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Wednesday, December 4

11:30am CST

Be Here Now: Teaching Mindfulness to Students
Mindfulness is defined as awareness of the present moment. Mindfulness has many benefits for the social emotional well-being of gifted students such as improved attention, better coping with emotions, and calmer decision making. Participants will learn how to teach both active and passive mindfulness practices to their students.


Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Cibolo 1-2 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:30am CST

Easy Reads, Tough Conversations
Choosing picture books that encourage students to think intensively and critically about social studies concepts can be a difficult task. Additionally, facilitating discussions or reflective writing assignments that provide students with a voice to the topics is essential in the development of informed, empathetic, well-rounded citizens.

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Jessica Torres

Education Specialist, ESC Region 12
Jessica serves as an Educational Specialist for ESC Region 12 in the heart of Texas. Formerly an assistant principal and Montessori teacher, Mrs. Torres is passionate about developing educators to provide innovative approaches and experiences for all learners as they pursue their... Read More →

Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Begonia/Bottlebrush JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel
Thursday, December 5

7:30am CST

Twice-Exceptional Students and G/T Services
Often, twice-exceptional learners are misdiagnosed or misidentified as a result of misconceptions regarding their needs and appropriate service options. The school community must be able to respond to their unique exceptionalities and potentialities. Investigate the TEA G/T Equity website with the lead of the TEA 2e Task Force.

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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 →

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

1:15pm CST

And Then They Go to College . . .
In the K-12 environment, getting gifted/2e learner needs met is difficult, but doable. When they go to college, it's a whole different game. One small state university is attempting to meet the needs of underrepresented gifted/2e learners with a totally new program. Interactive discussion will take place.


Lou Lloyd-Zannini

Advocate for Gifted/2e Learners, University College, UHV
Lou Lloyd-Zannini has been engaged in gifted education for more than twenty years, and has been training leaders at the school and district level since 1994. In his new role, he serves with the University College of UHV, where he is building and directing the Gifted/Twice-Exception... Read More →

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

2:30pm CST

Supporting Undocumented Students and Families From K-12 to Higher Education
Educators have the legal and moral responsibility to educate and support students regardless of their immigration status. This session will provide an overview of policies affecting undocumented students, best practices for creating safe and welcoming schools, and resources designed for K-12 educators supporting undocumented students.

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Viridiana Carrizales

Co-Founder and CEO, ImmSchools
Viridiana was born in Michoacán, Mexico and immigrated with her family to the United States when she was 11 years old. In 2017, Viridiana co-founded ImmSchools, an organization that partners with K-12 educators to support undocumented students and families. Her passion for education... Read More →

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

7:30am CST

Teaching Tenacity Through Social-Emotional Learning: Linking Research to Practice
What does the research say about gifted students’ achievement motivation? How can we teach tenacity, resilience, and emotional regulation so that students are able to thrive, even through challenges? See sample lesson plans and learn practical, engaging strategies that address the link between emotions and achievement motivation.

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Dr. Emily Mofield

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

Megan Parker Peters

Associate Professor & Director of Teacher Education and Assessment, Lipscomb University
Dr. Megan Parker Peters is an Associate Professor and the Director of Teacher Education and Assessment at Lipscomb University. She is a licensed psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Parker Peters specializes in researching and assessing gifted and twice-exceptional... Read More →

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

8:30am CST

Social-Emotional Enrichment, Acceleration, and Differentiation
This session will focus on how to use a developmental, standards-based approach to enrichment, acceleration, and differentiation for the social emotional learning of gifted students in order to identify and develop students' strengths and weaknesses. Learn how one school is trying to go beyond identification to servicing students' social-emotional needs.

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Holly Mohler

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

Early Childhood Behavior Therapist, GRAND PRAIRIE ISD,ADMINISTRATION
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Tiffani Marich

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

Counselor, School for the Highly Gifted, Grand Prairie ISD
Baneca Henson started in the field of Special Education, as a paraprofessional in a self-contained classroom, in which students exhibited emotional and behavioral disturbances and spent the next 5 years as a Special Education Teacher. Most recently, she has served as a School Counselor... Read More →

Friday December 6, 2019 8:30am - 10:30am CST
Grand Oaks CD JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel