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Wednesday – July 10, 2019

8:30am - 9:00am

Registration

8:30am - 10:00am

Keynote with Ian Byrd: Cultivating Curious Kids

Curiosity is an essential ingredient to deep learning, yet many students spend entire days at school without asking even one curious question. How can you ensure that your classroom is a curiosity oasis and not a desert? We’ll explore what happens in the brain to ignite curiosity, consider how our classrooms promote or discourage question-asking, learn how small tweaks to lessons will promote curiosity, and discover resources that are guaranteed to get students asking curious questions.

10:15 am - 11:40 am

Flipping Over Socratic Seminars Using TED Talks

Gifted and Talented

We have all heard the buzz about the flipped classroom. This session will focus on how to use this strategy to enhance text-based dialogue using TEDTalks and Socratic Seminar. Examples of how to engage students with the text, craft thought-provoking questions, and design pre/post-seminar tasks will be shared along with classroom management ideas to help it all run smoothly.

Michelle Swain

Designing Advanced-Level Questioning Strategies for High-Ability Students

Gifted and Talented

This session will engage participants in activities that support teachers in designing advanced-level questions as an effective way to move students from the concrete to the abstract, the simple to the complex, and single-faceted to multidimensional concepts.<br><br><a href="https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/125o0Y1vgo6yRP5k_lZGgQ5DwM2EUVQB2PWLXSgm-zbI/">Click here to view the presentation for this session.</a>

Rhonda Boyer

Powering Lessons with Curiosity and Intuition

Gifted and Talented

Gifted students have natural inquisitiveness, curiosity, and intuition. Rather than battle against these traits, let’s harnesses them to power the learning in your classroom. We’ll explore models of instruction that build on student curiosity, develop thoughtful questioning, and incorporate powerful prompts.

Ian Byrd

11:40 am - 12:45 pm

Lunch

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

Vendor Hour

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Supporting the Whole Gifted Child

Gifted and Talented

This session will delve into the benefits of flipping instruction, as well as, helpful strategies and techniques to make it painless. We will also take time to view examples of flipped instruction and brainstorm creative ways to engage students. Participants will have the opportunity to practice “flipping” in a fun relaxed atmosphere and learn easy tools for editing and sharing.

Debi Torres, Rhonda Boyer, Victoria Kelly

1:30 pm - 2:55 pm

Tiered Assignments

Gifted and Talented

Every classroom has students of varying ability levels, especially those which contain clusters of gifted students. This session focuses on creating tiered assignments and activities, a strategy which allows the teacher to focus on the same TEKS with all students at the same time, but at levels which match student readiness, interest, and learning profile.

Michelle Swain

Using the Activity-Project-Problem Based Approach in a PreK-12 STEM Continuum

STEM / PBL

Project Lead The Way teacher training and curriculum embeds the Activity-Project-Problem Based approach to Problem Based Learning. Through a connected, sustainable, cohesive continuum, students and teachers incorporate the Engineering Design Process and the Scientific Method into solving real-world problems in the areas of Engineering, Biomedical Science and Computer Science - while at the same time developing strong foundation skills and knowledge that is consistent across all areas. The curriculum and teacher training also focuses on "essential skills" that are necessary across all fields - collaboration, problem solving processes, technology adaptation and documentation. This session will cover the entire PLTW PreK-12 Continuum system and provide participants information on the College Board/AP + PLTW Partnership.

Tina Dellinger

Engineering for All Students: A Hand-On Approach to Building 21st Century Skills

Gifted and Talented

Have you thought about hosting a family computer science night at your school to inspire computational thinking and programming skills but not sure you have the coding skills or staff to really do it up right? This workshop, presented by the founder of Youth Code Jam in collaboration with WeTeach CS, will show you how to uniquely engage youth, their parents and community volunteers and get them excited about computer programming in a proven, one-of-a-kind event that's easily manageable and scalable. We will share best practices from the largest youth coding event in Texas and lessons learned over the last seven years of running this program, including a perspective on working with neuro-diverse students. Bring your laptops, because we’ll get hands-on with coding activities to take back to your school. It’ll be a fun morning/afternoon/day of computational thinking and computer programming inspiration.

Marie Girardot

3:05 pm - 4:30 pm

Resources for Implementing CS into the Classroom, Elem through HS

Gifted and Talented

The focus of this session will be to share CS resources for use in the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Most resources will be free to use, either by intend of publisher, or by trial / limited use license. Resources that require paid subscription will be identified. This will be a hands-on interactive participation and exploration session.

Participants should bring their own WiFi connected devices on which they can explore resources presented. Participants will be provided a bit.ly link to a Google doc containing links to resources.

Target audience for this session is CS teachers of 0 to 5 years experience, although more experienced teachers may find resources useful.

Randle Moore

Asking Better Questions

Gifted and Talented

Asking questions is a basic tool for teachers, yet how much training have you received? What type of questions do teachers ask? How often? How quickly? And to whom? We’ll dive into some fascinating stats on questioning in classrooms and then look at simple ways to get better at asking questions that push students’ thinking.

Ian Byrd

Thursday - July 11, 2019

8:00am - 8:30am

Registration

8:30am - 9:55am

Mad Science® Educator’s Workshop

Throughout this workshop you will discover the wonders of science through a hands-on and interactive presentation. Mad Science will illustrate to all participants that science can be fun, exciting and most of all educational. The experiments presented will be simple to understand and even easier to reproduce. YOU DO NOT NEED A BACKGROUND IN SCIENCE to be able to enjoy this fun filled workshop. Mad Science will be providing all participants with detailed manuals – The Educator’s Workshop manual.

Adrianna Hagan

Secondary GT Toolkit

Gifted and Talented

The GT Toolkit is an online resource developed by TEA for educators teaching G/T, AP*, and Pre-AP* classes. The first G/T Teacher Toolkit was developed in 2006 to facilitate the teaching of research skills to G/T students. The purpose of this second toolkit is to aid educators in evaluating their curricula to determine where to differentiate course materials in order to add the depth and complexity that gifted students need. We will explore this tool and work toward creating differentiated opportunities for students in advanced level courses as part of the array of gifted services for gifted learners to meet their needs.

Michelle Swain

Technology-based TPSP for ALL Learners

Gifted and Talented

The TPSP are curriculum topics created by the Texas Education Agency as approved curriculum for identified gifted and talented learners. However, with a little flexibility it can be used with ALL learners. My projects merge multiple technology platforms with thematic tasks, add student voice and choice, and close with self-assessments. 1:1 classrooms are best, but I’ll show you how to modify for classrooms with limited tech capabilities, too.

Lisa Timmerman

Prepare for 2019-20: Launching AP’s New Annual Process

Advanced Placement Coordinators, Counselors

The AP Program will launch a new system of resources in 2019-20 to support teachers, students, and coordinators. Based on best practices in schools and created in collaboration with educators from across the country, these resources will include an AP question bank, unit guides and tests, performance dashboards, and improved tools for exam ordering and administration. Join us to learn about the new resources and how they will be beneficial to you and your school.

Lana M Sveda

10:05 am - 11:30 am

Prepare for 2019-20: Launching AP’s New Annual Process

Advanced Placement Coordinators, Counselors

The AP Program will launch a new system of resources in 2019-20 to support teachers, students, and coordinators. Based on best practices in schools and created in collaboration with educators from across the country, these resources will include an AP question bank, unit guides and tests, performance dashboards, and improved tools for exam ordering and administration. Join us to learn about the new resources and how they will be beneficial to you and your school.

Lana M Sveda

Underacheivement & the Gifted Student

Gifted and Talented

Underachievement, students not performing up to their capabilities, is unfortunately more common than you might think. There are numerous causes and compounding factors that contribute to the “Underachievement Syndrome.” This session will examine the characteristics and causes related to underachieving gifted students, and explore strategies for successfully reversing underachievement in the classroom.

Michelle Swain

Genius Hour: Designing High-Interest, Motivated Learning Experiences for Diverse Learners

Gifted and Talented

This session explores the transformative power of learning through students' own passions, encouraging creativity and engagement. Student generated learning experiences move beyond traditional models of education, removing barriers that formerly limited learning results and meeting students where their strengths are.

Victoria Kelly

11:30 am -  12:45 pm

Lunch

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

Vendor Hour

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Choose UR Own SEL Adventure: Using Google Slides for Authentic Collaboration

Gifted and Talented

Using Google Slides, participants will create a collaborative “choose your own adventure” story using real-world issues within (SEL) social and emotional learning. This is a highly interactive workshop, requiring engagement from all attendees. Participants will be brainstorming, sharing ideas, stories, and experiences (real or imagined) to be most successful. All will leave with a finished product, plus provided template(s) to use for their own curriculum and classroom needs.

Lisa Timmerman

1:30 pm - 2:55 pm

Engineering for All Students: A Hand-On Approach to Building 21st Century Skills

Gifted and Talented, STEM / PBL

Discover an effective way to empower high school students with 21st-century skills through hands-on engineering design projects. Students can embrace engineering as a creative, analytical approach to problem solving and have the option to earn dual enrollment credit from a top-ranked college of engineering. Created by engineers from The University of Texas and NASA, and refined through many years of collaboration with secondary educators, Engineer Your World is inspiring the next generation of problem-solvers.

Marie Girardot

Prepare for 2019-20: Launching Pre-AP’s New Annual Process

The College Board will launch a new Pre-AP program to support teachers, students, and coordinators. Join us to learn about the new courses and how they will be beneficial to you and your school.

Lana Sveda

3:05 pm - 4:30 pm

Creating Optimal Outcomes for Gifted Student

Gifted and Talented

Recognize and affirm the extraordinary talents of gifted students, and teach them how to modulate their overexcitabilities. This session unpacks Dabrowski's theory on gifted development and makes it applicable for daily teaching. Participants will learn firsthand from a gifted adult and educator the realities of growing up and living gifted, as well as how to help vulnerable G&T students succeed.

Lora Dever

Academic Resources for Differentiated Classrooms

STEM / PBL

Participants will have an opportunity to explore a variety of apps, technology tools, and resources that can be used to provide rigorous and engaging curriculum options for gifted and advanced learners.

Debi Torres, Rhonda Boyer, Victoria Kelly, and Cyd Rogers

Friday - July 12, 2019

8:00am - 9:00am

Registration

8:30am - 9:00am

Vendor Prize Drawings

9:00am - 12:00pm

PBL session by Amber and Grant

PBL

 

Amber Reinecke, Grant Kessler

9:00am - 10:25am

Engaging Students in a Differentiated Classroom

 

This session will provide new research on student engagement. Participants will engage in differentiated tasks in a classroom setting to understand the power of Learning Styles and Student Choice when planning differentiated lessons.

Debi Torres

Playful Learning: Engaging Strategies for the Early Childhood Learner

There are a wide variety of teaching strategies that incorporate the three main learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Using these strategies, teachers can differentiate the learning experiences to match the student’s needs. These strategies can be used to reinforce concepts, re-teach content, or as a team building activity thus allowing the teacher the ability to differentiate among the individual needs of the students in the classroom. They help to stimulate thinking, creativity and problem solving. In other words, there is no limit to how you can incorporate them in to your daily teaching.

Joy Lynn Sloan

10:35am - 12:00pm

Brown Bag Stem Challenges

The STEM challenges that will be presented are uncomplicated activities that teachers can use with small groups in a classroom or in an after school program. These challenges will not break your budget. They are cheap and quick to set up. Participants will work in teams to solve problems. Come join the fun! Prizes!

Doris Tomas

Live Binder your LIFE!

Live Binder is an online platform helpful in a multitude of ways. As a certified LiveBinder trainer, I’ll show you how to create school projects, student portfolios, how to borrow from already curated resources, and multiple ways to use LiveBinders in your classroom. Access to educational resources, professional development, menus, recipes, vacation pictures are seemingly endless. BYOD to this workshop. We’ll set up your free account, start your own “shelves” and more.

Lisa Timmerman

Genius Hour: Designing High-Interest, Motivated Learning Experiences for Diverse Learners

Gifted and Talented

This session explores the transformative power of learning through students' own passions, encouraging creativity and engagement. Student generated learning experiences move beyond traditional models of education, removing barriers that formerly limited learning results and meeting students where their strengths are.

Victoria Kelly

11:30 am -  12:45 pm

Lunch

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

Vendor Hour

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Choose UR Own SEL Adventure: Using Google Slides for Authentic Collaboration

Gifted and Talented

Using Google Slides, participants will create a collaborative “choose your own adventure” story using real-world issues within (SEL) social and emotional learning. This is a highly interactive workshop, requiring engagement from all attendees. Participants will be brainstorming, sharing ideas, stories, and experiences (real or imagined) to be most successful. All will leave with a finished product, plus provided template(s) to use for their own curriculum and classroom needs.

Lisa Timmerman

1:30 pm - 2:55 pm

Engineering for All Students: A Hand-On Approach to Building 21st Century Skills

Gifted and Talented, STEM / PBL

Discover an effective way to empower high school students with 21st-century skills through hands-on engineering design projects. Students can embrace engineering as a creative, analytical approach to problem solving and have the option to earn dual enrollment credit from a top-ranked college of engineering. Created by engineers from The University of Texas and NASA, and refined through many years of collaboration with secondary educators, Engineer Your World is inspiring the next generation of problem-solvers.

Marie Girardot

Prepare for 2019-20: Launching Pre-AP’s New Annual Process

The College Board will launch a new Pre-AP program to support teachers, students, and coordinators. Join us to learn about the new courses and how they will be beneficial to you and your school.

Lana Sveda

3:05 pm - 4:30 pm

Creating Optimal Outcomes for Gifted Student

Gifted and Talented

Recognize and affirm the extraordinary talents of gifted students, and teach them how to modulate their overexcitabilities. This session unpacks Dabrowski's theory on gifted development and makes it applicable for daily teaching. Participants will learn firsthand from a gifted adult and educator the realities of growing up and living gifted, as well as how to help vulnerable G&T students succeed.

Lora Dever

Academic Resources for Differentiated Classrooms

STEM / PBL

Participants will have an opportunity to explore a variety of apps, technology tools, and resources that can be used to provide rigorous and engaging curriculum options for gifted and advanced learners.

Debi Torres, Rhonda Boyer, Victoria Kelly, and Cyd Rogers