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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 Ph.D.

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 That's 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
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10:15am CST

Using Literature to Ignite Students’ Enthusiasm for Higher Level Math
Come hear, see, and experience ways to use literature in a high school math classroom. Hear about successful high school math projects built on non mathematical literature. See how creative thinking can connect math to literature. Experience firsthand how to adapt literature to your math classroom.

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Teresa Turner

Teacher, Singley Academy, Irving ISD
I teach Algebra 2 and Precalculus GT and PreAP at Singley Academy in Irving, Texas. I have my M.Ed. In Gifted Education from Hardin Simmons University.

Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am CST
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11:30am CST

Secondary Gifted Services Panel
Meeting the needs of gifted students in high school has long been a challenge for districts. This interactive panel discussion will provide insight into service models and opportunities schools and districts can implement and give participants an opportunity to engage with district staff from a variety of districts.

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Michelle Swain

Director, Round Rock ISD
Michelle Swain serves Round Rock ISD as the Director of Gifted and Advanced Academic Services, overseeing GT identification and programming, college credit bearing coursework, and college readiness assessments. She has served on the NAGC Board and TAGT Board, including as TAGT 2011... Read More →
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Tish Cawley

Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Services, Hays CISD
I have been with Hays CISD for 16 years. Previously, I taught in Keller ISD and Manor ISD. Since coming to Hays I have served as a G/T Teacher, District Lead G/T Teacher, and Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Services.

Debbie Smith

Coordinator Advanced Academics/GT/504, San Marcos CISD
Parent of two gifted adult boys; taught gifted elementary K-5 for 10 years; Director of Advanced Academics and Gifted Education at TEA for two years; currently Coordinator of Adv Academics/GT/504/RtI_x000D_Served as Committee Vice-Chair and Chair of Membership Involvement Committee... Read More →

Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
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4:00pm CST

Gifted Leaders and How to Identify Them
What is leadership? What do gifted leaders look like? How can we identify them? Participate in activities that will help you define leadership and show how social and emotional intelligence may indicate leadership strengths. Learn what one school district is doing to identify leaders in grades 4-11. Join the conversation!

Please bring a device to use, and be ready to use Nearpod.  The code for the Nearpod activity is: VEZLO

Click HERE for the Prezi link.

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Carlyn Fryberger

Gifted & Talented Specialist in Leadership, San Antonio ISD
Carlyn is a former science educator of 13 years who answered a calling to help gifted learners 6 years ago. She has focused on identifying alternative traits of gifted students. She is the IS at SAISD tasked with identifying and serving gifted student leaders as a part of a Jacob... Read More →

Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
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Thursday, December 5

7:30am CST

Voice and Choice Through Technology in the Secondary Classroom
Integrating technology in the classroom allows teachers to differentiate for advanced learners while offering opportunities to collaborate, communicate, think critically, and foster creativity. By utilizing tools such as Hyperdocs, Flipgrid, and Google, a teacher can address various learning styles and engage learners at various readiness levels.

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Stephanie Shackelford

Digital Learning Coach, Mansfield ISD
Within her 20+ years in education, Stephanie has taught in the English, technology, and leadership classrooms. Her passion for utilizing technology in the classroom led her to the Digital Learning team in Mansfield ISD. She has the unique opportunity to work with the Advanced Academics... Read More →
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Melanie Beckett

Advanced Academics Instructional Coach, Mansfield ISD
Melanie has been an educator for over 20 years in Texas and New Mexico and has served on Advisory Councils for developing curriculum with the GT and advanced student in mind. As an Advanced Academics Instructional Coach, she shares her passion of meeting the needs of GT students by... Read More →

Thursday December 5, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
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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, Round Rock ISD
Michelle Swain serves Round Rock ISD as the Director of Gifted and Advanced Academic Services, overseeing GT identification and programming, college credit bearing coursework, and college readiness assessments. She has served on the NAGC Board and TAGT Board, including as TAGT 2011... Read More →

Thursday December 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
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1:15pm CST

Empowering Middle School Students Using the Texas Performance Standards Project
The Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) offers differentiated instruction for students based on interest and choice. Come explore ways to use the TPSP to empower your middle school students to participate in in-depth investigations and the development of authentic products for an audience outside your classroom walls.

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Heather Bland

G/T Coordinator for Advanced Academics, Ector County ISD
I have experience as an elementary classroom teacher, G/T program teacher, Schoolwide Enrichment (SEM) coordinator, and current secondary G/T instructional coach. I am interested in strength- based teaching with a focus on developing the talent and individual strengths of all students... Read More →

Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST
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2:30pm CST

Small High School G/T Programming and G/T ISM: No Time, No Budget, No Problem
How do coordinators at small schools offer meaningful and effective G/T services when they don't have designated class time or an limited budget? Find ways to make the time and resources you do have count by offering questions and tasks that students can answer on their own time.

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Cody Pruitt

G/T Coordinator, Lago Vista High School
Cody Pruitt is a veteran classroom educator whose experience as a Gifted/Talented coordinator in two small-district high schools has led him to create novel ways to integrate G/T programming with limited resources to better serve the Gifted/Talented community. He's also taught Audio/Video... Read More →

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

Out of the Box: Implementing Mystery as a Strategy to Engage Gifted Learners
Think outside the box to guide gifted learners through advanced content and abstract thinking through inquiry! Attendees will discover how to develop crosscurricular mystery lessons to motivate and challenge gifted learners. In addition to learning how to create mystery lessons, a complete social studies unit with student work samples will be shared.


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 4:30pm - 5:30pm CST
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Friday, December 6

7:30am CST

21st-Century Mathematics
Project-based learning (PBL) and Mathematical Modeling (MM) tasks reveal low-floors and high-ceilings, which provide critical and challenging opportunities for gifted students. These tasks can be difficult to implement, especially in general mathematics classrooms. We strive to share helpful information and ideas that will make implementing these tasks doable at any grade level.

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Alana Tholen

Doctoral Candidate, University of Iowa
Alana M. Tholen is a Mathematics Education PhD Candidate at the University of Iowa. Her areas of interest include gifted mathematics education and racial equity within the mathematics classroom. She has taught secondary mathematics for the past five years and is currently teaching... Read More →
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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 →

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Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
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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.

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Matt Wells

Science Dept. Chair, CFISD
Matt is an award-winning teacher, Science department chair, GT trainer and AP consultant based in Houston, TX. A regular presenter at giftED, CAST and other conferences, Matt is a Past-President of STAT and TABT, and winner of numerous teaching awards, including NABT's "Outstanding... Read More →

Friday December 6, 2019 8:30am - 10:30am CST
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