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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

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

Speakers
avatar for Dewawn Wiest

Dewawn Wiest

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

Kristi Williams

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

Heather Buckley

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

Early Childhood Literacy Specialist, Wylie ISD



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

9:00am CST

Mashed Potatoes and Other Adventures in G/T Parenting
You already know parenting a G/T child is an adventure of a lifetime! Come and explore how Dabrowski's overexcitablities could be impacting your kiddo’s academic, personal, and social experiences. We'll laugh and learn as you identify what's making your student tick and how to support his or her extra adventurous gifts!

Speakers
avatar for Sara Gray

Sara Gray

Educational Consultant, Gray Matters Learning
With over twenty years of experience in both the private and public school settings, Sara brings a passion for the GT learner and their families.


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Freesia 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 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

Real Science on a Dime with NASA Resources
Do you need to have expensive kits and extensive lab equipment in order to engage your learners in authentic hands-on STEM opportunities. The answer, of course, is a resounding NO! In this session you will work through a succession of challenges using whatever the presenter found earlier.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Smith

Steven Smith

STEM Engagement Specialist, NASA
Steven is the STEM Engagement Specialist with NASA’s Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Johnson Space Center. His work helps develop scientists from historically disenfranchised groups, creating culturally responsive lessons that engage students previously left out... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm CST
Iris/Lily 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

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.

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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

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.

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 →


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

10:15am CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Ann Wink

Ann Wink

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

Cecelia Boswell

Founder, Austin Creek Education Systems
Cecelia Boswell, Ed.D., served as the Advanced Academics consultant for an Education Service Center and as an Executive Director of Advanced Academics. She is an independent consultant working nationally and throughout Texas for professional learning opportunities and auditing gifted... Read More →


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

11:30am CST

"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

Davidson Institute @ 20: What We’ve Learned About PG Children
Profound giftedness adds a layer of complexity to the already challenging realm of parenting. These students' developmental and educational trajectories differ even among the gifted population. Although no handbook for PG exists, our work in supporting PG students over 20 years provides insight to the trends observed of 6,000+ families.

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Jessica Mingo

Assistant Director, Davidson Institute for Talent Development
Jessica Mingo joined the Davidson Institute in 2013 and has been involved in various features of the Young Scholars program including the Family Consultant Team, Young Scholars Ambassador Program, Davidson Alumni, and various Davidson publications. Now as Assistant Director of Young... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Freesia 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.

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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

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.

Speakers
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

11:30am CST

Top Ten Things You Should Know About the New State Plan
Just when you thought you understood the last one, a New State Plan comes along. The original State Plan was published in 1990. Since that time, there have been three revisions, This session will focus on ten of the biggest concepts and/or changes in the New State Plan.

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 →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm CST
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

3:30pm CST

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

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


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

4:00pm CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Christina Ramirez

Christina Ramirez

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



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

4:00pm CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Andi McNair

Andi McNair

Author/Speaker, ESC Region 12
Andi was a classroom teacher for 16 years before pursuing her passion to change education by sharing practical ways to engage and empower today’s learners. She was named one of the Top People in Education to Watch in 2016 by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. Andi has published... Read More →


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

4:00pm CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Ziegler

Amanda Ziegler

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

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


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

4:00pm CST

Get the Scoop on Grad School Info Panel
Considering grad school, but wondering what benefits it might bring? Looking to advance yourself with a master’s or doctoral degree? Join current graduate students studying gifted education, along with professors from various universities to find out why grad school might be a good fit for you and how grad school can advance your understanding of the students you serve in this interactive panel session.

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Anne Rinn

Professor, University of North Texas
Anne N. Rinn, Ph.D., is a professor of educational psychology at the University of North Texas, where she also serves as Director of the Office for Giftedness, Talent Development, and Creativity.
avatar for Todd Kettler, PhD

Todd Kettler, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, School of Education, Baylor University
Todd Kettler, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the School of Education at Baylor University. He teaches courses in gifted education and talent development, creativity, and the history and systems of psychology with educational applications... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Stewart

Kimberly Stewart

Instructional Support Teacher, Northside ISD
Kimberly Stewart has been in gifted education for 23 years. She was an elementary GT specialist for 18 years and has served her district in the role of instructional support for gifted programs at all levels since 2015. Her primary tasks include supporting district GT specialists... Read More →
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 →
avatar for Melanie Meyer

Melanie Meyer

PhD Student/AP Language Teacher, University of North Texas/McKinney ISD
Melanie Meyer has been a classroom teacher in Texas for over 20 years, with experience in GT and advanced academics settings. She is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in gifted and talented education at the University of North Texas. Her research... 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.


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

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.

Speakers
avatar for Carlyn Fryberger

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

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

MATHCOUNTS: Challenging Problem-Solving and Competition
How can you make mathematics challenging and exciting? MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, coaching, and competition program that increases enthusiasm for and enhances achievement in middle school mathematics classrooms. Teachers are provided resources that meet national standards and which encourage higher-level thinking. Come have fun and get free materials!

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Iris Folger

Math Consultant, Texas Society of Professional Engineers
Iris Folger graduated from Midland High and West Texas State University, where she was selected as Student Teacher of the Year. She taught math courses for 29 years while being selected multiple times for inclusion in "Who's Who Among Teachers in America". She coached winning competition... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm CST
Cibolo 10-11 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Moon Hernandez

Moon Hernandez

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

Hilda Bazaldua

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



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

4:00pm CST

Supporting the Artistically Gifted
Are you raising or teaching a visual artist, musician, dancer, actor, or playwright? How do you encourage and support children who are gifted in visual or performing arts? Let’s discuss what we should be doing to identify our artistically gifted and how to nurture/develop them to their full potential.

Speakers
avatar for Folly Ligh

Folly Ligh

Parent Rep, TAGT Board of Directors
Folly Jee Ligh is the parent representative on the TAGT Board of Directors and a certified SMPG facilitator. She advocates for the gifted, volunteers in the community and school parent groups, and enjoys the challenging journey of raising two amazing teenagers. Her current interests... Read More →



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

5:30pm CST

Diversity, Equity, and You: A Convening for Diverse G/T Educators and Their Allies
It is difficult to separate the equitable identification and outcomes for underrepresented populations in gifted education from the lack of teacher diversity. We know the impact teachers of color have on the identification of students of color in gifted programs and for maintaining high expectations for students whose genius we typically leave on the table. With this in mind, thinkLaw is excited to host this convening for diverse G/T educators and allies committed to increasing the diversity of our gifted teaching force. This event will include a brief summary of opportunities and barriers for diversifying G/T education, ideas for next steps leaders and TAGT can take to overcome these barriers, and lots of opportunities to network and build coalitions with leaders eager to increase diversity in the ranks of G/T educators.
Sponsored by thinkLaw

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 →



Wednesday December 4, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm CST
Bluebonnet/Dogwood 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!

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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
 
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.

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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

Connections Between Critical Thinking, Writing, and Meeting the Social Emotional Needs of Gifted Children
This workshop will focus on how to help children in grades 2-7 be better thinkers and learners in ways that improve their self-esteem and confidence. There will be an emphasis on the importance of challenge, perseverance, and hard work as social-emotional components for acquiring skills that help gifted children adapt to meet life’s expectations. Practical ideas and materials will be presented. Participants will leave with abundant strategies for improving children’s abilities to ask thoughtful and pertinent questions. Attendees should bring their thinking caps and their funny bones to this highly engaging session.

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Nathan Levy

President, Nathan Levy Books LLC
Nathan Levy, author of the “Stories With Holes” series, has over forty years experience as a teacher, principal, author and educational consultant. Nathan has spoken extensively nationally and internationally to educators, parents and children on how to improve creativity, thinking... Read More →



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

7:30am CST

Diving Deeper: Research Update "Social/Emotional Issues in the Gifted World"
Officers and members of the TAGT Research Division will present an analysis of recently published research on topics focused on the social and emotional issues that concern our gifted learners. A wide array of journals will be reviewed and their findings will be presented.

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Kristin Majority

PhD Candidate, University of North Texas
Kristin Majority is a professional educator in the middle school classroom and PhD candidate at the University of North Texas in the field of Gifted and Talented Education. She is currently serving as the chair of the TAGT Research Division.
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Joyce Miller

Faculty, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Dr. Joyce E. Kyle Miller is Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas A&M University Commerce, Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Miller has taught English and Spanish in various public schools in Texas and has been a faculty member at Texas A&M University... Read More →
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Katie Lewis

Associate Professor, York College of Pennsylvania
Katie D. Lewis, Ed.D. is an associate professor of education at York College of Pennsylvania. She is actively involved in the TAGT Research Division, serving as Past-Chair and the NAGC Professional Development Network, where she serves as the Past-Chair. Her main areas of research... Read More →
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Christina Dearman

Clinical Assistant Professor, University of North Texas
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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 →
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Kristen Lamb

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Robinson Center
Kristen N. Lamb, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Robinson Center at the University of Washington. She studies equity issues in gifted education and talent development, the role of creativity in talent development of high ability students, and classroom conditions... Read More →
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Alex Kabli

Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Splendora ISD
Alex Kabli is the GT Coordinator in Splendora ISD, a rural school district northeast of Houston. She is the elementary pull out teacher and also coordinates the secondary SPARK program. SPARK began last year and is focused on the social and emotional needs of secondary gifted stu... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Cibolo 5 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

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.

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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 →
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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

Playful Learning: Engaging Strategies for the Early Childhood Learner
Our objective is to help students make the connection of ideas, concepts, and vocabulary by providing teachers with different ways/strategies to present information to guide students to independently engage, explore, explain, expand, and evaluate their knowledge.

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Doris Tomas

Director, Oilfield Energy Center
Doris Tomas is the Director of Education at the Oilfield Energy Center. She is in charge of educational outreach, and the design and the development of programs. Doris created and oversees the earth science traveling museum called the MOLU (mobile oilfield learning unit) that travels... Read More →
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Joy Sloan

Educational Facilitator, Oilfield Energy Center
Joy Sloan is a former math/science facilitator who earned a Bachelor of Science from Houston Baptist University and a Master’s in Education from Lamar University. She has presented at different conferences and school districts in Texas, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania. She is currently... Read More →



Thursday December 5, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am CST
Cibolo 3-4 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

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

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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 →


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

11:00am CST

A Parent's Guide to School Jargon and Advocacy for Gifted Learners
Your child needs more challenge at school but how do you ask for that? What do you ask for? How are strategies such as differentiation, higher level thinking, depth, complexity, grouping, or compacting defined and implemented? Learn definitions, advocacy approaches and the research behind commonly used strategies in gifted education.

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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 →


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

11:00am CST

AP Capstone: A Perfect Match for Gifted High School Students
The AP Capstone Diploma provides the opportunity for personalized learning and independent study, and the encapsulates skills and experiences critical for the growth and development of advanced learners. This session will share the essence of the Capstone program and lessons learned as our district implemented it in three high schools.

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avatar for Michelle Swain

Michelle Swain

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


Thursday December 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Grand Oaks AB 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.

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avatar for Sheila Mulbry

Sheila Mulbry

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



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

11:00am CST

Early Childhood: Precocity and Gaps in Educational Opportunities
Quality early childhood learning experiences can help level the playing field for students who have been traditionally underserved in gifted education programs. However, many students do not have access to these enriched educational opportunities. This session will highlight research-based interventions to combat the lingering impacts of early opportunity gaps.

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avatar for Melanie Meyer

Melanie Meyer

PhD Student/AP Language Teacher, University of North Texas/McKinney ISD
Melanie Meyer has been a classroom teacher in Texas for over 20 years, with experience in GT and advanced academics settings. She is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in gifted and talented education at the University of North Texas. Her research... Read More →
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Leah Murphy

PhD Student/Teacher, University of North Texas
Leah Murphy has taught in both Oklahoma and Texas over her 5 years as a classroom teacher. She completed her Master’s degree in 2017 and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in gifted and talented at the University of North Texas. Her research interests... Read More →


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

11:00am CST

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

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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

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

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avatar for Randi Rasco

Randi Rasco

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



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

11:00am CST

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!

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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

Owning Your Identity
Whether suffering from imposter syndrome, perfectionism, idealism, or just trying to fit into a social microcosm, gifted students benefit from stepping into their individual power. Join this session to unpack personal identity and stereotypes. Learn methods to facilitate discussions on beliefs, influences on identity, and the need for personal contributions.

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Thursday December 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Grand Oaks NO JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:00am CST

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

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Danielle Oehler

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

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


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

11:00am CST

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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avatar for Susan Johnsen

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

11:00am CST

Taking Genius Hour to the Next Level
Learn to how to encourage today's learners to shift from making products to creating change using new strategies and The Global Goals. In this session, I'll share the 6 Ps of Genius Hour from a new perspective as well as new ways to make Genius Hour both manageable and meaningful.

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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 11:00am - 12:00pm CST
Cibolo 6 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:00am CST

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

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avatar for Kelly Threadgill

Kelly Threadgill

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


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

1:00pm 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.

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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

Comedic Critical Thinking
In this session, participants will explore their comedic side by engaging in a series of critical thinking activities.  The activities, rooted in the principles of improv, will ask participants to step into the role of the comedian while creating and thinking at a high level.

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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 1:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Cibolo 5 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:00pm CST

Implementing Acceleration, Universal Screening, and Grouping: Administrators’ Viewpoints
This session will focus on three research-based practices in gifted education: acceleration, universal screening, and grouping. Acceleration and grouping are related to significant gains in student achievement. Universal screening increases access to gifted programs for underrepresented students Administrators will share their experiences and specific considerations for implementing these important practices.

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avatar for Monica Simonds

Monica Simonds

Director of Advanced Learning Programs and Services, Richardson ISD
Monica Simonds received her M.Ed., from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, currently the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. After teaching for almost ten years in Louisiana, she moved to Texas where she spent ten years as a high school debate coach and is now in her 11th year... Read More →
avatar for Susan Johnsen

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 →
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Marcy Voss

Education Consultant, Educational Consultant
Marcy Voss, M.Ed., recently retired after 36 years in public education. During her career, she coordinated Gifted and Special Programs in several districts, as well as served on the Commissioner’s Gifted and Talented Advisory Council and the TAGT Board. Marcy currently serves as... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar 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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avatar for Wendy Behrens

Wendy Behrens

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

1:00pm 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.

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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

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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

NASA’s Next Generation STEM Activities for the GT Classroom
NASA has three big themes for its Next Generation STEM Program. Moon to Mars, Commercial Crew Program, and Small Steps to Giant Leaps. In this workshop participants will see and get to sample the many new free products NASA is rolling out to challenge your students.

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avatar for Steven Smith

Steven Smith

STEM Engagement Specialist, NASA
Steven is the STEM Engagement Specialist with NASA’s Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Johnson Space Center. His work helps develop scientists from historically disenfranchised groups, creating culturally responsive lessons that engage students previously left out... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm CST
Cibolo 8-9 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.

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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

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

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Lou Lloyd-Zannini

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


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

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.

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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

Empowering Middle School Students Using the Texas Performance Standards Project
The Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) offers differentiated instruction for students based on interest and choice. Come explore ways to use the TPSP to empower your middle school students to participate in in-depth investigations and the development of authentic products for an audience outside your classroom walls.

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avatar for Heather Bland

Heather Bland

G/T Coordinator for Advanced Academics, Ector County ISD
I have experience as an elementary classroom teacher, G/T program teacher, Schoolwide Enrichment (SEM) coordinator, and current secondary G/T instructional coach. I am interested in strength- based teaching with a focus on developing the talent and individual strengths of all students... Read More →


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

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avatar for Yoliani Saud

Yoliani Saud

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



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

1:15pm CST

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

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avatar for Monica Brewer

Monica Brewer

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



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

1:15pm CST

The Rural Gifted: Influences and Challenges
Rural gifted programming is as unique as each rural community. Understanding the nature of rural gifted programming is essential to meeting this unique gifted student population’s needs. This session explores the intersection of gifted characteristics and rural culture as well as the challenges of providing gifted programming in rural settings.

Speakers
avatar for Cecelia Boswell

Cecelia Boswell

Founder, Austin Creek Education Systems
Cecelia Boswell, Ed.D., served as the Advanced Academics consultant for an Education Service Center and as an Executive Director of Advanced Academics. She is an independent consultant working nationally and throughout Texas for professional learning opportunities and auditing gifted... Read More →
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Katie Lewis

Associate Professor, York College of Pennsylvania
Katie D. Lewis, Ed.D. is an associate professor of education at York College of Pennsylvania. She is actively involved in the TAGT Research Division, serving as Past-Chair and the NAGC Professional Development Network, where she serves as the Past-Chair. Her main areas of research... Read More →
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Kristin Graham

Gifted & Talented Facilitator, Spring Branch ISD
Kristin Graham, M.Ed is in her 12th year in education with K-12 teaching and leadership experience in rural, suburban, and urban areas in Texas and China. She enjoys working strategically with others to leverage meaningful learning opportunities for our students. She currently provides... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST
Cibolo 10-11 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:15pm CST

Learning Lab: STEM and Innovation Comes to Life
Join us to explore and experience innovative, hands-on STEM strategies to engage in 21st-century thinking and learning skills of creativity, innovation, inspiration, and problem-solving. Let's experience together the elements of design thinking to ideate, prototype, and bring your idea to life.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Lindenfeld

Kim Lindenfeld

Regional Consultant, National Inventors Hall of Fame
Kim Lindenfeld is passionate about giving students opportunities to explore invention and innovation. She resides in the Houston area and serves as Regional Consultant for the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Kim received certification as a Training Professional from Texas A&M University... Read More →
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National Inventors Hall of Fame

National Inventors Hall of Fame
As a regional program development manager for the National Inventors Hall of Fame, along with 30+ years as an educator, I bring passion and expertise in educational programming for dynamic teaching and learning practices.  The National Inventors Hall of Fame provides partnerships... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm CST
Playground (Exhibit Hall)

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

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

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

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

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

Speed Geeking
Feast your minds on this collection of self-professed geeks as they attempt to wow you with their favorite tech tools for use in your classroom. Each presenter will have only five minutes to dazzle you with whatever apps or resources they feel should be a part of your technology tool box. This is definitely a session that everyone will be talking about later. Come early and be able to say that you were in the room where it happened!

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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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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 →
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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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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 →
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Laila Ferris

Prinicpal/Interim Chief, Division of Connecting Languages/Dual Language, Mesita ECDC/Elementary School, El Paso ISD
Laila Ferris is a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, with both a Bachelors of Science and Masters in Education Administration degrees. She has been the Principal of Mesita Early Childhood Development Center and Elementary School, in El Paso ISD, for 24 years and is also... Read More →


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

What Is Giftedness, Really? A Talent Development Perspective
In this presentation, Dr. Frank C. Worrell will review several definitions of giftedness and discuss contributing factors and considerations for supporting students' gifts and talents.  He will argue that giftedness is the outcome of a talent development process that involves appropriate opportunities, curriculum matched to student strengths, and motivational factors.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Frank Worrell

Dr. Frank Worrell

Professor; Faculty Director of the School of Psychology Program, University of California, Berkeley
Frank C. Worrell is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, where he serves as Faculty Director of the School Psychology Program, the Academic Talent Development Program, and the California College Preparatory Academy. He also holds... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm CST
Cibolo 8-9 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:30pm CST

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

Speakers
avatar for Abigail Peterson

Abigail Peterson

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



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

7:30am CST

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

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

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

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

Speakers
avatar for Monica Brewer

Monica Brewer

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



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

8:30am CST

African American and LatinX Academically Gifted Males in U.S. Schools: Frameworks and Models of Success
This session will take an in-depth look at several theoretical frameworks and models with a critical focus on the Academically Gifted Black Male Engagement model and Scholar Identity Model. In this interactive session, attendees will have the opportunity to consider research related to African American and LatinX Males in P-20 school settings presented via discussions and video segments, apply research presented to their experiences in school settings, and share practical strategies used to support these student populations.

Speakers
avatar for Fred Bonner II

Fred Bonner II

Professor and Endowed Chair/Executive Director, Prairie View A&M University MACH-III Center
Fred A. Bonner II, Ed.D. is Professor and Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership and Counseling and Founding Executive Director of the Minority Achievement, Creativity and High-Ability (MACH-III) Center at Prairie View A&M University. His research examines gifted African American... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 8:30am - 10:30am CST
Bluebonnet/Dogwood JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

8:30am CST

Collaborate About Clustering: One District's Success Story With a Cluster Model
Learn how one district implements clustering GT students with high ability math students in general education classrooms. We will share aspects of our model and review some of the evidence that indicates it is working! Also, learn what we believe to be the KEY to our success!

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Stewart

Kimberly Stewart

Instructional Support Teacher, Northside ISD
Kimberly Stewart has been in gifted education for 23 years. She was an elementary GT specialist for 18 years and has served her district in the role of instructional support for gifted programs at all levels since 2015. Her primary tasks include supporting district GT specialists... Read More →
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Courtney Mayer

Director of Gifted/Talented and Advanced Academics, Northside ISD
Courtney Mayer is the Director for GT and Advanced Academics in Northside ISD. She is also a College Board Consultant in the Southwestern Region where she has conducted workshops throughout the US and China. Courtney has written 8 books on topics in science education and was on the... Read More →



Friday December 6, 2019 8:30am - 10:30am CST
Grand Oaks PQ 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 →
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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

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 →
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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

NASA's Artemis Mission: Forward to Moon by 2024
This session will share with you NASA's current and future missions that will take humans to the Moon and on to Mars. How we will get there and what are our plans once we arrive? Come with your curiosity and questions about our next giant leap and how you can apply this to your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Smith

Steven Smith

STEM Engagement Specialist, NASA
Steven is the STEM Engagement Specialist with NASA’s Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Johnson Space Center. His work helps develop scientists from historically disenfranchised groups, creating culturally responsive lessons that engage students previously left out... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Cibolo 8-9 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.

Speakers
MD

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 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

10:45am CST

MasterMind Session: #whyGT
To truly know and serve our gifted students, we must do more than hear their voices, we must understand their stories. Bringing our advocacy and awareness campaign, #whyGT to life in a TED-Talk style storytelling session, TAGT invites you to hear from five Texas G/T students as they share how G/T has impacted them, what motivates and drives them, and #whyGT matters in their lives. Sponsored by Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, University of Texas at Austin.

Faith Borkataky-Varma is a junior at St. Agnes Academy in Houston. Faith plays in the Chamber Orchestra and serves on the philanthropy committee of her school's student council. Every summer, Faith travels to India to volunteer at a school for children with special needs to teach reading, writing, and tasks of daily living. She also co-chairs the Hope for Three Teen Huddle, which supports siblings of children on the spectrum. As president of her school's Autism Awareness club, Faith hopes to spread awareness and raise funds through bake sales, school spirit events, and the stories she’ll be sharing at giftED.

Hana Bredstein is a freshman at University of Texas at Austin. She is studying international relations and enjoys running. She was identified as gifted in elementary school and experienced a variety of educational approaches as her family moved throughout the country. By seeing the different policies and levels of funding for G/T education (no other place compared to Texas), Hana found that there are many different paths from public to private to skipping grades, but the teachers and mentors along the way were what really made a difference.

Jayden Gathers is a sophomore who attends John M. Harlan High School in San Antonio and has been a part of the G/T program since the third grade. He enjoys playing a multitude of sports, including but not limited to basketball, football, and track. In his free time, Jayden enjoys spending time with family and friends but he also asks himself psychological questions and likes to think about the world and its mysteries. Jayden will be discussing how someone like him is looked at differently and why G/T has ultimately caused people to treat him differently as well.

Victor Rodriguez is a 16-year-old junior at Southwest Legacy High School in San Antonio. Victor proudly comes from a Mexican family. He has taken AP, Dual-Credit, Honors, and college-related classes throughout high school. Victor will share about how his heritage and specific family environment has helped him grow as a person and student.

Abigail Weston is a freshman at Round Rock High School. She enjoys running cross country, playing soccer, and participating in various school activities. Abigail’s gifted experience is unique in that she was also enrolled in a dual language program when identified for gifted education in third grade. She has reaped many benefits from the combined exposure to both of these programs. Her talk will highlight the challenging yet rewarding aspects of her journey as a dual language student.

Speakers
avatar for Faith Borkataky-Varma

Faith Borkataky-Varma

Student, St. Agnes Academy
Faith Borkataky-Varma is a junior at St. Agnes Academy in Houston. Faith plays in the Chamber Orchestra and serves on the philanthropy committee of her school's student council. Every summer, Faith travels to India to volunteer at a school for children with special needs to teach... Read More →
avatar for Hana Bredstein

Hana Bredstein

Student, University of Texas
Hana Bredstein is a freshman at University of Texas at Austin. She is studying international relations and enjoys running. She was identified as gifted in elementary school and experienced a variety of educational approaches as her family moved throughout the country. By seeing the... Read More →
avatar for Jayden Gathers

Jayden Gathers

Student, Northside ISD
Jayden Gathers is a sophomore who attends John M. Harlan High School in San Antonio and has been a part of the G/T program since the third grade. He enjoys playing a multitude of sports, including but not limited to basketball, football, and track. In his free time, Jayden enjoys... Read More →
avatar for Victor Rodriguez

Victor Rodriguez

Student, Southwest ISD
avatar for Abigail Weston

Abigail Weston

Student, Round Rock ISD
Abigail Weston is a freshman at Round Rock High School. She enjoys running cross country, playing soccer, and participating in various school activities. Abigail’s gifted experience is unique in that she was also enrolled in a dual language program when identified for gifted education... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm CST
Grand Oaks Ballroom G-M