Tuesday – July 17, 2017

8:30am to 9:00am

Vendor Kickoff - School Tours of America

9:00 am – 9:45 am

Keynote with Aric Bostick

As a former teacher, Aric Bostick inspires educational audiences nationwide—having equipped more than a half million people with energy and strategies to overcome personal challenges and achieve life-long goals. Aric fosters strong connections through his targeted, high-energy keynotes, workshops, and camps—reaching and training studentseducatorsparents and employees working to make a difference.

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Depth & Complexity (6 hours)

Curriculum & Instruction

This session is the thorough training to onboard educators to the Depth & Complexity framework that allows for immediate implementation. In addition to an in-depth understanding of Depth & Complexity, the session shares dozens of content-specific examples, as well as ideas for activities and how to introduce the framework to students. After the session, participants will be able to apply the framework in their classrooms to raise thinking level and differentiate instruction.

Lisa Van Gemert “The Gifted Guru”

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Untangling Organism & Environments K-12 (3 hours)

Curriculum & Instruction

During this session participants will experience hands-on activities that can be used to teach units within organism and environments. Differentiation strategies will allow participants to walk away meeting the needs of their gifted learners.

Vejheh Tavakoli

Flipped Classroom K-8 (3 hours)

Science

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.

Gina Covington

Youth Code Jam (3 hours)

Coding & Digital Learning

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.

Debi Pfitzenmaier

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Untangling Organism & Environments K-12 (3 hours)

Curriculum & Instruction

During this session participants will experience hands-on activities that can be used to teach units within organism and environments. Differentiation strategies will allow participants to walk away meeting the needs of their gifted learners.

Vejheh Tavakoli

Youth Code Jam (3 hours)

Coding & Digital Learning

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.

Debi Pfitzenmaier

Wednesday – July 18, 2018

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Administrators and Counselors (6 hours)

Nature & Needs

In this session, you will learn about the nature of gifted students, identification measures to find the gifted, and program options that meet their needs. You will also learn what is required by Texas law for gifted students and what best identification and program practices should be followed

Amanda Betz

Meet Them Where They Are: Strategies for Teachers of the Gifted (6 hours)

Rigor/PBL

This session provides examples of pre-assessment that engages students with strategies to add depth, complexity, and rigor to students’ learning. Along with pre-assessment, this professional development session combines problem-based projects with secondary appropriate content. Exploration of and practice with sample problems and a framework for development of problem-based projects are offered to complete the day.

Dr. Cecelia Boswell

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Flipped Classroom K-8 (3 hours)

Science

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.

Gina Covington

Growing a Growth Mindset using Design Thinking (3 hours)

Curriculum & Instruction

This practical presentation illustrates and models the ins and outs of incorporating Depth & Complexity Framework tools into instructional practices to create appropriately differentiated learning experiences for all students, including the gifted and talented population. Explore classroom-tested procedures and actives for introducing the Dimensions of Depth & Complexity along with their related icons. Generate engaging ways to incorporate the icons into instruction through strategies and activities while overcoming obstacles such as time constraints. Create differentiated objectives that seamlessly tier instruction, elicit rigor, and prompt high-level thinking while aligning with and exceeding demands of the TEKS. Integrating these elements provides organized structures for deep, abstract thinking, while empowering and inspiring students to become independent learners.

Kari Potter

It’s Not Trivial Pursuit – Deploying a Discipline-Based Approach in Social Studies (3 hours)

Social Studies

Rigor happens when students employ the skills of the practitioners of the discipline. In social studies classrooms that means students should be thinking and acting like historians and geographers. Come explore what discipline-based social studies classrooms look like and what resources are available to deploy discipline-based, engaging, rigorous practices in social studies classrooms. Let’s start with formulating questions, investigating history, and examining patterns and processes

Renee Blackmon

Discovery Education Hands-On Learning Lab

The Discovery Education Hands-On Learning Lab is a learner-centered session designed to help teachers know more about the resources available in their DE subscriptions while building skills and confidence in applying those resources in instructional activities. The DE Hands-On Lab includes collaborative workshop time for tagging and organizing resources that can be used immediately when teachers return to their classrooms.

Leslie Barrett

What becomes of the Gifted Child? (3 hours)

Social Studies

It is easy to forget that giftedness does not begin and end in childhood and adolescence. Hear from a gifted adult on her experiences transitioning from school to college to the workforce, and how adults can help support and prepare students to succeed as lifelong gifted learners. By examining what we know from developmental psychology, cognitive science, and the anecdotal experiences of gifted individuals, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to deliver programs that lead to positive outcomes for their students.

Lora Dever

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch Break
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
It’s Not Trivial Pursuit – Deploying a Discipline-Based Approach in Social Studies (3 hours)

Social Studies

Rigor happens when students employ the skills of the practitioners of the discipline. In social studies classrooms that means students should be thinking and acting like historians and geographers. Come explore what discipline-based social studies classrooms look like and what resources are available to deploy discipline-based, engaging, rigorous practices in social studies classrooms. Let’s start with formulating questions, investigating history, and examining patterns and processes

Renee Blackmon

Discovery Education Hands-On Learning Lab

The Discovery Education Hands-On Learning Lab is a learner-centered session designed to help teachers know more about the resources available in their DE subscriptions while building skills and confidence in applying those resources in instructional activities. The DE Hands-On Lab includes collaborative workshop time for tagging and organizing resources that can be used immediately when teachers return to their classrooms.

Leslie Barrett

What becomes of the Gifted Child? (3 hours)

Social Studies

It is easy to forget that giftedness does not begin and end in childhood and adolescence. Hear from a gifted adult on her experiences transitioning from school to college to the workforce, and how adults can help support and prepare students to succeed as lifelong gifted learners. By examining what we know from developmental psychology, cognitive science, and the anecdotal experiences of gifted individuals, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to deliver programs that lead to positive outcomes for their students.

Lora Dever

Thursday – July 19, 2018

9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Yes, You Can Do It All! Differentiation and Engagement (6 hours)

Differentiation

This session models student engagement and classroom management to meet the needs of the gifted within a regular secondary classroom. A variety of techniques are explored as participants practice differentiation. Strategies that are brain compatible and add depth & complexity across the four core academic areas to students’ learning are recommended.

Dr. Cecelia Boswell

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Digital Learning - TexQuest

TexQuest is the state-subsidized program that provides a group of digital information resources to participating districts. These resources can help students achieve TEA’s goal of demonstrating skills in self-directed learning, thinking, and research. In this session participants will learn about the TexQuest program and resources, and will get hands-on time to explore, tag, and build proficiency so they can introduce these super tools to their super students!

Leslie Barrett

Flipped Classroom K-8 (3 hours)

Science

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.

Gina Covington

Growing a Growth Mindset using Design Thinking (3 hours)

Curriculum & Instruction

This practical presentation illustrates and models the ins and outs of incorporating Depth & Complexity Framework tools into instructional practices to create appropriately differentiated learning experiences for all students, including the gifted and talented population. Explore classroom-tested procedures and actives for introducing the Dimensions of Depth & Complexity along with their related icons. Generate engaging ways to incorporate the icons into instruction through strategies and activities while overcoming obstacles such as time constraints. Create differentiated objectives that seamlessly tier instruction, elicit rigor, and prompt high-level thinking while aligning with and exceeding demands of the TEKS. Integrating these elements provides organized structures for deep, abstract thinking, while empowering and inspiring students to become independent learners.

Kari Potter

Open and Parallel Tasks for Differentiation in Math (3 hours)

Math

How do you take the resources you have and adapt them to provide choices and multiple entry levels? In this session we will explore open and parallel tasks based on the works of Marion Small and Robert Kaplinsky. Participants will experience tasks and work collaboratively to adapt STAAR released items to create new open and parallel tasks.

Susan Hemphill

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch Break
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Digital Learning - TexQuest

TexQuest is the state-subsidized program that provides a group of digital information resources to participating districts. These resources can help students achieve TEA’s goal of demonstrating skills in self-directed learning, thinking, and research. In this session participants will learn about the TexQuest program and resources, and will get hands-on time to explore, tag, and build proficiency so they can introduce these super tools to their super students!

Leslie Barrett

Open and Parallel Tasks for Differentiation in Math (3 hours)

Math

How do you take the resources you have and adapt them to provide choices and multiple entry levels? In this session we will explore open and parallel tasks based on the works of Marion Small and Robert Kaplinsky. Participants will experience tasks and work collaboratively to adapt STAAR released items to create new open and parallel tasks.

Susan Hemphill