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Sunday, October 13
 

12:30pm

Conference registration
Sunday October 13, 2019 12:30pm - 5:00pm
Iowa Foyer

1:00pm

Pre-conference session: Identifying the Young Gifted Child: Dynamic Assessment through Observation
Attendees are welcome to check in for the conference in the Iowa Foyer (1st floor, conference center) before or after the pre-conference workshop.


Dr. Sally Beisser
Drake University

This presentation encourages observation, questioning, portfolio development, and communication known as “dynamic assessment” to assess advanced learners in early childhood rather than “static assessments” through normative testing. Dr. Beisser will distinguish static vs.dynamic assessment (Leaders Project, 2013) to explain that static assessment is determined by what a child already knows according to comparison to norms or set criteria. Dynamic assessment looks at a child’s ability to acquire or express skills or knowledge during an assessment. We will explore behaviors common to early gifted learners including:
1. Asynchronous development and/or self-critical behaviors
2. Early use of advanced vocabulary, complexity, and humor
3. Early literacy skills; interest in symbols
4. Excellent memory; retention from varied sources
5. Keen observation; curiosity and inquisitiveness
6. Intense interests in specific topics; concentration; perseverance; enjoys tinkering
7. Strong critical thinking skills; organizational skills
8. Creativity; imaginative capacity
9. Ability to understand complex concepts; thinks abstractly
10. Early demonstration of talents in music, art, athletics, or the performing arts.

The workshop will conclude with time for participants to personalize these observations in their own programs or district. Bring your laptops to create your own follow up documents to chart student behaviors of your pK-grade 3 advanced learners. We are all in this together!

Pre-conference attendees are invited to attend Parent Day breakout sessions, including a session on perfectionism with Dr. Beisser, at the conclusion of the pre-conference.

 
Monday, October 14
 

7:00am

Conference registration
Monday October 14, 2019 7:00am - 7:50am
Iowa Foyer

7:00am

Continental breakfast
Monday October 14, 2019 7:00am - 7:50am
Iowa Foyer

8:00am

Welcome and Announcements
Monday October 14, 2019 8:00am - 8:30am
Iowa A

8:00am

Exhibit Area Open
Monday October 14, 2019 8:00am - 4:30pm
Iowa Foyer and Ballroom Foyer

8:30am

Keynote- Lisa Van Gemert- Letters to the Young Gifted
What do gifted adults wish they could share with the rising gifted generation? If they could go back and do it all over again, what traits and paradigms would they wish they had?  
Explore the seven pillars that create or support healthy social, emotional and cognitive development in the gifted.
Find out what a library in Baghdad and Olympic athletes can teach our gifted children. Learn what it means to turn your own tide, the role of honor, and the importance of gathering a team (no matter how unlikely).
Discover the underrated power of waiting, and the correct approach to the gifted/typical code switch.
Empower educators and students as we travel there and back again.



Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Iowa A

9:40am

Be Proud of Your Gifted: Ways to Celebrate Intellectual Intelligence
Giftedness should not be a bad word or something to fret—be it by the student, the teacher, the school administration, or the family.  Changing this negative mindset should be a goal of every classroom. Ways exist to celebrate intelligence that do not make the gifted student feel singled out or elitist.  This session will share ways to help gifted students, their families, and their schools feel proud of their accomplishments and/or skills. Educators will have time to share some of their own ideas with others as well.

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Iowa E

9:40am

Cross-Age Peer Mentoring: Cultivating a System of Academic Excellence
How can a district use cross-age peer mentoring to support students from historically underserved populations in gifted and talented? In this session you’ll hear how one DMPS High School incorporated a course in collaboration with selected feeder pattern schools. Hear firsthand from a few high school students involved. In the GT Leadership and Mentoring course, mentors help their mentees foster a positive attitude and enthusiasm for high level academic pursuits as well as increasing confidence and self-efficacy. The positive outcome for mentors is developing leadership skills, fostering empathy and patience for others, cultivating cultural capital, and expanding community connections.

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Iowa C

9:40am

Differentiation for Advanced Readers
Not sure how to meet the needs of your high ability readers? This session will provide you with differentiation strategies and ideas that you can implement tomorrow. Multiple resources will be shared to assist with finding appropriate level texts. Whether you are an elementary classroom teacher or a K-6 GT specialist, this session is for you.


Monday October 14, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Ballroom North

9:40am

Extending the English Classroom with AP strategies
Presentation and round table discussion about integrating AP English strategies and other methods of rigor throughout HS and/or dual credit classes. Participants can share their own strategies after a short presentation about ideas for practice.

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Ballroom Central

9:40am

How to Ask Better Questions: Research, Techniques, and Reflection
Learn about research that supports the benefits of good questioning skills and strategies. Practice effective questioning techniques that will impact the success of your classroom interaction and student learning. Learn ways to help students ask questions of themselves through insight and reflection.

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Iowa B

9:40am

STEMulating Interest and Identity through Real-World Engineering
This session will focus on two high-interest STEM resources that will spark your students’ interest in STEM based on the research that a strong, positive STEM identity is a predictor of later choosing a STEM career. UL Xplorlabs bridges the gap between your classroom and real-world engineering and applied safety science. Future City is a project-based learning program where students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. Participants will leave this session with two highly developed resources and numerous ready-to-use classroom activities to begin implementing STEM activities in their classrooms right away.

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Ballroom South

9:40am

The Belin-Blank Center, Iowa's Only Center for Gifted Education
The Belin-Blank Center, Iowa's only center for gifted education, is here for student programming/services as well as professional learning! The Center provides options throughout the year for students, from classes in a variety of formats to assessment/counseling services through the Clinic. The Center provides distance and face-to-face coursework that leads to the TAG endorsement--and new programs--helping professionals provide better services to gifted children. The Center facilitates above-level testing (Talent Search) for students, allowing you to match learning needs with universal, supplementary, and intensive best practices. The Belin-Blank Center offers research-based options that support your gifted and talented learners.

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Iowa A

9:40am

What's Good for the Gifted
What do gifted children need to be successful in school? How do meerkats relate to gifted education? If I haven't taught gifted children, how can I better understand their needs? If I need to provide professional learning for my staff, how can I best deliver this information? A template of a programming overview will be provided. Essential questions to be discussed will focus on implementing best practice while incorporating practical and interesting information. See how students' voices can provide a refreshing perspective.

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Iowa D

10:40am

Break to Visit Exhibitors
Monday October 14, 2019 10:40am - 10:55am
Iowa Foyer and Ballroom Foyer

10:55am

Creating an effective TAG Teachers Professional Learning Community when you are a singleton TAG Teacher
Do you wish you belonged to a Professional Learning Community specifically for TAG teachers? Are you the only TAG teacher in your district? If so, this session is for you. You will learn how a group of singleton TAG teachers from small school districts in eastern Iowa organized a TAG Teachers PLC. Since travel time to meetings is an issue, this group has most of their meetings online and in real time. A list of topics that can be covered in a regional TAG PLC will be given. There will be time for networking so that audience members can work with others to start their own TAG Teachers PLC.



Monday October 14, 2019 10:55am - 11:55am
Ballroom North

10:55am

Differentiation in Pre AP and AP Language Arts
Go beyond “hard” and get to effective in the ELA classroom using differentiation strategies that really work. Look at Depth & Complexity specifically from an ELA perspective. Find out how to get writers to revise their work, even when they think they don’t need to. Discover how to help students become content disciplinarians. Learn the power of a great transition words, and be able to share with students the cognitive ability markers in the realm of Language Arts. This session is practical, research-based, and a perfect drag-and-drop-into-use session for ELA teachers (and it’s got a meaty handout,too).

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 10:55am - 11:55am
Ballroom South

10:55am

Encouraging an Explorer Mindset
National Geographic Education has free online resources for your classroom and for your professional development. This session will overview the Explorer Mindset which includes the attitudes, skills and knowledge to be an Earth Citizen. Teachers will be exposed to opportunities for student experience (GeoBee, GeoChallenge) and Teacher Professional Development (National Geographic Educator Certification and Geo Inquiry Training).

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 10:55am - 11:55am
Iowa B

10:55am

Mental Health and Gifted Children: When to Seek Help
Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 10:55am - 11:55am
Iowa E

10:55am

Planning for Differentiated Instruction in the Gen. Ed. Classroom: A Practical Approach
We know that differentiation is good for students, but how do we deal with the everyday, practical questions of managing a differentiated classroom? How can a gradebook reflect and respect differentiated learning? How does a teacher plan for differentiation? How can I make differentiation respectful of my students' time so that I am assigning a different cognitive load rather than just more work? Can I be a standards-referenced teacher and encourage students to work beyond grade-level? If you've ever wondered these things, this session is for you. I may not have all of the answers, but these are the strategies that I've built into my classroom over the past 16 years of teaching.

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 10:55am - 11:55am
Ballroom Central

10:55am

Self-Awareness Mandalas: a Visual Representation of You
Part of our TAG program is providing opportunities for students to develop their social/emotional skills and self-awareness. In this session, we will learn how using mandalas allows students to create visual representations of themselves demonstrating self-awareness and learning a self-regulation strategy. Attendees will create their own self-aware mandalas.

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 10:55am - 11:55am
Iowa D

10:55am

Speed Geeking: Google Tools for a More Efficient G/T Teacher/Strategist/Coordinator
G Suite for Education has free, powerful tools to maximize your productivity, collaboration, and organization. This session, hosted by two fast-talking, ed techie G/T practitioners, will fly through at least 41 tips and tricks for basic to mind-boggling uses of Google products to give you more of what all gifted ed professionals need: TIME. Ideas will include how G Suite for Ed can expedite scheduling, collaboration with gen ed educators and others, differentiation, record-keeping, and identification. Also included are a few more BONUS digital tools outside of Google that are also worth exploring.


Monday October 14, 2019 10:55am - 11:55am
Iowa A

10:55am

What To Expect When You're Expecting to Teach: Advice for Pre-Service Teachers
Looking forward to your first teaching job, but nervous about what to expect? Wondering how to better support first-year teachers and collaborate with them in the classroom? This session will focus on a first-year teacher’s perspective in the classroom and beyond. In an interactive discussion format, learn about differentiating for student needs when you yourself are learning a new curriculum, how to find the right mentors and teammates to support you along the way, and resources for unwinding at the end of the day.

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 10:55am - 11:55am
Iowa C

11:55am

Lunch
Monday October 14, 2019 11:55am - 12:45pm
TBA

12:55pm

Cluster Grouping: One of the Essentials in Gifted Education
Research has shown that cluster grouping enhances the academic achievement for gifted children—as well, the practice supports social development and academic self-esteem. How can schools effectively implement cluster grouping? How can they ensure that all of their students thrive when gifted and talented learners are clustered together for differentiated opportunities? From theory to practice, this session will provide insights into cluster grouping. Participants will learn more about the strong research support for cluster grouping, as well as hear more about the years of data collected by one Iowa district, demonstrating impressive student growth.


Monday October 14, 2019 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Ballroom Central

12:55pm

I Get to Teach Gifted Now: Where Do I Start?
**Double Session**

This double session will review gifted policy and provide discussion for the implementation of gifted programming for educators new to gifted education in Iowa.  The gifted program mandates in your school district.  Participants will be guided through Chapter 49, Chapter 12, and Chapter 98 to better understand the expectations for Iowa school districts.  The areas of gifted programming discussed will include 1) identification for gifted programming, 2) goals and measurements for gifted programming, 3) a qualitatively differentiated program to meet the students' cognitive and affective needs, 4) staffing qualifications and staffing provisions, 5) professional development, 7) program evaluation, and 8) funding.



Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Iowa C

12:55pm

Interdisciplinary Activities for Global Citizenship: People, Food, Energy and Sustainability
Discover hands-on activities to help gifted students think critically and creatively about global challenges to the planet and human well-being, and their roles as global citizens. Engage in activities that build skills in science, social studies and mathematics while introducing concepts of sustainability, resource use and living conditions around the globe. Receive activities and readings linked to the latest state and national standards, including Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Iowa B

12:55pm

Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council: a network to increase STEM interest and achievement
Increasing student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is a common state and national priority; it is integrated into Future Ready Iowa and the Federal Plan for STEM Education.  Since 2011, the STEM Council has brought together businesses, formal and non-formal educators, higher education, counselors, families, policy makers, students, and others to help Iowa youth to connect their learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to careers.  The session will give an overview of resources available to support preK-12 educators, share data on the impact of these programs, and how to get involved.

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Iowa A

12:55pm

Program Evaluation using the revised Self-Audit Reflection Tool
Looking for a tool to help you take a comprehensive look at your gifted and talented program? The Gifted and Talented Self-Audit Reflection Tool, or SART, is a program evaluation rubric that has been available for use on the Heartland AEA website for many years. Many districts and educators have used this tool, originally created by Mary Schmidt and Linda Moehring. This workshop will walk participants through accessing and using a newly revised SART tool, reformatted using a Google Sheets platform, with expanded analysis and strategic planning capabilities.

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Iowa D

12:55pm

Supporting Gifted Learners: Start a Parent Group
The session focuses on the power of partnering school, home, and community to bring change for gifted children. Forming a parent group does not have to be overwhelming. This presentation will share how parent groups can be organized and sustained through engagement, communication, and networking.


Monday October 14, 2019 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Ballroom North

12:55pm

Teaching Like Lucy
Taking a page of out Lucy’s playbook from Peanuts, we’ll explore some tips and tricks for embracing five-minute opportunities to meet the needs of students. Get dozens of resources and strategies you can use to get a read on your students, calm a tense moment (even if it’s your own!), and deepen your relationships to make the classroom safe.

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Ballroom South

12:55pm

Trial by Fire
Join teachers who have taught four years or less in gifted education as they share the challenges and the joys that come with being new to the profession. Veteran teachers are also encouraged to attend this session and join in on the discussion to share their experience, ideas, and knowledge. Following this session there will be an opportunity for new teachers to sign up for an advisor/mentor.

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Iowa E

1:55pm

Break to Visit with Exhibitors
Monday October 14, 2019 1:55pm - 2:10pm
Iowa Foyer and Ballroom Foyer

2:10pm

Everything I Learned About Gifted Kids I found In Children's Literature
This session will explore appropriately challenging literature selections for students in K-8 that portray characters with gifts and talents from a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds. Together we will share well-written children’s literature that allows readers to see that giftedness knows no boundaries. Participants will receive a 100-book annotated bibliography, as well as access to previous lists developed by the presenters.


Monday October 14, 2019 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Iowa E

2:10pm

Extending the Core for the Advanced Learner
This session will walk you through the steps of working PLC’s to:  verify the standard, taxonomies, address the four essential questions and plan extensions for instruction.

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Iowa D

2:10pm

Facilitating Success for Low-Income, High-Ability Students During the Transition to College and Beyond
Students from low-income backgrounds have historically faced unique challenges that hinder collegiate success. Recent movements, such as the American Talent Initiative, are seeking to improve collegiate success rates for low-income, high-ability students at four-year institutions by examining various data sets in order to understand and address systemic barriers. In this session, the presenters will share survey data collected via the Excelling@Iowa student success platform regarding how students experience the transition to college, in addition to discussing campus resources and effective success strategies. The presenters will also engage attendees in dialogue about strategies for fostering alignment between K-12 and college settings. 


Monday October 14, 2019 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Iowa A

2:10pm

I Get to Teach Gifted Now: Where Do I Start?
**Double session continued**

This double session will review gifted policy and provide discussion for the implementation of gifted programming for educators new to gifted education in Iowa.  The gifted program mandates in your school district.  Participants will be guided through Chapter 49, Chapter 12, and Chapter 98 to better understand the expectations for Iowa school districts.  The areas of gifted programming discussed will include 1) identification for gifted programming, 2) goals and measurements for gifted programming, 3) a qualitatively differentiated program to meet the students' cognitive and affective needs, 4) staffing qualifications and staffing provisions, 5) professional development, 7) program evaluation, and 8) funding.



Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Iowa C

2:10pm

Mastering Gifted Funding
The categorical funding policy, known as Chapter 98, was changed during the 2017 legislative session.  The gifted funding formula was not changed, the carryover requirement was not changed, but flexible spending for categorical funding can affect the gifted budget line in a positive way.  The legislative change will be explained and there will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions.

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Ballroom North

2:10pm

Mindset, metacognition, and memory: The psychological science of academic success
Many students who do well in high school struggle academically once reaching college. For many of these students, high school courses did not require deliberate learning and studying to do well. This session will address the question: What is the best way to learn? Psychological science has a wealth of knowledge about cognition, learning, memory, and motivation that can point to best practices to benefit students’ academic success. The session will discuss the psychological science of mindset, metacognition, and human memory, with a focus on empirical findings and practical use of those findings

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Iowa B

2:10pm

The 3rd Grade Experiment: How to Serve AND Observe through Qualitative Identification
Can you relate to the struggle to collect data that truly captures students’ abilities and talents?

Sitting around the identification table, we started asking - is there a way to gather qualitative data and also serve students in their talent domain simultaneously?

Enter - The Third Grade Experiment: a year committed to gathering observational data to better inform identification while serving students that have already demonstrated need. In this session, we will share the rationale behind the structure we created, samples of curriculum used, and how we are collecting the student data gained from this experiment.


Monday October 14, 2019 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Ballroom South

2:10pm

Using the Online Cognitive Abilities Test to Increase Underrepresented Populations in Gifted Education
We all face the battle of identifying more students in our underrepresented populations. This session will take you through the practical process of getting universal screening for all students. Creative ideas of how to get administration on board with universal screening, setting up the process of doing the online versions of CogAT, and what to do with the results once you get them. Discover how Cedar Rapids went through the process and what it did for our underrepresented populations of African American, Hispanic, Free and Reduced and English Language Learners in regards to talented and gifted services.

Presenters

Monday October 14, 2019 2:10pm - 3:10pm
Ballroom Central

3:15pm

President's Reception
All conference attendees are invited to network at the end of Monday's sessions.

Monday October 14, 2019 3:15pm - 5:00pm
Iowa Foyer

6:30pm

Game Night
Monday October 14, 2019 6:30pm - 9:00pm
 
Tuesday, October 15
 

7:00am

Registration and Breakfast
Tuesday October 15, 2019 7:00am - 7:45am
Iowa Foyer and Ballroom Foyer

7:45am

8:00am

Exhibit Area Open
Tuesday October 15, 2019 8:00am - 1:00pm
Iowa Foyer and Ballroom Foyer

8:30am

Keynote: Deb Douglas- The Power of Self-Advocacy for Gifted Students
When empowered to self-advocate, gifted students are better able to take charge of their own educations. Together we will explore the four steps to learners’ successful self-advocacy: understanding their rights and responsibilities, assessing and reflecting on their learner profiles, selecting appropriate options, and connecting with advocates who will support their plans for change.


Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Iowa A

9:40am

Developing A Gifted Budget
Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Iowa C

9:40am

Effective Teaching with Emotional Intelligence
Teaching emotionally sensitive and intense gifted students in an appropriately responsive and successful way can be challenging. Having insight into this emotionality as well as understanding principles of emotional intelligence provides a guide to help educators effectively teach gifted children. To get there, this presentation includes an overview of emotional intelligence, followed by examples of behaviors of gifted children and the nuances of their experiences. Ideally, this session will cause you to reflect on and modulate communications in your classroom, both yours and your students’, in order to create a healthier and more positive learning atmosphere, supportive of growth and understanding.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Ballroom Central

9:40am

Finding and Identifying Gifted ELs
We will be sharing our journey of finding and identifying gifted ELs.  We will discuss the following: our district’s demographic data, ELP demographic data, and the beginning stages of building a systematic approach to identifying gifted ELs.


Tuesday October 15, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Iowa E

9:40am

Increasing Minority Students' Participation in TAG: An Ongoing Journey
Learn about one school's journey toward creating and implementing a robust system for identifying potential Extended Learning Program (ELP) students with an emphasis on identifying potential ELP students among our English Learners and students from a low SES background. Specific tools and strategies will be shared.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Iowa B

9:40am

Social and Emotional Traits of Gifted Students
The association of specific social and emotional traits with giftedness informs college coursework, gifted program curricula, conference presentations, and an extensive body of popular literature. The jury, however, is still out on many of the traits that have traditionally been associated with giftedness. Perfectionism, anxiety, and depression all occur in gifted students, but are these students particularly prone to such risk factors? This session will summarize recent scholarship on the subject, enabling you to address concerns in the classroom and advise others on how to best support your students.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Ballroom North

9:40am

Supporting Gifted Students with Dyslexia
Learn the strategies that work (and don’t) with gifted students who have dyslexia (or any reading/writing difficulty). This practical session emphasizes respecting ability while acknowledging challenges, and shares useful, useable take-aways that can benefit a wide variety of students.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Ballroom South

9:40am

Traits, Aptitudes, Behaviors: Identification through Panning for Gold
National standards in gifted education state, “All students in grades PK-12 [should] have equal access to a comprehensive assessment system that allows them to demonstrate diverse characteristics and behaviors that are associated with giftedness.” One practice for identifying traditionally underrepresented gifted students encourages educators to focus on recognizable traits, aptitudes, and behaviors (TABs) that underpin the construct of giftedness, so that their schools can provide the best possible match between abilities and curriculum for more advanced learners. Participants will talk about recommended characteristics, review the tools for Frasier’s Panning for Gold referral process, and understand the research underpinning TABs.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Iowa D

9:40am

Unexpected Connections: Gifted Learners and Jazz Ensemble
The NAGC Position Statement Arts Education and Gifted and Talented Students states, “The arts are essential to a balanced education, with specific benefits for the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor development of all students, with special benefits for gifted and talented learners.” How might collaboration between gifted programming and fine arts create greater opportunities for productive struggles, challenging gifted learners to think creatively and critically? Hear – See - Learn from teachers and a student demonstration jazz group as they show how to differentiate instruction and apply Habits of Mind and Self-Advocacy skills as part of musical improvisation.


Tuesday October 15, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Iowa A

10:40am

Breaks to Visit Exhibitors
Tuesday October 15, 2019 10:40am - 10:55am
Iowa Foyer and Ballroom Foyer

10:55am

AEA Online Learning Systems
Come and join the demonstration of the Future Ready Iowa Clearinghouse for authentic learning projects, the Student Personalized Learning System, and/or the extended learning e-curriculum available to schools for free through the Area Education Agencies.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 10:55am - 11:55am
Iowa E

10:55am

Beyond AP and IB: How Gifted Students Can Personalize High School
For gifted teens to customize their own education, they need to discover the curricular and instructional opportunities that are right for them. This session highlights the steps learners can take in crafting their own paths to graduation, selecting options, and creating new possibilities. It includes recommended options for secondary gifted learners, examples of student success in self-advocating, and suggestions for ways adults can support their goals.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 10:55am - 11:55am
Ballroom North

10:55am

Extending the English Classroom with AP strategies
Presentation and round table discussion about integrating AP English strategies and other methods of rigor throughout HS and/or dual credit classes. Participants can share their own strategies after a short presentation about ideas for practice.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 10:55am - 11:55am
Iowa B

10:55am

Gamification for Beginners
Have you heard of gamification but aren't sure what it is? Are you doing gamification but want some strategies to help you take your game to the next level? Come participate in a gamified experience to learn how you can bring gamification to your class and increase student engagement. Hear about my experience of fully gamifying my TAG class. Receive strategies and resources to use in order to help you implement gamification in your own classroom.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 10:55am - 11:55am
Iowa C

10:55am

Growth Mindset Toolkit in Practice
Come learn how to facilitate growth mindset with your students. Learn how a TAG teacher partnered with a school counselor to provide an eight week team taught unit designed to help TAG students overcome their fear of failure. The session will be interactive and participants will walk away with handouts and lesson plans.


Tuesday October 15, 2019 10:55am - 11:55am
Iowa D

10:55am

Reading Strategies for High Ability Learners
In this interactive session, participants will explore the unique needs of high ability readers and begin to build their toolkit of strategies to engage these students in their own classrooms. Participants will get the chance to see highly effective, research-based strategies and acquire the resources necessary to go back into their district and implement these strategies that give students access to the Core's "Key Ideas & Details", "Integration of Knowledge & Ideas" and "Text Complexity" standards.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 10:55am - 11:55am
Ballroom South

10:55am

Successfully Addressing the Learning Needs of Gifted Secondary Students Through Personalized Learning
Wondering how to connect the new educational buzz word “personalized learning” with gifted education? This session will focus on the connections between the gifted learner and personalized learning. The gifted learner profiles by George Betts and Dr. Maureen Neihart (2010) and the personalized learner profiles by Bray and McKlaskey (2017) will be examined to help classroom and gifted teachers develop lessons to help students co-create their learning goals, stay engaged in the learning process, and create products that WOW! We will explore differentiated playlists, progression boards, and a plethora of fun strategies to help you along your journey.


Tuesday October 15, 2019 10:55am - 11:55am
Iowa A

10:55am

What To Expect When You're Expecting to Teach: Advice for Pre-Service Teachers
Looking forward to your first teaching job, but nervous about what to expect? Wondering how to better support first-year teachers and collaborate with them in the classroom? This session will focus on a first-year teacher’s perspective in the classroom and beyond. In an interactive discussion format, learn about differentiating for student needs when you yourself are learning a new curriculum, how to find the right mentors and teammates to support you along the way, and resources for unwinding at the end of the day.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 10:55am - 11:55am
Ballroom Central

11:55am

Lunch Buffet
Tuesday October 15, 2019 11:55am - 12:55pm
TBA

12:55pm

"Help - there's a G/T kid in my gen ed classroom!"
All teachers can use Universal Tier for Advanced Learner strategy checklists to add everyday services and opportunities for gifted, advanced, motivated, curious, creative, underground, and under-served students. All teachers should understand and be empowered by their role in understanding, identifying, and instructing students who are mastering grade level standards ahead of the curriculum or academic peers.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Iowa E

12:55pm

A Collaborative Approach to Serving Gifted Children
Professional learning incorporating the needs of twice-exceptional children, English Learners, and the gifted appeals to most educators. Encounter the unique perspective of three specialists who collaborate with administrators and teachers. Combining resources and expertise provides powerful learning in identification, differentiation, and social-emotional needs for the gifted. Learn how to adapt existing resources to develop a collaborative program within your districts.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Ballroom South

12:55pm

A Role for Everyone: 4 Tips for Spreading Ownership of Gifted Ed Across the District
Ever feel lonely out there? Like the sole advocate for gifted learners in your district, always struggling to help others understand their needs and provide appropriate curriculum and instruction? If you’re a lone crusader, this session is for you. Explore four ideas for increasing ownership for gifted education across your district: annual board-approved GT plans; roles/responsibilities for everyone; student voices; and virtual in-services.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Ballroom North

12:55pm

High School to College: An Overview of Early College Entrance Programs
Sometimes the best place for an advanced high school student is a university. Although it might sound radical, entering college early has been happening since the birth of our nation. While these students are often portrayed in the media as ‘geniuses’, there is a tremendous diversity in the age, ability, emotional maturity, and family background of early entrants. This presentation will provide an overview of early entrance programs, myths of acceleration, typical early entrant profiles, the support systems necessary for student success, and an examination of the Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy’s favorable results.


Tuesday October 15, 2019 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Iowa D

12:55pm

Let Gifted Be Themselves; Questions? (LGBTQ)
Students who are both gifted and LGBTQIA face unique challenges and possess unique strengths. It is important for educators and parents of gifted students to be familiar with the nuances of the particular experiences of these students, know what the experts have to say, and understand how to respond in ways that empower these students to grow and learn, creating an environment that respects the whole child. In this session, these themes will be addressed, along with both adaptive and maladaptive coping behaviors employed by these students, as well as pragmatic strategies to use within the classroom.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Ballroom Central

12:55pm

Meeting the Needs of Mathematically Gifted Students
Are you finding it difficult to meet the needs of  children who are gifted in mathematics? Children who are talented in mathematics must not only progress through their curriculum at the proper pace, but also must be exposed to material that lights a fire and nurtures their gift. A failure to find mathematics challenging, interesting, or relevant are significant factors when children lose interest in mathematics. This session will cover the most important features of programs that successfully meet the needs of mathematically gifted children. 



Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Iowa B

12:55pm

Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of High Ability Learners
In this reflective, fast-paced session, participants will unpack the unique social and emotional needs of high ability learners. Together, we will explore tools, routines, and protocols that will support high ability students’ social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health.  We'll spend time discussing examples of unique needs and crowd-source solutions. Participants will create a toolkit for addressing students’ needs in their own districts.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Iowa C

12:55pm

WHAT IS MATHEMATICAL MODELING? The mathematics we really want students doing.
Despite the usefulness and value in demonstrating how mathematics can help analyze and guide decision making for real world messy problems, many people have limited experience with math modeling. This session will paint a clearer picture of mathematical modeling (what it is and what it isn’t) as a process and how the teaching of that process can mature as students move through the grade bands, independent of the mathematical knowledge they may bring to bear.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 12:55pm - 1:55pm
Iowa A

2:05pm

Breaking Barriers: Self Advocacy Essentials for Underserved Gifted Learners
Learners who speak up for themselves are more apt to discover the intellectual challenges they want and need. Systemic barriers, however, keep some students from finding and using their own voices. This session includes ways for us to encourage the self-advocacy of underserved gifted students - specifically those who are Black, Hispanic, Native American, ELL, and rural.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Ballroom North

2:05pm

Gifted Outliers: Educating Students as Individuals Not Equals
Exceptions exist for every rule, even giftedness.  This session will share personal stories about gifted students that break the standard mold.  Profoundly gifted and twice exceptionality will be discussed as well as ways to meet their needs from birth to high school graduation.


Tuesday October 15, 2019 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Iowa B

2:05pm

Service Learning meets Genius Hour
Learn how to foster an environment of service within your classroom whereupon students are excited to hare their passions in a way that benefits their community. Learn about the things that worked and the ways failure led to growth. Walk away with ideas to promote community involvement, and motivate students.


Tuesday October 15, 2019 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Ballroom South

2:05pm

STEMulating Interest and Identity through Real-World Engineering
This session will focus on two high-interest STEM resources that will spark your students’ interest in STEM based on the research that a strong, positive STEM identity is a predictor of later choosing a STEM career. UL Xplorlabs bridges the gap between your classroom and real-world engineering and applied safety science. Future City is a project-based learning program where students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. Participants will leave this session with two highly developed resources and numerous ready-to-use classroom activities to begin implementing STEM activities in their classrooms right away.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Iowa D

2:05pm

Supporting the Next Generation of Creatives: A Comprehensive Model for Developing Young Artists and Writers
Gifted young artists and writers silently inhabit every classroom, but they frequently go undiscovered or undeveloped. Using the 4 D Model of Talent Development, we will address the following questions: Can artistic talent be identified, resulting in expanded talent pools? How can an appropriate learning environment be created to respond to artistic abilities? And in what ways can research provide a refined understanding of the processes that lead to creative accomplishment? Current efforts make little provisions for the comprehensive development of talented artists and writers, resulting in the loss of a precious societal resource. It is time we do better.


Tuesday October 15, 2019 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Iowa C

2:05pm

Teaching with a Twist: Using Rubik’s Cubes in the Gifted Classroom
Learning to solve a Rubik's Cube creates the productive struggle needed to challenge gifted students. While twisting and turning the Rubik’s Cube, students develop critical thinking, perseverance, and problem solving skills. In this workshop, teachers will learn how to use Rubik’s Cubes in their classrooms as an enrichment activity, as math manipulatives, and to reinforce important Social Emotional and 21st Century skills. Session participants will also receive information on ways to get low-cost and free materials and curriculum to bring Rubik’s Cubes into their classrooms, enrichment, or after school programs.


Tuesday October 15, 2019 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Iowa E

2:05pm

Ten Ways to Identify Young Gifted Children Through Observation
Learn about a research-based tool with 10 ways to identify early childhood learners using descriptors of high potentiality” using “dynamic assessment” that includes observation, questioning, and portfolio development. Preschool to grade 3 students are not generally identified using normative based testing or “static assessment.” Therefore, this presentation encourages “dynamic” techniques and strategies to trigger observation, assess, identify, and challenge kids and communicate with parents/guardians. Confront myths of gifted education and learn about inclusive activities for diverse, ELL, or under resourced children.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Iowa A

2:05pm

The Undead Classroom: Using Popular Culture to Spark Student Interest
Motivating students by tapping their interests is a great way to keep engagement high. In this session, the presenters will explore how to use the cultural phenomenon of zombies to engage students across the curriculum. The techniques discussed can be applied to any pop culture topic. Building on experiences from Truman State University’s Zombie Teacher Workshop, and our experiences with classroom and summer programming, we will use the zombie framework to integrate inquiry and project based learning, explore cross-curricular connections, and boost student engagement. Examples will be given for elementary and secondary students, and across multiple disciplines including STEAM and the humanities.

Presenters

Tuesday October 15, 2019 2:05pm - 3:05pm
Ballroom Central