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Wednesday, December 4

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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Justin Vawter

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

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

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

7:00pm CST

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

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

5:45pm CST

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

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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 →
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Austin Hines

Comedian, Curtis Needs a Ride

Thursday December 5, 2019 5:45pm - 7:15pm CST
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

6:00pm CST

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

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Dr. Brian Housand

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

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

12:45pm CST

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

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

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

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

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

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Susan Assouline

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

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

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