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Saturday, February 23


Diversity in GATE
Limited Capacity seats available

Gifted and Talented Education is being held back from our diverse populations in California. Gifted children are reported to make up only 6% of a public school’s population, thus going vastly overlooked. This presentation will define the term GATE and discuss some the common characteristics found in gifted children of all backgrounds, as well as impart strategies for identifying, teaching and advocating for our GATE population in the public school system.

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Crystal Kerns

GATE Coordinator, Victor Elementary School District
Crystal teaches at Galileo Academy, a public school focusing on providing gifted and talented education to underrepresented children. Her degree is in Liberal Studies with a supplemental in English. She is pursuing a Master’s in Adult Education. As a Latina in a single parent home... Read More →

Renee Longshore

GATE Coordinator, Victor Elementary School District
Renee has taught for 17 years, grades K-12, teacher credentialing, and in the GATE masters program for Azusa Pacific University. Her degree is in English with a secondary teaching emphasis, and a master’s degree in English Composition. Renee’s current teaching position is third... Read More →

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


Why Spatial? Spatial Reasoning Skills, Achievement, and Learning Potential
Limited Capacity seats available

Spatial skills are associated with various aspects of academic and career achievement. Recent work with advanced learners from different backgrounds and environments has explored the role these fundamental skills play in identifying students with the potential for academic achievement. Focusing on these skills may offer insights into the ability that more traditional curriculum-based tests cannot capture, opening new doors to characterizing students and developing opportunities that foster the needs of the diverse range of advanced learners.


Ashley Flynn

Associate Director of Research and Special Initiatives, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
Ashley is the Associate Director of Research and Special Initiatives for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. In her role, Ashley directs CTY's Baltimore Emerging Scholars program which offers extracurricular enrichment opportunities to students from historically underrepresented... Read More →

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


Advanced Primary Learners ~ Identifying and Supporting the Needs of Primary Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

GATE programs in most districts start in 3rd or 4th grades. Does that mean that our youngest learners do not need the academic and social-emotional support that GATE programs provide? This session will describe the screening/identification process and systems of support for primary aged learners in the Tustin Unified School District.

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Karen Knudson

Coordinator | Gifted Education & Teacher Induction, Tustin USD
Karen has been an educator for 17 year and spent the first 12 years as a resource specialist. She currently serves in Tustin Unified School District and coordinates the Gifted Education and Teacher Induction programs. Karen specializes in differentiation, technology integration and... Read More →
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Courtney Lu

Connect Coach, Tustin USD
Courtney has been teaching in Tustin Unified for six years and is currently a Connect Coach. Teaching in an all inclusive setting with a high percentage of English Language Learners has given Courtney the opportunity to refine her practice in differentiating for individual student... Read More →

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


Approaches toward Enfranchising Diversity in Gifted Programs
Limited Capacity seats available

Regardless of whether your school or district has funding, there are methods and strategies that can help integrate the needs of our diversely gifted learners into every aspect of the school. Based on personal experiences, the presenter will share methods and processes toward enfranchising students from underrepresented populations to serve a gifted population that reflects the schools’ demographics. Topics include: implementing inclusive identification/placement processes and developing a continuum of services in response to students’ diverse needs.

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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 →

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


Enrichment Planning: Bolstering Student Engagement in your GATE Program
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you looking to revitalize enrichment practices at your school site? Do you have an in school or after school enrichment program for gifted students? Come learn how to implement a successful program that builds on student knowledge from one session to the next. Collaboration and sharing of ideas are expected.

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Laura Sosa

Assistant Principal, Alta Loma School District
Laura Sosa is a seasoned GATE Coordinator new to her administrative position. She is rebuilding GATE programs throughout her district making the enrichment piece meaningful and continuous for GATE designated students.

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


Multiple Intelligences + Differentiation + Brain-Based Learning = A Winning Combination for Gifted Students
Limited Capacity seats available

The theory of multiple intelligences and brain-based learning provide opportunities for educators to focus on differentiation in English/Language Arts classrooms that match the unique ways gifted students learn. This presentation examines how to maximize gifted students' learning potential, explores how knowledge of the brain affects learning and provides ways students and teachers can develop their understanding of themselves and others. Participants will discover their dominant intelligences and experience activities demonstrating the intelligences.


Dr. Sue Teele

Associate Dean and Director of Education Extension, Emeritus, University of California, Riverside, University of California Riverside
Dr. Sue Teele was Associate Dean and Director of Education Extension at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) for 32 years. She created the GATE Certificate at UCR which has been offered to GATE teachers for over 30 years. Her research has focused on methods for integrating... Read More →

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


Using Individualized Learning Plans to Develop Metacognition
Limited Capacity seats available

Walking students through a step-by-step system to evaluate their strengths and challenges enables the teacher to better understand the individual gifted learner. This tool allows students to articulate areas of interest and evaluate themselves on scholarly dispositions in order to set individual goals in the academic, social, or executive functioning domains. In this session, participants will engage in the ILP tool in order to determine how it might best be used in their own context.

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Karen Anderson

Arts & Enrichment Coordinator, Pasadena Unified School District
Karen Anderson is the Arts & Enrichment Coordinator for the Pasadena Unified School District. She graduated from Northwestern University and received her Master’s degree in education from USC. Karen has worked in public, private, and charter schools in dual language environments... Read More →

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


Good Ideas are a Dime a Dozen, BUT…: Successful Strategies for Designing and Implementing a Gifted Program
Limited Capacity seats available

There are many factors to consider when implementing a gifted program at your school. From deciding who to serve, and how to identify them, to determining how to communicate the program to your whole school community. This session provides industry-proven strategies to help you design and implement your own customized gifted program, and tips on how to leverage change management techniques such that your good idea becomes a reality that is embraced by all.


Sharon Duncan

Independent Consultant, Gifted Identity/Gifted Research and Outreach

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

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