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Affective Development: Social & Emotional [clear filter]
Saturday, February 22

7:45am PST

Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students Who Have Experienced Trauma

Many gifted students experience intense emotions and are able to be resilient in the face of these feelings. However, many students have had traumatic events happen in their lives, and we as educators need to be able to differentiate between intense emotions or the effect of traumatic experiences. We will discuss how to support traumatized students academically, socially, and emotionally.


Jaclyn Loncteaux

Instructional Strategists, Myers Elementary
Jaclyn is currently employed as an Instructional Strategist at a low-income, low-performing elementary school. She is also pursuing her Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. Her experience as a gifted student who faced childhood trauma and intense emotions prepared her... Read More →

Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am PST
Smoketree AB

1:00pm PST

Relationships And Retakes: Helping Students Develop A Growth Mindset

Research has shown that gifted students may be susceptible to developing a fixed mindset. In this presentation, I will share how a grading system that included retakes, along with the relationships I built with the students, impacted how students viewed themselves as learners and members of a learning community. And how relationships and retakes led to an increase in Growth Mindset, especially for my advanced learners.

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Dr. John Hayden

High School Math Teacher, Piedmont High School
Dr. Hayden has been a public school mathematics teacher for more than 25 years. In his career, he has focused on differentiation, co-teaching, assessment, social-emotional wellbeing, and, most recently, Growth Mindset. He has recently concluded a research project into mastery-based... Read More →

Saturday February 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm PST
Smoketree AB

2:15pm PST

Leading Girls to Leadership

For society to be more accepting of women in leadership positions, we must inspire and develop leadership in girls today. Female leadership potential often goes unnoticed or under-supported impacting choices girls make regarding classes, activities, college, and career. By identifying and supporting girls with leadership qualities, educators can change the look of corporate administration, legislative bodies, and Board tables. Leadership is a gift and talent and girls need support to be tomorrow’s leaders.

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Dr. Cathy Nichols-Washer

Superintendent, Lodi Unified
Dr. Washer has served as superintendent for over 16 years and is currently the second-longest sitting superintendent among California’s largest districts with 11 years in Lodi Unified. She has presented to local and state-wide audiences on women in leadership and is an advocate... Read More →

Saturday February 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm PST
Smoketree AB

2:15pm PST

Maslow 2.0: The Hierarchy of Needs, Redefined

In his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation,” Abraham Maslow introduced the idea that human beings have a hierarchy of needs: physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. In this talk, Scott Barry Kaufman picks up where Maslow left off, expanding upon the unfinished theory and integrating new scientific findings, including Kaufman’s own research on creativity, love, personality, and well-being. Through his unique work on the subject, Kaufman reinvigorates the profound insights of humanistic psychology with the latest scientific findings from a wide range of fields, introducing them to a generation that consistently feels unsatisfied in their work, creative pursuits, and educational path. Students can be high achievers and yet still yearn for self-realization. The philosopher Erich Fromm said that there is “an art of being.” But as Kaufman persuasively shows, there is also a science of being, and this talk will help educators set students on the path to a life of optimal health, growth, wholeness, and real fulfillment.

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Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman

Professor; Director of Research, Columbia University; The 2E Center at Bridges Academy
Scott Barry Kaufman is a professor at Columbia University and Director of Research at the 2e Center, Bridges Academy. He is interested in helping all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. In addition to writing the column Beautiful Minds for Scientific American... Read More →

Saturday February 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm PST

3:30pm PST

Positive Discipline SEL Skills for Gifted and Talented Students

Positive Discipline addresses the needs of many gifts students who have a desire to learn in an environment that is just, empowering, respectful and emotionally engaging. Positive Discipline is an approach and curriculum that builds respectful and effective communication skills, prosocial behavior, problem solving and collaboration within the daily learning environment. Students are empowered to use these skills in all aspects of their learning, leading to positive connections with their peers and applying these skills to their academic learning.

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Tammy Keces

Head of School, Irvine Hebrew Day School
Tammy Keces is the founding principal and Head of School at Irvine Hebrew Day School, a K-6 grade Jewish day school located in Santa Ana, California. Tammy is currently receiving her doctorate in Educational Leadership at California State University Fullerton, she received her MA... Read More →

Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm PST
Smoketree AB

3:30pm PST

Understanding and Teaching through the Lens of Cognitive Diversity
In this session we will explore how we can individualize teaching strategies to directly target individual cognitive profiles. This allows us to bypass deficits, create space for developmental differences, and allow for a truly strength-based learning environment

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Andrew Haynes

COGx Manager, Fusion Academy
Andy Haynes is the COGx manager at Fusion Academy Huntington Beach. He joined Fusion Academy in 2015, and in addition to COGx, he currently serves as the National History Department Head supporting all Fusion campuses, the Head of the History Department at Fusion Huntington Beach... Read More →

Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm PST
Sunday, February 23

8:00am PST

Cultivating Social Emotional Learning in Gifted Students through the Lens of Global Education

Learn how to support social and emotional learning (SEL) for gifted students by intentionally incorporating the Four Domains of Global Competence into daily lessons and overall school culture. Review the California Global Education Project’s indicators and benchmarks of global competence; learn about the CDE’s 2016 California Global Education Summit, the 2018 Global Education Exemplary Awards Competition, and new SEL resources; and hear about how an award recipient’s model program sets them apart.

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Aileen Allison-Zarea

Education Administrator, California Department of Education, Educator Excellence and Equity Division
Aileen is an Education Administrator in the Educator Excellence and Equity Division at the California Department of Education. She oversees activities related to state-level professional learning for English Language Arts/Literacy, World Language, History-Social Science/Civics, the... Read More →
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Dr. Emily Schell

Executive Director, California Global Education Project
Dr. Emily Schell is Executive Director of the California Global Education Project, one of nine discipline-specific K-12 professional learning networks of the California Subject Matter Project. Schell is a former GATE teacher, Social Studies Resource Teacher, and site principal in... Read More →
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Diane Crum

Education Programs Assistant, Educator Equity and Excellence Division, The California Department of Education
Diane Crum is an Education Programs Assistant in the Educator Equity and Excellence Division (EEED) at the California Department of Education. Prior to joining the EEED, she taught in the Roseville Joint Union High School District (RJUHSD) since 2005. During her tenure at the RJUHSD... Read More →

Sunday February 23, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am PST
Smoketree D

11:00am PST

How to Support the Needs of GATE Students and Parents

Gifted students often struggle with the executive function aspects of being a successful student. Their parents often compensate either by trying to micromanage or by focusing on supporting academic skills. This session shall focus on how to explain the diverse needs occasioned by differences in the gifted brain. Practical interventions you can provide to both parents and students in order to clearly communicate and support lasting strategies for success will be discussed.


Kate Miller

Teacher/GATE Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District
Kate Miller has worked with GATE students for over 20 years in both elementary and middle school and has also served as GATE Coordinator at multiple schools. An experienced presenter, Kate has presented numerous professional development sessions on a variety of topics related to giftedness... Read More →

Joyann Sofio

Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District
Joyann Sofio has been teaching students at an elementary and middle school level for more than 25 years. She currently teaches students in a specialized program designed for Highly Gifted students at a public middle school and has taught strategies for success to students, teachers... Read More →

Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Smoketree D

12:00pm PST

Giftedness and Managing Anxiety

Research has shown that gifted individuals have higher emotional sensitivity, coupled with a heightened level of analytical thinking. The combination of increased sensitivity and analysis can result in greater anxiety. This presentation will describe the conditions that can predispose a gifted individual to intense anxiety. As well as methods for reducing and managing anxiety for a more serene life.

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Dr. Cynthia Geary

Professor, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Dr. Geary has cultivated an understanding of gifted individuals over the past twelve years. She has created course work in Teacher Credentialing Programs designed to prepare future teachers to work successfully with gifted students, and to understand their unique socio-emotional makeup... Read More →

Sunday February 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PST
Smoketree D

12:00pm PST

Pick Me Up When I Fall Down: Identifying, Encouraging, and Building Resilience Through Purposeful Goal Setting

Building resilient habits and encouraging optimism are difficult to achieve. Imagine a world where we encourage each other to be resilient and keep going even when it is tough. Join this fun and hands-on experience of helping children identify times when they are already being resilient through storytelling. Find out how the Daruma doll can help children learn to build resilience and set goals for themselves.

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Gretchen Stanerson

Director of Auxiliary Programs; CAG Board Member, Bay Area Educator Representatitve, Presidio Knolls School

Sunday February 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PST
San Jacinto

12:00pm PST

Strategies to Support Gifted Children Struggling with Trauma

Continuing our research into how trauma affects the brain, and its impact on our children, we are realizing that many gifted children, especially highly gifted children, suffer their own kind of trauma as they cope with being different and trying to fit into society and expectations placed on them. Having society, parents, teachers, a school system not understand them and how they think and learn, can have a profound impact on a child. These children are also just as likely to suffer from other traumas as any other child; however, their unique sensitivities and pressures they are already under put them at a unique risk. This presentation will open your eyes to what our children are going through, and also provide you with some strategies to help support them as we continue to learn more and more about this topic.


Adam Laningham

Gifted Services Coordinator, Deer Valley Unified School District
Adam Laningham has over 19 years of experience in the field of education. He is the Gifted Coordinator for a large school district in the Phoenix area providing a wide range of services to over 5,000 gifted identified students. The 2014 Arizona Gifted Teacher of the Year, Adam has... Read More →

Sunday February 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PST

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