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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.

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Sheila Griffith

President, Knowsys Educational Services LLC
Dr. Sheila Griffith is the author of the Knowsys College Readiness Program and the Knowsys Vocabulary Builder Program and the co-author of the Knowsys Basic Genius Math Program. Dr. Griffith is the co-owner and co-founder of Knowsys Educational Services and a recognized expert in... Read More →

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
Thursday, December 5

7:30am CST

Diving Deeper: Research Update "Social/Emotional Issues in the Gifted World"
Officers and members of the TAGT Research Division will present an analysis of recently published research on topics focused on the social and emotional issues that concern our gifted learners. A wide array of journals will be reviewed and their findings will be presented.

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Kristin Majority

PhD Candidate, University of North Texas
Kristin Majority is a professional educator in the middle school classroom and PhD candidate at the University of North Texas in the field of Gifted and Talented Education. She is currently serving as the chair of the TAGT Research Division.
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Joyce Miller, Ph.D.

Faculty, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Dr. Joyce E. Kyle Miller is Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas A&M University Commerce, Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Miller has taught English and Spanish in various public schools in Texas and has been a faculty member at Texas A&M University... Read More →
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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 →

Christina Dearman

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of North Texas
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Debbie Troxclair Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Lamar University
Debra A. Troxclair, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Lamar University teaches undergraduate and graduate special education courses and gifted education courses in the Teacher Education Department at Lamar. She has more than 20 years of experience teaching at the K-12 level as well as... Read More →

Kristen Lamb

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Robinson Center
Kristen N. Lamb, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Robinson Center at the University of Washington. She studies equity issues in gifted education and talent development, the role of creativity in talent development of high ability students, and classroom conditions... Read More →
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Alex Kabli

Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Splendora ISD
Alex Kabli is the GT Coordinator in Splendora ISD, a rural school district northeast of Houston. She is the elementary pull out teacher and also coordinates the secondary SPARK program. SPARK began last year and is focused on the social and emotional needs of secondary gifted stu... Read More →

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

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

7:40am 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.


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)

8:05am CST

Research Pop-Up: College Decision-Making for Academically Advanced High School Students: Considerations, Information Gathering, and Lessons Learned
Ten academically advanced high school seniors participated in interviews about the college search and choice process. Thematic analysis identified college choice considerations, identity exploration experiences (Luyckx et al., 2006), the role of social comparisons (Dai & Rinn, 2008), and information gathering practices in this sample of gifted students. This study highlighted the importance of early school-based opportunities for interest and career-related exploration. These seniors noted the need for support in finding and evaluating information about institutional culture, and shared lessons they learned throughout the college decision-making process, including recommendations for parents and school support personnel. Learn more about research being conducted in gifted education in this short research presentation.

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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 →

Thursday December 5, 2019 8:05am - 8:25am CST
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)

11:00am CST

AP Capstone: A Perfect Match for Gifted High School Students
The AP Capstone Diploma provides the opportunity for personalized learning and independent study, and the encapsulates skills and experiences critical for the growth and development of advanced learners. This session will share the essence of the Capstone program and lessons learned as our district implemented it in three high schools.

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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 →

Thursday December 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Grand Oaks AB 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!

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Clinton 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

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.

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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 →
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C. Matthew Fugate, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of Houston-Downtown
C. Matthew Fugate is Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology and Assistant Chair of the Department of Urban Education at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD). He received his doctorate in Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies at Purdue University. Prior to this, Matthew... 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.

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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)

12:30pm CST

Research Pop-Up: Unlocking Gifted Adolescent Motivation: Keys to Increased Student Engagement & Achievement
Through Gagne's DMGT and expectancy-value-theory, this qualitative cross-case study explores gifted adolescent perspectives on motivation and fills a gap in a highly quantitative field. The unrestricted insights of gifted adolescents through the triangulation of multiple data collection methods led to new insights on how to maximize student engagement and achievement. Findings from this study broaden the scope and offer new insights on how to better meet the academic and motivational needs of gifted adolescents through the formatting of lesson development, specific teacher-student interactions, and an awareness of how to increase students' valuation of assignments to increase sustained effort. Learn more about research being conducted in gifted education in this short research presentation.


Vicki Phelps

Lead Consulting Teacher for Gifted Education, Sumner County
Vicki Phelps, Ed.D., NBCT, is Lead Consulting Teacher for Gifted Education in Sumner County, TN. She has been teaching and leading gifted services for the last 20 years and enjoys writing gifted curricula. She enjoys presenting at state, national, and world gifted conferences. Dr... Read More →

Thursday December 5, 2019 12:30pm - 12:50pm CST
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)

12:55pm CST

Research Pop-Up: Mathematical Creativity
Most creativity tests are looking at general, not domain-specific creativity. Additionally, when testing mathematical ability, assessments often treat the topic as a unidimensional rather than multidimensional construct (Kattou et al., 2013). Identifying students gifted in mathematical creativity can help for placement into gifted programs (Kattou et al., 2013; Mann, 2009). Most importantly, helping teachers recognize the importance of divergent, creative mathematical teaching and ways to teach this and help students learn these skills is vital if we are to prepare students for the needs of our future (Kattou et al., 2013; Mann, 2009; Pham & Cho, 2018). Learn more about research being conducted in gifted education in this short research presentation.

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Anna Payne

Doctoral Student, Baylor University
Anna Payne is a doctoral student at Baylor University in educational psychology, with a focus on gifted students in mathematics. She has supervised student teachers, as well as working with innovative options for professional learning at the Belin-Blank Center (University of Iowa... Read More →

Thursday December 5, 2019 12:55pm - 1:15pm CST
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)

1:15pm CST

Thinking Critically About Gifted Education
Come ready to discuss critical issues around the history of gifted education. Issues such as equity, elitism, and researcher bias will be highlighted. You will also leave with a ready-made critical history unit to use for future professional learning.

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Meredith Austin

Coordinator of Gifted & Talented Learning, Humble ISD/ University of St. Thomas
Dr. Meredith Austin is the Coordinator of Advanced Academics in Humble ISD. Her current research interests include anti-intellectualism, educational history, and dialogic learning. Dr. Austin has a decade of experience in public education, both as a classroom educator and program... Read More →

Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST
Cibolo 1-2 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.

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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)

4:05pm CST

Research Pop-Up: Benefits and Barriers to Collaboration and Co-Teaching in Gifted Education
This qualitative study examined perspectives of collaboration in the context of how gifted education teachers co-plan and co-teach with general education teachers. This session highlights implications of the challenges and practical nature of implementing collaboration between gifted and general education teachers within the context of systemic change. These findings reveal many obstacles that impede successful collaboration as well as supports that facilitate its success. Findings lead to recommendations for tackling such obstacles and building systems of support in order to implement successful collaboration between gifted and general education teachers. Learn more about research being conducted in gifted education in this short research presentation.

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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 →

Thursday December 5, 2019 4:05pm - 4:25pm CST
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)

4:30pm CST

What Is Giftedness, Really? A Talent Development Perspective
In this presentation, Dr. Frank C. Worrell will review several definitions of giftedness and discuss contributing factors and considerations for supporting students' gifts and talents.  He will argue that giftedness is the outcome of a talent development process that involves appropriate opportunities, curriculum matched to student strengths, and motivational factors.

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Dr. Frank Worrell

Professor; Faculty Director of the School of Psychology Program, University of California, Berkeley
Frank C. Worrell is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he serves as Faculty Director of the School Psychology Program, the Academic Talent Development Program, and the California College Preparatory Academy. He also holds... Read More →

Thursday December 5, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm CST
Cibolo 8-9 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel
Friday, December 6

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.

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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.

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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

10:10am CST

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

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Julie Byrnes

District Gifted and Talented Specialist, Rockwall ISD
Julie has been in gifted education for 13 years.  She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.

Friday December 6, 2019 10:10am - 10:30am 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.

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

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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 →
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Dr. Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Administrator, Acceleration Institute and Research, University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center
Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Ph.D. is Administrator, Acceleration Institute and Research at the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center. 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

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