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Friday, February 21
 

8:00am

Pre-Conference
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California
An expert in gifted education and differentiated curriculum, Kaplan teaches the methods courses for the Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, and acts as a consultant for several state departments and school districts nationwide on the topics of education for gifted students, differentiated... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 8:00am - 3:15pm
California Ballroom

4:00pm

Conference Kick-Off
Friday February 21, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Oasis
 
Saturday, February 22
 

7:45am

Identification: Identifying the 2e Student, What You Need to Know

How do we meet the complex needs of 2e students who exhibit amazing gifts and strengths while simultaneously experiencing difficulties in school? It starts with a holistic approach to identifying patterns of strengths, learning, and processing. Through case studies and activities, we will explore a process that emphasizes the importance of assessing and considering both qualitative and quantitative data. As participants learn to find evidence of high potential and areas of difficulty, they will become more proficient in the identification process.

Speakers
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Dr. Karen Cross

Assistant Professor in School of Psychology, Bridges Academy, 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 →
avatar for Rose Blucher

Rose Blucher

Director of Blucher Educational Services for Boundless Potential, Bridges Academy, Blucher Educational Services for Boundless Potential
Rose R. Blucher, M.Ed., is the Director of Blucher Educational Services for Boundless Potential. In Maryland, she worked for over 20 years as a GT/LD Specialist/Director, developing programs for 2e students. She has taught at the K-12, undergraduate, and graduate-level as an adjunct... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am
Mesquite DE

7:45am

Simple Strategies for Creating 2e-Friendly Classrooms

Many 2e students need adaptations to the environment to make their day (and yours) go more smoothly. We will work together to identify common obstacles that impede student learning, discuss why students may have difficulties in certain areas, and through guided brainstorming, determine what simple changes can be made to make the classroom 2e friendly. This workshop will offer numerous ways you can use inexpensive everyday items to meet the needs of your students and stay within your budget! Learn to make kinetic sand, sensory bottles, as well as a variety of manipulatives that you can personalize to individual students. Some of them the students can create themselves!

Speakers
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Edith Burke

TBD, Bridges Academy
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Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am
Mesquite GH

7:45am

Skills and Traits of Successful 2e Educators.

Twice-exceptional (2e) students often struggle in schools where their teachers don’t understand their dual diagnoses and struggle to maximize their potential. This session explores the attributes, traits, and skills of teachers who are most successful with 2e students, utilizing case studies to highlight specific backgrounds, temperaments, beliefs, and practices that are most conducive to working with the 2e population. Teachers will leave this session with a better understanding of how to work with and advocate for 2e students. Administrators will gain insight into building and supporting a faculty and culture that supports all cognitively diverse populations.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Wiebe

Chris Wiebe

Director, Bridges Academy
chris.wiebe@bridges.edu


Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am
Chino

7:45am

Good Ideas are a Dime a Dozen, BUT.... Strategies for Designing and Implementing a Gifted Program at your School

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

Gifted Consultant, Gifted Identity/Gifted Research and Outreach
Sharon Duncan works with parents and educators to help them understand and meet the social, emotional and intellectual needs of gifted children. Sharon consults on a wide range of challenges both at home and in the classroom, as well as provides staff training and assistance in defining... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am
Smoketree E

7:45am

Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students Who Have Experienced Trauma

Many gifted students experience intense emotions and are able to be resilient in the face of these feelings. However, many students have had traumatic events happen in their lives, and we as educators need to be able to differentiate between intense emotions or the effect of traumatic experiences. We will discuss how to support traumatized students academically, socially, and emotionally.

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Jaclyn Loncteaux

Instructional Strategists, Myers Elementary
Jaclyn is currently employed as an Instructional Strategist at a low-income, low-performing elementary school. She is also pursuing her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. Her experience as a gifted student who faced childhood trauma and intense emotions prepared her... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am
Smoketree AB

7:45am

Developing Student Ownership: Support Students to Move Beyond Doing and Understanding School to Owning Their Learning

Students are not merely passengers in their education. They deserve to go beyond just doing or understanding school—they deserve to own their learning. This means giving students the authority, capacity, and responsibility to know what they are learning and why, explain how they learn best, articulate when they are learning and when they are struggling, and understand their role in any academic setting. Learn engaging and research-based strategic learning practices that develop student ownership.

Speakers
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Jane Kennedy

CFO and Instructional Coach, Elevated Achievement Group
Jane is a co-founder of Elevated Achievement Group. She founded this professional learning company with the express desire to work cooperatively and collaboratively with teachers, coaches, and administrators. Jane began her career in 1991 as a self-contained classroom teacher in an... Read More →
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Robert Crowe

CEO and Instructional Coach, Elevated Achievement Group
Bob is a co-founder of Elevated Achievement Group, a professional learning company dedicated to helping educators develop student ownership at all grade levels. Bob began his career as a bilingual teacher in California in 1993. He then took his passion for learning and used it to... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am
San Jacinto

7:45am

Help Your Students Go Deep, Go Wide, for Rich Understanding of Math Concepts Essential for Higher Math

M3 and M2 allow K-6 math learners to create a Yeti, challenge the Guinness Book of World Records, create their own number system, and more. Students engage in such motivating activities acting as professional mathematicians around a Common Core concept of math, e.g. Algebra or Geometry. Each lesson extends the understanding, while students grow in the use of mathematical vocabulary and oral and written communication. Take the plunge: come try a few activities

Speakers
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Jan Hayes

Educational Consultant, Kendall Hunt Publishing Company
Jan Hayes is a GT consultant, who presents researched, exemplary gifted math and LA curricula for Kendall Hunt throughout the US. She served as International Fellow for the Department of Defense initiative to align all DoD Schools to current math standards and approaches to teaching... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am
Pueblo

7:45am

The Gratitude Project- An Innovative Approach to Student-Led Research and Exploration of Universal Concepts

The Gratitude Project is a yearlong, multi-discipline exploration of the universal concepts of Gratitude, Power, Conflict, Relationships, and Change. This session will demonstrate how through interviews with family and community elders, students uncover details of legacy, sacrifice, and perseverance. Both a personal and shared experience, learning is differentiated as students construct and then prove their own generalizations. Reflections through art and writing allow students to connect and respond to their developing sense of personal gratitude.

Speakers
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Valerie Del Carlo

Teacher, Garden Grove Unified School District
Valerie Del Carlo has taught 6th-grade at Murdy Elementary in the Garden Grove Unified School District for the past 17 years. As the 6th grade GATE Cluster teacher since 2015, she meets the educational needs of her students in a vibrant and inclusive classroom. She is the creator... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am
Andreas

7:45am

Asking Hard Questions: Critical Thinking Design with Paul's Reasoning Model

Paul's Reasoning web, designed at the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary, has been serving gifted educators for years. This redesign simplifies the experience for teachers so they can create critical thinking questions ahead of time as well as "in the moment" of the lesson. Participants will engage with the tool to create high-level questions to differentiate their curriculum and encourage critical thinking in any classroom.

Speakers
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Dr. Ted Murcray

Professor, California Baptist University - Riverside, CA
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 →


Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am
Mesquite C

7:45am

The Cartoon Curriculum: Using Humor for Student Engagement and to Develop Critical Thinking

This session presents strategies for teaching literary concepts required by the CCST and crucial to students’ facility literary study. Using cartoons from wide sources as The New Yorker, Calvin and Hobbs, The Far Side, and other sources, this session will demonstrate 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 taught grades 7-12 English and Social Studies and is currently a Differentiation Specialist and a Literacy Coach. She has published articles in professional journals and chapters in books and was an original member and eventually Chair of the Early Adolescence English... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am
Pasadena

7:45am

Productively Struggling to Gain Conceptual Understanding in Math

Learn how to challenge students in math with activities that promote productive struggle. Students will experience problem solving through collaboration with others, while teachers facilitate the learning process of discovery and the value of mistakes. Come experience the benefits of teaching math concepts to allow students to develop a deeper level of understanding and apply their own thought processes.

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Andrea Mooney

Curriculum Program Specialist, Colton Joint Unified School District
Andrea Mooney served as an upper elementary teacher in the Colton Joint Unified School District for twenty-five years. She is currently a Curriculum Program Specialist and a District GATE coordinator.
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Gloria Gutierrez

GATE Site Coordinator, Colton Joint Unified School District
Gloria Gutierrez is currently a 5th-grade GATE teacher in the Colton Joint Unified School District. She has taught for 19 years and serves as the site GATE coordinator at Grand Terrace Elementary School.


Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am
Ventura

7:45am

Creating Spaces for Inclusion in Gifted Programming: A Practical Guide from One District’s Experience

Have you ever wished you could snap your fingers and create a more inclusive gifted program? Learn how one urban district redesigned identification, curricula, and programming to address the diverse talents of a growing population. Promoting equity and closing the achievement gap is not out of reach! Learn about the tools and strategies to make this dream a reality. Please bring a device and get ready to create spaces for inclusion in your gifted program.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Stargardter

Jessica Stargardter

Gifted and Talented Teacher, Gifted and Talented Teacher
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 →
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. Lori brings her passion for reaching all learners while challenging and bringing out students’ full potential. Currently, Lori is the District Coordinator for the Gifted and Talented program in Norwalk... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am
Sierra

7:45am

Brave New Worlds: The Gifted, Gaming and Social Media

Social media is ubiquitous and pervasive, but its fluid, magnetic and chaotic nature affects the gifted and talented in distinctive ways. Brave New Worlds offers a synopsis of the roles it plays in the lives of students, educators and families. Impacts of social media use on mental and physical well-being; cognitive and socioemotional development; creativity and critical thinking; perfectionism/impostor syndrome; dual exceptionality; cultivating resilience and growth mindset; technology overuse/addiction; among others will also be explored.

Speakers
avatar for Morgan Appel

Morgan Appel

Assistant Dean, Education and Community Outreach, UC San Diego
Morgan Appel is Assistant Dean for Education and Community Outreach at UC San Diego Extension, overseeing a diverse portfolio, extending PK - post retirement. Aligned with this role, he serves in an instructional capacity at both UC San Diego and UC Irvine, including courses in arts... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am
Catalina

7:45am

When Lazy Doesn’t Make Sense: How Executive Functions Impact our Gifted Learners

Difficulty starting a task, staying focused on non-preferred tasks, and great ideas without follow-through may indicate weak executive skills. Often our brightest students are labeled “lazy” and begin to doubt their abilities when their production lags. This presentation describes how executive functions may manifest in our students with high potential. Integrating research from noted professionals in the special education and gifted communities affords us the opportunity to offer explicit strategies to support our gifted learners.

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Z Hansen

Cynthia Z Hansen

ET/P Gifted Education Specialist, Private Practice Educational Therapy
Cindy Hansen serves the gifted community in her private practice and as a consultant to schools in Ventura, Santa Barbara, & SLO Counties. Ms. Hansen holds three teaching credentials and a post-master's GATE certificate. She is a SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator included on the... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am
Mesquite F

7:45am

Developing Critical Thinking and Creativity as a "Maker"

The 21st Century Learning skills of critical thinking and creative problem solving are imperative to developing our next generation of responsible and successful citizens (Wai & Worrel, 2016). However, the skills often merely lip-service when it comes to effective integration into curriculum and pedagogy. We examine the development of these skills over the course of a schoolwide effort to incorporate making and design into the curriculum. We also examine this effort through change management.

Speakers
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Gary Saundres

Principal and GATE specialist, Los Angeles Unified School District
Gary Saunders is currently an Ed.D. candidate and a principal at one of the highest performing elementary schools in California. His approach to innovative instruction at the K-12 level has advanced equity and academic success for gifted students. As a father of 5 gifted children... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am
Smoketree C

9:00am

Gifted Education and Talent Development are Synonyms
Is my child gifted?  This question, frequently posed to educators, is typically premised on the assumption that giftedness is a trait that individuals are born with.  However, consider any gifted adult that you know in any domain of endeavor from academia to the athletic field, the concert hall to the art gallery, and look at their history.  Their adult performance was the result of many years of study and work.  Adult success requires potential in a domain, good teachers, and long-term effort on the part of the individual.  In other words, no matter how bright or gifted you appear to be as a child, without talent development, there will not be a gifted adult.  In this presentation, Dr. Worrell will use the talent development megamodel (Subotnik, Olszerwski-Kubilius, & Worrell, 2011, 2018) as a backdrop to discuss the psychology of outstanding performance.  This presentation will provide an overview of the talent development elements that increase the probability of gifted performance in adulthood.  

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Frank Worrell

Dr. Frank Worrell

Professor; Faculty Director of the School of Psychology Program, University of California, Berkeley
Frank C. Worrell is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he serves as Faculty Director of the School Psychology Program, the Academic Talent Development Program, and the California College Preparatory Academy. He also holds... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am
Oasis

10:30am

Technology and Productivity: Supporting the 2e Learner

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, the Margo Long Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, Whitworth University, the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges
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 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Mesquite GH

10:30am

When the IEP is Not Enough: Strength-based, Talent-focused Planning for 2e Students

Twice-exceptional learners have a dual set of needs that separates them from other students with IEPs who do not have advanced abilities, interests, or talents. Unfortunately, the IEP is designed to address weaknesses with no consideration of how these students' advanced abilities complicate the situation. IEPs are designed to identify deficit areas and use strategies to "bring the learner up to grade level". Rarely, is there a talent development goal or language that considers these students’ need for enrichment and talent development. In this session, you will learn about the Suite of Tools and how to plan with students' strengths, interests, and talents in mind.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Susan Baum

Dr. Susan Baum

Director, The 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at 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 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Catalina

10:30am

Writing and the 2e Learner - Sponsored by Bridges Academy

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.

Speakers
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Mary MacInerny

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 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Mesquite DE

10:30am

An Observation Look-For Form for Gifted Classrooms

Do you conduct observations in classrooms? Do you have Look-for forms to use? Not sure what to look for in GATE classrooms? You will walk away from this session with a Look-for form to use with your GATE classroom teachers, and also a template upon which you can build your own with your staff. Warning: seeing this form may initiate the need for more professional development for your faculty, but we will cover that too.

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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. She has served on the CAG Board and on the Tri-County GATE Council executive board. She... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Smoketree E

10:30am

Cultivating Social Emotional Learning in Gifted Students through the Lens of Global Education

Learn how to support social and emotional learning (SEL) for gifted students by intentionally incorporating the Four Domains of Global Competence into daily lessons and overall school culture. Review the California Global Education Project’s indicators and benchmarks of global competence; learn about the CDE’s 2016 California Global Education Summit, the 2018 Global Education Exemplary Awards Competition, and new SEL resources; and hear about how an award recipient’s model program sets them apart.

Speakers
avatar for Aileen Allison-Zarea

Aileen Allison-Zarea

Education Administrator, California Department of Education, Educator Excellence and Equity Division
Aileen is an Education Administrator in the Educator Excellence and Equity Division at the California Department of Education. She oversees activities related to state-level professional learning for English Language Arts/Literacy, World Language, History-Social Science/Civics, the... Read More →
avatar for Emily Schell, Ed.D

Emily Schell, Ed.D

Executive Director, California Global Education Project
Dr. Emily Schell is Executive Director of the California Global Education Project, one of nine discipline-specific K-12 professional learning networks of the California Subject Matter Project. Schell is a former GATE teacher, Social Studies Resource Teacher, and site principal in... Read More →
avatar for Diane Crum

Diane Crum

Education Programs Assistant, Educator Equity and Excellence Division, The California Department of Education
Diane Crum is an Education Programs Assistant in the Educator Equity and Excellence Division (EEED) at the California Department of Education. Prior to joining the EEED, she taught in the Roseville Joint Union High School District (RJUHSD) since 2005. During her tenure at the RJUHSD... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Smoketree AB

10:30am

Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning Cultivates a Culture of Critical Thinking

The consistent and persistent use of questions cultivates a stance of genuine inquiry rather than a portrayal of information. In this session, Kelly Emanuel will model and teachers will experience, the nimble use of asking questions as an instructional tool. Participants will convene around a common text and engage in a sequence of activities that scaffold the depth of student-centered knowledge acquisition. All participants will leave the session with lesson plans for use in their own classroom.

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Kelly Emanuel

National Training Instructor, The Great Books Foundation
Kelly Emanuel is a Professional Development Instructor for the Great Books Foundation and has delivered seminars nationwide for teachers in Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning. He is passionate about coaching educators as they refine their questioning strategies in order to get their... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Pueblo

10:30am

Power Planning: Build Lessons that Support Student Ownership of Learning

Authentic learning is driven by student ownership. This means students have the authority, capacity, and responsibility to be the leaders in what they are learning and why. But this mindset requires teachers to be purposeful decision-makers throughout planning and delivery. Learn how to build daily lessons that allow students to take ownership of their learning through research-based strategies that support students to own the context, outcome, process, demonstration, and application of their learning.

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Jane Kennedy

CFO and Instructional Coach, Elevated Achievement Group
Jane is a co-founder of Elevated Achievement Group. She founded this professional learning company with the express desire to work cooperatively and collaboratively with teachers, coaches, and administrators. Jane began her career in 1991 as a self-contained classroom teacher in an... Read More →
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Robert Crowe

CEO and Instructional Coach, Elevated Achievement Group
Bob is a co-founder of Elevated Achievement Group, a professional learning company dedicated to helping educators develop student ownership at all grade levels. Bob began his career as a bilingual teacher in California in 1993. He then took his passion for learning and used it to... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Andreas

10:30am

STEM: Challenge Children to Reach Their Full Potential and Enjoy Every Minute of It

STEM is about setting up challenging activities that stimulate out-of-the-box thinking, collaboration, discussion, creativity, imagination, problem-solving, and of course science, technology, engineering, and math. Come have a great time with this hands-on highly interactive workshop where you will be immersed in teacher-directed and child-initiated STEM challenges and activities.

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Dr. Tamar Andrews

Program Director and Professor, UCLA Early Care and Education
Dr. Tamar Andrews has been providing ECE STEM training from China to Azerbaijan and all parts in between. She divides her time between ECE program director and professor of ECE and has found that to truly teach children and alter brain structures, children must be challenged. STEM... Read More →
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Avital Etehad

Associate Director, Temple Isaiah Preschool
Avital has been presenting workshops in STEM and more for over 10 years. She is a curriculum specialist and is currently the Associate Director of an NAEYC STEM-based early childhood program that enrolls over 325 children.


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
San Jacinto

10:30am

Engage Students in 21st Century Learning with Renzulli Learning

Would you like to streamline enrichment and differentiation, while enhancing the learning environment for ALL students across MTSS? Come see how Renzulli Learning brings personalized, meaningful content to your students and supports 21st Century Learning Skills such as Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity. With Renzulli Learning, G/T and all students achieve more when engaged in inquiry-based learning focused on their individualized Profilers. Develop cultural awareness through Global Collaboration projects across the globe!


Speakers
avatar for Jeanne N. Pascon

Jeanne N. Pascon

Director for Professional Development and Client Support, Renzulli Learning
Jeanne N. Pascon, M.Ed. is the Director for Professional Development and Client Support for Renzulli Learning.  An educator for over 25 years, she has been a classroom teacher, technology specialist, and teacher for gifted & talented students in both Canton and West Hartford, Connecticut... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Chino

10:30am

Keys to Learning: Adding Layers of Rigor

This session will demonstrate the use of additional thinking tools to foster a deeper understanding of content and extend the core curriculum. You will be actively involved in applying the keys across subjects. See how to combine Depth & Complexity with Keys to increase rigor through prompts and questions. Templates will be given to assist in the direct application of these strategies- perfect for your GATE students!

Speakers
avatar for Marcie Griffith

Marcie Griffith

Principal, Garden Grove Unified School District
Marcie Griffith, M.A., started her career as an elementary GATE teacher in the Garden Grove Unified School District and is currently a Principal who oversees an onsite GATE program. Prior to her principalship, she served as K-12 GATE Supervisor in her district. Marcie has conducted... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Pasadena

10:30am

Differentiation for the Middle School Student can be Educational and Fun!!!

Prepare to enter a session in which you will leave with an engaging, differentiated social studies curriculum of strategies and units of study that an educator may readily use upon your return to school. Imagine quick writes to research papers, art activities, group collaboration; and role-playing. Units of study include "Women in Ancient Civilizations", "Trade in Ancient Civilizations"; "Comparison of Ancient and Modern Houses". (You may also bring a chromebook or laptop.)

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Jo Ann Gillespie

Educator, Moreno Valley Unified School District
Jo Ann Cato Gillespie has been an educator and a life-long learner since 1970. Working currently on her doctorate at Grand Canyon University, she has been instrumental in establishing National History Day in her district; facilitates the Chapman University Art and Writing curriculum... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Mesquite C

10:30am

Using Math Prompts in Every Grade Level

Depth and Complexity is extended into math instruction in every grade level using the Math Prompts. Practical application will be discussed and applied as audience participants engage in a hands-on activity while learning a variety of connections to the classroom curriculum. You will leave the session with a deeper understanding of Math Prompt usage and its application for your classroom math instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Dolph Petris

Dolph Petris

Elementary School Teacher, Fullerton School District
Dolph is an enthusiastic educator and 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 in the search of greater understanding. Whether engaged in discussion or reading a new book, he is... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Ventura

10:30am

Multiple Pathways to Equitable Gifted/Talented Identification

Los Angeles Unified School District typically supports a population of 70,000 identified gifted/talented learners each year. Gifted/Talented Programs uses multiple screening, referral, and identification pathways to maintain equity and access. The District identifies gifted/talented learners in seven categories: Intellectual Ability, High Achievement Ability, Specific Academic Ability, Visual Arts Ability, Performing Arts Ability, Creative Ability, and Leadership Ability. Additionally, the District conducts a universal screening assessment of all second-grade students districtwide using the Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT-8). The Targeted Identification Program (TIP) addresses the needs of low-referring, at-risk schools to drive identification and program access; results have been highly effective. This session will explore how all of these pathways work in tandem to identify diverse gifted/talented learners across the entire District and maintain equitable access to programs and services.

Speakers
avatar for Wynne Wong-Cheng

Wynne Wong-Cheng

District Coordinator, Psychological Service, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Gifted/Talented Programs
Wynne Wong-Cheng is currently serving as a District Coordinator, Psychological Services, for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Gifted/Talented Programs. In this role, Ms. Wong-Cheng oversees gifted identification and leads a team of designated GATE psychologists that... Read More →
avatar for Erin Yoshida-Ehrmann

Erin Yoshida-Ehrmann

District Coordinator, Gifted/Talented Programs, Los Angeles Unified School District
Erin Yoshida-Ehrmann is currently serving as a District Coordinator for the LosAngeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Gifted/Talented Programs. In this role, Ms.Yoshida-Ehrmann provides professional development and support toadministrators, coordinators, teachers and families to... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Sierra

10:30am

GATE 101 Presented by CAG

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
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Patricia Chiles

GATE Coordinator, Fullerton Elementary
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Krista Landgraf

Teacher; President, Chino Valley Unified School District; California Association for the Gifted
Krista Landgraf is the President and Conference Co-Chair for the California Association for the Gifted. She has been a GATE teacher for over 23 years. She is an adjunct instructor for UCR’s GATE Credential Program. She has earned the CAG- Distinguished Service Award, Johns Hopkins... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Mesquite F

10:30am

Update from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

With renewed national attention on gifted and talented education, what policy trends are developing in meeting the needs of students with high abilities and high potential? What actions is NAGC pursuing to support and advance the field of gifted and talented education? The presentation will provide an update on national policy and other key issues NAGC is following, as well as an overview of NAGC’s current and upcoming initiatives to support the field.

Speakers
avatar for John Segota

John Segota

Executive Director, National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
With over 20 years of experience in non-profit and association leadership, John Segota, MPS, CAE, hasdedicated his career to advancing education, supporting the needs of educators and learners, andtransforming organizations. As the Executive Director of the National Association for... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Smoketree D

10:30am

Spiraling Through DOK With the Prompts of Depth/Complexity & Technology

Depth and Complexity accompanied by higher-order thinking skills is where the magic of critical thinking lies. Do you want to make your students’ brains sweat? Keep them in DOK 3 and 4. That is where students begin to explain and defend their thinking. Now imagine, adding the prompts of Depth & Complexity to the thinking skills. You will add complexity for your Gifted students while scaffolding for those that need it. When technology is combined with DOK levels you have just allowed ALL students the ability to make their learning visible in a way that would be unimaginable without it. BYOD: Combine technology skills with teaching strategies, to use the prompts of Depth & Complexity to raise critical thinking skills.

Speakers
avatar for Yvette Mezzanatto

Yvette Mezzanatto

District Leader in GATE and Technology Instruction, Colton Joint Unified School District
Carrie Northcott, Nyree Clark, and Yvette Mezzanatto have taught in the Colton Joint Unified School District with over forty years of service combined. These ladies are District Leaders in the fields of GATE and Technology instruction. They are all Google Certified Educators Levels... Read More →
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Nyree Clark

Curriculum Program Specialist Technology, Colton Joint Unified School District
I have been blessed to be able to work my DREAM JOB! Over the years I have become a Reading Recovery teacher, GATE Certified, and a Google Certified Educator. I have taught K-4 as a classroom teacher and currently a CPS (Curriculum Program Specialist) in Technology. I love this new... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Northcott

Carrie Northcott

District Leader in GATE and Technology Instruction, Colton Joint Unified School District
Carrie Northcott, Nyree Clark, and Yvette Mezzanatto have taught in the Colton Joint Unified School District with over forty years of service combined. These ladies are District Leaders in the fields of GATE and Technology instruction. They are all Google Certified Educators Levels... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am
Smoketree C

11:30am

Exhibit Hall
Saturday February 22, 2020 11:30am - 12:00pm
CAGCon Foyer

12:00pm

Lunch
Saturday February 22, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Oasis

1:00pm

Learning to Deal with the Unpredictable: Using Tools of Improv with 2E Students

What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Frustrating conundrum is typical for 2e students. Using the tools of Improvisation, unplanned spontaneous actions, helps students deal with unpredictable situations. Improv, often comedy, can also be used to deal with confounding situations. Participants will engage in collaborative “play” and will leave with ready-to-use ideas for the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Richard Cash

Dr. Richard Cash

Educator, Author, Consultant, nRich Educational Consulting
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 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mesquite GH

1:00pm

When Math is a Problem: Creative and Humorous Ways to Teach Math without Worksheets

Place value is the essential tool for 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

Dr. Rachel McAnallen aka Ms. Math, Bridges Academy
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 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mesquite DE

1:00pm

Academic Acceleration: A District Toolkit

Who needs to be accelerated? What form of acceleration is needed? When it is best to accelerate? Presenters provide an objective process, supported by the online Integrated Acceleration System, that facilitates decisions about who, what form, and when. In this interactive session, participants will consider the major forms of acceleration and learn about the research underlying this underused intervention. The discussion will focus on grade-skipping and subject acceleration within the context of coherent acceleration policies.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Dr. Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Administrator of the Acceleration Institute and Research, Belin Blank Center at the University of Iowa
Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Ph.D. is Administrator, Acceleration Institute and Research at the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center. Research interests include mathematically talented students and academic acceleration. Publications include: Developing Math Talent: A Comprehensive Guide... Read More →
avatar for Susan Assouline

Susan Assouline

Director, Belin Blank Center at the University of Iowa
Susan G. Assouline is the director of the Belin-Blank Center, holds the Myron and Jacqueline N. Blank Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, and is a professor of school psychology. Throughout her career, she has been especially interested in the identification of academic talent in elementary... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Catalina

1:00pm

Unwrapping the Gift: Rethinking Leadership in a Gifted School

To mobilize your school community toward continuous improvement, it’s not enough to ask for or demand buy-in. To build an effective and affective comprehensive campus with collective efficacy, a school leader must offer explicit opportunities for students, parents, teachers, and staff to lead. Discover things that work (and don’t work) to maximize divergent thinking and human resources, include and invite all shareholders in decision-making, and share responsibility of school-wide initiatives and programs.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Nusbaum

Jennifer Nusbaum

Dean of Students, Knox Gifted Academy, Chandler Unified School District
Jennifer Nusbaum is the Dean of Students at Knox Gifted Academy, a public school that serves approximately 700 gifted K-6 students in Chandler, Arizona. Jennifer is a parent of four gifted children and has served gifted students and families as a program coordinator, teacher, teacher-leader... Read More →
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Lynn Weed

Principal, Chandler Unified School District
Lynn Weed is the Principal of Knox Gifted Academy, a public school that serves approximately 700 gifted K-6 students in Chandler, Arizona. In her tenure as an educator, Lynn has served as a teacher, Instructional Specialist, Assistant Principal, Assistant Superintendent, and Principal... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Smoketree E

1:00pm

Relationships And Retakes: Helping Students Develop A Growth Mindset

Research has shown that gifted students may be susceptible to developing a fixed mindset. In this presentation, I will share how a grading system that included retakes, along with the relationships I built with the students, impacted how students viewed themselves as learners and members of a learning community. And how relationships and retakes led to an increase in Growth Mindset, especially for my advanced learners.

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Dr. John Hayden

High School Math Teacher, Piedmont High School
Dr. Hayden has been a public school mathematics teacher for more than 25 years. In his career, he has focused on differentiation, co-teaching, assessment, social-emotional wellbeing, and, most recently, Growth Mindset. He has recently concluded a research project into mastery-based... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Smoketree AB

1:00pm

Learning to Think, Thinking to Learn: Strategies to Empower Students

A focus on developing thinking skills allows students to take charge of their own learning, deepen their understandings, 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 in all academic disciplines

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jann Leppien

Dr. Jann Leppien

Professor, the Margo Long Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, Whitworth University, the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges
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 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
San Jacinto

1:00pm

Questioning In The Classroom To Support Interdisciplinary Instruction

Can your students construct relevant, coherent questions? I 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 and there will be an emphasis on STEAM. Come experience simulation lessons and receive tools that you can use with your students when you return to school.

Speakers
avatar for Juli Petrilli

Juli Petrilli

Teacher, Juli Petrilli
Juli Petrilli is a National Board Certified Teacher who holds 2 master's degrees in Elementary Education and Educational Administration. She has certification in Gifted Education and a Micro-Credential in STEAM Education. Juli was a CAG Summer Institute presenter for several years... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Andreas

1:00pm

What Every Science Teacher Needs to Know about How Science Works

As part of a more complete school science experience, students must understand and appreciate more than the facts of science. Students must learn to know how knowledge is created and evaluated by scientists themselves. This session will provide an "instant update" focusing on common misconceptions about how science functions and provides an overview of the nature of science and rationales for including it as the foundation for science instructional programs. We will explore the definition of science, common myths involving the nature of proof, the role of evidence, models of knowledge generation, the social dimensions of science and the fallacy of the single scientific method all designed to help teachers provide a more robust science learning experience so that students can begin to think like scientists and evaluate the claims of science as future citizens.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. William McComas

Dr. William McComas

Parks Professor of Science Ed., University of Arkansas
William F. McComas is the inaugural holder of the Parks Family Endowed Professorship in Science Education at the University of Arkansas where he directs the Project to Advance Science Education (PASE).  This follows a career as a biology and physical science teacher in suburban... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mojave Learning Center

1:00pm

Maslow 2.0: The Hierarchy of Needs, Redefined

In his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation,” Abraham Maslow introduced the idea that human beings have a hierarchy of needs: physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. In this talk, Scott Barry Kaufman picks up where Maslow left off, expanding upon the unfinished theory and integrating new scientific findings, including Kaufman’s own research on creativity, love, personality, and well-being. Through his unique work on the subject, Kaufman reinvigorates the profound insights of humanistic psychology with the latest scientific findings from a wide range of fields, introducing them to a generation that consistently feels unsatisfied in their work, creative pursuits, and educational path. Students can be high achievers and yet still yearn for self-realization. The philosopher Erich Fromm said that there is “an art of being.” But as Kaufman persuasively shows, there is also a science of being, and this talk will help educators set students on the path to a life of optimal health, growth, wholeness, and real fulfillment.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman

Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman

Professor; Director of Research, Columbia University; The 2E Center at Bridges Academy
Scott Barry Kaufman is a professor at Columbia University and Director of Research at the 2e Center, Bridges Academy. He is interested in helping all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. In addition to writing the column Beautiful Minds for Scientific American... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ventura

1:00pm

Diving Deeper with Student-Selected Text

Student choice is an important way to increase engagement with reading. This presentation will offer numerous ways to engage students with their chosen texts using the new Icons of Depth and Complexity to write responses to their reading.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Sosa

Laura Sosa

Teaching 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 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pasadena

1:00pm

New to Gifted Education... We have tools!

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, and Think Like a Disciplinarian. 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 over 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... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl Rys

Cheryl Rys

Teacher, Saddleback Valley Unified School District
Cheryl Rys has taught elementary school for thirty years. She currently teaches a 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 current... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mesquite C

1:00pm

Students Soar when Reading, Writing, and Content Standards Collide! (3-6)

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 type writing!

Speakers
avatar for Linda Fisher

Linda Fisher

Educational Consultant, 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 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chino

1:00pm

Identifying ALL Gifted Learners Through Inclusive Identification Practices.

In this session, participants will share their successful practices that lead to diverse GATE programs. Then, we will examine common pitfalls in identification processes that can lead to underrepresentation. Finally, participants will be provided with data that shows how using ability tests with nonverbal items can help identify all gifted learners regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or culture.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Dyson

Robert Dyson

Solutions Analyst, Pearson
Rob Dyson is a Solution Analyst at Pearson Clinical and provides assistance to school districts across the U.S. in selecting and administering assessments that measure achievement, ability, dyslexia screening, and behavior. He has been a secondary science educator for over 20 years... Read More →
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Ellen Murphy

Solutions Analyst, Pearson
Ellen Murphy M.A., is a licensed school psychologist, Solutions Analyst, and part of Pearson's Clinical Assessment. Ellen Murphy is a School Psychologist and a Solutions Analyst for Pearson for the last 16 years. In this multifaceted role, Ellen provides ongoing consultation and training... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pueblo

1:00pm

Unlocking the "GATE" for Latino Students

Throughout the presentation, participants will:
1. Identify gifted characteristics within diverse populations.
2. Understand the correlation between gifted identification and multiple intelligences.
3. Discuss how culturally responsive educational strategies can be embedded in instruction in order to increase motivation and achievement.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Estrada

Catherine Estrada

Principal, San Jose St. Elementary and Highly Gifted Magnet; CAG Educator Representative, Mission Region, San Jose St. Elementary
Catherine Estrada, MA, is an educator with over 25 years of experience. She has been a teacher, literacy coach, and coordinator in the LAUSD GATE department. She currently is the principal of San Jose St. Elementary/Highly Gifted Magnet and serves as the CAG Educator Representative... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sierra

1:00pm

Strategies to Generate LCAP Support for Gifted Services in Your School District

This workshop will provide parents, teachers, administrators, and GATE advocates with some proven strategies for better-ensuring school districts incorporate GATE services into their local state-required academic plan, known as the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Barrett and Caitlin are advocates for the California Association for the Gifted in Sacramento.

Speakers
avatar for Barrett Snider

Barrett Snider

Founding Partner, Capitol Advisors Group
Barrett has spent over two decades working in California politics and is a founding partner of Capitol Advisors Group, where he manages the daily operations of the firm. His diverse experience in both legislative advocacy and political campaigns provides clients with valuable industry... Read More →
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Caitlin Jung

Partner, Capitol Advisors Group
Caitlin is an attorney with experience with education, civil rights, bankruptcy, and landlord-tenant law. Prior to joining Capitol Advisors, she worked on prisoner rights cases at the UC Davis Civil Rights Clinic and with the Human Rights/Fair Housing Commission at its small claims... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Smoketree D

1:00pm

Using Video Production to Drive Differentiation in a GATE Cluster Classroom

This session will show you ways you can differentiate your Google Classroom ELA lessons by having students create high interest/novel/depth/complexity videos. Learn how to change writing assignments into scripts for weekly school newscasts using a green screen. Grammar lessons can become springboards for stop motion animation videos. Math scholars can create their own Classroom Academy where students create videos to teach what they have learned. Information will also be given on what you can do to acquire funds for these tools for your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Longshore

Paul Longshore

Learning Facilitator, Victor Elementary School District
Paul Longshore is a Learning Facilitator at Galileo Academy: School of Gifted and Talented Education, a parent-choice school in Victor Elementary School District. His fourth-grade class takes up to 18 field trips a year, manages and runs school apple orchard, pumpkin patch, and an... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Smoketree C

2:15pm

Feelings Matter! Social and Emotional Development in Twice Exceptional Youth

Despite attention to improving education for Twice Exceptional students, who grapple with the challenges of having both gifts/talents and disabilities, little direct consideration has been accorded their social/emotional development. While problems can arise due to the seeming dichotomy of juggling significant potential with disabilities, academic dilemmas frequently prompt less concern over time than does a student’s overall social/emotional adjustment. This interactive session will showcase practical, field-tested approaches for scaffolding social/emotional development at school and home.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Richard Olenchak

Dr. Richard Olenchak

Professor, Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute, Purdue University
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Saturday February 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Mesquite GH

2:15pm

Policy: The Key to Navigating Acceleration Advocacy

Policies give voice to gifted students who don’t have advocates. Administrators, educators, students, and their families all benefit from policy because it levels the playing field and provides equal access to accelerative opportunities. The roadmap to policies for grade-skipping, subject acceleration, and early entrance to kindergarten/first grade is clearly delineated in Developing Academic Acceleration Policies. In this interactive session, participants will consider the major questions when designing an acceleration policy. Sample policies will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Dr. Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Administrator of the Acceleration Institute and Research, Belin Blank Center at the University of Iowa
Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Ph.D. is Administrator, Acceleration Institute and Research at the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center. Research interests include mathematically talented students and academic acceleration. Publications include: Developing Math Talent: A Comprehensive Guide... Read More →
avatar for Susan Assouline

Susan Assouline

Director, Belin Blank Center at the University of Iowa
Susan G. Assouline is the director of the Belin-Blank Center, holds the Myron and Jacqueline N. Blank Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, and is a professor of school psychology. Throughout her career, she has been especially interested in the identification of academic talent in elementary... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Catalina

2:15pm

Leading Girls to Leadership

For society to be more accepting of women in leadership positions, we must inspire and develop leadership in girls today. Female leadership potential often goes unnoticed or under-supported impacting choices girls make regarding classes, activities, college, and career. By identifying and supporting girls with leadership qualities, educators can change the look of corporate administration, legislative bodies, and Board tables. Leadership is a gift and talent and girls need support to be tomorrow’s leaders.


Saturday February 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Smoketree AB

2:15pm

Leading Girls to Leadership

Learn how to support social and emotional learning (SEL) for gifted students by intentionally incorporating the Four Domains of Global Competence into daily lessons and overall school culture. Review the California Global Education Project’s indicators and benchmarks of global competence; learn about the CDE’s 2016 California Global Education Summit, the 2018 Global Education Exemplary Awards Competition, and new SEL resources; and hear about how an award recipient’s model program sets them apart.

Speakers
avatar for Aileen Allison-Zarea

Aileen Allison-Zarea

Education Administrator, California Department of Education, Educator Excellence and Equity Division
Aileen is an Education Administrator in the Educator Excellence and Equity Division at the California Department of Education. She oversees activities related to state-level professional learning for English Language Arts/Literacy, World Language, History-Social Science/Civics, the... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Smoketree E

2:15pm

Depth and Complexity: A practical approach to Teaching the Prompts

Are you struggling to figure out how to implement the depth and complexity prompts in a realistic and easy way? Then this session is for you!

Speakers
avatar for Robyn Arnold

Robyn Arnold

3rd Grade Teacher, CAG Master Teacher, Los Angeles Unified Schoo District
Robyn Arnold is a 3rd-grade teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. With over 17 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 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Andreas

2:15pm

Teaching Students to Self-differentiate As a Way of Implementing a Challenging Curriculum for Every Student

As teachers of gifted students we have learned how to differentiate, first, the content we teach second, the process, third and finally the product our students produce to demonstrate what they learn. Let’s go beyond this and additionally train our students to self differentiate. Let’s explore how offering choices and modeling products at different levels can help students engage in the processes, better serving their individual learning needs. Let’s strive to guarantee a curriculum that challenges each of our students personally. Let's train our students to learn how to assess and address the level of performance they are currently working at in any particular skill. I will share how I have done this in my classroom, and some of the results that I have achieved using this approach.

Speakers
avatar for Gian Molero

Gian Molero

World Language Department Chair and Middle School Spanish Teacher, The Mirman School
Gian Molero has been teaching gifted students for over 15 years, currently serves as a member of the Curriculum Committee at The Mirman School for the Highly Gifted, as well as the World Language Department Chair, and the Middle School Spanish Teacher. She has previously presented... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm
San Jacinto

2:15pm

Multiage Learning Environments: Supporting Social, Emotional, and Academic Needs Through Design Thinking Pedagogy.

In terms of educational reforms and innovations, learners don’t need more or better. Many need different. Their intelligence and intensities are so unique that even the most innovative classrooms aren’t innovative enough. Therefore, it is our job, our challenge, our purpose to ensure the environments match their needs. Participants will learn how a multiage, design thinking, maker ed environment supports the social, emotional, and academic needs of all learners.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Buist

Michael Buist

Multiage Classroom Teacher, Knox Gifted Academy
Michael Buist is one-third of the multiage cohort teaching team at Knox Gifted Academy, a public school that serves more than 700 gifted K-6 students in Chandler, Arizona. Michael has taught in the Chandler Unified School District for 21 years and has served gifted students and families... Read More →
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Rebecca Coplan

Multiage Classroom Teacher, Knox Gifted Academy
Rebecca Coplan is a teacher at Knox Gifted Academy, a public school that serves more than 700 gifted students and their families in Chandler, Arizona. Rebecca has served gifted learners for over 9 years in a cluster, pull-out, and self-contained models. She has her National Board... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Mesquite C

2:15pm

Meaningful Objectives for Individualized Science Projects

Who remembers making missions in school? Volcanoes? Science reports or presentation boards? All students are different, so why should they all complete the same 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 becomes more meaningful to the student and allows for deeper knowledge in an area of their choice.

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Cantrell

Kimberly Cantrell

Teacher, Garden Grove Unified
Kimberly is currently a 4th-grade GATE teacher with Garden Grove Unified. She graduated from Vanguard University and has a Masters in Educational Linguistics.


Saturday February 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Pasadena

2:15pm

Project Period Table: A Successful use of Type III Enrichment for Gifted

Presents the results of the first Type III Enrichment (Project-based) with gifted students at a full-time talent program in Mexico as well as its effects on teamwork abilities, communication, and independent learning. Was conducted as small group project instruction for 12 months to teach High School Chemistry to 10-12-year-old students in an advanced placement program. This culminated with the public presentation of the project at a national Science Custer Fair. We described the team abilities, changes on learning strategies and creativity within this independent but supervised project that involved learning complex biochemical concepts and public speaking skills.

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Dr. Andrew Almazan

Director of the Psychology Department, CEDAT Talent Attention Center Mexico
Dr. Andrew Almazan directs the Psychology Department at CEDAT (Centro de Atención al Talento). He is also a representative of Mexico at the World Council of Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC). Dr. Almazan received the 2010 Mexico City Youth Prize, and the 2016 National Prize in... Read More →
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Dafne Almazan

Professor, CEDAT Talent Attention Center
Dafne Almazan works as a full-time teacher for gifted at CEDAT (Centro de Atención al Talento). She received the 2018 Mexico City Youth Prize, and the 2016 National Prize in Psychology. Dafne is a student in the Ph.D. in Special Education at Liberty University, has earned her Master’s... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Ventura

2:15pm

Addressing the Needs of Gifted English Learners

This workshop will provide opportunities for participants to reflect upon their own classroom practices in regards to culturally teaching and learning. Participants will also have opportunities to explore ways to provide more culturally responsive teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Martha Gomez

Martha Gomez

Director of Language Services and Student Programs, Jurupa Unified School District
Martha Gomez has worked in the field of education for over 25 years. She has been a classroom teacher, a bilingual resource teacher, a site administrator, and a district administrator. In the last 15 years, she has focused on the education of English learners as well as Gifted Learners... Read More →
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Esther Askew

Bilingual Resource Teacher, Jurupa Unified School District
Esther has been a classroom teacher at various grade levels. She is a bilingual resource teacher, and in the last 15 years, she has focused on the education of English learners as well as Gifted Learners. Additionally, she teaches Best Practices for Gifted English Learners, an online... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Sierra

2:15pm

Diversity Panel

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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 →
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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 →
avatar for Dr. Frank Worrell

Dr. Frank Worrell

Professor; Faculty Director of the School of Psychology Program, University of California, Berkeley
Frank C. Worrell is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he serves as Faculty Director of the School Psychology Program, the Academic Talent Development Program, and the California College Preparatory Academy. He also holds... Read More →
avatar for Martha Gomez

Martha Gomez

Director of Language Services and Student Programs, Jurupa Unified School District
Martha Gomez has worked in the field of education for over 25 years. She has been a classroom teacher, a bilingual resource teacher, a site administrator, and a district administrator. In the last 15 years, she has focused on the education of English learners as well as Gifted Learners... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Smoketree D

2:15pm

Identification of Giftedness: Opportunities for Equity

In this session, participants will explore a multi tiered model of identification that strives to support teachers in understanding the characteristics of giftedness through multiple lenses. We will dig in to pedagogical opportunities that support the revealing of potential in young people, as well as the systematic change that must occur to identify students from all subgroups.

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Saturday February 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Mesquite F

2:15pm

Welcome to the Real World: Recognizing the Challenges Facing Gifted/2e Teens and Young Adults

The asynchronous development of gifted/2e individuals does not magically disappear at a certain age. Modern living can challenge those who may be advanced in some areas of functioning, but behind in others. Even daily tasks such as personal hygiene, laundry, eating, and managing finances can paralyze them. Rites of passage including getting a driver’s license, introduction to drugs/alcohol, and dating can overwhelm them. This session will explore how asynchrony continues into teen and adulthood.

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Sharon Duncan

Gifted Consultant, Gifted Identity/Gifted Research and Outreach
Sharon Duncan works with parents and educators to help them understand and meet the social, emotional and intellectual needs of gifted children. Sharon consults on a wide range of challenges both at home and in the classroom, as well as provides staff training and assistance in defining... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Mesquite DE

2:15pm

Pear Deck and Google Slides: The Perfect Pear

What if you could engage every student in your class, every day? Pear Deck lets you bring presentations to life with formative assessments and interactive questions. Designed for 1:1 classrooms, Pear Deck takes presentations to the next level, letting you see in real-time how each student in your class is doing and thus be able to differentiate at a whole new level.
 
In this hands-on session, we will let you experience the power of Pear Deck as both a student and a teacher. We’ll walk through how easy it is to:
  1. Add formative assessment questions and launch interactive presentations directly from Google Slides or PowerPoint Online.
  2. Manage your class and view student answers with the Teacher Dashboard, and be able to publish Student Takeaways.
  3. Capture student responses with our Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams integration.

By the end of the session, you will walk away as a Pear Deck expert with a free Pear Deck Premium account! Plus, with Pear Deck’s Add-On for Google Slides or PowerPoint Online, you have access to free, editable slide templates for critical thinking, SEL, exit tickets, bell ringers and more!
 
Bonus: Teaching digital citizenship? You can now access 26 free, ready-to-teach digital citizenship lessons featuring Google’s Be Internet Awesome curriculum, all with the interactive power of Pear Deck.

Strands:
● Add-ons/Extensions
● Google Tools
● Laptops/Chromebooks


Speakers
avatar for Susan Casey

Susan Casey

Partnership Manager, Pear Deck
Designed for 1:1 classrooms, Pear Deck takes presentations to the next level, letting you see in real time how each student in your class is doing and thus be able to differentiate at a whole new level.


Saturday February 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Pueblo

2:15pm

The 3 C’s of Success: Coding, Collaboration, and Content

Coding is a great way to make learning fun while increasing rigor and student engagement. During this session, you will be introduced to online and off-line coding activities suitable for K-3 students. See how the activities are set up and encourage students to collaborate while exploring stories, engineering ideas and science and math concepts. These ideas are ready to use, easy to adapt and can be integrated into your current content.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Davis

Allison Davis

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. She was Arizona’s 2012 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and a 2018 Arizona Teacher of the Year Ambassador... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Smoketree C

2:15pm

Interdisciplinary Instruction: Differentiation, Demonstration and Discussion

The session features an introduction to the importance and challenges of interdisciplinarity as a dimension of differentiation. Examples of math, English language arts, social studies, and art will be presented to show how each may be linked to other disciplines in an interdisciplinary fashion. Each demonstration will be followed by a reflection from the other panelists who will share insights regarding the why, what, and how of developing and implementing interdisciplinary instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California
An expert in gifted education and differentiated curriculum, Kaplan teaches the methods courses for the Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, and acts as a consultant for several state departments and school districts nationwide on the topics of education for gifted students, differentiated... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Eugenia Mora-Flores

Dr. Eugenia Mora-Flores

Chair of the MAT and MAT TESOL Programs; Associate Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California
Dedicated to improving literacy and language development instruction for K-12 English Language Learners, Mora-Flores is making an impact on the next generation of teachers as an author, staff developer for large urban school districts, Chair of the Master of Arts in Teaching programs... Read More →
avatar for Dr. William McComas

Dr. William McComas

Parks Professor of Science Ed., University of Arkansas
William F. McComas is the inaugural holder of the Parks Family Endowed Professorship in Science Education at the University of Arkansas where he directs the Project to Advance Science Education (PASE).  This follows a career as a biology and physical science teacher in suburban... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Julia Nyberg

Dr. Julia Nyberg

Executive Director, California Association for the Gifted
Dr. Julia Nyberg is the Executive Director of 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... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Kim McComas

Dr. Kim McComas

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas
Following a 20 year career teaching secondary mathematics, Kim McComas pursued a doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on mathematically gifted children. She currently teaches pre-service mathematics teachers at the University of Arkansas, encouraging her students to... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Mojave Learning Center

3:30pm

How Mathematical Learning Disorder Works and is Overlooked

Mathematical Learning Disorder (MLD) is the least researched and most overlooked of the learning disorders. This lecture will teach the nuts and bolts of MLD in regard to how it works in the brain, what it looks like on paper, how to assess it, and methods of remediation. The lecture will be filled with anecdotes and case examples to illustrate the process of MLD.

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Dr. Paul Beljan

Pscyhologist, Lecturer, Beljan Psychological Services
Dr. Paul Beljan is the past president of the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology. He holds child and adult diplomate qualifications with the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology and the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. Dr. Beljan co-wrote Misdiagnosis... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mesquite DE

3:30pm

Why Before How: Inquiry Based Instruction and the Twice Exceptional Learner

Inquiry based instruction develops the ability to: actively listen and discuss content; critically consider information before making conclusions; tackle deep and complex ideas; and form evidence based opinions. Students are capable of self-awareness, insight and empathy when they are given the procedural training by their teachers to support peer discussions that tap into many of their developmental and cognitive needs. Students come away with a sense of earned responsibility and an increased ability to negotiate with diplomacy.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Herro

Erica Herro

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Stevenson School
Erica Lewis Herro, M.A., BCET Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Stevenson School; Board Certified Educational Therapist; Author, A Review of Research on Teaching Reading Comprehension and the Effect of Frequent Focused Practice (2010); Dynamic Optimism: Mediating Accurate Assessment... Read More →
avatar for Molly Bozzo

Molly Bozzo

Head of School, Stevenson
Molly Kathleen Bozzo, M.A., Education Administration and Leadership, B.A. English Literature; Head of School, Grades PK-8, Stevenson School; English Teacher, Stevenson School; Director, Northwest Montessori School (1993-1995), Director of Residence and Activities, Santa Catalina School... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mesquite GH

3:30pm

Quality Professional Learning to Support Gifted Students

This interactive workshop will take participants on a journey through the seven Quality Professional Learning Standards (QPLS) to support educators in meeting the unique needs of their gifted students. The standards detail the characteristics of high-quality professional learning that build individual and collective educator capacity to meet professional, school, and student performance expectations unique to their own contexts. Participants will also hear the QPLS story of one California school and gain resources for future implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Aileen Allison-Zarea

Aileen Allison-Zarea

Education Administrator, California Department of Education, Educator Excellence and Equity Division
Aileen is an Education Administrator in the Educator Excellence and Equity Division at the California Department of Education. She oversees activities related to state-level professional learning for English Language Arts/Literacy, World Language, History-Social Science/Civics, the... Read More →
avatar for Diane Crum

Diane Crum

Education Programs Assistant, Educator Equity and Excellence Division, The California Department of Education
Diane Crum is an Education Programs Assistant in the Educator Equity and Excellence Division (EEED) at the California Department of Education. Prior to joining the EEED, she taught in the Roseville Joint Union High School District (RJUHSD) since 2005. During her tenure at the RJUHSD... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Catalina

3:30pm

Positive Discipline SEL Skills for Gifted and Talented Students

Positive Discipline addresses the needs of many gifts students who have a desire to learn in an environment that is just, empowering, respectful and emotionally engaging. Positive Discipline is an approach and curriculum that builds respectful and effective communication skills, prosocial behavior, problem solving and collaboration within the daily learning environment. Students are empowered to use these skills in all aspects of their learning, leading to positive connections with their peers and applying these skills to their academic learning.

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Keces

Tammy Keces

Head of School, Irvine Hebrew Day School
Tammy Keces is the founding principal and Head of School at Irvine Hebrew Day School, a K-6 grade Jewish day school located in Santa Ana, California. Tammy is currently receiving her doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State University Fullerton, she received her MA... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Smoketree AB

3:30pm

Inquiry/PBL and the Gifted Student

The process of inquiry creates a hands-on, minds-on approach to learning and critical thinking. Inquiry/PBL appeals to many students who think not just outside of the box, but far beyond it. Participants will learn what inquiry/PBL is, the commonalities among its models, and how best practices in gifted education blend seamlessly with the stages of the inquiry cycle to promote deeper learning and critical thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Heller

Vanessa Heller

Educator, Board Certified Educational Therapist, Author, Oak Park Unified
Ms. Heller is an educator in her 22nd year of teaching. She is a middle school humanities teacher for Oak Park Unified and also serves as Director of the Oak Park Inquiry Institute, district Peer Coach, and member of the district's Tech Innovators helping colleagues incorporate technology... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Andreas

3:30pm

Muggle Studies

While Harry and his mates have been around for over 20 years, the appeal of the magical world is still strong. Our program has created course offerings that enable young and old alike to think at a deeper level, including Charms/Latin, Potions/Chemistry, Herbology/Botany, Muggle Studies/Humanities, and Ancient Runes/Archeology just to name a few. Add in a bit of Socratic Method, and you have challenging course work that checks all the curricular boxes.

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Dr. 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 the president of the Gifted Association of Missouri. Dr. Lazzelle has presented numerous times at NAGC and most recently... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
San Jacinto

3:30pm

Dig Deeper-Literature and Thinking Like a Disciplinarian

Participants will examine how to Think Like a Disciplinarian while reading culturally and socially relevant literary works. There will be an emphasis on how to differentiate, how to think critically concerning what is read, and how to encourage students to act on what they read. The focus will be on standards from grades 3-6.

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Dr. Sharon Bennett

Educator, Alvord Unified School District
Dr. Sharon Bennett has been an educator in Southern California for 29 years. Her interests lie in researching and creating a system that provides for equitable outcomes for all students.


Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Ventura

3:30pm

Robotics, Electronics, & Engineering: Helping Gifted Learners Engage, Advance Academically and Be Future-Ready!

Speaker will share strategies and ideas for developing effective robotics and engineering programs for grades K-12 that will increase engagement and ignite inspired, sustained learning for ALL gifted students. Speaker will demonstrate a variety of cutting-edge devices and will show how to use them to engage and advance learning for gifted students, beginning at the primary levels. Speaker will engage participants in discourse, emphasizing development of critical and creative thinking, engineering principles, and collaborative and communication skills.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Donna Knoell

Dr. Donna Knoell

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


Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Pasadena

3:30pm

Arts Integration: Creativity, Collaboration, and the Brain

Discover the A in STEAM and learn how Arts Integration can be used as a meaningful tool for differentiation in the classroom. From the research on the brain, learning, and the arts to arts integration program development strategies this workshop will provide instructors with practical tools and lessons for understanding the why and how of arts integration.

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Marisa Cleghorn

Senior Program Director, STAR Inc.
Marisa Cleghorn is a Senior Program Director for STAR In. Having worked for over 22 years in non-profit education, Marisa has dedicated her career to the design and implementation of hands-on educational programming for students, teachers, and parents. With her undergraduate studies... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Chino

3:30pm

Catch Me Outside

Learn how to take a unit of study and take it outside your classroom with students leading the charge. Be able to empower students with varied interests and skill sets to organize and implement projects that take what they’ve learned and make it a teachable experience for themselves and the school community. The Engineering Design Plan, Fairy Tale Theater, and Colonial Day will be the focal projects for this presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Veronica Martinez

Veronica Martinez

Teacher - 5th grade, Aurora Elementary School
A 20+ year teaching veteran doing her best to bring joy to teaching and learning in an urban classroom. By tasking students to take their learning outside the classroom; she guides her students to educate, enrich, and empower their school community.


Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mesquite C

3:30pm

Gifted and Bilingual Education

A session that focuses on GATE strategies within a bilingual classroom. Gain different strategies for challenging all students despite identification with the help of technology and best practices. Topics included pedagogy, bilingual resources, technology, parent involvement, and integration of culture, the digital class created rubrics, integrating GATE icons, and computer-based assignments. These are all practical strategies that can be implemented immediately regardless of your district’s curriculum.

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Brenda Angulo

Teacher, Jurupa Unified School District
Brenda Angulo received her Master's in Education with a bilingual authorization from the University of California, Riverside. After graduation, she was hired by Jurupa Unified to serve as an elementary dual language teacher. She masterfully differentiates in her inclusive dual language... Read More →
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Andrea Zambrano

Teacher, Jurupa Unified School District
Andrea Zambrano received her Master's in Education with a bilingual authorization from the University of California, Riverside. She currently works in a 5th-grade dual immersion classroom in Jurupa Valley. One of her concerns is to value cultural diversity by developing gifted students... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sierra

3:30pm

Multiple Pathways to Equitable Gifted/Talented Identification

Los Angeles Unified School District typically supports a population of 70,000 identified gifted/talented learners each year. Gifted/Talented Programs uses multiple screening, referral, and identification pathways to maintain equity and access. The District identifies gifted/talented learners in seven categories: Intellectual Ability, High Achievement Ability, Specific Academic Ability, Visual Arts Ability, Performing Arts Ability, Creative Ability, and Leadership Ability. Additionally, the District conducts a universal screening assessment of all second-grade students districtwide using the Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT-8). The Targeted Identification Program (TIP) addresses the needs of low-referring, at-risk schools to drive identification and program access; results have been highly effective. This session will explore how all of these pathways work in tandem to identify diverse gifted/talented learners across the entire District and maintain equitable access to programs and services.


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avatar for Wynne Wong-Cheng

Wynne Wong-Cheng

District Coordinator, Psychological Service, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Gifted/Talented Programs
Wynne Wong-Cheng is currently serving as a District Coordinator, Psychological Services, for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Gifted/Talented Programs. In this role, Ms. Wong-Cheng oversees gifted identification and leads a team of designated GATE psychologists that... Read More →
avatar for Erin Yoshida-Ehrmann

Erin Yoshida-Ehrmann

District Coordinator, Gifted/Talented Programs, Los Angeles Unified School District
Erin Yoshida-Ehrmann is currently serving as a District Coordinator for the LosAngeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Gifted/Talented Programs. In this role, Ms.Yoshida-Ehrmann provides professional development and support toadministrators, coordinators, teachers and families to... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Smoketree E

3:30pm

Balancing Developmentally Appropriate Practice with the Needs of the Highly Gifted Child in an Early Childhood Setting

Research continues to show that early identification of a gifted child can be definitive for both the child and his caregivers. Understanding his unique characteristics allows adults to provide appropriate supports for the child as he navigates school, home, and social settings. Educators have a particular responsibility to provide an engaging and differentiated environment in which gifted children are encouraged to develop their individual talents and interests while laying the foundation of academic content. In this session, educators will be challenged to consider the influence of developmentally appropriate practices when considering how to best meet the advanced cognitive needs of the highly gifted early childhood student.

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Heather Brown

Teacher, Higley Unified School District, Arizona
Mrs. Heather Brown has taught for over 20 years in a wide variety of settings across several states. Currently, Mrs. Brown is a kindergarten and first-grade teacher in Arizona in THINK: Higley Unified School District's Highly Gifted Academy. Her professional goal is to be able to... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mesquite F

3:30pm

Update from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

With renewed national attention on gifted and talented education, what policy trends are developing in meeting the needs of students with high abilities and high potential? What actions is NAGC pursuing to support and advance the field of gifted and talented education? The presentation will provide an update on national policy and other key issues NAGC is following, as well as an overview on NAGC’s current and upcoming initiatives to support the field.Update from the National Association for Gifted Children

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avatar for John Segota

John Segota

Executive Director, National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
With over 20 years of experience in non-profit and association leadership, John Segota, MPS, CAE, hasdedicated his career to advancing education, supporting the needs of educators and learners, andtransforming organizations. As the Executive Director of the National Association for... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Smoketree D

3:30pm

Applying Programming Skills into Gifted Classrooms

Programming is becoming a more and more important skill to have. Childhood is a great time to start learning programming and to develop computational thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills. In this session, the presenter will show you how to program in Scratch and how to apply the skills into gifted curricula. The presenter will also demonstrate using diverse examples, including subjects such as English, Math, and World Languages.

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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 →


Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Smoketree C

4:45pm

Saturday Social
Saturday February 22, 2020 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Terrace
 
Sunday, February 23
 

8:00am

Don’t You Forget About Me: Understanding the Social and Emotional World of Gifted Students

Too often the social-emotionl needs of gifted and advanced learners are overlooked because teachers and parents are focused on their cognitive abilities and academic achievement. As a result, gifted students may feel misunderstood and suffer from perfectionism, perceived unmet expectations, and feelings of alienation and loneliness. Through clips from the movie Breakfast Club the panel of experts will explore the needs of these youngsters with some tips for meeting their needs.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Susan Baum

Dr. Susan Baum

Director, The 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at 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 →
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Dr. Jann Leppien

Professor, the Margo Long Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, Whitworth University, the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges
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 →
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Dr. Kristin Berman

Associate Director, Bridges Academy
Kristin has joined Bridges Academy this year as Associate Director of Divisions after serving as 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... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Richard Olenchak

Dr. Richard Olenchak

Professor, Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute, Purdue University
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Sunday February 23, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am
Catalina

8:00am

Tangrams: An entry point to advanced mathematical understandings

Tangrams, the age-old dissection puzzle, can bring excitement into any math classroom and can wake up those spatially gifted students who are bored with the number side of mathematics. Using the tangrams, the attendees will leave this session with many creative ideas for teaching in-depth fractional problem solving that will challenge and empower the 2-E mathematically talented student.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Rachel McAnallen

Dr. Rachel McAnallen

Dr. Rachel McAnallen aka Ms. Math, Bridges Academy
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 →


Sunday February 23, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am
Mesquite DE

8:00am

Cultivating Social Emotional Learning in Gifted Students through the Lens of Global Education

Learn how to support social and emotional learning (SEL) for gifted students by intentionally incorporating the Four Domains of Global Competence into daily lessons and overall school culture. Review the California Global Education Project’s indicators and benchmarks of global competence; learn about the CDE’s 2016 California Global Education Summit, the 2018 Global Education Exemplary Awards Competition, and new SEL resources; and hear about how an award recipient’s model program sets them apart.

Speakers
avatar for Aileen Allison-Zarea

Aileen Allison-Zarea

Education Administrator, California Department of Education, Educator Excellence and Equity Division
Aileen is an Education Administrator in the Educator Excellence and Equity Division at the California Department of Education. She oversees activities related to state-level professional learning for English Language Arts/Literacy, World Language, History-Social Science/Civics, the... Read More →
avatar for Emily Schell, Ed.D

Emily Schell, Ed.D

Executive Director, California Global Education Project
Dr. Emily Schell is Executive Director of the California Global Education Project, one of nine discipline-specific K-12 professional learning networks of the California Subject Matter Project. Schell is a former GATE teacher, Social Studies Resource Teacher, and site principal in... Read More →
avatar for Diane Crum

Diane Crum

Education Programs Assistant, Educator Equity and Excellence Division, The California Department of Education
Diane Crum is an Education Programs Assistant in the Educator Equity and Excellence Division (EEED) at the California Department of Education. Prior to joining the EEED, she taught in the Roseville Joint Union High School District (RJUHSD) since 2005. During her tenure at the RJUHSD... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am
Smoketree D

8:00am

Connecting through Collaboration

Systems exist in every part of our daily lives. However, what do systems have to do with gifted education? Surprisingly, they make a tremendous impact. Learn how to frame an entire year’s academic and social-emotional curriculum around an essential question. Explore the ways team-teaching can provide a unique opportunity to use stories to teach students how to be a vibrant part of a diverse, empathetic community of learners.

Speakers
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Monica Dalton

Teacher, Chandler Unified School District
It has been a long and exciting journey for Monica Dalton. It started twenty-one years ago with a desire to provide a one-of-a-kind educational experience for her students, many of whom were identified as gifted learners. Monica pursued her passion to work for a district committed... Read More →
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Lynn Barakat

Teacher, Chandler Unified School District
Lynn Barakat has been an enthusiastic and innovative classroom teacher for over ten years. At a time when Chandler Unified School District was instrumental in identifying and providing the cognitive and affective needs for gifted students, Lynn learned quickly how education had changed... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am
San Jacinto

8:00am

Inquiry-Based Instruction Through Texts of High Complexity Ensures Academic Rigor and Critical Thinking

Through nimble questioning, students are invited to think rather than being told what to think. In this session, participants will convene around a common text and engage in a sequence of activities that scaffold the depth of student-centered knowledge acquisition. After this experience, teachers will have the opportunity to reflect on the pedagogy that promotes inquiry and equips students with the nimble habits of mind of effective critical thinkers. Teachers will leave with the understanding that when students engage in Inquiry-Based Learning, they own their thinking and we hear their voices.

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Kelly Emanuel

National Training Instructor, The Great Books Foundation
Kelly Emanuel is a Professional Development Instructor for the Great Books Foundation and has delivered seminars nationwide for teachers in Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning. He is passionate about coaching educators as they refine their questioning strategies in order to get their... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am
Pueblo

8:00am

Utilizing Games as a Means to Provide Challenge

My main goals for my students are to reinforce the concepts of embracing a challenge, not to be afraid to make mistakes, to apply effort, and be willing to try new strategies until success is met. With this in mind, I created a game theme whereby students alter existing games to reflect topics being studied in class.
An example of one way an existing game was adapted to fit the Colonial unit for 5th graders: The Clue board was transformed into a Colonial times village, each shop (instead of mansion rooms) researched in order for students to reproduce detailed shops of the period, each game piece researched to match with the clothes of the period, each weapon card researched to reflect tools used then and a set of question cards created to cover all the unanswered questions students had about this period. Another adaptation involved the game Splendor. Students created math problems, and every time a player wanted to purchase a gem he first needed to pick a math problem card and correctly answer it. I can give many, many examples of how students adapted existing games to reflect their vocabulary, social studies and math curriculums from grades 3-5. Turned out to be a very successful theme!

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Dr. Elizabeth Glass

Educational Psychologist, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy
Elizabeth Kotler Glass, Ed. D. Is an educational psychologist loving her role as a gifted coordinator at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy. Each year she has the privilege and freedom to create new opportunities for her students in order to impress upon them the importance of pursuing... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am
Andreas

8:00am

Strategy Mash-Up for Greater Student Impact

We will combine DeBono's 6 Thinking Hats, Thinking Like a Disciplinarian, and SCAMPER to look at, and connect to, current events at a deeper level. This is a “make and take” lesson where you will have time to plan how to incorporate these strategies into an upcoming lesson. This activity can work as a stand-alone assignment, or a springboard for project-based learning.

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Jessie Green

GATE Coordinator/TOSA, Pleasant Valley School District
Jessie Green has been the GATE Coordinator for the Pleasant Valley School District for the past four years. In that time, she has created a flipped-model GATE Teacher certification program, integrated GATE into the regular classroom, facilitated professional development with strategies... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am
Ventura

8:00am

Robotics Across Grades

Participants will learn how a robotics curriculum – and any engineering content - can be vertically integrated. By teaming younger and older students, teachers can create a richly satisfying socio-emotional environment where differences are valued. Participants will learn how to start a robotics program for their site, as well as creative strategies for fundraising and family participation. During the session, learn to make a simple, inexpensive robot to take back with you.

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Michael Valverde

Educator, Manzanita Public Charter School
Michael Valverde has taught in public charter schools during his educational career, including bilingual immersion, and 4th, 5th, and 6th-grade GATE combo classes. He challenges his students through scientific rigor and engineering, public speaking instruction, and student-led projects... Read More →
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Kristin Ahrens

Educator, Manzanita Public Charter School
Kristin Ahrens created the GATE program at Manzanita Public Charter School, teaching 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-grade GATE classes. Her passion for hands-on, real-world learning has led to her expertise in terrariums, aviaries, and aquariums. She challenges her students to use their gifts... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am
Pasadena

8:00am

Identifying ALL Gifted Learners Through Inclusive Identification Practices.

In this session, participants will share their successful practices that lead to diverse GATE programs. Then, we will examine common pitfalls in identification processes that can lead to underrepresentation. Finally, participants will be provided with data that shows how using ability tests with nonverbal items can help identify all gifted learners regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or culture.

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avatar for Robert Dyson

Robert Dyson

Solutions Analyst, Pearson
Rob Dyson is a Solution Analyst at Pearson Clinical and provides assistance to school districts across the U.S. in selecting and administering assessments that measure achievement, ability, dyslexia screening, and behavior. He has been a secondary science educator for over 20 years... Read More →
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Ellen Murphy

Solutions Analyst, Pearson
Ellen Murphy M.A., is a licensed school psychologist, Solutions Analyst, and part of Pearson's Clinical Assessment. Ellen Murphy is a School Psychologist and a Solutions Analyst for Pearson for the last 16 years. In this multifaceted role, Ellen provides ongoing consultation and training... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am
Chino

8:00am

Using AVID Strategies to Support & Accelerate Learning for Gifted Students

AVID's proven learning support structure known as WICOR, incorporates teaching and learning methodologies in the critical areas of Writing to Learn, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading to Learn. How does WICOR support our gifted and talented students? How do we provide differentiated strategies to support GATE students with organization? In this session we will take a deeper dive into using collaborative structures to engage gifted students in inquiry-based discussions to challenge and motivate their learning.

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Paul LaPorte

AVID District Director, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
Paul La Porte is the AVID District Director for the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. Paul is masterful at supporting sites with the integration of GATE and AVID. He has seen first hand how AVID strategies, have supported the needs of the gifted and talented populations... Read More →
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Traci Grove

AVID Program Manager, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
Traci Grove, an educator for over 30 years, serves as a California Division, AVID Program Manager. Traci supports over 248 K-12 AVID sites in Orange County. Facilitator for a variety of AVID Professional Learning strands, Traci is strategic at helping educators use AVID core strategies... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am
Sierra

8:00am

The Humanities Resurgence: How the STEM Craze has Inspired the Next Generation of Humanities Scholars

STEM curriculum is inarguably everywhere. Gifted students today are inundated with a plethora of STEM options, from after school enrichment classes to summer programs to free online college courses. As STEM offerings increase in popularity, however, evermore Gifted students are gravitating towards subject areas that are less emphasized: The humanities. This session will explore the innate desire Gifted students have to explore cross-curricular humanities topics and how specific project-/and problem-based learning curriculum is meeting their needs through real-world application.

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Hillary Jade

Program Manager, Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA)
Hillary Jade is a Program Manager with the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) based out of Pasadena, CA, which serves students, educators, and families across the nation. Prior to joining IEA in 2017, Hillary worked for Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) as a Program Director... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am
Mesquite F

8:00am

Las necesidades socio-emocionales de los niños superdotados: Herramientas para las familias. (In Spanish) The socio-emotional needs of gifted children: Tools for families.

Todos queremos que nuestros hijos prosperen. El desafío, sin embargo, es que cada niño es único y lo que funciona en un caso puede no hacerlo en otro. En esta sesión los padres conocerán los comportamientos y características sociales y emocionales de niños superdotados y recibirán herramientas para apoyarlos en la casa, partiendo de una educación donde se respete su excepcionalidad y se canalice su potencial para desarrollar sus talentos y favorecer su felicidad.

Speakers
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Karen Bendelman

Board Member, California Association for the Gifted
Karen Bendelman has a bachelor's degree in Educational Psychology, specializing in learning disabilities and a Master's in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in gifted education. She has over 10 years of experience working closely with schools, teachers, and families, providing... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am
Smoketree C

8:00am

Navigating Public School with a Gifted Child

This session will focus on effective practices for gifted children at the elementary school level. Do's and Don'ts for navigating the public school system will be discussed along with ways in which you can advocate for your child's unique needs. Perspectives of gifted children and their teachers in elementary education will be shared.

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Jennifer Berry

Teacher, Parent, Edison
Jennifer Berry is an educator and parent of an elementary gifted child. She has worked with gifted children in the field of education for the past seventeen years. The past five years have been spent as the principal of a K-8 GATE magnet school in the Ontario-Montclair School District... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am
Mesquite C

8:00am

Serving the Whole Child: Academic, Social-Emotional, and Behavioral Considerations

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.

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Patricia Chiles

GATE Coordinator, Fullerton Elementary


Sunday February 23, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am
Smoketree AB

8:45am

Exhibit Hall
Sunday February 23, 2020 8:45am - 9:30am
CAGCon Foyer

9:30am

The Beautiful Risk of Supporting Creative Learners
Supporting creative learners often involves stepping into uncertainty and trying new things. Doing so can feel risky. The good news is this kind of risk is a beautiful risk. Beautiful risks are worth taking because they can have a profoundly positive and lasting impact on the learning and lives of young people. In this keynote address, you will be invited to take the beautiful risk of exploring new possibilities for designing creative learning experiences for young people. Concrete examples and strategies for how we can all better support creative learners will also be discussed. Be prepared for an engaging and interactive session.

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avatar for Dr. Ron Beghetto

Dr. Ron Beghetto

Pinnacle West Presidential Chair, Professor, Arizona State University
Dr. Beghetto is an internationally recognized expert on creative thought and action in educational settings.  He is the Pinnacle West Presidential Chair and Professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.  Dr. Beghetto is the Editor for the Journal... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 9:30am - 10:45am
Oasis

11:00am

Creativity, Visual Thinking, and Gifted Children with Dyslexia

Research in neuroscience and learning disabilities establishes certain cognitive challenges and certain cognitive strengths for students with dyslexia. Eide and Eide (2011) identified four patterns of strengths in their dyslexic clients that they call MIND-Strengths. These include M: Material Reasoning; I: Interconnected Reasoning; N: Narrative Reasoning; and D: Dynamic Reasoning. Further dyslexic students have been found to exhibit creativity and a preference for original thinking. This presentation will take a look at these strengths and preferences as found in gifted children with dyslexia. Strengths and strategies for optimizing learning will be the emphasis.

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Dr. Susan Daniels

Educational Director, Co-Founder of the Summit Center; Professor; Educational Consultant, Summit Center
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Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am
Mesquite GH

11:00am

Strategy Development and Self-regulation: A Must for Twice Exceptional Learners!

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.

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avatar for Rose Blucher

Rose Blucher

Director of Blucher Educational Services for Boundless Potential, Bridges Academy, Blucher Educational Services for Boundless Potential
Rose R. Blucher, M.Ed., is the Director of Blucher Educational Services for Boundless Potential. In Maryland, she worked for over 20 years as a GT/LD Specialist/Director, developing programs for 2e students. She has taught at the K-12, undergraduate, and graduate-level as an adjunct... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am
Mesquite DE

11:00am

Just How Frustrated Are You With Your SBAC Scores?

When a parent requests their child to be placed with an effective teacher, school leaders throughout the nation would love to say “every teacher is remarkable!” Unfortunately because of the nature of human performance, every adult is NOT equal when it comes to increasing student academic results. Adults in our system certainly determine just how high the rigor of adult performance will be. Participants will not only hear what instructional strategies are key to implement in order to close the achievement gap but also how they as a leader sustains the level of competence in adult delivery. Increasing student achievement is NOT “rocket science”, but it does take high levels of accountability to create a high performing district.

Speakers
avatar for Gary D. Soto

Gary D. Soto

Founder/CEO, GDS 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" which is helping to guide educational leaders toward significant student... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am
Smoketree E

11:00am

How to Support the Needs of GATE Students and Parents

Gifted students often struggle with the executive function aspects of being a successful student. Their parents often compensate either by trying to micromanage or by focusing on supporting academic skills. This session shall focus on how to explain the diverse needs occasioned by differences in the gifted brain. Practical interventions you can provide to both parents and students in order to clearly communicate and support lasting strategies for success will be discussed.

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Kate Miller

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. An experienced presenter, Kate has presented numerous professional development sessions on a variety of topics related to giftedness... Read More →
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Joyann Sofio

Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District
Joyann Sofio has been teaching students at an elementary and middle school level for more than 25 years. She currently teaches students in a specialized program designed for Highly Gifted students at a public middle school and has taught strategies for success to students, teachers... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am
Smoketree D

11:00am

Developing High-Level Questions for Inquiry

Inquiry is a focus of Common Core and is a shift in the new History Framework. Yet it is often difficult to create questions that provide the appropriate focus and rigor to a lesson. In this session, we provide criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of your questions and techniques for improving your inquiry lessons in all subjects. Strategies for immediate classroom implementation will be highlighted.

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Nina Bentson

Teacher, 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

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. An experienced presenter, Kate has presented numerous professional development sessions on a variety of topics related to giftedness... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am
Andreas

11:00am

PBL: Problem-, Project-, and Passion-Based Learning with Renzulli Learning

Renzulli Learning provides many pathways to “PBL.” Through the Renzulli & Reis Enrichment Triad Model, students explore their Passions with Type III Investigations, Project Based Learning intertwined with Problem Based Learning – “PBL” at its very best! Learn how Renzulli Learning’s budding partnership with Future Problem Solving will bring even more amazing Problem Based Learning opportunities to your classroom. Discover ways to connect with classrooms around the globe for Global Project Collaboration!

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avatar for Jeanne N. Pascon

Jeanne N. Pascon

Director for Professional Development and Client Support, Renzulli Learning
Jeanne N. Pascon, M.Ed. is the Director for Professional Development and Client Support for Renzulli Learning.  An educator for over 25 years, she has been a classroom teacher, technology specialist, and teacher for gifted & talented students in both Canton and West Hartford, Connecticut... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am
Chino

11:00am

Reluctant Writers, Nevermore!

Creative writing sounds great...but what should I write about? We will use imagination to FEEL the story that wants to express itself. Using pictures, students will, "use evidence to create a story that makes sense."

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Sibyl Sperber

Teacher/GATE Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District
Sibyl has been a 5th-grade teacher for 21 years. She has been a NBCT for 9 years. Sibyl has taught students of all learning styles and abilities. She has been the GATE Coordinator at her school for 9 years and loves providing her students opportunities to soar.


Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am
Ventura

11:00am

Speaking & Listening Success in the 'Discussion Zone!'

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.

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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. Heidi... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am
Pueblo

11:00am

Scaffolding Differentiated Learning for the Mixed Ability Classroom

Come and see how one teacher is using differentiated instruction strategies to include all students in the learning process. These simple strategies help build positive and growth mindsets, facilitate collaboration and student’s voice, make learning flexible and challenging for all students, and make teaching manageable in a mixed ability GATE Cluster class.

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avatar for Eric Sorenson, M.Ed

Eric Sorenson, M.Ed

GATE Instructor, 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 →
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Renee Chipman

District Tech Lead, Elementary Teacher, Advisor/Coach for Math League and Student Leadership, Valle Vista Elementary
Renee has been an Elementary Teacher in both the Primary and Upper grades. She is a District Tech Lead and an innovator in the classroom. She currently teaches a 5th Grade GATE Cluster and is an advisor/coach for Math League and Student Leadership. A pilot teacher for many district... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am
Pasadena

11:00am

Reframing Deficit Thinking to Surplus Thinking: Changing Perceptions of Underserved Gifted

How we see children has a profound effect on how we educate them. Schools are designed to “fix” students who are achieving poorly or are misbehaving. This deficit thinking has a profound impact on recruiting, recognizing and retaining gifted students of color and/or living in poverty. Learn how to shift deficit thinking of differing behaviors toward surplus thinking about strengths for learning. Reframe hyperactivity to verve; reframe talkative to fluent verbal abilities. Make powerful changes for underserved gifted students by tapping into strengths. Participants will receive surplus thinking instructional practices and a menu of encouraging additive approaches.

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avatar for Dr. Richard Cash

Dr. Richard Cash

Educator, Author, Consultant, nRich Educational Consulting
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 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am
Sierra

11:00am

How Can They Be So Smart If They Can't Get Anything Done?

Many of our gifted students have super brain power but lack the valuable resource of organization, time management, and flexibility in their cognitive thinking. This session will describe these three important areas of executive functioning skills, give indicators for each, and practical methods for helping gifted students learn to implement these important traits for themselves.

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Stacy Colwell

Head of School, Frontiers Academy
As the Founding Director of The Davidson Academy of Nevada, Stacy went on to transform language immersion schools into strong educational environments with a rich curriculum that many gifted students choose to attend. Currently, at a trilingual immersion school, she has worked with... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am
Mesquite F

11:00am

Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted Students

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 principal regarding gifted services? Come to this session to find out!

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avatar for Krisa Muller

Krisa Muller

GATE Program Specialist, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
Krisa has been a California public educator since 2000 and involved in gifted education since 2002. Her work has been on behalf of students, parents, and other educators. Her educational practices and beliefs are grounded in her own education developed at CSU, Fullerton, UC, Irvine... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am
Smoketree AB

11:00am

Help Me! My Child is Gifted!

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.

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Dr. Kathi Lundstrom

Dr. Kathi Lundstrom, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District
Dr. Kathi Lundstrom holds a PhD in Gifted and Talented Education, with over 20 years of 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... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am
Mesquite C

11:00am

Las intensidades y sensibilidades de los estudiantes superdotados

Es importante reconocer las intensidades y sensibilidades de los estudiantes superdotados para encontrar las maneras más efectivas de apoyar su desarrollo y rendimiento escolar. En esta sesión revisaremos las sobreexcitabilidades más comunes de los superdotados. *This sessión will be conducted in Spanish.

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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 began her career as a classroom teacher in a dual-immersion program, focusing on gifted education and developing academically centered training for Spanish speaking parents... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am
Smoketree C

11:00am

Exploring Mathematics Using Desmos and Geogebra

The free online software programs Desmos and Geogebra provide mathematically gifted students opportunities to explore and discover mathematical relationships. With Desmos graphing software, students manipulate equations or graphs to analyze how changing one affects the other. Using Geogebra, students construct geometric figures then ‘drag’ the figures to create multiple examples that lead to generalization of properties of the figure. With minimal guidance, students can take off into their own mathematical investigations. Bring your own device.

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avatar for Dr. Kim McComas

Dr. Kim McComas

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas
Following a 20 year career teaching secondary mathematics, Kim McComas pursued a doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on mathematically gifted children. She currently teaches pre-service mathematics teachers at the University of Arkansas, encouraging her students to... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am
Catalina

12:00pm

Aesthetic Education and the 2e Learner: A Perfect Match

Using the framework established by Lincoln Center Institute for Aesthetic Education, this workshop will present an interactive demonstration of a process that develops capacities of imagination such as deep noticing, questioning, and making connections to ideas leading to understanding and making meaning. Participants will experience various genres of arts, and learn how this promotes the strengths of 2E students. Using great works of art from artists such as Chagall, Copland, and Graham as entry points to curriculum not only connect to historical periods of Russia in the early 20th century, and the pioneer movement, but helps students embody the experience, develop empathy, and make meaning in deeper ways. Participants will be able to create a lesson encompassing the components of the Lincoln Center Framework to develop the capacities of imagination, and practice the process of inquiry questioning. Through the experiential process, participants will come to understand the purpose of aesthetic education in the development of creative teaching and learning as well as in personal growth.

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Dr. Kristin Berman

Associate Director, Bridges Academy
Kristin has joined Bridges Academy this year as Associate Director of Divisions after serving as 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... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Mesquite DE

12:00pm

Is It Time to Rethink What a Successful School Is? We Did Just That!

Foothill Knolls is on its way to not only exceeding the needs of our Gifted Students but also to authentically meet the need of ALL LEARNERS. Come hear the journey they are taking from being a Traditional to Transitional and then hopefully being Transformational School. Implementing STEM, Argumentative Constructed Responses, Depth of Complexity Prompts, Social Emotional Learning Actions and believing that ALL students CAN and WILL learn is our core.

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avatar for Gary D. Soto

Gary D. Soto

Founder/CEO, GDS 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" which is helping to guide educational leaders toward significant student... Read More →
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Jennifer Morris

Principal, Foothill Knolls K-8, Upland Unified School Districy
Jennifer Morris, M.A., is the Principal of Foothill Knolls STEM Academy of Innovation located in Upland, California. Jennifer has been a Classroom Teacher, Instructional Coach in Mathematics, Professional Development Leader, and Administrator within the Upland Unified School District... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Smoketree E

12:00pm

Giftedness and Managing Anxiety

Research has shown that gifted individuals have higher emotional sensitivity, coupled with a heightened level of analytical thinking. The combination of increased sensitivity and analysis can result in greater anxiety. This presentation will describe the conditions that can predispose a gifted individual to intense anxiety. As well as methods for reducing and managing anxiety for a more serene life.

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avatar for Dr. Cynthia Geary

Dr. Cynthia Geary

Professor, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Dr. Geary has cultivated an understanding of gifted individuals over the past twelve years. She has created course work in Teacher Credentialing Programs designed to prepare future teachers to work successfully with gifted students, and to understand their unique socio-emotional makeup... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Smoketree D

12:00pm

Pick Me Up When I Fall Down: Identifying, Encouraging, and Building Resilience Through Purposeful Goal Setting

Building resilient habits and encouraging optimism are difficult to achieve. Imagine a world where we encourage each other to be resilient and keep going even when it is tough. Join this fun and hands-on experience of helping children identify times when they are already being resilient through storytelling. Find out how the Daruma doll can help children learn to build resilience and set goals for themselves.

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avatar for Gretchen Stanerson

Gretchen Stanerson

Director of Auxiliary Programs; CAG Board Member, Bay Area Educator Representatitve, Presidio Knolls School


Sunday February 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm
San Jacinto

12:00pm

Strategies to Support Gifted Children Struggling with Trauma

Continuing our research into how trauma affects the brain, and its impact on our children, we are realizing that many gifted children, especially highly gifted children, suffer their own kind of trauma as they cope with being different and 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 child. These children are also just as likely to suffer from other traumas as any other child; however, their unique sensitivities and pressures they are already under put them at a unique risk. This presentation will open your eyes to what our children are going through, and also provide you with some strategies to help support them as we continue to learn more and more about this topic.

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Adam Laningham

Gifted Services Coordinator, Deer Valley Unified School District
Adam Laningham has over 19 years of experience in the field of education. He is the Gifted Coordinator for a large school district in the Phoenix area providing a wide range of services to over 5,000 gifted identified students. The 2014 Arizona Gifted Teacher of the Year, Adam has... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Pueblo

12:00pm

Introducing and Implementing the Prompts of Depth and Complexity and the Content Imperatives

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 the curriculum 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.

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avatar for Teresa Koontz

Teresa Koontz

GATE Coordinator, Carpinteria Unified School District
Teresa Koontz serves as the GATE coordinator for the Carpinteria Unified School District where she designs curriculum, instructs small group lessons, and provides support to GATE teachers and parents. Having earned a master's degree in Bilingual/Multicultural Education, Teresa also... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Andreas

12:00pm

Advancing and Enriching Vocabulary, with Depth, Complexity, and Creativity: Joyful Success with Words

Speaker will offer strategies to increase academic vocabulary and communication skills across the curriculum. She will stress the importance of using classical roots, affixes, Latin cognates, and idioms to extend word knowledge and language proficiency. She will share strategies for using figurative language and multiple-meaning words and will offer creative activities and engaging word games, helping gifted learners capture a love of words and language, while unleashing their academic and creative potential. Handouts provided.

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avatar for Dr. Donna Knoell

Dr. Donna Knoell

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


Sunday February 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Pasadena

12:00pm

Building Powerful Read-Write Connections with our Primary Students! (K-2)

Let's excite our primary students about the world of books to be read and valuable learning to be shared. This strategy-packed session is designed to help ALL students tackle literary and informational texts, and transform this knowledge into powerful text-type writing. Leave with student-friendly systems and tools designed to bring content-rich writing to life in the classroom immediately!

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avatar for Linda Fisher

Linda Fisher

Educational Consultant, 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 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Ventura

12:00pm

Getting Out of the Quagmire: A Roadmap for Redirecting Underachievers and Selective Producers

Students don’t naturally underachieve. It is often through misguided and unchallenging learning experiences that lead them to underperform or selectively produce. Helping students develop constructive attitudes towards personal growth has a tremendous effect on achievement. This session will show you how to assist students in applying self-regulating strategies that can increase self-esteem, develop greater self-efficacy and produce a positive self-image.

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avatar for Dr. Richard Cash

Dr. Richard Cash

Educator, Author, Consultant, nRich Educational Consulting
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 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Catalina

12:00pm

Advocating for the Needs of Gifted & Talented Learners

Parents are vital advocates for gifted education in their local schools. Learn from school district administrators what all of the acronyms mean 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.

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avatar for Kari Hanson-Smith

Kari Hanson-Smith

Coordinator for GATE and AP Programs; Legislation Chair, Sacramento City Unified School District; California Association for the Gifted
Kari Hanson-Smith is a tireless advocate for advanced learners. Eminently qualified, she has more than fifteen years of experience working in gifted education. Kari holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Gifted and Talented Education from the Three Summers program within... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Smoketree AB

12:00pm

Cómo promover la mentalidad de crecimiento en niños superdotados

La mentalidad es importante para todos los estudiantes, pero para los niños superdotados, sus características pueden contribuir a desarrollar una mentalidad fija.En esta sesión compartiremos cómo cambiar los elogios para reconocer el esfuerzo y el proceso.

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avatar for Desiree Olivas

Desiree Olivas

Teacher; Teacher Mentor and Trainer in Gifted Education, Santa Ana Unified School District
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 →


Sunday February 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Smoketree C

12:00pm

Friendship & The Gifted Child

Friendships can be difficult, no matter how old a person is, and for Gifted Children, who sometimes have trouble fitting in, it can be even harder. This presentation will help parents of Gifted Children understand the underlying reasons why their child might have challenges in developing and/or maintaining friendships, as well as offer concrete and hands-on suggestions for what to do to help their child.

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Kim Louie

GATE Program Coordinator, Rowland Unified School District
As a parent of GATE children, and as the Coordinator of the GATE Program for Rowland Unified School District, Kim Louie has 20 years of experience in education, spanning K-12, and working with English Learners and Gifted populations. She is a passionate advocate for ALL students having... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Mesquite C

12:00pm

Homeschooling the Gifted Learner

Homeschooling is a broad term that involves parent facilitated learning experiences for students outside of the traditional all-day, site-based classroom structure. This session will share the stories of four gifted students who were homeschooled for part or all of their pre-college years. Public school independent study programs, radical acceleration through private homeschooling, and early college access will be discussed along with practical suggestions for how teachers can support families choosing this alternative path.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Hood

Stephanie Hood

Director, Peach Blossom School
Stephanie Hood has worked as a district GATE administrator and classroom teacher. She served on the CAG Board for four years and was on the team that authored CAG’s position paper, “Homeschooling the Gifted Learner,” 2004. A founding member of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. Stephanie... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Mesquite F

12:00pm

Pear Deck and Google Slides: The Perfect Pear

What if you could engage every student in your class, every day? Pear Deck lets you bring presentations to life with formative assessments and interactive questions. Designed for 1:1 classrooms, Pear Deck takes presentations to the next level, letting you see in real-time how each student in your class is doing and thus be able to differentiate at a whole new level.
 
In this hands-on session, we will let you experience the power of Pear Deck as both a student and a teacher. We’ll walk through how easy it is to:
  1. Add formative assessment questions and launch interactive presentations directly from Google Slides or PowerPoint Online.
  2. Manage your class and view student answers with the Teacher Dashboard, and be able to publish Student Takeaways.
  3. Capture student responses with our Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams integration.
By the end of the session, you will walk away as a Pear Deck expert with a free Pear Deck Premium account! Plus, with Pear Deck’s Add-On for Google Slides or PowerPoint Online, you have access to free, editable slide templates for critical thinking, SEL, exit tickets, bell ringers and more!
 
Bonus: Teaching digital citizenship? You can now access 26 free, ready-to-teach digital citizenship lessons featuring Google’s Be Internet Awesome curriculum, all with the interactive power of Pear Deck.

Strands:
● Add-ons/Extensions
● Google Tools
● Laptops/Chromebooks

Speakers
avatar for Susan Casey

Susan Casey

Partnership Manager, Pear Deck
Designed for 1:1 classrooms, Pear Deck takes presentations to the next level, letting you see in real time how each student in your class is doing and thus be able to differentiate at a whole new level.


Sunday February 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Chino

12:45pm

Exhibit Hall
Sunday February 23, 2020 12:45pm - 1:30pm
CAGCon Foyer
 


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