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Saturday, February 23


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”?

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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


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.

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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


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.

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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


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.

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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


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.

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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


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.

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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


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.

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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

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