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Featured Speakers

avatar for Richard Cash

Richard Cash

nRich Educational Consulting, Inc.
Consultant
avatar for Dr. Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Dr. Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center
Administrator, Acceleration Institute and Research
avatar for Dr. E. Jean Gubbins

Dr. E. Jean Gubbins

University of Connecticut
Professor
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Karen Ottone-Cross

California Baptist University
Assistant Professor
avatar for Kari Hanson-Smith

Kari Hanson-Smith

Sacramento City USD
GATE Coordinator
avatar for Dr. Jann Leppien

Dr. Jann Leppien

Whitworth University
Professor
avatar for Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Dr. Sandra Kaplan

University of Southern California
Professor of Clinical Education
avatar for Dr. Jessica Manzone

Dr. Jessica Manzone

University of Southern California
avatar for Dr. Thomas P. Hébert

Dr. Thomas P. Hébert

University of South Carolina
Professor
avatar for Dr. Susan Baum

Dr. Susan Baum

Bridges Academy
Director of Research and Professional Development
avatar for Dr. Edward R. Amend

Dr. Edward R. Amend

Amend Psychological Services, P.S.C.
Clinical Psychologist
avatar for Sally Reis

Sally Reis

Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
Letitia Neag Chair of Educational Psychology
avatar for Dr. Joseph Renzulli

Dr. Joseph Renzulli

University of Connecticut
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor
avatar for Dr. Anabel Jensen

Dr. Anabel Jensen

Six Seconds
President and Founder
avatar for William Knudsen

William Knudsen

National Association for Gifted Children
Director, Government and Affiliate Relations
avatar for Martha Gomez

Martha Gomez

Jurupa Unified School District
Director
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Pam Lovett

Long Beach Unified School District
Gifted Coordinator
avatar for Alison DeMark

Alison DeMark

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
Principal

Speakers

avatar for Kathy Alexander

Kathy Alexander

Rincon Valley Union School District
GATE Coordinator
DA

Damon Allswang

The Nueva School
2nd Grade Teacher
avatar for Jennifer Almer-Johnson

Jennifer Almer-Johnson

Burbank Unified School District
TOSA Elementary Professional Development/GATE
avatar for Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson

Pasadena Unified School District
Arts & Enrichment Coordinator
avatar for Robyn Arnold

Robyn Arnold

Los Angeles Unified School District
Teacher
avatar for Karen Arnstein

Karen Arnstein

Doctoral Student
avatar for Mark Bade

Mark Bade

Glen Ellyn Media
avatar for Amy Bagnall

Amy Bagnall

Saddleback Valley Unified School District
GATE Teacher
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Laura Bahr

Young Expert (Badges) Program, Bridges Academy
Coordinator
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Lois Baldwin

Educational Consultant in Twice-Exceptional Education
avatar for Lisa Barba

Lisa Barba

Mirman School
Teacher
avatar for Bob Barboza

Bob Barboza

Long Beach Unified School District
Founder/Director, Barboza Space Center
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Tonya Beilstein

The Barnhart School
Head of School
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Dr. Paul Beljan

Beljan Psychological Services
pediatric neuropsychologist
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Sharon Bennett

Alvord Unified School Distirct
Sharon L. H. Bennett, Ed.D.
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Nina Bentson

Los Angeles Unified School District
Elementary Educator
avatar for Lauren Bergh

Lauren Bergh

Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park
Zoo Education Specialist
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Dr. Kristin B. Berman

Quad Preparatory School for Twice Exceptional Students, New York City
Head of School
avatar for Rose Blucher

Rose Blucher

Blucher Educational Services for Boundless Potential
Director
avatar for Laura Boling

Laura Boling

Riverside Unified School District
6th-Grade Teacher
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Heather Boorman

The Fringy Bit
Therapist
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Jens Brandt

Redondo Beach Unified School District
Principal, Redondo Beach High School
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Eileen Brennan

Bridges Academy
HB

Heather Brown

Higley Unified School District, Arizona
Kindergarten Teacher
avatar for Karen Brown

Karen Brown

Paradise Valley Unified School District
Gifted Program Mentor
avatar for Dina Brulles

Dina Brulles

Paradise Valley Unified School District
Director of Gifted Education
avatar for Michael Buist

Michael Buist

Knox Gifted Academy
6th Grade Teacher
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Jessica Cannaday

Azusa Pacific University
Professor
avatar for Kimberly Cantrell

Kimberly Cantrell

Garden Grove Unified School District
GATE Teacher
avatar for Yelba Carrillo

Yelba Carrillo

Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Yelba Carrillo, MSW (Doctoral Student)
avatar for Patricia Chiles

Patricia Chiles

Fullerton School District
Program Coordinator, Fullerton School District and CAG Parent...
avatar for Renee Chipman

Renee Chipman

Central School District
Teacher
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Marisa Cleghorn

STAR Inc.
Cluster Leader/ Senior Supplemental Services Director
avatar for Gina Danley

Gina Danley

Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Teacher on Special Assignment
avatar for Allison Davis

Allison Davis

Knox Gifted Academy Chandler (AZ) Unified School District
Kindergarten Teacher
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Dr. Kim Dodds

Higley Unified School District, Arizona
Gifted and Talented Education Coordinator
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Sharon Duncan

Gifted Identity/Gifted Research and Outreach
Independent Consultant
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Kelly Emanuel

Great Books Foundation
National Training Instructor
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Omar Espinoza

Santa Barbara Unified School District
4th-Grade Teacher
avatar for Catherine Estrada

Catherine Estrada

LAUSD
Principal of San Jose Elementary and Highly Gifted Magnet
JF

Jennifer Ferrara

Buena Park School District
Teacher
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Stephanie Fiore

Mirman School
Kindergarten Teacher
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Dr. Jay Fisch

Mirman School for Gifted Children
Teacher
avatar for Linda Fisher

Linda Fisher

Learning Headquarters
Principal-in Residence
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Jeffery Flagg

The Mirman School
Director of STEM
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Ashley Flynn

Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
Research and Special Initiatives Manager
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Ruth Gamboa-Brooks

Castlebay Lane Elementary, LAUSD
Principal
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David Garringer

Castlebay Lane Elementary
Assistant Principal
avatar for Dr. Cynthia Geary

Dr. Cynthia Geary

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Pomona, CA
DG

Daniel Gibbs

Mirman School
Kindergarten Teacher
JG

Joy Giovanini

Peninsula School District 401
Highly Capable K-12 Program Coordinator
avatar for Delayna E. Goins, MBA

Delayna E. Goins, MBA

Palmdale School District
Intervention Support Specialist, GATE Coordinator
avatar for Veronica Goode

Veronica Goode

LAUSD
6th grade English/History teacher
JG

Jessie Green

Pleasant Valley School District
Journey Through Virtual Enrichment
avatar for Dr. Joanna Haase

Dr. Joanna Haase

California Gifted Network
Psychotherapist
avatar for Cindy Hallman

Cindy Hallman

The Master's University
Associate Professor for Pearl S. Wismer School of Education
avatar for Lisa L. Hancock, Ph.D., MBA

Lisa L. Hancock, Ph.D., MBA

Summit Center
Clinical Psychologist
avatar for Heidi Harmes

Heidi Harmes

Learning Headquarters
Elementary School Instructional Designer
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Jan Hayes

Kendall-Hunt Publishers
Educational Consultant
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Deborah Hazelton

University Southern California
Teacher
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Michael Hazelton

Arizona State University
University Supervisor
avatar for Vanessa Heller

Vanessa Heller

Oak Park Unified
Humanties Teacher, Inquiry and Gifted Education Trainer
avatar for Mark Hess

Mark Hess

Portable Gifted and Talented
Teacher, Author, Consultant
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Barbara Hinton

Kendall Hunt
Kendall Hunt Consultant
JH

Joan Hoskins

Oxnard School District
Educator & Literacy Coach
avatar for Jennifer Hoy

Jennifer Hoy

Washoe County School District, GATE Deparment
Teacher
avatar for Julie Hull

Julie Hull

Orange County Department of Education
Coordinator: Gifted and Talented
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Rafael Inriquez

Parlier Unified School District
CTE Director
avatar for Hillary Jade

Hillary Jade

Institute for Educational Advancement
Program Manager
avatar for Steven Kahl

Steven Kahl

Mountain View High School
Teacher & Professional Development Presenter
avatar for Sharon Kaye

Sharon Kaye

John Carroll University
Professor of Philosophy
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Steven Keller

Redondo Beach Unified School District
Superintendent
avatar for Crystal Kerns

Crystal Kerns

Victor Elementary School District
GATE Coordinator
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Naomi Kinsman

Society of Young Inklings
Author, Executive Director
avatar for Dr. Donna Knoell

Dr. Donna Knoell

Educational Consultant and Author
avatar for Karen Knudson

Karen Knudson

Tustin USD
Coordinator | Gifted Education & Teacher Induction
avatar for Teresa Koontz

Teresa Koontz

Carpinteria Unified School District
GATE Coordinator
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Sharon Lamb

Department of Counseling & School Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston
Professor
avatar for Krista Landgraf

Krista Landgraf

California Association for the Gifted
Conference Chair/President-Elect
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Adam C. Laningham

Bright Child Books, LLC
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Lenae Lazzelle

Springfield Public Schools
Gifted Education Director
avatar for Cherilyn Leet

Cherilyn Leet

Six Seconds
Assistant Director of Education
avatar for Lori Leibowitz

Lori Leibowitz

Norwalk Public Schools
District Coordinator of Gifted and Talented
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Nathan Levy

Nathan Levy Books LLC
President, Nathan Levy Books, LLC. Author/Consultant
avatar for Paul Longshore

Paul Longshore

Galileo Academy Elementary School
Learning Facilitator
RL

Renee Longshore

Victor Elementary School District
GATE Coordinator
avatar for Courtney Lu

Courtney Lu

Tustin USD
Connect Coach
DK

Dr. Kathi Lundstrom

Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District
Elementary Teacher and GATE Coordinator
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Martin Mares

Ivy League Project
CEO
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Caroline Maxwell

Bridges Academy
Educator
avatar for Dr. Rachel McAnallen

Dr. Rachel McAnallen

Ms. Math
Math Consultant
MM

Mary McInerney

Bridges Academy
Teacher
avatar for Tessa McKeown

Tessa McKeown

Mirman School
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
avatar for CAG Board Members

CAG Board Members

California Association for the Gifted
Board Members
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Kate Miller

Los Angeles Unified School District
History Teacher/GATE Coordinator
avatar for Gian Molero

Gian Molero

The Mirman School
World Language Department Chair and Middle School Spanish Teacher
avatar for Leslie Moritz

Leslie Moritz

Saddleback Valley Unified School District
Teacher
avatar for Krisa Muller

Krisa Muller

Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District
GATE Program Specialist
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Ted Murcray

Metcalf School of Education California Baptist University
Professor, Associate Dean of Metcalf School of Education
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Last Name

5280 Math Education LLC
Mathematics and Gifted Education Consultant
avatar for Linda Neumann

Linda Neumann

Glen Ellyn Media
co-founder of 2e Newsletter
avatar for Debbie Newton

Debbie Newton

Riverside Unified School District
RUSD Lead GATE Teacher
avatar for Jennifer Nusbaum

Jennifer Nusbaum

Knox Gifted Academy
Dean of Knox Gifted Academy
avatar for Dr. Julia Nyberg

Dr. Julia Nyberg

California Association for the Gifted
Executive Director
DD

Dr. Desiree Olivas

Santa Ana Unified
Teacher, Teacher Mentor, GATE Trainer
avatar for Nathan Orr

Nathan Orr

Mirman School
Lower School Mathematics Coordinator
RP

Rebecca Peeples

Just Teach!
Director and Co-Founder of Just Teach!
DP

Daphne Pereles

Educational Consultant in Twice-Exceptional Education
avatar for Juli Petrilli

Juli Petrilli

Los Angeles Unified School District
Teacher
JP

Juli Petrilli

Los Angeles Unified School District
Teacher
avatar for Dolph Petris

Dolph Petris

Fullerton School District
4th Grade Teacher
avatar for Nereida Prado

Nereida Prado

Santa Ana Unified School District
K-12 GATE Program Specialist
CP

Christine Provencher

Summer Institute for the Gifted
Sr. Program Director
avatar for Lee Angela Reid

Lee Angela Reid

Capitol Advisors Group
Partner
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Jenny Rinn

The Brandeis School of San Francisco
Director of Lower School
SR

Sandy Robertson

Santa Barbara Unified School District
Differentiation Specialist
ER

Ellen Rosen

Bridges Academy
avatar for Cheryl Rys

Cheryl Rys

Saddleback Valley Unified School District
Teacher
DM

Dr. Melissa Sadin

Director of Special Ed
Ducks & Lions: Trauma Sensitive Resources
avatar for Dr. Robin Schader

Dr. Robin Schader

Bridges Academy
Trustee
avatar for Ryann Shoaf

Ryann Shoaf

Central Unified
Elementary GATE Teacher
avatar for Janet Skidmore

Janet Skidmore

Ernest Lawrence Middle School
6th Grade English/History Teacher
avatar for Barrett Snider

Barrett Snider

Capitol Advisors Group
Partner
DS

Dan Song

Mirman School
Mandarin Teacher
avatar for Eric Sorenson, M.Ed

Eric Sorenson, M.Ed

Central School District
District GATE Lead, 4th Grade Teacher, Technology Integration Coach
avatar for Laura Sosa

Laura Sosa

Alta Loma School District
Assistant Principal
avatar for Gary D. Soto

Gary D. Soto

National Speaker/Leadership Coach
GDS Founder/CEO
avatar for Jessica Stargardter

Jessica Stargardter

Norwalk Public Schools
Gifted and Talented Teacher
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Cynthia Steuben

University of Redlands
Elementary Teacher/ Doctoral Candidate
GR

Gina Rae Stolpestad

Long Beach Unified School District
GATE Differentiation Coach
avatar for Karen Sullivan

Karen Sullivan

Paramount Unified School District
Curriculum Specialist
avatar for Michael Tahi

Michael Tahi

Los Unified School District
Educator
DS

Dr. Sue Teele

University of California Riverside
Associate Dean and Director of Education Extension, Emeritus,...
avatar for Alana Tholen

Alana Tholen

University of Iowa
Teacher Educator
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Karren Timmermans

Pacific University
Professor
avatar for Victoria Tomao

Victoria Tomao

Sylvan Union School District
Instructional Coach
KV

Kim Vargas

Bridges Academy
Site Coordinator
avatar for Lynda Vo

Lynda Vo

Ontario/Montclair School District
7/8th-Grade Math Teacher
avatar for Kirsten Walker

Kirsten Walker

Conejo Valley USD
Principal, Acacia Magnet School for Enriched Learning
CW

Cam Werley-Gonzales

Accelerated Honors Academy at Alverno Heights Academy
Founder
avatar for Alicia Weyeneth

Alicia Weyeneth

Compton Unified School District
Administrator, Curriculum and Instruction
avatar for Tracy Wilson

Tracy Wilson

Placer County Office of Education
Coordinator HSS/ELD/ELA
AW

Alyssa Wray

Mirman School
Upper School Mathematics Teacher
avatar for Ed Zaccaro

Ed Zaccaro

Hickory Grove Press
Retired Teacher/Author
SZ

Suzanna Zifkin

Mirman School
Teacher