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Wednesday, December 4
 

9:00am

P3: Partnering, Passion, and Philanthropy
Tired of doing the same thing every year? Engage your students by first focusing on their favorite topic: Themselves! Learn how we taught our students to look beyond their own needs to benefit others in our community through research, collaboration, marketing, and leadership. Leave with resources to get started tomorrow!

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Andrews

Caitlin Andrews

GT Specialist, Northwest ISD
Caitlin Andrews is a GT Specialist and curriculum writer in Northwest ISD.
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Kimberly Blake

GT Specialist, Northwest ISD
Kimberly Blake is a GT Specialist and curriculum writer in Northwest ISD.


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Cibolo 1-2 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

The Transformative Power of Cooperative Gameplay
Cooperative game play may be used as a powerful tool within the classroom to amplify moral reasoning skills for the gifted child. Exploring multiple perspectives while invoking one’s own sense of ethics-based decision making is critical to healthy social and emotional development.

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avatar for Allison Ross

Allison Ross

Faculty and MS Advisor, E.A. Young Academy
Alison Ross serves as Lower School STEM, Humanities and Middle School Math faculty. With a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas Christian University, Ms. Ross is a Horned Frog at heart. After spending the early part of her teaching career in a more traditional... Read More →
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Kathy Lyda

Head of School, E.A. Young Academy
Kathy Lyda serves as Head of School but prefers the title “Director of Awesomeness” at E.A. Young Academy, an independent, not-for-profit academy dedicated to the needs of the gifted and talented scholar. Ms. Lyda holds a BS in Psychology from Texas Christian University and a... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Cibolo 10-11 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:30am

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
Cibolo 1-2 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm

Build It and Parents Will Come
In the movie, A Field of Dreams, we all remember the famous line, "Build it and they will come." This session shares how a district designed a support system for parents to understand the social and emotional needs of their gifted learner. This partnership allows their gifted population to thrive.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Leal

Jennifer Leal

Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Rockwall ISD
I have been in the field of education for over 32 years. Thirty-one years have involved the gifted learner which has led me to the position of the district Gifted and Talented Coordinator for Rockwall ISD. My first charge as an administrator for this special population included being... Read More →
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Julie Byrnes

District Gifted and Talented Specialist, Rockwall ISD
Julie has been in gifted education for 13 years.  She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.
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Heather Caldwell

District Gifted and Talented Specialist, Rockwall ISD
Heather has been in gifted education for 13 years. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.


Wednesday December 4, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:00pm

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
Freesia JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel
 
Thursday, December 5
 

7:30am

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

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Brewer

Jacqueline Brewer

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


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

7:30am

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
Grand Oaks RS JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

7:30am

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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avatar for Kristin Majority

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 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 is focused on the social and emotional needs of secondary gifted student... Read More →


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

11:00am

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.

Speakers
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
Cibolo 7 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

11:00am

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
Grand Oaks NO JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:15pm

Life Coaching for G/T Kids: A Powerful Tool to Challenge Limiting Beliefs in Our Gifted Students
In this session, participants will engage in deep reflection about the vast impact 1:1 life coaching may have on gifted students, allowing them to challenge limiting beliefs and build a strong emotional foundation, thus paving the way toward becoming the best version of themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Yoliani Saud

Yoliani Saud

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


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

2:30pm

Saints and Sensitivities: An Examination of Social and Emotional Gifted Characteristics in Historical Mystics and Application to Current Educational Contexts
This presentation examines social and emotional gifted characteristics of historical mystics and compares lessons learned with contemporary education theorists, including “the soul of education” and authentic education. Through knowledge development and engagement, participants will gain strategies for self-reflection and application to professional practice.

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Norma Hafenstein

Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, University of Denver
Norma Hafenstein, PhD, is the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education at the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. She was co-principal investigator for the Right4Rural Project, a Jacob K. Javits federally-funded initiative to identify and serve giftedness... Read More →
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Paul Michalec

Clinical Professor, University of Denver
Dr. Michalec is a Clinical Professor in the Curriculum and Instruction Program in the Morgride College of Education at the University of Denver. Paul received his PhD in Social, Multicultural, and Bilingual Foundations of Education from University of Colorado, Boulder and is currently... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Cibolo 10-11 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:30pm

A Framework for Using Media and Texts to Support the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners
How do you engage gifted learners in discussions about common affective needs such as perfectionism, stress management, empathy, risk-taking, identity, and achievement motivation while also integrating content-based ELA standards? Learn and practice using a framework for designing and discussing questions and activities that support affective needs and textual analysis.

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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 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Grand Oaks NO JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

4:30pm

Embracing Intense Emotions: Nurturing Empathy Development in Gifted Children
Gifted children are prone to intense emotions and high levels of empathy, often leading to emotional distress. In this workshop, the presenter offers a unique model of empathy with specific strategies to teach gifted children to balance their intensities leading to better mental health outcomes and reduced emotional distress.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Fonseca

Christine Fonseca

Licensed Educational Psychologist, Author, Consultant, Christine Fonseca
Christine Fonseca is a licensed educational psychologist, critically acclaimed author, and a nationally recognized speaker on topics related to educational psychology, mental health, and giftedness. Using her experience consulting and coaching, Christine brings her expertise to Psychology... Read More →


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

4:30pm

Framing Leadership Stories
Educators often move into leadership roles with little practice in everyday application. Participants will write and analyze leader stories to tap leadership potential while nurturing the skills and abilities needed by leaders. The session uses the art of reframing leadership to better meet problems and set an innovative, powerful direction.

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JJ Colburn

President/Partner, Strategic Association Management
JJ Colburn, M.Ed., CAE, serves as president and partner at Strategic Association Management in Austin, TX. He was previously the executive director of TAGT, has served as the director of the Texas Association of Student Councils, and is a former social studies teacher, counselor... Read More →
avatar for Mary Christopher

Mary Christopher

Professor of Educational Studies, Gifted Leaders
Mary Christopher, Ph.D., completed degrees at Texas Tech University and the University of Louisville. She taught gifted children for 15 years and worked as professor at Hardin-Simmons University for 24 years. She served as Director of the Masters in Gifted Education and the Doctorate... Read More →
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Cecelia Boswell

Consultant, ACES
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 →


Thursday December 5, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel
 
Friday, December 6
 

7:30am

Teaching Tenacity Through Social-Emotional Learning: Linking Research to Practice
What does the research say about gifted students’ achievement motivation? How can we teach tenacity, resilience, and emotional regulation so that students are able to thrive, even through challenges? See sample lesson plans and learn practical, engaging strategies that address the link between emotions and achievement motivation.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Mofield

Emily Mofield

Assistant Professor, Lipscomb University
Emily Mofield, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education teaching classes for the Doctor of Education Program and Gifted Education graduate studies. Her background includes 15 years of experience teaching gifted students and leading gifted services. She is the co-author... Read More →
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Megan Parker Peters

Associate Professor & Director of Teacher Education and Assessment, Lipscomb University
Dr. Megan Parker Peters is an Associate Professor and the Director of Teacher Education and Assessment at Lipscomb University. She is a licensed psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Parker Peters specializes in researching and assessing gifted and twice-exceptional... Read More →


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

7:30am

The Poverty-Disrupting Educator
Will you be the poverty-disrupting educator who will make a difference in the lives of the underserved gifted population? G/T students who live in poverty are increasingly left behind. Let's discuss strategies and practical applications to help change the trajectory of gifted students who may have otherwise be ignored.

Speakers
avatar for Sherry Johnson

Sherry Johnson

GT Trainer & Instructional Specialist, Cypress Fairbanks ISD
Sherry Johnson is the consummate educator, who is passionate about empowering individuals. She entered the field of education in 1996 and for the past thirteen years serves in Cypress Fairbanks ISD. She has earned the recognition of Spotlight Teacher of the Year and Elementary Math... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Goldenrod JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

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
Cibolo 1-2 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Let’s Talk: Social-Emotional Lives of Gifted Students
Get equipped with strategies and tools to help children develop perseverance, resilience, healthy empathy, emotional intelligence, and more. These experts are prepared to answer your questions about gifted learners’ social-emotional needs and how to develop their social-emotional skills.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Fonseca

Christine Fonseca

Licensed Educational Psychologist, Author, Consultant, Christine Fonseca
Christine Fonseca is a licensed educational psychologist, critically acclaimed author, and a nationally recognized speaker on topics related to educational psychology, mental health, and giftedness. Using her experience consulting and coaching, Christine brings her expertise to Psychology... Read More →
avatar for Emily Mofield

Emily Mofield

Assistant Professor, Lipscomb University
Emily Mofield, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education teaching classes for the Doctor of Education Program and Gifted Education graduate studies. Her background includes 15 years of experience teaching gifted students and leading gifted services. She is the co-author... Read More →
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Megan Parker Peters

Associate Professor & Director of Teacher Education and Assessment, Lipscomb University
Dr. Megan Parker Peters is an Associate Professor and the Director of Teacher Education and Assessment at Lipscomb University. She is a licensed psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Parker Peters specializes in researching and assessing gifted and twice-exceptional... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Grand Oaks EF JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

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.

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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 →


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