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Wednesday, December 4
 

9:00am CST

Civic Simulations: Engagement With Democratic Processes
Simulations of democratic processes offer students a chance to activate civic knowledge. Simulations (mock trials and hearings) are easy for teachers to implement and give students an opportunity to demonstrate the 21st-century learning skills of teamwork, public speaking, analytical thinking, and the ability to argue both sides of a topic.

Speakers
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Dodie Kasper

LRE Coordinator, State Bar of Texas
Dodie Kasper currently serves as the Coordinator of Law-Related Education. Dodie spent 25 years as a classroom educator with extensive experience teaching U.S. History and Government. Ms. Kasper has participated in the U.S. Supreme Court Institute and served as the Master Teacher... Read More →
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Jan Miller

LRE Director, State Bar of Texas
Jan joined the State Bar of Texas Law-Related Education department as coordinator in 1992 following a career as a classroom teacher and social studies coordinator. Since 1995 she has served as director of the department as well as the executive director of Law Focused Education, Inc... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Cibolo 3-4 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 →
avatar for Yasmin Laird

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 →
avatar for Kathy Lyda

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

CANCELLED: DC Icons and 2e Learners
This session has been cancelled due to a speaker emergency.

This session focuses in on how to challenge and support learners that are twice exceptional with an ADHD diagnosis. We will look at the learning strengths that accompany ADHD and how to utilize the icons for depth and complexity in challenging these learners.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Carrie Simpson

Dr. Carrie Simpson

Educational Consultant
Dr. Carrie Simpson has made a career of understanding, researching, and utilizing differentiated instruction as part of the foundation for teaching. Her work in the field of gifted education, followed by curriculum development and teacher training in the field of special needs brought... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm CST
Bluebonnet/Dogwood JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

Challenge Accepted: Practical Approaches to Equitable Identification
The gifted community wants equity in identification...challenge accepted! Let’s begin to actively evolve the identification process in our classrooms. By taking a bold look at barriers to access, we’ll then explore varied approaches that teachers can use--including a hands-on experience in active identification. Join the cause and take solutions back to your classroom!

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 →
avatar for Ben Koch

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 →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm CST
Cibolo 5 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

Challenge Me With Choice
Do you want to add challenge to your classroom? Join us as we design purposeful menus for your students. Learn the models and how we differentiate cognitive level based on student need. Finally, work with colleagues to create your own menus to implement in your classroom.

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 →
avatar for Dalena Ryskoski

Dalena Ryskoski

Advanced Academics, Clear Creek ISD
Dalena Ryskoski, an Advanced Academics Specialist in Clear Creek ISD, has over 10 years of experience. Her experience ranges from self-contained classroom teacher, Advanced Academics Specialist K-5, an experienced UHCL presenter, and in and out of district presenter.
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Bianca Zelenski

Advanced Academics, Clear Creek ISD
Bianca Zelenski, an Advanced Academics Specialist in Clear Creek ISD, has over 5 years of experience focused on the needs of gifted students. Her experience ranges from self-contained classroom teacher, Advanced Academics Specialist K-5, and an experienced district presenter.



Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm CST
Grand Oaks CD JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

The Possibility of the Unexplored
80% of our oceans are unexplored. We have no idea what is beneath the surface of the undiscovered waters. What if the same is true for student learning? In this session, learn how to give gifted learners opportunities to go deep and explore using a variety of tools and strategies.

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 9:00am - 12:00pm CST
Cibolo 6 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

Using Powerful Questions to Guide Inquiry and Discussion
Effective questions drive the process of learning through inquiry. Teachers who understand how interpretive questions focus and facilitate group discussion are better able to guide students towards deeper critical thinking about the meaning of complex texts and more civil discourse. Learn to create such powerful questions through modeling and practice.

Speakers
avatar for Denise Ahlquist

Denise Ahlquist

Senior Academic Consultant, Great Books Foundation
Denise Ahlquist loves to engage people in Shared Inquiry discussions about the great ideas that shape our world. Since 1985, Denise has taught workshops in effective questioning for teachers and volunteers, supported diverse schools implementing inquiry learning, and led thousands... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm CST
Grand Oaks PQ JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

Using the STEM Process in Your Project-Based Learning
The STEM design process involves asking, imagining, planning, creating, and revising. This fits into the model of PBL where students are creating authentic products. This session shows you how to incorporate the STEM design process into projects to ensure maximize learning. These open-ended projects are great for challenging gifted students.

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avatar for Todd Stanley

Todd Stanley

Gifted Services Coordinator/Author, Pickerington Local Schools, OH
Todd Stanley is the author of many teacher-education books including Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students: A Handbook for the 21st Century Classroom, When Smart Kids Underachieve in the Classroom: Practical Solutions for Teachers, and his latest Authentic Learning: Real World... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm CST
Cibolo 8-9 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

10:15am CST

Considerations for Gifted Students With ADHD
Students may be both gifted and have ADHD. ADHD is characterized by challenges with executive functioning skills such as organization, planning, and time management. Also, students with ADHD often have challenges with social interactions. Implications of the disorder will be explored as it relates to programming for gifted students.

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

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

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

10:15am CST

Self-Advocacy: The Power of a Child’s Voice
We often find ourselves in the position of advocating for gifted youngsters in our lives.  Yet, at some point, they will need to know how to advocate for themselves.  We can nurture this important life skill and foster a life-long willingness to tactfully speak up for their own learning needs.

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avatar for Tamara Fisher Alley

Tamara Fisher Alley

K-12 Gifted Education Specialist, Polson School District #23, MT
Tamara Fisher is K-12 Gifted Specialist for Polson Schools on Montana’s Flathead Indian Reservation. She is Past-President of Montana AGATE and earned her M.A. in Gifted Education in 2004 (UConn). Tamara co-authored "Intelligent Life in the Classroom" with Karen Isaacson, which... Read More →


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

10:15am CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Teresa Turner

Teresa Turner

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


Wednesday December 4, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am CST
Grand Oaks AB 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

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.

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Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Cibolo 1-2 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

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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avatar for Jessica Torres

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

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

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

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

7:00pm CST

Escape the Tesseract: A NuMinds Team-Building Challenge of Cosmic Proportions!
Join us for an escape room-style team challenge in which your knowledge of G/T JUST might be crucial. Even the updated State Plan seems to be implicated, but luckily we have an online tool laced with hidden clues that will help guide you and your team to the promised land of equal access and sublime differentiation. Oh, and also escape the repressive alien mind control exerted by their giant tesseract!

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 →
avatar for Ben Koch

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 →


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

7:00pm CST

The Mask You Live In Documentary Screening
The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men. Join TAGT for a screening of and conversation about this important documentary film. See the trailer at https://vimeo.com/83493676

Wednesday December 4, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Cibolo 5 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel
 
Thursday, December 5
 

7:30am CST

Beyond Either/Or: Open-ended Questions Support Academic and Social-Emotional Learning
Open-ended questions challenge yet support academic and social-emotional growth of gifted students. Divergent thinking may initially be unsettling; with practice, students communicate unique perspectives, support claims with evidence, and use others' insights to stretch their thinking. Reflect on ways to improve questioning as you participate in a Shared Inquiry™ discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Denise Ahlquist

Denise Ahlquist

Senior Academic Consultant, Great Books Foundation
Denise Ahlquist loves to engage people in Shared Inquiry discussions about the great ideas that shape our world. Since 1985, Denise has taught workshops in effective questioning for teachers and volunteers, supported diverse schools implementing inquiry learning, and led thousands... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Cibolo 1-2 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am CST

Breathing to Breathe
This is an introductory lesson on types of yoga breathing that if used in your classrooms could help your students learn how to calm themselves, relieve test anxiety, and reduce stress.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Brewer

Jacqueline Brewer

GT Enrichment Teacher, Advanced Academics Waco ISD
Jacqueline Brewer lives in Waco, Texas with her husband. She has one son, Clark, and one daughter, Alexandra. Jacqueline has over 20 years of teaching experience and is currently a GT Enrichment Teacher for Waco ISD. She has a passion for fitness and health participating in numerous... Read More →



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

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

Integrating Science and ELA Instruction to Add Depth and Complexity
How do you support your advanced students and fit in-depth science instruction into an already packed day? Integrate and differentiate! Apply an anchor text, easy-to-use questioning models, and concept development to create differentiated science and ELA instruction for primary students. Apply demonstrated models to your own science and ELA content!

Speakers
avatar for Eric Fecht

Eric Fecht

Educational Consultant, Vanderbilt University, Programs for Talented Youth
Eric Fecht serves as Educational Consultant and Professional Development and Special Projects Coordinator at Programs for Talented Youth. He received a B.A. in History and Secondary Education from Western Washington University, a M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and an Ed.D. in... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Cibolo 8-9 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am CST

Let’s Talk: What to Expect When You’re Expected to Teach Gifted Students
Brand-new to gifted education? Unsure of where to find the resources, information, and guidance you need? You’re not alone! These experts can answer all of your questions about what to expect when you’re expected to teach gifted students.

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 →
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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 →
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 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Grand Oaks EF 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 →
avatar for Melanie Beckett

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

11:00am CST

Becoming a Meddler-in-the-Middle
Rather than being a Sage-on-the-Stage or a Guide-on-the-Side, learn to become the Meddler-in-the-Middle. Instead of rushing into save students with the right answer, the Meddler-in-the-Middle intentionally creates puzzling situations to stretch gifted students’ thinking. Come experience a collection of activities designed to promote creativity in you and your students!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Brian Housand

Dr. Brian Housand

Keynote Speaker, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Dr. Brian Housand, is the coordinator of the Academically or Intellectually Gifted program at University of North Carolina Wilmington. Dr. Housand earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of Connecticut with an emphasis in both gifted education and instructional... Read More →


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

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.

Speakers
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.

Speakers
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

If You Love It, Let It Go: Popular Practices and Favorite Myths That Are Holding G/T Education Back
Massive upheavals are occurring in the world of G/T education. Changes in law, funding, public perception, and what science says are all creating challenges that G/T stakeholders must be nimble in addressing head on. Bring an open mind and an "unpopular opinion" and let's strategize about the future together!

Speakers
avatar for Clint Rodriguez

Clint Rodriguez

Gifted and Talented, and Advanced Academics Specialist, ESC Region 11
Clint Rodriguez is the GT and Advanced Academics Consultant for ESC Region 11. Previously he served as the district-wide Secondary GT Specialist in Richardson ISD. He taught at ASPIRE Academy for the Highly Gifted in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and has a master's degree in religion... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar 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!

Speakers
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)

1:00pm CST

A Meaningful Mess
As teachers, we often feel like we should have it all together or at least seem like we do. In this learning experience, we will have an honest conversation about messy learning and how to design experiences for you learners that will make that mess 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 1:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Grand Oaks RS JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:00pm CST

Making Depth & Complexity Work for ME!
Have you attended previous Depth & Complexity workshops and felt excitement to begin incorporating into instruction and then realized you needed more practice using the Framework with your own content? This session provides attendees to collaborate and design Depth & Complexity infused activities and lessons aligned to their own content.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Tredick

Kim Tredick

Director Student Support Services, Castaic USD, CA
Kim Tredick is currently the Director of Student Support Services in Castaic School District in Southern California. She has served as lead curriculum writer for J Taylor Education over the past seven years and has been using Depth and Complexity for two decades as a teacher, principal... Read More →



Thursday December 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Begonia/Bottlebrush JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:00pm CST

Mindsets & Mastery: Why Am I Grading This?!
Join us for an amusing but thought-provoking dive into the common pitfalls of traditional grading practices, and see how they can hinder effort and motivation in gifted students. Discover alternative approaches to grading that foster a Growth Mindset, encourage risk-taking and creativity, and help our gradebooks tell the whole story

Speakers
avatar for Matt Wells

Matt Wells

GT Trainer & Science Dept. Chair, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Matt is an award-winning teacher, workshop presenter, national educational consultant and GT trainer. Recipient of the National Association of Biology Teacher's "Outstanding Biology Teacher Award" and the TMA "Butler Award" for Science Teaching, Matt is also a past-president of the... Read More →
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 →



Thursday December 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Grand Oaks CD JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:00pm CST

Think Through the Emotion
Gifted students can use their analytical thinking skills to help them cope with their emotional intensities.  Students can learn to use their exceptional thinking skills to tame their worries and anxiety.  We’ll discuss strategies from several sources you can teach your students to help them with decision-making, perfectionism, and worrying.

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 →



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

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

Differentiation Made Modern: Using Hyperdocs to Differentiate for Gifted Learners
Let’s bring differentiation into the 21st century! Come find out how to use and create (free!) hyperdocs that allow for integrated differentiation. It’s “Choose Your Own Adventure” for classrooms! Come find out what they are, how to use them, where to find them, and what you can do with them.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Van Gemert

Lisa Van Gemert

Creator, Gifted Guru
Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in education with audiences around the world. She is an expert consult to television shows including Lifetime’s "Child Genius," a writer of award-winning lesson plans, numerous articles on social psychology and pedagogy, and the book, Perfectionism... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST
Cibolo 6 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:15pm CST

Let’s Talk: Project-Based Learning in Math and Science
Project-based learning encourages wonder and curiosity in math and science. But how do you develop an effective inquiry-based learning environment that helps students build authentic skills? Where should you even start? These experts are here to help.

Speakers
avatar for Laurie E. Westphal

Laurie E. Westphal

Gifted, Science, and Math Consultant, Dr. Laurie E. Westphal
After teaching science for more than 15 years, Laurie E. Westphal, Ed.D., now works as a gifted education and science consultant. She enjoys developing and presenting staff development on low-stress differentiation strategies and using menus, working with teachers to assist them in... Read More →
avatar for Todd Stanley

Todd Stanley

Gifted Services Coordinator/Author, Pickerington Local Schools, OH
Todd Stanley is the author of many teacher-education books including Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students: A Handbook for the 21st Century Classroom, When Smart Kids Underachieve in the Classroom: Practical Solutions for Teachers, and his latest Authentic Learning: Real World... Read More →
avatar for Chris Fancher

Chris Fancher

Design Teacher, Meridian World School
Chris Fancher is a Middle Years Programme (MYP) design teacher at a public International Baccalaureate (IB) charter school in Round Rock, TX. He has taught every course, from prealgebra to calculus, in more than 20 years of public education.


Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST
Grand Oaks EF 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

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

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

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
avatar for Daniel Brillhart

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

Let’s Talk: Quality Curriculum Development
Effective curriculum captures students’ interests, challenges their thinking, and builds their creative capacities. But how do you develop quality curriculum? These experts are here to help! Learn how to develop and implement curriculum that engages gifted and advanced learners.

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 →
avatar for Eric Fecht

Eric Fecht

Educational Consultant, Vanderbilt University, Programs for Talented Youth
Eric Fecht serves as Educational Consultant and Professional Development and Special Projects Coordinator at Programs for Talented Youth. He received a B.A. in History and Secondary Education from Western Washington University, a M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and an Ed.D. in... 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.
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Ashley Carpenter

Assistant Professor and Director of Professional Development and Publications, William & Mary
The Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary is a research and development center providing PD, curriculum, K-12 camps, and research in gifted education.


Thursday December 5, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Grand Oaks EF 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
avatar for Nefertitti Washington

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

2:30pm CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Cody Pruitt

Cody Pruitt

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



Thursday December 5, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm CST
Grand Oaks AB 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.

Speakers
avatar for Viridiana Carrizales

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

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

Going Beyond the Basics of Critical Thinking: Teaching High Ability Students the Principles of Inventive Problem-Solving
Gifted programs can empower high-ability students to treat a task as a problem where one invents an answer rather than looking for it in a book or elsewhere. This session shares tools and techniques to help students develop critical thinking skills to solve practical problems with an “inventive” mindset.

Speakers
avatar for Suzanna Ramos

Suzanna Ramos

Assistant Lecturer, Texas A&M University
Suzanna is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Ramos received her B.A. (Honors) in Geography and English, an M.S. in Creativity and Change Leadership, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology focused on giftedness, creativity... Read More →
avatar for Hector Ramos

Hector Ramos

Lecturer, Texas A&M University
Hector is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University. Dr. Ramos received his B.Sc. (Honors) in European Community Studies, an M.S. in Creativity and Change Leadership, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology focused on giftedness, creativity... Read More →



Thursday December 5, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm CST
Begonia/Bottlebrush 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

Leveling the (Math) Playing Field to Promote Equity in Gifted Services
A student and administrator will share a presentation that will show how RRISD is actively working to eliminate disadvantages faced by females and underprivileged communities. Data is presented in partnership with a student-created, nonprofit organization for girls. We'll tie in effects of stereotype threat on TAG enrollment and possible solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Raine Maggio

Raine Maggio

Coordinator, Gifted Services K-12, Round Rock ISD
Raine currently serves as Coordinator of Gifted Services in Round Rock ISD. She has 20 plus years in gifted education teaching elementary and middle school, and now in a leadership. Raine was fortunate to receive last year's TAGT Administrator of the Year Award and continues her involvement... Read More →
avatar for Sejal Jain

Sejal Jain

Founder, Adorn with Attitude
Sejal Jain is a rising senior at Westwood High School and has been part of the RRISD family since elementary. She feels fortunate to have access to a variety of AP courses ranging from Calculus and Computer Science to Psychology and Music Theory. She is head coach of all-girls Math... Read More →



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

4:30pm CST

Literature That Connects to G/T Students
Research shows that when students "see" themselves within the pages of a book, their mind is more open and receptive. Our gifted population is certainly no exception. Participants will be exposed to a variety of texts with gifted characters. In addition, twice-exceptional students will be highlighted.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Saphos

Melissa Saphos

Adv Academics G/T Specialist, Esc Region 6
Melissa Saphos is a walking homage to the gifted learner who wants to "do it all!" She has enjoyed a career in journalism, marketing, banking, and education and considers herself fortunate for the experiences that allow her to advocate for the gifted learner. She has served on the... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm CST
Bluebonnet/Dogwood 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

Ratcheting-Up the Curriculum for Gifted Learners
Teachers of the gifted are responsible for going beyond mastery of grade-level curriculum. They need to be able to “ratchet-up” the learning for students. This skill can be developed by learning how to upgrade grade-level curriculum TEKS objectives and pose appropriate advanced-level questions in any content area.

Speakers
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 →


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

5:45pm CST

Whose Team Is It Anyways? Team-Building Comedy Challenge
Who wouldn’t want to build culture and climate with comedy? In this session, participants will explore a variety of comedic team-building activities for use in the classroom. Participants will use their efforts as a team to help write and perform a comedy show throughout the night. Engage in critical thinking, creativity, and building your self-efficacy through improvisational comedy with the always delightful improv team from Curtis Needs a Ride.  

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 5:45pm - 7:15pm CST
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

6:00pm CST

Geeks Who Teach Trivia Night
Calling all know-it-alls (and everyone else too)! Grab a team or join a table of your fellow teachers and trivia geeks and compete for awesome prizes at this fast-paced, super fun trivia night hosted by trivia master, gifted expert, and self-proclaimed geek Brian Housand. You’ll laugh, you’ll get rowdy (we hope—it’s a competition!), and you’ll learn plenty of useful knowledge to impress your friends and students with, including information about gifted education that typically is only found in your dusty old textbooks.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Brian Housand

Dr. Brian Housand

Keynote Speaker, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Dr. Brian Housand, is the coordinator of the Academically or Intellectually Gifted program at University of North Carolina Wilmington. Dr. Housand earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of Connecticut with an emphasis in both gifted education and instructional... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm CST
Cibolo 5 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel
 
Friday, December 6
 

7:30am CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Alana Tholen

Alana Tholen

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

Doctoral Student, Baylor University
Anna Payne is a doctoral student at Baylor University in educational psychology, with a focus on gifted students in mathematics. She has supervised student teachers, as well as working with innovative options for professional learning at the Belin-Blank Center (University of Iowa... Read More →


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

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

Books, Books, and More Books
Build on gifted students’ voracity for reading by pairing the characteristics of gifted learners with books featuring characters to whom they can relate. Everything from picture books to adult novels will be discussed. Gain a few new favorite books to share with your students.

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 →



Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Freesia 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
avatar for Dr. Jim Delisle

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

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.

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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

Perspectives of Giftedness and Schooling: Gen X Talks With Gen Z
As the teaching workforce ages, the gap in generations may cause difficulties in connecting to today's youth. This presentation discusses the challenges of teaching gifted students through eyes of a Gen X and a Gen Z student. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences as well.

Speakers
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Amanda Rudolph

Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University
Amanda M. Rudolph is a Professor in the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She joined the faculty in 2003 after completing her doctoral work at the University of Arkansas. She serves as the Graduate... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Cibolo 3-4 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am CST

Primarily Thinking
Want to infuse thinking skills into your primary grade classroom? Looking for activities to help with early identification? Seeking equitable representation of underrepresented populations? These examples of thinking-skills-based activities for primary-aged children work for whole-class lessons and as part of an equitable and early gifted identification process.

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Fisher Alley

Tamara Fisher Alley

K-12 Gifted Education Specialist, Polson School District #23, MT
Tamara Fisher is K-12 Gifted Specialist for Polson Schools on Montana’s Flathead Indian Reservation. She is Past-President of Montana AGATE and earned her M.A. in Gifted Education in 2004 (UConn). Tamara co-authored "Intelligent Life in the Classroom" with Karen Isaacson, which... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Cibolo 1-2 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am CST

SESSION CANCELLED: Beyond the Book Report: Promoting Critical and Creative Thinking Through Literary Analysis
CANCELLED! Do you need engaging ways to assess students’ understanding of books read during independent reading? This session will include the presentation of alternative literary analysis assignments (book reports) that promote critical and creative thinking. The suggestions provided will emphasize higher order skills while cultivating student interest in reading.

Speakers
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Kimberley Chandler

Senior Director of Learning and School Performance, Essex County Public Schools
Kimberley Chandler, Ph.D., is the Senior Director of Learning and School Performance in the Essex County Public Schools in Virginia. Her professional background includes teaching gifted students in a variety of settings, serving as an administrator of a school district gifted program... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Grand Oaks NO 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

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.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Emily Mofield

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 →
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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 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Cibolo 7 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

8:30am CST

Differentiation and the Gifted Learner: From Fluff and Stuff to Depth and Complexity
When differentiating for gifted learners how do you know if your lesson is different or appropriately difficult? After defining terms like depth and complexity, learn three ways to differentiate instruction for gifted learners and practice applying models and frameworks to support your lesson planning in science, social studies, and ELA.

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 →
avatar for Eric Fecht

Eric Fecht

Educational Consultant, Vanderbilt University, Programs for Talented Youth
Eric Fecht serves as Educational Consultant and Professional Development and Special Projects Coordinator at Programs for Talented Youth. He received a B.A. in History and Secondary Education from Western Washington University, a M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and an Ed.D. in... Read More →


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

8:30am CST

Mindsets & Media: The Influence of Social Media on the Gifted Brain
Join us for a humorous but thought-provoking look at how social media shapes the teenage (and adult!) brain, influencing our mindset, worldview, mental/emotional health and social interactions. Discover ways to help our gifted students foster more open-mindedness and a healthy self image, and engage in more meaningful classroom peer interactions.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Wells

Matt Wells

GT Trainer & Science Dept. Chair, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Matt is an award-winning teacher, workshop presenter, national educational consultant and GT trainer. Recipient of the National Association of Biology Teacher's "Outstanding Biology Teacher Award" and the TMA "Butler Award" for Science Teaching, Matt is also a past-president of the... Read More →



Friday December 6, 2019 8:30am - 10:30am CST
Grand Oaks AB 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.

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 →
avatar for Rebekah Swaim

Rebekah Swaim

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

Tiffani Marich

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

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

9:00am CST

Creating and Consuming Media Messages With Purpose
Media messages are prevalent and powerful. As children are inundated with these messages, they make decisions about interacting with media, which affects how they see themselves, others, and the world. This session benefits middle school G/T teachers with an introduction to media’s effects on identity development combined with student activities.

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Jennifer Shewmaker

Dean: College of Education and Human Services, Abilene Christian University
As a school psychologist for the past twenty years, Dr. Shewmaker has worked with countless children and adolescents, and has seen the way that key media literacy skills impact the way that they respond to media messages. In the past several years, she has been speaking, researching... Read More →
avatar for Amy Boone

Amy Boone

Teaching and Learning Specialist, Abilene Christian University
Mrs. Boone is a Texas certified teacher and has taught students from pre-kindergarten through graduate school. She has written about positive media production. She currently works with university faculty on creating classrooms that maximizes learning based on research about how the... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Cibolo 1-2 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

Increasing Student Engagement With Choice, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Curiosity
This interactive session is part Choose-Your-Own-Adventure and part professional learning, where you are in the driver's seat! Your choices will guide the session through a series of ready-to-use lessons designed to pique and develop students’ curiosity. Regardless of the choices, everyone will leave with access to all of the activities!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Brian Housand

Dr. Brian Housand

Keynote Speaker, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Dr. Brian Housand, is the coordinator of the Academically or Intellectually Gifted program at University of North Carolina Wilmington. Dr. Housand earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of Connecticut with an emphasis in both gifted education and instructional... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Cibolo 5 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

Next Level Differentiation: Infusing Creative and Critical Thinking in Learning Design
The goal for gifted education includes developing skills in thinking, research, communication, and self-directed learning. Teachers can take differentiation to the next level to accomplish all four of those skills by intentionally infusing creative thinking and critical thinking in the curriculum. This session focuses on the infusion lesson design technique.

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 →



Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Begonia/Bottlebrush 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

TAGT Legislative Update
Now that the 86th Legislative Session is over and House Bill 3 is underway, TAGT Policy Consultant Marty DeLeon will let you know what HB3 and other education bills mean for gifted education, what comes next, and how you can help advocate for gifted education in the future.

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Marty DeLeon

Policy Consultant, TAGT



Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

The Journey From Meets to Masters: Depth and Complexity Meets the 4 Parallels
Many gifted children fail to show growth even with the benefit of gifted programming. Growing gifted kids isn't about flash, but substance. Ditch the dog-and-pony show and embrace high-quality, intentional planning by learning to integrate two of the most powerful design tools available. Easy to do across grades and subjects!

Speakers
avatar for Clint Rodriguez

Clint Rodriguez

Gifted and Talented, and Advanced Academics Specialist, ESC Region 11
Clint Rodriguez is the GT and Advanced Academics Consultant for ESC Region 11. Previously he served as the district-wide Secondary GT Specialist in Richardson ISD. He taught at ASPIRE Academy for the Highly Gifted in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD and has a master's degree in religion... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Grand Oaks NO JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am CST

The Not-So-Fab Four: Mental Health & Gifted Youth
Four conditions account for the majority of mental health issues experienced by gifted youth. Explore how the issues of ADHD, mood disorders, depression, and conduct disorder impact schools, what these issues look like in gifted youth, and how to recognize and handle them. Looking for practical ideas? You found them.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Van Gemert

Lisa Van Gemert

Creator, Gifted Guru
Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in education with audiences around the world. She is an expert consult to television shows including Lifetime’s "Child Genius," a writer of award-winning lesson plans, numerous articles on social psychology and pedagogy, and the book, Perfectionism... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Freesia 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

12:45pm CST

Acceleration Summit
Research indicates the benefits of accelerating students, yet many districts still face the challenge of creating and implementing acceleration policies. Further, the revision of the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students calls for schools to provide opportunities for students to accelerate in their areas of strength (Section 4.5), employ flexible pacing (Section 4.6), and implement schedule modifications to meet individual student needs (Section 4.7).

Whether you need help with whole-grade or subject-specific acceleration, early entrance to kindergarten, or early entrance to college, this unique professional learning opportunity will answer your questions about acceleration, share the research behind this practice, and give you evidence-based strategies for implementation.

Featuring top experts in acceleration practices, Susan Assouline and Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik of University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center, along with Texas-based practitioners who have made acceleration work in their districts, participants will walk away with a stronger knowledge base and a collection of resources for furthering this practice in their districts.

Agenda:
12:45 p.m.-12:50 p.m.: Welcome/Intro
12:50 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Keynote: Acceleration: Making Informed Decisions: Susan Assouline & Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Belin-Blank Center, University of Iowa
1:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.: Statutes and State Policies Around Acceleration in Texas: Monica Simonds, Richardson ISD
1:45 p.m.-1:50 p.m.: Break
1:50 p.m.-2:20 p.m.: Mini-Breakouts/Roundtables (3-4):
--Feeling Overwhelmed? Acceleration for Beginners: Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Belin-Blank Center
--Making Decisions About Whole-Grade Acceleration: Susan Assouline, Belin-Blank Center
--How to Create Early Entrance to College Programs on Limited Resources: Ashlee Duncan, Waco ISD
--Acceleration in Mathematics: Susan Johnsen, Baylor University
2:20 p.m.-2:25 p.m.: Break
2:25 p.m.-2:55 p.m.: Mini-Breakouts/Roundtables (3-4): Topics TBD
--How to Be an Advocate for Acceleration: Finding Your Leverage Points: Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Belin-Blank Center
--Acceleration and Twice-Exceptional Students: Susan Assouline, Belin-Blank Center
--Impact of Accelerated Extracurricular Programs: Tamra Stambaugh, Vanderbilt PTY
--Developing Acceleration Policies in Your District: Marcy Voss, Educational Consultant
--Within-Class and Content-Based Acceleration How Tos: Sara Mooney, Richardson ISD

2:55 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: Break
3:00 p.m.-3:25 p.m.: Administrator/Practitioner Panel: District Challenges and Solutions for Effective Acceleration: Holly Mohler, Grand Prairie ISD; Monica Simonds, Richardson ISD; Linda Autrey, Nacogdoches ISD; Nicole Williams, Tyler ISD (Moderator)
3:25 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Closing/Reflection

Speakers
avatar for Susan Assouline

Susan Assouline

Director, Belin Blank Center at the University of Iowa
Susan G. Assouline is the director of the Belin-Blank Center, holds the Myron and Jacqueline N. Blank Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, and is a professor of school psychology. Throughout her career, she has been especially interested in the identification of academic talent in elementary... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Dr. Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik

Administrator of the Acceleration Institute and Research, Belin Blank Center at the University of Iowa
Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Ph.D. is Administrator, Acceleration Institute and Research at the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center. Research interests include mathematically talented students and academic acceleration. Publications include: Developing Math Talent: A Comprehensive Guide... Read More →



Friday December 6, 2019 12:45pm - 3:30pm CST
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel