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Wednesday, December 4
 

9:00am

Building Vocabulary: The Foundation for College Readiness
Discover why and how to build a program that gives your students an advantage in reading comprehension, verbal communication, and test preparation! Explore vocabulary best practices based on Robert Marzano's well-respected research and learn innovative ways to introduce and teach vocabulary that students not only internalize but also utilize.

Speakers
avatar for Sheila Griffith

Sheila Griffith

President, Knowsys Educational Services LLC
Dr. Sheila Griffith is the author of the Knowsys College Readiness Program and the Knowsys Vocabulary Builder Program and the co-author of the Knowsys Basic Genius Math Program. Dr. Griffith is the co-owner and co-founder of Knowsys Educational Services and a recognized expert in... Read More →
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Amber Reynolds

GT Teacher (6th grade), GT Academy @ Pearland ISD
Amber Reynolds attended Baylor University where she specialized in Gifted and Talented Studies, the only undergrad program of its kind in the nation. Her time there instilled in her a love for engaging this population and equipping them with just the right tools to meet their unique... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Grand Oaks AB JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Civic Simulations: Engagement With Democratic Processes
Simulations of democratic processes offer students a chance to activate civic knowledge. Simulations (mock trials and hearings) are easy for teachers to implement and give students an opportunity to demonstrate the 21st-century learning skills of teamwork, public speaking, analytical thinking, and the ability to argue both sides of a topic.

Speakers
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Dodie Kasper

LRE Coordinator, State Bar of Texas
Dodie Kasper currently serves as the Coordinator of Law-Related Education. Dodie spent 25 years as a classroom educator with extensive experience teaching U.S. History and Government. Ms. Kasper has participated in the U.S. Supreme Court Institute and served as the Master Teacher... Read More →
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Jan Miller

LRE Director, State Bar of Texas
Jan joined the State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education department as coordinator in 1992 following a career as a classroom teacher and social studies coordinator. Since 1995 she has served as director of the department as well as the executive director of Law Focused Education, Inc... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Cibolo 3-4 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Enrichment: One District's Model
This session will provide a brief history of how the Enrichment program in Round Rock grew out of Advanced Academics, how the program has evolved, and how systems and structures have been put into place to support the needs of students and campuses.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Swain

Michelle Swain

Director, Advanced Academic Services, Round Rock ISD
Michelle Swain currently serves as the Director of Gifted and Advanced Academic Services for Round Rock ISD. Michelle served on the TAGT Board of Directors and as 2011 President. She also served on the NAGC Board of Directors. Michelle was the recipient of the 2001 TAGT Region XIII... Read More →
avatar for Katharine Riedlinger

Katharine Riedlinger

District Enrichment Coordinator, Round Rock ISD
Katharine Riedlinger currently serves as the Enrichment Coordinator for Round Rock ISD. She has been a classroom teacher and TAG specialist for 13 years, and has her master’s degree from the University of Connecticut where she worked closely with some of the biggest names in gifted... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

How to Develop Curriculum Units Using the TEKS and the State Plan
Would you like to implement cross-curricular learning experiences that lead to advanced-level products in your ELEMENTARY G/T pull-out program? Join us to learn how we have used TEKS, district data, and outside resources to create a curriculum that engages and challenges gifted learners. We’ll share both our successes and challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Dewawn Wiest

Dewawn Wiest

GT Teacher, Wylie ISD
Dewawn Wiest is in her 16th year in education and second year as a K-4 GT teacher. Previous to her current role, she taught fourth graders. She holds a Master’s Degree from Dallas Baptist University (2016) and a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Texas at Dallas (2003). Dewawn... Read More →
avatar for Kristi Williams

Kristi Williams

GT Teacher, Wylie ISD
Kristi Williams is in her 15th year of education and her fourth year as a GT teacher in a pull-out program. She serves two K-4 campuses and is part of a district team that writes curriculum for the elementary GT program. Previously, she taught GT students in a first grade classroom... Read More →
avatar for Heather Buckley

Heather Buckley

Elementary Advanced Academics & GT Specialist, Wylie ISD
Heather Buckley is in her 16th year as an educator in Wylie ISD. While her primary role is to serve as the Advanced Academics Instruction Specialist, she has 5 years experience teaching K-4 GT students in the classroom and 3 years teaching in a pull-out program. She leads a district... Read More →
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Jessica Travis

Early Childhood Literacy Specialist, Wylie ISD



Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Identifying Giftedness Among ELL Populations
Identification of gifted students, particularly English Language Learners and students from diverse backgrounds, must become more inclusive to serve the gifted population. Participants will learn how using multiple measures to identify is beneficial and more accurate to identifying giftedness within a diverse population and far more accurate than traditional measures.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Payne

Anna Payne

Doctoral Student, Baylor University
Anna Payne is a doctoral student at Baylor University in educational psychology, with a focus on gifted students in mathematics. She has supervised student teachers, as well as working with innovative options for professional learning at the Belin-Blank Center (University of Iowa... Read More →
avatar for Yasmin Laird

Yasmin Laird

Doctoral Student, Baylor University
Yasmin Laird is a doctoral student at Baylor University in educational psychology with a focus in foreign language acquisition. She has worked with gifted students at all levels, as well as taught AP Spanish courses. Yasmin is also passionate about working with students from low socioeconomic... Read More →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Goldenrod JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Mashed Potatoes and Other Adventures in G/T Parenting
You already know parenting a G/T child is an adventure of a lifetime! Come and explore how Dabrowski's overexcitablities could be impacting your kiddo’s academic, personal, and social experiences. We'll laugh and learn as you identify what's making your student tick and how to support his or her extra adventurous gifts!

Speakers
avatar for Sara Gray

Sara Gray

Educational Consultant, Gray Matters Learning
With over twenty years of experience in both the private and public school settings, Sara brings a passion for the GT learner and their families.


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Freesia JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

P3: Partnering, Passion, and Philanthropy
Tired of doing the same thing every year? Engage your students by first focusing on their favorite topic: Themselves! Learn how we taught our students to look beyond their own needs to benefit others in our community through research, collaboration, marketing, and leadership. Leave with resources to get started tomorrow!

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Andrews

Caitlin Andrews

GT Specialist, Northwest ISD
Caitlin Andrews is a GT Specialist and curriculum writer in Northwest ISD.
avatar for Kimberly Blake

Kimberly Blake

GT Specialist, Northwest ISD
Kimberly Blake is a GT Specialist and curriculum writer in Northwest ISD.



Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Cibolo 1-2 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

The Transformative Power of Cooperative Gameplay
Cooperative game play may be used as a powerful tool within the classroom to amplify moral reasoning skills for the gifted child. Exploring multiple perspectives while invoking one’s own sense of ethics-based decision making is critical to healthy social and emotional development.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Ross

Allison Ross

Curriculum Coordinator and MS Faculty, E.A. Young Academy
Allison Ross serves as Curriculum Coordinator and Middle School faculty. With a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas Christian University, Ms. Ross is a Horned Frog at heart. After spending the early part of her teaching career in a more traditional elementary... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Lyda

Kathy Lyda

Head of School, E.A. Young Academy
Kathy Lyda serves as Head of School but prefers the title “Director of Awesomeness” at E.A. Young Academy, an independent, not-for-profit academy dedicated to the needs of the gifted and talented scholar. Ms. Lyda holds a BS in Psychology from Texas Christian University and a... Read More →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Cibolo 10-11 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Who Is Doing the Thinking?
Who does the thinking in your classroom? You, or your students? In this session, we will identify high-level questioning techniques that will get students thinking and solving problems. We will learn three strategies you can take into your classrooom and use today. Let's get the students thinking!

Speakers
avatar for Barbie Scott

Barbie Scott

Advanced Academics/GT Specialist, Clear Creek ISD
Barbie Scott is an Advanced Academics/GT Specialist for Clear Creek Independent School District. She is currently in her 20th year of teaching and has taught Pre-K, 2nd grade, 4th grade and Advanced Academics. She loves to challenge her Gifted students, while building their self-esteem... Read More →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Begonia/Bottlebrush JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

CANCELLED: DC Icons and 2e Learners
This session has been cancelled due to a speaker emergency.

This session focuses in on how to challenge and support learners that are twice exceptional with an ADHD diagnosis. We will look at the learning strengths that accompany ADHD and how to utilize the icons for depth and complexity in challenging these learners.

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Simpson

Carrie Simpson

Consultant, Educational Consultant
Dr Simpson has spent more than a decade becoming an expert on differentiated instruction, and with a background in both gifted and special education, is uniquely suited to conversations about twice exceptional learners. Carrie is an education consultant and author, a university professor... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Bluebonnet/Dogwood JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Challenge Accepted: Practical Approaches to Equitable Identification
The gifted community wants equity in identification...challenge accepted! Let’s begin to actively evolve the identification process in our classrooms. By taking a bold look at barriers to access, we’ll then explore varied approaches that teachers can use--including a hands-on experience in active identification. Join the cause and take solutions back to your classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Justin Vawter

Justin Vawter

NuMinds Enrichment
Justin Vawter lives on the fringe of education, a creative spark working tirelessly to redefine the educational narrative and make the learning experience more impactful and meaningful. He holds a Masters degree in Curriculum Design and Instruction from the University of North Texas... Read More →
avatar for Ben Koch

Ben Koch

CEO, NuMinds Enrichment
Ben Koch is driven to unite people to a greater vision and cause in education and self-development. Through coaching, teaching, and delivering progressive workshops and talks he seeks to expand horizons in education, leadership, and personal development. Driven to make a broader impact... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Cibolo 5 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Challenge Me With Choice
Do you want to add challenge to your classroom? Join us as we design purposeful menus for your students. Learn the models and how we differentiate cognitive level based on student need. Finally, work with colleagues to create your own menus to implement in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Blythe Brown

Blythe Brown

Advanced Academics, Clear Creek ISD
Blythe Brown is an Advanced Academics Specialist in Clear Creek ISD and has 20 years of experience teaching gifted children. Blythe has presented at TAGT for 4 years, sharing her love of innovative ideas. Her experience ranges from self contained upper elementary, Math Coach, Advanced... Read More →
avatar for Dalena Ryskoski

Dalena Ryskoski

Advanced Academics, Clear Creek ISD
Dalena Ryskoski, an Advanced Academics Specialist in Clear Creek ISD, has over 10 years of experience. Her experience ranges from self-contained classroom teacher, Advanced Academics Specialist K-5, and an experienced UHCL presenter, in and out of district presenter.
avatar for Bianca Zelenski

Bianca Zelenski

Advanced Academics, Clear Creek ISD
Bianca Zelenski, an Advanced Academics Specialist in Clear Creek ISD, has over 10 years of experience focused on the needs of ESL students. Her experience ranges from self-contained classroom teacher, Advanced Academics Specialist K-5, and an experienced district presenter.



Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Grand Oaks CD JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Equitably Identifying and Serving Minority Students in Gifted Education: Lessons Learned From Illinois District U-46
Equity in identification of gifted and talented students remains a challenge for many districts—and has led to multiple court cases across the nation. The revised Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students calls for all student populations to have access to identification for G/T services (Section 2.24) and for the population of G/T students to closely reflect the population of the total district and/or campus (Section 2.25). This session looks at the example of Illinois District U-46, the court case against this district’s identification process and program models for minority students, and what lessons have been learned about building more equitable programs from this district’s work since the case occurred. Moderated by Crystal Wilson, Ford Bend ISD.

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Wilson

Crystal Wilson

GT Program Manager, Fort Bend ISD
Crystal Wilson is serving her 9th year as a GT Program Manager for Fort Bend ISD and 23rd year in education. She is a native Texan and earned her degrees from Texas Southern University(BA) and the University of Houston-Victoria(M.Ed). She volunteers as a mentor, cycling advocate... Read More →
avatar for Donna Y Ford

Donna Y Ford

Ohio State University, Distinguished Professor
Donna Y. Ford is an expert on gifted education and urban education. She returned to The Ohio State University in August 2019 as a Distinguished Professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology. She is also a Faculty Affiliate with the Kirwan Institute. Dr. Ford conducts research... Read More →
avatar for April Wells

April Wells

Gifted Coordinator, Illinois School District U-46
April Wells is the Gifted Coordinator in Illinois School District U-46, where she facilitated the redesign of the District’s gifted program in 2012-2013. April serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Association for Gifted Children.


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Grand Oaks NO JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Real Science on a Dime with NASA Resources
Do you need to have expensive kits and extensive lab equipment in order to engage your learners in authentic hands-on STEM opportunities. The answer, of course, is a resounding NO! In this session you will work through a succession of challenges using whatever the presenter found earlier.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Smith

Steven Smith

STEM Engagement Specialist, NASA
Steven is the STEM Engagement Specialist with NASA’s Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Johnson Space Center. His work helps develop scientists from historically disenfranchised groups, creating culturally responsive lessons that engage students previously left out... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Iris/Lily JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

The Possibility of the Unexplored
80% of our oceans are unexplored. We have no idea what is beneath the surface of the undiscovered waters. What if the same is true for student learning? In this session, learn how to give gifted learners opportunities to go deep and explore using a variety of tools and strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Andi McNair

Andi McNair

Author/Speaker, ESC Region 12
Andi was a classroom teacher for 16 years before pursuing her passion to change education by sharing practical ways to engage and empower today’s learners. She was named one of the Top People in Education to Watch in 2016 by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. Andi has published... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Cibolo 6 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Total School Cluster Grouping: Developing Talents among all Students and Teachers
TSCG is a programming system that helps teachers better meet the needs of students in the elementary classroom. When implemented with fidelity, it results in increased achievement, more students identified at higher achievement levels, improved teacher practices, and better representation of underserved youth.

Speakers
avatar for Marcia Gentry

Marcia Gentry

Professor, Purdue University
Marcia Gentry directs the Gifted Education Resource Institute at Purdue University where she enjoys working with doctoral students and engaging in research and gifted education professional development. She remains active in the field through service to NAGC and AERA and by writing... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Grand Oaks RS JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Using Powerful Questions to Guide Inquiry and Discussion
Effective questions drive the process of learning through inquiry. Teachers who understand how interpretive questions focus and facilitate group discussion are better able to guide students towards deeper critical thinking about the meaning of complex texts and more civil discourse. Learn to create such powerful questions through modeling and practice.

Speakers
avatar for Denise Ahlquist

Denise Ahlquist

Senior Academic Consultant, Great Books Foundation
Denise Ahlquist loves to engage people in Shared Inquiry discussions about the great ideas that shape our world. Since 1985, Denise has taught workshops in effective questioning for teachers and volunteers, supported diverse schools implementing inquiry learning, and led thousands... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Grand Oaks PQ JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Using the STEM Process in Your Project-Based Learning
The STEM design process involves asking, imagining, planning, creating, and revising. This fits into the model of PBL where students are creating authentic products. This session shows you how to incorporate the STEM design process into projects to ensure maximize learning. These open-ended projects are great for challenging gifted students.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Stanley

Todd Stanley

Gifted Services Coordinator/Author, Pickerington Local Schools, OH
Todd Stanley is the author of many teacher-education books including Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students: A Handbook for the 21st Century Classroom, When Smart Kids Underachieve in the Classroom: Practical Solutions for Teachers, and his latest Authentic Learning: Real World... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Cibolo 8-9 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Nursing Mothers Room
Please see registration desk to check out the key for the Nursing Mothers room.

Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - Friday December 6, 2019 1:00pm
Peony

10:15am

Building Bridges: Finding Common Goals to Advance Your Goals
With HB3 and the new Texas State Plan, it is more important than ever to find common ground with district goals. Let's discuss how we can work WITH resistant districts so we are pulling in the same direction.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Simonds

Monica Simonds

Director of Advanced Academics, Richardson ISD
Monica Simonds received her M.Ed., from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, currently the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. After teaching for almost ten years in Louisiana, she moved to Texas where she spent ten years as a high school debate coach and is now in her ninth year... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

10:15am

Considerations for Gifted Students With ADHD
Students may be both gifted and have ADHD. ADHD is characterized by challenges with executive functioning skills such as organization, planning, and time management. Also, students with ADHD often have challenges with social interactions. Implications of the disorder will be explored as it relates to programming for gifted students.

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Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Goldenrod JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

10:15am

How to Increase Engagement by Limiting Choices for the G/T Learner
Feeling overwhelmed as you keep adding more to your load to differentiate for your special learners? What about limiting choices as a source for creativity within our current curriculum? This session will share lots of tried and tested ideas that will have your students 100% engaged!

Speakers
avatar for Kate Wells

Kate Wells

GT Trainer & Elementary Teacher, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Kate is a GT Trainer and award-winning elementary teacher who has worked in multiple grade levels and content areas with Gifted, SPED and ESL populations from a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds. Passionate about differentiating both instruction AND assessment, and an expert... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Begonia/Bottlebrush JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

10:15am

Meaningful Experiences for the Mathematically Gifted Elementary Student
How do we grow leaders during math class and beyond? Active instructional techniques like Problem Based Learning (PBL) can motivate bored students and raise their understanding and achievement. Student-centered strategies and reasoning skills obtained through PBL increase students' creativity and independence while helping students earn a sense of ownership.

Speakers
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Erica Arevalo

Chief Operational Officer, Embolden Educational Consulting
Erica Arevalo, has served in the education sector through the capacity of multiple roles including that of a classroom teacher, District Job Embedded Trainer, District Math Coach, District Instructional Coach, and Independent Educational Consultant. Currently, Erica works collaboratively... Read More →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Cibolo 1-2 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

10:15am

Modify the Depth, Complexity, and Pacing? Exploring Curriculum Using a Rigorous Lens
State law requires districts to modify the depth, complexity, and pacing of the curriculum and instruction ordinarily provided to meet the needs of G/T students. An intense investigation of the standards relative to depth, complexity, and pacing is paramount when designing programs and services for gifted learners. Discuss, learn, and apply!

Speakers
avatar for Donna Ashby

Donna Ashby

G/T Specialist, Region 7 ESC
Donna Ashby M. Ed., a G/T Specialist for over 15 years at Region 7 Education Service Center, has created and conducted numerous programs and events for thousands of students across East Texas including Model United Nations, robotics, the Imagination Fair, and Innovative Inventions... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Cibolo 3-4 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

10:15am

Self-Advocacy: The Power of a Child’s Voice
We often find ourselves in the position of advocating for gifted youngsters in our lives.  Yet, at some point, they will need to know how to advocate for themselves.  We can nurture this important life skill and foster a life-long willingness to tactfully speak up for their own learning needs.

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Fisher Alley

Tamara Fisher Alley

K-12 Gifted Education Specialist, Polson School District #23, MT
Tamara Fisher is K-12 Gifted Specialist for Polson Schools on Montana’s Flathead Indian Reservation. She is Past-President of Montana AGATE and earned her M.A. in Gifted Education in 2004 (UConn). Tamara co-authored "Intelligent Life in the Classroom" with Karen Isaacson, which... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Freesia JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

10:15am

The Perfect Pair: G/T and IB
Why is International Baccalaureate (IB) appropriate for gifted learners? In what ways do IB planners and student agency complement G/T differentiation and independent research? In this session, you will become familiar with the IB approach to learning that parallels the nature and needs of gifted students.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Wink

Ann Wink

IB Consultant, TIBS
TIBS is a 501(c)(3) organization and a recognized Association of IB World Schools that supports the general improvement of education for students enrolled in IB.
avatar for Cecelia Boswell

Cecelia Boswell

Consultant, ACES
Cecelia Boswell, Ed.D., served as the Advanced Academics consultant for an Education Service Center and as an Executive Director of Advanced Academics. She is an independent consultant working nationally and throughout Texas for professional learning opportunities and auditing gifted... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

10:15am

Using Entrepreneurship to Served Gifted Middle School Students
Gifted, middle school students are often served primarily though PreAP curriculum without additional resources and programs offered at the elementary level. Learn how one school uses entrepreneurship to extend students' thinking, explore their passions, create a feeling of responsibility for positive change, and develop leadership skills in highly gifted middle school students.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Mohler

Holly Mohler

Headmaster/Principal, School for the Highly Gifted, Grand Prairie ISD
Holly Mohler opened the School for the Highly Gifted in 2014 and is still currently leading the in-district, GPISD charter as its headmaster. She has spent thirteen of her fifteen years in education in Grand Prairie ISD serving in a variety of roles: elementary teacher, elementary... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Cibolo 10-11 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

10:15am

Using Literature to Ignite Students’ Enthusiasm for Higher Level Math
Come hear, see, and experience ways to use literature in a high school math classroom. Hear about successful high school math projects built on non mathematical literature. See how creative thinking can connect math to literature. Experience firsthand how to adapt literature to your math classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Teresa Turner

Teresa Turner

Teacher, Singley Academy, Irving ISD
I teach Algebra 2 and Precalculus GT and PreAP at Singley Academy in Irving, Texas. I have my M.Ed. In Gifted Education from Hardin Simmons University.


Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Grand Oaks AB JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:30am

"The Keys of Success Open Doors to Change": Being a Culturally Responsive Gifted Educator and Leader
Being culturally competent and responsive plays a role in curriculum, instructional support, recruiting & retaining RCELD students in gifted education and secondary advanced academics. Participants will receive resources aiding in implementing culturally responsive practices in gifted and Advanced Placement classrooms. Strategies will be available for gifted and Advanced Placement leaders

Speakers
avatar for Javetta Jones Roberson

Javetta Jones Roberson

Dean of Instruction/Doctoral Candidate, Birdville ISD/Texas A&M University-Commerce
Javetta Jones-Roberson is a high school Dean of Instruction & doctoral candidate at Texas A & M University-Commerce. Her research focus is culturally responsive leadership practices towards underrepresented populations in Gifted and Advanced Placement programs. Javetta serves on the... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Goldenrod JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:30am

Be Here Now: Teaching Mindfulness to Students
Mindfulness is defined as awareness of the present moment. Mindfulness has many benefits for the social emotional well-being of gifted students such as improved attention, better coping with emotions, and calmer decision making. Participants will learn how to teach both active and passive mindfulness practices to their students.

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Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Cibolo 1-2 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:30am

Bridging Social-Emotional Learning and G/T Programming With Innovative Application of Tech Resources
Social/emotional learning (SEL) is a complicated but necessary component of G/T programming. G/T students have unique SEL needs and students should retain their identity and communicate their vision in curriculum. Come explore tech tools that serve as bridge between the voice of our students and academic goals for students.

For PowerPoint and tools shared, click here: https://padlet.com/roland7350/chouuodj6s4j

Speakers
avatar for Rolando Ruvalcaba

Rolando Ruvalcaba

Consultant, ESC, Region 20
Rolando Ruvalcaba has had experience facilitating G/T workshops at various levels for 12 years. Rolando is known for his interactive sessions that bring out the best of his participants. As a classroom teacher, Rolando has established himself as an effective educator for gifted students... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Cibolo 3-4 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:30am

Davidson Institute @ 20: What We’ve Learned About PG Children
Profound giftedness adds a layer of complexity to the already challenging realm of parenting. These students' developmental and educational trajectories differ even among the gifted population. Although no handbook for PG exists, our work in supporting PG students over 20 years provides insight to the trends observed of 6,000+ families.

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Jessica Mingo

Assistant Director, Davidson Institute for Talent Development
Jessica Mingo joined the Davidson Institute in 2013 and has been involved in various features of the Young Scholars program including the Family Consultant Team, Young Scholars Ambassador Program, Davidson Alumni, and various Davidson publications. Now as Assistant Director of Young... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Freesia JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:30am

Duke University Talent Identification Program: Not Just the Talent Search
Duke TIP offers innovative curriculum, professional development, gifted education research and resources, advocacy tools, and supplemental programming to assist educators in the classroom. We'll clarify the purpose and benefits of talent search participation, and share new ideas to address everyday teaching challenges, which includes free inspirational instruction and classroom-ready lessons/materials.

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Traci Guidry

Southwest Regional Manager, Duke University Talent Identification Program
Traci Guidry represents Duke TIP outside the state of North Carolina. Her satellite office was created in 2005 to more directly respond to the needs of Texas GT parents and educators. Approximately 30% of total Duke TIP participation hails from the Lone Star State and Ms. Guidry is... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Grand Oaks AB JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:30am

Easy Reads, Tough Conversations
Choosing picture books that encourage students to think intensively and critically about social studies concepts can be a difficult task. Additionally, facilitating discussions or reflective writing assignments that provide students with a voice to the topics is essential in the development of informed, empathetic, well-rounded citizens.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Torres

Jessica Torres

Education Specialist, ESC Region 12
Jessica serves as an Educational Specialist for ESC Region 12 in the heart of Texas. Formerly an assistant principal and Montessori teacher, Mrs. Torres is passionate about developing educators to provide innovative approaches and experiences for all learners as they pursue their... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Begonia/Bottlebrush JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:30am

Gift of Gab: Discourse of Gifted Learners
The goal of this session is to give all stakeholders ideas on how to give gifted and talented students opportunities to learn from one another via classroom discourse. These structured discussions will help boost their social skills and their ability to learn from multiple perspectives found within the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Votion

Angela Votion

GATE Instructional Specialist, SAISD
Angela Votion is a Gifted and Talented Education specialist with SAISD. Angela has worked with gifted students for the last six years, and is mother to four gifted children of her own. She holds a Masters of Science in Reading/Literacy from Texas A&M - SA, and is constantly looking... Read More →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Cibolo 10-11 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:30am

Secondary Gifted Services Panel
Meeting the needs of gifted students in high school has long been a challenge for districts. This interactive panel discussion will provide insight into service models and opportunities schools and districts can implement and give participants an opportunity to engage with district staff from a variety of districts.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Swain

Michelle Swain

Director, Advanced Academic Services, Round Rock ISD
Michelle Swain currently serves as the Director of Gifted and Advanced Academic Services for Round Rock ISD. Michelle served on the TAGT Board of Directors and as 2011 President. She also served on the NAGC Board of Directors. Michelle was the recipient of the 2001 TAGT Region XIII... Read More →
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Tish Cawley

Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Services, Hays CISD
I have been with Hays CISD for 13 years. Previously, I taught in Keller ISD and Manor ISD. Since coming to Hays I have served as a G/T Teacher, District Lead G/T Teacher, and Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Services. I am also the district lead for Destination Imagination. I was... Read More →
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Debbie Smith

Coordinator of Advanced Academics/Gifted Education/504, San Marcos CISD
Parent of two gifted adult boys; taught gifted elementary K-5 for 10 years; Director of Advanced Academics and Gifted Education at TEA for two years; currently Coordinator of Adv Academics/GT/504/RtI_x000D_Served as Committee Vice-Chair and Chair of Membership Involvement Committee... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Grand Oaks EF JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:30am

The Nitty Gritty of Accelerating Gifted Students
Accelerating gifted students is a well-researched, effective, relatively inexpensive way to meet G/T students' academic needs. We will discuss several acceleration options, and processes to determine who needs them. Participants will have the opportunity to identify the array of acceleration options currently offered in their schools and explore expanding them.

Speakers
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Lynette Breedlove

Director, The Gatton Academy of Mathematics & Science, KY
Dr. Lynette Breedlove is Director of The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky located on the campus of Western Kentucky University. She has served gifted students in Texas as a central office administrator, campus GT specialists, and classroom teacher. She is a past... Read More →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:30am

Top Ten Things You Should Know About the New State Plan
Just when you thought you understood the last one, a New State Plan comes along. The original State Plan was published in 1990. Since that time, there have been three revisions, This session will focus on ten of the biggest concepts and/or changes in the New State Plan.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Kettler, PhD

Todd Kettler, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, School of Education, Baylor University
Todd Kettler, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the School of Education at Baylor University. He teaches courses in gifted education and talent development, creativity, and the history and systems of psychology with educational applications... Read More →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:30pm

MasterMind: Taking Off the Mask
Taking Off the Mask helps to unlock potential by cultivating emotional intelligence and psychological safety. Recent research from Google, Harvard, and other institutions suggest that the most critical factor for effectiveness is “psychological safety”–an environment with a high degree of interpersonal trust and respect where team members (including students) can take risks without concern of embarrassment, rejection, or punishment. Attendees will experience various exercises to explore topics such as self-awareness, authenticity, and compassion, both toward oneself and others. Taking Off the Mask is a highly experiential, kinestethic keynote that creates a safe space for individuals to engage in an uncommonly open, honest dialogue. Through hands-on activities, discussion, and video, participants learn about “the mask” that we each wear and discuss what it means for us, and our students, to take the mask off.

Speakers
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Ashanti Branch

Ever Forward Club
Ashanti Branch works to change how young men of color interact with their education and how their schools interact with them. Raised in Oakland by a single mother on welfare, Ashanti left the inner city to study civil engineering at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo. A construction project... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Grand Oaks Ballroom G-M

3:00pm

giftED19 Opening Kick-Off Celebration
Join TAGT as we kick-off giftED19 the right way! Check out our amazing vendors, take your photo with friends in our photo booth, grab some swag from the TAGT store, and more. We'll have plenty of meet-ups, pop-ups, and fun surprises waiting for you!

Wednesday December 4, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Marketplace Exhibit Hall

3:20pm

Research Pop-Up: A Longitudinal Analysis of Inequity in Gifted Education in Texas: Applying the Relative Difference in Composition Index (RDCI)
The Relative Difference in Composition Index (RDCI), has recently been suggested as a measure of equity in GT identification. In this study, the RDCI is tested through application at the state, district and campus levels. Trends over time are created for each racial group between the years 2001 and 2018. This study explores one approach to embdedding growth mindset material into an academic discipline with the aim to improve students' mindset towards learning as well as encourage academic grit and perseverance (particularly students with perfectionistic and task-avoidance related underachievement). This is a practical model of how districts can use the RDCI as a tool to diagnose and track their own equity issues in GT identification and services. The effectiveness of the tool is examined at the State, district and campus levels. Learn more about research being conducted in gifted education in this short research presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Celeste Sodergren

Celeste Sodergren

Doctoral Student, Baylor University
Celeste Sodergren is a doctoral student in the Baylor University Educational Psychology department, focusing on Gifted and Talented students. She has a Master's degree in Communication Studies and doctoral research into the No Child Left Behind Act from a Communication lens. She currently... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 3:20pm - 3:40pm
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)

3:30pm

Emerging Leaders Program Interest Meeting & Alumni Meet-Up
New coordinators and those interested in being mentors can learn more about the Emerging Leaders Program at this meet-up.

The TAGT Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is designed to provide new (3 years or less) district G/T coordinators with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with school staff, parents, students, and the community to positively impact the development of appropriate educational services for G/T students in the district.


Wednesday December 4, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
TAGT HQ

4:00pm

Breakout of the Ordinary! Creating Digital Breakout EDU Games to Engage Gifted Learners
Want to breakout of the ordinary? Come and learn how to create your very own Digital Breakout EDU games! In this session, you will learn how to use Google Suite products to create fun, engaging and challenging games for your gifted students online.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Ramirez

Christina Ramirez

GT Teacher/Facilitator, Katy ISD
I have a Master's in Education for Gifted Education. I have worked with gifted learners for over 15 years at the elementary level. I currently work for Katy ISD as a GT teacher/facilitator.



Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cibolo 3-4 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm

Build It and Parents Will Come
In the movie, A Field of Dreams, we all remember the famous line, "Build it and they will come." This session shares how a district designed a support system for parents to understand the social and emotional needs of their gifted learner. This partnership allows their gifted population to thrive.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Leal

Jennifer Leal

Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Rockwall ISD
I have been in the field of education for over 32 years. Thirty-one years have involved the gifted learner which has led me to the position of the district Gifted and Talented Coordinator for Rockwall ISD. My first charge as an administrator for this special population included being... Read More →
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Julie Byrnes

District Gifted and Talented Specialist, Rockwall ISD
Julie has been in gifted education for 13 years.  She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.
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Heather Caldwell

District Gifted and Talented Specialist, Rockwall ISD
Heather has been in gifted education for 13 years. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.



Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm

Create an Academic Competition Spotlighting 4C Skills
Create an academic competition based on 4C skills. Students work in teams, competing against their peers using critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creative thinking skills in a game-like competition. We will show you how to set up a competition, make a rubic and we'll even play a few games to give you examples of inexpensive, engaging ideas!

Speakers
avatar for Deniece Frideley

Deniece Frideley

Gifted and Talented Specialist, Lancaster ISD
Deniece Frideley is currently in her fifteenth year teaching and her sixth year as a G/T Specialist in Lancaster Independent School District. She is an innovative teacher who allows her students to take ownership of their learning through project based learning, as well as Genius... Read More →
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Christine Grimm

Gifted and Talented Specialist, Lancaster ISD
Christine Grimm, a graduate of West Texas A&M University, has taught Gifted students for the past nine years and believes that an educator's role should be as a facilitator, allowing students to learn by doing.  She has obtained multiple grants that have allowed her students access... Read More →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Iris/Lily JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm

Digital Differentiation for Gifted Learners
Differentiating for gifted learners is so much more than just giving harder or more work. In this learning experience, we will dive into digital tools that will enable gifted students to go deep and make important connections.

Speakers
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Andi McNair

Author/Speaker, ESC Region 12
Andi was a classroom teacher for 16 years before pursuing her passion to change education by sharing practical ways to engage and empower today’s learners. She was named one of the Top People in Education to Watch in 2016 by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. Andi has published... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cibolo 5 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm

Embrace the G/T Space: Get Techie With It
Get techie with the G/T digital generation through websites and apps that will engage students in using these digital tools to embrace their learning in English and Spanish. Get ready to inspire students and ignite projects, using empowering technologies, as used in our Connecting Worlds/Mundos Unidos Two-Way Dual Language G/T Magnet Program.

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Laila Ferris

Prinicpal/Interim Chief, Division of Connecting Languages/Dual Language, Mesita ECDC/Elementary School, El Paso ISD
Laila Ferris is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, with both a Bachelors of Science and Masters in Education Administration degrees. She has been the Principal of Mesita Early Childhood Development Center and Elementary School, in El Paso ISD, for 24 years and is also... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cibolo 6 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm

Extra Enrichment? Yes, Please!
How can you provide enrichment opportunities for your students outside of school and still be budget friendly? Two Central Texas districts provide several options for our students throughout the year. Come learn how to meet the requirements of the Texas State Plan for enrichment opportunities on a dime!

Speakers
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Amanda Ziegler

GT Coordinator, China Spring ISD
Amanda Ziegler is in her 15th year of teaching, all of which with Gifted Students either in the regular classroom or within an enrichment pull out model. She has a passion for gifted students that started when she was in the gifted program herself. She graduated from Baylor University... Read More →
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Amanda Coatney

GT Specialist, Waco ISD
Amanda Coatney has taught for 15 years in a variety of educational settings and in multiple grade levels.  She has served as the ESL cluster teacher, the GT cluster teacher, and the inclusion classroom teacher and sometimes all three at once!  For the last 4 years, she has served... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cibolo 8-9 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm

G/T and ELL . . . Now What?
Discover the common characteristics of English language learners (ELLs) who are gifted and talented and how to nurture the high abilities of students with limited English proficiency. Attain numerous strategies and free online resources for creating an optimal learning environment for gifted and talented ELLs.

Speakers
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Tracy Dennis

Director of Instruction, Flour Bluff ISD
Tracy has served in education for over 25 years as an elementary and a middle school teacher, a campus instructional specialist, a campus administrator, an educational specialist at Region 13 Education Service Center, instructional coach and a district administrator.



Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Bluebonnet/Dogwood JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm

Get the Scoop on Grad School Info Panel
Considering grad school, but wondering what benefits it might bring? Looking to advance yourself with a master’s or doctoral degree? Join current graduate students studying gifted education, along with professors from various universities to find out why grad school might be a good fit for you and how grad school can advance your understanding of the students you serve in this interactive panel session.

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Anne Rinn

Professor, University of North Texas
Anne N. Rinn, Ph.D., is a professor of educational psychology at the University of North Texas, where she also serves as Director of the Office for Giftedness, Talent Development, and Creativity.
avatar for Todd Kettler, PhD

Todd Kettler, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, School of Education, Baylor University
Todd Kettler, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the School of Education at Baylor University. He teaches courses in gifted education and talent development, creativity, and the history and systems of psychology with educational applications... Read More →
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Kimberly Stewart

Instructional Support for Gifted/Talented and Advanced Academics, Northside ISD
Kimberly Stewart has been in gifted education for 23 years. She was an elementary GT specialist for 18 years and has served her district in the role of instructional support for gifted programs at all levels since 2015. Her primary tasks include supporting district GT specialists... Read More →
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Javetta Jones Roberson

Dean of Instruction/Doctoral Candidate, Birdville ISD/Texas A&M University-Commerce
Javetta Jones-Roberson is a high school Dean of Instruction & doctoral candidate at Texas A & M University-Commerce. Her research focus is culturally responsive leadership practices towards underrepresented populations in Gifted and Advanced Placement programs. Javetta serves on the... Read More →
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Melanie Meyer

PhD Student/AP Language Teacher, University of North Texas/McKinney ISD
Melanie Meyer has been a classroom teacher in Texas for over 20 years, with experience in GT and advanced academics settings. She is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in gifted and talented education at the University of North Texas. Her research... Read More →
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Catherine Little

Professor, University of Connecticut
Catherine Little is a professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. She teaches courses in gifted and talented education and in the undergraduate honors program in education, and she was recognized as a University Teaching Fellow in 2012.


Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Oaks EF JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm

Gifted Leaders and How to Identify Them
What is leadership? What do gifted leaders look like? How can we identify them? Participate in activities that will help you define leadership and show how social and emotional intelligence may indicate leadership strengths. Learn what one school district is doing to identify leaders in grades 4-11. Join the conversation!

Please bring a device to use, and be ready to use Nearpod.  The code for the Nearpod activity is: VEZLO

Click HERE for the Prezi link.

Speakers
avatar for Carlyn Fryberger

Carlyn Fryberger

Gifted & Talented Specialist in Leadership, San Antonio ISD
Carlyn is a former science educator of 13 years who answered a calling to help gifted learners 6 years ago. She has focused on identifying alternative traits of gifted students. She is the IS at SAISD tasked with identifying and serving gifted student leaders as a part of a Jacob... Read More →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Oaks AB JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm

Integrating STEM & Social Emotional Learning Through Literature
Interact with literature that addresses the engineering process and emotional needs of elementary gifted students. Each book will have an interactive design challenge that participants will complete during the session. We will compile the texts and their uses to create a list of supports that can be immediately applied.

Speakers
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Blythe Brown

Advanced Academics, Clear Creek ISD
Blythe Brown is an Advanced Academics Specialist in Clear Creek ISD and has 20 years of experience teaching gifted children. Blythe has presented at TAGT for 4 years, sharing her love of innovative ideas. Her experience ranges from self contained upper elementary, Math Coach, Advanced... Read More →
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Susie Carpenter

Advanced Academics, Clear Creek ISD
Susie Carpenter graduated from Texas A&M and has been teaching for Clear Creek ISD for 16 years. She was a fourth and fifth grade ELA teacher for fourteen years and now works in the Advanced Academics department in CCISD.
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Jennefer Arrington

Advanced Academics Specialist, Clear Creek ISD
Jennefer Arrington is an educator with 20 years of experience. She has 10 years of experience training and teaching adult learners. She is an experienced district presenter with a love of learning.


Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Oaks CD JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm

MATHCOUNTS: Challenging Problem-Solving and Competition
How can you make mathematics challenging and exciting? MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, coaching, and competition program that increases enthusiasm for and enhances achievement in middle school mathematics classrooms. Teachers are provided resources that meet national standards and which encourage higher-level thinking. Come have fun and get free materials!

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Iris Folger

Math Consultant, Texas Society of Professional Engineers
Iris Folger graduated from Midland High and West Texas State University, where she was selected as Student Teacher of the Year. She taught math courses for 29 years while being selected multiple times for inclusion in "Who's Who Among Teachers in America". She coached winning competition... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cibolo 10-11 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm

Storytime STEAM
Our goal of the session is to share ideas on how to use mentor texts and open-ended materials to engage students in hands-on challenges through interactive read alouds. Participants will learn tips on how to choose mentor texts, design challenges, and how to implement STEAM across the curriculum.

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Moon Hernandez

Gifted & Talented Specialist, San Marcos CISD
Passionate about literacy and STEM, I am currently in my 23rd year of teaching in San Marcos, TX. I spent 21 years in the general education classroom. I am currently the Gifted & Talented Specialist for K-5. I love creating fun learning experiences for my students that will enrich... Read More →
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Hilda Bazaldua

Gifted and Talented Specialist, San Marcos CISD
I am dedicated to being creative and engaging in the classroom through the integration of literacy and STEAM. After earning my M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Texas State University, I have devoted my professional life to gifted education, sharing teaching best practices, and... Read More →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Begonia/Bottlebrush JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm

Supporting the Artistically Gifted
Are you raising or teaching a visual artist, musician, dancer, actor, or playwright? How do you encourage and support children who are gifted in visual or performing arts? Let’s discuss what we should be doing to identify our artistically gifted and how to nurture/develop them to their full potential.

Speakers
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Folly Ligh

Parent Rep, TAGT Board of Directors
Folly Jee Ligh is the parent representative on the TAGT Board of Directors and a certified SMPG facilitator. She advocates for the gifted, volunteers in the community and school parent groups, and enjoys the challenging journey of raising two amazing teenagers. Her current interests... Read More →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Freesia JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm

Using Data to Build Efficient G/T Identification and Differentiation
This session will discuss how to use data from multiple sources to build efficient identification of G/T students and to differentiate education for those students. Each attendee will share their process and participate in building a sample process flow for identification of G/T student using student data.

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Steve Navarre

CEO, Project Education
Steve Navarre is the CEO and co-founder of Project Education. Before Project Education, Steve spent 30 years in education and non-educational technology specializing in data management and data systems.
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Mellony Deuel

CAO, Project Education
Mellony Deuel is the Chief Academic Officer and co-founder of Project Education. Before Project Education, Mellony spent more than 30 years as an educator in school districts across the country, 19 years as the compliance officer in a large Texas district.


Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Oaks NO JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm

giftED Exchange: Enrichment Strategies for Gifted Learners
How can you enrich the learning inside and outside of the classroom for your gifted students? Join us for this fast-paced giftED Exchange session! giftED Exchange sessions allow attendees to experience a variety of creative teaching techniques that can be applied immediately in the gifted classroom. Each presentation will be repeated speed-dating style for a full hour. Come prepared to walk away with resources, tips, tools, and enrichment ideas you can immediately implement with your students! Sponsored by Vanderbilt University Programs for Talented Youth

Full handout with table descriptions attached below. Tables include:
Table #1: Asking Complex Questions for Social Studies Analysis
Table #2: We Choose Graphic Novels!
Table #3: Using Instant Challenges to Engage, Extend, and Enrich
Table #4: Making Time for Student Conferences With Horizontal Differentiation
Table #5: Building Menus for Enrichment
Table #6: Asking Complex Questions for Literary Analysis
Table #7: Creating Choice Boards With Depth & Complexity
Table #8: Games Galore for Gifted Kids
Table #9: Potential vs Kinetic Energy
Table #10: Tinker, Dabble and Doodle
Table 11: Morphing Into a Scholar Using 10 Transformative Behaviors



Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)

4:00pm

Learning Lab: SystemsGo, Inspiring Tomorrow's Innovators With Rockets!
Ever wanted to build a rocket?  Now’s your chance!  Come build a rocket with us and hear about the SystemsGo STEM Curriculum that is challenging students and changing lives across the State of Texas and New Mexico!

Speakers
avatar for Rebekah Hyatt

Rebekah Hyatt

Program Director, SystemsGo
Rebekah has been the Program Director for SystemsGo since 2016. Prior to 2016, she taught the curriculum for 8 years and witnessed firsthand how it changed the lives of students, transforming them into competent, independent thinkers.  Her goal as Program Director is to give all... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Playground (Exhibit Hall)

4:30pm

Honorary Texans Meet-Up
Not from Texas? Don't worry, we won't hold it against you! Join other attendees from
outside of Texas to connect and share news from your state. (And consider yourself an honorary Texan while you're at giftED19.)

Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
TAGT HQ

5:00pm

University Meet-Up
Network with other university professors and graduate students, share current research, and suggest opportunities for partnerships.

Wednesday December 4, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand Oaks EF JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

5:30pm

Diversity, Equity, and You: A Convening for Diverse G/T Educators and Their Allies
It is difficult to separate the equitable identification and outcomes for underrepresented populations in gifted education from the lack of teacher diversity. We know the impact teachers of color have on the identification of students of color in gifted programs and for maintaining high expectations for students whose genius we typically leave on the table. With this in mind, thinkLaw is excited to host this convening for diverse G/T educators and allies committed to increasing the diversity of our gifted teaching force. This event will include a brief summary of opportunities and barriers for diversifying G/T education, ideas for next steps leaders and TAGT can take to overcome these barriers, and lots of opportunities to network and build coalitions with leaders eager to increase diversity in the ranks of G/T educators.
Sponsored by thinkLaw

Speakers
avatar for Colin Seale

Colin Seale

Founder/CEO thinkLaw, thinkLaw
Colin is the Founder and CEO of thinkLaw, a program that uses real-life legal cases to teach critical thinking to all students. Colin created thinkLaw while he was teaching during the day and going to law school at night. He realized that ALL students needed access to the high-quality... Read More →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Bluebonnet/Dogwood JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:00pm

Escape the Tesseract: A NuMinds Team-Building Challenge of Cosmic Proportions!
Join us for an escape room-style team challenge in which your knowledge of G/T JUST might be crucial. Even the updated State Plan seems to be implicated, but luckily we have an online tool laced with hidden clues that will help guide you and your team to the promised land of equal access and sublime differentiation. Oh, and also escape the repressive alien mind control exerted by their giant tesseract!

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Justin Vawter

NuMinds Enrichment
Justin Vawter lives on the fringe of education, a creative spark working tirelessly to redefine the educational narrative and make the learning experience more impactful and meaningful. He holds a Masters degree in Curriculum Design and Instruction from the University of North Texas... Read More →
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Ben Koch

CEO, NuMinds Enrichment
Ben Koch is driven to unite people to a greater vision and cause in education and self-development. Through coaching, teaching, and delivering progressive workshops and talks he seeks to expand horizons in education, leadership, and personal development. Driven to make a broader impact... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:00pm

The Mask You Live In Documentary Screening
The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men. Join TAGT for a screening of and conversation about this important documentary film. See the trailer at https://vimeo.com/83493676

Wednesday December 4, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Cibolo 5 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel