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Wednesday, December 4
 

9:00am CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Andrews

Caitlin Andrews

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

Kimberly Blake

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



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

9:00am CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Denise Ahlquist

Denise Ahlquist

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


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

9:00am CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Todd Stanley

Todd Stanley

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


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

10:15am CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Kate Wells

Kate Wells

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


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

11:30am CST

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

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

11:30am CST

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

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Traci Guidry

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


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

11:30am CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Torres

Jessica Torres

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


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

4:00pm CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Deniece Frideley

Deniece Frideley

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

Christine Grimm

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



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

7:30am CST

Integrating Science and ELA Instruction to Add Depth and Complexity
How do you support your advanced students and fit in-depth science instruction into an already packed day? Integrate and differentiate! Apply an anchor text, easy-to-use questioning models, and concept development to create differentiated science and ELA instruction for primary students. Apply demonstrated models to your own science and ELA content!

Speakers
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 →


Thursday December 5, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Cibolo 8-9 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:00am CST

Becoming a Meddler-in-the-Middle
Rather than being a Sage-on-the-Stage or a Guide-on-the-Side, learn to become the Meddler-in-the-Middle. Instead of rushing into save students with the right answer, the Meddler-in-the-Middle intentionally creates puzzling situations to stretch gifted students’ thinking. Come experience a collection of activities designed to promote creativity in you and your students!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Brian Housand

Dr. Brian Housand

Keynote Speaker, NCAGT
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 →


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

11:00am CST

Daily Wonderings & Genius Minutes: Finding Ways to Fit Curiosity, Passion, and Wonder Into Everyday Activities
Gifted students are naturally curious, but they tend to lose this in the classroom. This fun session will explore the benefits and advantages of curiosity and ways to stimulate your students’ interests in multiple ways everyday. Participants will also learn ways to support students in finding and exploring their passions.

Speakers
avatar for Sheila Mulbry

Sheila Mulbry

Gifted Facilitator, Lockhart ISD
Sheila Mulbry currently serves as a TAG Facilitator with Lockhart Independent School District. She is a constant advocate for gifted students and their special needs, and has presented staff development on gifted education at the local, district, state, and national levels for the... Read More →



Thursday December 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Cibolo 8-9 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:00am CST

Real-World Independent Projects: Take Your Students to the Next Level!
Excite students with fun topics to explore and research. Learn to provide a framework, yet allow interests, ability, and learning style to guide content, process, and product. This teacher presentation demonstrates project creation and management. Provide high-level, interdisciplinary challenge while alleviating your workload. View student portfolios/exhibits. Excellent handouts!

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Danielle Oehler

Elementary Gifted & Talented Specialist, Round Rock ISD
Danielle Oehler is a Elementary Gifted and Talented Specialist for Round Rock ISD. She has been a TAG Specialist for 5 years teaching K-5.
avatar for Melanie Bondy

Melanie Bondy

Author, Educational Trainer, Mind Vine Press
Melanie Bondy is a former teacher, now writer and educational consultant, with a passion for inspiring gifted students and their teachers. By sharing stories of personal classroom experiences along with student stories and student products, she teaches practical options for program... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Cibolo 10-11 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:00pm CST

In Search of Equity: Removing Barriers to the Identification of At-Risk Populations
The identification of students for services is challenging for even the most experienced professional. In this interactive session we will explore root causes that lead to under-representation and solutions that remove barriers, increase equity, and opportunity for students who may live in poverty and/or are English learners or twice exceptional.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Behrens

Wendy Behrens

State Director/Gifted Education Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
Wendy Behrens is the Gifted Education Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education and Director of Project North Star, a Javits Grant. Previously she worked as a district gifted services coordinator and consultant for the Science Museum of Minnesota. She frequently presents... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Bluebonnet/Dogwood JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:30pm CST

Embracing Intense Emotions: Nurturing Empathy Development in Gifted Children
Gifted children are prone to intense emotions and high levels of empathy, often leading to emotional distress. In this workshop, the presenter offers a unique model of empathy with specific strategies to teach gifted children to balance their intensities leading to better mental health outcomes and reduced emotional distress.

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 →



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

4:30pm CST

Going Beyond the Basics of Critical Thinking: Teaching High Ability Students the Principles of Inventive Problem-Solving
Gifted programs can empower high-ability students to treat a task as a problem where one invents an answer rather than looking for it in a book or elsewhere. This session shares tools and techniques to help students develop critical thinking skills to solve practical problems with an “inventive” mindset.

Speakers
avatar for Suzanna Ramos

Suzanna Ramos

Assistant Lecturer, Texas A&M University
Suzanna is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Ramos received her B.A. (Honors) in Geography and English, an M.S. in Creativity and Change Leadership, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology focused on giftedness, creativity... Read More →
avatar for Hector Ramos

Hector Ramos

Lecturer, Texas A&M University
Hector is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Ramos received his B.Sc. (Honors) in European Community Studies, an M.S. in Creativity and Change Leadership, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology focused on giftedness, creativity... Read More →



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

4:30pm CST

STEM/STEAM Pathways to Authentic Problem-Solving
Join us to explore and experience innovative strategies designed for K-12 students to engage in 21st-century thinking and learning skills of creativity, innovation, inspiration, and problem-solving. Through dynamic team building and collaboration, we provide active approaches to navigate STEM/STEAM pathways inspiring creativity and advancing the spirit of innovation.

Speakers
avatar for National Inventors Hall of Fame

National Inventors Hall of Fame

National Inventors Hall of Fame
As a regional program development manager for the National Inventors Hall of Fame, along with 30+ years as an educator, I bring passion and expertise in educational programming for dynamic teaching and learning practices.  The National Inventors Hall of Fame provides partnerships... Read More →



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

4:30pm CST

Weaving STAAR Stems, Depth and Complexity Tools, and Collaboration Into a Tapestry of STAAR Reading Mastery
Sadly, STAAR practice tests become the reading curriculum in some classrooms. This hurts gifted readers who crave opportunities to engage in meaningful discussions with others about interesting literature. Explore ways to inspire students, boost their confidence, and lead them to mastery on the STAAR through the use of irresistible text.

Speakers
avatar for Gina Pasisis

Gina Pasisis

Gifted and Talented Instructional Specialist, Waco ISD
Gina Pasisis is passionate about providing students with a thinking curriculum. As an author, former principal, and coach of teachers, she seeks to share ideas for engaging students in rich learning experiences.



Thursday December 5, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm CST
Grand Oaks PQ JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel
 
Friday, December 6
 

8:30am CST

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 CST
Grand Oaks RS JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

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 Dr. Brian Housand

Dr. Brian Housand

Keynote Speaker, NCAGT
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 CST
Cibolo 5 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel