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Saturday, February 22
 

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

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

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

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.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Tamar Andrews

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 PST
San Jacinto

2:15pm PST

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 PST
Smoketree C

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

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.

Speakers
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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 PST
Sierra

3:30pm PST

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.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Brown

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 PST
Mesquite F
 
Sunday, February 23
 

12:00pm PST

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 PST
San Jacinto

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

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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