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Saturday, February 22
 

7:45am PST

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 PST
Chino

7:45am PST

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 PST
Smoketree E

7:45am PST

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.

Speakers
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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 PST
Smoketree AB

7:45am PST

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 PST
San Jacinto

7:45am PST

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 PST
Pueblo

7:45am PST

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 PST
Andreas

7:45am PST

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 PST
Catalina

7:45am PST

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
avatar for Gary Saunders II

Gary Saunders II

Principal and GATE specialist
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 PST
Smoketree C

9:00am PST

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 PST
Oasis

10:30am PST

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 PST
Mesquite GH

10:30am PST

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.

Speakers
avatar for Gina Danley

Gina Danley

Interim Assistant Principal, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Gina Danley has served as an educator of gifted and talented students for twenty years. She served her district as a Teacher on Special Assignment as a Resource for GATE students, educators, and parents. Currently she is an Interim Assistant Principal at an elementary school. She... Read More →


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

10:30am PST

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 PST
Smoketree AB

10:30am PST

Beyond the Page: Picture Books as the Means Building Opportunities for Young Learners
Picture books have always been an integral component of early childhood classrooms.  In an era of 21st Century literacy and critical discourse, picture books function as the medium for building experiences, academic language, questioning techniques, and content exploration.  This session will demonstrate how high-leverage picture books can be used as the entrance (motivation or curiosity catalyst) AND the extension (synthesis and transfer) from core learning experiences. Participants will experience a lesson simulation that presents a curriculum model for how picture books bridge the discipline standards and meet the needs, interests, and abilities of emerging and identified gifted learners of any age or grade level. As a consequence of attending this session, participants will learn specific strategies for how high-level picture books can be used to fuel curiosity and questioning in young learners and be used as a means of non-traditional identification.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jessica Manzone

Dr. Jessica Manzone

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


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

10:30am PST

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.

Speakers
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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 PST
Pueblo

10:30am PST

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 PST
Sierra

1:00pm PST

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 PST
Smoketree E

1:00pm PST

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 →
avatar for Caitlin Jung

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 PST
Smoketree D

1:00pm PST

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 PST
Smoketree C

2:15pm PST

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
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 →


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

2:15pm PST

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 PST
Smoketree AB

2:15pm PST

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.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Andrew Almazan

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 PST
Ventura

2:15pm PST

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 PST
Mesquite F

2:15pm PST

Supporting Diversity in Gifted Education Panel

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Weyeneth

Alicia Weyeneth

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

2:15pm PST

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 PST
Sierra

3:30pm PST

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 PST
Catalina

3:30pm PST

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 PST
Andreas

3:30pm PST

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 PST
Pasadena

3:30pm PST

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 3:30pm - 4:30pm PST
Smoketree E

3:30pm PST

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.

Speakers
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Dan Song

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 PST
Smoketree C
 
Sunday, February 23
 

8:00am PST

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 →
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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 →
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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 PST
Smoketree D

9:30am PST

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 PST
Oasis

11:00am PST

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
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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 PST
Smoketree E

12:00pm PST

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 PST
Smoketree E

12:00pm PST

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.

Speakers
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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 PST
Pueblo

12:00pm PST

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.

Speakers
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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 using the Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum and provides support to GATE teachers and parents. Having earned a master's degree in... Read More →


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

12:00pm PST

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.

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 →


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


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