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Wednesday, December 4
 

10:15am CST

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 Learning Programs and Services, 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 11th year... Read More →


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

10:15am CST

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 CST
Freesia JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:30am CST

"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, McKinney ISD
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 CST
Goldenrod JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:30am CST

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 CST
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm CST

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

GT 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 →
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.
avatar for Heather Caldwell

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 CST
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel
 
Thursday, December 5
 

7:30am CST

Breathing to Breathe
This is an introductory lesson on types of yoga breathing that if used in your classrooms could help your students learn how to calm themselves, relieve test anxiety, and reduce stress.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Brewer

Jacqueline Brewer

GT Enrichment Teacher, Advanced Academics Waco ISD
Jacqueline Brewer lives in Waco, Texas with her husband. She has one son, Clark, and one daughter, Alexandra. Jacqueline has over 20 years of teaching experience and is currently a GT Enrichment Teacher for Waco ISD. She has a passion for fitness and health participating in numerous... Read More →



Thursday December 5, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Grand Oaks CD JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am CST

Let’s Talk: What to Expect When You’re Expected to Teach Gifted Students
Brand-new to gifted education? Unsure of where to find the resources, information, and guidance you need? You’re not alone! These experts can answer all of your questions about what to expect when you’re expected to teach gifted students.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Inman

Tracy Inman

Associate Director, The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU
Tracy Ford Inman, Ed. D., associate director of The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University, is active on the state, national, and international levels in gifted education, working the educators, parents, and gifted students. She serves on NAGC’s board (parent representative... Read More →
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Julia Roberts

Executive Director, The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU
Julia Link Roberts is the Mahurin Professor of Gifted Studies. She is the Executive Director of The Center for Gifted Studies and The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky. She is President of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children and a member of the board... Read More →
avatar for Kari Lockhart

Kari Lockhart

Advanced Academics Coordinator, Lovejoy ISD
Kari Lockhart has served the public education system for 10 years in a variety of roles, including gifted and talented teacher, campus coordinator, and district coordinator. She has a master's degree in educational psychology, focusing on gifted education, and is now pursuing a doctoral... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Grand Oaks EF JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am CST

Twice-Exceptional Students and G/T Services
Often, twice-exceptional learners are misdiagnosed or misidentified as a result of misconceptions regarding their needs and appropriate service options. The school community must be able to respond to their unique exceptionalities and potentialities. Investigate the TEA G/T Equity website with the lead of the TEA 2e Task Force.

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 →


Thursday December 5, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Bluebonnet/Dogwood JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:00am CST

A Parent's Guide to School Jargon and Advocacy for Gifted Learners
Your child needs more challenge at school but how do you ask for that? What do you ask for? How are strategies such as differentiation, higher level thinking, depth, complexity, grouping, or compacting defined and implemented? Learn definitions, advocacy approaches and the research behind commonly used strategies in gifted education.

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 →


Thursday December 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Freesia JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:00am CST

Advocating for Important Policies: Why and How?
Advocating for policy is important at the school, district, and state levels; and policies that support gifted education will be discussed. Effective advocacy will be described as will characteristics of dreaded advocates. This session will provide participants with the opportunity to outline an advocacy plan important to them.

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Julia Roberts

Executive Director, The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU
Julia Link Roberts is the Mahurin Professor of Gifted Studies. She is the Executive Director of The Center for Gifted Studies and The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky. She is President of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children and a member of the board... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Grand Oaks RS JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel
  Breakout, Law and Policy

11:00am CST

Early Childhood: Precocity and Gaps in Educational Opportunities
Quality early childhood learning experiences can help level the playing field for students who have been traditionally underserved in gifted education programs. However, many students do not have access to these enriched educational opportunities. This session will highlight research-based interventions to combat the lingering impacts of early opportunity gaps.

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 →
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Leah Murphy

PhD Student/Teacher, University of North Texas
Leah Murphy has taught in both Oklahoma and Texas over her 5 years as a classroom teacher. She completed her Master’s degree in 2017 and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in gifted and talented at the University of North Texas. Her research interests... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Grand Oaks CD JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:00am CST

Guiding Development: The Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners
Many students who are gifted have low self-concepts after starting school. Explore the unique social emotional needs of the gifted learner, discover how to support those needs in the educational environment, and apply what you learn to advocate for gifted learners.

Speakers
avatar for Randi Rasco

Randi Rasco

District Gifted and Talented Education Instructional Specialist, San Antonio ISD
Randi Rasco received her B.S. degree in Psychology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2002, and her M.A. degree in Community Counseling from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor on 2007. She has an EC-12 Special Education Certification and has worked as a GT facilitator... Read More →



Thursday December 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:00am CST

If You Love It, Let It Go: Popular Practices and Favorite Myths That Are Holding G/T Education Back
Massive upheavals are occurring in the world of G/T education. Changes in law, funding, public perception, and what science says are all creating challenges that G/T stakeholders must be nimble in addressing head on. Bring an open mind and an "unpopular opinion" and let's strategize about the future together!

Speakers
avatar for Clint Rodriguez

Clint Rodriguez

Gifted and Talented, and Advanced Academics Specialist, 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 →


Thursday December 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:15pm CST

And Then They Go to College . . .
In the K-12 environment, getting gifted/2e learner needs met is difficult, but doable. When they go to college, it's a whole different game. One small state university is attempting to meet the needs of underrepresented gifted/2e learners with a totally new program. Interactive discussion will take place.

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Lou Lloyd-Zannini

Advocate for Gifted/2e Learners, University College, UHV
Lou Lloyd-Zannini has been engaged in gifted education for more than twenty years, and has been training leaders at the school and district level since 1994. In his new role, he serves with the University College of UHV, where he is building and directing the Gifted/Twice-Exception... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST
Goldenrod JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

2:30pm CST

Bored to Distraction: How Failing to Identify Giftedness in Young Children Is a Problem for Everyone
We will explore the problems of nonidentification from a societal lens, asking questions about why gifted students slip through the cracks, and exploring the cost of failing to catch them. This gets to the heart of why we serve gifted students and explores potential and perceptions of these kids.

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 →
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Christine Westfall

Doctoral Student, Baylor University
Christine Westfall is a doctoral student at the Baylor University school of Educational Psychology, specializing in gifted and talented students. She holds a Master's Degree in Gifted and Talented studies, and is a teacher of gifted studies in Leander ISD.



Thursday December 5, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Azalea JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

2:30pm CST

Supporting Undocumented Students and Families From K-12 to Higher Education
Educators have the legal and moral responsibility to educate and support students regardless of their immigration status. This session will provide an overview of policies affecting undocumented students, best practices for creating safe and welcoming schools, and resources designed for K-12 educators supporting undocumented students.

Speakers
avatar for Viridiana Carrizales

Viridiana Carrizales

Co-Founder and CEO, ImmSchools
Viridiana was born in Michoacán, Mexico and immigrated with her family to the United States when she was 11 years old. In 2017, Viridiana co-founded ImmSchools, an organization that partners with K-12 educators to support undocumented students and families. Her passion for education... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Goldenrod JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel
 
Friday, December 6
 

9:00am CST

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.

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Marty DeLeon

Policy Consultant, TAGT



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

9:00am CST

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
avatar for Lisa Van Gemert

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 CST
Freesia JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

10:45am CST

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 →
avatar for Victor Rodriguez

Victor Rodriguez

Student, Southwest ISD
avatar for Abigail Weston

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 CST
Grand Oaks Ballroom G-M