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Friday, February 22
 

7:00am

8:00am

CAG Pre-Conference: Plenary Session
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California
Dr. Sandra N. Kaplan, Editor-in-Chief, Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California has been Principal Investigator of four projects funded by the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Student Education Act, Department of Education. Each of these projects focused... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jessica Manzone

Dr. Jessica Manzone

University of Southern California
Jessica Manzone, University of Southern California, has been a Research Assistant on two Department of Education grants to assist in the collection and analysis of data. Dr. Manzone currently teaches at USC in the MAT program. She also has been instrumental in managing the grant resources... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Catalina Room

9:00am

CAG Pre-Conference: Classroom Demonstration Lessons
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California
Dr. Sandra N. Kaplan, Editor-in-Chief, Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California has been Principal Investigator of four projects funded by the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Student Education Act, Department of Education. Each of these projects focused... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jessica Manzone

Dr. Jessica Manzone

University of Southern California
Jessica Manzone, University of Southern California, has been a Research Assistant on two Department of Education grants to assist in the collection and analysis of data. Dr. Manzone currently teaches at USC in the MAT program. She also has been instrumental in managing the grant resources... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Catalina Room

1:00pm

CAG Pre-Conference: Curriculum Writing and Planning
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California
Dr. Sandra N. Kaplan, Editor-in-Chief, Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California has been Principal Investigator of four projects funded by the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Student Education Act, Department of Education. Each of these projects focused... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jessica Manzone

Dr. Jessica Manzone

University of Southern California
Jessica Manzone, University of Southern California, has been a Research Assistant on two Department of Education grants to assist in the collection and analysis of data. Dr. Manzone currently teaches at USC in the MAT program. She also has been instrumental in managing the grant resources... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 1:00pm - 3:15pm
Catalina Room

2:00pm

Regular Conference Registration
Friday February 22, 2019 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Renaissance Ballroom Foyer

4:00pm

Conference Kick-off and Educator Panel
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Susan Baum

Dr. Susan Baum

Director of Research and Professional Development, Bridges Academy
Susan Baum, Ph.D. directs the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy. Susan is widely published in the field of gifted education including her seminal book (in its 3rd edition), To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled. Her expertise in twice exceptionality... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Thomas P. Hébert

Dr. Thomas P. Hébert

Professor, University of South Carolina
Thomas P. Hébert, Ph.D., is Professor of Gifted and Talented Education in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Hébert has more than a decade of K-12 classroom experience working with gifted students and 25 years in higher education training graduate... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California
Dr. Sandra N. Kaplan, Editor-in-Chief, Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California has been Principal Investigator of four projects funded by the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Student Education Act, Department of Education. Each of these projects focused... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jann Leppien

Dr. Jann Leppien

Professor, Whitworth University
Dr. Jann Leppien is a professor and the Margo Long Endowed Chair in Gifted Education at Whitworth University. Whitworth's Center for Gifted Education supports policies that encourage the diverse expressions of gifts and talents and offers a Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement and... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jessica Manzone

Dr. Jessica Manzone

University of Southern California
Jessica Manzone, University of Southern California, has been a Research Assistant on two Department of Education grants to assist in the collection and analysis of data. Dr. Manzone currently teaches at USC in the MAT program. She also has been instrumental in managing the grant resources... Read More →


Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Oasis 3 Room

4:00pm

Exhibit Hall
Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Oasis 4 Room
 
Saturday, February 23
 

7:00am

Regular Conference Registration
Saturday February 23, 2019 7:00am - 12:00pm
Renaissance Ballroom Foyer

7:30am

Presenter's Lounge
Saturday February 23, 2019 7:30am - 4:30pm
Cactus Room

7:30am

Exhibit Hall
Saturday February 23, 2019 7:30am - 5:00pm
Oasis 4 Room

7:45am

The Power of Strength-Based, Talent-Focused Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

For too long students with wonderfully diverse minds are viewed by what they can’t do. Educational efforts center around fixing what is broken rather than enhancing what they can do. Experience what can happen when curriculum, instruction, and learning opportunities are informed by celebrating their gifts, talents, and interests. Specifically, you will learn how to:
  • Identify strengths, talents, and interests
  • Leverage strengths for skill development
  • Use strengths, interests, and talents for engagement in learning
  • Engage students in talent development opportunities: a non-negotiable for 2e learners

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Susan Baum

Dr. Susan Baum

Director of Research and Professional Development, Bridges Academy
Susan Baum, Ph.D. directs the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy. Susan is widely published in the field of gifted education including her seminal book (in its 3rd edition), To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled. Her expertise in twice exceptionality... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Mesquite D Room

7:45am

Are You Really Happy with the Academic Progress of Your Gifted Students?
Limited Capacity seats available

Do your gifted students have academic achievement goals? Are some of your students getting A’s and B’s yet failing the Common Core assessments? Are some of your students scoring at high levels on Common Core assessments yet earning failing grades? If so, then it is time to re-examine the true meaning of Social Justice. Participants will leave inspired, and more importantly, leave this session with doable steps to increase academic achievement for all students.

Speakers
avatar for Gary D. Soto

Gary D. Soto

Founder/CEO, GDS Leadership Consulting
Gary D. Soto is the recipient of the National Educator Award for helping to Reshape American Education. He is also one of the authors of "Crimes Against Learning: Solving the Serial Failure of School Reform". Gary D Soto is a former elementary and secondary teacher and administrator... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Smoketree E Room

7:45am

Diversify Your GTA program
Limited Capacity seats available

Talent is equally distributed but opportunities are not. California's diverse students are not proportionally represented in our Gifted, Talented and Accelerated (GTA) programs. Learn how to revamp selection criteria, inform parent boards regarding the benefits of diversity, and explore strategies that prepare non-traditional students for more depth and more complex learning opportunities. This session will also help general education teachers amp up their classroom and it will prepare GTA teachers for more diverse students

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Wilson

Tracy Wilson

Coordinator HSS/ELD/ELA, Placer County Office of Education
Avid but skeptical reader. Currently serve as the Professional Development Coordinator for Placer County Office of Education. M.A. Teaching Reading in the context areas and a B.A. in History, University of California Davis. University adjunct experience includes: University of Colorado... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Smoketree F Room

7:45am

Don't Forget Your Brain
Limited Capacity seats available

The majority of teacher training focuses on the development of instructional strategies, understanding of grade-level standards, and classroom and behavior management. While these areas are extremely pertinent to being an effective teacher, learning how the brain functions; takes in and processes information, makes for even more effective choices for the caregivers of children when determining the best avenues to pursue in the classroom and in the home to maximize educational experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Tomao

Victoria Tomao

Instructional Coach, Sylvan Union School District
Victoria has been an educator for seventeen years. She spent the last eight years teaching a fourth-grade self-contained Gifted and Talented class in Modesto, CA. This experience has driven her own passion for learning about how to best meet the needs of not only Gifted students but... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Mesquite C Room

7:45am

Please Understand: Looking at 2e Through The Student’s Eyes
Limited Capacity seats available

Meeting the needs of 2e children can be a tremendous challenge for parents and educators alike.The experience of being both gifted and having a learning disability provides the perfect storm for frustration, anxiety, and the formation of an unhealthy self-identity. Designed for both parents and educators, this session views the 2e experience through the student’s eyes and provides ideas about how to simultaneously address both their giftedness and their challenges.

Speakers
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Sharon Duncan

Independent Consultant, Gifted Identity/Gifted Research and Outreach


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Smoketree A Room

7:45am

Twice Exceptionality and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
Limited Capacity seats available

How do culture, language, diversity, and twice exceptionality intertwine? In this presentation, the unique characteristics of twice exceptional and culturally and linguistically diverse students will be discussed. Strategies for identification and support of students who are twice exceptional and culturally and linguistically diverse will be modeled.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Cynthia Geary

Dr. Cynthia Geary

Pomona, CA, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Dr. Geary has contributed to K-12 public education for over 25 years, as a classroom teacher, resource teacher, researcher and professor in teacher credentialing programs. She has lived and taught internationally and considers the diversity within California's public schools a treasure... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Mesquite F Room

7:45am

College Night: Or, How to Change an 8th Grader's World
Limited Capacity seats available

What changes when a student finds self-empowerment and purpose by setting specific goals and high expectations for their achievement? College Night is an 8th-grade PBLU project that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy as students prepare their transition to high school. And really, it's not about college, it's about middle schools and high schools partnering as 8th graders become high school students arriving on campus with a game plan for a successful high school career that will include academics, athletics, clubs, community service and more as students learn what they want to work toward.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Hoy

Jennifer Hoy

Teacher, Washoe County School District, GATE Deparment
After starting her professional life with a B.S. in Business Administration, Jenny discovered that her true mission and passion in life was to spend her days in a classroom surrounded by children, books, and writer's notebooks. Jenny was named WCSD Middle School Teacher of the Year... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Andreas Room

7:45am

Integrating STEAM through Children’s Literature : Discover How to Plan and Integrate STEAM Lessons and Units into Your Reading Time by Starting with Any Storybook and Address the Gifted and Talented Learner.
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn how to use a variety of children’s literature as a basis to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Art (STEAM) by developing a planning guide. Participants will be exposed to children’s literature such as Mike Mulligan and his STEAM Shovel, and Katy and the Big Snow-story content that is not typically associated with high-level STEAM based content while addressing the needs of the Gifted and Talented Learner.

Speakers
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Ruth Gamboa-Brooks

Principal, Castlebay Lane Elementary, LAUSD
Dr. Ruth Gamboa-Brooks is a principal at Castlebay Lane Charter Elementary School and an Adjunct Professor at California State University Dominguez Hills in the Graduate School Leadership Program.  She has worked with the Los Angeles School District for the past 19 years improving... Read More →
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David Garringer

Assistant Principal, Castlebay Lane Elementary
Mr. Garringer, with over 18 years experience in education, is a recognized leader in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Engineering (STEAM) education. He has been an advocate for minorities and women in the Sciences. Mr. Garringer has presented at many local, state, and national... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
San Jacinto Room

7:45am

Introduction to Differentiation: Setting the Stage & Providing the Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we encourage GATE students – and all students – to higher levels of thinking, encourage students to develop ownership of their own learning, help underachieving GATE students, kindle the fire of learning and create thinkers, and create scholars as opposed to “good students”?

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Alexander

Kathy Alexander

GATE Coordinator, Rincon Valley Union School District
Kathy has been involved in gifted education since 2000, and a member of the CAG Board since 2011. As GATE Coordinator in her District, she has trained teachers in how to use gifted strategies in the classroom and how to differentiate their daily curriculum. Her masters' is in Curriculum... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Santa Rosa Room

7:45am

Real-World GATE Strategies
Limited Capacity filling up

Feeling overwhelmed with all of the wealth of knowledge you receive from the training you attend? Do you want a session that will give you real-world activities that you can use when you go back into the classroom? Then this is the session for you! This session will give you four GATE strategies that you can use to begin differentiating for all learners and allow you to feel like the educator that you know you can be!

Speakers
avatar for Robyn Arnold

Robyn Arnold

Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District
Robyn Arnold is a 3rd-grade teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. With over 16 years of teaching experience, her career has focused on GATE education with EL students, Special Education students, and Highly Gifted students. As an original member of Dr. Sandra Kaplan’s... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Mesquite G Room

7:45am

Differentiating Instruction in High School and Middle School
Limited Capacity seats available

High school and middle school students benefit when their teachers are skilled in differentiating instruction to serve students' varied interests, readiness levels, learning profiles, and cultural-linguistic backgrounds. This demonstration will combine routine formative assessment, rigorous tiered assignments, and engaging project menus to educate high achievers, high-potential underachievers, and struggling students. The approaches explored can work in all subject areas.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Kahl

Steven Kahl

Teacher & Professional Development Presenter, Mountain View High School
Steve Kahl teaches English and AVID at Mountain View High School. This is his 34th year of teaching. He has earned National Board Certification as a teacher of English, coordinated the GATE and AVID programs, and worked as a mentor for new teachers in the district. Steve served as... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Sierra Room

7:45am

Meaningful Science Projects for Gifted Elementary Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Who remembers making missions in school? Volcanoes? Science reports or presentation boards? All students are different, so why should they all complete the same science project? Choice is important to the gifted child. This is why educators should allow students to differentiate their own products simply by creating a meaningful objective. By creating a personalized objective, the product AND learning become more meaningful to the student and allows for deeper knowledge in an area of their choice.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Cantrell

Kimberly Cantrell

GATE Teacher, Garden Grove Unified School District
Kimberly is currently a 4th grade GATE teacher with Garden Grove Unified School District. She studied at Vanguard University and has a M.Ed. in Educational Linguistics.



Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Ventura Room

7:45am

Diversity in GATE
Limited Capacity seats available

Gifted and Talented Education is being held back from our diverse populations in California. Gifted children are reported to make up only 6% of a public school’s population, thus going vastly overlooked. This presentation will define the term GATE and discuss some the common characteristics found in gifted children of all backgrounds, as well as impart strategies for identifying, teaching and advocating for our GATE population in the public school system.

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Kerns

Crystal Kerns

GATE Coordinator, Victor Elementary School District
Crystal teaches at Galileo Academy, a public school focusing on providing gifted and talented education to underrepresented children. Her degree is in Liberal Studies with a supplemental in English. She is pursuing a Master’s in Adult Education. As a Latina in a single parent home... Read More →
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Renee Longshore

GATE Coordinator, Victor Elementary School District
Renee has taught for 17 years, grades K-12, teacher credentialing, and in the GATE masters program for Azusa Pacific University. Her degree is in English with a secondary teaching emphasis, and a master’s degree in English Composition. Renee’s current teaching position is third... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Smoketree C Room

7:45am

Why Spatial? Spatial Reasoning Skills, Achievement, and Learning Potential
Limited Capacity seats available

Spatial skills are associated with various aspects of academic and career achievement. Recent work with advanced learners from different backgrounds and environments has explored the role these fundamental skills play in identifying students with the potential for academic achievement. Focusing on these skills may offer insights into the ability that more traditional curriculum-based tests cannot capture, opening new doors to characterizing students and developing opportunities that foster the needs of the diverse range of advanced learners.

Speakers
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Ashley Flynn

Research and Special Initiatives Manager, Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
Ashley is the Research and Special Initiatives Manager at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. She works in the research and evaluation department and oversees CTY’s Baltimore Emerging Scholars program which offers extracurricular enrichment to advanced elementary school... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Smoketree B Room

7:45am

State of the Nation in Gifted Education
Limited Capacity seats available

The National Association for the Gifted Children's (NACG) Director of Government & Affiliate Relations will connect the dots, offering a nationwide perspective on Gifted Education policy development featuring interesting policies from other states and insight into the Federal initiatives that may impact Gifted Education services in California

Speakers
avatar for William Knudsen

William Knudsen

Director, Government and Affiliate Relations, National Association for Gifted Children
William Knudsen serves as the Director of Government and Affiliate Relations for the National Association for Gifted Children. He works at both the Federal and local levels with NAGC’s advocacy partners to break the impediments obstructing services for our gifted and talented students.  Previously... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Mesquite H Room

7:45am

Learning Politics: A Game Approach
Limited Capacity seats available

There is evidence that today’s students as tomorrow’s voters are unfamiliar with the concept and practice of POLITICS.  This session presents a curriculum that can be used as a teaching tool to introduce the teaching and learning of politics.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California
Dr. Sandra N. Kaplan, Editor-in-Chief, Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California has been Principal Investigator of four projects funded by the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Student Education Act, Department of Education. Each of these projects focused... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jessica Manzone

Dr. Jessica Manzone

University of Southern California
Jessica Manzone, University of Southern California, has been a Research Assistant on two Department of Education grants to assist in the collection and analysis of data. Dr. Manzone currently teaches at USC in the MAT program. She also has been instrumental in managing the grant resources... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Mojave Room

7:45am

Going Global: Inquiry/PBL Beyond the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Attendees will learn how incorporating inquiry and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can not only help create authentic and challenging learning experiences for students but also connect them to global issues and peers around the world. Emphasis will be on acting locally to connect globally through apps such as FlipGrid and Padlet and events such as Global Read Aloud Day, Global Classroom, World's Largest Lesson, and celebrating specific days like International Day of the Girl, to name a few.

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Heller

Vanessa Heller

Humanties Teacher, Inquiry and Gifted Education Trainer, Oak Park Unified
Vanessa Heller is a GATE certified educator in her 21st year of teaching. She is a humanities teacher and the ELA Dept. Chair for the district’s middle school. On a district level, Vanessa serves as Director of the Oak Park Inquiry Institute, Peer Coach, and Tech Innovator, helping... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Smoketree D Room

7:45am

Beyond Discussion: Relevant, Engaging Social-Emotional Lessons
Limited Capacity seats available

Bolster your understanding of the social-emotional needs of gifted learners, and help gifted learners put together the pieces of their own giftedness with relevant, engaging lessons. Participants will learn methods for creating physical metaphors, making connections to academic standards, and creating hands-on learning opportunities for their gifted students. Each participant will receive a fully developed social-emotional lesson ready to use on Monday for their K-5 students.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Hess

Mark Hess

Teacher, Author, Consultant, Portable Gifted and Talented
Common sense in-services and lessons for uncommon kids and the adults who love and take care of them.


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Pueblo Room

7:45am

Blended Learning for Differentiation
Limited Capacity seats available

Join STAR Education and explore instructional technology for differentiation and the design of blended learning environments. This workshop will provide teachers with a foundational understanding of the theories behind Universal Design for Learning and why educational technologies offer meaningful ways to accommodate and challenge diverse classroom populations, along with resources for fantastic tech tools to help create digitally integrated lessons within the classroom.

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Marisa Cleghorn

Cluster Leader/ Senior Supplemental Services Director, STAR Inc.
Marisa Cleghorn has worked for the past 22 years as a professional educator in the Arts and Sciences. With her undergraduate work in Interdisciplinary Education in Arts and Sciences at UMASS and her graduate work at John Hopkins in Mind Brain and Teaching and Integrated Technology... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Chino Room

9:00am

Keynote: Talent Denied and Talent Lost: Challenges and Compromises of Gifted Girls and Women
This keynote will focus on the loss of talents of girls and women across the country and the globe, and the implications of that phenomenon on diminished creativity, leadership, innovation, and creative productivity. The keynote will conclude with a positive call to action on how educators and researchers can make a difference in helping girls and women to develop their talents.

Speakers
avatar for Sally Reis

Sally Reis

Letitia Neag Morgan Chair in Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
Sally M. Reis recently completed a six-year term as the vice provost for academic affairs and currently holds the Letitia Neag Endowed Chair and is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. She was previously a department... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Oasis 3 Room

10:30am

Supporting the Emotional Well-Being of Twice Exceptional Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Living in a world that doesn’t always understand, value or support gifted individuals with learning and attention difficulties can be difficult. Mindful of this challenge, this session examines the social and emotional issues that challenge twice exceptional students, survival techniques that 2E students implement, and strategies that educators and counselors may use to support the emotional well-being of twice exceptional students. A bibliography of resources to assist parents, teachers, and counselors is provided.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Thomas P. Hébert

Dr. Thomas P. Hébert

Professor, University of South Carolina
Thomas P. Hébert, Ph.D., is Professor of Gifted and Talented Education in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Hébert has more than a decade of K-12 classroom experience working with gifted students and 25 years in higher education training graduate... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Mesquite E Room

10:30am

Writing and the 2e Learner: Why It Is Hard and How to Help?
Limited Capacity seats available

Writing can often be a challenge for any student, especially for the 2E students who may have anxiety, perfectionism, soft executive functioning skills etc. So how do we, as teachers, best approach the instruction of writing? Come join me to explore an approach that asks the student to play with their medium prior to being asked to apply structure and convention; not unlike the artist experiments with paint, the musician, with notes, or the dancer, with movement. Come away with a fresh perspective as well as specific strategies to guide our young writers to find their voice.

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Mary McInerney

Teacher, Bridges Academy
Mary McInerney teaches in the Phoenix Program at Bridges Academy. She has received her BA in Elementary Education at the City College of New York, and her MA in Gifted Education at the College of New Rochelle. She holds Certifications in both Gifted Education and in Teaching Literacy... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Mesquite D Room

10:30am

Dear Colleague: Responding to an Inquiry from OCR
Limited Capacity seats available

Entering into a Resolution Agreement with The Office of Civil Rights can be an opportunity for positive change and district introspection. This session will cover Sacramento City USD’s journey with OCR from complaint to resolution, offering positive takeaways and ideas for proactive changes that will reduce the likelihood of an investigation.

Speakers
avatar for Kari Hanson-Smith

Kari Hanson-Smith

GATE Coordinator, Sacramento City USD
Kari holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Gifted and Talented Education from the Three Summers program within the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. While there, Kari studied with Dr. Joseph Renzulli and Dr. Sally Reis, authors of the Enrichment... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Smoketree F Room

10:30am

Scholars: 20 years of Successful Full-time Programming
Limited Capacity seats available

An action-packed account (including bumps and bruises) of a highly successful 20-year program created to identify and serve the educational needs of gifted middle school students in a center-city high school. Innovative classroom experiences and community partnerships provide a challenging curriculum that meets the exceptional needs of gifted students. This accelerated academic experience provides students with a comprehensive support network in cooperation with high school programs to ensure success for all students. Group participation is encouraged.

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Lenae Lazzelle

Gifted Education Director, Springfield Public Schools
Dr. Lenae Lazzelle is Director of Gifted Education for Springfield Public Schools. She is a charter member of the Missouri Advisory Council for Gifted Children, and president of the Gifted Association of Missouri. Dr. Lazzelle has presented numerous times at NAGC and most recently... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Smoketree E Room

10:30am

Burning Questions: How Sculpting Provocative Prompts Breaks Old Patterns, Builds New Paradigms, and Blows Their Minds
Limited Capacity seats available

What kind of questions are we humans stuck on and can we move beyond? How can we craft unforgettable questions that awaken transformative moments in others? The framework explored in this workshop can be applied to any subject to deepen engagement and retention of academic content. Participants will leave with an understanding of the theory behind levels of questioning and with numerous practical tools, activities, and techniques to be used with gifted students of all ages.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Anabel Jensen

Dr. Anabel Jensen

President and Founder, Six Seconds
An accomplished educator and author Anabel Jensen is recognized around the world for her work with curriculum utilizing emotional intelligence. Also known as emotional quotient, or EQ, Wikipedia defines emotional intelligence as “The capability of individuals to recognize their... Read More →
avatar for Cherilyn Leet

Cherilyn Leet

Assistant Director of Education, Six Seconds
After a decade of experience as a K-12 classroom teacher, Cherilyn joined Six Seconds to develop curriculum, assessments, and workshops about emotional intelligence competencies. Prior to this role, Cherilyn taught a gifted homeroom class at the newly-developed Synapse School, which... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Smoketree A Room

10:30am

Growth Mindset for Gifted: Building Scholarly Dispositions through the “Practices”
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we develop intellectual struggle for our GATE students? How might we allow for, manage, and promote inquiry-based study on a topic? In this session we will:
  • Explore scholarly behaviors and learn how to promote the growth mindset through the study of scholars past and present.
  •  Make connections between the Standards for Math Practice (CCSS), the Capabilities of Literate Individual (CCSS & H/SS), the Science & Engineering Practices (NGSS), and the Artistic Processes (National Core Art Standards).

Speakers
avatar for Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson

Arts & Enrichment Coordinator, Pasadena Unified School District
Karen Anderson is the Arts & Enrichment Coordinator for the Pasadena Unified School District. She graduated from Northwestern University and received her Master’s degree in education from USC. Karen has worked in public, private, and charter schools in dual language environments... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Mesquite C Room

10:30am

Philosophy of Sex for Gifted High School Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Gifted high school students have deep questions about sexuality that deserve to be addressed. Lamb will talk about how her new sex ed curriculum helps students develop an ethical framework for discussing controversial issues, such as sexual orientation and gender identity. Kaye will talk about her new trilogy—three philosophical novels about the philosophy of sex. Two friends, faced with a series of heart-stopping adventures, find wisdom in some of the greatest philosophers in history.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Kaye

Sharon Kaye

Professor of Philosophy, John Carroll University
Sharon Kaye is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After receiving her Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Toronto, she was a Killam postdoctoral fellow at... Read More →
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Sharon Lamb

Professor, Department of Counseling & School Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston
Sharon Lamb has a doctoral degree in Human Development from Harvard University and a doctorate in Philosophy from the Vrije University in Amsterdam. She is a co-author of the APA Sexualization of Girls Task Force Report and Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Mesquite F Room

10:30am

Creating Enthusiasm in the Elementary Math Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Are your students tired of worksheets? Do you want your students to be engaged and excited during math class? Well, you are in luck! During this hands-on workshop, you will experience various activities that I have used in the classroom to engage all of my learners. At the end, you will have multiple activities to take back and try with your students, as well as some online resources that can enrich your practice.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Orr

Nathan Orr

Lower School Mathematics Coordinator, Mirman School
Nathan Orr has been an educator for 12 years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Learning Foundations, and a Master's degree in Education Administration. As Lower School Math Coordinator for Mirman School, his focus is to support and stretch each student while making math... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
San Jacinto Room

10:30am

Depth and Complexity Is Everywhere!
Limited Capacity seats available

It’s time to Free Your Mind! This session is aimed to highlight the multi-faceted usage of Depth and Complexity and related prompts in ALL aspects of teaching. Often teachers think there should be a prescribed input point where D/C can be applied. This session will show beginning and advanced GATE teachers and parents a fresh and unique outlook to help uncover the world of Depth and Complexity in everything we see and do.

Speakers
avatar for Dolph Petris

Dolph Petris

4th Grade Teacher, Fullerton School District
Dolph is an enthusiastic educator who has taught in the Fullerton School District for 15 years. As a GATE teacher, he understands the value of being a lifelong learner and is always seeking new information for better understanding. As long as there are people to speak with, books... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Andreas Room

10:30am

Using Ill-Structured Problems to Challenge Gifted Students
Limited Capacity seats available

The real problems we face every day are messy, come with varied perspectives, may require alternative solutions, and are poorly defined or ill-structured. Using these types of problems challenge gifted students to develop robust cognitive, argumentation, and solution finding skills. Learn how to design, facilitate and guide your students through the ill-structured problem method. Examples and procedures will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Cash

Richard Cash

Consultant, nRich Educational Consulting, Inc.
Dr. Richard M. Cash is an award-winning educator, author and consultant who has worked in the field of education for more than 30 years. His range of experience includes teaching, curriculum development, program administration and professional coaching. His work has taken him throughout... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Santa Rosa Room

10:30am

Teaching Social Justice and Activism through Literature
Limited Capacity seats available

Our youngest learners are often the most unbiased ones. They are also open to learning new things and are very accepting of others, while still easily influenced (by families, friends, their school community, etc.). They are also learning how to navigate in our ever-changing world, trying to understand their place and how they can make a difference. In our presentation, we will go through some valuable resources (mainly through books) when teaching gifted students about social justice and activism (others and themselves). We will also discuss where the prompts can fit into utilizing books to teach social justice and activism. Participants will leave the presentation with a list of book titles which can be used in their classrooms to teach social justice and activism, as well as examples from classroom experiences.

Speakers
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Stephanie Fiore

Kindergarten Teacher, Mirman School
Stephanie comes from Northern California. Stephanie completed her degree at California State University, Northridge where she also completed her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Stephanie teaches Kindergarten at Mirman School in Los Angeles. She has been teaching gifted students... Read More →
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Daniel Gibbs

Kindergarten Teacher, Mirman School
Daniel Gibbs has 20 years teaching in public, private and international settings. Daniel hails from New York State where he received his Masters Degree from The College of Saint Rose. He also recently completed the Differentiated Curriculum for Gifted Students Certificate Program... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Pasadena Room

10:30am

Developing Students into Creative Directors of Film
Limited Capacity seats available

Developing Students Into Creative Directors of Film is a project where students take their writing from DOK Level 1, all the way through to Level 4. Here, students are presented with the opportunity to use their writing to act out various scenes or to direct their “actors,” to truly understand how details from their writing guides their reader through their story. Students then use different film tools to manipulate how the viewer feels and thinks, in order to implement that in their writing to strengthen it.

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Omar Espinoza

4th-Grade Teacher, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Omar Espinoza is a Fourth Grade teacher at Cleveland Elementary School in Santa Barbara, CA. Since 2016, he has created and facilitated a student run Cleveland School Film Festival. Through this project, he has walked his students through the process of filmmaking, from adapting the... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Ventura Room

10:30am

The Terrific "T" in GATE: Arts Integration and Differentiation in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

With all that classroom teachers have to do along with differentiation for all students to support best practices, the arts seem to be the last thing addressed in the classroom setting and can be the very component needed to augment the teaching and learning experience. Come find tips on how to include dance, music, drama and visual art into your daily curriculum while still meeting the needs for all students in your class! A fun and engaging workshop!

Speakers
avatar for Delayna E. Goins, MBA

Delayna E. Goins, MBA

Intervention Support Specialist, GATE Coordinator, Palmdale School District
Delayna E. Goins is a veteran teacher of 26 years who has taught in Palmdale School District and Compton Unified School District, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from Cal State University Dominguez Hills, with a Multiple Subject Credential MBA in Organizational... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Sierra Room

10:30am

Acceleration in Math: How Do We Do That?
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we decide who needs to be accelerated in math? Objective information from above-level testing, the Iowa Acceleration Scale, and coherent acceleration policies helps us with these decisions. Above-level testing, a research-proven method, helps us recognize which students benefit from math acceleration. Educators use the above-level results to determine which students would benefit from already-available educational program options or create new ones. A discussion on the logistics of subject acceleration will also be included.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Dr. Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Administrator, Acceleration Institute and Research, University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center
Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Ph.D. is Administrator, Acceleration Institute and Research at the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center. She founded and directed the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Talented Elementary Students (C-MITES) at Carnegie Mellon University for 22 years. She co-authored... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Catalina Room

10:30am

Quality Curriculum and Instruction for Advanced Learners: A Look at Essential Elements
Limited Capacity seats available

A general principle of education is that a curriculum should address and thus respect individual learner characteristics. Curriculum designed to be a catalyst for developing advanced capacity in young people must be flexible enough to provide them with appropriate challenge and support at all points in their evolution as learners. This session will share examples of curricular planning tools, instructional pedagogies, and practices that can be used to design curricular options for advanced level students.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jann Leppien

Dr. Jann Leppien

Professor, Whitworth University
Dr. Jann Leppien is a professor and the Margo Long Endowed Chair in Gifted Education at Whitworth University. Whitworth's Center for Gifted Education supports policies that encourage the diverse expressions of gifts and talents and offers a Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement and... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Mesquite G Room

10:30am

Advanced Primary Learners ~ Identifying and Supporting the Needs of Primary Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

GATE programs in most districts start in 3rd or 4th grades. Does that mean that our youngest learners do not need the academic and social-emotional support that GATE programs provide? This session will describe the screening/identification process and systems of support for primary aged learners in the Tustin Unified School District.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Knudson

Karen Knudson

Coordinator | Gifted Education & Teacher Induction, Tustin USD
Karen has been an educator for 17 year and spent the first 12 years as a resource specialist. She currently serves in Tustin Unified School District and coordinates the Gifted Education and Teacher Induction programs. Karen specializes in differentiation, technology integration and... Read More →
avatar for Courtney Lu

Courtney Lu

Connect Coach, Tustin USD
Courtney has been teaching in Tustin Unified for six years and is currently a Connect Coach. Teaching in an all inclusive setting with a high percentage of English Language Learners has given Courtney the opportunity to refine her practice in differentiating for individual student... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Smoketree C Room

10:30am

GATE 101 Presented by CAG
Limited Capacity seats available

What do you need to know about teaching your GATE students in a 50-minute session? You will be introduced to some of the major topics of gifted education such as:
  • Social-emotional characteristics
  • Twice-exceptionalities (2e)
  • TLAD - Think Like A Disciplinarian
  • Universal Concepts
  • Depth and complexity
  • Acceleration
  • Novelty



Speakers
avatar for Krisa Muller

Krisa Muller

GATE Program Specialist, Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District
Krisa Muller serves as the California Association for the Gifted Board of Directors Secretary. Krisa has been a California public educator since 2000 and involved in gifted education since 2002. She is currently the GATE Program Specialist for Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School... Read More →
avatar for Krista Landgraf

Krista Landgraf

Conference Chair/President-Elect, California Association for the Gifted
Krista Landgraf is the President-Elect and Conference Chair for the California Association for the Gifted.  She has been a GATE teacher for over 22 years. She is an adjunct instructor for UCR’s  GATE Credential Program. She has earned the CAG- Distinguished Service Award, Johns... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Madera Room

10:30am

Understanding Neuropsychological Assessments
Limited Capacity seats available

Testing can help explain a child’s academic performance, behavior, or social-emotional functioning. This presentation explains the neuropsychological assessment process, and uses and limits in the identification of giftedness and challenges. Areas covered include cognitive ability, attention, executive functioning, auditory processing, expressive and receptive language, visual and verbal learning and memory, visual spatial, visual motor, writing, reading, math, social-emotional functioning, and sensory-motor processing. Participants will walk away with knowledge of what constitutes a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa L. Hancock, Ph.D., MBA

Lisa L. Hancock, Ph.D., MBA

Clinical Psychologist, Summit Center
Dr. Lisa Hancock is a Clinical Psychologist who works at Summit Center where she provides neuropsychological assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults. She specializes in working with twice-exceptional children, and with individuals who are highly... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Smoketree B Room

10:30am

How LCAP & LCFF Work
Limited Capacity seats available

Gifted Education in California is funded solely through California's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and must be included in each district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Gain understanding about how money is allocated from the state to local districts, and what this means in your community for gifted learners. This session by CAG’s Legislative Advisors will provide a clear understanding of LCFF & LCAP.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Angela Reid

Lee Angela Reid

Partner, Capitol Advisors Group
​Lee Angela has served as the Senior Legislative Advocate since the firm was founded in 2012, afterspending 23 years in the State Capitol working on K-12 education issues. Previously, Ms. Reidserved as a consultant on state and federal education issues in the Senate Office of Research,providing... Read More →
avatar for Barrett Snider

Barrett Snider

Partner, Capitol Advisors Group
Barrett Snider has spent nearly two decades working in California politics and is a founding partnerof Capitol Advisors Group, where he manages the daily government relations operations of the firm.His diverse experience in both legislative advocacy and political campaigns provides... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Mesquite H Room

10:30am

Situational Learning: Problem Solving in Social-Emotional Contexts
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will introduce participants to a “curricular game” that applies the prompts of Depth and Complexity to problem-solving in personal, and social situations.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California
Dr. Sandra N. Kaplan, Editor-in-Chief, Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California has been Principal Investigator of four projects funded by the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Student Education Act, Department of Education. Each of these projects focused... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jessica Manzone

Dr. Jessica Manzone

University of Southern California
Jessica Manzone, University of Southern California, has been a Research Assistant on two Department of Education grants to assist in the collection and analysis of data. Dr. Manzone currently teaches at USC in the MAT program. She also has been instrumental in managing the grant resources... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Mojave Room

10:30am

Personalizing Learning to Close the Achievement Gap
Limited Capacity seats available

Our gifted learners crave more choice and voice in the classroom. This workshop will provide a practical guide for educators using a technology toolbox to reach our students. Choice boards and playlists are innovative ways to promote equity in your classroom to reach all learners. Please bring a device and have a lesson or unit in mind that you would like to revise using personalized learning. We will take differentiation to the next level!

Speakers
avatar for Lori Leibowitz

Lori Leibowitz

District Coordinator of Gifted and Talented, Norwalk Public Schools
Lori Leibowitz is an experienced administrator and advocate for advanced learners. Having presented about personalized learning all over the country, Lori brings her passion of reaching all learners while challenging and bringing out students’ full potential. Currently Lori is the... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Stargardter

Jessica Stargardter

Gifted and Talented Teacher, Norwalk Public Schools
Jessica Stargardter holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut. Jessica’s experience with students includes teaching at the Summer Institute for the Gifted on Yale’s campus and the Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Smoketree D Room

10:30am

Powerful Strategies to Enhance the Learning of Gifted Students
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop explores numerous, proven ways to reach gifted learners in challenging ways. Participants leave with a variety of new strategies and specific ideas to help pupils become better creative and critical thinkers. Bring your thinking caps and your funny bones.

Speakers
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Nathan Levy

President, Nathan Levy Books, LLC. Author/Consultant, Nathan Levy Books LLC
Nathan Levy, author of the “Stories With Holes” series, has over forty years experience as a teacher, principal, author and educational consultant. Nathan has spoken extensively nationally and internationally to educators, parents and children on how to improve creativity, thinking... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Pueblo Room

10:30am

Supporting Strong Writers: Writerly Play in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Writerly Play is a story-based framework that offers youth and educators language and game-based strategies to develop the creative and critical thinking skills required throughout the writing process. Educators will come away from this workshop with a set of practical tools and strategies to support and challenge strong writers in classrooms and one-on-one settings. We will also explore how writing projects can help writers develop grit, empathy, and vision.

Speakers
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Naomi Kinsman

Author, Executive Director, Society of Young Inklings
Naomi Kinsman is the award-winning author of Spilled Ink, A Writer’s Notebook, and the From Sadie’s Sketchbook series. She is the founder and Executive Director of Society of Young Inklings, an organization that empowers young writers. Over the past twenty years, Naomi has developed... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Chino Room

11:30am

Exhibit Hall Session
Saturday February 23, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm
Oasis 4 Room

12:00pm

Lunch
Dessert will be served in the Exhibit Hall. 

Saturday February 23, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Oasis 3 Room

1:00pm

Talent Development: The Badges Program
Limited Capacity seats available

The Young Expert (Badges) program at Bridges Academy is a highly personalized learning model, in which students explore deeply a chosen topic. Students earn Badges after in-depth work, and many work toward young professional expertise in a topic area to earn one of our highest designations. Currently in its third year of implementation, we at Bridges are committed to best supporting all our diverse learners as they develop the skills to be successful in pursuing what could be future careers. We will be looking at the case studies of some 10th graders beginning our program with a project-based learning unit where students were asked to develop real-world skills in an actual cold case and some of our seniors on the Young Expert pathway. 

Speakers
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Laura Bahr

Coordinator, Young Expert (Badges) Program, Bridges Academy
Laura Bahr works in the fields of arts, media and education. As a teacher at Bridges Academy she has taught Middle School Mathematics, Theatre, Creative Writing and currently coordinates the Young Expert (Badges) program, a highly personalized learning model. Awards include the writer-in-residence... Read More →
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Caroline Maxwell

Educator, Bridges Academy
Caroline Maxwell is a multidisciplinary artist and educator who has taught Studio Art, Art History and Photography for over 15 years. With an M.A. in Art History and and M.F.A. in Studio Art, Caroline's work demonstrates how art is a unique and indispensable method of inquiry into... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mesquite E Room

1:00pm

When Math Is a Problem: Creative and Humorous Ways to Teach Math without Worksheets
Limited Capacity filling up

Place value is the essential tool to understanding the four basic arithmetic operations. Using a monetary approach and respecting the decimal point, the participants will find creative and engaging ways to teach the basic math concepts to all learners. Developmental theory, multiple intelligences and different learning styles will be emphasized, which should enable teachers to help students – including those who are dyslexic and math anxious – understand math concepts from the concrete stages to the abstract. The final outcome is to understand that arithmetic is answering the question whereas mathematics is questioning the answer. Participants should come prepared to learn creative and infectious ways to teach math without worksheets.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Rachel McAnallen

Dr. Rachel McAnallen

Math Consultant, Ms. Math
Known simply as Ms. Math to children across the country, Dr. Rachel McAnallen has devoted her life to sharing the joy and beauty of mathematics with learners of all ages. A professional educator for more than 60 years, she travels the globe teaching her subject at every grade level... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mesquite D Room

1:00pm

#joyfullearning - The Power and Passion of Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM)
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn how #joyfullearning and Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) empower a school community! By creating enjoyment, engagement, and enthusiasm for learning through the enrichment triad, curriculum infusion, enrichment clusters, and a unique homework philosophy, our school has transformed over the past 4 years. Our teachers and approach meet the individual needs of gifted students as well as diverse populations throughout the school day. Come see how "a rising tide lifts all ships"!

Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Walker

Kirsten Walker

Principal, Acacia Magnet School for Enriched Learning, Conejo Valley USD
Kirsten is a passionate principal and parent at Acacia Magnet School for Enriched Learning - a Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) school for 3+ years that serves a diverse population including Title I, EL, and special education students. Kirsten has been a principal for over 10 years... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Smoketree F Room

1:00pm

Integrating Culturally Relevant Practices to Support Underrepresented Populations
Limited Capacity seats available

The integration of culturally relevant practices with gifted education has been recommended as a way to address the needs of underrepresented populations.  This session will focus on how one school district has worked to review multicultural education and infuse culturally relevant pedagogy into its professional development for educators of the gifted with emphasis on the retention of African American students.

Speakers
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Pam Lovett

Gifted Coordinator, Long Beach Unified School District
Pamela Lovett is the Gifted Coordinator for Long Beach Unified School District.  She has been an elementary teacher, instructional coach, and consultant. She conducts professional development on gifted education and is interested in addressing the needs of underrepresented populations... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mesquite G Room

1:00pm

Moving the Needle on Student Achievement: Invest in School Leaders!
Limited Capacity seats available

Big ideas may create awareness, however, the most successful way to increase student achievement for gifted students is investing in school leaders. Intensive coaching that supports leaders will help build high-performance teams. Where you see phenomenal student results, you will see great leaders. Participants will hear a charismatic superintendent share their key action steps that have brought significant success to their high performing district. It is time we cultivate leadership in others.

Speakers
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Steven Keller

Superintendent, Redondo Beach Unified School District
Steven Keller is the Superintendent for Redondo Beach Unified School District. Although the district is considered to be one of the highest performing districts in the State of California, Steve believes that ALL students deserve to meet/and or exceed academic rigorous and social... Read More →
avatar for Gary D. Soto

Gary D. Soto

Founder/CEO, GDS Leadership Consulting
Gary D. Soto is the recipient of the National Educator Award for helping to Reshape American Education. He is also one of the authors of "Crimes Against Learning: Solving the Serial Failure of School Reform". Gary D Soto is a former elementary and secondary teacher and administrator... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Smoketree E Room

1:00pm

Classroom Culture & Classroom Management with Gifted Students
Limited Capacity filling up

One of the most important elements of a successful classroom is the culture that pervades it. This can be especially true for gifted students, who often face alienation in classrooms and present their own challenges for teachers because of their asynchronous needs. This presentation will help teachers to build a positive culture in their classroom, and will also provide a toolbox full of classroom management tips and tricks to make every day run more smoothly.

Speakers
avatar for Damon Allswang

Damon Allswang

2nd Grade Teacher, The Nueva School
Damon Allswang has been teaching and leading in progressive, independent elementary schools for 25 years. For the past five years, he has been teaching second grade at The Nueva School. Previously, he was the Lower School Head at a school in Oakland, CA. Damon has been a Social-Emotional... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Smoketree A Room

1:00pm

Nurturing Self-Compassion in Gifted Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Many gifted kids and adults are plagued by perfectionism, imposter syndrome, self-judgment, and low frustration tolerance. This session will reflect on typical psychosocial traits of gifted individuals that contribute to these challenges. And more importantly, will introduce strategies for parents and professionals to help their gifted kids (and themselves!) become more self-compassionate.

Speakers
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Heather Boorman

Therapist, The Fringy Bit
Heather Boorman is the director of Boorman Counseling in Western Wisconsin. Her work as a therapist focuses on “fringy kids” and their families, who live with the joys and challenges of atypical developmental needs. Additionally, Heather is the author of The Gifted Kids Workbook... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mesquite C Room

1:00pm

Using Restorative Practices to Create an Inclusive Classroom for Gifted and 2e Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you always correcting behavior no matter what classroom management system you use? Do you want students to think for themselves and improve relationships? Restorative Practices (RP) has research proving that it repairs relationships, facilitates building community, equality, responsibility, and a sense of ownership. Attendees will learn about a real school that implemented RP and the effect it had on suspension rates and test scores as well as how they can implement RP on Monday!

Speakers
avatar for Karen Arnstein

Karen Arnstein

Doctoral Student
I am a 2nd year doctoral student in the Curriculum and Instruction for the Gifted at the University of Denver as well as a middle school science teacher. My research is focused around the developmental trajectories of twice-exceptional students and increasing acceptance for neurodiversity... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mesquite F Room

1:00pm

Let Them Talk! Academic Discourse in the HSS Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will address the new History Social-Science Framework and its shift to inquiry-based instruction. A variety of discourse patterns will be discussed and modeled in this session so teachers are empowered to add inquiry to their classroom through a variety of discourse strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Hull

Julie Hull

Coordinator: Gifted and Talented, Orange County Department of Education
Julie Hull is the Coordinator for Gifted and Talented Education at the Orange County Department of Education and Parent Chair for the California Association for the Gifted. With over 20 years experience in gifted education and the parent of children who are gifted she brings unique... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Andreas Room

1:00pm

Project Based Learning: "Plant the Seed, See Them Grow"
Limited Capacity seats available

Project-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which students acquire a deeper knowledge through an active exploration of real-world challenges and problems. Students learn about a subject by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, challenge, or problem. Learn how this teacher assigned the task of creating an Outdoor Learning Environment to her GATE students, involving the school and community.

Speakers
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Jennifer Ferrara

Teacher, Buena Park School District
This is Jennifer’s 29th year of teaching in Buena Park. She has taught most grades, currently 6th at Emery Elementary. Jennifer received her bachelors in Liberal Arts and Masters in Education & Administration, both from CSUF. Jennifer has received the honor of Teacher of the Year... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
San Jacinto Room

1:00pm

The New Prompts of Depth and Complexity
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore the concepts associated with the new prompts of Depth and Complexity across the disciplines through play. In this session, Dr. Julia Nyberg will guide you in conceptually understanding the new prompts of Depth and Complexity using an activity that you can modify for your K-12 classroom. Dr. Julia Nyberg is an educator who has developed curriculum, provided professional development, and taught in the K-12 classroom in the United States and China.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Julia Nyberg

Dr. Julia Nyberg

Executive Director, California Association for the Gifted
Dr. Julia Nyberg is Executive Director for the California Association for the Gifted. Dr. Nyberg is a leading K-12 curriculum development expert with professional experience in the United States and in China. Dr. Nyberg has taught, delivered demonstration lessons, and provided professional... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Santa Rosa Room

1:00pm

The Power of Choice: Using Menus to Differentiate across Disciplines
Limited Capacity seats available

Whether you are teaching gifted students in a self-contained classroom or in a mixed ability group, menus can be a valuable tool for differentiation. In this session, you will learn about the benefits of choice in the classroom. You will also learn how to create student centered menus with built-in differentiation. Participants will walk away with their own ready to use menus as well as samples that can easily be adapted for any classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Tessa McKeown

Tessa McKeown

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Mirman School
Tessa is an educator and administrator with over thirteen years of experience. She holds a Gifted Certification from USC, has consulted to local independent schools on curriculum development, and presented at local and national conferences on topics related to gifted education and... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ventura Room

1:00pm

Strategies to Differentiate Mathematics with Depth and Complexity.
Limited Capacity seats available

The instructor will present a variety of strategies, using both depth and complexity icons in a problem-solving with evidence, learning environment. Participants will learn how to differentiate their lessons in meeting the curricular needs of their students. In addition, participants will learn how to develop real world math problems starting at basic and simple and moving to more complex, using algebraic terms. CGI examples will be incorporated along with developing original data processing.

Speakers
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Michael Hazelton

University Supervisor, Arizona State University
Michael R. Hazelton is the founding President of New Education for Communities (NEC) and School for Integrated Academics and Technology (SIATech), which received a Golden Bell Award, 2005. He has more than 30 years of successful public school experience with the Oceanside Unified... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pasadena Room

1:00pm

Integrating New Prompts of D/C to Increase Academic Rigor
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers often need to teach skills and concepts throughout the week using a simple input-output format. Come discover how to weave thinking tools into lessons on questioning, literacy, poetry, mathematics and other disciplines. We will give you ideas for retrieval charts, anchor charts, and products in your lessons. Join us to explore strategies and tools that you can incorporate into your teaching immediately.

Speakers
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Deborah Hazelton

Teacher, University Southern California
Deborah Hazelton has been a teacher/coordinator/consultant for the gifted for many years. She has worked and studied extensively with Dr. Sandra Kaplan, USC, and Elinor Ruth Smith. She is currently a Past President for California Association for the Gifted volunteering in that organization... Read More →
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Juli Petrilli

Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District
Juli Petrilli is a National Board Certified Teacher who holds 2 masters degrees in Elementary Education and Educational Administration. She has certification in Gifted Education and was a CAG Summer Institute presenter for several years. Juli presents professional development on GATE... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sierra Room

1:00pm

Are Gifted Identification Practices and Services Connected?
Limited Capacity seats available

The importance of alignment between identification processes and program design is widely noted in gifted education literature. The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which district identification practices matched intervention services. Our research team completed a document analysis of 293 plans. Of the 293 districts, 76.5% (n=224) indicated they identified students specifically in mathematics and 76.8% (n=225) indicated they identified students specifically in reading/ELA. We found alignment between identification and services.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. E. Jean Gubbins

Dr. E. Jean Gubbins

Professor, University of Connecticut
E. Jean Gubbins is a former classroom teacher and teacher of the gifted. In addition to her teaching experiences with elementary and secondary students, she has been an instructor at the college level, a consultant on gifted and talented education throughout the country, and an evaluator... Read More →
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Karen Ottone-Cross

Assistant Professor, California Baptist University
Karen L. Ottone-Cross recently graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and has taken an Assistant Professorship in School Psychology at the Metcalf School of Education at California Baptist University in Riverside, CA. While at the University... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Catalina Room

1:00pm

Approaches toward Enfranchising Diversity in Gifted Programs
Limited Capacity seats available

Regardless of whether your school or district has funding, there are methods and strategies that can help integrate the needs of our diversely gifted learners into every aspect of the school. Based on personal experiences, the presenter will share methods and processes toward enfranchising students from underrepresented populations to serve a gifted population that reflects the schools’ demographics. Topics include: implementing inclusive identification/placement processes and developing a continuum of services in response to students’ diverse needs.

Speakers
avatar for Dina Brulles

Dina Brulles

Director of Gifted Education, Paradise Valley Unified School District
Dina Brulles, Ph.D., is the Director of Gifted Education at Paradise Valley Unified School District in Arizona. Dina is also the Gifted Program Coordinator at Arizona State University. Dina serves on the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Board of Directors as the School... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Smoketree C Room

1:00pm

Grass Roots Policy Advocacy 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Gearing up for change in your educational community requires collaboration and positive engagement. Learn strategies for developing a grass-roots effort to support gifted learners -- what to say, what not to say, where to find collaborators, and the best ways to reach out to leaders. This session, facilitated in partnership with the National Association for Gifted Children, shines a light on practices that work nationwide.


Speakers
avatar for William Knudsen

William Knudsen

Director, Government and Affiliate Relations, National Association for Gifted Children
William Knudsen serves as the Director of Government and Affiliate Relations for the National Association for Gifted Children. He works at both the Federal and local levels with NAGC’s advocacy partners to break the impediments obstructing services for our gifted and talented students.  Previously... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mesquite H Room

1:00pm

Differentiated Curriculum as a Tool for Non-Traditional Identification
Limited Capacity seats available

No tests! No scores! This session will provide participants with experiential approaches to identify students of diversity as gifted. Participants will be provided with a curriculum as an opportunity to be recognized as gifted for academic, linguistic, cultural, and economic diversity in K-3 students.  Examples from Project CHANGE, a Jacob Javits grant will be displayed and discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California
Dr. Sandra N. Kaplan, Editor-in-Chief, Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California has been Principal Investigator of four projects funded by the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Student Education Act, Department of Education. Each of these projects focused... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jessica Manzone

Dr. Jessica Manzone

University of Southern California
Jessica Manzone, University of Southern California, has been a Research Assistant on two Department of Education grants to assist in the collection and analysis of data. Dr. Manzone currently teaches at USC in the MAT program. She also has been instrumental in managing the grant resources... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mojave Room

1:00pm

Journey Through Virtual Enrichment and TLAD
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will get a glance into a Virtual Enrichment Classroom where students engage in the Universal Concepts through TLAD strands throughout the year culminating in a Student Showcase. Please bring a device to experience ways to develop your own virtual enrichment modules. This model is being used by multiple districts in Region 9, and we are happy to share with others!

Speakers
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Jessie Green

Journey Through Virtual Enrichment, Pleasant Valley School District
Jessie Green is the GATE Coordinator TOSA for the Pleasant Valley School District. She has revamped her District's program through GATE Teacher Certification and offering Universal Access to enrichment through a Virtual Enrichment GATE Classroom among other things. She is an active... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Smoketree D Room

1:00pm

Ideas Matter! Fostering Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy in Gifted Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

Social entrepreneurship is perfect for gifted and talented youth. It capitalizes on their need for meaningful activity, engages their moral standards, and challenges their complex and creative thinking abilities. Learn ways to empower students through the recognition that social problems require new thinking and approaches. We will discuss your role in developing their ideas into solutions and evaluate how a few ingenious and effective non-profits formed by young gifted entrepreneurs are changing the world!

Speakers
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Christine Provencher

Sr. Program Director, Summer Institute for the Gifted
Christine Provencher is a Senior Program Director with the Summer Institute for the Gifted with over 10 years of experience in gifted education.


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chino Room

1:00pm

Sparking Intellectual Curiosity, Passion and Success in Mathematically Gifted Students
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will give teachers information that will help them give students the opportunity to develop a passion for mathematics. The session stresses rigor, depth, critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem-solving. The workshop will stress real-life math investigations that show students how important math is in the real world.

Speakers
avatar for Ed Zaccaro

Ed Zaccaro

Retired Teacher/Author, Hickory Grove Press
Ed is a popular presenter at math, homeschool and gifted education conferences around the country and has approached gifted education as a parent, teacher, and school board member. His students will testify to his ability to make math fun and challenging for them as well as his unique... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pueblo Room

2:15pm

Strategy Development and Self-Regulation: A Must for Twice-Exceptional Learners!
Limited Capacity seats available

How can a gifted student who is reading and writing several grades below expectancy perform in an accelerated learning environment? They do it daily by using highly effective self-regulating and compensatory strategies based on their strengths! Through a variety of activities, you will learn a strength-based process with practical strategies to assist twice-exceptional students in their academic pursuits. Participants will take home a packet of ideas to support gifted students by reaching their academic potential and fulfilling their social/emotional needs.

Speakers
avatar for Rose Blucher

Rose Blucher

Director, Blucher Educational Services for Boundless Potential


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Mesquite E Room

2:15pm

Using Alternate Assessment to Document Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Twice-exceptional children amass an enormous amount of knowledge at a young age, but when asked to do traditional assignments such as write a book response, or take a spelling test, they often freeze and shut down. How can we give these children opportunities to express what they know in a modality of strength that interests them? This session will not only present strategies to help educators to create interest and strength based assignments, but will show methods to help teachers and students to discuss and evaluate a product together. Examples from real students will be used and participants will have an opportunity to create products and rubrics.

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Dr. Kristin B. Berman

Head of School, Quad Preparatory School for Twice Exceptional Students, New York City
Kristin is Head of School at The Quad Preparatory School for Twice-Exceptional Children in New York City.  Over her career as a teacher, curriculum developer, Coordinator of Gifted and Talented in New York City, and then as a professor of education, teacher trainer and consultant... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Mesquite D Room

2:15pm

Identifying and Supporting Gifted Students in a School Without a Gifted Program
Limited Capacity seats available

Gifted students often fall through the cracks in schools or are misidentified as having behavior problems or as learning challenged, especially in schools that don't have established gifted and talented programs. In this presentation, I will share my experience identifying and supporting gifted students by describing common attributes of gifted students, practical systems for identification, resources and partnerships, and how to develop programs and support plans. Finally, I'll share a few case studies of identifying and serving gifted students at The Brandeis School of San Francisco.

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Jenny Rinn

Director of Lower School, The Brandeis School of San Francisco
Jenny Rinn is the Lower School Director at The Brandeis School of San Francisco. She holds a master of science in education from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin. She has been in education for 20 years in both public and independent... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Smoketree F Room

2:15pm

Working Effectively with Gifted ELL Students and Families
Limited Capacity seats available

If you serve gifted and talented students who are English Language Learners, you will want to join us in this rich discussion of how to better serve them and their families. My district’s GATE parent meetings are attended by at least 100 - 200 parents, eager to learn more about raising their gifted children. You will leave this session with many ideas to implement in your own district right away.

Speakers
avatar for Gina Danley

Gina Danley

Teacher on Special Assignment, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Gina Danley has served as an educator of gifted and talented students for twenty years. Currently she is a Teacher on Special Assignment as a Resource for GATE students, educators and parents in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District. She has served on the CAG Board and on the Tri-County... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Smoketree E Room

2:15pm

Learning to Think
Limited Capacity seats available

A focus on developing thinking skills allows students to take charge of their own learning, deepen their understanding, and become more engaged. To cultivate student thinking and alertness to cognition requires tools and strategies for educators to use in their classrooms. This session will focus on the varied practices/strategies/and routines that can be used to deepen understanding and foster the desire for students to make their thinking visible as they interact with peers.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jann Leppien

Dr. Jann Leppien

Professor, Whitworth University
Dr. Jann Leppien is a professor and the Margo Long Endowed Chair in Gifted Education at Whitworth University. Whitworth's Center for Gifted Education supports policies that encourage the diverse expressions of gifts and talents and offers a Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement and... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Smoketree A Room

2:15pm

Talented Young Men Overcoming Tough Times: An Exploration of Resilience
Limited Capacity seats available

This session presents a study examining the life experiences of gifted males in their early careers who overcame serious adversity and attained personal and professional fulfillment. They faced homelessness, poverty, alcoholic parents, gay bashing, bullying, racism, and challenges with twice-exceptionality. Influential factors shaping their resilience are highlighted. Practical implications for K-12 educators and counselors are presented.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Thomas P. Hébert

Dr. Thomas P. Hébert

Professor, University of South Carolina
Thomas P. Hébert, Ph.D., is Professor of Gifted and Talented Education in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Hébert has more than a decade of K-12 classroom experience working with gifted students and 25 years in higher education training graduate... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Mesquite F Room

2:15pm

Thinking Like a Disciplinarian - Content Area Writing
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will use "Thinking Like a Disciplinarian" to enhance content area writing. There will be an emphasis on differentiation, the importance of balancing the types of writing taught (Narrative, Informational, Opinion) and innovative strategies to engage students in writing.

Speakers
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Sharon Bennett

Sharon L. H. Bennett, Ed.D., Alvord Unified School Distirct
Dr. Sharon Bennett has been an educator in Southern California for 28 years. Her interests lie in researching and creating systems that provide for equable outcomes for all students.



Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Mesquite C Room

2:15pm

Art: A Spicy Treat for Any Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Add cinnamon and spice into lessons from across the curriculum. Discover many places to find great art for free! This presentation will demonstrate a lesson your students will enjoy in the mutual exploration of art. Students will expand their vocabulary and analytic abilities as they explore artworks using the language of artistic composition. This presentation will demonstrate artistic works that will fire up your students thinking in history, math, language arts, and science.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Tahi

Michael Tahi

Educator, Los Unified School District
Michael is an educator with over twenty years of teaching a wide range of students. He’s developed lessons designed to inspire students from the highly gifted to those just developing their communication skills. Michael loves sharing his joy of the visual arts with all ages. He’s... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Santa Rosa Room

2:15pm

Curious about Independent Study?
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you have students who are curious about topics that extend beyond the scope of your curriculum? Do you want to incorporate interest-based learning in your gifted education classroom?  Attend this session to learn how to plan for, design and implement Independent Study so you can help guide students through the process of non-fiction research to discover answers to questions about topics they are interested in learning more about!

Speakers
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Dr. Kim Dodds

Gifted and Talented Education Coordinator, Higley Unified School District, Arizona
Originally from California, Kim has been in education for 23 years. She is a graduate of USC where shestudied with Dr, Kaplan and earned her undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral degrees. She has been a GATE classroom teacher, TOSA and CAG Demonstration teacher. She left the classroom... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Mesquite G Room

2:15pm

Effective Science, Robotics, Engineering and Technology Explorations that Ignite STEAM Learning
Speaker will actively engage participants with explorations that demonstrate the WOW power of STEAM, and she will offer proven ways to help gifted students understand real-world STEAM and engage with sustained learning.  She will demonstrate how to engage students, unleash skills, and develop deep learning with fascinating STEAM tasks!

Speakers
avatar for Donna Knoell

Donna Knoell

Educational Consultant
Dr. Donna L. Knoell is an esteemed, highly sought after speaker and technology and educational consultant who works with schools, school districts, and teachers to help them improve their instructional programs, with special emphasis on advancing achievement and engagement for Gifted... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Madera Room

2:15pm

Implementing a Flipped Classroom Approach in Mathematics
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, you will gain a deeper understanding of how to implement a flipped classroom model into your own teaching. In a flipped classroom students are introduced to the main content of your lesson outside of regular class time. Using this model, in-class time is “re-purposed” for inquiry, application, and assessment in order to better meet the needs of individual learners. In this session you will learn about the benefits of flipped design models as well as resources to start flipping right away. If possible, bring along a lesson and a tablet.

Speakers
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Alyssa Wray

Upper School Mathematics Teacher, Mirman School
Alyssa Wray is an upper school mathematics teacher at Mirman School in Los Angeles, California. She has a B.A. in elementary education with concentrations in Math and Spanish from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to Mirman, she spent five years teaching middle school... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Andreas Room

2:15pm

Women in Science: Poetry and Prose in Children’s Literature
Limited Capacity seats available

Through poetry and figurative language use in children’s picture books, readers can learn to enter the world of women scientists who forged the path of scientific discovery and innovation. This review explores biographies of historical and contemporary women scientist picture books written in prose and poetry. The goal is to provide entry points from which teachers can use children’s literature as mentor texts to engage their learners in the areas of STEM and model the scientific method.

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Karren Timmermans

Professor, Pacific University
Karren Timmermans, PhD,  is a Professor of Education at Pacific University, Eugene campus. She is an author depth and complexity resources through J Taylor education.


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
San Jacinto Room

2:15pm

Tales as Old as Time
Limited Capacity seats available

How can your class bring to life the myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and fables of old? Students will read and analyze the genre using the tools of depth and complexity as well as content imperatives. Addressing Common Core State Standards with the GATE student in mind will be stressed. An extensive resource of materials will be provided to implement with the students in your class as either anchor activities or units of study.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Boling

Laura Boling

6th-Grade Teacher, Riverside Unified School District
Laura was part of the Copernicus Group for Science at UCR. She has also completed the Pythagoras program for math and completed a two-week intensive arts training with California Arts Project. She was a member of the  Science Renaissance Project and is now a FOSS science trainer... Read More →
avatar for Debbie Newton

Debbie Newton

RUSD Lead GATE Teacher, Riverside Unified School District
Debbie is the lead GATE teacher for Riverside Unified School District and is responsible for the district GATE parent meetings and teacher certification academy. She has taught full day as well as cluster programs and has also taught in the GATE certification program at UC Rivers... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Ventura Room

2:15pm

The Cartoon Curriculum: Using Humor for Engagement and to Develop Critical Thinking
Limited Capacity seats available

This session presents strategies for teaching literary concepts required by the CCST and crucial to students’ facility in literary study. Using cartoons from wide sources as The New Yorker, Calvin and Hobbs, The Far Side, and other sources, this session will demonstrate that cartoon reading and interpretation promotes critical thinking by making conscious students’ prior knowledge, and by providing a concrete connection to abstract literary terms as well as to the Depth and Complexity icons.

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Sandy Robertson

Differentiation Specialist, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Sandy Robertson has been a classroom teacher in grades 7-12 for 38 years, a Literacy Coach, and a Differentation Specialist. She is a member of the South Coast Writing Project and the Universisty of California, Santa Barbara, and was an original member of the Early Adolescence English... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Pasadena Room

2:15pm

Socratic Seminar - Focus on the History Social Science Framework Questions
Limited Capacity seats available

After an investigation of the current California HSS framework questions, students have the opportunity to participate in a Socratic Seminar. Easy implementation of a three-question - three-panel Socratic Seminar set up will be presented. Although the topics presented are centered around the fifth-grade curriculum, the Socratic Seminar plan can be used at multiple grade levels.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Bagnall

Amy Bagnall

GATE Teacher, Saddleback Valley Unified School District
Mrs. Amy Bagnall, fifth grade GATE teacher at Valencia Elementary School in Laguna Hills. She holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University, Irvine. Teaching students to be creative, critical thinkers, Mrs. Bagnall enjoys the development of innovative... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Sierra Room

2:15pm

Using Creative Dramatics to Increase Self-Awareness, Confidence and Social Engagement
Limited Capacity seats available

The theater is a safe place to try new things, make mistakes and learn from others. Along with developing creativity, theatrical tools teach problem solving, critical reasoning and collaboration. During this interactive session, learn activities that promote risk-taking, affective resilience, non-verbal responsiveness and social mindfulness. A set of K-12 cross-curricular activities to increase social and emotional development will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Cash

Richard Cash

Consultant, nRich Educational Consulting, Inc.
Dr. Richard M. Cash is an award-winning educator, author and consultant who has worked in the field of education for more than 30 years. His range of experience includes teaching, curriculum development, program administration and professional coaching. His work has taken him throughout... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Catalina Room

2:15pm

Enrichment Planning: Bolstering Student Engagement in your GATE Program
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you looking to revitalize enrichment practices at your school site? Do you have an in school or after school enrichment program for gifted students? Come learn how to implement a successful program that builds on student knowledge from one session to the next. Collaboration and sharing of ideas are expected.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Sosa

Laura Sosa

Assistant Principal, Alta Loma School District
Laura Sosa is a seasoned GATE Coordinator new to her administrative position. She is rebuilding GATE programs throughout her district making the enrichment piece meaningful and continuous for GATE designated students.



Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Smoketree C Room

2:15pm

The Intersection - How to Understand Diversifying Gifted Identification
Limited Capacity seats available

The Intersection
As an educator, we are expected to use appropriate pedagogy to create an environment in which students grow and learn: which can lead an educator in many different directions looking for answers. Educators, need to stand in the intersection to identify and understand diverse students and their many manifestations of giftedness. This workshop will put you in the intersection. Giftedness by definition is cultural; therefore, teachers must be culturally proficient in order to manage the job of identifying giftedness in students.

Speakers
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Rebecca Peeples

Director and Co-Founder of Just Teach!, Just Teach!
Rebecca James Peeples, Ed.D. is a 23-year veteran educator for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Dr. Peeples has conducted research in the areas of African American Boys, Literacy and Literacy Education. She continues to work in these areas focused on Academic Self-Concept... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Smoketree B Room

2:15pm

California Political Update Forecasting
Limited Capacity seats available

Times they are a changing! The new state governor, newly elected officials and political promises about cradle to grave support for Californians! Where might gifted education fit into this new future and what other changes might be on the horizon? This session by CAG’s Legislative advisors will unpack predictions about political initiatives and budget implications.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Angela Reid

Lee Angela Reid

Partner, Capitol Advisors Group
​Lee Angela has served as the Senior Legislative Advocate since the firm was founded in 2012, afterspending 23 years in the State Capitol working on K-12 education issues. Previously, Ms. Reidserved as a consultant on state and federal education issues in the Senate Office of Research,providing... Read More →
avatar for Barrett Snider

Barrett Snider

Partner, Capitol Advisors Group
Barrett Snider has spent nearly two decades working in California politics and is a founding partnerof Capitol Advisors Group, where he manages the daily government relations operations of the firm.His diverse experience in both legislative advocacy and political campaigns provides... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Mesquite H Room

2:15pm

Intra-and-Interdisciplinary Differentiation of Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will discuss how creating and implementing a curriculum that provides gifted learners with opportunities to form connections within and across the disciplines.  Forging relationships across subjects is a strategy to extend abilities and develop interests of the gifted.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California
Dr. Sandra N. Kaplan, Editor-in-Chief, Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California has been Principal Investigator of four projects funded by the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Student Education Act, Department of Education. Each of these projects focused... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jessica Manzone

Dr. Jessica Manzone

University of Southern California
Jessica Manzone, University of Southern California, has been a Research Assistant on two Department of Education grants to assist in the collection and analysis of data. Dr. Manzone currently teaches at USC in the MAT program. She also has been instrumental in managing the grant resources... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Mojave Room

2:15pm

Game On! Increase Number Sense and Problem Solving with Coding in the Primary Grades
Limited Capacity seats available

Coding is a great way to teach problem solving and increase students' number sense. During this hands-on session, you will be introduced to on and off-line coding activities suitable for K-2 students that can be integrated into your daily lessons. You will see how coding can create a game atmosphere that is engaging, challenging and encourages collaboration. Classroom clips and lesson resources will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Davis

Allison Davis

Kindergarten Teacher, Knox Gifted Academy Chandler (AZ) Unified School District
Allison Davis, a kindergarten teacher at Knox Gifted Academy in Chandler, Arizona, believes that learning should be fun, active and hands-on. Students in her classroom see themselves as problem solvers on a collaborative journey to discover new ideas. She challenges her students... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Smoketree D Room

2:15pm

Reading Is Thinking! Engaging the Minds of Advanced Readers
Limited Capacity seats available

In the teacher’s hands, models from William & Mary Language Arts units challenge the minds of advanced readers. The thinking models paired with complex texts encourage students to make interdisciplinary connections using the concept of change, while at the same time developing their skills in literary analysis, argumentative writing, and research. Session participants will understand how to implement the thinking models, and how the Integrated Curriculum Model, in every unit, challenges advanced readers. Handouts provided.

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Jan Hayes

Educational Consultant, Kendall-Hunt Publishers
Jan Hayes is a GT consultant, presenting researched, exemplary gifted math and Language Arts curricula for Kendall Hunt and for Talent Program Solutions throughout the US. She served as International Fellow for the Department of Defense initiative to align all DoD Schools in current... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Pueblo Room

2:15pm

Speaking & Listening Success in the 'Discussion Zone!'
Limited Capacity seats available

Do our classrooms have clear student guidelines for discussing thinking and learning? Do we share airtime equally? Explore criteria-clarifying tools that provide students with necessary expectations to aim for and maintain effective collaborative conversations in whole class, small group, and partner discussions. Students will be productive in rich, structured conversations that emphasize accuracy and relevance, and empowered to actively participate and effectively monitor their own level of engagement in all current and future communications.

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Harmes

Heidi Harmes

Elementary School Instructional Designer, Learning Headquarters
Heidi Harmes, Elementary School Instructional Designer, teams with schools and districts across the nation to cultivate teaching excellence. She designs tools and systems for K-6 classrooms that build across grade levels, while meeting the nuances of each grade level's standards... Read More →
avatar for Linda Fisher

Linda Fisher

Principal-in Residence, Learning Headquarters
Linda Fisher, M.A., Milken Educator, synthesizes her experiences as a teacher, principal, and administrative coach to instill standards-based systems in schools/districts across the nation. Through innovative literacy tools and strategies, she empowers educators to take instruction... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Chino Room

3:30pm

Technology and Productivity: Supporting the 2e Learner
Limited Capacity seats available

Technology can be the key to unlocking 2e students’ potential, allowing them to concentrate on the content being taught and supporting their ability to communicate what they know and understand. Students enjoy the use of technology because it allows them to work independently and receive “just-in-time” support when needed. Essentially, 2e students use technology to enhance their lives — not only to compensate for what they may not be able to do, but more so to focus their attention on what they can do and to further explore areas of interest. This session will focus on sharing a list of top technology tools to support the productivity of 2e learners.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jann Leppien

Dr. Jann Leppien

Professor, Whitworth University
Dr. Jann Leppien is a professor and the Margo Long Endowed Chair in Gifted Education at Whitworth University. Whitworth's Center for Gifted Education supports policies that encourage the diverse expressions of gifts and talents and offers a Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement and... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mesquite E Room

3:30pm

Understanding and Supporting 2e Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

Through a case study approach, this session will explore the unique characteristics and learning needs (strengths and challenges) of twice exceptional learners. Ideas to guide the development of a comprehensive learning plan to support the success of 2e learners will be shared. This includes specific approaches that address strengths and interests, learning needs, and social/emotional needs. Collaborative approaches among professionals and families will be included.

Speakers
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Lois Baldwin

Educational Consultant in Twice-Exceptional Education
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Daphne Pereles

Educational Consultant in Twice-Exceptional Education


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mesquite D Room

3:30pm

Replication Study on GATE Certification Practices in a Southern California District
Limited Capacity seats available

This is a partial replication of a mixed-methods study of teachers regarding certification practices in Gifted. Data sources included Likert survey questions and open-ended questions with teachers at seven schools. Since the original study, there have been changes in funding. Teacher perceptions of the necessity for GATE certification and/or training have changed as well. Teachers indicate that training is valuable, but not necessary for all teachers. Findings also indicate growth in teachers’ knowledge regarding gifted.

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Jessica Cannaday

Professor, Azusa Pacific University
Jessica Cannaday PhD is a professor of Education and the Single Subject Program Director in the Division of Teacher Education at Azusa Pacific University near Los Angeles. She is also a former GATE coordinator, and a mother of gifted children.


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Smoketree E Room

3:30pm

Access Gap: Perceptions of Stakeholders Regarding Inclusion of Traditionally Marginalized Students in Gifted and Talented Education Programs in the Local Control Accountability Plan
Limited Capacity seats available

The research objective of this study was to investigate the experiences and perceptions of district administrators in recognizing the need for and addressing equitable access in Gifted and Advanced Learner Programs for diverse populations in the development and implementation of LCAP. Given the emergence of legislation in 2013, requiring the development and implementation of a LCAP, and provision in the legislation for districts to determine whether Gifted and Talented Advanced Learner Programs are included in the plan and fiscal resources allocated to this program (CDE, 2017), the issue of access and equity is significant for districts having such programs (Ford, 2017).

Speakers
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Cynthia Steuben

Elementary Teacher/ Doctoral Candidate, University of Redlands
Cynthia Steuben is a veteran elementary teacher with thirty years of experience in a Title I School working with students from diverse backgrounds. She attends the University of Redlands where she is working on her doctorate in Leadership for Education Justice. Ms. Steuben's research... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mesquite F Room

3:30pm

Gifted Kids versus Classroom Social Norms
Limited Capacity seats available

Gifted children may exhibit behaviors that don’t fit typical high achieving stereotypes, including social functioning. Unexpected responses to social interactions, difficulty processing feedback, and sensory or environmental stimuli can be signs of over excitabilities or twice exceptionalities that require effective interventions to foster success at school. This session will introduce classroom teachers to some common social processing challenges often observed in gifted/2e students and provide strategies for supporting their social-emotional health in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Joanna Haase

Dr. Joanna Haase

Psychotherapist, California Gifted Network
Dr. Joanna Haase is a psychotherapist in private practice, who works with gifted individuals and their families to help them understand, navigate and embrace the joys and challenges of giftedness. She has over 28 years experience in treating clients with eating disorders, anxiety... Read More →
avatar for Lisa L. Hancock, Ph.D., MBA

Lisa L. Hancock, Ph.D., MBA

Clinical Psychologist, Summit Center
Dr. Lisa Hancock is a Clinical Psychologist who works at Summit Center where she provides neuropsychological assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults. She specializes in working with twice-exceptional children, and with individuals who are highly... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mesquite C Room

3:30pm

How Technology Can Change Your (Classroom) Life
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you struggling with spending quality time listening to your gifted students share their thinking? Are the opportunities for academic conversation limited? See what is possible when you combine evidence-based learning with the technology in your classroom. Explore what you can do with OneNote Class Notebook, Seesaw, Flip Grid, and more to give your GATE students more opportunities to articulate their learning and to demonstrate their critical-thinking skills through effective communication and voice.

Speakers
avatar for Renee Chipman

Renee Chipman

Teacher, Central School District
I have been an Elementary Teacher in both the Primary and Upper grades for 17 years. I am a District Tech Lead and an innovator in the classroom. I currently teach a 5th Grade GATE Cluster and am the coach for our Math League team. I have been a pilot teacher for many district technology... Read More →
avatar for Eric Sorenson, M.Ed

Eric Sorenson, M.Ed

District GATE Lead, 4th Grade Teacher, Technology Integration Coach, Central School District
Eric has inspired young learners as a GATE instructor for over 18 years, teaching in a blended 1:1 learning environment. An MIE in delivering digital content, he presents at the CUE Conference, CAG, and on PD topics including Visible Learning, GATE, and technology integration. Eric... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Smoketree A Room

3:30pm

Parenting with a Growth Mindset
Limited Capacity seats available

Parenting gifted learners is a roller coaster! Gifted children can be curious, self-motivated, hard-working, and engaged learners, but they can also fall into the traps of perfectionism and underachievement. Approaching parenting with a growth mindset, encouraging appropriate risk-taking and celebrating failure can be an art form that parents can master to help their children grow and develop into and beyond their potential!

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Chiles

Patricia Chiles

Program Coordinator, Fullerton School District and CAG Parent Representative, Orange Region, Fullerton School District
Patricia Chiles has been an educator for over 20 years and considers herself a lifelong learner. Currently the GATE Coordinator in Fullerton School District, she has a background as a GATE teacher, and is the OCC GATE Vice President and CAG Parent Representative for the Orange Region... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mesquite G Room

3:30pm

Helping Gifted Students Advance Algebraic Thinking and Real Life Problem Solving Proficiency
Speaker will actively engage participants with complex, real-life problem solving, helping gifted students develop and extend mathematical thinking, reasoning, and deep understanding.  She will demonstrate how to fulfill and extend CCSS, while making rich, rigorous mathematics learning engaging for students.  She will share effective differentiation strategies and will engage attendees with exemplary problems and effective questioning strategies, as well as demonstrating how to use visuals and models effectively to help students develop a clear understanding of concepts.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Knoell

Donna Knoell

Educational Consultant
Dr. Donna L. Knoell is an esteemed, highly sought after speaker and technology and educational consultant who works with schools, school districts, and teachers to help them improve their instructional programs, with special emphasis on advancing achievement and engagement for Gifted... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Madera Room

3:30pm

Introducing and Implementing the Prompts of Depth and Complexity and the Content Imperatives
Limited Capacity seats available

Start using the Prompts of Depth and Complexity and the Content Imperatives to enhance the curriculum and provide powerful instruction to students. Learn techniques for introducing the prompts and integrating them into daily instruction, thereby enabling students to explore them with greater depth and complexity. Participants will leave this workshop with concrete examples and activities that will empower them to start using the prompts tomorrow.

Speakers
avatar for Teresa Koontz

Teresa Koontz

GATE Coordinator, Carpinteria Unified School District
Teresa Koontz serves as the GATE program coodinator for the Carpinteria Unified School District where she designs curriculum and provides instruction to support GATE students in whole class and small group settings. Additionally, Teresa provides professional development to district... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
San Jacinto Room

3:30pm

Revving-Up the Revolutionary War
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to the Room Where it Happens! In this session discover how you can revolutionize the way you teach the Revolutionary War with a pop culture perspective. Two teachers of gifted students will share how they brought the hit musical Hamilton to the classroom to merge student interest with social studies. This dynamic unit brings the war to life using songs from the hit musical. Don’t throw away your shot to see how you can infuse music, lyric analysis, and even break-up letters into your Revolutionary War unit! Also, learn how you can apply this process to create your own engaging units in social studies.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Barba

Lisa Barba

Teacher, Mirman School
Lisa Barba has been a teacher for the past 12 years, four of which have been with gifted students at Mirman School. She is eager to share her knowledge of gifted education with others who share her passion for teaching this population of students.
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Suzanna Zifkin

Teacher, Mirman School
Suzanna Zifkin has been a teacher at Mirman School for five years. Previously, she has presented at the Progressive Education Network conference and is excited to share her classroom perspective with other educators who specialize in gifted education.



Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Andreas Room

3:30pm

Using Games to Develop Powerful, Creative Thinkers
Limited Capacity seats available

Games are always a motivator. However, when games are purposefully facilitated they can build and enhance creative, higher level thinking skills. Games can create rich experiences that can be interwoven into content and curriculum. In an engaging hands-on session, come and learn about how you can do this in your classroom or at home.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Almer-Johnson

Jennifer Almer-Johnson

TOSA Elementary Professional Development/GATE, Burbank Unified School District
20 years of classroom experience. Passion for differentiated instruction and a pedagogy of engagement. Believer in limitless human potential, champion of creativity and joy.



Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Santa Rosa Room

3:30pm

Have Technology? Maximize Learning by Layering Assignments to Differentiate in a GATE Clustered Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

If you have ever used Google Classroom you probably noticed that a lot of students never turn in the assignment. In this session, you will be given ideas how to mesh Google Docs, Google Chrome, Apple Clips, green screen apps, and even stop-motion apps to layer assignments in writing, science, social studies, and math. Using Differentiation to layer assignments results in students turning in more because they are at the level they are capable of. As an added bonus I will even quickly go over how to acquire said technology.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Longshore

Paul Longshore

Learning Facilitator, Galileo Academy Elementary School
My name is Paul and I have had the amazing privilege of teaching in California's Public School System for 27 years. I have taught High School, Middle School, and have taught at Galileo Elementary, A Gifted Parent Choice School, for the past 12 years. Daily I implement GATE strategies... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Pasadena Room

3:30pm

Questioning Strategies
Limited Capacity seats available

Can your students construct relevant, coherent questions? We will share ideas for introducing questioning techniques and identify the 3 types of questions. You will be able to incorporate these strategies into your lessons across the disciplines. Come experience a simulation lesson and receive tools that you can use with your students when you return to school.

Speakers
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Deborah Hazelton

Teacher, University Southern California
Deborah Hazelton has been a teacher/coordinator/consultant for the gifted for many years. She has worked and studied extensively with Dr. Sandra Kaplan, USC, and Elinor Ruth Smith. She is currently a Past President for California Association for the Gifted volunteering in that organization... Read More →
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Juli Petrilli

Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District
Juli Petrilli is a National Board Certified Teacher who holds 2 masters degrees in Elementary Education and Educational Administration. She has certification in Gifted Education and was a CAG Summer Institute presenter for several years. Juli presents professional development on GATE... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sierra Room

3:30pm

Redefining "Fun": Accelerating the Basics by Adding Depth and Complexity to Foundational Skills
Limited Capacity seats available

Many of us have lessons and units that we are less than enthusiastic about teaching, yet they are essential to building a strong foundation for future learning. This session explores how you can take the most basic, bland, and boring parts of your curriculum and increase student engagement through the use of depth and complexity. Participants will learn strategies for increasing gifted students’ self-efficacy and motivation, and how to design rich lessons that increase the fun for both gifted students and teachers!

Speakers
avatar for Gian Molero

Gian Molero

World Language Department Chair and Middle School Spanish Teacher, The Mirman School
Currently serving as the World Language Department Chair at the Mirman School for the Highly Gifted and as the Middle school Spanish teacher. She has been teaching Spanish for over 12 years and has presented at World Language Conferences as well as at California Association for the... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ventura Room

3:30pm

Featured Speakers Panel. Designing GATE Programs in the Age of LCFF
Limited Capacity seats available

GATE services have dramatically evolved in California as a result of LCFF. In this session, we guide gifted education administrators through crafting a comprehensive GATE Plan from the ground-up with a clear focus on equity and inclusion. This moderated panel features Gifted Education coordinators from diverse districts across California.

Moderators
avatar for Kari Hanson-Smith

Kari Hanson-Smith

GATE Coordinator, Sacramento City USD
Kari holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Gifted and Talented Education from the Three Summers program within the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. While there, Kari studied with Dr. Joseph Renzulli and Dr. Sally Reis, authors of the Enrichment... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Weyeneth

Alicia Weyeneth

Administrator, Curriculum and Instruction, Compton Unified School District
Alicia Weyeneth is an Administrator for the Department of Educational Services: Curriculum and Instruction for the Compton Unified School District. Ms. Weyeneth oversees the District’s GATE and VAPA programs. She has been a strong supporter of pushing students to higher levels as... Read More →
avatar for Alison DeMark

Alison DeMark

Principal, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
Alison DeMark is the principal of a GATE-magnet school in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District.  She has served as a GATE Coordinator and President of the Orange Council for Gifted and Talented Education. She is currently on the Board for the California Association for... Read More →
avatar for Martha Gomez

Martha Gomez

Director, Jurupa Unified School District
Martha is a current director at Jurupa Unified School District.  She oversees the programs for English learners as well as gifted learners.  She has worked in the education field for almost 30 years.  Has been a classroom teacher, a bilingual resource teacher, a school site administrator... Read More →
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Pam Lovett

Gifted Coordinator, Long Beach Unified School District
Pamela Lovett is the Gifted Coordinator for Long Beach Unified School District.  She has been an elementary teacher, instructional coach, and consultant. She conducts professional development on gifted education and is interested in addressing the needs of underrepresented populations... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Catalina Room

3:30pm

Developing Thinkers
Limited Capacity seats available

Attend this session to learn about how one school district is bringing early childhood gifted education to life. The presenters will share how the vision for a highly gifted academy beginning in Kinder Prep was developed and how the classroom instruction is allowing our brightest, youngest thinkers opportunities for academic and affective development within a framework for learning where depth, complexity, acceleration, and novelty are a core philosophy.


Speakers
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Heather Brown

Kindergarten Teacher, Higley Unified School District, Arizona
Originally from Texas, Heather holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. She has taught elementary school for 20 years with experience in PK-6 in 4 states in both the public and private setting. She is an expert in differentiated instruction and currently teaches Kindergarten... Read More →
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Dr. Kim Dodds

Gifted and Talented Education Coordinator, Higley Unified School District, Arizona
Originally from California, Kim has been in education for 23 years. She is a graduate of USC where shestudied with Dr, Kaplan and earned her undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral degrees. She has been a GATE classroom teacher, TOSA and CAG Demonstration teacher. She left the classroom... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Smoketree C Room

3:30pm

Multiple Intelligences + Differentiation + Brain-Based Learning = A Winning Combination for Gifted Students
Limited Capacity seats available

The theory of multiple intelligences and brain-based learning provide opportunities for educators to focus on differentiation in English/Language Arts classrooms that match the unique ways gifted students learn. This presentation examines how to maximize gifted students' learning potential, explores how knowledge of the brain affects learning and provides ways students and teachers can develop their understanding of themselves and others. Participants will discover their dominant intelligences and experience activities demonstrating the intelligences.

Speakers
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Dr. Sue Teele

Associate Dean and Director of Education Extension, Emeritus, University of California, Riverside, University of California Riverside
Dr. Sue Teele was Associate Dean and Director of Education Extension at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) for 32 years. She created the GATE Certificate at UCR which has been offered to GATE teachers for over 30 years. Her research has focused on methods for integrating... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Smoketree B Room

3:30pm

Creating an Academic Identity
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will discuss and describe an analysis of curriculum and instructional strategies that promote the gifted students’ abilities to form a productive identity as an “intellectual.”

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California
Dr. Sandra N. Kaplan, Editor-in-Chief, Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California has been Principal Investigator of four projects funded by the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Student Education Act, Department of Education. Each of these projects focused... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jessica Manzone

Dr. Jessica Manzone

University of Southern California
Jessica Manzone, University of Southern California, has been a Research Assistant on two Department of Education grants to assist in the collection and analysis of data. Dr. Manzone currently teaches at USC in the MAT program. She also has been instrumental in managing the grant resources... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mojave Room

3:30pm

Integration vs. Interdisciplinary: Which One Are You Doing and Are You Doing It Right?
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you ever wonder if you're building those critical, 21st-century connections in your curriculum for meeting the needs of highly gifted students? Come to this session to examine what you're doing, talk about the differences and similarities in your technology integration and interdisciplinary needs (i.e. STEM/STEAM), and possibly create a new imperative in your curriculum and instructional landscape. Let’s talk and share about everything from tech tools, to signature programming, to learning spaces.

Speakers
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Jeffery Flagg

Director of STEM, The Mirman School
Jeffery Flagg is an Ed.D candidate and the Director of STEM Education at The Mirman School for Highly Gifted Students in Los Angeles. He has worked in public and private education for 24 years. Jeffery's expertise includes industrial design, engineering, creative coding and technologies... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Smoketree D Room

3:30pm

Inquiry-Based Learning Ensures Critical Thinking and Academic Rigor
Limited Capacity seats available

Discover the power of asking good questions to develop students’ depth of thinking and engage in rigorous academic discourse! Kelly Emanuel will introduce and model a sequence of Inquiry-Based learning activities with a text of high complexity. Participants will actively engage in pre-reading activities, close reading, and a seminar-style discussion. They will have their own authentic experience of sharing ideas about the meaning of a text, supporting those ideas with textual evidence and weighing ideas to arrive at well-supported interpretations. After the demonstration, the group will reflect on the research-based strategies modeled, and how nimble questioning and high-impact lessons promote authentic engagement, academic rigor, and critical thinking.

Speakers
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Kelly Emanuel

National Training Instructor, Great Books Foundation
Kelly Emanuel has been involved with public education for the past 29 years. Kelly received a BA in History from Arizona State University in 1989, and his MA in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University in 1994. Kelly was a History teacher for seven years in the Chandler... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Chino Room

3:30pm

Problem-Based Learning: Empowering Students through Real-World Problem Solving
Limited Capacity seats available

Whether you're solving a problem or discovering new solutions to a problem, through experimental design, inquiry, and 21st-century learning targets, students are empowered to become confident decision makers. Problem-based learning is a vehicle to promote inquiry and resolution to real-world scenarios. Join us to experience the world of PBL where participants will explore and practice with problem-solving tools to promote inquiry, critical thinking and decision making to advance high ability learners with relevant and meaningful learning.

Speakers
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Jan Hayes

Educational Consultant, Kendall-Hunt Publishers
Jan Hayes is a GT consultant, presenting researched, exemplary gifted math and Language Arts curricula for Kendall Hunt and for Talent Program Solutions throughout the US. She served as International Fellow for the Department of Defense initiative to align all DoD Schools in current... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Pueblo Room

4:45pm

Saturday Social
Speakers
avatar for CAG Board Members

CAG Board Members

Board Members, California Association for the Gifted


Saturday February 23, 2019 4:45pm - 7:00pm
Oasis 4 Room
 
Sunday, February 24
 

7:00am

7:45am

Parent Keynote. Outsmart Your Smart Child: Practical Strategies for Parenting Gifted Kids
Limited Capacity seats available

Parents play an essential role, particularly in a gifted child's early education years, and proper parenting is often a concern for families with gifted children. How can we know if we are doing the right things? The presenter, co-author of A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, will provide practical advice for parenting a gifted child. Topics of discussion will include fostering communication, developing discipline, improving motivation, managing stress, moderating perfectionism, and nurturing positive family relationships.

Spanish translation available.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Edward R. Amend

Dr. Edward R. Amend

Clinical Psychologist, Amend Psychological Services, P.S.C.
Dr. Amend is the co-author of two award-winning books: A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children; and Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders. Dr. Amend has authored or co-authored a number of articles... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 7:45am - 9:00am
Madera Room

7:45am

Exhibit Hall
Sunday February 24, 2019 7:45am - 11:00am
Oasis 4 Room

7:45am

Presenter's Lounge
Sunday February 24, 2019 7:45am - 12:50pm
Cactus Room

8:00am

Supporting Your Gifted Child: When to Help, When to Let Them Fail and When to Seek Professional Support
Limited Capacity seats available

Overexcitabilities; asynchronous development; sensory sensitivities and sensory integration; and the auditory, visual, and social processing challenges often associated with gifted children can result in complex parenting situations. Uncertainty in navigating these challenges often results in conflicts between partners, stress within the family, and significant distressing behaviors in children that do not seem to respond to accepted parenting strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Joanna Haase

Dr. Joanna Haase

Psychotherapist, California Gifted Network
Dr. Joanna Haase is a psychotherapist in private practice, who works with gifted individuals and their families to help them understand, navigate and embrace the joys and challenges of giftedness. She has over 28 years experience in treating clients with eating disorders, anxiety... Read More →
avatar for Lisa L. Hancock, Ph.D., MBA

Lisa L. Hancock, Ph.D., MBA

Clinical Psychologist, Summit Center
Dr. Lisa Hancock is a Clinical Psychologist who works at Summit Center where she provides neuropsychological assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults. She specializes in working with twice-exceptional children, and with individuals who are highly... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Mesquite F Room

8:00am

Algebra and Geometry: A Hybrid Approach to Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will describe a hybrid approach to teaching geometry and algebra to gifted middle school students. A hybrid course covering geometry and higher algebra standards was designed and taught by the researcher for two consecutive years. The course is still being implemented today, as its results have continued to be promising. During the presentation, the effectiveness of this course will be discussed along with the unique project-based learning opportunities that were developed to enhance this course's curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Alana Tholen

Alana Tholen

Teacher Educator, University of Iowa
I am  a third year Mathematics Education PhD student at the University of Iowa. My cognates are in mathematics and gifted education. I have taught gifted middle school mathematics and ESL mathematics for the past three years at an urban middle school in the Minneapolis area. Most... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Santa Rosa Room

8:00am

Social Justice: Is It Time We Re-Define What a Successful School Is?
Limited Capacity seats available

The motto of CAG is “Every Child Deserves a Free, Public and Appropriate Education”. If the core definition of Social Justice in Schools means that EVERY student’s needs must be met, how do we ensure that this includes gifted students learning something new every day in a supportive and challenging environment? We cannot assume that students who do well can be left on their own within the confines of a classroom. Participants will hear a powerful high school principal, from a 3,500+ student high school, share how his school continues to be considered one of the top academic performing schools in California.

Speakers
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Jens Brandt

Principal, Redondo Beach High School, Redondo Beach Unified School District
Jens Brandt is principal of Redondo Beach High School, which serves over 3,500 students. The school has earned numerous awards and recognition based on the rigorous program that is offered to all students. A believer of Social Justice and a product of International Schools, Jens is... Read More →
avatar for Gary D. Soto

Gary D. Soto

Founder/CEO, GDS Leadership Consulting
Gary D. Soto is the recipient of the National Educator Award for helping to Reshape American Education. He is also one of the authors of "Crimes Against Learning: Solving the Serial Failure of School Reform". Gary D Soto is a former elementary and secondary teacher and administrator... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
San Jacinto Room

8:00am

Infusing Advanced Citizenship Strategies into Your Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

The new History-Social Science Framework focuses on four shifts, one of which is citizenship. But integrating citizenship into your content can be intimidating. Fortunately, this shift offers an opportunity to challenge your students with high-level activities, and this session will focus on strategies for imbuing citizenship into instruction -- such as structured debate -- which will enhance and enrich any history content.

Speakers
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Nina Bentson

Elementary Educator, Los Angeles Unified School District
Nina Bentson has been an educator working with the Los Angeles Unified School District for nearly 20 years. Currently she works as a leader and teacher at Sunny Brae Global Awareness Magnet. Over her career, she has taught diverse students in multiple subjects at various grade levels... Read More →
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Kate Miller

History Teacher/GATE Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District
Kate Miller has worked with GATE students for over 20 years in both elementary and middle school and has also served as GATE Coordinator at multiple schools. Serving on the district's History Leadership Team, she has worked on developing history curriculum for Los Angeles Unified... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Pasadena Room

8:00am

Developing Academic Acceleration Policies: New National Guidelines
Limited Capacity seats available

Coherent academic acceleration policies ensure that students who might benefit from acceleration will be considered. The free publication, Developing Academic Acceleration Policies, was launched at the National Association for Gifted Children convention in November 2018. The presenter, one of the authors, will describe the checklists for whole-grade acceleration, subject acceleration, and early entrance to kindergarten/first grade. This will assist educators to consider all relevant questions when designing an acceleration policy. Sample policies will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Dr. Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Administrator, Acceleration Institute and Research, University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center
Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Ph.D. is Administrator, Acceleration Institute and Research at the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center. She founded and directed the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Talented Elementary Students (C-MITES) at Carnegie Mellon University for 22 years. She co-authored... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Catalina Room

8:00am

The Differentiation Continuum
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will introduce and discuss a differentiated continuum – Reinforce, Refine, and Redefine.  These three processes represent a continuum or set of strategies to differentiate curriculum – either pre-developed or newly designed.   This continuum will be highlighted as appropriate for any subject area at any grade level.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California
Dr. Sandra N. Kaplan, Editor-in-Chief, Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California has been Principal Investigator of four projects funded by the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Student Education Act, Department of Education. Each of these projects focused... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jessica Manzone

Dr. Jessica Manzone

University of Southern California
Jessica Manzone, University of Southern California, has been a Research Assistant on two Department of Education grants to assist in the collection and analysis of data. Dr. Manzone currently teaches at USC in the MAT program. She also has been instrumental in managing the grant resources... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Mojave Room

8:00am

Creative Math Prompts
Limited Capacity seats available

Creative Math Prompts are open-ended images that inspire students and teachers to ask and answer their own deep math questions. They put together the pieces that make math meaningful for gifted learners: reasoning, problem solving, creativity, communication, and deep understanding—all while extending math content standards. Bring your imaginative and investigative spirit to this interactive session, and leave with the resources and knowledge to begin bringing Creative Math Prompts to life in your classroom.

Speakers
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Last Name

Mathematics and Gifted Education Consultant, 5280 Math Education LLC



Sunday February 24, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Pueblo Room

8:00am

Supporting Gifted Children Coping with Trauma
Limited Capacity seats available

Many gifted children suffer their own kind of trauma as they cope with trying to fit into society and expectations placed on them. Having society, parents, teachers, a school system not understand them and how they think and learn, can have a profound impact on a gifted child. This presentation will open your eyes to what our children are going through, and also provide you with some strategies to help support them.

Speakers
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Adam C. Laningham

Bright Child Books, LLC
Adam Laningham has over 17 years experience in the field of education. The 2014 Arizona Gifted Teacher of the Year, Adam has taught at several schools and multiple grade levels, run numerous gifted programs, and is currently on the Board for the Arizona Association for Gifted & Talented... Read More →
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Dr. Melissa Sadin

Ducks & Lions: Trauma Sensitive Resources, Director of Special Ed
Melissa has served as a Special Education Teacher and a Building Administrator. She is currently working as a Director of Special Education. Publicly, Dr. Sadin has been vice-president of her local School Board, is on the Board of Directors of the Attachment & Trauma Network and serves... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Chino Room

9:00am

Exhibit Hall Session
The raffle drawing will be held at 9:15 a.m. in the Exhibit Hall. 

Sunday February 24, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am
Oasis 4 Room

9:30am

Keeping the Light in Their Eyes: What Parents Need to Know Developing Talent
Limited Capacity seats available

As subjective as it may seem, bright eyes are perhaps the most important indicator of learning and one that we may be tempted initially to discount or ignore––especially for twice-exceptional students. What are parents’ optimal roles in support of their child’s cognitive, social, and emotional growth? Why is it essential to shift the focus away from “fixing” problems toward the recognition and encouragement of strengths, interests, and abilities?

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Robin Schader

Dr. Robin Schader

Trustee, Bridges Academy
Robin Schader received her Ph.D. in Gifted and Talented Education from the University of Connecticut, where she was an Assistant Research Professor. Her work and research focuses on talent development, particularly with respect to the role of parents. Dr. Schader served as Parent... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Mesquite D Room

9:30am

Embedding GT Instructional Practices in the Classroom: Leadership Tactics
Limited Capacity seats available

As budgets become limited, schools are shifting to more inclusive models for meeting the needs of gifted learners in the regular classroom. An instructional leadership model utilizing consultation, collaboration, co-teaching, and coaching is necessary for the success of inclusive GT services. Each element of the model is described and specific leadership tactics for making it work effectively will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Cash

Richard Cash

Consultant, nRich Educational Consulting, Inc.
Dr. Richard M. Cash is an award-winning educator, author and consultant who has worked in the field of education for more than 30 years. His range of experience includes teaching, curriculum development, program administration and professional coaching. His work has taken him throughout... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Smoketree E Room

9:30am

Help Me! My Child is Gifted!
Limited Capacity seats available

Dr. Kathi Lundstrom will quickly review the common characteristics of the gifted child and then focus on social and emotional needs. Tips will be given for parenting the highly gifted, as well as suggestions for dealing with behavior issues. This is an open conversation style workshop, and plenty of time will be allotted for questions from parents. Parents of gifted children ages 2-18 are welcome.

Speakers
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Dr. Kathi Lundstrom

Elementary Teacher and GATE Coordinator, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District
Dr. Kathi Lundstrom holds a PhD in Gifted and Talented Education, with over 20 years experience working with GATE students, identification, differentiation, and supporting parents, Dr. Lundstrom is an expert who specializes in supporting the emotional needs of the gifted. Having raised... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Mesquite C Room

9:30am

Bridging the Gap: From Lower to Higher Reading Skills in a Gifted World Language Class
Limited Capacity seats available

This session introduces how a world language teacher should design challenging and fun lessons to help gifted students develop their reading accuracy and fluency, in order to improve reading comprehension skills. The presenter will share examples about how context-free and context-based reading fluency contribute to reading comprehension. The presenter will also demonstrate how to use the outcome of the local text processing to access the meaning of a larger text.

Speakers
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Dan Song

Mandarin Teacher, Mirman School
Dan Song earned her B.A. in English and her first M.A., in Teaching Mandarin as a Foreign Language, from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. In 2015, she received her second Master’s degree (Bilingual Education) from Loyola Marymount University. Now she holds a clear... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Sierra Room

9:30am

Digital Differentiation
Limited Capacity seats available

Technology is an incredible tool to engage students and manage a variety of learning options. Use technology as a tool to differentiate content, processes, and products for students. Learn tips, strategies, and resources to curate and create. Explore ways to deepen student knowledge of standards and content. Participants will walk away with practical ideas for immediate implementation and a glossary of new tools for their toolbelts.

Speakers
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Karen Sullivan

Curriculum Specialist, Paramount Unified School District
Karen Sullivan has a wide range of experience in education as a K-8, GATE, digital, site literacy teacher, and curriculum coach. In her current position as district curriculum specialist in the Paramount Unified School District, Karen works with programs in the areas of GATE, Visual... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Ventura Room

9:30am

Using Individualized Learning Plans to Develop Metacognition
Limited Capacity seats available

Walking students through a step-by-step system to evaluate their strengths and challenges enables the teacher to better understand the individual gifted learner. This tool allows students to articulate areas of interest and evaluate themselves on scholarly dispositions in order to set individual goals in the academic, social, or executive functioning domains. In this session, participants will engage in the ILP tool in order to determine how it might best be used in their own context.

Speakers
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Karen Anderson

Arts & Enrichment Coordinator, Pasadena Unified School District
Karen Anderson is the Arts & Enrichment Coordinator for the Pasadena Unified School District. She graduated from Northwestern University and received her Master’s degree in education from USC. Karen has worked in public, private, and charter schools in dual language environments... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Smoketree F Room

9:30am

Educator Keynote: The Other Goal of Gifted Education: Promoting Emotional Development And Social Responsibility through The Use Of Co-Cognitive Skills
The overall goal of gifted education is to increase the world’s reservoir of creative and productive people; however, we also want to prepare young people to be committed to making the world a better place.  This presentation will briefly review the conception of giftedness and the pedagogical approaches underlying the Schoolwide Enrichment Model, with an emphasis on a broadened view of human potential. The major focus will be on the ways we can prepare young people to develop an empathic value system and commitment to using their talents to make beneficial changes in society.  The relationship between creativity and task commitment, combined with the primary executive functions necessary for carrying out socially active projects, will be illustrated through case studies that highlight the co-cognitive characteristics necessary for social change and creative productivity.


Speakers
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Dr. Joseph Renzulli

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut
Dr. Joseph Renzulli is a leader and pioneer in gifted education and applying the pedagogy of gifted education teaching strategies to all students. The American Psychological Association named him among the 25 most influential psychologists in the world. He received the Harold W. McGraw... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Oasis 3 Room

9:30am

Characteristics of the Gifted / Características de los dotados
Limited Capacity seats available

Engage in a discussion around the characteristics of gifted students with an emphasis on the possible behavioral impacts of characteristics in the classroom and how parents can support at home. This session will be conducted in Spanish.

Participe en una discusión sobre las características de los estudiantes superdotados con énfasis en los posibles impactos de comportamiento de las características en el aula y cómo los padres pueden apoyar en el hogar.


Speakers
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Dr. Desiree Olivas

Teacher, Teacher Mentor, GATE Trainer, Santa Ana Unified
Dr. Desiree Olivas is currently a classroom teacher in Santa Ana, teacher mentor in Mathematics and trainer in Gifted and Talented Education. She has been in the classroom for over 30 years, working with a diversity of students and families. She has taught in a variety of settings... Read More →
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Nereida Prado

K-12 GATE Program Specialist, Santa Ana Unified School District
Nereida Prado is currently the K-12 GATE Program Specialist for the Santa Ana Unified School District. She started as a classroom teacher in a dual immersion program, focusing on gifted education and developing academic training for Spanish speaking parents. For the last 18 years... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Smoketree C Room

9:30am

Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Ever wonder about what you should expect from a GATE class? How do you know that effective strategies are being provided for your child? What kinds of questions should you ask your child’s teacher or the principal regarding gifted services? Come to this session to find out!

Speakers
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Krisa Muller

GATE Program Specialist, Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District
Krisa Muller serves as the California Association for the Gifted Board of Directors Secretary. Krisa has been a California public educator since 2000 and involved in gifted education since 2002. She is currently the GATE Program Specialist for Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Smoketree B Room

9:30am

3D Art and the Creative Productive Student
Limited Capacity seats available

Artistic expression is both necessary and vital for the gifted population. This is an underdeveloped area of study that can be easily implemented in the general education setting through the use of 3D technology. Teachers will learn how to guide their students into creating their own 3D products that can then be shared with others, or even printed as a tangible final product. The three-dimensional design incorporates math and problem-solving skills in a way that engages the brightest students.

Speakers
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Ryann Shoaf

Elementary GATE Teacher, Central Unified
Ryann Shoaf is a veteran educator, who has spent the past 17 years educating gifted and talented students in the general education setting. She is most experienced working with students in grades 4-6. She is an advocate of gifted education and uses innovative technology to spark curiosity... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Smoketree D Room

10:40am

The Journey: Supporting Your 2e Child through School and Beyond
Limited Capacity seats available

Parents of twice-exceptional children are in the unique position of having to recognize and foster high potential while at the same time recognizing and addressing impediments to achieving that potential. In this panel discussion, parents of grown-up 2e offspring will share what they think they’ve learned during their collective decades spent raising 2e children.
Panelists will cover how they addressed:
- Their recognition of twice-exceptionality, and their cognitive and emotional reactions (What do we do now? How do we feel about this whole thing?)
- Parenting issues linked to their children’s twice-exceptionality (How do we deal with intensity, willfulness, etc.?)
- Educational issues (How do we explain our child to the school? How do we work with educators to address underachievement and to ensure that the school provides both challenge and support? )
- Social-emotional, physical health, and mental health issues (Is he or she okay? If not, how do we find help?)
- The transition to adulthood (How do we cope when our child’s timeline differs from the norm: 9 years of grade school, 4 years of high school, 4 years of college?)
Finally, panelists will disclose what their offspring are doing now. Panelists will opine on what they think they did right…and what they’d do differently.

Moderators
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Mark Bade

Glen Ellyn Media

Speakers
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Eileen Brennan

Bridges Academy
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Linda Neumann

co-founder of 2e Newsletter, Glen Ellyn Media
I am the co-founder and former editor of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter and a member of the Executive Board of the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development.
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Ellen Rosen

Bridges Academy
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Kim Vargas

Site Coordinator, Bridges Academy
Kim Vargas received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. She began her teaching career as a bilingual first grade teacher. She taught for three years, before leaving to study under noted Gifted and Talented expert, Dr. Barbara... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Mesquite D Room

10:40am

Acceleration: A Practical Toolkit for Successful Implementation
Limited Capacity seats available

Acceleration can take many forms, including subject(s) or grade(s). Though much research exists affirming acceleration as one of the most cost-efficient, effective and pragmatic strategies for accommodating gifted students, its use remains limited. Drawing from experience, professionals who routinely utilize acceleration with gifted students in elementary, junior high, high school and college share their expertise about how they identify candidates and will provide a practical toolkit to ensure the acceleration is successful.

Speakers
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Tonya Beilstein

Head of School, The Barnhart School
Tonya Beilstein is Head of The Barnhart School, an independent school serving grades K-8. Tonya spent years as a teacher and curriculum director before assuming her current position. While not a gifted school, Barnhart is intentional in ensuring all student’s needs are met, and... Read More →
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Cam Werley-Gonzales

Founder, Accelerated Honors Academy at Alverno Heights Academy
Cam Werley-Gonzales is the founder of the Accelerated Honors Academy (AHA), at Alverno Heights Academy, a private high school. The program allows qualified students as young as eleven and those entering grades 6 – 8, to bypass the remainder of middle school and attend high school... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Smoketree E Room

10:40am

Promoting Latino Parent Engagement in Gifted Education
Limited Capacity seats available

The purpose of the proposed study is to investigate the role of Latino parents in identifying, fostering, and advocating for their gifted children. Overall, the aim of the proposed study is to determine whether Latino parent/guardian engagement contributes to the placement and success of Latino students in gifted education.

Speakers
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Yelba Carrillo

Yelba Carrillo, MSW (Doctoral Student), Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Yelba Carrillo holds a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology. The focus of her doctoral research is Latino Parent... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Mesquite F Room

10:40am

Talking about Gate with Your Child and Supporting Those “Flipside” Behaviors
Limited Capacity seats available

Our kids have these awesome gifts that amaze us and make us so proud! But they also mystify us with some behaviors that are not so amazing and frustrate us. If you find yourself thinking (or saying), “How can you be so smart but ______?” this session is for you. In this session, we will look at the “flipsides” of common GATE traits and tools to help you understand and support your child.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Knudson

Karen Knudson

Coordinator | Gifted Education & Teacher Induction, Tustin USD
Karen has been an educator for 17 year and spent the first 12 years as a resource specialist. She currently serves in Tustin Unified School District and coordinates the Gifted Education and Teacher Induction programs. Karen specializes in differentiation, technology integration and... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Mesquite C Room

10:40am

¿Qué Significa Ser Identificado Como Superdotado? ¿Cómo Puedo Ayudar a Mis Niños en Lograr Sus Metas?
Limited Capacity seats available

What does it mean to be identified as gifted? How can I help my children reach their goals? This session is intended to serve as a question and answer session for Spanish speaking parents and is adaptable depending on registration for the parent conference and the needs of CAG. It will be inquiry-based and responsive to the needs of the participants. Materials will be provided in Spanish to support parent participation with their students in the home.

¿Qué significa ser identificado como dotado? ¿Cómo puedo ayudar a mis hijos a alcanzar sus metas? El objetivo de esta sesión es servir como una sesión de preguntas y respuestas para los padres que hablan español y es adaptable según el registro para la conferencia de padres y las necesidades del CAG. Se basará en la investigación y responderá a las necesidades de los participantes. Los materiales se proporcionarán en español para apoyar la participación de los padres con sus estudiantes en el hogar.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson

Arts & Enrichment Coordinator, Pasadena Unified School District
Karen Anderson is the Arts & Enrichment Coordinator for the Pasadena Unified School District. She graduated from Northwestern University and received her Master’s degree in education from USC. Karen has worked in public, private, and charter schools in dual language environments... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Smoketree A Room

10:40am

Dissecting the Language of Mathematics Using the Icons of Depth and Complexity
Limited Capacity seats available

Students need to be armed with problem-solving skills at a deeper level to be successful innovators of the future. Fostering the patience and skills to interpret the language of mathematics can be taught using a simple Icon Frame. By using the Icons of Depth and Complexity developed by Sandra Kaplan, we can encourage our gifted students to face word stories head on!

Speakers
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Crystal Kerns

GATE Coordinator, Victor Elementary School District
Crystal teaches at Galileo Academy, a public school focusing on providing gifted and talented education to underrepresented children. Her degree is in Liberal Studies with a supplemental in English. She is pursuing a Master’s in Adult Education. As a Latina in a single parent home... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
San Jacinto Room

10:40am

STEM-ulating Activities on Human Ecology
Limited Capacity seats available

Teaching human ecology links knowledge and skills for several disciplines, a variety of learning styles, and high-level problem solving on real-world issues. In this hands-on session, engage in hands-on activities that cover a range of human ecology topics including human population and natural resource use trends, and their resulting impacts on ecosystems, biodiversity, climate and the availability of fresh water. Receive electronic lesson plans matched to state standards and ideas for differentiation in the classroom.

Speakers
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Lauren Bergh

Zoo Education Specialist, Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park
Lauren Bergh is a Zoo Education Specialist at the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park. She has over 15 years experience connecting students (early learning through college) and the general public with wildlife and the environment. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and additional... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Santa Rosa Room

10:40am

New to Gifted Education... We Have Tools!
Limited Capacity seats available

This is a novice session for elementary teachers. We’ll share various tools that you can add to your GATE toolbox, This session will touch on the following topics: Scholarly Habits, Universal Concepts, Prompts of Depth and Complexity. We will share examples of how you can easily incorporate these tools into your grade level curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Moritz

Leslie Moritz

Teacher, Saddleback Valley Unified School District
Leslie Moritz has been an elementary school teacher for thirty years. Currently she teaches a third grade GATE class in Laguna Hills. Leslie completed the GATE Certificate program through the University of Southern California. She is a member of Saddleback Valley Unified's GATE Transformation... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl Rys

Cheryl Rys

Teacher, Saddleback Valley Unified School District
Cheryl Rys has taught elementary school for twenty-nine years. She currently teaches kindergarten in Laguna Hills. She completed the GATE Certificate program through the University of Southern California. As a Teacher Leader in her district, Cheryl taught lessons to demonstrate the... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Ventura Room

10:40am

Best Practices for Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning: Moving from Obstacles toward Solutions
Limited Capacity seats available

“I tried flexible grouping… but it became chaotic. So, I quit!” Do these words sound familiar? Creating, implementing, managing and maintaining flexible grouping and collaborative learning structures put teachers into a tailspin. Learn how to support teachers in understanding, implementing and successfully utilizing flexible grouping to build student collaboration while challenging all learners. Keeping the structures fluid, and manageable requires the strategies, practice, and support shared here. It’s the “how to” piece teachers are seeking!

Speakers
avatar for Karen Brown

Karen Brown

Gifted Program Mentor, Paradise Valley Unified School District
Karen Brown is the Gifted Program Mentor for the Paradise Valley Schools. Karen works with K-12 teachers to ensure that the instruction provides the appropriate challenge for all students. Karen teaches in the Gifted Education Masters Program at ASU and consults throughout the country... Read More →
avatar for Dina Brulles

Dina Brulles

Director of Gifted Education, Paradise Valley Unified School District
Dina Brulles, Ph.D., is the Director of Gifted Education at Paradise Valley Unified School District in Arizona. Dina is also the Gifted Program Coordinator at Arizona State University. Dina serves on the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Board of Directors as the School... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Sierra Room

10:40am

Schoolwide Enrichment Model
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide an overview of The Schoolwide Enrichment Model, and specific strategies for implementing the model in a variety of schools with students of different ages and demographic backgrounds.  The model, based on more than 40 years of research and development, is a comprehensive system for infusing "high-end learning" and talent development opportunities into schools and enrichment programs. This session will provide an overview of specific strategies for implementing the SEM, including the development of Total Talent Portfolios, Curriculum Modification Techniques, and Enrichment Teaching and Learning Opportunities, such as Enrichment Clusters and Type III investigations.

Speakers
avatar for Sally Reis

Sally Reis

Letitia Neag Morgan Chair in Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
Sally M. Reis recently completed a six-year term as the vice provost for academic affairs and currently holds the Letitia Neag Endowed Chair and is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. She was previously a department... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Joseph Renzulli

Dr. Joseph Renzulli

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut
Dr. Joseph Renzulli is a leader and pioneer in gifted education and applying the pedagogy of gifted education teaching strategies to all students. The American Psychological Association named him among the 25 most influential psychologists in the world. He received the Harold W. McGraw... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Madera Room

10:40am

The Art of Knowing Yourself
Limited Capacity seats available

Effective leadership is amplified by accurate self-knowledge. Come to this interactive session to discover the secrets of combatting self-misperception, as well as how to garner useful feedback from others in order to become an inspiring and motivating administrator. Learn how mistakes and errors can be turned into talents and gifts that lead to success. The ancient art of kintsugi is the metaphor for illustrating this transformation.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Anabel Jensen

Dr. Anabel Jensen

President and Founder, Six Seconds
An accomplished educator and author Anabel Jensen is recognized around the world for her work with curriculum utilizing emotional intelligence. Also known as emotional quotient, or EQ, Wikipedia defines emotional intelligence as “The capability of individuals to recognize their... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Catalina Room

10:40am

Good Ideas are a Dime a Dozen, BUT…: Successful Strategies for Designing and Implementing a Gifted Program
Limited Capacity seats available

There are many factors to consider when implementing a gifted program at your school. From deciding who to serve, and how to identify them, to determining how to communicate the program to your whole school community. This session provides industry-proven strategies to help you design and implement your own customized gifted program, and tips on how to leverage change management techniques such that your good idea becomes a reality that is embraced by all.

Speakers
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Sharon Duncan

Independent Consultant, Gifted Identity/Gifted Research and Outreach


Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Smoketree F Room

10:40am

Depth and Complexity - Learning the Thinking Prompts / Profundidad y complejidad - Aprender las indicaciones de pensamiento
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will receive an introduction to the GATE standards and the Depth & Complexity Thinking Prompts. The session will focus on developing an understanding of the impact of the thinking prompts on the extension of vocabulary, metacognition, and the overall thinking process. This session will be presented in Spanish.

Los participantes recibirán una introducción a los estándares GATE y los Indicadores de pensamiento de profundidad y complejidad. La sesión se centrará en desarrollar una comprensión del impacto de las pautas de pensamiento en la extensión del vocabulario, la metacognición y el proceso de pensamiento general.

Speakers
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Dr. Desiree Olivas

Teacher, Teacher Mentor, GATE Trainer, Santa Ana Unified
Dr. Desiree Olivas is currently a classroom teacher in Santa Ana, teacher mentor in Mathematics and trainer in Gifted and Talented Education. She has been in the classroom for over 30 years, working with a diversity of students and families. She has taught in a variety of settings... Read More →
avatar for Nereida Prado

Nereida Prado

K-12 GATE Program Specialist, Santa Ana Unified School District
Nereida Prado is currently the K-12 GATE Program Specialist for the Santa Ana Unified School District. She started as a classroom teacher in a dual immersion program, focusing on gifted education and developing academic training for Spanish speaking parents. For the last 18 years... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Smoketree C Room

10:40am

Grass Roots Advocacy for Parents
Limited Capacity seats available

Getting GATE into your district's LCAP requires effective grass-roots advocacy. Learn from the National Association for Gifted Children's resident expert how to come together to collaborate within your local context for the support of gifted children. Effective step-by-step by step strategies and practical advice will be offered as a part of a collaborative dialogue.

Speakers
avatar for William Knudsen

William Knudsen

Director, Government and Affiliate Relations, National Association for Gifted Children
William Knudsen serves as the Director of Government and Affiliate Relations for the National Association for Gifted Children. He works at both the Federal and local levels with NAGC’s advocacy partners to break the impediments obstructing services for our gifted and talented students.  Previously... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Mesquite H Room

10:40am

Serving the Whole Child: Academic, Social Emotional and Behavioral Considerations
Limited Capacity seats available

Gifted Kids Don’t Always Fit! We develop in three ways: emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Gifted kids often develop asynchronously and can experience social and emotional challenges, as a result. This talk will examine the three developmental areas and suggest how parents can help their children deal with the challenges.

Speakers
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Patricia Chiles

Program Coordinator, Fullerton School District and CAG Parent Representative, Orange Region, Fullerton School District
Patricia Chiles has been an educator for over 20 years and considers herself a lifelong learner. Currently the GATE Coordinator in Fullerton School District, she has a background as a GATE teacher, and is the OCC GATE Vice President and CAG Parent Representative for the Orange Region... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Smoketree B Room

10:40am

A New Approach to Independent Study
Limited Capacity seats available

The project or independent study approach is a traditional form of differentiation. The introduction and culmination of an independent study will be presented with the intent to integrate independent study into any and all subject areas as a unique, individualized experience for gifted learners.

Speakers
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Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California
Dr. Sandra N. Kaplan, Editor-in-Chief, Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California has been Principal Investigator of four projects funded by the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Student Education Act, Department of Education. Each of these projects focused... Read More →
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Dr. Jessica Manzone

University of Southern California
Jessica Manzone, University of Southern California, has been a Research Assistant on two Department of Education grants to assist in the collection and analysis of data. Dr. Manzone currently teaches at USC in the MAT program. She also has been instrumental in managing the grant resources... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Mojave Room

10:40am

Deepening Knowledge through Visual Arts and Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will provide examples on how to deepen knowledge in various content areas by using applications such as the Prompts of Depth and Complexity and the integration of visual arts and technology. Attendees will see how the use of interactive presentation tools can be embedded with visual prompts which challenge students to think in deeper and more complex ways across the disciplines, while retaining a focus on visual arts instruction.

Speakers
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Alicia Weyeneth

Administrator, Curriculum and Instruction, Compton Unified School District
Alicia Weyeneth is an Administrator for the Department of Educational Services: Curriculum and Instruction for the Compton Unified School District. Ms. Weyeneth oversees the District’s GATE and VAPA programs. She has been a strong supporter of pushing students to higher levels as... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Smoketree D Room

10:40am

A Logical Understanding of Over and Missed Diagnosis in Gifted Children
Limited Capacity seats available

The behavioral and emotional expressions of a child’s giftedness lend themselves to being misdiagnosed. Some of the most common misdiagnoses are ADHD, ODD, OCD, short-term/working memory deficit, sensory integration deficit, central auditory processing deficit, and over-looked learning disorders. The disorders are complex and the symptoms are often secondary to asynchronous development. This lecture presents simple rule-out and rule-in methodology of these disorders from the clinical experience of the presenter. Audience participation is encouraged.

Speakers
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Dr. Paul Beljan

pediatric neuropsychologist, Beljan Psychological Services
Dr. Beljan is an expert evaluating gifted children and their common mis and dual-diagnoses. Along with Dr. James Webb, Dr. Beljan co-authored Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, BiPolar, OCD, Depression, and Other Disorders. Dr. Beljan also co-authored... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Chino Room

10:40am

Ten Myths That Hold Bright Math Students Back
Limited Capacity seats available

Evidence from international studies shows that our brightest math students are not reaching their potential. In this session, I draw on this evidence along with best practices in gifted and math education and my own twenty-five years of experience teaching math to gifted learners in order to identify cultural beliefs and assumptions that hamper the learning of bright math students. Making these beliefs visible and acknowledging their consequences enables us to envision positive paths forward.

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Last Name

Mathematics and Gifted Education Consultant, 5280 Math Education LLC



Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Pasadena Room

11:50am

Are 2e Students Getting What They Need?
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on providing parents of twice-exceptional children information about special education services/(IEP) and 504 Plans within the public school system. Specific topics will include understanding identification procedures with special attention on learning disabilities in California, the differences between an IEP and 504 Plan, and the differences between modifications and accommodations. Finally, a certified gifted teacher and parent of a 2e student will discuss how to effectively work with school personnel.

Speakers
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Ted Murcray

Professor, Associate Dean of Metcalf School of Education, Metcalf School of Education California Baptist University
Ted Murcray, a professor, K-12 teacher, speaker, school administrator, and parent of a twice-exceptional child, has spoken at dozens of national and regional conferences. He is currently the Associate Dean at the Metcalf School of Education at California Baptist University in Riverside... Read More →
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Karen Ottone-Cross

Assistant Professor, California Baptist University
Karen L. Ottone-Cross recently graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and has taken an Assistant Professorship in School Psychology at the Metcalf School of Education at California Baptist University in Riverside, CA. While at the University... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Mesquite E Room

11:50am

Parent Forum Q&A
Limited Capacity seats available

These six parents of grown 2e children are here to offer ideas and hope. We’ll begin the session with a brief introduction from each panelist.Then we’ll open for audience questions and discussion that will provide options for participants to consider as they add to their toolboxes.

Moderators
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Dr. Robin Schader

Trustee, Bridges Academy
Robin Schader received her Ph.D. in Gifted and Talented Education from the University of Connecticut, where she was an Assistant Research Professor. Her work and research focuses on talent development, particularly with respect to the role of parents. Dr. Schader served as Parent... Read More →

Speakers
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Mark Bade

Glen Ellyn Media
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Eileen Brennan

Bridges Academy
avatar for Linda Neumann

Linda Neumann

co-founder of 2e Newsletter, Glen Ellyn Media
I am the co-founder and former editor of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter and a member of the Executive Board of the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development.
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Ellen Rosen

Bridges Academy
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Kim Vargas

Site Coordinator, Bridges Academy
Kim Vargas received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. She began her teaching career as a bilingual first grade teacher. She taught for three years, before leaving to study under noted Gifted and Talented expert, Dr. Barbara... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Mesquite D Room

11:50am

Pearls of Wisdom: Challenging and Celebrating Intensities and Intelligences
Limited Capacity seats available

Pearls of Wisdom is a gamified system of performance assessments where gifted students choose to earn “pearls” by demonstrating mastery of content beyond the standards. Learn how "Pearls of Wisdom" motivates gifted students to achieve, builds community through celebrations and shared goals, and highlights the uniquely personal study skills and methods gifted students dream up. Participants will leave with sample assessments and ideas on how to implement Pearls of Wisdom in their own learning spaces.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Buist

Michael Buist

6th Grade Teacher, Knox Gifted Academy
Shepherd of @KGA6th Outlaw in @ChandlerUnified Scout at @KnoxGifted @RemindHQ Advisory Board Member of @AdobeEdu #MakerEd #kga6th #kgarocks #nbrs19
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Jennifer Nusbaum

Dean of Knox Gifted Academy, Knox Gifted Academy
Dean of Students at Knox Gifted Academy, a 2018 National Blue Ribbon K-6 public design thinking school in Chandler Unified School District serving 700 gifted students in the East Valley of Arizona. Through innovative and reflective practices that keep the unique needs of gifted students... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Smoketree E Room

11:50am

Storytelling on Steroids
Limited Capacity seats available

Storytelling is a disappearing skill. Come to this session to play with a template that teaches gifted students about character development, narrative structure, plot complexities, and conflict resolution. Participants will learn techniques to stimulate creative thinking and improve you and your students’ storytelling skills. Moreover, this workshop incorporates skills of social-emotional and executive functioning. The template can be used as a story starter for written language as well as for visual arts integration.

Speakers
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Cherilyn Leet

Assistant Director of Education, Six Seconds
After a decade of experience as a K-12 classroom teacher, Cherilyn joined Six Seconds to develop curriculum, assessments, and workshops about emotional intelligence competencies. Prior to this role, Cherilyn taught a gifted homeroom class at the newly-developed Synapse School, which... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Smoketree A Room

11:50am

The Power of Parent Partnerships and Participation: How Gifted Support Group Meetings Foster Support, Advocacy, and Community
Limited Capacity seats available

Parents today play a more active role in supporting their Gifted children and advocating on their behalf than ever before. Through support group meetings, parents are able to find schooling options, programs, and services their gifted children need to thrive from experts in the field – and, even more impactful, one another. Attendees will gain an understanding of the development, scope, and varied formats of support groups and how they are changing the ways in which parents find a tribe of peers.

Speakers
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Hillary Jade

Program Manager, Institute for Educational Advancement
Hillary Jade is a Program Manager with the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) in Pasadena, CA, where she oversees programming for Gifted students that is both local and national in scope. Prior to joining IEA, she was a Program Director and Site Director with Summer Institute... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Mesquite F Room

11:50am

Using Interest Surveys to Differentiate Your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn about and use interest surveys to better tailor and differentiate instruction for your diverse classroom of learners based on readiness, interests, and aptitudes. We will take a look at Renzulli Scales, Myers-Briggs, and Multiple Intelligences.

Speakers
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Krisa Muller

GATE Program Specialist, Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District
Krisa Muller serves as the California Association for the Gifted Board of Directors Secretary. Krisa has been a California public educator since 2000 and involved in gifted education since 2002. She is currently the GATE Program Specialist for Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Mesquite C Room

11:50am

Developing 21st Century Skills through the Arts
Limited Capacity seats available

Art education is an integral part of developing well- rounded learners who can apply the 21st Century skills of communicating, critical thinking, collaborating and creating to real world contexts. Through this workshop, participants will build a deeper understanding of Common Core State Standards and evaluate how these standards can be integrated within the Arts. Through "closely viewing" and analyzing art, students will reinforce literacy skills needed to become college and career ready.

Speakers
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Catherine Estrada

Principal of San Jose Elementary and Highly Gifted Magnet, LAUSD
Catherine Estrada, M.A., is a dedicated educator with over 24 years experience in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She previously worked as District Coordinator for LAUSD Gifted/Talented Programs. Currently, Ms. Estrada serves as Principal of San Jose Elementary and Highly... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Andreas Room

11:50am

High Motivational Project-Based Learning: Mars, Robots and STEAM++
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how we motivate our students using STEAM++ project-based learning, robot design, studying Mars, and conducting space science experiments. Your students can participate in our annual robot showcases in Los Angeles and Long Beach. We have new opportunities for your students to write for Kids Talk Radio Science and the Barboza Space Center. Learn how we design prototypes of satellites, Mars robots, and Martian habitats through distance learning and STEAM ++ graphic organizers.

Speakers
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Bob Barboza

Founder/Director, Barboza Space Center, Long Beach Unified School District
Bob Barboza is an educator, STEAM++ journalist and founder/director of the Barboza Space Center and Kids Talk Radio Science. He manages teams of students in a junior astronaut fellowship program in the Long Beach Unified School District. His international space science STEAM++ program... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
San Jacinto Room

11:50am

Students Soar When Reading, Writing, and Content Standards Collide!
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we spark high-level, read-write connections? How can we best support students in tackling challenging literary and informational texts? How do we help students master the authors' tools that they discover as readers and use as writers? Join us to delve into student-friendly systems and tools designed to inspire all students to gather and develop rich content knowledge and critical source information, and then transfer their understanding to powerful text typewriting!

Speakers
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Linda Fisher

Principal-in Residence, Learning Headquarters
Linda Fisher, M.A., Milken Educator, synthesizes her experiences as a teacher, principal, and administrative coach to instill standards-based systems in schools/districts across the nation. Through innovative literacy tools and strategies, she empowers educators to take instruction... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Santa Rosa Room

11:50am

Building Confidence through Writing Strategies
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers will learn how to build confidence in their students when it comes to writing. Presenters will exemplify varies strategies learned in their training as they present their writing program. There's a sure-fire formula that these presenters use to give students the confidence to write a multiple paragraph essay. Presenters will showcase a variety of writing genres that will help teachers differentiate writing in the classroom that will lead to SBAC confidence.

Speakers
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Veronica Goode

6th grade English/History teacher, LAUSD
Veronica Goode has been teaching for over two decades. She received a Bachelor's in English Education and her Master's in Literacy at MSMU and LMU. She has taught both high school and middle school English. She currently teaches 6th grade English, History and Journalism. She incorporates... Read More →
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Janet Skidmore

6th Grade English/History Teacher, Ernest Lawrence Middle School
Janet Di Giulio Skidmore has been teaching for over twenty-two years. She received her Bachelor’s, her credential and Master’s in Educational Administration from Cal State University, Northridge.She has taught 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade in both private and public elementary school... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Pasadena Room

11:50am

Teaching Reasoning in Science
Limited Capacity seats available

Claims-Evidence-Reasoning can be fostered through the deductive and inductive reasoning models of instruction. Experience a lesson sequence to see how utilizing these instructional models will strengthen students' explanation of a phenomenon.

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Gina Rae Stolpestad

GATE Differentiation Coach, Long Beach Unified School District
Gina Rae Stolpestad splits her time as an instructional coach between the GATE and Science Offices in Long Beach Unified School District. She has designed and delivered multiple professional development classes on Dr. Sandra Kaplan's Approaches, essential theories and current research... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Ventura Room

11:50am

Tinkering with Tomorrow's Thinkers Today
Limited Capacity seats available

Our world needs students who relish in collaboratively solving complex problems with creativity, passion, and a global perspective. Tinkering with Tomorrow's Thinkers Today offers attendants with a widened lens toward thinking and creativity while providing practical routines to embed into any classroom with any material. The highlighted routines span 50 years of resources for divergent, critical and metacognitive thinking.

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Joy Giovanini

Highly Capable K-12 Program Coordinator, Peninsula School District 401
Joy Giovanini's background in education spans Kindergarten through 12th grade in a range of communities. She has created courses and enrichment programs especially in STEM, early childhood, and gifted education. She was named in 2015 as one of the South Sound of Washington's 40 Under... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Sierra Room

11:50am

Advocating for the Needs of Gifted & Talented Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

Parents are vital advocates for gifted education services in their local schools. Learn from school district administrators what all of the acronyms mean (LCAP, LCFF, ESSA, etc.) and how to best leverage them when advocating for gifted education. Also, learn about the types of gifted education service models that may be available for students in public schools

Speakers
avatar for Kari Hanson-Smith

Kari Hanson-Smith

GATE Coordinator, Sacramento City USD
Kari holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Gifted and Talented Education from the Three Summers program within the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. While there, Kari studied with Dr. Joseph Renzulli and Dr. Sally Reis, authors of the Enrichment... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Smoketree B Room

11:50am

Connecting the Depth & Complexity Thinking Prompts to the Classroom and at Home / Conectar los avisos de pensamiento de profundidad y complejidad al aula y al hogar
Limited Capacity seats available

With all of the possibilities to engage with the Depth and Complexity Thinking Prompts, this session will connect the foundations of language and thinking to specific content areas. Prior experience with the Depth and Complexity prompts is recommended. This session will be presented in Spanish.

Con todas las posibilidades para interactuar con los Indicadores de pensamiento de profundidad y complejidad, esta sesión conectará los fundamentos del lenguaje y el pensamiento con áreas de contenido específicas. Se recomienda experiencia previa con las indicaciones de profundidad y complejidad. Las tres sesiones se realizarán en español.


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Dr. Desiree Olivas

Teacher, Teacher Mentor, GATE Trainer, Santa Ana Unified
Dr. Desiree Olivas is currently a classroom teacher in Santa Ana, teacher mentor in Mathematics and trainer in Gifted and Talented Education. She has been in the classroom for over 30 years, working with a diversity of students and families. She has taught in a variety of settings... Read More →
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Nereida Prado

K-12 GATE Program Specialist, Santa Ana Unified School District
Nereida Prado is currently the K-12 GATE Program Specialist for the Santa Ana Unified School District. She started as a classroom teacher in a dual immersion program, focusing on gifted education and developing academic training for Spanish speaking parents. For the last 18 years... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Smoketree C Room

11:50am

The Gifted Students’ Voice in Differentiating Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

The concept of “shared leadership" will be demonstrated as a technique to engage gifted students as both designers and producers of differentiated curricular experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California
Dr. Sandra N. Kaplan, Editor-in-Chief, Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California has been Principal Investigator of four projects funded by the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Student Education Act, Department of Education. Each of these projects focused... Read More →
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Dr. Jessica Manzone

University of Southern California
Jessica Manzone, University of Southern California, has been a Research Assistant on two Department of Education grants to assist in the collection and analysis of data. Dr. Manzone currently teaches at USC in the MAT program. She also has been instrumental in managing the grant resources... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Mojave Room

11:50am

Creating Visible Thinkers through Literacy and STEAM
Limited Capacity seats available

A powerful tool for teachers is planning units. We believe the integration of literature books with other content areas elicits deeper comprehension and visible thinking and learning among students. We will share a unit on A Long Walk to Water, along with several picture books on water and its importance in the world. The unit will include the use of Depth and Complexity Icons for thinking and discussion, integration of STEAM strategies, including The Arts. The various components of this unit allow all students different avenues to enhance their own visible thinking and learning.

Speakers
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Cindy Hallman

Associate Professor for Pearl S. Wismer School of Education, The Master's University
Cindy Hallman, a 30 year retired California public educator and administrator, is currently a professor at The Master's University. She teaches undergraduates in courses from learning about themselves to becoming a teacher and children's literature. For her graduates, she teaches... Read More →
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Joan Hoskins

Educator & Literacy Coach, Oxnard School District
Joan Hoskins has taught grades K to Eighth grade over the past 29 years. Currently, she teaches Language and Social Studies at Fremont Academy of Environmental Science and Innovative Design. Before teaching sixth grade at Fremont, Joan was a Literacy Coach for an elementary school... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Smoketree D Room

11:50am

The Ivy League Project
Limited Capacity seats available

The Ivy League Project is a special program for high achieving students in grades 7-12 grades. The Saturday based program focuses on five successful goals and takes students on the annual Ivy League University East Coast university tour. A total of 315 students have been accepted to Ivy League Universities during the past 27 years and over 1600 in California universities. For more information, please see www.ivyleagueproject.org.

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Rafael Inriquez

CTE Director, Parlier Unified School District
Rafael Iniquez is former Ivy League Project Alumnus and UPenn graduate. He currently serves at the CTE Director in Parlier Unified School District and as sseces as Assistant Executive Director for the Ivy League Project.
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Martin Mares

CEO, Ivy League Project
Martin Mares is a retired school administrator and has served as the Ivy League Project CEO for the past 28 years. The program focuses on identifying first generation students, preparing them to apply to Ivy League Universities, and providing Saturday Leadership seminars focusing... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Pueblo Room

11:50am

Zoom Out to Zoom In: Close Reading and Constructing Metaphors for Gifted Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

Let's take gifted learners outside the text with primary sources, personal connections, and extended metaphors to help find their way to a closer reading of the text. We'll make literacy both hands-on and personal on our pathway to finding deeper meaning in language. As participants in this session, we'll quickly work our way through an example unit using Lois Lowry's wonderful picture book, "Crow Call." Then we'll take a look at additional ways to help foster a closer reading of text--hands-on and interactive methods that will keep our readers engaged. Each participant will receive a full six-hour unit plan for "Crow Call."

Speakers
avatar for Mark Hess

Mark Hess

Teacher, Author, Consultant, Portable Gifted and Talented
Common sense in-services and lessons for uncommon kids and the adults who love and take care of them.


Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Chino Room
 


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