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Saturday, February 23
 

7:45am

College Night: Or, How to Change an 8th Grader's World
Limited Capacity seats available

What changes when a student finds self-empowerment and purpose by setting specific goals and high expectations for their achievement? College Night is an 8th-grade PBLU project that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy as students prepare their transition to high school. And really, it's not about college, it's about middle schools and high schools partnering as 8th graders become high school students arriving on campus with a game plan for a successful high school career that will include academics, athletics, clubs, community service and more as students learn what they want to work toward.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Hoy

Jennifer Hoy

Teacher, Washoe County School District, GATE Deparment
After starting her professional life with a B.S. in Business Administration, Jenny discovered that her true mission and passion in life was to spend her days in a classroom surrounded by children, books, and writer's notebooks. Jenny was named WCSD Middle School Teacher of the Year... Read More →


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

7:45am

Integrating STEAM through Children’s Literature : Discover How to Plan and Integrate STEAM Lessons and Units into Your Reading Time by Starting with Any Storybook and Address the Gifted and Talented Learner.
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn how to use a variety of children’s literature as a basis to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Art (STEAM) by developing a planning guide. Participants will be exposed to children’s literature such as Mike Mulligan and his STEAM Shovel, and Katy and the Big Snow-story content that is not typically associated with high-level STEAM based content while addressing the needs of the Gifted and Talented Learner.

Speakers
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Ruth Gamboa-Brooks

Principal, Castlebay Lane Elementary, LAUSD
Dr. Ruth Gamboa-Brooks is a principal at Castlebay Lane Charter Elementary School and an Adjunct Professor at California State University Dominguez Hills in the Graduate School Leadership Program.  She has worked with the Los Angeles School District for the past 19 years improving... Read More →
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David Garringer

Assistant Principal, Castlebay Lane Elementary
Mr. Garringer, with over 18 years experience in education, is a recognized leader in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Engineering (STEAM) education. He has been an advocate for minorities and women in the Sciences. Mr. Garringer has presented at many local, state, and national... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
San Jacinto Room

7:45am

Introduction to Differentiation: Setting the Stage & Providing the Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we encourage GATE students – and all students – to higher levels of thinking, encourage students to develop ownership of their own learning, help underachieving GATE students, kindle the fire of learning and create thinkers, and create scholars as opposed to “good students”?

Speakers
avatar for Kathy Alexander

Kathy Alexander

GATE Coordinator, Rincon Valley Union School District
Kathy has been involved in gifted education since 2000, and a member of the CAG Board since 2011. As GATE Coordinator in her District, she has trained teachers in how to use gifted strategies in the classroom and how to differentiate their daily curriculum. Her masters' is in Curriculum... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Santa Rosa Room

7:45am

Real-World GATE Strategies
Limited Capacity filling up

Feeling overwhelmed with all of the wealth of knowledge you receive from the training you attend? Do you want a session that will give you real-world activities that you can use when you go back into the classroom? Then this is the session for you! This session will give you four GATE strategies that you can use to begin differentiating for all learners and allow you to feel like the educator that you know you can be!

Speakers
avatar for Robyn Arnold

Robyn Arnold

Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District
Robyn Arnold is a 3rd-grade teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. With over 16 years of teaching experience, her career has focused on GATE education with EL students, Special Education students, and Highly Gifted students. As an original member of Dr. Sandra Kaplan’s... Read More →


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

10:30am

Creating Enthusiasm in the Elementary Math Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Are your students tired of worksheets? Do you want your students to be engaged and excited during math class? Well, you are in luck! During this hands-on workshop, you will experience various activities that I have used in the classroom to engage all of my learners. At the end, you will have multiple activities to take back and try with your students, as well as some online resources that can enrich your practice.

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Orr

Nathan Orr

Lower School Mathematics Coordinator, Mirman School
Nathan Orr has been an educator for 12 years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Learning Foundations, and a Master's degree in Education Administration. As Lower School Math Coordinator for Mirman School, his focus is to support and stretch each student while making math... Read More →



Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
San Jacinto Room

10:30am

Depth and Complexity Is Everywhere!
Limited Capacity seats available

It’s time to Free Your Mind! This session is aimed to highlight the multi-faceted usage of Depth and Complexity and related prompts in ALL aspects of teaching. Often teachers think there should be a prescribed input point where D/C can be applied. This session will show beginning and advanced GATE teachers and parents a fresh and unique outlook to help uncover the world of Depth and Complexity in everything we see and do.

Speakers
avatar for Dolph Petris

Dolph Petris

5/6th Grade Teacher, Fullerton School District
Dolph is an enthusiastic educator who has taught in the Fullerton School District for 15 years. As a GATE teacher, he understands the value of being a lifelong learner and is always seeking new information for better understanding. As long as there are people to speak with, books... Read More →


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

10:30am

Using Ill-Structured Problems to Challenge Gifted Students
Limited Capacity seats available

The real problems we face every day are messy, come with varied perspectives, may require alternative solutions, and are poorly defined or ill-structured. Using these types of problems challenge gifted students to develop robust cognitive, argumentation, and solution finding skills. Learn how to design, facilitate and guide your students through the ill-structured problem method. Examples and procedures will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Cash

Richard Cash

Consultant, nRich Educational Consulting, Inc.
Dr. Richard M. Cash is an award-winning educator, author and consultant who has worked in the field of education for more than 30 years. His range of experience includes teaching, curriculum development, program administration and professional coaching. His work has taken him throughout... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Santa Rosa Room

1:00pm

Let Them Talk! Academic Discourse in the HSS Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will address the new History Social-Science Framework and its shift to inquiry-based instruction. A variety of discourse patterns will be discussed and modeled in this session so teachers are empowered to add inquiry to their classroom through a variety of discourse strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Hull

Julie Hull

Coordinator: Gifted and Talented, Orange County Department of Education
Julie Hull is the Coordinator for Gifted and Talented Education at the Orange County Department of Education and Parent Chair for the California Association for the Gifted. With over 20 years experience in gifted education and the parent of children who are gifted she brings unique... Read More →



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

1:00pm

Project Based Learning: "Plant the Seed, See Them Grow"
Limited Capacity seats available

Project-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which students acquire a deeper knowledge through an active exploration of real-world challenges and problems. Students learn about a subject by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, challenge, or problem. Learn how this teacher assigned the task of creating an Outdoor Learning Environment to her GATE students, involving the school and community.

Speakers
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Jennifer Ferrara

Teacher, Buena Park School District
This is Jennifer’s 29th year of teaching in Buena Park. She has taught most grades, currently 6th at Emery Elementary. Jennifer received her bachelors in Liberal Arts and Masters in Education & Administration, both from CSUF. Jennifer has received the honor of Teacher of the Year... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
San Jacinto Room

1:00pm

The New Prompts of Depth and Complexity
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore the concepts associated with the new prompts of Depth and Complexity across the disciplines through play. In this session, Dr. Julia Nyberg will guide you in conceptually understanding the new prompts of Depth and Complexity using an activity that you can modify for your K-12 classroom. Dr. Julia Nyberg is an educator who has developed curriculum, provided professional development, and taught in the K-12 classroom in the United States and China.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Julia Nyberg

Dr. Julia Nyberg

Executive Director, California Association for the Gifted
Dr. Julia Nyberg is Executive Director for the California Association for the Gifted. Dr. Nyberg is a leading K-12 curriculum development expert with professional experience in the United States and in China. Dr. Nyberg has taught, delivered demonstration lessons, and provided professional... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Santa Rosa Room

2:15pm

Art: A Spicy Treat for Any Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Add cinnamon and spice into lessons from across the curriculum. Discover many places to find great art for free! This presentation will demonstrate a lesson your students will enjoy in the mutual exploration of art. Students will expand their vocabulary and analytic abilities as they explore artworks using the language of artistic composition. This presentation will demonstrate artistic works that will fire up your students thinking in history, math, language arts, and science.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Tahi

Michael Tahi

Educator, Los Unified School District
Michael is an educator with over twenty years of teaching a wide range of students. He’s developed lessons designed to inspire students from the highly gifted to those just developing their communication skills. Michael loves sharing his joy of the visual arts with all ages. He’s... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Santa Rosa Room

2:15pm

Curious about Independent Study?
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you have students who are curious about topics that extend beyond the scope of your curriculum? Do you want to incorporate interest-based learning in your gifted education classroom?  Attend this session to learn how to plan for, design and implement Independent Study so you can help guide students through the process of non-fiction research to discover answers to questions about topics they are interested in learning more about!

Speakers
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Dr. Kim Dodds

Gifted and Talented Education Coordinator, Higley Unified School District, Arizona
Originally from California, Kim has been in education for 23 years. She is a graduate of USC where shestudied with Dr, Kaplan and earned her undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral degrees. She has been a GATE classroom teacher, TOSA and CAG Demonstration teacher. She left the classroom... Read More →


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

2:15pm

Effective Science, Robotics, Engineering and Technology Explorations that Ignite STEAM Learning
Speaker will actively engage participants with explorations that demonstrate the WOW power of STEAM, and she will offer proven ways to help gifted students understand real-world STEAM and engage with sustained learning.  She will demonstrate how to engage students, unleash skills, and develop deep learning with fascinating STEAM tasks!

Speakers
avatar for Donna Knoell

Donna Knoell

Educational Consultant
Dr. Donna L. Knoell is an esteemed, highly sought after speaker and technology and educational consultant who works with schools, school districts, and teachers to help them improve their instructional programs, with special emphasis on advancing achievement and engagement for Gifted... Read More →


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

2:15pm

Implementing a Flipped Classroom Approach in Mathematics
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, you will gain a deeper understanding of how to implement a flipped classroom model into your own teaching. In a flipped classroom students are introduced to the main content of your lesson outside of regular class time. Using this model, in-class time is “re-purposed” for inquiry, application, and assessment in order to better meet the needs of individual learners. In this session you will learn about the benefits of flipped design models as well as resources to start flipping right away. If possible, bring along a lesson and a tablet.

Speakers
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Alyssa Wray

Upper School Mathematics Teacher, Mirman School
Alyssa Wray is an upper school mathematics teacher at Mirman School in Los Angeles, California. She has a B.A. in elementary education with concentrations in Math and Spanish from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to Mirman, she spent five years teaching middle school... Read More →



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

2:15pm

Women in Science: Poetry and Prose in Children’s Literature
Limited Capacity seats available

Through poetry and figurative language use in children’s picture books, readers can learn to enter the world of women scientists who forged the path of scientific discovery and innovation. This review explores biographies of historical and contemporary women scientist picture books written in prose and poetry. The goal is to provide entry points from which teachers can use children’s literature as mentor texts to engage their learners in the areas of STEM and model the scientific method.

Speakers
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Karren Timmermans

Professor, Pacific University
Karren Timmermans, PhD,  is a Professor of Education at Pacific University, Eugene campus. She is an author depth and complexity resources through J Taylor education.


Saturday February 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm
San Jacinto Room

3:30pm

Helping Gifted Students Advance Algebraic Thinking and Real Life Problem Solving Proficiency
Speaker will actively engage participants with complex, real-life problem solving, helping gifted students develop and extend mathematical thinking, reasoning, and deep understanding.  She will demonstrate how to fulfill and extend CCSS, while making rich, rigorous mathematics learning engaging for students.  She will share effective differentiation strategies and will engage attendees with exemplary problems and effective questioning strategies, as well as demonstrating how to use visuals and models effectively to help students develop a clear understanding of concepts.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Knoell

Donna Knoell

Educational Consultant
Dr. Donna L. Knoell is an esteemed, highly sought after speaker and technology and educational consultant who works with schools, school districts, and teachers to help them improve their instructional programs, with special emphasis on advancing achievement and engagement for Gifted... Read More →


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

3:30pm

Introducing and Implementing the Prompts of Depth and Complexity and the Content Imperatives
Limited Capacity seats available

Start using the Prompts of Depth and Complexity and the Content Imperatives to enhance the curriculum and provide powerful instruction to students. Learn techniques for introducing the prompts and integrating them into daily instruction, thereby enabling students to explore them with greater depth and complexity. Participants will leave this workshop with concrete examples and activities that will empower them to start using the prompts tomorrow.

Speakers
avatar for Teresa Koontz

Teresa Koontz

GATE Coordinator, Carpinteria Unified School District
Teresa Koontz serves as the GATE program coodinator for the Carpinteria Unified School District where she designs curriculum and provides instruction to support GATE students in whole class and small group settings. Additionally, Teresa provides professional development to district... Read More →


Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
San Jacinto Room

3:30pm

Revving-Up the Revolutionary War
Limited Capacity seats available

Come to the Room Where it Happens! In this session discover how you can revolutionize the way you teach the Revolutionary War with a pop culture perspective. Two teachers of gifted students will share how they brought the hit musical Hamilton to the classroom to merge student interest with social studies. This dynamic unit brings the war to life using songs from the hit musical. Don’t throw away your shot to see how you can infuse music, lyric analysis, and even break-up letters into your Revolutionary War unit! Also, learn how you can apply this process to create your own engaging units in social studies.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Barba

Lisa Barba

Teacher, Mirman School
Lisa Barba has been a teacher for the past 12 years, four of which have been with gifted students at Mirman School. She is eager to share her knowledge of gifted education with others who share her passion for teaching this population of students.
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Suzanna Zifkin

Teacher, Mirman School
Suzanna Zifkin has been a teacher at Mirman School for five years. Previously, she has presented at the Progressive Education Network conference and is excited to share her classroom perspective with other educators who specialize in gifted education.



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

3:30pm

Using Games to Develop Powerful, Creative Thinkers
Limited Capacity seats available

Games are always a motivator. However, when games are purposefully facilitated they can build and enhance creative, higher level thinking skills. Games can create rich experiences that can be interwoven into content and curriculum. In an engaging hands-on session, come and learn about how you can do this in your classroom or at home.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Almer-Johnson

Jennifer Almer-Johnson

TOSA Curriculum Specialist/K-12 Math Collaborative Lead, Burbank Unified School District
20 years of classroom experience. Passion for differentiated instruction and a pedagogy of engagement. Believer in limitless human potential, champion of creativity and joy.



Saturday February 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Santa Rosa Room
 
Sunday, February 24
 

8:00am

Algebra and Geometry: A Hybrid Approach to Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will describe a hybrid approach to teaching geometry and algebra to gifted middle school students. A hybrid course covering geometry and higher algebra standards was designed and taught by the researcher for two consecutive years. The course is still being implemented today, as its results have continued to be promising. During the presentation, the effectiveness of this course will be discussed along with the unique project-based learning opportunities that were developed to enhance this course's curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Alana Tholen

Alana Tholen

Doctoral Candidate, University of Iowa
Alana M. Tholen is a Mathematics Education PhD Candidate at the University of Iowa. Her areas of interest include gifted mathematics education and racial equity within the mathematics classroom. She has taught secondary mathematics for the past five years and is currently teaching... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Santa Rosa Room

8:00am

Social Justice: Is It Time We Re-Define What a Successful School Is?
Limited Capacity seats available

The motto of CAG is “Every Child Deserves a Free, Public and Appropriate Education”. If the core definition of Social Justice in Schools means that EVERY student’s needs must be met, how do we ensure that this includes gifted students learning something new every day in a supportive and challenging environment? We cannot assume that students who do well can be left on their own within the confines of a classroom. Participants will hear a powerful high school principal, from a 3,500+ student high school, share how his school continues to be considered one of the top academic performing schools in California.

Speakers
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Jens Brandt

Principal, Redondo Beach High School, Redondo Beach Unified School District
Jens Brandt is principal of Redondo Beach High School, which serves over 3,500 students. The school has earned numerous awards and recognition based on the rigorous program that is offered to all students. A believer of Social Justice and a product of International Schools, Jens is... Read More →
avatar for Gary D. Soto

Gary D. Soto

Founder/CEO, GDS Leadership Consulting
Gary D. Soto is the recipient of the National Educator Award for helping to Reshape American Education. He is also one of the authors of "Crimes Against Learning: Solving the Serial Failure of School Reform". Gary D Soto is a former elementary and secondary teacher and administrator... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
San Jacinto Room

10:40am

Dissecting the Language of Mathematics Using the Icons of Depth and Complexity
Limited Capacity seats available

Students need to be armed with problem-solving skills at a deeper level to be successful innovators of the future. Fostering the patience and skills to interpret the language of mathematics can be taught using a simple Icon Frame. By using the Icons of Depth and Complexity developed by Sandra Kaplan, we can encourage our gifted students to face word stories head on!

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Kerns

Crystal Kerns

GATE Coordinator, Victor Elementary School District
Crystal teaches at Galileo Academy, a public school focusing on providing gifted and talented education to underrepresented children. Her degree is in Liberal Studies with a supplemental in English. She is pursuing a Master’s in Adult Education. As a Latina in a single parent home... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
San Jacinto Room

10:40am

STEM-ulating Activities on Human Ecology
Limited Capacity seats available

Teaching human ecology links knowledge and skills for several disciplines, a variety of learning styles, and high-level problem solving on real-world issues. In this hands-on session, engage in hands-on activities that cover a range of human ecology topics including human population and natural resource use trends, and their resulting impacts on ecosystems, biodiversity, climate and the availability of fresh water. Receive electronic lesson plans matched to state standards and ideas for differentiation in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Bergh

Lauren Bergh

Zoo Education Specialist, Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park
Lauren Bergh is a Zoo Education Specialist at the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park. She has over 15 years experience connecting students (early learning through college) and the general public with wildlife and the environment. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and additional... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Santa Rosa Room

11:50am

Developing 21st Century Skills through the Arts
Limited Capacity seats available

Art education is an integral part of developing well- rounded learners who can apply the 21st Century skills of communicating, critical thinking, collaborating and creating to real world contexts. Through this workshop, participants will build a deeper understanding of Common Core State Standards and evaluate how these standards can be integrated within the Arts. Through "closely viewing" and analyzing art, students will reinforce literacy skills needed to become college and career ready.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Estrada

Catherine Estrada

Principal of San Jose Elementary and Highly Gifted Magnet, LAUSD
Catherine Estrada, M.A., is a dedicated educator with over 24 years experience in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She previously worked as District Coordinator for LAUSD Gifted/Talented Programs. Currently, Ms. Estrada serves as Principal of San Jose Elementary and Highly... Read More →


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

11:50am

High Motivational Project-Based Learning: Mars, Robots and STEAM++
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how we motivate our students using STEAM++ project-based learning, robot design, studying Mars, and conducting space science experiments. Your students can participate in our annual robot showcases in Los Angeles and Long Beach. We have new opportunities for your students to write for Kids Talk Radio Science and the Barboza Space Center. Learn how we design prototypes of satellites, Mars robots, and Martian habitats through distance learning and STEAM ++ graphic organizers.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Barboza

Bob Barboza

Founder/Director, Barboza Space Center, Long Beach Unified School District
Bob Barboza is an educator, STEAM++ journalist and founder/director of the Barboza Space Center and Kids Talk Radio Science. He manages teams of students in a junior astronaut fellowship program in the Long Beach Unified School District. His international space science STEAM++ program... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
San Jacinto Room

11:50am

Students Soar When Reading, Writing, and Content Standards Collide!
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we spark high-level, read-write connections? How can we best support students in tackling challenging literary and informational texts? How do we help students master the authors' tools that they discover as readers and use as writers? Join us to delve into student-friendly systems and tools designed to inspire all students to gather and develop rich content knowledge and critical source information, and then transfer their understanding to powerful text typewriting!

Speakers
avatar for Linda Fisher

Linda Fisher

Principal-in Residence, Learning Headquarters
Linda Fisher, M.A., Milken Educator, synthesizes her experiences as a teacher, principal, and administrative coach to instill standards-based systems in schools/districts across the nation. Through innovative literacy tools and strategies, she empowers educators to take instruction... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 11:50am - 12:50pm
Santa Rosa Room
 


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