• 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: 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.

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

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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: 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: 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.  

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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. 

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

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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".

    © 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: 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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