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Saturday, February 23


Going Global: Inquiry/PBL Beyond the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Attendees will learn how incorporating inquiry and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can not only help create authentic and challenging learning experiences for students but also connect them to global issues and peers around the world. Emphasis will be on acting locally to connect globally through apps such as FlipGrid and Padlet and events such as Global Read Aloud Day, Global Classroom, World's Largest Lesson, and celebrating specific days like International Day of the Girl, to name a few.

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Vanessa Heller

Educator, Oak Park Unified
Mrs. Heller is an educator in her 22nd year of teaching. She is a GATE certified middle school humanities teacher for Oak Park Unified and also serves as Director of the Oak Park Inquiry Institute, district Peer Coach, and a member of the OPUSD Innovators helping colleagues incorporate... Read More →

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


Personalizing Learning to Close the Achievement Gap
Limited Capacity seats available

Our gifted learners crave more choice and voice in the classroom. This workshop will provide a practical guide for educators using a technology toolbox to reach our students. Choice boards and playlists are innovative ways to promote equity in your classroom to reach all learners. Please bring a device and have a lesson or unit in mind that you would like to revise using personalized learning. We will take differentiation to the next level!

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Lori Leibowitz

District Coordinator of Gifted and Talented, Norwalk Public Schools
Lori Leibowitz is an experienced administrator and advocate for advanced learners. Having presented about personalized learning all over the country, Lori brings her passion of reaching all learners while challenging and bringing out students’ full potential. Currently Lori is the... Read More →
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Jessica Stargardter

Gifted and Talented Teacher, Norwalk Public Schools
Jessica Stargardter holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Connecticut. Jessica’s experience with students includes teaching at the Summer Institute for the Gifted on Yale’s campus and the Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy... Read More →

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


Journey Through Virtual Enrichment and TLAD
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, participants will get a glance into a Virtual Enrichment Classroom where students engage in the Universal Concepts through TLAD strands throughout the year culminating in a Student Showcase. Please bring a device to experience ways to develop your own virtual enrichment modules. This model is being used by multiple districts in Region 9, and we are happy to share with others!


Jessie Green

Journey Through Virtual Enrichment, Pleasant Valley School District
Jessie Green is the GATE Coordinator TOSA for the Pleasant Valley School District. She has revamped her District's program through GATE Teacher Certification and offering Universal Access to enrichment through a Virtual Enrichment GATE Classroom among other things. She is an active... Read More →

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


Game On! Increase Number Sense and Problem Solving with Coding in the Primary Grades
Limited Capacity seats available

Coding is a great way to teach problem solving and increase students' number sense. During this hands-on session, you will be introduced to on and off-line coding activities suitable for K-2 students that can be integrated into your daily lessons. You will see how coding can create a game atmosphere that is engaging, challenging and encourages collaboration. Classroom clips and lesson resources will be shared.

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Allison Davis

Kindergarten Teacher, Knox Gifted Academy Chandler (AZ) Unified School District
Allison Davis, a kindergarten teacher at Knox Gifted Academy in Chandler, Arizona, believes that learning should be fun, active and hands-on. Students in her classroom see themselves as problem solvers on a collaborative journey to discover new ideas. She challenges her students... Read More →

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


Integration vs. Interdisciplinary: Which One Are You Doing and Are You Doing It Right?
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you ever wonder if you're building those critical, 21st-century connections in your curriculum for meeting the needs of highly gifted students? Come to this session to examine what you're doing, talk about the differences and similarities in your technology integration and interdisciplinary needs (i.e. STEM/STEAM), and possibly create a new imperative in your curriculum and instructional landscape. Let’s talk and share about everything from tech tools, to signature programming, to learning spaces.


Jeffery Flagg

Director of STEM, The Mirman School
Jeffery Flagg is an Ed.D candidate and the Director of STEM Education at The Mirman School for Highly Gifted Students in Los Angeles. He has worked in public and private education for 24 years. Jeffery's expertise includes industrial design, engineering, creative coding and technologies... Read More →

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


3D Art and the Creative Productive Student
Limited Capacity seats available

Artistic expression is both necessary and vital for the gifted population. This is an underdeveloped area of study that can be easily implemented in the general education setting through the use of 3D technology. Teachers will learn how to guide their students into creating their own 3D products that can then be shared with others, or even printed as a tangible final product. The three-dimensional design incorporates math and problem-solving skills in a way that engages the brightest students.

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Ryann Shoaf

Elementary GATE Teacher, Central Unified
Ryann Shoaf is a veteran educator, who has spent the past 17 years educating gifted and talented students in the general education setting. She is most experienced working with students in grades 4-6. She is an advocate of gifted education and uses innovative technology to spark curiosity... Read More →

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


Deepening Knowledge through Visual Arts and Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will provide examples on how to deepen knowledge in various content areas by using applications such as the Prompts of Depth and Complexity and the integration of visual arts and technology. Attendees will see how the use of interactive presentation tools can be embedded with visual prompts which challenge students to think in deeper and more complex ways across the disciplines, while retaining a focus on visual arts instruction.

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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 →

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


Creating Visible Thinkers through Literacy and STEAM
Limited Capacity seats available

A powerful tool for teachers is planning units. We believe the integration of literature books with other content areas elicits deeper comprehension and visible thinking and learning among students. We will share a unit on A Long Walk to Water, along with several picture books on water and its importance in the world. The unit will include the use of Depth and Complexity Icons for thinking and discussion, integration of STEAM strategies, including The Arts. The various components of this unit allow all students different avenues to enhance their own visible thinking and learning.

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Cindy Hallman

Associate Professor for Pearl S. Wismer School of Education, The Master's University
Cindy Hallman, a 30 year retired California public educator and administrator, is currently a professor at The Master's University. She teaches undergraduates in courses from learning about themselves to becoming a teacher and children's literature. For her graduates, she teaches... Read More →

Joan Hoskins

Educator & Literacy Coach, Oxnard School District
Joan Hoskins has taught grades K to Eighth grade over the past 29 years. Currently, she teaches Language and Social Studies at Fremont Academy of Environmental Science and Innovative Design. Before teaching sixth grade at Fremont, Joan was a Literacy Coach for an elementary school... Read More →

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

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