagh has published curriculum for gifted students grades K–12. While at the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary, she was the first manager of the project that produced the respected William and Mary Problem-Based Learning (PBL) science units. She then went on to direct two other curriculum grants: Project P-BLISS (Problem-Based Learning in the Social Sciences) and Project Insights, each of which produced PBL curricula.
She has received the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Curriculum Division award for her social studies units four times, has served two terms on the NAGC Board of Directors, and continues to serve in leadership roles for NAGC. She is also a Senior Fellow at Yunasa, a summer program for highly gifted youth offered through the Institute for Educational Advancement. She is the recipient of both the Distinguished Service Award and the James J. Gallagher Award for Advocacy from the North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented, the Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence from UNC Charlotte, and the Article of the Year Award from NAGC.
Her Problem-Based Learning Units are published by Royal Fireworks Press. They create an innovative, social studies program that fosters interdisciplinary study through data analysis and connections to literature, and immerse students in real-world, complex situations in order to learn core curriculum. The curriculum is closely allied to the Common Core and National Standards.