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Saturday, February 23


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.

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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


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.


Sharon Duncan

Independent Consultant, Gifted Identity/Gifted Research and Outreach

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


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.

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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


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!

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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
Sunday, February 24


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.

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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 →
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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


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.


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


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.

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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

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