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Saturday, February 23
 

7:45am

Are You Really Happy with the Academic Progress of Your Gifted Students?
Limited Capacity seats available

Do your gifted students have academic achievement goals? Are some of your students getting A’s and B’s yet failing the Common Core assessments? Are some of your students scoring at high levels on Common Core assessments yet earning failing grades? If so, then it is time to re-examine the true meaning of Social Justice. Participants will leave inspired, and more importantly, leave this session with doable steps to increase academic achievement for all students.

Speakers
avatar for Gary D. Soto

Gary D. Soto

Founder/CEO, GDS Leadership 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". Gary D Soto is a former elementary and secondary teacher and administrator... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Smoketree E Room

7:45am

Diversify Your GTA program
Limited Capacity seats available

Talent is equally distributed but opportunities are not. California's diverse students are not proportionally represented in our Gifted, Talented and Accelerated (GTA) programs. Learn how to revamp selection criteria, inform parent boards regarding the benefits of diversity, and explore strategies that prepare non-traditional students for more depth and more complex learning opportunities. This session will also help general education teachers amp up their classroom and it will prepare GTA teachers for more diverse students

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Wilson

Tracy Wilson

Coordinator HSS/ELD/ELA, Placer County Office of Education
Avid but skeptical reader. Currently serve as the Professional Development Coordinator for Placer County Office of Education. M.A. Teaching Reading in the context areas and a B.A. in History, University of California Davis. University adjunct experience includes: University of Colorado... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Smoketree F Room

10:30am

Dear Colleague: Responding to an Inquiry from OCR
Limited Capacity seats available

Entering into a Resolution Agreement with The Office of Civil Rights can be an opportunity for positive change and district introspection. This session will cover Sacramento City USD’s journey with OCR from complaint to resolution, offering positive takeaways and ideas for proactive changes that will reduce the likelihood of an investigation.

Speakers
avatar for Kari Hanson-Smith

Kari Hanson-Smith

GATE Coordinator, Sacramento City USD
Kari holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Gifted and Talented Education from the Three Summers program within the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. While there, Kari studied with Dr. Joseph Renzulli and Dr. Sally Reis, authors of the Enrichment... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Smoketree F Room

10:30am

Scholars: 20 years of Successful Full-time Programming
Limited Capacity seats available

An action-packed account (including bumps and bruises) of a highly successful 20-year program created to identify and serve the educational needs of gifted middle school students in a center-city high school. Innovative classroom experiences and community partnerships provide a challenging curriculum that meets the exceptional needs of gifted students. This accelerated academic experience provides students with a comprehensive support network in cooperation with high school programs to ensure success for all students. Group participation is encouraged.

Speakers
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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 president of the Gifted Association of Missouri. Dr. Lazzelle has presented numerous times at NAGC and most recently... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Smoketree E Room

1:00pm

#joyfullearning - The Power and Passion of Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM)
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn how #joyfullearning and Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) empower a school community! By creating enjoyment, engagement, and enthusiasm for learning through the enrichment triad, curriculum infusion, enrichment clusters, and a unique homework philosophy, our school has transformed over the past 4 years. Our teachers and approach meet the individual needs of gifted students as well as diverse populations throughout the school day. Come see how "a rising tide lifts all ships"!

Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Walker

Kirsten Walker

Principal, Acacia Magnet School for Enriched Learning, Conejo Valley USD
Kirsten is a passionate principal and parent at Acacia Magnet School for Enriched Learning - a Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) school for 3+ years that serves a diverse population including Title I, EL, and special education students. Kirsten has been a principal for over 10 years... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Smoketree F Room

1:00pm

Integrating Culturally Relevant Practices to Support Underrepresented Populations
Limited Capacity seats available

The integration of culturally relevant practices with gifted education has been recommended as a way to address the needs of underrepresented populations.  This session will focus on how one school district has worked to review multicultural education and infuse culturally relevant pedagogy into its professional development for educators of the gifted with emphasis on the retention of African American students.

Speakers
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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 →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mesquite G Room

1:00pm

Moving the Needle on Student Achievement: Invest in School Leaders!
Limited Capacity seats available

Big ideas may create awareness, however, the most successful way to increase student achievement for gifted students is investing in school leaders. Intensive coaching that supports leaders will help build high-performance teams. Where you see phenomenal student results, you will see great leaders. Participants will hear a charismatic superintendent share their key action steps that have brought significant success to their high performing district. It is time we cultivate leadership in others.

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Steven Keller

Superintendent, Redondo Beach Unified School District
Steven Keller is the Superintendent for Redondo Beach Unified School District. Although the district is considered to be one of the highest performing districts in the State of California, Steve believes that ALL students deserve to meet/and or exceed academic rigorous and social... Read More →
avatar for Gary D. Soto

Gary D. Soto

Founder/CEO, GDS Leadership 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". Gary D Soto is a former elementary and secondary teacher and administrator... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Smoketree E Room

2:15pm

Identifying and Supporting Gifted Students in a School Without a Gifted Program
Limited Capacity seats available

Gifted students often fall through the cracks in schools or are misidentified as having behavior problems or as learning challenged, especially in schools that don't have established gifted and talented programs. In this presentation, I will share my experience identifying and supporting gifted students by describing common attributes of gifted students, practical systems for identification, resources and partnerships, and how to develop programs and support plans. Finally, I'll share a few case studies of identifying and serving gifted students at The Brandeis School of San Francisco.

Speakers
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Jenny Rinn

Director of Lower School, The Brandeis School of San Francisco
Jenny Rinn is the Lower School Director at The Brandeis School of San Francisco. She holds a master of science in education from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin. She has been in education for 20 years in both public and independent... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Smoketree F Room

2:15pm

Working Effectively with Gifted ELL Students and Families
Limited Capacity seats available

If you serve gifted and talented students who are English Language Learners, you will want to join us in this rich discussion of how to better serve them and their families. My district’s GATE parent meetings are attended by at least 100 - 200 parents, eager to learn more about raising their gifted children. You will leave this session with many ideas to implement in your own district right away.

Speakers
avatar for Gina Danley

Gina Danley

Teacher on Special Assignment, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Gina Danley has served as an educator of gifted and talented students for twenty years. Currently she is a Teacher on Special Assignment as a Resource for GATE students, educators and parents in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District. She has served on the CAG Board and on the Tri-County... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Smoketree E Room

3:30pm

Replication Study on GATE Certification Practices in a Southern California District
Limited Capacity seats available

This is a partial replication of a mixed-methods study of teachers regarding certification practices in Gifted. Data sources included Likert survey questions and open-ended questions with teachers at seven schools. Since the original study, there have been changes in funding. Teacher perceptions of the necessity for GATE certification and/or training have changed as well. Teachers indicate that training is valuable, but not necessary for all teachers. Findings also indicate growth in teachers’ knowledge regarding gifted.

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Jessica Cannaday

Professor, Azusa Pacific University
Jessica Cannaday PhD is a professor of Education and the Single Subject Program Director in the Division of Teacher Education at Azusa Pacific University near Los Angeles. She is also a former GATE coordinator, and a mother of gifted children.


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Smoketree E Room
 
Sunday, February 24
 

9:30am

Embedding GT Instructional Practices in the Classroom: Leadership Tactics
Limited Capacity seats available

As budgets become limited, schools are shifting to more inclusive models for meeting the needs of gifted learners in the regular classroom. An instructional leadership model utilizing consultation, collaboration, co-teaching, and coaching is necessary for the success of inclusive GT services. Each element of the model is described and specific leadership tactics for making it work effectively will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Cash

Richard Cash

Consultant, nRich Educational Consulting, Inc.
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 24, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Smoketree E Room

10:40am

Acceleration: A Practical Toolkit for Successful Implementation
Limited Capacity seats available

Acceleration can take many forms, including subject(s) or grade(s). Though much research exists affirming acceleration as one of the most cost-efficient, effective and pragmatic strategies for accommodating gifted students, its use remains limited. Drawing from experience, professionals who routinely utilize acceleration with gifted students in elementary, junior high, high school and college share their expertise about how they identify candidates and will provide a practical toolkit to ensure the acceleration is successful.

Speakers
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Tonya Beilstein

Head of School, The Barnhart School
Tonya Beilstein is Head of The Barnhart School, an independent school serving grades K-8. Tonya spent years as a teacher and curriculum director before assuming her current position. While not a gifted school, Barnhart is intentional in ensuring all student’s needs are met, and... Read More →
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Cam Werley-Gonzales

Founder, Accelerated Honors Academy at Alverno Heights Academy
Cam Werley-Gonzales is the founder of the Accelerated Honors Academy (AHA), at Alverno Heights Academy, a private high school. The program allows qualified students as young as eleven and those entering grades 6 – 8, to bypass the remainder of middle school and attend high school... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Smoketree E Room

11:50am

Pearls of Wisdom: Challenging and Celebrating Intensities and Intelligences
Limited Capacity seats available

Pearls of Wisdom is a gamified system of performance assessments where gifted students choose to earn “pearls” by demonstrating mastery of content beyond the standards. Learn how "Pearls of Wisdom" motivates gifted students to achieve, builds community through celebrations and shared goals, and highlights the uniquely personal study skills and methods gifted students dream up. Participants will leave with sample assessments and ideas on how to implement Pearls of Wisdom in their own learning spaces.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Buist

Michael Buist

6th Grade Teacher, Knox Gifted Academy
Shepherd of @KGA6th Outlaw in @ChandlerUnified Scout at @KnoxGifted @RemindHQ Advisory Board Member of @AdobeEdu #MakerEd #kga6th #kgarocks #nbrs19
avatar for Jennifer Nusbaum

Jennifer Nusbaum

Dean of Knox Gifted Academy, Knox Gifted Academy
Dean of Students at Knox Gifted Academy, a 2018 National Blue Ribbon K-6 public design thinking school in Chandler Unified School District serving 700 gifted students in the East Valley of Arizona. Through innovative and reflective practices that keep the unique needs of gifted students... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Smoketree E Room
 


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