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Affective: Social & Emotional [clear filter]
Saturday, February 23
 

7:45am

Don't Forget Your Brain
Limited Capacity seats available

The majority of teacher training focuses on the development of instructional strategies, understanding of grade-level standards, and classroom and behavior management. While these areas are extremely pertinent to being an effective teacher, learning how the brain functions; takes in and processes information, makes for even more effective choices for the caregivers of children when determining the best avenues to pursue in the classroom and in the home to maximize educational experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Tomao

Victoria Tomao

Instructional Coach, Sylvan Union School District
Victoria has been an educator for seventeen years. She spent the last eight years teaching a fourth-grade self-contained Gifted and Talented class in Modesto, CA. This experience has driven her own passion for learning about how to best meet the needs of not only Gifted students but... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Mesquite C Room

7:45am

Please Understand: Looking at 2e Through The Student’s Eyes
Limited Capacity seats available

Meeting the needs of 2e children can be a tremendous challenge for parents and educators alike.The experience of being both gifted and having a learning disability provides the perfect storm for frustration, anxiety, and the formation of an unhealthy self-identity. Designed for both parents and educators, this session views the 2e experience through the student’s eyes and provides ideas about how to simultaneously address both their giftedness and their challenges.

Speakers
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Sharon Duncan

Independent Consultant, Gifted Identity/Gifted Research and Outreach


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

7:45am

Twice Exceptionality and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
Limited Capacity seats available

How do culture, language, diversity, and twice exceptionality intertwine? In this presentation, the unique characteristics of twice exceptional and culturally and linguistically diverse students will be discussed. Strategies for identification and support of students who are twice exceptional and culturally and linguistically diverse will be modeled.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Cynthia Geary

Dr. Cynthia Geary

Pomona, CA, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Dr. Geary has contributed to K-12 public education for over 25 years, as a classroom teacher, resource teacher, researcher and professor in teacher credentialing programs. She has lived and taught internationally and considers the diversity within California's public schools a treasure... Read More →


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

10:30am

Burning Questions: How Sculpting Provocative Prompts Breaks Old Patterns, Builds New Paradigms, and Blows Their Minds
Limited Capacity seats available

What kind of questions are we humans stuck on and can we move beyond? How can we craft unforgettable questions that awaken transformative moments in others? The framework explored in this workshop can be applied to any subject to deepen engagement and retention of academic content. Participants will leave with an understanding of the theory behind levels of questioning and with numerous practical tools, activities, and techniques to be used with gifted students of all ages.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Anabel Jensen

Dr. Anabel Jensen

President and Founder, Six Seconds
An accomplished educator and author Anabel Jensen is recognized around the world for her work with curriculum utilizing emotional intelligence. Also known as emotional quotient, or EQ, Wikipedia defines emotional intelligence as “The capability of individuals to recognize their... Read More →
avatar for Cherilyn Leet

Cherilyn Leet

Assistant Director of Education, Six Seconds
After a decade of experience as a K-12 classroom teacher, Cherilyn joined Six Seconds to develop curriculum, assessments, and workshops about emotional intelligence competencies. Prior to this role, Cherilyn taught a gifted homeroom class at the newly-developed Synapse School, which... Read More →


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

10:30am

Growth Mindset for Gifted: Building Scholarly Dispositions through the “Practices”
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we develop intellectual struggle for our GATE students? How might we allow for, manage, and promote inquiry-based study on a topic? In this session we will:
  • Explore scholarly behaviors and learn how to promote the growth mindset through the study of scholars past and present.
  •  Make connections between the Standards for Math Practice (CCSS), the Capabilities of Literate Individual (CCSS & H/SS), the Science & Engineering Practices (NGSS), and the Artistic Processes (National Core Art Standards).

Speakers
avatar for Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson

Arts & Enrichment Coordinator, Pasadena Unified School District
Karen Anderson is the Arts & Enrichment Coordinator for the Pasadena Unified School District. She graduated from Northwestern University and received her Master’s degree in education from USC. Karen has worked in public, private, and charter schools in dual language environments... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Mesquite C Room

10:30am

Philosophy of Sex for Gifted High School Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Gifted high school students have deep questions about sexuality that deserve to be addressed. Lamb will talk about how her new sex ed curriculum helps students develop an ethical framework for discussing controversial issues, such as sexual orientation and gender identity. Kaye will talk about her new trilogy—three philosophical novels about the philosophy of sex. Two friends, faced with a series of heart-stopping adventures, find wisdom in some of the greatest philosophers in history.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Kaye

Sharon Kaye

Professor of Philosophy, John Carroll University
Sharon Kaye is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After receiving her Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Toronto, she was a Killam postdoctoral fellow at... Read More →
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Sharon Lamb

Professor, Department of Counseling & School Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston
Sharon Lamb has a doctoral degree in Human Development from Harvard University and a doctorate in Philosophy from the Vrije University in Amsterdam. She is a co-author of the APA Sexualization of Girls Task Force Report and Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Classroom Culture & Classroom Management with Gifted Students
Limited Capacity filling up

One of the most important elements of a successful classroom is the culture that pervades it. This can be especially true for gifted students, who often face alienation in classrooms and present their own challenges for teachers because of their asynchronous needs. This presentation will help teachers to build a positive culture in their classroom, and will also provide a toolbox full of classroom management tips and tricks to make every day run more smoothly.

Speakers
avatar for Damon Allswang

Damon Allswang

2nd Grade Teacher, The Nueva School
Damon Allswang has been teaching and leading in progressive, independent elementary schools for 25 years. For the past five years, he has been teaching second grade at The Nueva School. Previously, he was the Lower School Head at a school in Oakland, CA. Damon has been a Social-Emotional... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Nurturing Self-Compassion in Gifted Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Many gifted kids and adults are plagued by perfectionism, imposter syndrome, self-judgment, and low frustration tolerance. This session will reflect on typical psychosocial traits of gifted individuals that contribute to these challenges. And more importantly, will introduce strategies for parents and professionals to help their gifted kids (and themselves!) become more self-compassionate.

Speakers
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Heather Boorman

Therapist, The Fringy Bit
Heather Boorman is the director of Boorman Counseling in Western Wisconsin. Her work as a therapist focuses on “fringy kids” and their families, who live with the joys and challenges of atypical developmental needs. Additionally, Heather is the author of The Gifted Kids Workbook... Read More →


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

1:00pm

Using Restorative Practices to Create an Inclusive Classroom for Gifted and 2e Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you always correcting behavior no matter what classroom management system you use? Do you want students to think for themselves and improve relationships? Restorative Practices (RP) has research proving that it repairs relationships, facilitates building community, equality, responsibility, and a sense of ownership. Attendees will learn about a real school that implemented RP and the effect it had on suspension rates and test scores as well as how they can implement RP on Monday!

Speakers
avatar for Karen Arnstein

Karen Arnstein

Doctoral Student
I am a 2nd year doctoral student in the Curriculum and Instruction for the Gifted at the University of Denver as well as a middle school science teacher. My research is focused around the developmental trajectories of twice-exceptional students and increasing acceptance for neurodiversity... Read More →



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

2:15pm

Learning to Think
Limited Capacity seats available

A focus on developing thinking skills allows students to take charge of their own learning, deepen their understanding, 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.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jann Leppien

Dr. Jann Leppien

Professor, Whitworth University
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 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Smoketree A Room

2:15pm

Talented Young Men Overcoming Tough Times: An Exploration of Resilience
Limited Capacity seats available

This session presents a study examining the life experiences of gifted males in their early careers who overcame serious adversity and attained personal and professional fulfillment. They faced homelessness, poverty, alcoholic parents, gay bashing, bullying, racism, and challenges with twice-exceptionality. Influential factors shaping their resilience are highlighted. Practical implications for K-12 educators and counselors are presented.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Thomas P. Hébert

Dr. Thomas P. Hébert

Professor, University of South Carolina
Thomas P. Hébert, Ph.D., is Professor of Gifted and Talented Education in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Hébert has more than a decade of K-12 classroom experience working with gifted students and 25 years in higher education training graduate... Read More →


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

2:15pm

Thinking Like a Disciplinarian - Content Area Writing
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will use "Thinking Like a Disciplinarian" to enhance content area writing. There will be an emphasis on differentiation, the importance of balancing the types of writing taught (Narrative, Informational, Opinion) and innovative strategies to engage students in writing.

Speakers
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Sharon Bennett

Sharon L. H. Bennett, Ed.D., Alvord Unified School Distirct
Dr. Sharon Bennett has been an educator in Southern California for 28 years. Her interests lie in researching and creating systems that provide for equable outcomes for all students.



Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Mesquite C Room

3:30pm

Access Gap: Perceptions of Stakeholders Regarding Inclusion of Traditionally Marginalized Students in Gifted and Talented Education Programs in the Local Control Accountability Plan
Limited Capacity seats available

The research objective of this study was to investigate the experiences and perceptions of district administrators in recognizing the need for and addressing equitable access in Gifted and Advanced Learner Programs for diverse populations in the development and implementation of LCAP. Given the emergence of legislation in 2013, requiring the development and implementation of a LCAP, and provision in the legislation for districts to determine whether Gifted and Talented Advanced Learner Programs are included in the plan and fiscal resources allocated to this program (CDE, 2017), the issue of access and equity is significant for districts having such programs (Ford, 2017).

Speakers
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Cynthia Steuben

Elementary Teacher/ Doctoral Candidate, University of Redlands
Cynthia Steuben is a veteran elementary teacher with thirty years of experience in a Title I School working with students from diverse backgrounds. She attends the University of Redlands where she is working on her doctorate in Leadership for Education Justice. Ms. Steuben's research... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mesquite F Room

3:30pm

Gifted Kids versus Classroom Social Norms
Limited Capacity seats available

Gifted children may exhibit behaviors that don’t fit typical high achieving stereotypes, including social functioning. Unexpected responses to social interactions, difficulty processing feedback, and sensory or environmental stimuli can be signs of over excitabilities or twice exceptionalities that require effective interventions to foster success at school. This session will introduce classroom teachers to some common social processing challenges often observed in gifted/2e students and provide strategies for supporting their social-emotional health in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Joanna Haase

Dr. Joanna Haase

Psychotherapist, California Gifted Network
Dr. Joanna Haase is a psychotherapist in private practice, who works with gifted individuals and their families to help them understand, navigate and embrace the joys and challenges of giftedness. She has over 28 years experience in treating clients with eating disorders, anxiety... Read More →
avatar for Lisa L. Hancock, Ph.D., MBA

Lisa L. Hancock, Ph.D., MBA

Clinical Psychologist, Summit Center
Dr. Lisa Hancock is a Clinical Psychologist who works at Summit Center where she provides neuropsychological assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults. She specializes in working with twice-exceptional children, and with individuals who are highly... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mesquite C Room

3:30pm

How Technology Can Change Your (Classroom) Life
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you struggling with spending quality time listening to your gifted students share their thinking? Are the opportunities for academic conversation limited? See what is possible when you combine evidence-based learning with the technology in your classroom. Explore what you can do with OneNote Class Notebook, Seesaw, Flip Grid, and more to give your GATE students more opportunities to articulate their learning and to demonstrate their critical-thinking skills through effective communication and voice.

Speakers
avatar for Renee Chipman

Renee Chipman

Teacher, Central School District
I have been an Elementary Teacher in both the Primary and Upper grades for 17 years. I am a District Tech Lead and an innovator in the classroom. I currently teach a 5th Grade GATE Cluster and am the coach for our Math League team. I have been a pilot teacher for many district technology... Read More →
avatar for Eric Sorenson, M.Ed

Eric Sorenson, M.Ed

District GATE Lead, 4th Grade Teacher, Technology Integration Coach, Central School District
Eric has inspired young learners as a GATE instructor for over 18 years, teaching in a blended 1:1 learning environment. An MIE in delivering digital content, he presents at the CUE Conference, CAG, and on PD topics including Visible Learning, GATE, and technology integration. Eric... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Smoketree A Room

3:30pm

Parenting with a Growth Mindset
Limited Capacity seats available

Parenting gifted learners is a roller coaster! Gifted children can be curious, self-motivated, hard-working, and engaged learners, but they can also fall into the traps of perfectionism and underachievement. Approaching parenting with a growth mindset, encouraging appropriate risk-taking and celebrating failure can be an art form that parents can master to help their children grow and develop into and beyond their potential!

Speakers
avatar for Patricia Chiles

Patricia Chiles

Program Coordinator, Fullerton School District and CAG Parent Representative, Orange Region, Fullerton School District
Patricia Chiles has been an educator for over 20 years and considers herself a lifelong learner. Currently the GATE Coordinator in Fullerton School District, she has a background as a GATE teacher, and is the OCC GATE Vice President and CAG Parent Representative for the Orange Region... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Mesquite G Room
 
Sunday, February 24
 

8:00am

Supporting Your Gifted Child: When to Help, When to Let Them Fail and When to Seek Professional Support
Limited Capacity seats available

Overexcitabilities; asynchronous development; sensory sensitivities and sensory integration; and the auditory, visual, and social processing challenges often associated with gifted children can result in complex parenting situations. Uncertainty in navigating these challenges often results in conflicts between partners, stress within the family, and significant distressing behaviors in children that do not seem to respond to accepted parenting strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Joanna Haase

Dr. Joanna Haase

Psychotherapist, California Gifted Network
Dr. Joanna Haase is a psychotherapist in private practice, who works with gifted individuals and their families to help them understand, navigate and embrace the joys and challenges of giftedness. She has over 28 years experience in treating clients with eating disorders, anxiety... Read More →
avatar for Lisa L. Hancock, Ph.D., MBA

Lisa L. Hancock, Ph.D., MBA

Clinical Psychologist, Summit Center
Dr. Lisa Hancock is a Clinical Psychologist who works at Summit Center where she provides neuropsychological assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults. She specializes in working with twice-exceptional children, and with individuals who are highly... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Mesquite F Room

9:30am

Help Me! My Child is Gifted!
Limited Capacity seats available

Dr. Kathi Lundstrom will quickly review the common characteristics of the gifted child and then focus on social and emotional needs. Tips will be given for parenting the highly gifted, as well as suggestions for dealing with behavior issues. This is an open conversation style workshop, and plenty of time will be allotted for questions from parents. Parents of gifted children ages 2-18 are welcome.

Speakers
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Dr. Kathi Lundstrom

Elementary Teacher and GATE Coordinator, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District
Dr. Kathi Lundstrom holds a PhD in Gifted and Talented Education, with over 20 years experience working with GATE students, identification, differentiation, and supporting parents, Dr. Lundstrom is an expert who specializes in supporting the emotional needs of the gifted. Having raised... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Mesquite C Room

10:40am

Promoting Latino Parent Engagement in Gifted Education
Limited Capacity seats available

The purpose of the proposed study is to investigate the role of Latino parents in identifying, fostering, and advocating for their gifted children. Overall, the aim of the proposed study is to determine whether Latino parent/guardian engagement contributes to the placement and success of Latino students in gifted education.

Speakers
avatar for Yelba Carrillo

Yelba Carrillo

Yelba Carrillo, MSW (Doctoral Student), Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Yelba Carrillo holds a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology. The focus of her doctoral research is Latino Parent... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Mesquite F Room

10:40am

Talking about Gate with Your Child and Supporting Those “Flipside” Behaviors
Limited Capacity seats available

Our kids have these awesome gifts that amaze us and make us so proud! But they also mystify us with some behaviors that are not so amazing and frustrate us. If you find yourself thinking (or saying), “How can you be so smart but ______?” this session is for you. In this session, we will look at the “flipsides” of common GATE traits and tools to help you understand and support your child.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Knudson

Karen Knudson

Coordinator | Gifted Education & Teacher Induction, Tustin USD
Karen has been an educator for 17 year and spent the first 12 years as a resource specialist. She currently serves in Tustin Unified School District and coordinates the Gifted Education and Teacher Induction programs. Karen specializes in differentiation, technology integration and... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Mesquite C Room

10:40am

¿Qué Significa Ser Identificado Como Superdotado? ¿Cómo Puedo Ayudar a Mis Niños en Lograr Sus Metas?
Limited Capacity seats available

What does it mean to be identified as gifted? How can I help my children reach their goals? This session is intended to serve as a question and answer session for Spanish speaking parents and is adaptable depending on registration for the parent conference and the needs of CAG. It will be inquiry-based and responsive to the needs of the participants. Materials will be provided in Spanish to support parent participation with their students in the home.

¿Qué significa ser identificado como dotado? ¿Cómo puedo ayudar a mis hijos a alcanzar sus metas? El objetivo de esta sesión es servir como una sesión de preguntas y respuestas para los padres que hablan español y es adaptable según el registro para la conferencia de padres y las necesidades del CAG. Se basará en la investigación y responderá a las necesidades de los participantes. Los materiales se proporcionarán en español para apoyar la participación de los padres con sus estudiantes en el hogar.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson

Arts & Enrichment Coordinator, Pasadena Unified School District
Karen Anderson is the Arts & Enrichment Coordinator for the Pasadena Unified School District. She graduated from Northwestern University and received her Master’s degree in education from USC. Karen has worked in public, private, and charter schools in dual language environments... Read More →



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

11:50am

Storytelling on Steroids
Limited Capacity seats available

Storytelling is a disappearing skill. Come to this session to play with a template that teaches gifted students about character development, narrative structure, plot complexities, and conflict resolution. Participants will learn techniques to stimulate creative thinking and improve you and your students’ storytelling skills. Moreover, this workshop incorporates skills of social-emotional and executive functioning. The template can be used as a story starter for written language as well as for visual arts integration.

Speakers
avatar for Cherilyn Leet

Cherilyn Leet

Assistant Director of Education, Six Seconds
After a decade of experience as a K-12 classroom teacher, Cherilyn joined Six Seconds to develop curriculum, assessments, and workshops about emotional intelligence competencies. Prior to this role, Cherilyn taught a gifted homeroom class at the newly-developed Synapse School, which... Read More →


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

11:50am

The Power of Parent Partnerships and Participation: How Gifted Support Group Meetings Foster Support, Advocacy, and Community
Limited Capacity seats available

Parents today play a more active role in supporting their Gifted children and advocating on their behalf than ever before. Through support group meetings, parents are able to find schooling options, programs, and services their gifted children need to thrive from experts in the field – and, even more impactful, one another. Attendees will gain an understanding of the development, scope, and varied formats of support groups and how they are changing the ways in which parents find a tribe of peers.

Speakers
avatar for Hillary Jade

Hillary Jade

Program Manager, Institute for Educational Advancement
Hillary Jade is a Program Manager with the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) in Pasadena, CA, where she oversees programming for Gifted students that is both local and national in scope. Prior to joining IEA, she was a Program Director and Site Director with Summer Institute... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Mesquite F Room

11:50am

Using Interest Surveys to Differentiate Your Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn about and use interest surveys to better tailor and differentiate instruction for your diverse classroom of learners based on readiness, interests, and aptitudes. We will take a look at Renzulli Scales, Myers-Briggs, and Multiple Intelligences.

Speakers
avatar for Krisa Muller

Krisa Muller

GATE Program Specialist, Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District
Krisa Muller serves as the California Association for the Gifted Board of Directors Secretary. Krisa has been a California public educator since 2000 and involved in gifted education since 2002. She is currently the GATE Program Specialist for Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Mesquite C Room
 


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