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Friday, February 22


Conference Kick-off and Educator Panel
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Dr. Susan Baum

Director of Research and Professional Development, Bridges Academy
Susan Baum, Ph.D. directs the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy. Susan is widely published in the field of gifted education including her seminal book (in its 3rd edition), To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled. Her expertise in twice exceptionality... Read More →
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Dr. Thomas P. Hébert

Professor, University of South Carolina
Thomas P. Hébert, Ph.D., is Professor of Gifted and Talented Education in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Hébert has more than a decade of K-12 classroom experience working with gifted students and 25 years in higher education training graduate... Read More →
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Dr. Sandra Kaplan

Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California
Dr. Sandra N. Kaplan, Editor-in-Chief, Professor of Clinical Education, University of Southern California has been Principal Investigator of four projects funded by the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Student Education Act, Department of Education. Each of these projects focused... Read More →
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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 →
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Dr. Jessica Manzone

University of Southern California
Jessica Manzone, University of Southern California, has been a Research Assistant on two Department of Education grants to assist in the collection and analysis of data. Dr. Manzone currently teaches at USC in the MAT program. She also has been instrumental in managing the grant resources... Read More →

Friday February 22, 2019 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Oasis 3 Room
Saturday, February 23


Keynote: Talent Denied and Talent Lost: Challenges and Compromises of Gifted Girls and Women
This keynote will focus on the loss of talents of girls and women across the country and the globe, and the implications of that phenomenon on diminished creativity, leadership, innovation, and creative productivity. The keynote will conclude with a positive call to action on how educators and researchers can make a difference in helping girls and women to develop their talents.

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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 →

Saturday February 23, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Oasis 3 Room
Sunday, February 24


Parent Keynote. Outsmart Your Smart Child: Practical Strategies for Parenting Gifted Kids
Limited Capacity seats available

Parents play an essential role, particularly in a gifted child's early education years, and proper parenting is often a concern for families with gifted children. How can we know if we are doing the right things? The presenter, co-author of A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, will provide practical advice for parenting a gifted child. Topics of discussion will include fostering communication, developing discipline, improving motivation, managing stress, moderating perfectionism, and nurturing positive family relationships.

Spanish translation available.

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Dr. Edward R. Amend

Clinical Psychologist, Amend Psychological Services, P.S.C.
Dr. Amend is the co-author of two award-winning books: A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children; and Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders. Dr. Amend has authored or co-authored a number of articles... Read More →

Sunday February 24, 2019 7:45am - 9:00am
Madera Room


Educator Keynote: The Other Goal of Gifted Education: Promoting Emotional Development And Social Responsibility through The Use Of Co-Cognitive Skills
The overall goal of gifted education is to increase the world’s reservoir of creative and productive people; however, we also want to prepare young people to be committed to making the world a better place.  This presentation will briefly review the conception of giftedness and the pedagogical approaches underlying the Schoolwide Enrichment Model, with an emphasis on a broadened view of human potential. The major focus will be on the ways we can prepare young people to develop an empathic value system and commitment to using their talents to make beneficial changes in society.  The relationship between creativity and task commitment, combined with the primary executive functions necessary for carrying out socially active projects, will be illustrated through case studies that highlight the co-cognitive characteristics necessary for social change and creative productivity.

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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 9:30am - 10:30am
Oasis 3 Room

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