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Saturday, February 23
 

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.

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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
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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

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
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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

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
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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
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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

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.

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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

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
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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

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 Elementary Professional Development/GATE, 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
 

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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