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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

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

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

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
avatar for Valerie Del Carlo

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

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

9:00am

Keynote: 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 Senator Connie Leyva

Senator Connie Leyva

Senator, 20th State Senate District, California
Reelected to represent the 20th State Senate District in 2018, Senator Connie M. Leyva is serving her second term in the California State Senate. The district includes the cities and communities of Bloomington, Chino, Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Montclair, Muscoy, Ontario, Pomona... 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 →


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

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 Dr. Emily Schell

Dr. Emily Schell

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

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.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. John Hayden

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

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.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Cathy Nichols-Washer

Dr. Cathy Nichols-Washer

Superintendent, Lodi Unified
Dr. Washer has served as superintendent for over 16 years and is currently the second-longest sitting superintendent among California’s largest districts with 11 years in Lodi Unified. She has presented to local and state-wide audiences on women in leadership and is an advocate... Read More →



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

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

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.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson

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


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

2:15pm

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 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Sierra

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.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Lisa Hancock

Dr. Lisa Hancock

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Summit Center
Dr. Lisa Hancock is a Clinical Psychologist who works at Summit Center where she provides neuropsychological assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults. She specializes in working with twice-exceptional children, and with individuals who are highly... Read More →
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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
 
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. 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 →
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 →
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 →
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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
Using the psychological and educational research foundation underscoring the social and emotional aspects of gifted and talented individuals, my inquiry focuses on this population’s affective development and psychological uniqueness. Of particular interest are appropriate identification... Read More →


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 Dr. Emily Schell

Dr. Emily Schell

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
avatar for Monica Dalton

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 →
avatar for Lynn Barakat

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

9:30am

Keynote: 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.

Speakers
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
TBD


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.

Speakers
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

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.

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 →
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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.

Speakers
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.

Speakers
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

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.

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 →


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

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.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Louie

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, I have 20+ years of experience in education, spanning K-12, and working with English Learners and Gifted populations. I am a passionate advocate for ALL students having access... 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
 


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