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Saturday, February 22

7:45am PST

Brave New Worlds: The Gifted, Gaming and Social Media

Social media is ubiquitous and pervasive, but its fluid, magnetic and chaotic nature affects the gifted and talented in distinctive ways. Brave New Worlds offers a synopsis of the roles it plays in the lives of students, educators and families. Impacts of social media use on mental and physical well-being; cognitive and socioemotional development; creativity and critical thinking; perfectionism/impostor syndrome; dual exceptionality; cultivating resilience and growth mindset; technology overuse/addiction; among others will also be explored.

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Morgan Appel

Assistant Dean, Education and Community Outreach, UC San Diego
Morgan Appel is Assistant Dean for Education and Community Outreach at UC San Diego Extension, overseeing a diverse portfolio, extending PK - post retirement. Aligned with this role, he serves in an instructional capacity at both UC San Diego and UC Irvine, including courses in arts... Read More →

Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am PST

7:45am PST

When Lazy Doesn’t Make Sense: How Executive Functions Impact our Gifted Learners

Difficulty starting a task, staying focused on non-preferred tasks, and great ideas without follow-through may indicate weak executive skills. Often our brightest students are labeled “lazy” and begin to doubt their abilities when their production lags. This presentation describes how executive functions may manifest in our students with high potential. Integrating research from noted professionals in the special education and gifted communities affords us the opportunity to offer explicit strategies to support our gifted learners.

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Cynthia Z Hansen

ET/P Gifted Education Specialist, Private Practice Educational Therapy
Cindy Hansen serves the gifted community in her private practice and as a consultant to schools in Ventura, Santa Barbara, & SLO Counties. Ms. Hansen holds three teaching credentials and a post-master's GATE certificate. She is a SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator included on the... Read More →

Saturday February 22, 2020 7:45am - 8:45am PST
Mesquite F

10:30am PST

GATE 101

What do you need to know about teaching your GATE students in a 50-minute session? You will be introduced to some of the major topics of gifted education such as:
• Social-emotional characteristics
• Twice-exceptionalities (2e)
• TLAD - Think Like A Disciplinarian
• Universal Concepts
• Depth and complexity
• Acceleration
• Novelty


Patricia Chiles

GATE Coordinator, Fullerton Elementary
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Krista Landgraf

Teacher; President, Chino Valley Unified School District; California Association for the Gifted
Krista Landgraf is the President of the California Association for the Gifted. She has been a GATE teacher for over 23 years. She is an adjunct instructor for UCR’s GATE Credential Program. She has earned the CAG- Distinguished Service Award, Johns Hopkins CTY Fellowship and Teacher... Read More →

Saturday February 22, 2020 10:30am - 11:30am PST

2:15pm PST

Welcome to the Real World: Recognizing the Challenges Facing Gifted/2e Teens and Young Adults

The asynchronous development of gifted/2e individuals does not magically disappear at a certain age. Modern living can challenge those who may be advanced in some areas of functioning, but behind in others. Even daily tasks such as personal hygiene, laundry, eating, and managing finances can paralyze them. Rites of passage including getting a driver’s license, introduction to drugs/alcohol, and dating can overwhelm them. This session will explore how asynchrony continues into teen and adulthood.

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Dr. Lisa Hancock

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Summit Center
Dr. Lisa Hancock is a Clinical Psychologist who works at Summit Center where she provides neuropsychological assessments, counseling, and therapy to children, teens, families, and adults. She specializes in working with twice-exceptional children, and with individuals who are highly... Read More →

Sharon Duncan

Gifted Consultant, Gifted Identity/Gifted Research and Outreach
Sharon Duncan works with parents and educators to help them understand and meet the social, emotional and intellectual needs of gifted children. Sharon consults on a wide range of challenges both at home and in the classroom, as well as provides staff training and assistance in defining... Read More →

Saturday February 22, 2020 2:15pm - 3:15pm PST
Mesquite DE

3:30pm PST

Balancing Developmentally Appropriate Practice with the Needs of the Highly Gifted Child in an Early Childhood Setting

Research continues to show that early identification of a gifted child can be definitive for both the child and his caregivers. Understanding his unique characteristics allows adults to provide appropriate supports for the child as he navigates school, home, and social settings. Educators have a particular responsibility to provide an engaging and differentiated environment in which gifted children are encouraged to develop their individual talents and interests while laying the foundation of academic content. In this session, educators will be challenged to consider the influence of developmentally appropriate practices when considering how to best meet the advanced cognitive needs of the highly gifted early childhood student.

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Heather Brown

Teacher, Higley Unified School District, Arizona
Mrs. Heather Brown has taught for over 20 years in a wide variety of settings across several states. Currently, Mrs. Brown is a kindergarten and first-grade teacher in Arizona in THINK: Higley Unified School District's Highly Gifted Academy. Her professional goal is to be able to... Read More →

Saturday February 22, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm PST
Mesquite F
Sunday, February 23

11:00am PST

How Can They Be So Smart If They Can't Get Anything Done?

Many of our gifted students have super brain power but lack the valuable resource of organization, time management, and flexibility in their cognitive thinking. This session will describe these three important areas of executive functioning skills, give indicators for each, and practical methods for helping gifted students learn to implement these important traits for themselves.


Stacy Colwell

Head of School, Frontiers Academy
As the Founding Director of The Davidson Academy of Nevada, Stacy went on to transform language immersion schools into strong educational environments with a rich curriculum that many gifted students choose to attend. Currently, at a trilingual immersion school, she has worked with... Read More →

Sunday February 23, 2020 11:00am - 11:45am PST
Mesquite F

12:00pm PST

Getting Out of the Quagmire: A Roadmap for Redirecting Underachievers and Selective Producers

Students don’t naturally underachieve. It is often through misguided and unchallenging learning experiences that lead them to underperform or selectively produce. Helping students develop constructive attitudes towards personal growth has a tremendous effect on achievement. This session will show you how to assist students in applying self-regulating strategies that can increase self-esteem, develop greater self-efficacy and produce a positive self-image.

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Dr. Richard Cash

Educator, Author, Consultant, nRich Educational Consulting
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 →

Sunday February 23, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm PST

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