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Saturday, February 22
 

7:45am

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

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

Speakers
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Jan Hayes

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


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

7:45am

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

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

Speakers
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

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

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

Speakers
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Dr. Ted Murcray

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


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

7:45am

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

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

Speakers
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Sandy Robertson

Differentiation Specialist, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Sandy Robertson taught grades 7-12 English and Social Studies and is currently a Differentiation Specialist and a Literacy Coach. She has published articles in professional journals and chapters in books and was an original member and eventually Chair of the Early Adolescence English... Read More →


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

7:45am

Productively Struggling to Gain Conceptual Understanding in Math

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

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Mooney

Andrea Mooney

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

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


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

7:45am

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

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
Smoketree C

10:30am

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
Mesquite F

10:30am

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

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

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
Pueblo

10:30am

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

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

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
San Jacinto

10:30am

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Yvette Mezzanatto

Yvette Mezzanatto

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

Nyree Clark

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

Carrie Northcott

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


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

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

1:00pm

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jann Leppien

Dr. Jann Leppien

Professor, the Margo Long Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, Whitworth University, the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges
Dr. Jann Leppien is a professor and the Margo Long Endowed Chair in Gifted Education at Whitworth University. Whitworth's Center for Gifted Education supports policies that encourage the diverse expressions of gifts and talents and offers a Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement and... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
San Jacinto

1:00pm

Diving Deeper with Student-Selected Text

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

Speakers
avatar for Laura Sosa

Laura Sosa

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


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

1:00pm

New to Gifted Education... We have tools!

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

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Moritz

Leslie Moritz

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

Cheryl Rys

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



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

1:00pm

Using Video Production to Drive Differentiation in a GATE Cluster Classroom

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

Speakers
avatar for Paul Longshore

Paul Longshore

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


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

2:15pm

Maslow 2.0: The Hierarchy of Needs, Redefined

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

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman

Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman

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


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

2:15pm

Pear Deck and Google Slides: The Perfect Pear

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

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

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


Speakers
avatar for Susan Casey

Susan Casey

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


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

2:15pm

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Allison Davis

Allison Davis

Teacher, Knox Gifted Academy Chandler (AZ) Unified School District
Allison Davis, a kindergarten teacher at Knox Gifted Academy in Chandler, Arizona, believes that learning should be fun, active and hands-on. She was Arizona’s 2012 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and a 2018 Arizona Teacher of the Year Ambassador... Read More →


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

3:30pm

How Mathematical Learning Disorder Works and is Overlooked

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

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Dr. Paul Beljan

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


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

3:30pm

Muggle Studies

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

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Lenae Lazzelle

Dr. Lenae Lazzelle

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


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

3:30pm

Dig Deeper-Literature and Thinking Like a Disciplinarian

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

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Dr. Sharon Bennett

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



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

3:30pm

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Donna Knoell

Dr. Donna Knoell

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


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

3:30pm

Arts Integration: Creativity, Collaboration, and the Brain

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

Speakers
avatar for Marisa Cleghorn

Marisa Cleghorn

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


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

3:30pm

Gifted and Bilingual Education

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

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Brenda Angulo

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

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


Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sierra
 
Sunday, February 23
 

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

8:00am

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

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

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 →


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

8:00am

Utilizing Games as a Means to Provide Challenge

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

Speakers
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Dr. Elizabeth Glass

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


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

11:00am

How to Support the Needs of GATE Students and Parents

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

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Kate Miller

Teacher/GATE Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District
Kate Miller has worked with GATE students for over 20 years in both elementary and middle school and has also served as GATE Coordinator at multiple schools. An experienced presenter, Kate has presented numerous professional development sessions on a variety of topics related to giftedness... Read More →
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Joyann Sofio

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



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

11:00am

Reluctant Writers, Nevermore!

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

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Sibyl Sperber

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


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

11:00am

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

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

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Stacy Colwell

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


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

11:00am

Exploring Mathematics Using Desmos and Geogebra

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

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Kim McComas

Dr. Kim McComas

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



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

12:00pm

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.

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
Pueblo

12:00pm

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

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

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
Pasadena

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

Pear Deck and Google Slides: The Perfect Pear

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Susan Casey

Susan Casey

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


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


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