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Wednesday, December 4
 

9:00am CST

Building Vocabulary: The Foundation for College Readiness
Discover why and how to build a program that gives your students an advantage in reading comprehension, verbal communication, and test preparation! Explore vocabulary best practices based on Robert Marzano's well-respected research and learn innovative ways to introduce and teach vocabulary that students not only internalize but also utilize.

Speakers
avatar for Knowsys Educational Services LLC

Knowsys Educational Services LLC

President, Knowsys Educational Services LLC
Knowsys: helping students prepare for & succeed on standardized exams (PSAT,SAT, ACT, & TSI) since 2003. College Readiness: courses & curriculum for test preparation; college exploration, admissions essays, & applications; programs for 7th graders & PSAT National Merit Potentials... Read More →
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Amber Reynolds

GT Teacher (6th grade), GT Academy @ Pearland ISD
Amber Reynolds attended Baylor University where she specialized in Gifted and Talented Studies, the only undergrad program of its kind in the nation. Her time there instilled in her a love for engaging this population and equipping them with just the right tools to meet their unique... Read More →


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

9:00am CST

Enrichment: One District's Model
This session will provide a brief history of how the Enrichment program in Round Rock grew out of Advanced Academics, how the program has evolved, and how systems and structures have been put into place to support the needs of students and campuses.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Swain

Michelle Swain

Director of Gifted and Advanced Academic Services, Round Rock ISD
Michelle Swain currently serves as the Director of Gifted and Advanced Academic Services for Round Rock ISD. Michelle served on the TAGT Board of Directors and as 2011 President. She also served on the NAGC Board of Directors. Michelle was the recipient of the 2001 TAGT Region XIII... Read More →
avatar for Katharine Riedlinger

Katharine Riedlinger

District Enrichment Coordinator, Round Rock ISD
Katharine Riedlinger currently serves as the Enrichment Coordinator for Round Rock ISD. She has been a classroom teacher and TAG specialist for 13 years, and has her master’s degree from the University of Connecticut where she worked closely with some of the biggest names in gifted... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar 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

Meaningful Experiences for the Mathematically Gifted Elementary Student
How do we grow leaders during math class and beyond? Active instructional techniques like Problem Based Learning (PBL) can motivate bored students and raise their understanding and achievement. Student-centered strategies and reasoning skills obtained through PBL increase students' creativity and independence while helping students earn a sense of ownership.

Speakers
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Erica Arevalo

Chief Operational Officer, Embolden Educational Consulting
Erica Arevalo, has served in the education sector through the capacity of multiple roles including that of a classroom teacher, District Job Embedded Trainer, District Math Coach, District Instructional Coach, and Independent Educational Consultant. Currently, Erica works collaboratively... Read More →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am CST
Cibolo 1-2 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

10:15am CST

The Perfect Pair: G/T and IB
Why is International Baccalaureate (IB) appropriate for gifted learners? In what ways do IB planners and student agency complement G/T differentiation and independent research? In this session, you will become familiar with the IB approach to learning that parallels the nature and needs of gifted students.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Wink

Ann Wink

IB Consultant, TIBS
TIBS is a 501(c)(3) organization and a recognized Association of IB World Schools that supports the general improvement of education for students enrolled in IB.
avatar for Cecelia Boswell

Cecelia Boswell

Founder, Austin Creek Education Systems
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 →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am CST
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:30am CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Swain

Michelle Swain

Director of Gifted and Advanced Academic Services, Round Rock ISD
Michelle Swain currently serves as the Director of Gifted and Advanced Academic Services for Round Rock ISD. Michelle served on the TAGT Board of Directors and as 2011 President. She also served on the NAGC Board of Directors. Michelle was the recipient of the 2001 TAGT Region XIII... Read More →
avatar for Tish Cawley

Tish Cawley

Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Services, Hays CISD
I have been with Hays CISD for 15 years. Previously, I taught in Keller ISD and Manor ISD. Since coming to Hays I have served as a G/T Teacher, District Lead G/T Teacher, and Coordinator of Gifted and Talented Services. 
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Debbie Smith

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


Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Grand Oaks EF 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

Build It and Parents Will Come
In the movie, A Field of Dreams, we all remember the famous line, "Build it and they will come." This session shares how a district designed a support system for parents to understand the social and emotional needs of their gifted learner. This partnership allows their gifted population to thrive.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Leal

Jennifer Leal

GT Coordinator, Rockwall ISD
I have been in the field of education for over 32 years. Thirty-one years have involved the gifted learner which has led me to the position of the district Gifted and Talented Coordinator for Rockwall ISD. My first charge as an administrator for this special population included being... Read More →
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.
avatar for Heather Caldwell

Heather Caldwell

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



Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel
 
Thursday, December 5
 

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

Texas State Plan Work Session: Building a Program Guide
Come to collaborate with peers to develop a gifted and talented program guide for your district. The new state plan requires districts to have a guide describing all gifted/talented programs, services, assessments, and communication. Leave giftED with a start to one of your projects and connections with other leaders!

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 →
avatar for Kelsey Karcher

Kelsey Karcher

District Coordinator, Allen ISD
Kelsey Karcher, M.Ed., is the District Coordinator for Advanced Academics & Gifted and Talented in Allen ISD. Throughout her career, her goal has been to ensure all gifted students have equitable access to an education that challenges and supports them. She earned a B.A. in Broadcast... 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 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Goldenrod JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:15pm CST

Seeking Diverse Talent Using the SIGS-2 Observational Checklist
Observational checklists are valid tools for recognizing talent and potential in K-12 students. The SIGS-2 seeks to build on the 15-year tradition of the SIGS, helping schools identify diverse talent. Participants will gain an understanding of how the SIGS-2 is an effective screening and identification protocol for potentially gifted students.

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 →
avatar for Laila Sanguras

Laila Sanguras

Lecturer, Baylor University
Laila Y. Sanguras has over 20 years of experience in program evaluation, teaching, and curriculum development with an emphasis on language arts and digital learning environments. She earned her Ph.D. in research, measurement, and statistics from the University of North Texas and is... Read More →



Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST
Cibolo 3-4 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

Beyond Talent Pools: Overcoming Barriers to Diversity in Gifted Programs
This session will offer an in-depth look at some of the latest research on the diversity gap as well as solutions-oriented approaches used by a large suburban district. Part of the State Plan track, this session will explore solutions for identifying and serving all students as noted in the new Texas State Plan.

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 →


Thursday December 5, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Cibolo 3-4 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

2:30pm CST

Critical Thinking and Test Prep?: Moving G/T Learners to Mastery With Active Engagement
Can you engage students in rigorous, engaging activities and ensure they are prepared for the STAAR? Test prep with critical thinking is not only feasible, but necessary. Because let’s be real: If there was such a thing as “teaching to the test,” we would’ve cracked that code by now!

Speakers
avatar for Colin Seale

Colin Seale

Chief Executive Officer, ThinkLaw
Colin Seale was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, where struggles in his upbringing gave birth to his passion for educational equity. Tracked early into gifted and talented programs, Colin was afforded opportunities his neighborhood peers were not. Using lessons from his experience... Read More →



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

2:30pm CST

Discussing Practical Solutions for the New State Plan
The revised state plan takes us to the next level of G/T services by focusing on student outcomes, social-emotional learning, and equity for all gifted learners. The plan is well-intentioned, but without support, can appear daunting. Come gather resources that help you meet and exceed the newly revised State Plan.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Vawter

Justin Vawter

NuMinds Enrichment
Justin Vawter lives on the fringe of education, a creative spark working tirelessly to redefine the educational narrative and make the learning experience more impactful and meaningful. He holds a Masters degree in Curriculum Design and Instruction from the University of North Texas... Read More →
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Ben Koch

CEO, NuMinds Enrichment
Ben Koch is driven to unite people to a greater vision and cause in education and self-development. Through coaching, teaching, and delivering progressive workshops and talks he seeks to expand horizons in education, leadership, and personal development. Driven to make a broader impact... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:30pm CST

Framing Leadership Stories
Educators often move into leadership roles with little practice in everyday application. Participants will write and analyze leader stories to tap leadership potential while nurturing the skills and abilities needed by leaders. The session uses the art of reframing leadership to better meet problems and set an innovative, powerful direction.

Speakers
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JJ Colburn

guest, Strategic Association Management
JJ Colburn, M.Ed., CAE, serves as president and partner at Strategic Association Management in Austin, TX. He was previously the executive director of TAGT, has served as the director of the Texas Association of Student Councils, and is a former social studies teacher, counselor... Read More →
avatar for Mary Christopher

Mary Christopher

Consultant, Christopher Gifted Leadership Consultant
Mary Christopher, Ph.D., completed degrees at Texas Tech University and the University of Louisville. She taught gifted children for 15 years and worked as professor at Hardin-Simmons University for 24 years. She served as Director of the Masters in Gifted Education and the Doctorate... Read More →
avatar for Cecelia Boswell

Cecelia Boswell

Founder, Austin Creek Education Systems
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 →


Thursday December 5, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm CST
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar 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
 
Friday, December 6
 

7:30am CST

Engaging All Students in Learning; A Make-n-Take Workshop
Fill a portfolio with all new projects that teach skills "hands-on." Use the "rigor" of today's teaching and infuse research-based creative projects into your classroom that lead gifted students to be challenged with a differentiated curriculum piece that engages all! Fun, hands-on, creative, and motivational!

Speakers
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Karen Simmons

teacher, The Bag Ladies and PBC School District
Karen Simmons is a veteran teacher in Palm Beach County, Fl. where she has been awarded numerous awards and merits. She and another teacher speak all over the USA to districts, schools, and groups on ways to keep gifted students engaged in learning. Since retirement she teaches art... Read More →
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Cindy Guinn

Teacher, The Bag Ladies and Palm Beach County School District
Cindy Guinn is a teacher in Palm Beach Co. , Florida. She is the winner of numerous awards and merits for her exceptional teaching. She speaks with Karen Simmons all over the USA and is a noted author of 4 books, and numerous thematic units. Mrs. Guinn runs the art gallery for her... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Cibolo 8-9 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am CST

More Mathematical Minds in the Multiage Mod: 2019 TAGT Innovation Award Winner
After an extensive review of research on best practices for gifted learners, the Klein ISD Gifted and Talented Guiding Coalition concluded that a self-contained, high-ability, multiage elementary class would be the ideal pilot program. Join us to learn about this innovative, successful program which earned the TAGT Innovation Award.

Speakers
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Carie Barber

Program Coordinator, Klein ISD
Carie currently serves Klein ISD gifted learners as a Program Coordinator in the Advanced Academic Services Department. She leads the department in Identification and Assessment for gifted learners in Klein ISD.
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Kathleen Plott

Officer-Advanced Academic Services, Klein ISD
Kathleen Plott leads Advanced Academics for Klein ISD. She has served educational communities across the United States as a classroom teacher, content/technology specialist, grant writer/program manager, GT/Advanced Academic Program Coordinator, National Professional Development trainer... Read More →
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Carrie Raiyawa

Program Coordinator, Klein ISD
Carrie serves Klein ISD gifted learners as a Program Coordinator in the Advanced Academic Services Department. She leads the department in Professional Learning for gifted learners in Klein ISD.


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Grand Oaks EF 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

Texas State Plan Work Session: Creating an Action Plan
The new Texas State Plan requires that for every area a district does not meet the level of compliance there is a plan to correct it with a timeline. Come work together with other district coordinators to get a jump start on this work.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Simonds

Monica Simonds

Director of Advanced Learning Programs and Services, 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 11th year... Read More →


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