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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

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
Sunday, February 23

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

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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