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Wednesday, December 4
 

9:00am CST

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 Knowsys Educational Services LLC

Knowsys Educational Services LLC

President, Knowsys Educational Services LLC
Knowsys: helping students prepare for & succeed on standardized exams (PSAT,SAT, ACT, & TSI) since 2003. College Readiness: courses & curriculum for test preparation; college exploration, admissions essays, & applications; programs for 7th graders & PSAT National Merit Potentials... 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 CST
Grand Oaks AB JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

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 of Gifted and 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 CST
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

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 CST
Cibolo 5 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

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-Elementary, Fort Bend ISD
Crystal Wilson has 28 years of personal and professional experience with gifted education.  Crystal is currently employed as a GT Program Manager-Elementary for Fort Bend ISD.  She enjoys serving as a volunteer for TAGT. Her interests away from work include cycling, traveling, and... 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 CST
Grand Oaks NO JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

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 CST
Grand Oaks RS JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

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

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

3:20pm CST

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 CST
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)

5:30pm CST

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

Chief Executive Officer, ThinkLaw
Colin Seale was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, where struggles in his upbringing gave birth to his passion for educational equity. Tracked early into gifted and talented programs, Colin was afforded opportunities his neighborhood peers were not. Using lessons from his experience... Read More →



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

7:30am CST

Thinking Outside the Box: Spatial Skills in Advanced Academics
Spatial skills are associated with academic and career achievement, and recent research highlights the unique role these fundamental skills play in the advanced academic landscape. Focusing on spatial skills opens new doors for characterizing students and developing opportunities that foster the needs of a diverse range of advanced learners.

Thursday December 5, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Cibolo 10-11 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

7:40am CST

Research Pop-Up: Steps Toward Equity: Lessons Learned From Successful Districts
This study examined the five states with the largest student populations to determine how they were progressing with combating underrepresentation. These states also have some of the largest percentages of ELs, Black, and Latinx students. Using Ford’s (2014) RDCI and EI differences in representation between demographic characteristics were analyzed. This session will focus on sharing the trends and patterns that emerged from the analysis of the data, including the characteristics of districts experiencing the most success identifying students from historically underrepresented groups. Implications of the findings will be discussed. Coordinators will find this session beneficial. Learn more about research being conducted in gifted education in this short research presentation.

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Stacy Hayden

Doctoral Student, University of Connecticut
Stacy Hayden is a doctoral student in the Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development program at the University of Connecticut (UConn). Stacy received her B.S. in Elementary Education (2012) from Radford University and her M.A. in Gifted Education (2016) from UConn. Stacy taught... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 7:40am - 8:00am CST
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)

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

Let’s Talk: Culturally Responsive Classrooms
Improving equity and diversity in gifted programs starts with educators recognizing underrepresentation and evaluating their own understanding of culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse learners. But how do you build a culturally responsive classroom? These experts are here to guide you.

Speakers
avatar for Colin Seale

Colin Seale

Chief Executive Officer, ThinkLaw
Colin Seale was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, where struggles in his upbringing gave birth to his passion for educational equity. Tracked early into gifted and talented programs, Colin was afforded opportunities his neighborhood peers were not. Using lessons from his experience... Read More →
avatar for Brandi Marroquin

Brandi Marroquin

Gifted & Talented Implementation Specialist, San Antonio ISD
Brandi Marroquin received her B.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2007 and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in 2017 from The University of Texas at San Antonio. She has her EC-4 and 4-8 Generalist teaching certification, and a K-12 Interdisciplinary- STEAM certificate... 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.


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

11:00am CST

Owning Your Identity
Whether suffering from imposter syndrome, perfectionism, idealism, or just trying to fit into a social microcosm, gifted students benefit from stepping into their individual power. Join this session to unpack personal identity and stereotypes. Learn methods to facilitate discussions on beliefs, influences on identity, and the need for personal contributions.

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Thursday December 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Grand Oaks NO JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:00am CST

Selecting and Interpreting Tests for Identifying Gifted Students
The Texas State Plan requires multiple sources and assessments be used in identifying gifted students. This session will focus on how to select quality instruments and interpret assessment results when making decisions regarding the selection of gifted students. Practical evaluation forms and methods for interpreting assessment results will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Johnsen

Susan Johnsen

Professor Emerita, Baylor University
Susan K. Johnsen, PhD, is professor emerita of the Department of Educational Psychology at Baylor University. She is editor-in-chief of Gifted Child Today and has written more than 300 articles, monographs, technical reports, chapters, and other books related to gifted education... Read More →



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

11:00am CST

Underrepresentation in Gifted Education: Status and Action
Students from low-income families, who are learning English, and who are Black, Latinx, and Native American are severely underrepresented in gifted education programs. Only by understanding the extent of and reasons for underrepresentation can steps be taken to mitigate this important issue in gifted education.

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 →
avatar for C. Matthew Fugate

C. Matthew Fugate

Assistant Professor, University of Houston-Downtown
C. Matthew Fugate is assistant professor, Educational Psychology, at the University of Houston-Downtown. He received his doctorate in Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies from Purdue University. Previously, Matthew has worked as an elementary teacher, Gifted Coordinator, and Magnet... Read More →


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

12:05pm CST

Research Pop-Up: Professional Development Strategies to Enhance Culturally Responsive Gifted Education
Diverse gifted students best develop talents through implementation of culturally-responsive teaching. However, university programs and gifted professional development often pay little attention to the needs of these learners. This research will identify professional development practices that increase culturally-responsive teaching, and identify strategies to integrate these practices into gifted teacher development. This research can be applied to teacher education and professional development. This research can also increase the relevant, high-quality opportunities for talent development in culturally-diverse student populations. Learn more about research being conducted in gifted education in this short research presentation.

Speakers
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 12:05pm - 12:25pm CST
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)

1:00pm CST

Implementing Acceleration, Universal Screening, and Grouping: Administrators’ Viewpoints
This session will focus on three research-based practices in gifted education: acceleration, universal screening, and grouping. Acceleration and grouping are related to significant gains in student achievement. Universal screening increases access to gifted programs for underrepresented students Administrators will share their experiences and specific considerations for implementing these important practices.

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 →
avatar for Susan Johnsen

Susan Johnsen

Professor Emerita, Baylor University
Susan K. Johnsen, PhD, is professor emerita of the Department of Educational Psychology at Baylor University. She is editor-in-chief of Gifted Child Today and has written more than 300 articles, monographs, technical reports, chapters, and other books related to gifted education... Read More →
avatar for Marcy Voss

Marcy Voss

Education 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 →


Thursday December 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm 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

1:15pm CST

Considering Universal Screening for Increasing the Diversity of Students Identified for Gifted and Talented Programming
Using CogAT scores for differentiating instruction benefits all students and can maximize the positive benefits of testing time on student achievement. Building on student’s strengths while using appropriate scaffolding to shore up weaker areas will be demonstrated. This information is valuable when considering reasoning skills in classroom instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Lupina Vela

Lupina Vela

Senior Assessment Consultant, Riverside Insights
Senior Assessment Consultant with 23+ years, _x000D_Presented at National, State, Regional, and District Conferences_x000D_Former Public School Educator


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

1:15pm CST

Seeking Diverse Talent Using the SIGS-2 Observational Checklist
Observational checklists are valid tools for recognizing talent and potential in K-12 students. The SIGS-2 seeks to build on the 15-year tradition of the SIGS, helping schools identify diverse talent. Participants will gain an understanding of how the SIGS-2 is an effective screening and identification protocol for potentially gifted students.

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 →
avatar for Laila Sanguras

Laila Sanguras

Lecturer, Baylor University
Laila Y. Sanguras has over 20 years of experience in program evaluation, teaching, and curriculum development with an emphasis on language arts and digital learning environments. She earned her Ph.D. in research, measurement, and statistics from the University of North Texas and is... Read More →



Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST
Cibolo 3-4 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:15pm CST

The Rural Gifted: Influences and Challenges
Rural gifted programming is as unique as each rural community. Understanding the nature of rural gifted programming is essential to meeting this unique gifted student population’s needs. This session explores the intersection of gifted characteristics and rural culture as well as the challenges of providing gifted programming in rural settings.

Speakers
avatar for Cecelia Boswell

Cecelia Boswell

Founder, Austin Creek Education Systems
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 →
avatar for Katie Lewis

Katie Lewis

Associate Professor, York College of Pennsylvania
Katie D. Lewis, Ed.D. is an associate professor of education at York College of Pennsylvania. She is actively involved in the TAGT Research Division, serving as Past-Chair and the NAGC Professional Development Network, where she serves as the Past-Chair. Her main areas of research... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Graham

Kristin Graham

Gifted & Talented Facilitator, Spring Branch ISD
Kristin Graham, M.Ed is in her 12th year in education with K-12 teaching and leadership experience in rural, suburban, and urban areas in Texas and China. She enjoys working strategically with others to leverage meaningful learning opportunities for our students. She currently provides... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST
Cibolo 10-11 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

2:30pm CST

Beyond Talent Pools: Overcoming Barriers to Diversity in Gifted Programs
This session will offer an in-depth look at some of the latest research on the diversity gap as well as solutions-oriented approaches used by a large suburban district. Part of the State Plan track, this session will explore solutions for identifying and serving all students as noted in the new Texas State Plan.

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Wilson

Crystal Wilson

GT Program Manager-Elementary, Fort Bend ISD
Crystal Wilson has 28 years of personal and professional experience with gifted education.  Crystal is currently employed as a GT Program Manager-Elementary for Fort Bend ISD.  She enjoys serving as a volunteer for TAGT. Her interests away from work include cycling, traveling, and... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Cibolo 3-4 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

Discussing Practical Solutions for the New State Plan
The revised state plan takes us to the next level of G/T services by focusing on student outcomes, social-emotional learning, and equity for all gifted learners. The plan is well-intentioned, but without support, can appear daunting. Come gather resources that help you meet and exceed the newly revised State Plan.

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 →


Thursday December 5, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:30pm CST

Leveling the (Math) Playing Field to Promote Equity in Gifted Services
A student and administrator will share a presentation that will show how RRISD is actively working to eliminate disadvantages faced by females and underprivileged communities. Data is presented in partnership with a student-created, nonprofit organization for girls. We'll tie in effects of stereotype threat on TAG enrollment and possible solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Raine Maggio

Raine Maggio

Coordinator, Gifted Services K-12, Round Rock ISD
Raine currently serves as Coordinator of Gifted Services in Round Rock ISD. She has 20 plus years in gifted education teaching elementary and middle school, and now in a leadership. Raine was fortunate to receive last year's TAGT Administrator of the Year Award and continues her involvement... Read More →
avatar for Sejal Jain

Sejal Jain

Founder, Adorn with Attitude
Sejal Jain is a rising senior at Westwood High School and has been part of the RRISD family since elementary. She feels fortunate to have access to a variety of AP courses ranging from Calculus and Computer Science to Psychology and Music Theory. She is head coach of all-girls Math... Read More →



Thursday December 5, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm CST
Goldenrod JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:30pm CST

giftED Exchange: Strategies for Underrepresented Students
Get ready to fill your bucket with tons of strategies for serving underrepresented students in this fun, 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 lesson plans you can immediately use in your classroom. Sponsored by thinkLaw.

Table #1: Lessons Learned from Implementing Kindergarten Talent Development
Table #2: Underachieving GT Students-6 Hour PD Update
Table #3: Using Photographs to Enhance Critical Thinking
Table #4: Understanding, Identifying, and Meeting the Needs of Gifted Native American Students
Table #5: Chispas for Underrepresented Students
Table #6: A Deeper Look!
Table #7: Gift of Gab
Table #8: Sort It Out
Table #9: Why Combining Math and Social Justice Really Adds Up



Thursday December 5, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm CST
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)
 
Friday, December 6
 

7:30am CST

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 CST
Cibolo 1-2 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am CST

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 CST
Goldenrod JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

8:05am CST

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, 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 →


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

8:30am CST

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 CST
Bluebonnet/Dogwood JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

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 CST
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)

12:45pm CST

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, Belin Blank Center at the University of Iowa
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 psychology. Throughout her career, she has been especially interested in the identification of academic talent in elementary... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Dr. Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Administrator of the Acceleration Institute and Research, Belin Blank Center at the University of Iowa
Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Ph.D. is Administrator, Acceleration Institute and Research at the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center. Research interests include mathematically talented students and academic acceleration. Publications include: Developing Math Talent: A Comprehensive Guide... Read More →



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