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Wednesday, December 4
 

9:00am CST

How to Develop Curriculum Units Using the TEKS and the State Plan
Would you like to implement cross-curricular learning experiences that lead to advanced-level products in your ELEMENTARY G/T pull-out program? Join us to learn how we have used TEKS, district data, and outside resources to create a curriculum that engages and challenges gifted learners. We’ll share both our successes and challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Dewawn Wiest

Dewawn Wiest

GT Teacher, Wylie ISD
Dewawn Wiest is in her 16th year in education and second year as a K-4 GT teacher. Previous to her current role, she taught fourth graders. She holds a Master’s Degree from Dallas Baptist University (2016) and a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Texas at Dallas (2003). Dewawn... Read More →
avatar for Kristi Williams

Kristi Williams

GT Teacher, Wylie ISD
Kristi Williams is in her 15th year of education and her fourth year as a GT teacher in a pull-out program. She serves two K-4 campuses and is part of a district team that writes curriculum for the elementary GT program. Previously, she taught GT students in a first grade classroom... Read More →
avatar for Heather Buckley

Heather Buckley

Elementary Advanced Academics & GT Specialist, Wylie ISD
Heather Buckley is in her 16th year as an educator in Wylie ISD. While her primary role is to serve as the Advanced Academics Instruction Specialist, she has 5 years experience teaching K-4 GT students in the classroom and 3 years teaching in a pull-out program. She leads a district... Read More →
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Jessica Travis

Early Childhood Literacy Specialist, Wylie ISD



Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

Identifying Giftedness Among ELL Populations
Identification of gifted students, particularly English Language Learners and students from diverse backgrounds, must become more inclusive to serve the gifted population. Participants will learn how using multiple measures to identify is beneficial and more accurate to identifying giftedness within a diverse population and far more accurate than traditional measures.

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 →
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Yasmin Laird

Doctoral Student, Baylor University
Yasmin Laird is a doctoral student at Baylor University in educational psychology with a focus in foreign language acquisition. She has worked with gifted students at all levels, as well as taught AP Spanish courses. Yasmin is also passionate about working with students from low socioeconomic... Read More →



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

9:00am CST

The Transformative Power of Cooperative Gameplay
Cooperative game play may be used as a powerful tool within the classroom to amplify moral reasoning skills for the gifted child. Exploring multiple perspectives while invoking one’s own sense of ethics-based decision making is critical to healthy social and emotional development.

Speakers
avatar for Allison Ross

Allison Ross

Curriculum Coordinator and MS Faculty, E.A. Young Academy
Allison Ross serves as Curriculum Coordinator and Middle School faculty. With a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas Christian University, Ms. Ross is a Horned Frog at heart. After spending the early part of her teaching career in a more traditional elementary... Read More →
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Kathy Lyda

Head of School, E.A. Young Academy
Kathy Lyda serves as Head of School but prefers the title “Director of Awesomeness” at E.A. Young Academy, an independent, not-for-profit academy dedicated to the needs of the gifted and talented scholar. Ms. Lyda holds a BS in Psychology from Texas Christian University and a... Read More →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Cibolo 10-11 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

Who Is Doing the Thinking?
Who does the thinking in your classroom? You, or your students? In this session, we will identify high-level questioning techniques that will get students thinking and solving problems. We will learn three strategies you can take into your classrooom and use today. Let's get the students thinking!

Speakers
avatar for Barbie Scott

Barbie Scott

Advanced Academics/GT Specialist, Clear Creek ISD
Barbie Scott is an Advanced Academics/GT Specialist for Clear Creek Independent School District. She is currently in her 20th year of teaching and has taught Pre-K, 2nd grade, 4th grade and Advanced Academics. She loves to challenge her Gifted students, while building their self-esteem... Read More →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Begonia/Bottlebrush JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

Equitably Identifying and Serving Minority Students in Gifted Education: Lessons Learned From Illinois District U-46
Equity in identification of gifted and talented students remains a challenge for many districts—and has led to multiple court cases across the nation. The revised Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students calls for all student populations to have access to identification for G/T services (Section 2.24) and for the population of G/T students to closely reflect the population of the total district and/or campus (Section 2.25). This session looks at the example of Illinois District U-46, the court case against this district’s identification process and program models for minority students, and what lessons have been learned about building more equitable programs from this district’s work since the case occurred. Moderated by Crystal Wilson, Ford Bend ISD.

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Wilson

Crystal Wilson

GT Program Manager-Elementary, Fort Bend ISD
Crystal Wilson has 28 years of personal and professional experience with gifted education.  Crystal is currently employed as a GT Program Manager-Elementary for Fort Bend ISD.  She enjoys serving as a volunteer for TAGT. Her interests away from work include cycling, traveling, and... Read More →
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Donna Y Ford

Ohio State University, Distinguished Professor
Donna Y. Ford is an expert on gifted education and urban education. She returned to The Ohio State University in August 2019 as a Distinguished Professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology. She is also a Faculty Affiliate with the Kirwan Institute. Dr. Ford conducts research... Read More →
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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.


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm CST
Grand Oaks NO JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

10:15am CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Kate Wells

Kate Wells

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


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

10:15am CST

Modify the Depth, Complexity, and Pacing? Exploring Curriculum Using a Rigorous Lens
State law requires districts to modify the depth, complexity, and pacing of the curriculum and instruction ordinarily provided to meet the needs of G/T students. An intense investigation of the standards relative to depth, complexity, and pacing is paramount when designing programs and services for gifted learners. Discuss, learn, and apply!

Speakers
avatar for Donna Ashby

Donna Ashby

G/T Specialist, Region 7 ESC
Donna Ashby M. Ed., a G/T Specialist for over 15 years at Region 7 Education Service Center, has created and conducted numerous programs and events for thousands of students across East Texas including Model United Nations, robotics, the Imagination Fair, and Innovative Inventions... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am CST
Cibolo 3-4 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:30am CST

"The Keys of Success Open Doors to Change": Being a Culturally Responsive Gifted Educator and Leader
Being culturally competent and responsive plays a role in curriculum, instructional support, recruiting & retaining RCELD students in gifted education and secondary advanced academics. Participants will receive resources aiding in implementing culturally responsive practices in gifted and Advanced Placement classrooms. Strategies will be available for gifted and Advanced Placement leaders

Speakers
avatar for Javetta Jones Roberson

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 →


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

11:30am CST

Bridging Social-Emotional Learning and G/T Programming With Innovative Application of Tech Resources
Social/emotional learning (SEL) is a complicated but necessary component of G/T programming. G/T students have unique SEL needs and students should retain their identity and communicate their vision in curriculum. Come explore tech tools that serve as bridge between the voice of our students and academic goals for students.

For PowerPoint and tools shared, click here: https://padlet.com/roland7350/chouuodj6s4j

Speakers
avatar for Rolando Ruvalcaba

Rolando Ruvalcaba

Consultant, Education Service Center, Region 20
Rolando Ruvalcaba has had experience facilitating G/T workshops at various levels for 13 years. Rolando is known for his interactive sessions that bring out the best of his participants. As a classroom teacher, Rolando has established himself as an effective educator for gifted students... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Cibolo 3-4 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:30am CST

Gift of Gab: Discourse of Gifted Learners
The goal of this session is to give all stakeholders ideas on how to give gifted and talented students opportunities to learn from one another via classroom discourse. These structured discussions will help boost their social skills and their ability to learn from multiple perspectives found within the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Votion

Angela Votion

GATE Instructional Specialist, SAISD
Angela Votion is a Gifted and Talented Education specialist with SAISD. Angela has worked with gifted students for the last six years, and is mother to four gifted children of her own. She holds a Masters of Science in Reading/Literacy from Texas A&M - SA, and is constantly looking... Read More →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Cibolo 10-11 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:30am CST

The Nitty Gritty of Accelerating Gifted Students
Accelerating gifted students is a well-researched, effective, relatively inexpensive way to meet G/T students' academic needs. We will discuss several acceleration options, and processes to determine who needs them. Participants will have the opportunity to identify the array of acceleration options currently offered in their schools and explore expanding them.

Speakers
avatar for Lynette Breedlove

Lynette Breedlove

Director, The Gatton Academy of Mathematics & Science, KY
Dr. Lynette Breedlove is Director of The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky located on the campus of Western Kentucky University. She has served gifted students in Texas as a central office administrator, campus GT specialists, and classroom teacher. She is a past... Read More →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

3:30pm CST

Emerging Leaders Program Interest Meeting & Alumni Meet-Up
New coordinators and those interested in being mentors can learn more about the Emerging Leaders Program at this meet-up.

The TAGT Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is designed to provide new (3 years or less) district G/T coordinators with the knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with school staff, parents, students, and the community to positively impact the development of appropriate educational services for G/T students in the district.


Wednesday December 4, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm CST
TAGT HQ

4:00pm CST

Breakout of the Ordinary! Creating Digital Breakout EDU Games to Engage Gifted Learners
Want to breakout of the ordinary? Come and learn how to create your very own Digital Breakout EDU games! In this session, you will learn how to use Google Suite products to create fun, engaging and challenging games for your gifted students online.

Speakers
avatar for Christina Ramirez

Christina Ramirez

GT Teacher/Facilitator, Katy ISD
I have a Master's in Education for Gifted Education. I have worked with gifted learners for over 15 years at the elementary level. I currently work for Katy ISD as a GT teacher/facilitator.



Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Cibolo 3-4 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm CST

Digital Differentiation for Gifted Learners
Differentiating for gifted learners is so much more than just giving harder or more work. In this learning experience, we will dive into digital tools that will enable gifted students to go deep and make important connections.

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 →


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

4:00pm CST

Extra Enrichment? Yes, Please!
How can you provide enrichment opportunities for your students outside of school and still be budget friendly? Two Central Texas districts provide several options for our students throughout the year. Come learn how to meet the requirements of the Texas State Plan for enrichment opportunities on a dime!

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Ziegler

Amanda Ziegler

GT Coordinator, China Spring ISD
Amanda Ziegler is in her 15th year of teaching, all of which with Gifted Students either in the regular classroom or within an enrichment pull out model. She has a passion for gifted students that started when she was in the gifted program herself. She graduated from Baylor University... Read More →
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Amanda Coatney

GT Specialist, Waco ISD
Amanda Coatney has taught for 15 years in a variety of educational settings and in multiple grade levels.  She has served as the ESL cluster teacher, the GT cluster teacher, and the inclusion classroom teacher and sometimes all three at once!  For the last 4 years, she has served... Read More →


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

4:00pm CST

Integrating STEM & Social Emotional Learning Through Literature
Interact with literature that addresses the engineering process and emotional needs of elementary gifted students. Each book will have an interactive design challenge that participants will complete during the session. We will compile the texts and their uses to create a list of supports that can be immediately applied.

Speakers
avatar for Blythe Brown

Blythe Brown

Advanced Academics, Clear Creek ISD
Blythe Brown is an Advanced Academics Specialist in Clear Creek ISD and has 20 years of experience teaching gifted children. Blythe has presented at TAGT for 4 years, sharing her love of innovative ideas. Her experience ranges from self contained upper elementary, Math Coach, Advanced... Read More →
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Susie Carpenter

Advanced Academics, Clear Creek ISD
Susie Carpenter graduated from Texas A&M and has been teaching for Clear Creek ISD for 16 years. She was a fourth and fifth grade ELA teacher for fourteen years and now works in the Advanced Academics department in CCISD.
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Jennefer Arrington

Advanced Academics Specialist, Clear Creek ISD
Jennefer Arrington is an educator with 20 years of experience. She has 10 years of experience training and teaching adult learners. She is an experienced district presenter with a love of learning.


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

4:00pm CST

Storytime STEAM
Our goal of the session is to share ideas on how to use mentor texts and open-ended materials to engage students in hands-on challenges through interactive read alouds. Participants will learn tips on how to choose mentor texts, design challenges, and how to implement STEAM across the curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Moon Hernandez

Moon Hernandez

Gifted & Talented Specialist, San Marcos CISD
Passionate about literacy and STEM, I am currently in my 23rd year of teaching in San Marcos, TX. I spent 21 years in the general education classroom. I am currently the Gifted & Talented Specialist for K-5. I love creating fun learning experiences for my students that will enrich... Read More →
avatar for Hilda Bazaldua

Hilda Bazaldua

Gifted and Talented Specialist, San Marcos CISD
I am dedicated to being creative and engaging in the classroom through the integration of literacy and STEAM. After earning my M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Texas State University, I have devoted my professional life to gifted education, sharing teaching best practices, and... Read More →



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

4:00pm CST

Using Data to Build Efficient G/T Identification and Differentiation
This session will discuss how to use data from multiple sources to build efficient identification of G/T students and to differentiate education for those students. Each attendee will share their process and participate in building a sample process flow for identification of G/T student using student data.

Speakers
avatar for Project Education

Project Education

CEO, Project Education
Project Education is the leading provider of comprehensive educational software solutions to help school districts manage and track student data.Contact: Steve NavarreEmail: steve@projecteducation.netPhone: 972-424-6298Website: projecteducation.net
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Mellony Deuel

CAO, Project Education
Mellony Deuel is the Chief Academic Officer and co-founder of Project Education. Before Project Education, Mellony spent more than 30 years as an educator in school districts across the country, 19 years as the compliance officer in a large Texas district.


Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Grand Oaks NO JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel
 
Thursday, December 5
 

7:30am CST

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Inquiry & Mathematics
Take mathematically talented students to higher levels through an inquiry approach. Design student learning from engaging activities to questions to be investigated, communication, and discoveries that students understand. Why does that card trick work? How are digits related to whether or not you can create a palindrome in one step?

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Thursday December 5, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Grand Oaks NO 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

7:30am CST

Tools for Ecological Thought
Despair, denial, simplistic thinking: None of these will help students to deal with global warming. This session introduces conceptual tools for thinking more rigorously about how we coexist with each other and with nonhuman beings. It also shares research related to reversing global warming and curricular resources for experiential education.

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Susan Waite

Assistant Professor, Texas State University
Dr. Susan Field Waite is the program coordinator of the master's programs in Talent Development, the graduate minor in Creativity Studies, and the graduate minor in Gifted and Talented Education at Texas State University.
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Melanie Warren

Graduate Student, Texas State University
Melanie Warren is a graduate student in Elementary Education with a concentration in Talent Development and a minor in Creativity Studies.
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Keira Holt

Graduate Student; Teacher, Texas State University & Northside ISD
Keira Holt is graduate student majoring in Elementary Education with a concentration in Talent Development and a minor in Creativity Studies. She also is a full-day Pre-K teacher at Villarreal Elementary in Northside Independent School District.


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

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.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Shackelford

Stephanie Shackelford

Ed Tech Trainer, 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 Educational Technology team in Mansfield ISD. She works with the Advanced Academics department to help... 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
Grand Oaks AB JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:45am CST

Coordinators Coffee
Enjoy your morning coffee with your fellow G/T coordinators and leaders. Sponsored by Knowsys


Thursday December 5, 2019 7:45am - 8:15am CST
TAGT HQ

11:00am CST

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

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avatar for Sheila Mulbry

Sheila Mulbry

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



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

11:00am CST

Get Them Thinking! Keep Them Thinking!
One of the key challenges in serving gifted students is to move them beyond learning the content to thinking about the content. This session will focus on skills and strategies that need to be developed in gifted students to help them operate successful in the 21st century.

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avatar for Joyce Juntune

Joyce Juntune

Instructional Professor, Texas A&M University
Dr. Joyce Juntune is an Instructional Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University. Prior to coming to Texas A&M, Dr. Juntune was a classroom teacher and served as Executive Director for the National Association for Gifted Children. She currently teaches... Read More →



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

11:00am CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Brigette Cardenas

Brigette Cardenas

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


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

11:00am CST

Guiding Development: The Social-Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners
Many students who are gifted have low self-concepts after starting school. Explore the unique social emotional needs of the gifted learner, discover how to support those needs in the educational environment, and apply what you learn to advocate for gifted learners.

Speakers
avatar for Randi Rasco

Randi Rasco

District Gifted and Talented Education Instructional Specialist, San Antonio ISD
Randi Rasco received her B.S. degree in Psychology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2002, and her M.A. degree in Community Counseling from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor on 2007. She has an EC-12 Special Education Certification and has worked as a GT facilitator... Read More →



Thursday December 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:00am CST

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

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Danielle Oehler

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

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


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

11:00am CST

The Magic of Open-Ended Challenges: Design and Engineering Activities for the Classroom
Meet every student at their own skill level by using open-ended challenges to teach design and engineering concepts. Learn new simple challenges with KEVA Planks by doing them yourself. No PowerPoints, just practical activities you can implement immediately to encourage critical and creative thinking. Session will also demonstrate how to use open-ended questioning with students. The activities are easy and fun to lead but have an unlimited range of difficulty. Play with purpose.

Thursday December 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Cibolo 3-4 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:00am CST

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

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avatar for Kelly Threadgill

Kelly Threadgill

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


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

1:15pm CST

Beyond the Classroom Border: Student Writing in Community-Based Partnerships
Get G/T students outside the walls of your classroom by implementing a service learning project. Immerse students in authentic rhetorical situations for external audiences. Support students as they use real-world genres, employ complex creation, and reflection processes. Combine multiple learning standards and allow for students’ unique voices, interests, and strengths.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Otto

Karen Otto

English Teacher, Carroll ISD
Karen Otto teaches English II GT at Southlake Carroll High School. She began her 22 year career in education teaching 6th grade GT English. Since then, she has taught middle and high school GT in schools of varying socioeconomic diversity. Karen holds an MA in English, an M.Ed., and... Read More →
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Jim Warren

English Professor, University of Texas at Arlington
Dr. James “Jim” Warren is an Associate English Professor at The University of Texas at Arlington. He teaches rhetoric and composition courses for future high school English teachers. Jim is also involved in UTA’s First Year Writing Program, and works closely with current high... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST
Azalea JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:15pm CST

Considering Universal Screening for Increasing the Diversity of Students Identified for Gifted and Talented Programming
Using CogAT scores for differentiating instruction benefits all students and can maximize the positive benefits of testing time on student achievement. Building on student’s strengths while using appropriate scaffolding to shore up weaker areas will be demonstrated. This information is valuable when considering reasoning skills in classroom instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Lupina Vela

Lupina Vela

Senior Assessment Consultant, Riverside Insights
Senior Assessment Consultant with 23+ years, _x000D_Presented at National, State, Regional, and District Conferences_x000D_Former Public School Educator


Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST
Grand Oaks PQ JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:15pm CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Yoliani Saud

Yoliani Saud

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



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

1:15pm CST

TEA Gifted/Talented Education Update
Hear the latest information pertaining gifted/talented education in Texas, including the new Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students. TEA divisions will also share other highlights related to G/T.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Brewer

Monica Brewer

Statewide Coordinator, Gifted and Talented Education, Texas Education Agency
Monica Brewer is the Statewide Coordinator, Gifted/Talented (G/T) Education with the Texas Education Agency. In this role, Monica coordinates all aspects of G/T education and the Commissioner’s Advisory Council for Gifted/Talented Education. Before joining TEA in 2012, Monica worked... Read More →



Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

2:30pm CST

Bored to Distraction: How Failing to Identify Giftedness in Young Children Is a Problem for Everyone
We will explore the problems of nonidentification from a societal lens, asking questions about why gifted students slip through the cracks, and exploring the cost of failing to catch them. This gets to the heart of why we serve gifted students and explores potential and perceptions of these kids.

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 →
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Christine Westfall

Doctoral Student, Baylor University
Christine Westfall is a doctoral student at the Baylor University school of Educational Psychology, specializing in gifted and talented students. She holds a Master's Degree in Gifted and Talented studies, and is a teacher of gifted studies in Leander ISD.



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

2:30pm CST

Depth & Complexity in Mathematics
The Depth & Complexity Iconic Prompts are used in thousands of Texas classrooms and in numerous content areas. However, educators often find it challenging to integrate the prompts into their math instruction. This interactive workshop highlights ways to incorporate Depth & Complexity into mathematics and provides samples of student work.

Speakers
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Daniel Brillhart

G/T Specialist, Round Rock ISD
Daniel Brillhart is the 2016 TAGT Educator of the Gifted. He has taught a wide range of subjects across all levels during his 29 year career. Currently, Daniel serves as the GT Specialist for his campus and on district GT leadership committees. Daniel has presented on Depth and Complexity... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Grand Oaks PQ JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

2:30pm CST

Questioning to Enhance and Extend Learning
The goal of the session is to empower teachers with a tool to build students learning and retention. It takes the idea of prior knowledge to create questions that stem answers and a deeper understanding of the topic or content.

Speakers
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Nefertitti Washington

Teacher, Fort Bend ISD
Nefertitti Washington is a math teacher at Quail Valley Middle School for 7th grade mathematics, 8th grade mathematics, as well as, Algebra I. Dr. Washington believes it is time for a higher dimension of learning for all learners and that we as educators should reach beyond any set... Read More →



Thursday December 5, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Cibolo 1-2 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:30pm CST

Concepts, Essential Questions, and Inquiry: What Would Socrates Do?
Concepts lie at the heart of quality curriculum and instruction that provide rigor, depth, and complexity. Learn how engaging learners in the examination of concepts is best accomplished through questioning–as Socrates demonstrated–that takes students to the highest levels of cognition through essential questions and Socratic inquiry.

Speakers
avatar for Richard D. Courtright

Richard D. Courtright

Gifted Education Research Specialist, Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duk
Dr. Richard D. Courtright serves as Gifted Education Research Specialist for Duke TIP. He has held the positions of lecturing fellow in the Duke University Program in Education, and as an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Education at Elon University as well as at the... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm CST
Cibolo 1-2 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:30pm CST

Launching TPSPs for Beginners!
Don't let project-based learning overwhelm you. Instead, let your students take control of their learning! Let me coach you through four different TPSPs for grades K-5. I found the free resources, wrote timelines, and created unit plans I will share with you. We'll also look at authentic student examples.

Speakers
avatar for Deniece Frideley

Deniece Frideley

GT Specialist, Lancaster ISD
Deniece Frideley is currently in her seventeenth 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 →



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

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.

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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 4:30pm - 5:30pm CST
Grand Oaks AB JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:30pm CST

Preassessment and Grouping: Laying the Groundwork for Effective Differentiation
In a mini-workshop format complete with practice and student examples, this session explores various approaches to preassessment as well as grouping strategies; most importantly, it focuses on matching the learning goals to appropriate preassessments to best-practice grouping strategies–thus laying the ground work for effective differentiation.

Speakers
avatar for Tracy Inman

Tracy Inman

Associate Director, The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU
Tracy Ford Inman, Ed. D., associate director of The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University, is active on the state, national, and international levels in gifted education, working the educators, parents, and gifted students. She serves on NAGC’s board (parent representative... Read More →



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

4:30pm CST

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

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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 4:30pm - 5:30pm CST
Grand Oaks RS JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:30pm CST

TEA Town Hall: Building G/T Certification, Part II
G/T stakeholders will provide input for the next phase of gifted/talented program certification to TEA in this interactive town hall session, offering suggestions for what the framework for certification of gifted programs might look like in the future.

This session will cover the following sections of the State Plan: Student Assessment, Service Design, and Families.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Brewer

Monica Brewer

Statewide Coordinator, Gifted and Talented Education, Texas Education Agency
Monica Brewer is the Statewide Coordinator, Gifted/Talented (G/T) Education with the Texas Education Agency. In this role, Monica coordinates all aspects of G/T education and the Commissioner’s Advisory Council for Gifted/Talented Education. Before joining TEA in 2012, Monica worked... Read More →



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

4:30pm CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Gina Pasisis

Gina Pasisis

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



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

4:30pm CST

Learning Lab: Astronomy for the Classroom
Bring the basics of astronomy into your classroom by creating a chandelier-like constellation of Orion. Through the presentation you will be learning the stars that make up Orion and their meaning, bringing understanding of constellations to your students.

Speakers
avatar for Abigail Peterson

Abigail Peterson

Sales and Outreach Coordinator, US Space and Rocket Center
Abigail Peterson is the Sales and Outreach Coordinator at The U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp, and specializes in Custom programs. While overseeing Custom and Corporate programs, she travels the United States promoting the exciting educational opportunities available... Read More →



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

7:30am CST

Blended Learning Centers in the Secondary Classroom
Yes! We said centers in secondary classes! With a shift in thinking, transform your classroom to focus on the individual learning needs of advanced learners. Blended learning offers avenues to differentiate, addresses various learning styles, allows students to learn at their own pace, and take ownership of their learning.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Shackelford

Stephanie Shackelford

Ed Tech Trainer, 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 Educational Technology team in Mansfield ISD. She works with the Advanced Academics department to help... 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 →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Begonia/Bottlebrush JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am CST

Creating Strong Kids Through Writing: 30-Minute Lessons That Build Empathy, Self-Awareness and Social-Emotional Understanding
So many writing activities in today’s schools follow a standard format that is neither interesting nor purposeful for advancing student learning. This session is designed to change that. Participants will be presented with 12 writing lessons that enhance character, creativity and self-awareness, while engaging students in personal writing that they actually enjoy composing. While some of the activities are brief and humorous, others are extended and require introspection. Each classroom-tested lesson will be accompanied by student-generated responses that will help to turn even your most reluctant writers into wordsmiths.

Speakers
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Dr. Jim Delisle

Distinguished Professor of Education, Kent State University (Retired)
Dr. Jim Delisle has taught gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more than 30 years. Jim retired from Kent State University recently after 25 years of service as a professor of special education. Throughout his career, Jim has taken time away from university teaching... Read More →


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

7:30am CST

Six Thinking Hats: Creative and Critical Thinking
Students require creativity and critical thinking skills to be successful in the 21st-century world. Many gifted students have great potential in these areas, but how can these skills be taught? This session will introduce deBono's Six Thinking Hats process, which requires participants to think about problems from varied perspectives.

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Kim Hardin

Assistant Professor, Abilene Christian University
Kim Hardin, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Department at Abilene Christian University. She spent ten years teaching in the Texas public schools where she served students from all academic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Her areas of focus while completing her... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Cibolo 10-11 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am CST

TEA Gifted/Talented Education Update (Repeat Session)
Hear the latest information pertaining to gifted/talented education in Texas, including the new Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted and Talented Students. TEA divisions will also share other highlights related to G/T.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Brewer

Monica Brewer

Statewide Coordinator, Gifted and Talented Education, Texas Education Agency
Monica Brewer is the Statewide Coordinator, Gifted/Talented (G/T) Education with the Texas Education Agency. In this role, Monica coordinates all aspects of G/T education and the Commissioner’s Advisory Council for Gifted/Talented Education. Before joining TEA in 2012, Monica worked... Read More →



Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am CST

The Poverty-Disrupting Educator
Will you be the poverty-disrupting educator who will make a difference in the lives of the underserved gifted population? G/T students who live in poverty are increasingly left behind. Let's discuss strategies and practical applications to help change the trajectory of gifted students who may have otherwise be ignored.

Speakers
avatar for Sherry Johnson

Sherry Johnson

GT Trainer & Instructional Specialist, Cypress Fairbanks ISD
Sherry Johnson is the consummate educator, who is passionate about empowering individuals. She entered the field of education in 1996 and for the past thirteen years serves in Cypress Fairbanks ISD. She has earned the recognition of Spotlight Teacher of the Year and Elementary Math... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Goldenrod JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

Dynamic Assessment for the Classroom
Dynamic assessment is sometimes used in the identification process. However, with a little shift in thinking it can also be an effective tool for the gifted and mixed-ability classrooms when students come with sometimes wildly different background experiences.

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Joe Russell

Advanced Learning Specialist, Richardson ISD
Joe Russell is a teacher of an amazing bunch of kids in in Richardson, TX. He has published research on several subjects related to G/T, but considers his most important contribution to the field to be the time spent in his classroom with his students. He lives in Plano, TX with his... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Cibolo 3-4 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

Explore the Challenge Lab: Renzulli’s Schoolwide Enrichment Model on Steroids
Explore how Challenge Lab serves G/T, “undercover G/T,” and high-achieving children. Discover an innovative way to serve all students achieving academic mastery via extensions, inclusion, and STEAM. This dynamic model motivates students to master TEKS and think critically, thus boosting Level 3 STAAR scores. A fresh approach to differentiation!

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Lisa Davis

Gifted Education Consultant, Gifted Education Consultant
Lisa Davis was most recently a Challenge Lab teacher/Enrichment Specialist in Kerrville ISD, with over 30 years in Education. She holds a M.Ed. in School Leadership, with Special Education, Kindergarten, Early Childhood, & Principal certifications. Lisa has piloted special education... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Cibolo 10-11 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

Never Enough Time: Sustainable Tools for Designing Powerful Critical Thinking Units
In a perfect world, there would be ample time for collaboration between G/T staff and classroom teachers, but it seems that time is always in short supply. Learn quick, easy-to-implement, critical thinking strategies you can share with other educators today that require very little prep time!

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Pfeiler

Sarah Pfeiler

Curriculum and Training Manager, thinkLaw
Sarah Pfeiler spent 14 years as a classroom teacher in private schools, charter schools, and in traditional public school and taught a variety of subjects in grades K-12. Sarah brings her years of educational experience to her role as Curriculum and Training Manager for thinkLaw... Read More →



Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Cibolo 6 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

STEAMSS! Innovate Through Social Studies
Social studies includes hundreds of stories about real-world creative problem solvers. Explore these stories and challenge students to design related solutions. Teams will design advertising for Stephen F. Austin, a map protector for Lewis and Clark, and a disguise for Santa Anna. Learn social studies while developing 21st-century skills!

Speakers
avatar for Susan Gallander

Susan Gallander

Creative Director, Mind Missions
After 25 years in a variety of educational settings, Susan Gallander was inspired to provide engaging G/T experiences for ALL students. Using her master's degree in Social Studies curriculum and instruction, Ms. Gallander created hundreds of teacher-friendly lessons that incorporate... Read More →



Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Azalea JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

Learning Lab: Stealth STEM With KEVA Planks
Sneak STEM into any subject you teach with games and fun challenges.You will be creating bridges, flowers, architecture, and much more with impromptu challenges using fun and interactive KEVA Planks. Individual, partner, and group projects will give you a first-hand understanding of how open-ended challenges can be so powerful and yet so easy to lead. It's a practical teaching method you can implement immediately.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Scheel

Ken Scheel

Director/Founder, KEVA Planks Education
We help kids of all ages reach their greatest potential with a simple wooden building block.Every piece is exactly the same size and shape.No glue or connectors, just simple stacking.Kids grow STEM skills, communication skills, and SEL skills while building. Teachers and librarians... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Playground JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel