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Saturday, February 23


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.


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 →

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


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.

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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
Sunday, February 24


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.

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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


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.

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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


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!

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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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