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Friday, December 6
 

7:30am

21st-Century Mathematics
Project-based learning (PBL) and Mathematical Modeling (MM) tasks reveal low-floors and high-ceilings, which provide critical and challenging opportunities for gifted students. These tasks can be difficult to implement, especially in general mathematics classrooms. We strive to share helpful information and ideas that will make implementing these tasks doable at any grade level.

Speakers
avatar for Alana Tholen

Alana Tholen

Doctoral Candidate, University of Iowa
Alana M. Tholen is a Mathematics Education PhD Candidate at the University of Iowa. Her areas of interest include gifted mathematics education and racial equity within the mathematics classroom. She has taught secondary mathematics for the past five years and is currently teaching... Read More →
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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 →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Grand Oaks AB JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am

Beyond the Book Report: Promoting Critical and Creative Thinking Through Literary Analysis
Do you need engaging ways to assess students’ understanding of books read during independent reading? This session will include the presentation of alternative literary analysis assignments (book reports) that promote critical and creative thinking. The suggestions provided will emphasize higher order skills while cultivating student interest in reading.

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Kimberley Chandler

Senior Director of Learning and School Performance, Essex County Public Schools
Kimberley Chandler, Ph.D., is the Senior Director of Learning and School Performance in the Essex County Public Schools in Virginia. Her professional background includes teaching gifted students in a variety of settings, serving as an administrator of a school district gifted program... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Grand Oaks NO JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am

Blended Learning Centers in the Secondary Classroom
Yes! We said centers in secondary classes! With a shift in thinking, transform your classroom to focus on the individual learning needs of advanced learners. Blended learning offers avenues to differentiate, addresses various learning styles, allows students to learn at their own pace, and take ownership of their learning.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Shackelford

Stephanie Shackelford

Ed Tech Trainer, Mansfield ISD
Within her 20+ years in education, Stephanie has taught in the English, technology, and leadership classrooms. Her passion for utilizing technology in the classroom led her to the Educational Technology team in Mansfield ISD. She works with the Advanced Academics department to help... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Beckett

Melanie Beckett

Advanced Academics Instructional Coach 7-12, Mansfield ISD
Melanie has been an educator for over 20 years in Texas and New Mexico and has served on Advisory Councils for developing curriculum with the GT and advanced student in mind. As an Advanced Academics Instructional Coach, she shares her passion of meeting the needs of GT students by... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Begonia/Bottlebrush JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am

Books, Books, and More Books
Build on gifted students’ voracity for reading by pairing the characteristics of gifted learners with books featuring characters to whom they can relate. Everything from picture books to adult novels will be discussed. Gain a few new favorite books to share with your students.

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 →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Freesia JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am

Creating Strong Kids Through Writing: 30-Minute Lessons That Build Empathy, Self-Awareness and Social-Emotional Understanding
So many writing activities in today’s schools follow a standard format that is neither interesting nor purposeful for advancing student learning. This session is designed to change that. Participants will be presented with 12 writing lessons that enhance character, creativity and self-awareness, while engaging students in personal writing that they actually enjoy composing. While some of the activities are brief and humorous, others are extended and require introspection. Each classroom-tested lesson will be accompanied by student-generated responses that will help to turn even your most reluctant writers into wordsmiths.

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James R. Delisle

Distinguished Professor of Education (Retired), Kent State University
Dr. Jim Delisle has taught gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more than 40 years. Jim retired from Kent State University recently after 25 years of service as a professor of special education. Throughout his career, Jim has taken time away from college teaching... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Cibolo 5 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am

Engaging All Students in Learning; A Make-n-Take Workshop
Fill a portfolio with all new projects that teach skills "hands-on." Use the "rigor" of today's teaching and infuse research-based creative projects into your classroom that lead gifted students to be challenged with a differentiated curriculum piece that engages all! Fun, hands-on, creative, and motivational!

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Karen Simmons

teacher, The Bag Ladies and PBC School District
Karen Simmons is a veteran teacher in Palm Beach County, Fl. where she has been awarded numerous awards and merits. She and another teacher speak all over the USA to districts, schools, and groups on ways to keep gifted students engaged in learning. Since retirement she teaches art... Read More →
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Cindy Guinn

Teacher, The Bag Ladies and Palm Beach County School District
Cindy Guinn is a teacher in Palm Beach Co. , Florida. She is the winner of numerous awards and merits for her exceptional teaching. She speaks with Karen Simmons all over the USA and is a noted author of 4 books, and numerous thematic units. Mrs. Guinn runs the art gallery for her... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Cibolo 8-9 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am

More Mathematical Minds in the Multiage Mod: 2019 TAGT Innovation Award Winner
After an extensive review of research on best practices for gifted learners, the Klein ISD Gifted and Talented Guiding Coalition concluded that a self-contained, high-ability, multiage elementary class would be the ideal pilot program. Join us to learn about this innovative, successful program which earned the TAGT Innovation Award.

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Carie Barber

Program Coordinator, Klein ISD
Carie currently serves Klein ISD gifted learners as a Program Coordinator in the Advanced Academic Services Department. She leads the department in Identification and Assessment for gifted learners in Klein ISD.
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Kathleen Plott

Officer-Advanced Academic Services, Klein ISD
Kathleen Plott leads Advanced Academics for Klein ISD. She has served educational communities across the United States as a classroom teacher, content/technology specialist, grant writer/program manager, GT/Advanced Academic Program Coordinator, National Professional Development trainer... Read More →
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Carrie Raiyawa

Program Coordinator, Klein ISD
Carrie serves Klein ISD gifted learners as a Program Coordinator in the Advanced Academic Services Department. She leads the department in Professional Learning for gifted learners in Klein ISD.


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Grand Oaks EF JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am

Perspectives of Giftedness and Schooling: Gen X Talks With Gen Z
As the teaching workforce ages, the gap in generations may cause difficulties in connecting to today's youth. This presentation discusses the challenges of teaching gifted students through eyes of a Gen X and a Gen Z student. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences as well.

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Amanda Rudolph

Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University
Amanda M. Rudolph is a Professor in the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She joined the faculty in 2003 after completing her doctoral work at the University of Arkansas. She serves as the Graduate... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Cibolo 3-4 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am

Primarily Thinking
Want to infuse thinking skills into your primary grade classroom? Looking for activities to help with early identification? Seeking equitable representation of underrepresented populations? These examples of thinking-skills-based activities for primary-aged children work for whole-class lessons and as part of an equitable and early gifted identification process.

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 →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Cibolo 1-2 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am

Raising the Bar: Teaching ELs With Depth and Complexity
Discover how to increase the rigor of instruction and provide English Learners with the opportunity to exhibit in-depth, complex thinking while also increasing achievement and proficiency in English. Examples of instruction that integrates both depth and complexity and second language acquisition will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Marcy Voss

Marcy Voss

G/T Consultant, Educational Consultant
Marcy Voss, M.Ed., recently retired after 36 years in public education. During her career, she coordinated Gifted and Special Programs in several districts, as well as served on the Commissioner’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Council and the TAGT Board. Marcy currently serves as... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Bluebonnet/Dogwood JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am

Six Thinking Hats: Creative and Critical Thinking
Students require creativity and critical thinking skills to be successful in the 21st-century world. Many gifted students have great potential in these areas, but how can these skills be taught? This session will introduce deBono's Six Thinking Hats process, which requires participants to think about problems from varied perspectives.

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Kim Hardin

Assistant Professor, Abilene Christian University
Kim Hardin, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Department at Abilene Christian University. She spent ten years teaching in the Texas public schools where she served students from all academic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Her areas of focus while completing her... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Cibolo 10-11 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am

TEA Gifted/Talented Education Update (Repeat Session)
Hear the latest information pertaining to gifted/talented education in Texas, including the new Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students. TEA divisions will also share other highlights related to G/T.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Brewer

Monica Brewer

Statewide Coordinator, Gifted and Talented Education, Texas Education Agency
Monica Brewer is the Statewide Coordinator, Gifted/Talented (G/T) Education with the Texas Education Agency. In this role, Monica coordinates all aspects of G/T education and the Commissioner’s Advisory Council for Gifted/Talented Education. Before joining TEA in 2012, Monica worked... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am

Teaching Tenacity Through Social-Emotional Learning: Linking Research to Practice
What does the research say about gifted students’ achievement motivation? How can we teach tenacity, resilience, and emotional regulation so that students are able to thrive, even through challenges? See sample lesson plans and learn practical, engaging strategies that address the link between emotions and achievement motivation.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Mofield

Emily Mofield

Assistant Professor, Gifted Education Graduate Programs, Lipscomb University
Emily Mofield, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education teaching classes for the Doctor of Education Program and Gifted Education graduate studies. Her background includes 15 years of experience teaching gifted students and leading gifted services. She is the co-author... Read More →
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Megan Parker Peters

Associate Professor & Director of Teacher Education and Assessment, Lipscomb University
Dr. Megan Parker Peters is an Associate Professor and the Director of Teacher Education and Assessment at Lipscomb University. She is a licensed psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Parker Peters specializes in researching and assessing gifted and twice-exceptional... Read More →



Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am

Texas State Plan Work Session: Creating an Action Plan
The new Texas State Plan requires that for every area a district does not meet the level of compliance there is a plan to correct it with a timeline. Come work together with other district coordinators to get a jump start on this work.

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 →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Cibolo 6 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am

The Poverty-Disrupting Educator
Will you be the poverty-disrupting educator who will make a difference in the lives of the underserved gifted population? G/T students who live in poverty are increasingly left behind. Let's discuss strategies and practical applications to help change the trajectory of gifted students who may have otherwise be ignored.

Speakers
avatar for Sherry Johnson

Sherry Johnson

GT Trainer & Instructional Specialist, Cypress Fairbanks ISD
Sherry Johnson is the consummate educator, who is passionate about empowering individuals. She entered the field of education in 1996 and for the past thirteen years serves in Cypress Fairbanks ISD. She has earned the recognition of Spotlight Teacher of the Year and Elementary Math... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Goldenrod JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

8:05am

Research Pop-Up: Using Sternberg's Theory of Successful Intelligence and Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory as a Basis for Identification in G/T Programs
Populations within Gifted programs should mirror the demographics in today's schools. Historically, underrepresented populations in these programs include EL, Black, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged & 2e. Using Gardner & Sternberg's theories as a foundation for developing equitable identification & assessment measures in gifted programs can aid in issues of underrepresentation. This research will aid in program development, implementation and evaluation as directors and coordinators look to create more equitable gifted programs for all populations including those underserved within gifted. It will also have implications for those Secondary advanced level programs such as AP, Pre-AP, Dual Credit and IB. Learn more about research being conducted in gifted education in this short research presentation.

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 →


Friday December 6, 2019 8:05am - 8:25am
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)

8:30am

African American and LatinX Academically Gifted Males in U.S. Schools: Frameworks and Models of Success
This session will take an in-depth look at several theoretical frameworks and models with a critical focus on the Academically Gifted Black Male Engagement model and Scholar Identity Model. In this interactive session, attendees will have the opportunity to consider research related to African American and LatinX Males in P-20 school settings presented via discussions and video segments, apply research presented to their experiences in school settings, and share practical strategies used to support these student populations.

Speakers
avatar for Fred Bonner II

Fred Bonner II

Professor and Endowed Chair/Executive Director, Prairie View A&M University MACH-III Center
Fred A. Bonner II, Ed.D. is Professor and Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership and Counseling and Founding Executive Director of the Minority Achievement, Creativity and High-Ability (MACH-III) Center at Prairie View A&M University. His research examines gifted African American... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 8:30am - 10:30am
Bluebonnet/Dogwood JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

8:30am

Collaborate About Clustering: One District's Success Story With a Cluster Model
Learn how one district implements clustering GT students with high ability math students in general education classrooms. We will share aspects of our model and review some of the evidence that indicates it is working! Also, learn what we believe to be the KEY to our success!

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Stewart

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 →
avatar for Courtney Mayer

Courtney Mayer

Director of Gifted/Talented and Advanced Academics, Northside ISD
Courtney Mayer is the Director for GT and Advanced Academics in Northside ISD. She is also a College Board Consultant in the Southwestern Region where she has conducted workshops throughout the US and China. Courtney has written 8 books on topics in science education and was on the... Read More →



Friday December 6, 2019 8:30am - 10:30am
Grand Oaks PQ JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

8:30am

Differentiation and the Gifted Learner: From Fluff and Stuff to Depth and Complexity
When differentiating for gifted learners how do you know if your lesson is different or appropriately difficult? After defining terms like depth and complexity, learn three ways to differentiate instruction for gifted learners and practice applying models and frameworks to support your lesson planning in science, social studies, and ELA.

Speakers
avatar for Tamra Stambaugh

Tamra Stambaugh

Associate Professor; Executive Director, Vanderbilt University, Programs for Talented Youth
Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Programs for Talented Youth and an Associate Research Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. Stambaugh's research interests include gifted students living in rural settings, students of poverty, and curriculum and... Read More →
avatar for Eric Fecht

Eric Fecht

Educational Consultant, Vanderbilt University, Programs for Talented Youth
Eric Fecht serves as Educational Consultant and Professional Development and Special Projects Coordinator at Programs for Talented Youth. He received a B.A. in History and Secondary Education from Western Washington University, a M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and an Ed.D. in... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 8:30am - 10:30am
Grand Oaks RS JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

8:30am

Gifted Program Evaluation: Assessing Effectiveness
Participants will learn how to conduct a thorough evaluation of a gifted program to determine effectiveness. Participants will learn methods for organizing the evaluation, types of data to collect, and how to interpret and use findings to direct program improvement. Tips for success and pitfalls to avoid will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Kristie Speirs Neumeister

Kristie Speirs Neumeister

Professor, Ball State University
Kristie Speirs Neumeister, Ph.D. is a Professor of Educational Psychology at Ball State University where she directs the gifted licensure program and teaches graduate courses in educational psychology relating to gifted education. Throughout her career she has focused her research... Read More →
avatar for Virgina Burney

Virgina Burney

Instructor, Ball State University
Virginia H. Burney, Ph.D. is on the Educational Psychology faculty at Ball State University and is a consultant to school districts in the area of high ability education. She has worked K-12 as a principal, school counselor, guidance director, math teacher, and school board member... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 8:30am - 10:30am
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

8:30am

Mindsets & Media: The Influence of Social Media on the Gifted Brain
Join us for a humorous but thought-provoking look at how social media shapes the teenage (and adult!) brain, influencing our mindset, worldview, mental/emotional health and social interactions. Discover ways to help our gifted students foster more open-mindedness and a healthy self image, and engage in more meaningful classroom peer interactions.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Wells

Matt Wells

GT Trainer & Science Dept. Chair, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Matt is an award-winning teacher, workshop presenter, national educational consultant and GT trainer. Recipient of the National Association of Biology Teacher's "Outstanding Biology Teacher Award" and the TMA "Butler Award" for Science Teaching, Matt is also a past-president of the... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 8:30am - 10:30am
Grand Oaks AB JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

8:30am

Social-Emotional Enrichment, Acceleration, and Differentiation
This session will focus on how to use a developmental, standards-based approach to enrichment, acceleration, and differentiation for the social emotional learning of gifted students in order to identify and develop students' strengths and weaknesses. Learn how one school is trying to go beyond identification to servicing students' social-emotional needs.

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 →
avatar for Rebekah Swaim

Rebekah Swaim

Early Childhood Behavior Therapist, GRAND PRAIRIE ISD,ADMINISTRATION
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Tiffani Marich

Teacher, School for the Highly Gifted, Grand Prairie ISD
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Baneca Henson

Counselor, School for the Highly Gifted, Grand Prairie ISD
Baneca Henson started in the field of Special Education, as a paraprofessional in a self-contained classroom, in which students exhibited emotional and behavioral disturbances and spent the next 5 years as a Special Education Teacher. Most recently, she has served as a School Counselor... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 8:30am - 10:30am
Grand Oaks CD JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Creating and Consuming Media Messages With Purpose
Media messages are prevalent and powerful. As children are inundated with these messages, they make decisions about interacting with media, which affects how they see themselves, others, and the world. This session benefits middle school G/T teachers with an introduction to media’s effects on identity development combined with student activities.

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Jennifer Shewmaker

Dean: College of Education and Human Services, Abilene Christian University
As a school psychologist for the past twenty years, Dr. Shewmaker has worked with countless children and adolescents, and has seen the way that key media literacy skills impact the way that they respond to media messages. In the past several years, she has been speaking, researching... Read More →
avatar for Amy Boone

Amy Boone

Teaching and Learning Specialist, Abilene Christian University
Mrs. Boone is a Texas certified teacher and has taught students from pre-kindergarten through graduate school. She has written about positive media production. She currently works with university faculty on creating classrooms that maximizes learning based on research about how the... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Cibolo 1-2 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Dynamic Assessment for the Classroom
Dynamic assessment is sometimes used in the identification process. However, with a little shift in thinking it can also be an effective tool for the gifted and mixed-ability classrooms when students come with sometimes wildly different background experiences.

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Joe Russell

Advanced Learning Specialist, Richardson ISD
Joe Russell is a teacher of an amazing bunch of kids in in Richardson, TX. He has published research on several subjects related to G/T, but considers his most important contribution to the field to be the time spent in his classroom with his students. He lives in Plano, TX with his... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Cibolo 3-4 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Explore the Challenge Lab: Renzulli’s Schoolwide Enrichment Model on Steroids
Explore how Challenge Lab serves G/T, “undercover G/T,” and high-achieving children. Discover an innovative way to serve all students achieving academic mastery via extensions, inclusion, and STEAM. This dynamic model motivates students to master TEKS and think critically, thus boosting Level 3 STAAR scores. A fresh approach to differentiation!

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Lisa Davis

Gifted Education Consultant, Gifted Education Consultant
Lisa Davis was most recently a Challenge Lab teacher/Enrichment Specialist in Kerrville ISD, with over 30 years in Education. She holds a M.Ed. in School Leadership, with Special Education, Kindergarten, Early Childhood, & Principal certifications. Lisa has piloted special education... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Cibolo 10-11 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Gifted Student Transitions: What We Can Learn From the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
School transfers challenge all students, but those in gifted education programs may face additional obstacles due to varying program requirements between sending and receiving schools. The Interstate Compact offers guidance on easing transitions for military-connected students, but may also provide models for increasing equity and access for other mobile students.

Speakers
avatar for Melanie Meyer

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 →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Goldenrod JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Increasing Student Engagement With Choice, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Curiosity
This interactive session is part Choose-Your-Own-Adventure and part professional learning, where you are in the driver's seat! Your choices will guide the session through a series of ready-to-use lessons designed to pique and develop students’ curiosity. Regardless of the choices, everyone will leave with access to all of the activities!

Speakers
avatar for Brian Housand

Brian Housand

University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Program Coordinator
Dr. Brian Housand, is the coordinator of the Academically or Intellectually Gifted program at University of North Carolina Wilmington. Dr. Housand earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of Connecticut with an emphasis in both gifted education and instructional... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Cibolo 5 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Let’s Talk: Social-Emotional Lives of Gifted Students
Get equipped with strategies and tools to help children develop perseverance, resilience, healthy empathy, emotional intelligence, and more. These experts are prepared to answer your questions about gifted learners’ social-emotional needs and how to develop their social-emotional skills.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Fonseca

Christine Fonseca

Licensed Educational Psychologist, Author, Consultant, Christine Fonseca
Christine Fonseca is a licensed educational psychologist, critically acclaimed author, and a nationally recognized speaker on topics related to educational psychology, mental health, and giftedness. Using her experience consulting and coaching, Christine brings her expertise to Psychology... Read More →
avatar for Emily Mofield

Emily Mofield

Assistant Professor, Gifted Education Graduate Programs, Lipscomb University
Emily Mofield, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education teaching classes for the Doctor of Education Program and Gifted Education graduate studies. Her background includes 15 years of experience teaching gifted students and leading gifted services. She is the co-author... Read More →
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Megan Parker Peters

Associate Professor & Director of Teacher Education and Assessment, Lipscomb University
Dr. Megan Parker Peters is an Associate Professor and the Director of Teacher Education and Assessment at Lipscomb University. She is a licensed psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Parker Peters specializes in researching and assessing gifted and twice-exceptional... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Grand Oaks EF JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

NASA's Artemis Mission: Forward to Moon by 2024
This session will share with you NASA's current and future missions that will take humans to the Moon and on to Mars. How we will get there and what are our plans once we arrive? Come with your curiosity and questions about our next giant leap and how you can apply this to your classroom.

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 →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Cibolo 8-9 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Never Enough Time: Sustainable Tools for Designing Powerful Critical Thinking Units
In a perfect world, there would be ample time for collaboration between G/T staff and classroom teachers, but it seems that time is always in short supply. Learn quick, easy-to-implement, critical thinking strategies you can share with other educators today that require very little prep time!

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Pfeiler

Sarah Pfeiler

Curriculum and Training Manager, thinkLaw
Sarah Pfeiler spent 14 years as a classroom teacher in private schools, charter schools, and in traditional public school and taught a variety of subjects in grades K-12. Sarah brings her years of educational experience to her role as Curriculum and Training Manager for thinkLaw... Read More →



Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Cibolo 6 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Next Level Differentiation: Infusing Creative and Critical Thinking in Learning Design
The goal for gifted education includes developing skills in thinking, research, communication, and self-directed learning. Teachers can take differentiation to the next level to accomplish all four of those skills by intentionally infusing creative thinking and critical thinking in the curriculum. This session focuses on the infusion lesson design technique.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Kettler

Todd Kettler

Associate Professor, Baylor University
Todd Kettler is associate professor of educational psychology in the School of Education at Baylor University where he also coordinates programs in gifted and talented education.



Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Begonia/Bottlebrush JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

STEAMSS! Innovate Through Social Studies
Social studies includes hundreds of stories about real-world creative problem solvers. Explore these stories and challenge students to design related solutions. Teams will design advertising for Stephen F. Austin, a map protector for Lewis and Clark, and a disguise for Santa Anna. Learn social studies while developing 21st-century skills!

Speakers
avatar for Susan Gallander

Susan Gallander

Creative Director, Mind Missions
After 25 years in a variety of educational settings, Susan Gallander was inspired to provide engaging G/T experiences for ALL students. Using her master's degree in Social Studies curriculum and instruction, Ms. Gallander created hundreds of teacher-friendly lessons that incorporate... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Azalea JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

TAGT Legislative Update
Now that the 86th Legislative Session is over and House Bill 3 is underway, TAGT Policy Consultant Marty DeLeon will let you know what HB3 and other education bills mean for gifted education, what comes next, and how you can help advocate for gifted education in the future.

Speakers
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Marty DeLeon

Policy Consultant, TAGT


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

The Journey From Meets to Masters: Depth and Complexity Meets the 4 Parallels
Many gifted children fail to show growth even with the benefit of gifted programming. Growing gifted kids isn't about flash, but substance. Ditch the dog-and-pony show and embrace high-quality, intentional planning by learning to integrate two of the most powerful design tools available. Easy to do across grades and subjects!

Speakers
avatar for Clint Rodriguez

Clint Rodriguez

GT/Advanced Academics Consultant, ESC Region 11
Clint Rodriguez is the GT and Advanced Academics Consultant for ESC Region 11. Previously he served as the district-wide Secondary GT Specialist in Richardson ISD. He taught at ASPIRE Academy for the Highly Gifted in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and has a master's degree in religion... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Grand Oaks NO JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

The Not-So-Fab Four: Mental Health & Gifted Youth
Four conditions account for the majority of mental health issues experienced by gifted youth. Explore how the issues of ADHD, mood disorders, depression, and conduct disorder impact schools, what these issues look like in gifted youth, and how to recognize and handle them. Looking for practical ideas? You found them.

Speakers
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Lisa Van Gemert

Creator, Gifted Guru
Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in education with audiences around the world. She is an expert consult to television shows including Lifetime’s "Child Genius," a writer of award-winning lesson plans, numerous articles on social psychology and pedagogy, and the book, Perfectionism... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Freesia JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

giftED Exchange: Identification and Assessment Strategies for Gifted Learners
Wanting to learn more about what other schools are doing to identify their students, or get important information on tools you can use now for identification and assessment purposes? Join us for this fast-paced giftED Exchange session! giftED Exchange sessions allow attendees to experience a variety of identification and assessment solutions that can be applied immediately in your school. Each presentation will be repeated speed-dating style for a full hour. Come prepared to walk away with identification resources you can use in your gifted education programs. Sponsored by Pearson.

Table #1: SIGS-2: Revised and Renormed
Table #2: Why Ability?
Table #3: Handbooks and Forms
Table #4: Ravens 2
Table #5: Let Them Doodle!
Table #6: Using the HOPE Scale to Identify Underserved Populations
Table #7: Multiple Measures for Identification
Table #8: Examining Nomination and Identification Trend Data
Table #9: NNAT 3



Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)

9:00am

Learning Lab: Stealth STEM With KEVA Planks
Sneak STEM into any subject you teach with games and fun challenges.You will be creating bridges, flowers, architecture, and much more with impromptu challenges using fun and interactive KEVA Planks. Individual, partner, and group projects will give you a first-hand understanding of how open-ended challenges can be so powerful and yet so easy to lead. It's a practical teaching method you can implement immediately.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ken Scheel

Dr. Ken Scheel

Director/Founder, KEVA Planks Education
Dr. Ken Scheel is a “Block” Expert, International Education Consultant, Top Ranked Presenter, Award-winning Professional Toy Inventor, Maker space advocate, Founder and Chief Education Officer at KEVA Planks Education. As an international informal education resource for science... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Playground JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

10:00am

Secondary Educators Meet-Up
Network with other secondary G/T educators and share your favorite tools and strategies for working with the unique needs of this age group.

Friday December 6, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
TAGT HQ

10:10am

Research Pop-Up: Effects of Participation in Computer Science Activities on Attitudes and Interests of Gifted Elementary Students
There is a global push in computer science however, we need to know more about the impact of exposing gifted and talented elementary students to computer science. There is a gap in the literature about elementary students’ attitudes and perceptions of computer science and even fewer studies about GT students. What happens to student interest in computer science when first through sixth grade GT students participate in computer science activities? This Action Research conducted in a GT classroom explores the effects of offering computer science activities on students' attitudes and interests in future computer science activities and careers. Learn more about research being conducted in gifted education in this short research presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Byrnes

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.


Friday December 6, 2019 10:10am - 10:30am
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)

10:15am

Parents Meet-Up
Meet other parents of G/T students and share your guidance and advice for one another for understand your gifted children.

Friday December 6, 2019 10:15am - 10:45am
TAGT HQ

10:45am

MasterMind Session: #whyGT
To truly know and serve our gifted students, we must do more than hear their voices, we must understand their stories. Bringing our advocacy and awareness campaign, #whyGT to life in a TED-Talk style storytelling session, TAGT invites you to hear from five Texas G/T students as they share how G/T has impacted them, what motivates and drives them, and #whyGT matters in their lives. Sponsored by Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, University of Texas at Austin.

Faith Borkataky-Varma is a junior at St. Agnes Academy in Houston. Faith plays in the Chamber Orchestra and serves on the philanthropy committee of her school's student council. Every summer, Faith travels to India to volunteer at a school for children with special needs to teach reading, writing, and tasks of daily living. She also co-chairs the Hope for Three Teen Huddle, which supports siblings of children on the spectrum. As president of her school's Autism Awareness club, Faith hopes to spread awareness and raise funds through bake sales, school spirit events, and the stories she’ll be sharing at giftED.

Hana Bredstein is a freshman at University of Texas at Austin. She is studying international relations and enjoys running. She was identified as gifted in elementary school and experienced a variety of educational approaches as her family moved throughout the country. By seeing the different policies and levels of funding for G/T education (no other place compared to Texas), Hana found that there are many different paths from public to private to skipping grades, but the teachers and mentors along the way were what really made a difference.

Jayden Gathers is a sophomore who attends John M. Harlan High School in San Antonio and has been a part of the G/T program since the third grade. He enjoys playing a multitude of sports, including but not limited to basketball, football, and track. In his free time, Jayden enjoys spending time with family and friends but he also asks himself psychological questions and likes to think about the world and its mysteries. Jayden will be discussing how someone like him is looked at differently and why G/T has ultimately caused people to treat him differently as well.

Victor Rodriguez is a 16-year-old junior at Southwest Legacy High School in San Antonio. Victor proudly comes from a Mexican family. He has taken AP, Dual-Credit, Honors, and college-related classes throughout high school. Victor will share about how his heritage and specific family environment has helped him grow as a person and student.

Abigail Weston is a freshman at Round Rock High School. She enjoys running cross country, playing soccer, and participating in various school activities. Abigail’s gifted experience is unique in that she was also enrolled in a dual language program when identified for gifted education in third grade. She has reaped many benefits from the combined exposure to both of these programs. Her talk will highlight the challenging yet rewarding aspects of her journey as a dual language student.

Speakers
avatar for Faith Borkataky-Varma

Faith Borkataky-Varma

Student, St. Agnes Academy
Faith Borkataky-Varma is a junior at St. Agnes Academy in Houston. Faith plays in the Chamber Orchestra and serves on the philanthropy committee of her school's student council. Every summer, Faith travels to India to volunteer at a school for children with special needs to teach... Read More →
avatar for Hana Bredstein

Hana Bredstein

Student, University of Texas
Hana Bredstein is a freshman at University of Texas at Austin. She is studying international relations and enjoys running. She was identified as gifted in elementary school and experienced a variety of educational approaches as her family moved throughout the country. By seeing the... Read More →
avatar for Jayden Gathers

Jayden Gathers

Student, Northside ISD
Jayden Gathers is a sophomore who attends John M. Harlan High School in San Antonio and has been a part of the G/T program since the third grade. He enjoys playing a multitude of sports, including but not limited to basketball, football, and track. In his free time, Jayden enjoys... Read More →
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Victor Rodriguez

Student, Southwest ISD
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Abigail Weston

Student, Round Rock ISD
Abigail Weston is a freshman at Round Rock High School. She enjoys running cross country, playing soccer, and participating in various school activities. Abigail’s gifted experience is unique in that she was also enrolled in a dual language program when identified for gifted education... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
Grand Oaks Ballroom G-M

12:45pm

Acceleration Summit
Research indicates the benefits of accelerating students, yet many districts still face the challenge of creating and implementing acceleration policies. Further, the revision of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students calls for schools to provide opportunities for students to accelerate in their areas of strength (Section 4.5), employ flexible pacing (Section 4.6), and implement schedule modifications to meet individual student needs (Section 4.7).

Whether you need help with whole-grade or subject-specific acceleration, early entrance to kindergarten, or early entrance to college, this unique professional learning opportunity will answer your questions about acceleration, share the research behind this practice, and give you evidence-based strategies for implementation.

Featuring top experts in acceleration practices, Susan Assouline and Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik of University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center, along with Texas-based practitioners who have made acceleration work in their districts, participants will walk away with a stronger knowledge base and a collection of resources for furthering this practice in their districts.

Agenda:
12:45 p.m.-12:50 p.m.: Welcome/Intro
12:50 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Keynote: Acceleration: Making Informed Decisions: Susan Assouline & Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Belin-Blank Center, University of Iowa
1:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.: Statutes and State Policies Around Acceleration in Texas: Monica Simonds, Richardson ISD
1:45 p.m.-1:50 p.m.: Break
1:50 p.m.-2:20 p.m.: Mini-Breakouts/Roundtables (3-4):
--Feeling Overwhelmed? Acceleration for Beginners: Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Belin-Blank Center
--Making Decisions About Whole-Grade Acceleration: Susan Assouline, Belin-Blank Center
--How to Create Early Entrance to College Programs on Limited Resources: Ashlee Duncan, Waco ISD
--Acceleration in Mathematics: Susan Johnsen, Baylor University
2:20 p.m.-2:25 p.m.: Break
2:25 p.m.-2:55 p.m.: Mini-Breakouts/Roundtables (3-4): Topics TBD
--How to Be an Advocate for Acceleration: Finding Your Leverage Points: Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Belin-Blank Center
--Acceleration and Twice-Exceptional Students: Susan Assouline, Belin-Blank Center
--Impact of Accelerated Extracurricular Programs: Tamra Stambaugh, Vanderbilt PTY
--Developing Acceleration Policies in Your District: Marcy Voss, Educational Consultant
--Within-Class and Content-Based Acceleration How Tos: Sara Mooney, Richardson ISD

2:55 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: Break
3:00 p.m.-3:25 p.m.: Administrator/Practitioner Panel: District Challenges and Solutions for Effective Acceleration: Holly Mohler, Grand Prairie ISD; Monica Simonds, Richardson ISD; Linda Autrey, Nacogdoches ISD; Nicole Williams, Tyler ISD (Moderator)
3:25 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Closing/Reflection

Speakers
avatar for Susan Assouline

Susan Assouline

Director, University of Iowa, Belin-Blank Center
Susan G. Assouline is the director of the Belin-Blank Center, holds the Myron and Jacqueline N. Blank Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, and is a professor of school psychologyThroughout her career, she has been especially interested in identification of academic talent in elementary... Read More →
avatar for Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Administrator, Acceleration Institute and Research, University of Iowa, Belin-Blank Center
Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Ph.D. is Administrator, Acceleration Institute and Research at the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center. She founded and directed the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Talented Elementary Students (C-MITES) at Carnegie Mellon University for 22 years. She co-authored... Read More →



Friday December 6, 2019 12:45pm - 3:30pm
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel