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Differentiation in the Core Content Areas: ELA [clear filter]
Saturday, February 23
 

7:45am

Differentiating Instruction in High School and Middle School
Limited Capacity seats available

High school and middle school students benefit when their teachers are skilled in differentiating instruction to serve students' varied interests, readiness levels, learning profiles, and cultural-linguistic backgrounds. This demonstration will combine routine formative assessment, rigorous tiered assignments, and engaging project menus to educate high achievers, high-potential underachievers, and struggling students. The approaches explored can work in all subject areas.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Kahl

Steven Kahl

Teacher & Professional Development Presenter, Mountain View High School
Steve Kahl teaches English and AVID at Mountain View High School. This is his 34th year of teaching. He has earned National Board Certification as a teacher of English, coordinated the GATE and AVID programs, and worked as a mentor for new teachers in the district. Steve served as... Read More →



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

10:30am

Teaching Social Justice and Activism through Literature
Limited Capacity seats available

Our youngest learners are often the most unbiased ones. They are also open to learning new things and are very accepting of others, while still easily influenced (by families, friends, their school community, etc.). They are also learning how to navigate in our ever-changing world, trying to understand their place and how they can make a difference. In our presentation, we will go through some valuable resources (mainly through books) when teaching gifted students about social justice and activism (others and themselves). We will also discuss where the prompts can fit into utilizing books to teach social justice and activism. Participants will leave the presentation with a list of book titles which can be used in their classrooms to teach social justice and activism, as well as examples from classroom experiences.

Speakers
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Stephanie Fiore

Kindergarten Teacher, Mirman School
Stephanie comes from Northern California. Stephanie completed her degree at California State University, Northridge where she also completed her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Stephanie teaches Kindergarten at Mirman School in Los Angeles. She has been teaching gifted students... Read More →
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Daniel Gibbs

Kindergarten Teacher, Mirman School
Daniel Gibbs has 20 years teaching in public, private and international settings. Daniel hails from New York State where he received his Masters Degree from The College of Saint Rose. He also recently completed the Differentiated Curriculum for Gifted Students Certificate Program... Read More →



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

1:00pm

The Power of Choice: Using Menus to Differentiate across Disciplines
Limited Capacity seats available

Whether you are teaching gifted students in a self-contained classroom or in a mixed ability group, menus can be a valuable tool for differentiation. In this session, you will learn about the benefits of choice in the classroom. You will also learn how to create student centered menus with built-in differentiation. Participants will walk away with their own ready to use menus as well as samples that can easily be adapted for any classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Tessa McKeown

Tessa McKeown

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Mirman School
Tessa is an educator and administrator with over thirteen years of experience. She holds a Gifted Certification from USC, has consulted to local independent schools on curriculum development, and presented at local and national conferences on topics related to gifted education and... Read More →



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

1:00pm

Integrating New Prompts of D/C to Increase Academic Rigor
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers often need to teach skills and concepts throughout the week using a simple input-output format. Come discover how to weave thinking tools into lessons on questioning, literacy, poetry, mathematics and other disciplines. We will give you ideas for retrieval charts, anchor charts, and products in your lessons. Join us to explore strategies and tools that you can incorporate into your teaching immediately.

Speakers
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Deborah Hazelton

Teacher, University Southern California
Deborah Hazelton has been a teacher/coordinator/consultant for the gifted for many years. She has worked and studied extensively with Dr. Sandra Kaplan, USC, and Elinor Ruth Smith. She is currently a Past President for California Association for the Gifted volunteering in that organization... Read More →
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Juli Petrilli

Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District
Juli Petrilli is a National Board Certified Teacher who holds 2 masters degrees in Elementary Education and Educational Administration. She has certification in Gifted Education and was a CAG Summer Institute presenter for several years. Juli presents professional development on GATE... Read More →


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

2:15pm

Tales as Old as Time
Limited Capacity seats available

How can your class bring to life the myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and fables of old? Students will read and analyze the genre using the tools of depth and complexity as well as content imperatives. Addressing Common Core State Standards with the GATE student in mind will be stressed. An extensive resource of materials will be provided to implement with the students in your class as either anchor activities or units of study.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Boling

Laura Boling

6th-Grade Teacher, Riverside Unified School District
Laura was part of the Copernicus Group for Science at UCR. She has also completed the Pythagoras program for math and completed a two-week intensive arts training with California Arts Project. She was a member of the  Science Renaissance Project and is now a FOSS science trainer... Read More →
avatar for Debbie Newton

Debbie Newton

RUSD Lead GATE Teacher, Riverside Unified School District
Debbie is the lead GATE teacher for Riverside Unified School District and is responsible for the district GATE parent meetings and teacher certification academy. She has taught full day as well as cluster programs and has also taught in the GATE certification program at UC Rivers... Read More →



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

2:15pm

The Cartoon Curriculum: Using Humor for Engagement and to Develop Critical Thinking
Limited Capacity seats available

This session presents strategies for teaching literary concepts required by the CCST and crucial to students’ facility in literary study. Using cartoons from wide sources as The New Yorker, Calvin and Hobbs, The Far Side, and other sources, this session will demonstrate that cartoon reading and interpretation promotes critical thinking by making conscious students’ prior knowledge, and by providing a concrete connection to abstract literary terms as well as to the Depth and Complexity icons.

Speakers
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Sandy Robertson

Differentiation Specialist, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Sandy Robertson has been a classroom teacher in grades 7-12 for 38 years, a Literacy Coach, and a Differentation Specialist. She is a member of the South Coast Writing Project and the Universisty of California, Santa Barbara, and was an original member of the Early Adolescence English... Read More →


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

3:30pm

Have Technology? Maximize Learning by Layering Assignments to Differentiate in a GATE Clustered Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

If you have ever used Google Classroom you probably noticed that a lot of students never turn in the assignment. In this session, you will be given ideas how to mesh Google Docs, Google Chrome, Apple Clips, green screen apps, and even stop-motion apps to layer assignments in writing, science, social studies, and math. Using Differentiation to layer assignments results in students turning in more because they are at the level they are capable of. As an added bonus I will even quickly go over how to acquire said technology.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Longshore

Paul Longshore

Learning Facilitator, Galileo Academy Elementary School
My name is Paul and I have had the amazing privilege of teaching in California's Public School System for 27 years. I have taught High School, Middle School, and have taught at Galileo Elementary, A Gifted Parent Choice School, for the past 12 years. Daily I implement GATE strategies... Read More →



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

3:30pm

Questioning Strategies
Limited Capacity seats available

Can your students construct relevant, coherent questions? We 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. Come experience a simulation lesson and receive tools that you can use with your students when you return to school.

Speakers
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Deborah Hazelton

Teacher, University Southern California
Deborah Hazelton has been a teacher/coordinator/consultant for the gifted for many years. She has worked and studied extensively with Dr. Sandra Kaplan, USC, and Elinor Ruth Smith. She is currently a Past President for California Association for the Gifted volunteering in that organization... Read More →
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Juli Petrilli

Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District
Juli Petrilli is a National Board Certified Teacher who holds 2 masters degrees in Elementary Education and Educational Administration. She has certification in Gifted Education and was a CAG Summer Institute presenter for several years. Juli presents professional development on GATE... Read More →


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

3:30pm

Redefining "Fun": Accelerating the Basics by Adding Depth and Complexity to Foundational Skills
Limited Capacity seats available

Many of us have lessons and units that we are less than enthusiastic about teaching, yet they are essential to building a strong foundation for future learning. This session explores how you can take the most basic, bland, and boring parts of your curriculum and increase student engagement through the use of depth and complexity. Participants will learn strategies for increasing gifted students’ self-efficacy and motivation, and how to design rich lessons that increase the fun for both gifted students and teachers!

Speakers
avatar for Gian Molero

Gian Molero

World Language Department Chair and Middle School Spanish Teacher, The Mirman School
Currently serving as the World Language Department Chair at the Mirman School for the Highly Gifted and as the Middle school Spanish teacher. She has been teaching Spanish for over 12 years and has presented at World Language Conferences as well as at California Association for the... Read More →



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

9:30am

Bridging the Gap: From Lower to Higher Reading Skills in a Gifted World Language Class
Limited Capacity seats available

This session introduces how a world language teacher should design challenging and fun lessons to help gifted students develop their reading accuracy and fluency, in order to improve reading comprehension skills. The presenter will share examples about how context-free and context-based reading fluency contribute to reading comprehension. The presenter will also demonstrate how to use the outcome of the local text processing to access the meaning of a larger text.

Speakers
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Dan Song

Mandarin Teacher, Mirman School
Dan Song earned her B.A. in English and her first M.A., in Teaching Mandarin as a Foreign Language, from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. In 2015, she received her second Master’s degree (Bilingual Education) from Loyola Marymount University. Now she holds a clear... Read More →


Sunday February 24, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Sierra Room

9:30am

Digital Differentiation
Limited Capacity seats available

Technology is an incredible tool to engage students and manage a variety of learning options. Use technology as a tool to differentiate content, processes, and products for students. Learn tips, strategies, and resources to curate and create. Explore ways to deepen student knowledge of standards and content. Participants will walk away with practical ideas for immediate implementation and a glossary of new tools for their toolbelts.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Sullivan

Karen Sullivan

Curriculum Specialist, Paramount Unified School District
Karen Sullivan has a wide range of experience in education as a K-8, GATE, digital, site literacy teacher, and curriculum coach. In her current position as district curriculum specialist in the Paramount Unified School District, Karen works with programs in the areas of GATE, Visual... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
Ventura Room

10:40am

New to Gifted Education... We Have Tools!
Limited Capacity seats available

This is a novice session for elementary teachers. We’ll share various tools that you can add to your GATE toolbox, This session will touch on the following topics: Scholarly Habits, Universal Concepts, Prompts of Depth and Complexity. We will share examples of how you can easily incorporate these tools into your grade level curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Moritz

Leslie Moritz

Teacher, Saddleback Valley Unified School District
Leslie Moritz has been an elementary school teacher for over thirty years. Currently she teaches a third grade GATE class in Laguna Hills. Leslie completed the GATE Certificate program through the University of Southern California. She is a member of Saddleback Valley Unified's GATE... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl Rys

Cheryl Rys

Teacher, Saddleback Valley Unified School District
Cheryl Rys has taught elementary school for twenty-nine years. She currently teaches kindergarten in Laguna Hills. She completed the GATE Certificate program through the University of Southern California. As a Teacher Leader in her district, Cheryl taught lessons to demonstrate the... Read More →



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

10:40am

Best Practices for Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning: Moving from Obstacles toward Solutions
Limited Capacity seats available

“I tried flexible grouping… but it became chaotic. So, I quit!” Do these words sound familiar? Creating, implementing, managing and maintaining flexible grouping and collaborative learning structures put teachers into a tailspin. Learn how to support teachers in understanding, implementing and successfully utilizing flexible grouping to build student collaboration while challenging all learners. Keeping the structures fluid, and manageable requires the strategies, practice, and support shared here. It’s the “how to” piece teachers are seeking!

Speakers
avatar for Karen Brown

Karen Brown

Director of Gifted and Accelerated Learning, Gifted Education Consultants, LLC
Karen Brown is the Director of Gifted and Accelerated Learning for Scottsdale Public Schools. Karen works with K-12 teachers, administrators, and parents to ensure that the instruction in classrooms provides offers the appropriate challenge for all students. Karen teaches in the Gifted... Read More →
avatar for Dina Brulles

Dina Brulles

Director of Gifted Education, Paradise Valley Unified School District
Dina Brulles, Ph.D., is the Director of Gifted Education at Paradise Valley Unified School District in Arizona. Dina is also the Gifted Program Coordinator at Arizona State University. Dina serves on the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Board of Directors as the School... Read More →



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

11:50am

Building Confidence through Writing Strategies
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers will learn how to build confidence in their students when it comes to writing. Presenters will exemplify varies strategies learned in their training as they present their writing program. There's a sure-fire formula that these presenters use to give students the confidence to write a multiple paragraph essay. Presenters will showcase a variety of writing genres that will help teachers differentiate writing in the classroom that will lead to SBAC confidence.

Speakers
avatar for Veronica Goode

Veronica Goode

6th grade English/History teacher, LAUSD
Veronica Goode has been teaching for over two decades. She received a Bachelor's in English Education and her Master's in Literacy at MSMU and LMU. She has taught both high school and middle school English. She currently teaches 6th grade English, History and Journalism. She incorporates... Read More →
avatar for Janet Skidmore

Janet Skidmore

6th Grade English/History Teacher, Ernest Lawrence Middle School
Janet Di Giulio Skidmore has been teaching for over twenty-two years. She received her Bachelor’s, her credential and Master’s in Educational Administration from Cal State University, Northridge.She has taught 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade in both private and public elementary school... Read More →


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


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