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Saturday, February 22
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Speakers
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Dr. Paul Beljan

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


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

3:30pm

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Erica Herro

Erica Herro

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

Molly Bozzo

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


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

3:30pm

Positive Discipline SEL Skills for Gifted and Talented Students

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

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Keces

Tammy Keces

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


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

3:30pm

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
 
Sunday, February 23
 

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

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.

Speakers
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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

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

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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