• Presenter: Stacy Hughes, Burleson ISD
    Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum 
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary 
    Hours: 1   

    “I wish I had a camera on my forehead and you had a screen on yours. Then I could show you what I am thinking.” That statement might sound strange to most of us, but that's how visual-spatial learners think.

    The traditional classroom setting defeats a visual-spatial learner, who may also be twice exceptional (2E), ADHD, and/or Autistic. When your classroom is designed to cater to their unique needs, not only will your visual-spatial learner's potential be unlocked, every student in your class will reap the rewards.

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenters: Colin Seale
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies, Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Learning Environment 3.3
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    What if you could help your students use their unique teenage brains to change the world? Colin Seale, the founder of thinkLaw, believes you can. In this course, Mr. Seale walks you through how to transform the critical thinking dispositions of your students, enabling them to funnel their risk-taking tendencies into opportunities for activism, examine situations and consequences from different perspectives, and develop nuanced thinking. 

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  • Presenter: Timothy Gangwer, Visual Teaching Alliance Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Learn to ‘think outside the box’ with Timothy Gangwer’s course on "Whole Brain Visual Thinking." This course offers six hours of educational tools in one, easy to follow, content packed hour. After taking this course, you can be sure that you will have the informational edge to keep you sharp in the classroom. You will appreciate the wealth of knowledge he brings to the course, and walk away completely edified when you take "Whole Brain Visual Thinking".

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  • Presenter: Kristina Janeway
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level:
    Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Students thrive when they have the opportunity to dive deep into a successful project. Are the projects you assign meeting the needs of your students? In this 1-hour course, “What's Your Problem? Project Based Learning in Middle School GT ELAR,” Kristina Janeway shares the difference between giving students projects and developing a project-based learning program. Learn the best tips and tricks to develop project-based literature circles that encourage teamwork and growth. 

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  • Presenter: Timothy Gangwer 
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    In this course, Timothy Gangwer packs six hours of information into one hour of useful content. In Visual Literacy: Strategies for teaching Gifted English Language Learners you will learn everything from identifying your gifted students, to Tim's 57 ways to increase brain function. As one of our most popular presenters, Tim bridges the gap between visual literacy and gifted learning.

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  • Presenter: Will Waghorne
    Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    As a teacher, it becomes crucial to use technology to help your gifted students engage in their learning process. Using tools like Google Apps not only encourages them to participate, they provide convenience for both you and your students, and allows a greater level of differentiation and collaboration.

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  • Presenter: Jennifer Leal
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary|Secondary
    Hours: 1

    It is often said, "a picture is worth a thousand words", but is it really? In "Using Primary Sources to Entice the Gifted Learner", Jennifer Leal teaches a powerful activity that will capture your students’ interest and leave them hungry for more, using pictures, quotes, and other media. Discover the differences between primary and secondary sources and how to use them to draw your students deeper into the curriculum by making inferences and noticing details.  

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  • Presenter: Lori Comallie-Caplan
    Core Area: Social and Emotional
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Why do gifted children sometimes have sensitivities or tendencies that challenge teachers and parents? Overexcitabilities are common occurrences in GT children due to their hyper-efficient brains. There are specific skills and strategies to help identify and equip gifted children with overexcitabilities.

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  • Presenter: Dr. Joyce Juntune, Texas A&M University 
    Core Area: Social Emotional, Nature Needs 
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary 
    Hours: 6

    Understanding gifted children is serious business. They sit in our schools and sometimes go unidentified or remain underserved. Understanding the nature and needs of gifted students empowers teachers to meet their needs and prepare them for success.

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  • Presenter: Debra Troxclair, Ph.D
    Core Area: Nature & Needs
    Grade Level: Elementary
    Hours: 1

    Identifying giftedness can help ensure proper social, emotional, and cognitive development in children with high abilities, allowing them to achieve their maximum potential. This 1-hour course offers foundational knowledge about giftedness for early childhood professionals and educators so that can identify giftedness in children of all ages.

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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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  • Presenter:Karen Zeske, Ph.D.
    Core Area: Identification & Assessment
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    With so much effort and attention placed on raising low performing students, researchers are finding that G/T students in the classroom are often stagnating in their achievement. While this group of learners are being left behind, low-income gifted students are falling even further behind their higher-income classmates. Good program design can address all of these achievement gaps, including the unique needs of low-income students.

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  • Presenter: Karen Zeske, Ph.D. 
    Core Area: Identification & Assessment 
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Receiving quality gifted instruction can help students grow and be challenged in many new ways. However, the transition from a general education classroom to a gifted classroom can be difficult. If students don’t learn how to manage the new expectations of their teachers, it can become too much to handle. In this 1-hour course, “Uncovering and Retaining Gifted Students: Advocating for Historically Underserved Students,” Dr. Karen Zeske teaches educators how to retain their gifted students. Learn strategies to support gifted students and help them thrive.

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenter: Timothy Gangwer
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies, Differentiated Curriculum
    Grade Level: Primary and Secondary
    Hours: 1 


    Twice Exceptional students, or those with both high abilities and a learning disability, have been something of an enigma for educators in the past. Thanks to the work of Tim Gangwer and so many others, educators now have the resources necessary to equip themselves to meet the needs of twice exceptional students.

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenter: Marcia Gentry
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3

    The generic Cluster Groups Model separates gifted students from the rest of the class and pours all the resources into them during a small time block, but gifted educator Marcia Gentry says there’s a better way. Total School Cluster Grouping allows gifted students to receive full-time gifted instruction while also helping average students thrive. Come and learn all about Total School Cluster Groups in this 3-hour course. 

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    There are endless ways to approach differentiation in your classroom. Learn the essential steps and rules of tiering and compacting to make your GT classroom more fun, engaging, and independent.

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  • Presenter: Sheila Mulbry & Nicole Shannon, Round Rock ISD
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Do you want your gifted students to deepen their responses to the text they read? One of the most fulfilling moments in a teacher’s day is when the light comes on, a sign that the students are making a deep connection with the material being taught. Teaching students to think outside the book is one of the ways you can empower your students to experience those “aha” moments.

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenters: Colin Seale
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies, Planning 1.3, Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Instruction 2.3
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Critical thinking skills are vital for today’s students, but many don’t have the tools they need to cultivate them. In this 1-hour course presented by thinkLaw, educators will discover strategies for enhancing critical thinking and student engagement in their classrooms. As both an educator and a lawyer, Colin Seale brings a fresh perspective to this subject.

     


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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Identification & Assessment
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    What if you went to the eye doctor and were handed a pre-made pair of glasses with no exam and sent on your way? Your chances of seeing well through those glasses would almost be zero! In “The Power of Pre-Assessment,” Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., compares an eye exam to pre-assessment in the differentiated classroom.  Pre-assessment is a logical first step for differentiation and the key to success. 

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  • Presenter: Tina Flatt & Sarah Eton, Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD
    Core Area: Identification & Assessment
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    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: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Social & Emotional Needs
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Four conditions account for the majority of mental health issues experienced by young people. 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.

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  • Presenter: Lynette Breedlove, Ph.D.
    Core Area: Social & Emotional
    Grade Level: Elementary, Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Gifted characters in many popular books and movies are quirky, intelligent, and perfectionistic. Helping gifted students manage their intense feelings in real life, however, can be more difficult. Thankfully, there are strategies that educators and parents can use to help gifted students thrive. Discover how to support and empower gifted students with intense feelings.

    © Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented, Austin, Texas 2020

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Does your classroom environment spark joyful learning? Do you need some ideas to help make your class more fun? In this 1-hour course, “The Creativity Prescription,” Lisa Van Gemert shares practical ideas to help educators create an exciting and enjoyable classroom experience. Learn creative tips that Van Gemert uses in her own classroom.

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  • Presenter: Katherine McKnight, McKnight
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies 
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 6

    Many educators feel confused by what exactly Common Core State Standards entail, and why we have them in the first place. Luckily Katie McKnight, Ph.D., is a Common Core expert! Get the scoop on CCSS, learn exactly how they work, and discover how you can use them to improve your classroom differentiation. 


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