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Saturday, February 23


Beyond Discussion: Relevant, Engaging Social-Emotional Lessons
Limited Capacity seats available

Bolster your understanding of the social-emotional needs of gifted learners, and help gifted learners put together the pieces of their own giftedness with relevant, engaging lessons. Participants will learn methods for creating physical metaphors, making connections to academic standards, and creating hands-on learning opportunities for their gifted students. Each participant will receive a fully developed social-emotional lesson ready to use on Monday for their K-5 students.

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Mark Hess

Teacher, Author, Consultant, Portable Gifted and Talented
Common sense in-services and lessons for uncommon kids and the adults who love and take care of them.

Saturday February 23, 2019 7:45am - 8:45am
Pueblo Room
Sunday, February 24


Supporting Gifted Children Coping with Trauma
Limited Capacity seats available

Many gifted children suffer their own kind of trauma as they cope with trying to fit into society and expectations placed on them. Having society, parents, teachers, a school system not understand them and how they think and learn, can have a profound impact on a gifted child. This presentation will open your eyes to what our children are going through, and also provide you with some strategies to help support them.


Adam C. Laningham

Bright Child Books, LLC
Adam Laningham has over 17 years experience in the field of education. The 2014 Arizona Gifted Teacher of the Year, Adam has taught at several schools and multiple grade levels, run numerous gifted programs, and is currently on the Board for the Arizona Association for Gifted & Talented... Read More →

Dr. Melissa Sadin

Ducks & Lions: Trauma Sensitive Resources, Director of Special Ed
Melissa has served as a Special Education Teacher and a Building Administrator. She is currently working as a Director of Special Education. Publicly, Dr. Sadin has been vice-president of her local School Board, is on the Board of Directors of the Attachment & Trauma Network and serves... Read More →

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


A Logical Understanding of Over and Missed Diagnosis in Gifted Children
Limited Capacity seats available

The behavioral and emotional expressions of a child’s giftedness lend themselves to being misdiagnosed. Some of the most common misdiagnoses are ADHD, ODD, OCD, short-term/working memory deficit, sensory integration deficit, central auditory processing deficit, and over-looked learning disorders. The disorders are complex and the symptoms are often secondary to asynchronous development. This lecture presents simple rule-out and rule-in methodology of these disorders from the clinical experience of the presenter. Audience participation is encouraged.


Dr. Paul Beljan

pediatric neuropsychologist, Beljan Psychological Services
Dr. Beljan is an expert evaluating gifted children and their common mis and dual-diagnoses. Along with Dr. James Webb, Dr. Beljan co-authored Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, BiPolar, OCD, Depression, and Other Disorders. Dr. Beljan also co-authored... Read More →

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


Ten Myths That Hold Bright Math Students Back
Limited Capacity seats available

Evidence from international studies shows that our brightest math students are not reaching their potential. In this session, I draw on this evidence along with best practices in gifted and math education and my own twenty-five years of experience teaching math to gifted learners in order to identify cultural beliefs and assumptions that hamper the learning of bright math students. Making these beliefs visible and acknowledging their consequences enables us to envision positive paths forward.


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Mathematics and Gifted Education Consultant, 5280 Math Education LLC

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


The Ivy League Project
Limited Capacity seats available

The Ivy League Project is a special program for high achieving students in grades 7-12 grades. The Saturday based program focuses on five successful goals and takes students on the annual Ivy League University East Coast university tour. A total of 315 students have been accepted to Ivy League Universities during the past 27 years and over 1600 in California universities. For more information, please see www.ivyleagueproject.org.


Rafael Inriquez

CTE Director, Parlier Unified School District
Rafael Iniquez is former Ivy League Project Alumnus and UPenn graduate. He currently serves at the CTE Director in Parlier Unified School District and as sseces as Assistant Executive Director for the Ivy League Project.

Martin Mares

CEO, Ivy League Project
Martin Mares is a retired school administrator and has served as the Ivy League Project CEO for the past 28 years. The program focuses on identifying first generation students, preparing them to apply to Ivy League Universities, and providing Saturday Leadership seminars focusing... Read More →

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

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