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Wednesday, December 4
 

10:15am CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Holly Mohler

Holly Mohler

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


Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am CST
Cibolo 10-11 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.

Speakers

Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Cibolo 1-2 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
 

11:00am CST

Growing Grit Through Gaming: Technology for the K-6 Advanced Learner
Integrate video games and coding into your curriculum, allowing advanced G/T students the opportunity to develop skills in collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. Bloxels and Sphero robots provide an outlet for advanced G/T students to let their creativity roam while also expanding growth mindset and increasing levels of grit.

Speakers
avatar for Brigette Cardenas

Brigette Cardenas

Advanced Academics Instructional Coach, Mansfield ISD
She has been in education for over 18 years in many places including Australia and South America. She is passionate about meeting the needs of GT students because as a student, her GT time was only once a week and she never felt fully challenged. As an Advanced Academics Instructional... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Cibolo 1-2 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:00am CST

Taking Genius Hour to the Next Level
Learn to how to encourage today's learners to shift from making products to creating change using new strategies and The Global Goals. In this session, I'll share the 6 Ps of Genius Hour from a new perspective as well as new ways to make Genius Hour both manageable and meaningful.

Speakers
avatar for Andi McNair

Andi McNair

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


Thursday December 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Cibolo 6 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:00am CST

Learning Lab: Build Math Thinkers
Memorization of math facts got you down? Come and experience the power of building a math mindset with Math Stackers. Session includes hands-on experiments focused on number reasoning and several instant challenges to equip and empower ALL students to wonder and think mathematically. Develop mathematicians who know their stuff!

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Threadgill

Kelly Threadgill

Math Stackers, Inc., President & Creator
After discovering that her creative mind empowered her to see mathematics from a different perspective, Kelly earned a Masters in Mathematics Education and set out to provide the best math experiences for all her students. After 10 years in the classroom inventing authentic, active... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Playground (Exhibit Hall)

1:00pm CST

A Meaningful Mess
As teachers, we often feel like we should have it all together or at least seem like we do. In this learning experience, we will have an honest conversation about messy learning and how to design experiences for you learners that will make that mess meaningful.

Speakers
avatar for Andi McNair

Andi McNair

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


Thursday December 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Grand Oaks RS JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:00pm CST

Comedic Critical Thinking
In this session, participants will explore their comedic side by engaging in a series of critical thinking activities.  The activities, rooted in the principles of improv, will ask participants to step into the role of the comedian while creating and thinking at a high level.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Flusche

Michael Flusche

Comedian, Curtis Needs a Ride
Michael Flusche loves to advocate for gifted students. Earning a Masters of Education in Gifted and Talented at Hardin Simmons, Michael has worked as a teacher, Gifted and Talented Coordinator, and New Teacher Induction Specialist in Fort Worth ISD. Michael seeks to combine his passion... Read More →
avatar for Austin Hines

Austin Hines

Comedian, Curtis Needs a Ride


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

1:00pm CST

Mindsets & Mastery: Why Am I Grading This?!
Join us for an amusing but thought-provoking dive into the common pitfalls of traditional grading practices, and see how they can hinder effort and motivation in gifted students. Discover alternative approaches to grading that foster a Growth Mindset, encourage risk-taking and creativity, and help our gradebooks tell the whole story

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 →
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 →



Thursday December 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Grand Oaks CD JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:15pm CST

Life Coaching for G/T Kids: A Powerful Tool to Challenge Limiting Beliefs in Our Gifted Students
In this session, participants will engage in deep reflection about the vast impact 1:1 life coaching may have on gifted students, allowing them to challenge limiting beliefs and build a strong emotional foundation, thus paving the way toward becoming the best version of themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Yoliani Saud

Yoliani Saud

Dual Language Teacher/Gifted and Talented Teacher, Alief ISD
One of my biggest passions is to teach and coach GT and 2E students, supporting them in the task of discovering, accepting, and fully embracing who they are, so they strengthen and express their true selves. I am a Doctor In Dentistry with a Specialization in Health Management, a... Read More →



Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST
Grand Oaks NO JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

2:30pm CST

Critical Thinking and Test Prep?: Moving G/T Learners to Mastery With Active Engagement
Can you engage students in rigorous, engaging activities and ensure they are prepared for the STAAR? Test prep with critical thinking is not only feasible, but necessary. Because let’s be real: If there was such a thing as “teaching to the test,” we would’ve cracked that code by now!

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 →



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

3:40pm CST

Research Pop-Up: A Psychosocial Approach to Improving Gifted Students' Academic Writing
The purpose of this study was to analyze the impact that a growth-mindset intervention has on gifted students’ growth and achievement in language arts when embedded into the classroom curriculum for the first semester. In this quasi-experimental, quantitative study, survey data and achievement data were collected and analyzed for growth. 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). Learn more about research being conducted in gifted education in this short research presentation.

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 →


Thursday December 5, 2019 3:40pm - 4:00pm CST
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)

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
 
Friday, December 6
 

7:30am CST

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 Dr. Emily Mofield

Dr. Emily Mofield

Assistant Professor of Education - Gifted, Lipscomb University
Emily Mofield, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the College of Education at Lipscomb University where she teaches gifted education and doctoral research courses. Her background includes 15 years of experience teaching gifted students and leading gifted services. Emily recently... Read More →
MP

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 CST
Cibolo 7 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

8:30am CST

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 CST
Grand Oaks AB JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

8:30am CST

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
avatar for Tiffani Marich

Tiffani Marich

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

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 CST
Grand Oaks CD JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

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 Dr. Emily Mofield

Dr. Emily Mofield

Assistant Professor of Education - Gifted, Lipscomb University
Emily Mofield, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the College of Education at Lipscomb University where she teaches gifted education and doctoral research courses. Her background includes 15 years of experience teaching gifted students and leading gifted services. Emily recently... Read More →
MP

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 CST
Grand Oaks EF JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel