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Wednesday, December 4

9:00am CST

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.

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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 CST
Grand Oaks RS JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel
Thursday, December 5

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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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 →
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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, M.Ed.

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

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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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 →
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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
Friday, December 6

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!

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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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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

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.

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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 →
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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 CST
Indian Paintbrush/Lakespar JW Marriott Hill Country Hotel