Thursday, December 3

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Breakout Sessions: 8:15 – 9:15 a.m.

Aligning the G/T Screening Survey to Research on Latino Bilingual Students
Identification and Assessment
Hyatt / Travis A-B / Intermediate / K-12
Researchers and practitioners have investigated several factors that play a role in the underrepresentation of Latino bilingual students in gifted programs. Many times when parents and teachers complete the G/T Screening Survey, they may not fully understand the characteristics found in Latino bilingual students. Discuss a proposed screening survey specific to Latino bilingual students.
Joy Esquierdo, Ph.D., The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley

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Building Understanding through Talk: Questioning Sequences
Differentiated Curriculum
Hyatt / Bowie A-C / Introductory / K-12
Educators agree questioning is an essential part of any classroom. But do the questions guide your students to high levels of cognitive complexity? Discover how to use an intentional sequence of questions to elicit students’ background knowledge and generate meaningful dialog that supports a deeper understanding of new concepts.
Janice Baker, Region 7 ESC, Kilgore, and Nancy Galle, Region 14 ESC, Abilene

Case Studies to Explore Differentiation
Differentiated Curriculum
Convention Center / 006 B / Intermediate / K-12
Instruction is enhanced when educators develop skills in decision-making for differentiating curriculum and instruction. Case studies encourage a detailed analysis and critical reflection of current differentiation practices in gifted education. Examine ideas and strategies through an engaging case study.
Cecelia Boswell, Ed.D., Austin Creek Education Systems, De Leon

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Concept-Based Teaching and Learning
Differentiated Curriculum
Hyatt / Republic A-C / Intermediate / K-12
Explore Lynn Erickson’s “Structure of Knowledge” to see how a concept-based curriculum leads to deeper understanding and critical thinking/ideas that transfer across disciplines and cultures. Challenge students to think deeper and arrive at the “big ideas” and generalizations being developed on their own. Immediately implement the applications with TEKS.
Chris Overhoff, Education Consultant, Boynton Beach, FL

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Coordinator Coffee Kick-Off
Additional Study
Hyatt / Bonham B / Introductory / K-12
Kick off your conference experience by joining other G/T leaders for coffee and conversation. Hosted by the TAGT Leadership Division, stop by for answers to questions we have all faced: What sessions are best for me to attend as a coordinator? How can I find out what similar districts are doing? What networks should I know about? Make connections to help maximize your conference experience and to find encouragement.
TAGT Leadership Division Officers: Theresa Biggs, M.Ed., Plano ISD; Monica Simonds, M.Ed., Richardson ISD; Patricia Hammer, Alvin ISD; Nicole Shannon, Round Rock ISD; and Karen Zeske, Ph.D., Irving ISD

Credit by Exam for Acceleration
Program Options and Design
Hyatt / Crockett C-D / Introductory / K-12
The University of Texas at Austin offers Credit by Exams (CBE) for acceleration to students in grades K-12. By scoring 80% or higher on a CBE, students can “skip” a course and accelerate. Learn about the exams and successful district practices by talking with an experienced administrator and curriculum design leader.
Heather Vaughn, University of Texas at Austin High School

Developing a Growth Mindset in Preteens and Teens
Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted
Convention Center / 007 A-B / Introductory / K-12
Mindset matters. In order to maximize academic, athletic, leadership, or artistic talents, gifted students need to cultivate the right mindset. Hear a curriculum unit that encourages gifted students to work hard, take risks, confront their fears, and learn how cope with challenges.
Corina Kaul, M.Ed., Baylor University, Waco

Dilemma Driven History
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Hyatt / Crockett A-B / Introductory / 6-12
History is a collection of dilemmas. Using a model that incorporates critical and creative thinking, making connections and creating dialogue, analyze the dilemmas and question the options of selected historical figures. While the examples are history specific, the model can be adapted for other content areas.
Denny Warren and Debbie Piscacek, M.Ed., Region 12 ESC, Waco

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Essentials of Gifted Differentiation: What Should Occur in Every Class
Differentiated Curriculum
Convention Center / 007 C-D / Introductory / K-12
Increase the effectiveness of your differentiation and/or help others perfect the process. Explore the six differentiation essentials that should be expected and visible in every classroom with gifted learners. Exit with a set of relevant, research-based applications to implement with students and colleagues that guide decision-making and model best practices.
Judy O’Neal, M.Ed., Cosenza and Associates, LLC, Richmond

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Infusing Creativity into Standards-Based Lessons
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Convention Center / 008 A-B / Introductory / K-12
Uncover strategies and techniques that infuse the 21st century skill of creative thinking into standards-based lessons, while still focusing on content. Discuss activities that embed the four creative thinking skills into daily lessons across all subject areas. Leave with engaging tools for nurturing creative thought through the Texas state curriculum.
Bob Iseminger, Pieces of Learning, Roanoke, VA

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It’s Only Natural!
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Convention Center / 006 A / Introductory / K-5
Engage students with a plethora of hands-on activities dealing with natural resources. Learn how to use inexpensive items to create extraordinary and fun science lessons. Experience a variety of activities used to teach living and nonliving, renewable and nonrenewable, recycling/reusing and products derived from natural resources.
Doris Tomas, M.S., and Joy Sloan, M.S., Offshore Energy Center, Houston

Justiceville, USA… A New Project from the State Bar of Texas
Differentiated Curriculum
Hyatt / Presidio A-C / Introductory / K-12
Justiceville, USA is a new K-12 project which utilizes a web-based community map. It is designed to advance students’ understanding of the functions of government, the rights of citizens, and civic responsibilities. Learn more about this material and the other web-based projects offered by the Law-Related Education Department of the State Bar of Texas.
Jan Miller, Jerry Perry, and Janie Worst, State Bar of Texas, Austin

Lap Books, a Way to Make Research Fun!
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Convention Center / 006 D / Introductory / K-8
Research skills are critical for students, especially when working with the Texas Performance Standards Project. Using the lap book strategy makes the research process exciting. Explore the five-step research process, make a sample lap book and walk away with a variety of examples.
Vowery Carlile, M.Ed., Creative Teaching Materials, Sundown

STEMnovate with Authentic Research
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Hyatt / Travis C-D / Intermediate / 6-12
How do you truly engage students in the scientific process? Nix the canned suggestions for the “Best Science Projects Ever” and tap into the individual interests of each child. From manga to music, explore ways to match students’ passions with projects and involve field experts in the research process.
Carol Raymond, M.Ed., E.A. Young Academy, North Richland Hills, and Mattie Oveross, University of North Texas, Denton

The “How” for Teaching Editing and Revising
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Convention Center / 005 / Introductory / 3-8
Learn fresh ideas for teaching grammar, subject/verb agreement, word usage and sentence structure. Explore how to revise run-on sentences, eliminate redundant word choice and use transition words. Discover the “how” for delivering direct instruction for editing and revising in this action-packed session.
Martha Hammett, Empowering Writers, Odessa

There’s No Place Like H.O.M.E.
Nature and Needs of the Gifted
Hyatt / Seguin A-B / Intermediate / 3-8
What do you think of when you think of home? Gifted students often feel alone and isolated. They yearn to feel like they belong. There are soft skills that can be encouraged, modeled, and taught in the classroom to help them achieve this goal. Come explore how to help gifted students develop and apply these skill sets.
Susan Hern, Shelley Kosarek-Weir, and Kim Whitfield, Richardson ISD

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Twice Exceptional: Where Gifted and ADHD Collide
Nature and Needs of the Gifted
Convention Center / 006 C / Introductory / K-12
What does the intersection of giftedness and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) look like? Can you survive a collision? Is there hope for twice exceptional gifted students? Yes. In fact, there is inspiration and encouragement. Come explore ways to identify and work with twice exceptional gifted students with ADHD.
Lou Lloyd-Zannini, Ph.D., University of Houston – Victoria


First General Session: 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

ColangeloA Nation Empowered: Evidence Trumps the Excuses Holding Back America’s Brightest Students
Identification and Assessment
Convention Center / Cockrell Theater / K-12
Dive into the newly released national report, “A Nation Empowered”, which serves as a 10-year follow-up to “A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students.” During the past decade, there has been considerable acknowledgement regarding acceleration as a viable intervention on behalf of gifted students. The report indicates that acceleration is effective for students, both in terms of cognitive and affective issues. Hear a comprehensive review of the strong research evidence supporting acceleration and learn why these findings trump the excuses that have held back the nation’s brightest students.
Nicholas Colangelo, Ph.D., University of Iowa


Breakout Sessions: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Depth and Complexity Icons: Easy Tools to Discuss Art and Analyze Literature
Differentiated Curriculum
Hyatt / Travis A-B / Introductory / 3-8
Kaplan’s Depth and Complexity Icons enable students to analyze text and develop deeper comprehension. These visual thinking tools can easily be introduced using a variety of artwork and then used in literature discussions. Learn how to use the icons on a daily basis with little or no planning required!
Tammy Conrad, M.Ed., Round Rock ISD

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Folding in Some Higher Level Thinking
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Hyatt / Republic A-C / Introductory / 3-8
Student-made foldable books can push gifted students to think more creatively and respond more deeply. Make and take samples of foldable books and learn to incorporate foldables in meaningful ways in your classroom, focusing mostly on Language Arts and Social Studies. Walk away with lots of ideas to implement right away.
Sheila Mulbry, Round Rock ISD

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Justifying Gifted Education and Unintended Consequences
Law and Policy
Convention Center / Cockrell Theater / Intermediate / K-12
Explore how the nation has justified gifted education for the past 60 years. These justifications provided powerful impetus to move the field forward. However, they all had unintended consequences. Discover how these justifications both helped and hindered the field, and learn how unintended consequences can be minimized moving forward.
Nicholas Colangelo, Ph.D., University of Iowa

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Making Algebra Child’s Play® with Hands-On Equations®
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Convention Center / 006 A / Introductory / 3-5
Experience a powerful instructional approach for providing young gifted students with an intuitive basis for working with algebraic linear equations and verbal problems. By making the concepts of algebra visual and kinesthetic, gifted students can quickly abstract the concepts. Discover why 4x + 3 = 3x + 9 is child’s play!
Monica Moore, Borenson and Associates, Inc., Allentown, PA

Products: How to Implement, Incorporate, and Assess
Differentiated Curriculum
Convention Center / 005 / Introductory / K-12
Gifted students need to create many types of products in order to express what they learn, but you have so many other things to do. Come and learn how to put it all together: product categories, eliciting terrific products, time and classroom organization, and assessment.
Patricia Leadbeater, Engine-Uity, Ltd, Phoenix, AZ

TAGT Gifted Plus Division Meeting
Additional Study
Hyatt / Bonham B / Introductory / K-12
It’s all fun and games until someone wins the prize! Come ready to have a good time and play Gifted Plus Bingo (treats! prizes!). Bring a friend and come learn more about the Gifted Plus Division.
TAGT Gifted Plus Division Officers: Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., American Mensa; Heath Dear, Sheldon ISD; Caroline Duda, Dayton ISD; and Sherry Myers, Aransas County ISD

Why Smart Kids Worry and What Teachers Can Do to Help
Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted
Hyatt / Travis C-D / Introductory / K-12
Investigate why smart kids are prone to anxiety and how teachers can best help anxious students within their classroom. Learn five anxiety-reducing strategies that are practical, effective and will help anxious students go from debilitated to empowered.
Allison Edwards, M.Ed., Licensed Professional Counselor, Nashville, TN

 


Breakout Sessions: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Peer-to Peer Discussion: Counselors
Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted
Hyatt / Exhibit Hall Collaborative Connections Zone / Introductory / K-12
School counselors are important advocates for gifted students. They can help with identification and assist during the assessment process. Counselors address academic, career, and social/emotional needs and those who are aware of the unique challenges of the gifted can provide specialized support. Join this network and engage in informal conversations about the importance of counseling to gifted education.
Facilitator: Brenda Davis, M.A., Bosqueville ISD and Baylor University, Waco

Cross-Cultural Collaboration
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Hyatt / Bowie A-C / Intermediate / 3-5
Discover how the creative use of Edmodo helped to broaden the horizons of bilingual elementary students. See how the global relationships began, how project ideas were developed and how students designed and modified their work, based upon project needs. Learn how this work fostered their ability to collaborate with students around the world.
Kathy Pittinger, M.S., Lewisville ISD

Differentiating to Achieve Depth and Complexity
Differentiated Curriculum
Convention Center / 006 C / Intermediate / 6-12
Explore the combination of the research of Carol Tomlinson (differentiation) and Sandra Kaplan (depth and complexity) to see how these concepts can reinforce each other. Consider the benefits to the gifted thinker and look at simple, practical and directly applicable approaches to utilizing these concepts to create the best learning experience.
Carrie Simpson, Ph.D., Pieces of Learning, Allen

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Gifted Children as Ambassadors of Change
Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted
Convention Center / 006 B / Intermediate / K-12
Some gifted children have profound empathy, care deeply about others’ welfare, and seem to know what is essential for the common good. They attain personal meaning through insight and service. Understand these characteristics of heightened development and advanced wisdom, and their vulnerabilities and hardships. Discover how to support a student’s innate mission while ensuring their well-being.
Patricia Gatto-Walden, Ph.D., Psychologist and Educational Consultant, Lafayette, CO

Homogeneous vs. Cluster Grouping: Which Model Offers Academic Growth?
Program Options and Design
Convention Center / 006 D / Advanced / 3-5
Defensible programs for the gifted increasingly rely on the ability to measure growth over time; how students are grouped may make a big difference in the outcome. What is the best model for academic growth? Review literature that reveals the answer and discuss conclusions from an action research dissertation on grade 3 reading.
Kathryn Schaeffer, Ed.D., Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD

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Implementing the Arts into the STEM Curriculum
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Hyatt / Crockett C-D / Intermediate / K-12
Explore the implementation of arts and creativity into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum. Through the examination of the current research, identify the implications of art integration and discover why STEM with arts helps to develop the innovators of the future.
Kris Majority, M.Ed., Little Elm ISD and University of North Texas, Justin Vawter, M.Ed., NuMinds Enrichment, Prosper, and Kay Shurtleff, M.A., Region 10 ESC, Richardson

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Making a Difference for Bright Students Raised in Poverty
Nature and Needs of the Gifted
Convention Center / 008 A-B / Intermediate / K-5
What can we do to help bright children raised in poverty achieve in our schools? Learn more about this issue and discover what you can do to improve students’ chances for academic success in individual classrooms and across the K-12 spectrum.
Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., Hector Ramos, Ph.D., and Jacqueline Turner, M.A., Texas A&M University, College Station

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Pre-Assessments and Menus: How to Differentiate with Ease
Differentiated Curriculum
Hyatt / Seguin A-B / Introductory / 3-8
Discover how to use technology to make pre-assessments fast and easy. Walk away with several actual menu/choice board examples to use in the classroom today. Differentiation has never been easier or more interesting!
Brigette Cardenas, M.A., Mansfield ISD

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Selecting and Using Tests for Identifying Gifted and Advanced Students
Identification and Assessment
Convention Center / 007 C-D / Intermediate / K-12
Examine the criteria used when selecting tests to identify gifted students. Focus on student and program characteristics as well as technical and administrative issues. Learn how to compare and interpret scores from multiple assessments and use them in identifying gifted students.
Susan Johnsen, Ph.D., Baylor University, Waco

Supporting Advanced Learners in the Dual Language Classroom
Program Options and Design
Hyatt / Travis C-D Crockett A-B / Introductory / K-5
Gifted and advanced learners have unique social, emotional, and academic needs. With the increase of dual language programs, there is a rise in the number of advanced learners in these programs. Delve into best practices and resources to support students within a dual language classroom.
Debi Torres, Austin ISD

The Power of Yet
Nature and Needs of the Gifted
Hyatt / Presidio A-C / Intermediate / K-12
Engaging students with the power of “yet or not yet” gives students the freedom to take risks and develop a growth mindset. Discover how to change a student’s mindset within one year. Dr. Carol Dweck’s mindset research provides strategies for leading students on a path of acquiring perseverance and grit.
Karen Green, M.A., McKinney ISD

 


Special 90-minute Breakout Sessions: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Fast and Furious 2015: The Best of Byrdseed Gifted and the Gifted Guru
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Convention Center / 008 A-B / Introductory / K-12
Technology, skills, research, curriculum, and more! Get the inside scoop on Ian Byrd’s and Lisa Van Gemert’s favorite resources and leave itching to try them out.
Ian Byrd, Byrdseed, Seal Beach, CA, and Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed., American Mensa, Arlington

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Hacking the Brain for Easy Access to Critical Literacy Skills
Differentiated Curriculum
Hyatt / Travis A-B / Introductory / K-2
Hack into the brain’s hardwired system and increase learner momentum in reading and writing far beyond simple decoding. Take advantage of newly discovered ‘loopholes’ in learning, based upon current brain plasticity research, and uncover new instructional tools for tapping into the affective learning domain for accelerated skill-access.
Katie Garner, M.Ed., Learning & the Brain Research Consortium, Asheville, NC

Improving Rigor and Relevance through Engagement
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Hyatt / Bowie A-C / Intermediate / K-12
Equip your students with the skills they will need to be successful 21st century learners by engaging them in meaningful creative and critical thinking activities using the Talents Unlimited model.
Kelly Lomax, M.A.T., Talents Unlimited and Mobile County Public School System, AL

Independent Projects! Inspiring Creative Choice within a Structure
Differentiated Curriculum
Convention Center / 007 A-B / Introductory / 3-8
Excite students with real-world topics to explore and research. Anti-intellectualism refers to the mistrust directed toward individuals engaged in intellectual pursuits. This can be discouraging to a gifted child and may lead to negative consequences. Hear strategies to enable students to thrive in this environment and learn how to advocate beyond the classroom.
Melanie Bondy, Mind Vine Press, Frisco

Peer-to-Peer Discussion: Program Coordinators
Program Options and Design
Hyatt / Exhibit Hall Collaborative Connections Zone / Intermediate / K-12
Program coordinators face unique challenges, whether new to the job or with years of experience. Meet with fellow coordinators to exchange ideas and solutions to vexing problems. This innovative framework for sharing knowledge provides a great learning opportunity.
Facilitator: Lynette Breedlove, Ph.D., The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, Western Kentucky University

Showing Mastery in a Digital World
Differentiated Curriculum
Hyatt / Presidio A-C / Intermediate / 6-12
The days of the teacher being the final audience are long gone. Students can create products and share them in mediums that allow for larger audiences and more feedback. Learn about using audio, video and wikis to increase the writing motivation in your classroom.
David Sebek, Troy Drayton, M.Ed., and Joe Bernhart, Fort Bend ISD, Sugar Land

Using a Box to Think About Differentiation
Differentiated Curriculum
Convention Center / 006 C / Introductory / K-12
We often hear how important it is to think “outside the box.” In this fun and fast-moving session, learn how to use a box to think about the various ways to differentiate instruction, especially with 3-D graphic organizers. Build your own differentiation box with materials provided by presenter.
Rhonda Meyer, Ph.D., Dinah Zike Academy, San Antonio

 


Breakout Sessions: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Brain Ladies Are Back Again!
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Convention Center / 005 / Introductory / K-2
Calling all primary teachers K-2, walk away with a variety of lessons focusing on creative and critical thinking skills. Explore books titles and songs to teach your students to exercise their brains.
Caroline Winfield, M.Ed., and Pamela Bayless, M.Ed., Richardson ISD

Challenge Lab: An Innovative Approach to Schoolwide Differentiation
Program Options and Design
Hyatt / Crockett A-B / Introductory / K-5
Here is a fresh approach to differentiation! The Challenge Lab serves high achievers, G/T, and “undercover G/T” children. It offers a dynamic way to serve all students achieving academic mastery, benefiting and encouraging the whole school. Learn how it can help your school and motivate students to think critically and master TEKS.
Lisa Davis, M.Ed., Kerrville ISD, and Marilyn Mitchell, M.Ed., Uvalde CISD

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Designing an Accelerated Mathematics Curriculum
Program Options and Design
Hyatt / Seguin A-B / Intermediate / 3-5
Discover how Round Rock ISD designed and implemented a successful accelerated mathematics curriculum, and the data supporting the program.
Daniel Brillhart, M.S., and Michelle Swain, M.Ed., Round Rock ISD

Eight Essentials of Project-Based Learning
Differentiated Curriculum
Hyatt / Travis C-D / Introductory / K-5
Project-based learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Come learn the eight essential pieces of the PBL puzzle and leave with examples of PBL projects.
Laura Green, M.S., and Kristen Smith, Corsicana ISD

Finding Hidden Potential in Gifted Girls
Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted
Convention Center / 006 A / Introductory / K-12
Gifted females often go undercover to hide their giftedness. What can schools and families do to help them overcome some of the obstacles they confront and improve their self-concept? Investigate these issues from a school counselor’s perspective and explore strategies to help lessen the effects of the middle school years on gifted females.
Brenda Davis, M.A., Bosqueville ISD and Baylor University, Waco

Ignite Creativity: “My, You Look So Right Brain.”
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Hyatt / Republic A-C / Intermediate / K-12
The 21st century calls for learners who can analyze, interpret, evaluate, and think critically, all with a growth mindset. Good teachers design instruction to develop that growth mindset while promoting higher-level thinking and deeper learning through creativity. Energize your classroom with strategies and tools to encourage curiosity, discovery, and wonder.
Barbara Myer, M.Ed., Allen ISD, and Monica Simonds, M.Ed., Richardson ISD

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Igniting Passion: Middle School Independent Study
Differentiated Curriculum
Convention Center / 006 D / Intermediate / 6-8
The Texas State Plan states that students should be given the opportunity to develop sophisticated products. Discover how to develop independent studies in the classroom, ignite student passion for learning, and walk away with a variety of materials and resources.
Angelene Hanna and Carol Reese, Eanes ISD, Austin

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Nonverbal Assessment and Gifted Identification Using the NNAT2 and NNAT3
Identification and Assessment
Hyatt / Travis C-D Crockett C-D / Intermediate / K-12
Research and experience has shown that a nonverbal measure of general ability, like the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT), finds gifted students who may have been overlooked. Discuss why NNAT works, how it should be implemented and how the information can be used to strengthen a student’s self-image and academic success.
Jack Naglieri, Ph.D., University of Virginia

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One Size Does Not Fit All in Gifted-land
Nature and Needs of the Gifted
Convention Center / 006 B / Introductory / K-12
There are distinguishing innate characteristics across the spectrum of gifted, specifically among intellectual traits, social and emotional temperament, intensity and perceptivity of focus, and typical behaviors. Teachers often lump together gifted individuals in expectations and thereby have difficulty creating meaningful lessons. Discover ways to respond, support and motivate your students.
Patricia Gatto-Walden, Ph.D., Psychologist and Educational Consultant, Lafayette, CO

Report on G/T Teacher Beliefs Survey
Law and Policy
Convention Center / 007 C-D / Intermediate / K-12
Discussion and analysis of the results of the G/T Teacher Beliefs Survey conducted by Baylor University, in partnership with TAGT.
Susan Johnsen, Ph.D., and Corina Kaul, M.Ed., Baylor University, Waco

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Breakout Sessions: 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Advocating for the Gifted
Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted
Hyatt / Seguin A-B / Intermediate / K-12
Anti-intellectualism refers to the hostility and mistrust directed toward individuals engaged in intellectual pursuits and interests. It is often discouraging to the development of a gifted child, and may lead to a number of negative consequences. Hear classroom strategies to enable gifted students to thrive in this environment and learn how to advocate beyond the classroom.
Kristen Lamb Blackmon, M.Ed., University of North Texas, Denton, James Bishop, M.A., University of North Texas, Denton, and Kelly Margot, M.S., Royse City ISD and University of North Texas, Denton

The Big Bang: When Next Generation Science Standards, STEM, and Bloom’s Taxonomy Collide
Differentiated Curriculum
Convention Center / 006 A / Intermediate / 3-8
Designing gifted curriculum that incorporates Next Generation Science Standards, STEM, and Bloom’s Taxonomy isn’t a problem. Honestly! It can be tricky, but discover how to even implement them simultaneously. Leave with a complete strategy for your grade level and subject areas, plus resources and assessment criteria.
Patricia Leadbeater, Engine-Uity, Ltd., Phoenix, AZ

Creativity through Literature
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Convention Center / 007 A-B / Intermediate / K-5
Explore classroom-tested ideas on how to promote creative thinking with various books and develop an understanding of how to teach creative thinking. Receive examples of quality work from G/T students. Walk away with a packet of ideas that can be immediately implemented into the classroom.
Amy Moore, M.Ed., and Kristin Glasscock, M.Ed., Plano ISD

Gifted and Talented and STEM
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Hyatt / Presidio A-C / Intermediate / 9-12
For the U.S. to hold a competitive edge in a changing workforce, it is essential to increase the nation’s workforce in science, technology, math and engineering. Explore how to incorporate technology and disrupt the traditional classroom with a more authentic, hands-on STEM experience for gifted and talented students.
Tonya Patterson, M.S., Alvin ISD

Higher Level Questions That Ignite the Gifted Mind
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Convention Center / 008 A-B / Intermediate / K-12
How can we use questions to encourage challenging thinking and facilitate intellectual growth? Learn how to recognize the difference between questions that challenge gifted minds as opposed to ones that focus on recall and summarization. Receive question sets that can be used as models to design your own challenging questions.
Bob Iseminger, Pieces of Learning, Roanoke, VA

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INSPIRE: A Gathering of Award-Winning Educators
Nature and Needs of the Gifted
Convention Center / 006 B / Introductory / K-12
Participate in a panel discussion with award-winning educators from across the state, including the 2015 TAGT individual state award winners and the 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year. Don’t miss the chance to access their minds, explore their various philosophies, strategies, challenges and victories and be inspired by excellence in gifted education.
Moderator: Laura Mackay, Ph.D., Clear Creek ISD

Legislative Update
Law and Policy
Convention Center / 007 C-D / Intermediate / K-12
The 84th Legislative session ended in May 2015, but the impact of the education legislation that was passed is just beginning. Look at the items that may have the greatest impact on gifted education and discuss what may be expected at the Capitol in the coming year.
Marty De Leon, TAGT Policy Consultant, Escamilla & Poneck, Inc., Austin, and JJ Colburn, CAE, TAGT

Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Hispanic and Bilingual Youth
Identification and Assessment
Convention Center / Travis C-D / Intermediate / K-12
Struggling to fit into a peer group is a challenge faced by many gifted adolescences but when a child is also culturally and linguistically diverse those challenges may be magnified. Understanding the social and emotional needs of gifted Hispanic bilingual youth is key to ensuring academic and social success.
Katie Lewis, Ed.D., Texas A&M International University, Laredo

More Than Just a Twitter Chat: Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT
Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted
Hyatt / Travis A-B / Introductory / K-12
Meet #gtchat moderator, Lisa Conrad, and learn about the benefits of the #gtchat community. Learn how to join a Twitter chat and how to grow a Personal Learning Network in the gifted community. Discover our weekly transcript, blog, Facebook page, Pinterest Board, and YouTube Playlist. There’s something for everyone!
Lisa Conrad, Moderator, Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT

Moving from Difficult to Rigorous
Differentiated Curriculum
Convention Center / 006 D / Introductory / K-8
When developing activities for gifted students, we need to be cognizant that “difficult” does not necessarily equate to “rigorous.” By effectively using Dr. Sandra Kaplan’s elements of depth and complexity, create appropriately challenging assignments that are rigorous, and not just difficult. Come away with low-prep, high-yield activities.
Mary Lea Pfenninger, M.Ed., Region 3 ESC, Victoria

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‘N Sync: Asynchronous Development and Mixed Age Learning Groups
Nature and Needs of the Gifted
Hyatt / Republic A-C / Intermediate / 3-8
Asynchronous development is a keystone of giftedness. Hear about the latest academic research on this topic, combined with action research on mixed age learning at camps and in enrichment classes. Find a fresh perspective on how mixed age grouping can get gifted learners “in sync.”
Ben Koch, M.Ed., and Justin Vawter, M.Ed., NuMinds Enrichment, Prosper

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Overcoming the Challenges of Using the Texas Performance Standards Project
Program Options and Design
Convention Center / 006 C / Introductory / K-5
Learn the struggles and successes of implementing the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) in Dallas ISD’s elementary G/T pull-in programs. Gain information on utilizing TPSP for lesson planning, daily objectives, and creating relevant products and presentations. Discuss the benefits and pitfalls that this large, culturally diverse district has experienced.
Bren Danser, M.Ed., and Andrew Messer, Dallas ISD

Peer-to-Peer Discussion: Classroom Teachers
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Hyatt / Exhibit Hall Collaborative Connections Zone / Introductory / K-8
Classroom teachers who are responsible for instructing gifted students usually have many questions, but often feel alone in finding answers. Meet with other teachers to exchange ideas and solutions to the issues you are currently tackling in your classroom. This innovative framework for sharing knowledge provides a great learning opportunity.
Facilitator: Lynette Breedlove, Ph.D., The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, Western Kentucky University

Rethinking the Social Studies Classroom for the Gifted Learner
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Hyatt / Crockett C-D / Intermediate / 6-12
Despite being the venue for the delivery of gifted services in many schools, the purpose of the social studies and how to make it meaningful for G/T students is rarely examined in research literature. Review lesson suggestions from recently published writing that is designed to focus on the G/T social studies classroom.
Joe Russell, M.A., Plano ISD and University of North Texas, Kristy Alexander, M.Ed., and Donna Sewell, Plano ISD

The SAT 2016 Edition: Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Hyatt / Crockett A-B / Introductory / 6-12
The College Board has revamped the SAT once again. Come find out how the test has changed and how the modifications will affect your students. Receive an outline of the new exam and examples of the tested elements. Hear strategies to assist students in making their target scores on the exam.
Sheila Griffith, Ph.D., Knowsys Educational Services LLC, Austin

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Teachers Talkin’ Trash
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Hyatt / Bowie A-C / Introductory / K-12
Have you ever wondered what to do with all that “stuff” that nobody else wants, but it ends up in your classroom? See how to use Sandra Kaplan icons and SCAMPERing to help your students recycle and reinvent those items into useable products.
Adrian Denison, M.Ed., and Lena Stiggers, Denton ISD

Texas College and University Honors Programs
Additional Study
Convention Center / 005 / Advanced / 9-12
College honors programs vary from one university to another. What are commonalities and differences in programs in Texas? Hear from a panel of four college honors program directors. Learn more about each schools admission process, expectations, curriculum, special projects, housing, graduation rates, and characteristics of effective honors programs.
Joyce Kyle Miller, Ph.D, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Raymond Green, Ph.D., Texas A&M University-Commerce, and Ann Eisenberg, Ph.D., University of Texas San Antonio

Written by… You! How to Get Published in Gifted Education
Additional Study
Hyatt / Bonham B / Intermediate / K-12
Do you have a great idea? Have you been conducting research on a new topic? Have you dreamed of seeing your name in print? Hear advice from professionals with publication experience and discover the opportunities available in gifted education journals and book publishing. Ask questions and meet one-on-one with the editors.
Lacy Compton, M.A., Prufrock Press, Waco, Krystal Goree, Ph.D., Baylor University, Waco, and Susan Johnsen, Ph.D., Baylor University, Waco


Breakout Sessions: 3:50 – 5:15 p.m.

Creativity Potpourri
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Convention Center / 004 / Introductory / K-12
Enjoy fast-paced mini-sessions at this popular event and come away with a variety of creative teaching ideas. Experience activities and strategies for working with gifted students that can be used immediately. See page 42 of the conference program for more information.


Breakout Sessions: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Ask Me Anything: #gtchat Springs to Life!
Nature and Needs of the Gifted
Hyatt / Travis A-B / Introductory / K-12
Do you have a question you just need someone to answer? Join four experienced panelists and ask them anything! Submit questions during the session by tweeting them or by raising your hand and hear a response in real time. Come get your questions answered, play with Twitter (no experience required), and join in the conversation.
Moderator: Lisa Conrad, Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT
Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., American Mensa, Arlington, Ian Byrd, Byrdseed, Seal Beach, CA and Tracy Johnson, Keller ISD

Building Academic Literacy of Gifted Students from Poverty: Research to Classroom Practice
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Convention Center / 006 B / Intermediate / K-12
Gifted students raised in poverty require a different instructional approach to build academic literacy. Learn various ways on how mindsketching can be incorporated into any instructional program across content areas.
Suzanna Ramos, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, College Station

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Catalysts for a Community of Success
Program Options and Design
Convention Center / 006 C / Introductory / 6-12
The Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) is designed for high school students to live on a university campus while taking a full load of courses. Discover how TAMS develops a community striving for excellence, encourages internal self-care mechanisms, and challenges students to look beyond the mirror to accomplish their goals.
Russ Stukel, M.Ed., Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science/University of North Texas

CogAT and Iowa Online Testing and Advanced Reporting
Identification and Assessment
Convention Center / 006 D / Introductory / K-12
The Cognitive Abilities Test and Iowa Assessments have long been used to identify G/T students. Online and Central Scoring offer web-based reporting which includes student, group, and multiple measure reports and the ability to export data for upload into Eduphoria AWARE. Experience a demonstration of online testing and web-based reporting.
Dennis Murphy, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Empower Young Learners through Creativity and Imagination
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Hyatt / Republic A-C / Introductory / K-5
Nurture creativity and critical thinking in young G/T learners through art. Creativity is a natural ability found in every child and an essential 21st century skill. Take away ideas to help your students develop a deeper understanding of art and how to express themselves creatively.
Linda Erwin, M.LS., and Kathy Stephenson, M.S., Aransas County ISD, Rockport

Exploring Creativity and Innovation Using the Engineering Design Process
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Hyatt / Crockett A-B / Intermediate / K-8
Where do engineering, innovation, and literacy all meet? Learn how to explore the concept of innovation using the engineering design process. By using literature to introduce the steps of the engineering design process and characteristics of innovators, gifted students can be guided toward becoming creative innovators.
April Walker, M.A., Yorktown Education and University of North Texas, and Kris Majority, M.S., Little Elm ISD and University of North Texas

Got Time?
Program Options and Design
Hyatt / Crockett C-D / Intermediate / K-12
Never have time to peruse the Journal of Advanced Academics, Gifted Child Quarterly, and other research journals? Let us do the reading for you! Receive an overview of research in gifted education pertinent to districts, classrooms, and G/T educators.
Christina Dearman, Ph.D., Denton ISD

Learning in Motion
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Convention Center / 005 / Introductory / K-12
Forklift Danceworks’ offers unique strategies for incorporating creative movement into the curriculum. When movement is used as a teaching tool, students interact with the subject matter in powerful and nonverbal ways. These tools and ideas can lead to greater retention of concepts, and a fun, supportive and more creative classroom environment.
Ann Starr, M.A., Forklift Danceworks

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Let It Go: Facilitating the Growth of Student Leaders
Differentiated Curriculum
Hyatt / Seguin A-B / Introductory / K-12
We’ve all heard the call for teachers to be the “guide on the side” as opposed to the “sage on the stage.” But how? Walk through the three levels of facilitation and come away with tools for infusing student choice and leadership into the classroom.
Jennine Zepeda, M.Ed., and Debi Taylor, M.Ed., Comal ISD, New Braunfels

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Meaningful Technology for the G/T Classroom
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Hyatt / Travis C-D / Introductory / K-12
Teaching gifted students requires us to be creative and find ways to engage them even when they are not in our classrooms. Discover how to use technology to engage students even when they are in their regular classrooms. In this fast-paced session, learn how to use technology to challenge gifted minds in meaningful activities.
Andi McNair, Bosqueville ISD, Waco

Plunge into Project-Based Learning in the Social Studies Classroom
Differentiated Curriculum
Hyatt / Bowie A-C / Introductory / 3-8
Project-based learning sounds scary to integrate but with a few easy strategies you can implement this instructional framework into the classroom. Students are excited to come to school when they play an active role in their learning. Walk away with creative ideas that can mold to fit any curriculum.
Nanette VanCampen and Michelle Mangum, Fort Bend ISD, Sugar Land

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STEM is Fine, but Don’t Forget the FLOWER (Fine Arts and Literature)
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Convention Center / 007 A-B / Intermediate / K-12
Studies have demonstrated that gifted students’ cognitive functioning, self-perception, and creative abilities can be enhanced through the inclusion of arts in the G/T classroom curriculum. Learn to design experiences that integrate fine arts, literature, oration, writing, expressiveness, and reflection while meeting subject specific learning objectives. Extension from last year’s session.
Carol McGaughey, Ed.D., Houston Baptist University

“Take Us To See It!”
Program Options and Design
Hyatt / Presidio A-C / Introductory / 6-12
Students often say “take us to see it!” Learn how large groups of G/T students can leave the classroom and successfully go into the “field.” Hear from teachers who have experience taking students to wonderful educational venues, including an overnight, out-of-town trip. Also, hear from some of the students themselves.
Larry Romero, M.Ed., and Doreen Lee, Fort Bend ISD, Sugar Land, plus Emma Babaian, Anna Brooks, Michael Brough, Sara Faulkner, Sneha George, and Rohun Rajaram, Fort Bend ISD students

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TEA Update on Gifted/Talented Education
Law and Policy
Convention Center / 007 C-D / Introductory / K-12
The Texas Education Agency provides an annual update for participants on what is new in state services and requirements regarding gifted/talented education and advanced academics. In addition, receive an update on the activities of the Commissioner’s Advisory Council on Gifted Education.
Monica Brewer, M.Ed., Texas Education Agency, Austin, and Marcy Voss, M.Ed., Boerne ISD

Teaching Reading to Gifted Learners
Creativity and Instructional Strategies
Convention Center / 008 A-B / Introductory / K-12
Review literature related to Judith Wynn Halsted’s suggested themes for gifted readers: identity, aloneness, getting along with others, developing imagination/using abilities, and the drive to understand. Use these to create literature-based, thematic instructional units for the K-5 classroom.
Deb Troxclair, Ph.D., and Stacey Bumstead, Ph.D., Lamar University, Beaumont

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Understanding Social and Emotional Needs: Intensity and Overexcitabilities
Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted
Convention Center / 006 A / Introductory / 6-12
Discover or revisit Dabrowski’s overexcitabilities and learn how to identify each type in gifted students. Learn effective instructional and behavioral strategies to support gifted students with overexcitabilities.
Dianna Mullet, M.S., and Kristen Lamb Blackmon, M.Ed., University of North Texas, Denton