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Wednesday, December 4

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!

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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

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.


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

10:15am CST

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

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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

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.


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

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.


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.
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Todd Kettler, Ph.D.

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

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

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!


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
Thursday, December 5

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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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 →

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

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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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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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

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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Clinton 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

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.

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Cecelia Boswell, Ed.D.

Founder, Austin Creek Educational Services
Cecelia Boswell, Ed.D. taught migrant and gifted students, served as the Advanced Academics consultant for ESC-14, and the executive Director of Advanced Academics for Waco ISD. She is a consultant in district evaluation of gifted services and professional learning in gifted education... 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

2:30pm CST

Bored to Distraction: How Failing to Identify Giftedness in Young Children Is a Problem for Everyone
We will explore the problems of nonidentification from a societal lens, asking questions about why gifted students slip through the cracks, and exploring the cost of failing to catch them. This gets to the heart of why we serve gifted students and explores potential and perceptions of these kids.

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Celeste Sodergren

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

Christine Westfall

Doctoral Student, Baylor University
Christine Westfall is a doctoral student at the Baylor University school of Educational Psychology, specializing in gifted and talented students. She holds a Master's Degree in Gifted and Talented studies, and is a teacher of gifted studies in Leander ISD.

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

4:30pm CST

Beauties of the Brain: Making Sense of the Most Complex Structure Known to Humankind
How might a better understanding of the brain help educators to generate best practices and lessons for their students? A gifted medical student will guide attendees through basic neuroscience, separating scientific findings from misconceptions. Seasoned educators will provide practical takeaways to support the beautifully complex brains in any classroom.

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Kelly Barrett

Gifted and Talented Specialist, Northwest Independent School District
With 32 years of teaching experience, this year marks Kelly Barrett's 18th year as a GT Specialist, serving elementary students in Northwest ISD. She is a recipient of the TAGT Teacher of the Gifted and was twice awarded the Northwest ISD Campus Exemplar Educator of the Year Award... Read More →
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Courtney Baker

Accelerated Math Specialist, Northwest ISD
Courtney Baker is the Accelerated Math Specialist in Northwest ISD. She spent 9 years as a math and science teacher in grades 4 and 5 before moving to the gifted classroom, where she was in her role for 2 years. In her current position, she teaches elementary aged students middle... Read More →

Liz Smith

Gifted and Talented Specialist, Northwest ISD
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Tricia Hanson

Gifted and Talented Specialist, Northwest ISD

Kaylyn Barrett

Student, University of Texas Health at San Antonio
Kaylyn Barrett is currently pursuing a dual Medical Degree-Masters of Public Health degree at University of Texas Health at San Antonio. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology from University of Texas at Austin in 2017 and spent the following two years teaching biology and... Read More →

Kristy Schluter

Gifted and Talented Specialist, Northwest ISD

Thursday December 5, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm CST
Cibolo 10-11 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.

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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
Friday, December 6

7:30am CST

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


Amanda Rudolph

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

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

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.

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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