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Saturday, February 22
 

7:45am PST

Developing Student Ownership: Support Students to Move Beyond Doing and Understanding School to Owning Their Learning

Students are not merely passengers in their education. They deserve to go beyond just doing or understanding school—they deserve to own their learning. This means giving students the authority, capacity, and responsibility to know what they are learning and why, explain how they learn best, articulate when they are learning and when they are struggling, and understand their role in any academic setting. Learn engaging and research-based strategic learning practices that develop student ownership.

Speakers
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Jane Kennedy

CFO and Instructional Coach, Elevated Achievement Group
Jane is a co-founder of Elevated Achievement Group. She founded this professional learning company with the express desire to work cooperatively and collaboratively with teachers, coaches, and administrators. Jane began her career in 1991 as a self-contained classroom teacher in an... Read More →
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Robert Crowe

CEO and Instructional Coach, Elevated Achievement Group
Bob is a co-founder of Elevated Achievement Group, a professional learning company dedicated to helping educators develop student ownership at all grade levels. Bob began his career as a bilingual teacher in California in 1993. He then took his passion for learning and used it to... Read More →



Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am PST
San Jacinto

7:45am PST

Help Your Students Go Deep, Go Wide, for Rich Understanding of Math Concepts Essential for Higher Math

M3 and M2 allow K-6 math learners to create a Yeti, challenge the Guinness Book of World Records, create their own number system, and more. Students engage in such motivating activities acting as professional mathematicians around a Common Core concept of math, e.g. Algebra or Geometry. Each lesson extends the understanding, while students grow in the use of mathematical vocabulary and oral and written communication. Take the plunge: come try a few activities

Speakers
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Jan Hayes

Educational Consultant, Kendall Hunt Publishing Company
Jan Hayes is a GT consultant, who presents researched, exemplary gifted math and LA curricula for Kendall Hunt throughout the US. She served as International Fellow for the Department of Defense initiative to align all DoD Schools to current math standards and approaches to teaching... Read More →


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

7:45am PST

The Gratitude Project- An Innovative Approach to Student-Led Research and Exploration of Universal Concepts

The Gratitude Project is a yearlong, multi-discipline exploration of the universal concepts of Gratitude, Power, Conflict, Relationships, and Change. This session will demonstrate how through interviews with family and community elders, students uncover details of legacy, sacrifice, and perseverance. Both a personal and shared experience, learning is differentiated as students construct and then prove their own generalizations. Reflections through art and writing allow students to connect and respond to their developing sense of personal gratitude.

Speakers
avatar for Valerie Del Carlo

Valerie Del Carlo

Teacher, Garden Grove Unified School District
Valerie Del Carlo has taught 6th-grade at Murdy Elementary in the Garden Grove Unified School District for the past 17 years. As the 6th grade GATE Cluster teacher since 2015, she meets the educational needs of her students in a vibrant and inclusive classroom. She is the creator... Read More →


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

10:30am PST

Beyond the Page: Picture Books as the Means Building Opportunities for Young Learners
Picture books have always been an integral component of early childhood classrooms.  In an era of 21st Century literacy and critical discourse, picture books function as the medium for building experiences, academic language, questioning techniques, and content exploration.  This session will demonstrate how high-leverage picture books can be used as the entrance (motivation or curiosity catalyst) AND the extension (synthesis and transfer) from core learning experiences. Participants will experience a lesson simulation that presents a curriculum model for how picture books bridge the discipline standards and meet the needs, interests, and abilities of emerging and identified gifted learners of any age or grade level. As a consequence of attending this session, participants will learn specific strategies for how high-level picture books can be used to fuel curiosity and questioning in young learners and be used as a means of non-traditional identification.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jessica Manzone

Dr. Jessica Manzone

University of Southern California
Jessica Manzone, University of Southern California, has been a Research Assistant on two Department of Education grants to assist in the collection and analysis of data. Dr. Manzone currently teaches at USC in the MAT program. She also has been instrumental in managing the grant resources... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am PST
Mesquite F

10:30am PST

Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning Cultivates a Culture of Critical Thinking

The consistent and persistent use of questions cultivates a stance of genuine inquiry rather than a portrayal of information. In this session, Kelly Emanuel will model and teachers will experience, the nimble use of asking questions as an instructional tool. Participants will convene around a common text and engage in a sequence of activities that scaffold the depth of student-centered knowledge acquisition. All participants will leave the session with lesson plans for use in their own classroom.

Speakers
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Kelly Emanuel

National Training Instructor, The Great Books Foundation
Kelly Emanuel is a Professional Development Instructor for the Great Books Foundation and has delivered seminars nationwide for teachers in Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning. He is passionate about coaching educators as they refine their questioning strategies in order to get their... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am PST
Pueblo

10:30am PST

Power Planning: Build Lessons that Support Student Ownership of Learning

Authentic learning is driven by student ownership. This means students have the authority, capacity, and responsibility to be the leaders in what they are learning and why. But this mindset requires teachers to be purposeful decision-makers throughout planning and delivery. Learn how to build daily lessons that allow students to take ownership of their learning through research-based strategies that support students to own the context, outcome, process, demonstration, and application of their learning.

Speakers
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Jane Kennedy

CFO and Instructional Coach, Elevated Achievement Group
Jane is a co-founder of Elevated Achievement Group. She founded this professional learning company with the express desire to work cooperatively and collaboratively with teachers, coaches, and administrators. Jane began her career in 1991 as a self-contained classroom teacher in an... Read More →
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Robert Crowe

CEO and Instructional Coach, Elevated Achievement Group
Bob is a co-founder of Elevated Achievement Group, a professional learning company dedicated to helping educators develop student ownership at all grade levels. Bob began his career as a bilingual teacher in California in 1993. He then took his passion for learning and used it to... Read More →



Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am PST
Andreas

10:30am PST

STEM: Challenge Children to Reach Their Full Potential and Enjoy Every Minute of It

STEM is about setting up challenging activities that stimulate out-of-the-box thinking, collaboration, discussion, creativity, imagination, problem-solving, and of course science, technology, engineering, and math. Come have a great time with this hands-on highly interactive workshop where you will be immersed in teacher-directed and child-initiated STEM challenges and activities.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Tamar Andrews

Dr. Tamar Andrews

Program Director and Professor, UCLA Early Care and Education
Dr. Tamar Andrews has been providing ECE STEM training from China to Azerbaijan and all parts in between. She divides her time between ECE program director and professor of ECE and has found that to truly teach children and alter brain structures, children must be challenged. STEM... Read More →
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Avital Etehad

Associate Director, Temple Isaiah Preschool
Avital has been presenting workshops in STEM and more for over 10 years. She is a curriculum specialist and is currently the Associate Director of an NAEYC STEM-based early childhood program that enrolls over 325 children.


Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am PST
San Jacinto

1:00pm PST

Learning to Think, Thinking to Learn: Strategies to Empower Students

A focus on developing thinking skills allows students to take charge of their own learning, deepen their understandings, and become more engaged. To cultivate student thinking and alertness to cognition requires tools and strategies for educators to use in their classrooms. This session will focus on the varied practices/strategies/and routines that can be used to deepen understanding and foster the desire for students to make their thinking visible as they interact with peers in all academic disciplines

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jann Leppien

Dr. Jann Leppien

Professor, the Margo Long Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, Whitworth University, the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges
Dr. Jann Leppien is a professor and the Margo Long Endowed Chair in Gifted Education at Whitworth University. Whitworth's Center for Gifted Education supports policies that encourage the diverse expressions of gifts and talents and offers a Gifted Education Specialty Endorsement and... Read More →


Saturday February 22, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm PST
San Jacinto

1:00pm PST

Questioning In The Classroom To Support Interdisciplinary Instruction

Can your students construct relevant, coherent questions? I will share ideas for introducing questioning techniques and identify the 3 types of questions. You will be able to incorporate these strategies into your lessons across the disciplines and there will be an emphasis on STEAM. Come experience simulation lessons and receive tools that you can use with your students when you return to school.

Speakers
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Juli Petrilli

Teacher, Juli Petrilli
Juli Petrilli is a National Board Certified Teacher who holds 2 master's degrees in Elementary Education and Educational Administration. She has certification in Gifted Education and a Micro-Credential in STEAM Education. Juli was a CAG Summer Institute presenter for several years... Read More →


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

1:00pm PST

What Every Science Teacher Needs to Know about How Science Works

As part of a more complete school science experience, students must understand and appreciate more than the facts of science. Students must learn to know how knowledge is created and evaluated by scientists themselves. This session will provide an "instant update" focusing on common misconceptions about how science functions and provides an overview of the nature of science and rationales for including it as the foundation for science instructional programs. We will explore the definition of science, common myths involving the nature of proof, the role of evidence, models of knowledge generation, the social dimensions of science and the fallacy of the single scientific method all designed to help teachers provide a more robust science learning experience so that students can begin to think like scientists and evaluate the claims of science as future citizens.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. William McComas

Dr. William McComas

Parks Professor of Science Ed., University of Arkansas
William F. McComas is the inaugural holder of the Parks Family Endowed Professorship in Science Education at the University of Arkansas where he directs the Project to Advance Science Education (PASE).  This follows a career as a biology and physical science teacher in suburban... Read More →


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

2:15pm PST

Depth and Complexity: A practical approach to Teaching the Prompts

Are you struggling to figure out how to implement the depth and complexity prompts in a realistic and easy way? Then this session is for you!

Speakers
avatar for Robyn Arnold

Robyn Arnold

3rd Grade Teacher, CAG Master Teacher, Los Angeles Unified Schoo District
Robyn Arnold is a 3rd-grade teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. With over 17 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 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm PST
Andreas

2:15pm PST

Teaching Students to Self-differentiate As a Way of Implementing a Challenging Curriculum for Every Student

As teachers of gifted students we have learned how to differentiate, first, the content we teach second, the process, third and finally the product our students produce to demonstrate what they learn. Let’s go beyond this and additionally train our students to self differentiate. Let’s explore how offering choices and modeling products at different levels can help students engage in the processes, better serving their individual learning needs. Let’s strive to guarantee a curriculum that challenges each of our students personally. Let's train our students to learn how to assess and address the level of performance they are currently working at in any particular skill. I will share how I have done this in my classroom, and some of the results that I have achieved using this approach.

Speakers
avatar for Gian Molero

Gian Molero

World Language Department Chair and Middle School Spanish Teacher, The Mirman School
Gian Molero has been teaching gifted students for over 15 years, currently serves as a member of the Curriculum Committee at The Mirman School for the Highly Gifted, as well as the World Language Department Chair, and the Middle School Spanish Teacher. She has previously presented... Read More →



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

3:30pm PST

Inquiry/PBL and the Gifted Student

The process of inquiry creates a hands-on, minds-on approach to learning and critical thinking. Inquiry/PBL appeals to many students who think not just outside of the box, but far beyond it. Participants will learn what inquiry/PBL is, the commonalities among its models, and how best practices in gifted education blend seamlessly with the stages of the inquiry cycle to promote deeper learning and critical thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Heller

Vanessa Heller

Educator, Board Certified Educational Therapist, Author, Oak Park Unified
Ms. Heller is an educator in her 22nd year of teaching. She is a middle school humanities teacher for Oak Park Unified and also serves as Director of the Oak Park Inquiry Institute, district Peer Coach, and member of the district's Tech Innovators helping colleagues incorporate technology... Read More →


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

3:30pm PST

Muggle Studies

While Harry and his mates have been around for over 20 years, the appeal of the magical world is still strong. Our program has created course offerings that enable young and old alike to think at a deeper level, including Charms/Latin, Potions/Chemistry, Herbology/Botany, Muggle Studies/Humanities, and Ancient Runes/Archeology just to name a few. Add in a bit of Socratic Method, and you have challenging course work that checks all the curricular boxes.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Lenae Lazzelle

Dr. Lenae Lazzelle

Gifted Education Director, Springfield Public Schools
Dr. Lenae Lazzelle is Director of Gifted Education for Springfield Public Schools. She is a charter member of the Missouri Advisory Council for Gifted Children and the president of the Gifted Association of Missouri. Dr. Lazzelle has presented numerous times at NAGC and most recently... Read More →


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

8:00am PST

Connecting through Collaboration

Systems exist in every part of our daily lives. However, what do systems have to do with gifted education? Surprisingly, they make a tremendous impact. Learn how to frame an entire year’s academic and social-emotional curriculum around an essential question. Explore the ways team-teaching can provide a unique opportunity to use stories to teach students how to be a vibrant part of a diverse, empathetic community of learners.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Dalton

Monica Dalton

Teacher, Chandler Unified School District
It has been a long and exciting journey for Monica Dalton. It started twenty-one years ago with a desire to provide a one-of-a-kind educational experience for her students, many of whom were identified as gifted learners. Monica pursued her passion to work for a district committed... Read More →
avatar for Lynn Barakat

Lynn Barakat

Teacher, Chandler Unified School District
Lynn Barakat has been an enthusiastic and innovative classroom teacher for over ten years. At a time when Chandler Unified School District was instrumental in identifying and providing the cognitive and affective needs for gifted students, Lynn learned quickly how education had changed... Read More →


Sunday February 23, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am PST
San Jacinto

8:00am PST

Inquiry-Based Instruction Through Texts of High Complexity Ensures Academic Rigor and Critical Thinking

Through nimble questioning, students are invited to think rather than being told what to think. In this session, participants will convene around a common text and engage in a sequence of activities that scaffold the depth of student-centered knowledge acquisition. After this experience, teachers will have the opportunity to reflect on the pedagogy that promotes inquiry and equips students with the nimble habits of mind of effective critical thinkers. Teachers will leave with the understanding that when students engage in Inquiry-Based Learning, they own their thinking and we hear their voices.

Speakers
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Kelly Emanuel

National Training Instructor, The Great Books Foundation
Kelly Emanuel is a Professional Development Instructor for the Great Books Foundation and has delivered seminars nationwide for teachers in Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning. He is passionate about coaching educators as they refine their questioning strategies in order to get their... Read More →


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

8:00am PST

Utilizing Games as a Means to Provide Challenge

My main goals for my students are to reinforce the concepts of embracing a challenge, not to be afraid to make mistakes, to apply effort, and be willing to try new strategies until success is met. With this in mind, I created a game theme whereby students alter existing games to reflect topics being studied in class.
An example of one way an existing game was adapted to fit the Colonial unit for 5th graders: The Clue board was transformed into a Colonial times village, each shop (instead of mansion rooms) researched in order for students to reproduce detailed shops of the period, each game piece researched to match with the clothes of the period, each weapon card researched to reflect tools used then and a set of question cards created to cover all the unanswered questions students had about this period. Another adaptation involved the game Splendor. Students created math problems, and every time a player wanted to purchase a gem he first needed to pick a math problem card and correctly answer it. I can give many, many examples of how students adapted existing games to reflect their vocabulary, social studies and math curriculums from grades 3-5. Turned out to be a very successful theme!

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Dr. Elizabeth Glass

Educational Psychologist, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy
Elizabeth Kotler Glass, Ed. D. Is an educational psychologist loving her role as a gifted coordinator at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy. Each year she has the privilege and freedom to create new opportunities for her students in order to impress upon them the importance of pursuing... Read More →


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

11:00am PST

PBL: Problem-, Project-, and Passion-Based Learning with Renzulli Learning

Renzulli Learning provides many pathways to “PBL.” Through the Renzulli & Reis Enrichment Triad Model, students explore their Passions with Type III Investigations, Project Based Learning intertwined with Problem Based Learning – “PBL” at its very best! Learn how Renzulli Learning’s budding partnership with Future Problem Solving will bring even more amazing Problem Based Learning opportunities to your classroom. Discover ways to connect with classrooms around the globe for Global Project Collaboration!

Speakers
avatar for Jeanne N. Pascon

Jeanne N. Pascon

Director for Professional Development and Client Support, Renzulli Learning
Jeanne N. Pascon, M.Ed. is the Director for Professional Development and Client Support for Renzulli Learning.  An educator for over 25 years, she has been a classroom teacher, technology specialist, and teacher for gifted & talented students in both Canton and West Hartford, Connecticut... Read More →


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

12:00pm PST

Introducing and Implementing the Prompts of Depth and Complexity and the Content Imperatives

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 the curriculum 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 coordinator for the Carpinteria Unified School District where she designs curriculum, instructs small group lessons using the Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum and provides support to GATE teachers and parents. Having earned a master's degree in... Read More →


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


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