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Saturday, February 23


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

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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


#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"!

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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


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.


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
Sunday, February 24


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.


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 →

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

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