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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

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

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

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

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
 
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

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
 


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