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Saturday, February 23
 

10:30am

Acceleration in Math: How Do We Do That?
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we decide who needs to be accelerated in math? Objective information from above-level testing, the Iowa Acceleration Scale, and coherent acceleration policies helps us with these decisions. Above-level testing, a research-proven method, helps us recognize which students benefit from math acceleration. Educators use the above-level results to determine which students would benefit from already-available educational program options or create new ones. A discussion on the logistics of subject acceleration will also be included.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Administrator, Acceleration Institute and Research, University of Iowa, Belin-Blank Center
Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Ph.D. is Administrator, Acceleration Institute and Research at the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center. She founded and directed the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Talented Elementary Students (C-MITES) at Carnegie Mellon University for 22 years. She co-authored... Read More →



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

10:30am

Quality Curriculum and Instruction for Advanced Learners: A Look at Essential Elements
Limited Capacity seats available

A general principle of education is that a curriculum should address and thus respect individual learner characteristics. Curriculum designed to be a catalyst for developing advanced capacity in young people must be flexible enough to provide them with appropriate challenge and support at all points in their evolution as learners. This session will share examples of curricular planning tools, instructional pedagogies, and practices that can be used to design curricular options for advanced level students.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jann Leppien

Dr. Jann Leppien

Professor, Whitworth University
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 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Mesquite G Room

1:00pm

Are Gifted Identification Practices and Services Connected?
Limited Capacity seats available

The importance of alignment between identification processes and program design is widely noted in gifted education literature. The purpose of this study was to examine the extent to which district identification practices matched intervention services. Our research team completed a document analysis of 293 plans. Of the 293 districts, 76.5% (n=224) indicated they identified students specifically in mathematics and 76.8% (n=225) indicated they identified students specifically in reading/ELA. We found alignment between identification and services.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. E. Jean Gubbins

Dr. E. Jean Gubbins

Professor, University of Connecticut
E. Jean Gubbins is a former classroom teacher and teacher of the gifted. In addition to her teaching experiences with elementary and secondary students, she has been an instructor at the college level, a consultant on gifted and talented education throughout the country, and an evaluator... Read More →
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Karen Ottone-Cross

Assistant Professor, California Baptist University
Karen L. Ottone-Cross recently graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and has taken an Assistant Professorship in School Psychology at the Metcalf School of Education at California Baptist University in Riverside, CA. While at the University... Read More →


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

2:15pm

Using Creative Dramatics to Increase Self-Awareness, Confidence and Social Engagement
Limited Capacity seats available

The theater is a safe place to try new things, make mistakes and learn from others. Along with developing creativity, theatrical tools teach problem solving, critical reasoning and collaboration. During this interactive session, learn activities that promote risk-taking, affective resilience, non-verbal responsiveness and social mindfulness. A set of K-12 cross-curricular activities to increase social and emotional development will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Cash

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 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Catalina Room

3:30pm

Featured Speakers Panel. Designing GATE Programs in the Age of LCFF
Limited Capacity seats available

GATE services have dramatically evolved in California as a result of LCFF. In this session, we guide gifted education administrators through crafting a comprehensive GATE Plan from the ground-up with a clear focus on equity and inclusion. This moderated panel features Gifted Education coordinators from diverse districts across California.

Moderators
avatar for Kari Hanson-Smith

Kari Hanson-Smith

GATE Coordinator, Sacramento City USD
Kari holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Gifted and Talented Education from the Three Summers program within the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. While there, Kari studied with Dr. Joseph Renzulli and Dr. Sally Reis, authors of the Enrichment... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Weyeneth

Alicia Weyeneth

Administrator, Curriculum and Instruction, Compton Unified School District
Alicia Weyeneth is an Administrator for the Department of Educational Services: Curriculum and Instruction for the Compton Unified School District. Ms. Weyeneth oversees the District’s GATE and VAPA programs. She has been a strong supporter of pushing students to higher levels as... Read More →
avatar for Alison DeMark

Alison DeMark

Principal, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
Alison DeMark is the principal of a GATE-magnet school in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District.  She has served as a GATE Coordinator and President of the Orange Council for Gifted and Talented Education. She is currently on the Board for the California Association for... Read More →
avatar for Martha Gomez

Martha Gomez

Director, Jurupa Unified School District
Martha is a current director at Jurupa Unified School District.  She oversees the programs for English learners as well as gifted learners.  She has worked in the education field for almost 30 years.  Has been a classroom teacher, a bilingual resource teacher, a school site administrator... Read More →
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Pam Lovett

Gifted Coordinator, Long Beach Unified School District
Pamela Lovett is the Gifted Coordinator for Long Beach Unified School District.  She has been an elementary teacher, instructional coach, and consultant. She conducts professional development on gifted education and is interested in addressing the needs of underrepresented populations... Read More →


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

8:00am

Developing Academic Acceleration Policies: New National Guidelines
Limited Capacity seats available

Coherent academic acceleration policies ensure that students who might benefit from acceleration will be considered. The free publication, Developing Academic Acceleration Policies, was launched at the National Association for Gifted Children convention in November 2018. The presenter, one of the authors, will describe the checklists for whole-grade acceleration, subject acceleration, and early entrance to kindergarten/first grade. This will assist educators to consider all relevant questions when designing an acceleration policy. Sample policies will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Administrator, Acceleration Institute and Research, University of Iowa, Belin-Blank Center
Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Ph.D. is Administrator, Acceleration Institute and Research at the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center. She founded and directed the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Talented Elementary Students (C-MITES) at Carnegie Mellon University for 22 years. She co-authored... Read More →



Sunday February 24, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Catalina Room

10:40am

Schoolwide Enrichment Model
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide an overview of The Schoolwide Enrichment Model, and specific strategies for implementing the model in a variety of schools with students of different ages and demographic backgrounds.  The model, based on more than 40 years of research and development, is a comprehensive system for infusing "high-end learning" and talent development opportunities into schools and enrichment programs. This session will provide an overview of specific strategies for implementing the SEM, including the development of Total Talent Portfolios, Curriculum Modification Techniques, and Enrichment Teaching and Learning Opportunities, such as Enrichment Clusters and Type III investigations.

Speakers
avatar for Sally Reis

Sally Reis

Letitia Neag Morgan Chair in Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
Sally M. Reis recently completed a six-year term as the vice provost for academic affairs and currently holds the Letitia Neag Endowed Chair and is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. She was previously a department... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Joseph Renzulli

Dr. Joseph Renzulli

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, University of Connecticut
Dr. Joseph Renzulli is a leader and pioneer in gifted education and applying the pedagogy of gifted education teaching strategies to all students. The American Psychological Association named him among the 25 most influential psychologists in the world. He received the Harold W. McGraw... Read More →



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

10:40am

The Art of Knowing Yourself
Limited Capacity seats available

Effective leadership is amplified by accurate self-knowledge. Come to this interactive session to discover the secrets of combatting self-misperception, as well as how to garner useful feedback from others in order to become an inspiring and motivating administrator. Learn how mistakes and errors can be turned into talents and gifts that lead to success. The ancient art of kintsugi is the metaphor for illustrating this transformation.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Anabel Jensen

Dr. Anabel Jensen

President and Founder, Six Seconds
An accomplished educator and author Anabel Jensen is recognized around the world for her work with curriculum utilizing emotional intelligence. Also known as emotional quotient, or EQ, Wikipedia defines emotional intelligence as “The capability of individuals to recognize their... Read More →


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


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