3 Hours

  • Presenters: Dr. Richard Cash & Dr. Katherine McKnight, Learner Innovations
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3


    The speed of information and access to it has transformed the way we relate to learning in the 21st century. However, creativity still has an important role to play in student learning, particularly in literacy learning. Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., and Katie McKnight, Ph.D., team up for this informative and fun 3-hour course on how to use creativity and improv to improve literacy learning. 




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  • Presenter: Andi McNair, TAGT
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3
     

    Genius hour is an out-of-the-box venture that allows students to take charge and follow through with a project that will impact their community. Students have total ownership from the initial stage of research, to collaborating with an expert, to carrying out the project with passion, and sharing it with the world--or at least Snapchat! Learn how to make genius hour an exciting part of your class.
  • Presenter: Richard Cash, NRich Educational
    Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3

    Fostering high levels of thinking, valuing process over product, and creating a framework for evaluating complex information are some of the topics covered in this comprehensive course. Find out how you can implement these effectively for your gifted secondary students!

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  • Presenter: Dr. Joyce Juntune, Texas A&M University
    Core Area: Creativity & Instruction
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3

    When do gifted students, and all students, learn and flourish? They say a student doesn’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. As a teacher, the way to show this is by building relationships. When you foster learning relationships in your classroom, every student will begin to flourish. There are specific skills and strategies that help promote successful learning partnerships.

    Dr. Joyce Juntune not only teaches you those strategies, she helps you create a roadmap for your classroom. Once the skills are in place you can trust students more to do something on their own initiative!

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  • Presenter: Bob Iseminger, Pieces of Learning
    Core Area: Creativity & Instruction
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3


    Creativity is elusive. It’s hard to put a grade on, or test for creativity. As a result, it is often devalued in traditional learning environments. Bob Iseminger believes that infusing creativity back into our classrooms is essential for the success of our gifted and talented students.

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  • Presenter: Dr. Katherine McKnight, McKnight
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3

    Learning centers are a wonderful way to bring interactive, engaging learning into your classroom--and they are perfect for differentiated instruction. But how do you know if you're making the most of your learning centers? In this helpful course from Katie McKnight, Ph.D., you'll get strategies and a helpful checklist to make your centers effective. 
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  • Presenter: Dr. Joyce Junetune, Texas A&M University
    Core Area: Nature & Needs
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3


    You know that meeting the needs of your students in a multi-ability classroom is a challenge. You have more than likely listened to training on differentiated instruction and tiering. But what if there is another way of approaching this challenge? Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., offers a fresh look at how to reach students at all levels by adapting curriculum and encouraging independent learning skills.


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  • Presenter: Dr. Joyce Junetune, Texas A&M University
    Core Area: Nature & Needs
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3


    In part 1 of this course, Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., discussed how to adapt curriculum using a variety of self-leveling activities in the classroom. In part 2, you will learn how evaluation, thinking, and planning skills can help students become more in charge of their own learning processes.


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  • Presenter: Dr. Joyce Juntune, Texas A&M University
    Core Area: Creativity & Instruction
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3


    When questioning ceases, the learning stops. Questioning allows your students to build the habit of curiosity. In education, sometimes we think learning is all about the answers, but there is also an art to teaching students to be inquisitive. Great questioning is best taught by teachers who model great questions. This course shows you how.


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  • Presenter: Richard M. Cash, Ph.D.
    Core Area: Social and Emotional
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3

    Underrepresented students are at a particular risk for failing to thrive in the gifted classroom. Factors like culture, home life, negative study habits, and perceived lack of resources can put them on an uphill path; but helping them to apply self-regulation strategies can empower them to learn for life.



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  • Presenter: Tina Flatt & Sarah Eton, Carrollton Farmers Branch Core Area: Identification & Assessment Grade Level: All Hours: 3

    In this course, the Power of Portfolios, Tina Flatt and Sarah Eton will walk you through the steps of creating portfolios for your students that will provide the missing piece in the data puzzle to prevent gifted students from being overlooked by data driven identification.

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  • Presenter: Dr. Joyce Juntune, Texas A&M University 
    Core Area: Nature & Needs
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary 
    Hours: 3


    Many different things affect the academic performance of students. One that is sometimes overlooked is poverty. Do you know the effects of poverty on your classroom? Poverty impacts a student’s intelligence and achievement. In this 3-hour course led by Dr. Joyce Juntune, a nationally renowned consultant, educators will learn about how to serve gifted students raised in poverty. Educators will walk away with knowledge about verbal gaps, complex language skills, and strategies for supporting students in poverty.

    Note: This course is part II in the series "Serving Gifted Students from Poverty". We highly recommend taking Part I "Closing the Achievement Gap for Students Raised in Poverty" first.

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