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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

Real Science on a Dime with NASA Resources
Do you need to have expensive kits and extensive lab equipment in order to engage your learners in authentic hands-on STEM opportunities. The answer, of course, is a resounding NO! In this session you will work through a succession of challenges using whatever the presenter found earlier.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Smith

Steven Smith

STEM Engagement Specialist, NASA
Steven is the STEM Engagement Specialist with NASA’s Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Johnson Space Center. His work helps develop scientists from historically disenfranchised groups, creating culturally responsive lessons that engage students previously left out... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm CST
Iris/Lily 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 Academics, 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 ninth year... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am CST
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

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

Davidson Institute @ 20: What We’ve Learned About PG Children
Profound giftedness adds a layer of complexity to the already challenging realm of parenting. These students' developmental and educational trajectories differ even among the gifted population. Although no handbook for PG exists, our work in supporting PG students over 20 years provides insight to the trends observed of 6,000+ families.

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Jessica Mingo

Assistant Director, Davidson Institute for Talent Development
Jessica Mingo joined the Davidson Institute in 2013 and has been involved in various features of the Young Scholars program including the Family Consultant Team, Young Scholars Ambassador Program, Davidson Alumni, and various Davidson publications. Now as Assistant Director of Young... Read More →


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

Top Ten Things You Should Know About the New State Plan
Just when you thought you understood the last one, a New State Plan comes along. The original State Plan was published in 1990. Since that time, there have been three revisions, This session will focus on ten of the biggest concepts and/or changes in the New State Plan.

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 →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Cibolo 7 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)

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

4:00pm CST

Embrace the G/T Space: Get Techie With It
Get techie with the G/T digital generation through websites and apps that will engage students in using these digital tools to embrace their learning in English and Spanish. Get ready to inspire students and ignite projects, using empowering technologies, as used in our Connecting Worlds/Mundos Unidos Two-Way Dual Language G/T Magnet Program.

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Laila Ferris

Prinicpal/Interim Chief, Division of Connecting Languages/Dual Language, Mesita ECDC/Elementary School, El Paso ISD
Laila Ferris is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, with both a Bachelors of Science and Masters in Education Administration degrees. She has been the Principal of Mesita Early Childhood Development Center and Elementary School, in El Paso ISD, for 24 years and is also... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Cibolo 6 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm CST

G/T and ELL . . . Now What?
Discover the common characteristics of English language learners (ELLs) who are gifted and talented and how to nurture the high abilities of students with limited English proficiency. Attain numerous strategies and free online resources for creating an optimal learning environment for gifted and talented ELLs.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Dennis

Tracy Dennis

Director of Instruction, Flour Bluff ISD
Tracy has served in education for over 25 years as an elementary and a middle school teacher, a campus instructional specialist, a campus administrator, an educational specialist at Region 13 Education Service Center, instructional coach and a district administrator.



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

4:00pm CST

Get the Scoop on Grad School Info Panel
Considering grad school, but wondering what benefits it might bring? Looking to advance yourself with a master’s or doctoral degree? Join current graduate students studying gifted education, along with professors from various universities to find out why grad school might be a good fit for you and how grad school can advance your understanding of the students you serve in this interactive panel session.

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Anne Rinn

Professor, University of North Texas
Anne N. Rinn, Ph.D., is a professor of educational psychology at the University of North Texas, where she also serves as Director of the Office for Giftedness, Talent Development, and Creativity.
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 Kimberly Stewart

Kimberly Stewart

Instructional Support for Gifted/Talented and Advanced Academics, Northside ISD
Kimberly Stewart has been in gifted education for 23 years. She was an elementary GT specialist for 18 years and has served her district in the role of instructional support for gifted programs at all levels since 2015. Her primary tasks include supporting district GT specialists... Read More →
avatar for Javetta Jones Roberson

Javetta Jones Roberson

Dean of Instruction/Doctoral Candidate, Birdville ISD/Texas A&M University-Commerce
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 →
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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Catherine Little

Professor, University of Connecticut
Catherine Little is a professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. She teaches courses in gifted and talented education and in the undergraduate honors program in education, and she was recognized as a University Teaching Fellow in 2012.


Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Grand Oaks EF JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

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.

Speakers
avatar for Carlyn Fryberger

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
Grand Oaks AB JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm CST

MATHCOUNTS: Challenging Problem-Solving and Competition
How can you make mathematics challenging and exciting? MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, coaching, and competition program that increases enthusiasm for and enhances achievement in middle school mathematics classrooms. Teachers are provided resources that meet national standards and which encourage higher-level thinking. Come have fun and get free materials!

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Iris Folger

Math Consultant, Texas Society of Professional Engineers
Iris Folger graduated from Midland High and West Texas State University, where she was selected as Student Teacher of the Year. She taught math courses for 29 years while being selected multiple times for inclusion in "Who's Who Among Teachers in America". She coached winning competition... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Cibolo 10-11 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm CST

Supporting the Artistically Gifted
Are you raising or teaching a visual artist, musician, dancer, actor, or playwright? How do you encourage and support children who are gifted in visual or performing arts? Let’s discuss what we should be doing to identify our artistically gifted and how to nurture/develop them to their full potential.

Speakers
avatar for Folly Ligh

Folly Ligh

Parent Rep, TAGT Board of Directors
Folly Jee Ligh is the parent representative on the TAGT Board of Directors and a certified SMPG facilitator. She advocates for the gifted, volunteers in the community and school parent groups, and enjoys the challenging journey of raising two amazing teenagers. Her current interests... Read More →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Freesia JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm CST

giftED Exchange: Enrichment Strategies for Gifted Learners
How can you enrich the learning inside and outside of the classroom for your gifted students? Join us for this 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 enrichment ideas you can immediately implement with your students! Sponsored by Vanderbilt University Programs for Talented Youth

Full handout with table descriptions attached below. Tables include:
Table #1: Asking Complex Questions for Social Studies Analysis
Table #2: We Choose Graphic Novels!
Table #3: Using Instant Challenges to Engage, Extend, and Enrich
Table #4: Making Time for Student Conferences With Horizontal Differentiation
Table #5: Building Menus for Enrichment
Table #6: Asking Complex Questions for Literary Analysis
Table #7: Creating Choice Boards With Depth & Complexity
Table #8: Games Galore for Gifted Kids
Table #9: Potential vs Kinetic Energy
Table #10: Tinker, Dabble and Doodle
Table 11: Morphing Into a Scholar Using 10 Transformative Behaviors



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

4:00pm CST

Learning Lab: SystemsGo, Inspiring Tomorrow's Innovators With Rockets!
Ever wanted to build a rocket?  Now’s your chance!  Come build a rocket with us and hear about the SystemsGo STEM Curriculum that is challenging students and changing lives across the State of Texas and New Mexico!

Speakers
avatar for Rebekah Hyatt

Rebekah Hyatt

Program Director, SystemsGo
Rebekah has been the Program Director for SystemsGo since 2016. Prior to 2016, she taught the curriculum for 8 years and witnessed firsthand how it changed the lives of students, transforming them into competent, independent thinkers.  Her goal as Program Director is to give all... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Playground (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

ThinkLaw
Tackling inequity hands-on has always been personal to Colin, because the amazing educational opportunities he received in gifted and talented courses and an exclusive specialized high school despite his underprivileged background growing up in Brooklyn, NY made him an exception to... Read More →



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

7:30am CST

Connections Between Critical Thinking, Writing, and Meeting the Social Emotional Needs of Gifted Children
This workshop will focus on how to help children in grades 2-7 be better thinkers and learners in ways that improve their self-esteem and confidence. There will be an emphasis on the importance of challenge, perseverance, and hard work as social-emotional components for acquiring skills that help gifted children adapt to meet life’s expectations. Practical ideas and materials will be presented. Participants will leave with abundant strategies for improving children’s abilities to ask thoughtful and pertinent questions. Attendees should bring their thinking caps and their funny bones to this highly engaging session.

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Nathan Levy

President, Nathan Levy Books LLC
Nathan Levy, author of the “Stories With Holes” series, has over forty years experience as a teacher, principal, author and educational consultant. Nathan has spoken extensively nationally and internationally to educators, parents and children on how to improve creativity, thinking... Read More →



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

7:30am CST

Differentiation Through Creativity
Differentiation can be easy. Students' academic strengths can be differentiate by varying the creative task that accompanies their respective assignments. Students can be taught to be creative. The activities that you will take home from this session can be implemented immediately to produce both short-term and long-term growth.

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Sandy Sook

Board Member, Odyssey of the Mind
Dr. Sook has been active in Odyssey of the Mind for over 30 years. She has taught Talented and Gifted Education for nearly as long. She hold a Masters of Education in both Middle School Education and in Talented and Gifted Education. She has her Ph. D. in Rhetoric. Sandy uses the... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Cibolo 6 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

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.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Majority

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.
avatar for Joyce Miller

Joyce Miller

Faculty, Texas A&M 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 →
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 →
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Christina Dearman

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of North Texas
avatar for Debbie Troxclair

Debbie Troxclair

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 →
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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 →
avatar for Alex Kabli

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

Playful Learning: Engaging Strategies for the Early Childhood Learner
Our objective is to help students make the connection of ideas, concepts, and vocabulary by providing teachers with different ways/strategies to present information to guide students to independently engage, explore, explain, expand, and evaluate their knowledge.

Speakers
avatar for Doris Tomas

Doris Tomas

Director, Oilfield Energy Center
Doris Tomas is the Director of Education at the Oilfield Energy Center. She is in charge of educational outreach, and the design and the development of programs. Doris created and oversees the earth science traveling museum called the MOLU (mobile oilfield learning unit) that travels... Read More →
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Joy Sloan

Educational Facilitator, Oilfield Energy Center
Joy Sloan is a former math/science facilitator who earned a Bachelor of Science from Houston Baptist University and a Master’s in Education from Lamar University. She has presented at different conferences and school districts in Texas, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. She is currently... Read More →



Thursday December 5, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Cibolo 3-4 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)

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.

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 →


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

11:00am CST

Advocating for Important Policies: Why and How?
Advocating for policy is important at the school, district, and state levels; and policies that support gifted education will be discussed. Effective advocacy will be described as will characteristics of dreaded advocates. This session will provide participants with the opportunity to outline an advocacy plan important to them.

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Julia Roberts

Executive Director, The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU
Julia Link Roberts is the Mahurin Professor of Gifted Studies. She is the Executive Director of The Center for Gifted Studies and The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky. She is President of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children and a member of the board... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Grand Oaks RS JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel
  Breakout, Law and Policy

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.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Swain

Michelle Swain

Director, 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

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

ThinkLaw
Tackling inequity hands-on has always been personal to Colin, because the amazing educational opportunities he received in gifted and talented courses and an exclusive specialized high school despite his underprivileged background growing up in Brooklyn, NY made him an exception to... Read More →
avatar for Brandi Marroquin

Brandi Marroquin

Gifted & Talented Implementation Specialist, Burnet Learning Center
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

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

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 →
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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

11:00am CST

giftED Exchange: Challenging Curriculum for Gifted Students
Want to leave giftED with tried-and-true lessons and units your gifted students will love? Join us for 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 Kendall Hunt.

Full handout with table descriptions attached below. Tables include:

Table #1: Applying Math to Real Life Experiences
Table #2: Grupo
Table #3: Make It, Say It (Place Value)
Table #4: Brain Boosters for Gifted Learners
Table #5: Interest Stations for the Gifted Classroom
Table #6: The G/T IB Connection
Table #7: Pack a Puzzle and Build Problem-Solving Confidence
Table #8: Math Thinking Process & Depth & Complexity Icons
Table #9: Building Relational Capacity: We Are All 1 Family
Table #10: Easily Differentiate Your TEKS
Table #11: Criteria for Designing, Selecting, and Evaluating Gifted Curriculum



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

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)

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.

Speakers
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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.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Payne

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)

1:00pm 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

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 Academics, 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 ninth 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

G/T 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

1:00pm 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

1:00pm CST

NASA’s Next Generation STEM Activities for the GT Classroom
NASA has three big themes for its Next Generation STEM Program. Moon to Mars, Commercial Crew Program, and Small Steps to Giant Leaps. In this workshop participants will see and get to sample the many new free products NASA is rolling out to challenge your students.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Smith

Steven Smith

STEM Engagement Specialist, NASA
Steven is the STEM Engagement Specialist with NASA’s Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Johnson Space Center. His work helps develop scientists from historically disenfranchised groups, creating culturally responsive lessons that engage students previously left out... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Cibolo 8-9 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

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.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Bland

Heather Bland

Secondary G/T Instructional Coach, ECISD
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
Grand Oaks AB 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

Consultant, ACES
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

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.

Speakers
avatar for Meredith Austin

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

1:15pm CST

giftED Exchange: Tech Tools for Gifted Education Classrooms
Want to leave giftED with tried-and-true technology tools your gifted students will love? Looking for options that will make your life easier? Join us for 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.

Table #1: Reading is For All
Table #2: Incorporating Depth and Complexity with Newsela and Wonderopolis
Table #3: Quality Student Reflections with Q3 Cards and Digital Notebooks
Table #4: Trey's Terrific Tech Tools
Table #5: Digital Notebooks
Table #6: Flipping Out Over #Flipgridfever
Table #7: SeeSaw for Gifted Kids


Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)

1:15pm CST

Learning Lab: STEM and Innovation Comes to Life
Join us to explore and experience innovative, hands-on STEM strategies to engage in 21st-century thinking and learning skills of creativity, innovation, inspiration, and problem-solving. Let's experience together the elements of design thinking to ideate, prototype, and bring your idea to life.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Lindenfeld

Kim Lindenfeld

Regional Consultant, National Inventors Hall of Fame
Kim Lindenfeld is passionate about giving students opportunities to explore invention and innovation. She resides in the Houston area and serves as Regional Consultant for the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Kim received certification as a Training Professional from Texas A&M University... Read More →
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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 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST
Playground (Exhibit Hall)

2:30pm CST

Saints and Sensitivities: An Examination of Social and Emotional Gifted Characteristics in Historical Mystics and Application to Current Educational Contexts
This presentation examines social and emotional gifted characteristics of historical mystics and compares lessons learned with contemporary education theorists, including “the soul of education” and authentic education. Through knowledge development and engagement, participants will gain strategies for self-reflection and application to professional practice.

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Norma Hafenstein

Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, University of Denver
Norma Hafenstein, PhD, is the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education at the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. She was co-principal investigator for the Right4Rural Project, a Jacob K. Javits federally-funded initiative to identify and serve giftedness... Read More →
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Paul Michalec

Clinical Professor, University of Denver
Dr. Michalec is a Clinical Professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Program in the Morgride College of Education at the University of Denver. Paul received his PhD in Social, Multicultural, and Bilingual Foundations of Education from University of Colorado, Boulder and is currently... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Cibolo 10-11 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

2:30pm CST

Learning Lab: A Greeting Card, Some Geometry, and Voila . . . a Box!
We’ll turn a greeting card into a box by using our knowledge of geometry concepts. Be prepared to defend and be challenged in your beliefs of geometric definitions. Families of polygons, with a special emphasis on quadrilaterals will be explored and dissected. It WILL be fun!!

Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Restivo

Nicholas Restivo

Director of Mathematics (PreK - 12), Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary & Middle Schools (MOEMS)
Nicholas J Restivo has spent 38 years in public education in New York City, Fort Worth, TX, and Long Island (Plainview, Mineola, Long Beach) as a classroom teacher, district supervisor of math, and high school principal. He is now serving as Executive Director of MOEMS (Mathematical... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Playground (Exhibit Hall)

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)

4:05pm 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.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Mofield

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

A Framework for Using Media and Texts to Support the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners
How do you engage gifted learners in discussions about common affective needs such as perfectionism, stress management, empathy, risk-taking, identity, and achievement motivation while also integrating content-based ELA standards? Learn and practice using a framework for designing and discussing questions and activities that support affective needs and textual analysis.

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 →


Thursday December 5, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm CST
Grand Oaks NO 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

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.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Frank Worrell

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

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
 

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, Birdville ISD/Texas A&M University-Commerce
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

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 Emily Mofield

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 →
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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

9:00am CST

NASA's Artemis Mission: Forward to Moon by 2024
This session will share with you NASA's current and future missions that will take humans to the Moon and on to Mars. How we will get there and what are our plans once we arrive? Come with your curiosity and questions about our next giant leap and how you can apply this to your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Smith

Steven Smith

STEM Engagement Specialist, NASA
Steven is the STEM Engagement Specialist with NASA’s Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Johnson Space Center. His work helps develop scientists from historically disenfranchised groups, creating culturally responsive lessons that engage students previously left out... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Cibolo 8-9 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)

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.

Speakers
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.


Friday December 6, 2019 10:10am - 10:30am CST
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)

10:45am CST

MasterMind Session: #whyGT
To truly know and serve our gifted students, we must do more than hear their voices, we must understand their stories. Bringing our advocacy and awareness campaign, #whyGT to life in a TED-Talk style storytelling session, TAGT invites you to hear from five Texas G/T students as they share how G/T has impacted them, what motivates and drives them, and #whyGT matters in their lives. Sponsored by Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, University of Texas at Austin.

Faith Borkataky-Varma is a junior at St. Agnes Academy in Houston. Faith plays in the Chamber Orchestra and serves on the philanthropy committee of her school's student council. Every summer, Faith travels to India to volunteer at a school for children with special needs to teach reading, writing, and tasks of daily living. She also co-chairs the Hope for Three Teen Huddle, which supports siblings of children on the spectrum. As president of her school's Autism Awareness club, Faith hopes to spread awareness and raise funds through bake sales, school spirit events, and the stories she’ll be sharing at giftED.

Hana Bredstein is a freshman at University of Texas at Austin. She is studying international relations and enjoys running. She was identified as gifted in elementary school and experienced a variety of educational approaches as her family moved throughout the country. By seeing the different policies and levels of funding for G/T education (no other place compared to Texas), Hana found that there are many different paths from public to private to skipping grades, but the teachers and mentors along the way were what really made a difference.

Jayden Gathers is a sophomore who attends John M. Harlan High School in San Antonio and has been a part of the G/T program since the third grade. He enjoys playing a multitude of sports, including but not limited to basketball, football, and track. In his free time, Jayden enjoys spending time with family and friends but he also asks himself psychological questions and likes to think about the world and its mysteries. Jayden will be discussing how someone like him is looked at differently and why G/T has ultimately caused people to treat him differently as well.

Victor Rodriguez is a 16-year-old junior at Southwest Legacy High School in San Antonio. Victor proudly comes from a Mexican family. He has taken AP, Dual-Credit, Honors, and college-related classes throughout high school. Victor will share about how his heritage and specific family environment has helped him grow as a person and student.

Abigail Weston is a freshman at Round Rock High School. She enjoys running cross country, playing soccer, and participating in various school activities. Abigail’s gifted experience is unique in that she was also enrolled in a dual language program when identified for gifted education in third grade. She has reaped many benefits from the combined exposure to both of these programs. Her talk will highlight the challenging yet rewarding aspects of her journey as a dual language student.

Speakers
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Faith Borkataky-Varma

Student, St. Agnes Academy
Faith Borkataky-Varma is a junior at St. Agnes Academy in Houston. Faith plays in the Chamber Orchestra and serves on the philanthropy committee of her school's student council. Every summer, Faith travels to India to volunteer at a school for children with special needs to teach... Read More →
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Hana Bredstein

Student, University of Texas
Hana Bredstein is a freshman at University of Texas at Austin. She is studying international relations and enjoys running. She was identified as gifted in elementary school and experienced a variety of educational approaches as her family moved throughout the country. By seeing the... Read More →
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Jayden Gathers

Student, Northside ISD
Jayden Gathers is a sophomore who attends John M. Harlan High School in San Antonio and has been a part of the G/T program since the third grade. He enjoys playing a multitude of sports, including but not limited to basketball, football, and track. In his free time, Jayden enjoys... Read More →
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Victor Rodriguez

Student, Southwest ISD
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Abigail Weston

Student, Round Rock ISD
Abigail Weston is a freshman at Round Rock High School. She enjoys running cross country, playing soccer, and participating in various school activities. Abigail’s gifted experience is unique in that she was also enrolled in a dual language program when identified for gifted education... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm CST
Grand Oaks Ballroom G-M