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Wednesday, December 4
 

9:00am

Challenge Accepted: Practical Approaches to Equitable Identification
The gifted community wants equity in identification...challenge accepted! Let’s begin to actively evolve the identification process in our classrooms. By taking a bold look at barriers to access, we’ll then explore varied approaches that teachers can use--including a hands-on experience in active identification. Join the cause and take solutions back to your classroom!

Speakers
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 9:00am - 12:00pm
Cibolo 5 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

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, and an experienced UHCL presenter, in and out of district presenter.
avatar for Bianca Zelenski

Bianca Zelenski

Advanced Academics, Clear Creek ISD
Bianca Zelenski, an Advanced Academics Specialist in Clear Creek ISD, has over 10 years of experience focused on the needs of ESL 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
Grand Oaks CD JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

DC Icons and 2e Learners
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 Carrie Simpson

Carrie Simpson

Consultant, Educational Consultant
Dr Simpson has spent more than a decade becoming an expert on differentiated instruction, and with a background in both gifted and special education, is uniquely suited to conversations about twice exceptional learners. Carrie is an education consultant and author, a university professor... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Bluebonnet/Dogwood JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Equitably Identifying and Serving Minority Students in Gifted Education: Lessons Learned From Illinois District U-46
Equity in identification of gifted and talented students remains a challenge for many districts—and has led to multiple court cases across the nation. The revised Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students calls for all student populations to have access to identification for G/T services (Section 2.24) and for the population of G/T students to closely reflect the population of the total district and/or campus (Section 2.25). This session looks at the example of Illinois District U-46, the court case against this district’s identification process and program models for minority students, and what lessons have been learned about building more equitable programs from this district’s work since the case occurred. Moderated by Crystal Wilson, Ford Bend ISD.

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Wilson

Crystal Wilson

GT Program Manager, Fort Bend ISD
Crystal Wilson has 22 years working in gifted education.
avatar for Donna Y Ford

Donna Y Ford

Ohio State University, Distinguished Professor
Donna Y. Ford is an expert on gifted education and urban education. She returned to The Ohio State University in August 2019 as a Distinguished Professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology. She is also a Faculty Affiliate with the Kirwan Institute. Dr. Ford conducts research... Read More →
avatar for April Wells

April Wells

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


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Grand Oaks NO JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

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
Iris/Lily JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

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
Cibolo 6 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Total School Cluster Grouping: Developing Talents among all Students and Teachers
TSCG is a programming system that helps teachers better meet the needs of students in the elementary classroom. When implemented with fidelity, it results in increased achievement, more students identified at higher achievement levels, improved teacher practices, and better representation of underserved youth.

Speakers
avatar for Marcia Gentry

Marcia Gentry

Professor, Purdue University
Marcia Gentry directs the Gifted Education Resource Institute at Purdue University where she enjoys working with doctoral students and engaging in research and gifted education professional development. She remains active in the field through service to NAGC and AERA and by writing... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Grand Oaks RS JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Using Powerful Questions to Guide Inquiry and Discussion
Effective questions drive the process of learning through inquiry. Teachers who understand how interpretive questions focus and facilitate group discussion are better able to guide students towards deeper critical thinking about the meaning of complex texts and more civil discourse. Learn to create such powerful questions through modeling and practice.

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 →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Grand Oaks PQ JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

9:00am

Using the STEM Process in Your Project-Based Learning
The STEM design process involves asking, imagining, planning, creating, and revising. This fits into the model of PBL where students are creating authentic products. This session shows you how to incorporate the STEM design process into projects to ensure maximize learning. These open-ended projects are great for challenging gifted students.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Stanley

Todd Stanley

Gifted Services Coordinator/Author, Pickerington Local Schools, OH
Todd Stanley is the author of many teacher-education books including Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students: A Handbook for the 21st Century Classroom, When Smart Kids Underachieve in the Classroom: Practical Solutions for Teachers, and his latest Authentic Learning: Real World... Read More →


Wednesday December 4, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Cibolo 8-9 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel
 
Thursday, December 5
 

1:00pm

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.

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 →


Thursday December 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand Oaks RS JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:00pm

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.

Speakers
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
Cibolo 5 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:00pm

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.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Simonds

Monica Simonds

Director of Advanced Academics, 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 ninth 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 →
avatar for Marcy Voss

Marcy Voss

G/T 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
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:00pm

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.

Speakers
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
Bluebonnet/Dogwood JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:00pm

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.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Tredick

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
Begonia/Bottlebrush JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:00pm

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

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 →
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
Grand Oaks CD JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:00pm

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.

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 →


Thursday December 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Cibolo 8-9 JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

1:00pm

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.

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 →


Thursday December 5, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Freesia JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel
 
Friday, December 6
 

8:30am

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
Bluebonnet/Dogwood JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

8:30am

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 for Gifted/Talented and Advanced Academics, 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 Courtney Mayer

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
Grand Oaks PQ JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

8:30am

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 →
avatar for Eric Fecht

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
Grand Oaks RS JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

8:30am

Gifted Program Evaluation: Assessing Effectiveness
Participants will learn how to conduct a thorough evaluation of a gifted program to determine effectiveness. Participants will learn methods for organizing the evaluation, types of data to collect, and how to interpret and use findings to direct program improvement. Tips for success and pitfalls to avoid will be shared.

Speakers
avatar for Kristie Speirs Neumeister

Kristie Speirs Neumeister

Professor, Ball State University
Kristie Speirs Neumeister, Ph.D. is a Professor of Educational Psychology at Ball State University where she directs the gifted licensure program and teaches graduate courses in educational psychology relating to gifted education. Throughout her career she has focused her research... Read More →
avatar for Virgina Burney

Virgina Burney

Instructor, Ball State University
Virginia H. Burney, Ph.D. is on the Educational Psychology faculty at Ball State University and is a consultant to school districts in the area of high ability education. She has worked K-12 as a principal, school counselor, guidance director, math teacher, and school board member... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 8:30am - 10:30am
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

8:30am

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
Grand Oaks AB JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel

8:30am

Social-Emotional Enrichment, Acceleration, and Differentiation
This session will focus on how to use a developmental, standards-based approach to enrichment, acceleration, and differentiation for the social emotional learning of gifted students in order to identify and develop students' strengths and weaknesses. Learn how one school is trying to go beyond identification to servicing students' social-emotional needs.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Mohler

Holly Mohler

Headmaster/Principal, School for the Highly Gifted, Grand Prairie ISD
Holly Mohler opened the School for the Highly Gifted in 2014 and is still currently leading the in-district, GPISD charter as it's headmaster. She has spent thirteen of her fifteen years in education in Grand Prairie ISD serving in a variety of roles: elementary teacher, elementary... Read More →
avatar for Rebekah Swaim

Rebekah Swaim

Early Childhood Behavior Therapist, GRAND PRAIRIE ISD,ADMINISTRATION
avatar for Tiffani Marich

Tiffani Marich

Teacher, School for the Highly Gifted, Grand Prairie ISD
avatar for Baneca Henson

Baneca Henson

Counselor, School for the Highly Gifted, Grand Prairie ISD
Baneca Henson started in the field of Special Education, as a paraprofessional in a self-contained classroom, in which students exhibited emotional and behavioral disturbances and spent the next 5 years as a Special Education Teacher. Most recently, she has served as a School Counselor... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 8:30am - 10:30am
Grand Oaks CD JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel