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Wednesday, December 4

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.

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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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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

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!

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Justin Vawter

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

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

11:30am CST

Duke University Talent Identification Program: Not Just the Talent Search
Duke TIP offers innovative curriculum, professional development, gifted education research and resources, advocacy tools, and supplemental programming to assist educators in the classroom. We'll clarify the purpose and benefits of talent search participation, and share new ideas to address everyday teaching challenges, which includes free inspirational instruction and classroom-ready lessons/materials.


Traci Guidry

Southwest Regional Manager, Duke University Talent Identification Program
Traci Guidry represents Duke TIP outside the state of North Carolina. Her satellite office was created in 2005 to more directly respond to the needs of Texas GT parents and educators. Approximately 30% of total Duke TIP participation hails from the Lone Star State and Ms. Guidry is... Read More →

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

3:20pm CST

Research Pop-Up: A Longitudinal Analysis of Inequity in Gifted Education in Texas: Applying the Relative Difference in Composition Index (RDCI)
The Relative Difference in Composition Index (RDCI), has recently been suggested as a measure of equity in GT identification. In this study, the RDCI is tested through application at the state, district and campus levels. Trends over time are created for each racial group between the years 2001 and 2018. This study explores one approach to embdedding growth mindset material into an academic discipline with the aim to improve students' mindset towards learning as well as encourage academic grit and perseverance (particularly students with perfectionistic and task-avoidance related underachievement). This is a practical model of how districts can use the RDCI as a tool to diagnose and track their own equity issues in GT identification and services. The effectiveness of the tool is examined at the State, district and campus levels. Learn more about research being conducted in gifted education in this short research presentation.

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Celeste Sodergren

Doctoral Student, Baylor University
Celeste Sodergren is a doctoral student in the Baylor University Educational Psychology department, focusing on Gifted and Talented students. She has a Master's degree in Communication Studies and doctoral research into the No Child Left Behind Act from a Communication lens. She currently... Read More →

Wednesday December 4, 2019 3:20pm - 3:40pm CST
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)

4:00pm CST

Gifted Leaders and How to Identify Them
What is leadership? What do gifted leaders look like? How can we identify them? Participate in activities that will help you define leadership and show how social and emotional intelligence may indicate leadership strengths. Learn what one school district is doing to identify leaders in grades 4-11. Join the conversation!

Please bring a device to use, and be ready to use Nearpod.  The code for the Nearpod activity is: VEZLO

Click HERE for the Prezi link.

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Carlyn Fryberger

Gifted & Talented Specialist in Leadership, San Antonio ISD
Carlyn is a former science educator of 13 years who answered a calling to help gifted learners 6 years ago. She has focused on identifying alternative traits of gifted students. She is the IS at SAISD tasked with identifying and serving gifted student leaders as a part of a Jacob... Read More →

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

4:00pm CST

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

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Project Education

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

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

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

7:30am CST

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

7:40am CST

Research Pop-Up: Steps Toward Equity: Lessons Learned From Successful Districts
This study examined the five states with the largest student populations to determine how they were progressing with combating underrepresentation. These states also have some of the largest percentages of ELs, Black, and Latinx students. Using Ford’s (2014) RDCI and EI differences in representation between demographic characteristics were analyzed. This session will focus on sharing the trends and patterns that emerged from the analysis of the data, including the characteristics of districts experiencing the most success identifying students from historically underrepresented groups. Implications of the findings will be discussed. Coordinators will find this session beneficial. Learn more about research being conducted in gifted education in this short research presentation.


Stacy Hayden

Doctoral Student, University of Connecticut
Stacy Hayden is a doctoral student in the Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development program at the University of Connecticut (UConn). Stacy received her B.S. in Elementary Education (2012) from Radford University and her M.A. in Gifted Education (2016) from UConn. Stacy taught... Read More →

Thursday December 5, 2019 7:40am - 8:00am CST
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)

11:00am CST

Let’s Talk: Culturally Responsive Classrooms
Improving equity and diversity in gifted programs starts with educators recognizing underrepresentation and evaluating their own understanding of culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse learners. But how do you build a culturally responsive classroom? These experts are here to guide you.

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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 →
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Brandi Marroquin

Gifted & Talented Implementation Specialist, San Antonio ISD
Brandi Marroquin received her B.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2007 and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in 2017 from The University of Texas at San Antonio. She has her EC-4 and 4-8 Generalist teaching certification, and a K-12 Interdisciplinary- STEAM certificate... Read More →
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April Wells

Gifted Coordinator, Illinois School District U-46
April Wells is the Gifted Coordinator in Illinois School District U-46, where she facilitated the redesign of the District’s gifted program in 2012-2013. April serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Association for Gifted Children.

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

11:00am CST

Selecting and Interpreting Tests for Identifying Gifted Students
The Texas State Plan requires multiple sources and assessments be used in identifying gifted students. This session will focus on how to select quality instruments and interpret assessment results when making decisions regarding the selection of gifted students. Practical evaluation forms and methods for interpreting assessment results will be discussed.

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Susan Johnsen

Professor Emerita, Baylor University
Susan K. Johnsen, PhD, is professor emerita of the Department of Educational Psychology at Baylor University. She is editor-in-chief of Gifted Child Today and has written more than 300 articles, monographs, technical reports, chapters, and other books related to gifted education... Read More →

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

1:00pm CST

In Search of Equity: Removing Barriers to the Identification of At-Risk Populations
The identification of students for services is challenging for even the most experienced professional. In this interactive session we will explore root causes that lead to under-representation and solutions that remove barriers, increase equity, and opportunity for students who may live in poverty and/or are English learners or twice exceptional.

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Wendy Behrens, M.A.

State Director/Gifted Education Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education
Wendy Behrens is the Gifted Education Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Education and Director of Project North Star, a Javits Grant. Previously she worked as a district gifted services coordinator and consultant for the Science Museum of Minnesota. She frequently presents... Read More →

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

1:15pm CST

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

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Todd Kettler, Ph.D.

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 →
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Laila Sanguras

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

Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST
Cibolo 3-4 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

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.

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Raine Maggio, M.S.

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 →
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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
Friday, December 6

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.

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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

8:05am CST

Research Pop-Up: Using Sternberg's Theory of Successful Intelligence and Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory as a Basis for Identification in G/T Programs
Populations within Gifted programs should mirror the demographics in today's schools. Historically, underrepresented populations in these programs include EL, Black, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged & 2e. Using Gardner & Sternberg's theories as a foundation for developing equitable identification & assessment measures in gifted programs can aid in issues of underrepresentation. This research will aid in program development, implementation and evaluation as directors and coordinators look to create more equitable gifted programs for all populations including those underserved within gifted. It will also have implications for those Secondary advanced level programs such as AP, Pre-AP, Dual Credit and IB. Learn more about research being conducted in gifted education in this short research presentation.

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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 →

Friday December 6, 2019 8:05am - 8:25am CST
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)

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.


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

giftED Exchange: Identification and Assessment Strategies for Gifted Learners
Wanting to learn more about what other schools are doing to identify their students, or get important information on tools you can use now for identification and assessment purposes? Join us for this fast-paced giftED Exchange session! giftED Exchange sessions allow attendees to experience a variety of identification and assessment solutions that can be applied immediately in your school. Each presentation will be repeated speed-dating style for a full hour. Come prepared to walk away with identification resources you can use in your gifted education programs. Sponsored by Pearson.

Table #1: SIGS-2: Revised and Renormed
Table #2: Why Ability?
Table #3: Handbooks and Forms
Table #4: Ravens 2
Table #5: Let Them Doodle!
Table #6: Using the HOPE Scale to Identify Underserved Populations
Table #7: Multiple Measures for Identification
Table #8: Examining Nomination and Identification Trend Data
Table #9: NNAT 3

Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CST
giftED Exchange (Exhibit Hall)

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