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Monday, March 30
 

8:00am

Differentiated Teaching Strategies
The goal of Differentiated Teaching Strategies is to provide hands-on activities that can be used to vary the teaching process to accommodate the student's individual learning needs and promote collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking.


Monday March 30, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am
Sugar Land IX-X

8:00am

Using the Best Practices of Project Based and Blended Learning to Model Professional Development
Investigate how to create a professional development model for your campus/district using the best practices of Project Based and Blended learning to give your teachers an instructional model that encourages differentiation and rigor for students and encourages growth in their practice.


Monday March 30, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am
Sugar Land IV

8:00am

Supporting Secondary Gifted Learners
Many programs "end" for students when they enter the secondary world, but they have not stopped being gifted learners. This session focuses on ways to facilitate differentiation for gifted and talented learners through their middle and high school years. Utilizing CAP Activities and DC Icons makes this possible.

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Monday March 30, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am
Magnolia III

8:00am

Uncovering High Academic Potential through Spatial Reasoning Skills
Spatial skills are associated with academic and career achievement, and recent research highlights the unique role these fundamental skills play in the advanced academic landscape. Focusing on spatial skills opens new doors for characterizing students and developing opportunities that foster the needs of a diverse range of advanced learners.


Monday March 30, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am
Cane III

8:00am

Tasty Tidbits: Texas State Plan & Stakeholders
Come and explore various ways on how you can use the Texas State Plan to create a choice board of G/T program service options and discuss a cheat sheet that we created to help keep track of our campuses state compliance.


Monday March 30, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am
Sugar Land VII-VIII

8:00am

What to Expect When You're Expected to Lead Gifted
Leading gifted education can be daunting. Frequently, this job comes with nebulous expectations and open-ended questions about what programming could look like. This session will support participants in examining their own programs and structures, identifying areas for incorporating new best practices, and developing aligned learning opportunities for students and teachers.

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Monday March 30, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am
Cane I-II

8:00am

You Can't Manage What You Don't Measure
Explore the many ways to measure gifted programming and student outcomes. We will look at both the academic and affective sides of gifted education, including the sometimes "out-of-the-box" places to get some data. Bring your own local examples and ideas to add to the online toolbox.

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Monday March 30, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am
Sugar Land I-III

9:15am

MasterMind Conversation in Gifted Education: Achieving Equitable Identification & Services
Despite many conversations about the importance of equitably identifying and serving all gifted students, equity continues to be an obstacle for many gifted education programs. How can districts cast a broader net to find gifted students and ensure they are serving them appropriately? What research-based and best practice strategies should you be implementing to broaden your identification processes? This special MasterMinds conversation brings together three experts on identification and equity, Karen E. Rambo-Hernandez, Ph.D., Susan K. Johnsen, Ph.D., and April Wells, in an open, honest discussion about the struggles of overcoming issues related to equity and identification and practices you need to adopt to improve your identification practices.


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April Wells

April Wells is the Gifted Coordinator in Illinois School District U-46, where she facilitated the redesign of the District’s gifted program in 2012-2013. April serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Association for Gifted Children. Her interests focus on equity pedagogy... Read More →


Monday March 30, 2020 9:15am - 11:00am
Sugar Land Ballroom V-Vi

11:15am

Experiencing and Applying Depth and Complexity to Change Teacher Beliefs and Practices
Experiences change beliefs and practices – just ask Dorothy and Toto! Experience the Depth and Complexity Framework for yourself as you explore topics like assessment and differentiation with other adult learners. Then dream about how to integrate experiences with Depth and Complexity into teacher training and discussions on your campus.

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Monday March 30, 2020 11:15am - 12:15pm
Sugar Land IX-X

11:15am

History and Hurdles of Implementing the Texas Performance Standards Project
Learn the history and purpose of the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP). Listen to the discoveries and hurdles that were made in the pilot years of the project. Leave with successful implementation tips and an in-depth understanding of all the important elements of the TPSP tasks.

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Monday March 30, 2020 11:15am - 12:15pm
Sugar Land IV

11:15am

Local Norms: Nuts, Bolts, and Benefits
Attendees explore various ways to talk with stakeholders about local norms, practice with example data and use local norms to identify students for services, and will also weigh the pros and cons of the various ways to implement local norms.


Monday March 30, 2020 11:15am - 12:15pm
Sugar Land Ballroom V-Vi

11:15am

TEA Town Hall
This session will address G/T program updates. Participants will have the opportunity for an open discussion with Monica Brewer on areas of the State Plan.

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Monday March 30, 2020 11:15am - 12:15pm
Sugar Land I-III

11:15am

Gifted Education in the Secondary Grades
This session will describe one district's journey to craft differentiated learning experiences for gifted learners in already "advanced" secondary classrooms. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to schedule sheltered and clustered classes and how to build curriculum for the gifted learner at the secondary level.

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Monday March 30, 2020 11:15am - 12:15pm
Magnolia III

11:15am

Gifted Services and the Public Montessori Child
Learn how one district meets the needs of gifted students at a public Montessori school. Participants will receive an overview of the district-wide service model and how it has been aligned with the values and instructional techniques of the Montessori model while still ensuring equitable services across the district.


Monday March 30, 2020 11:15am - 12:15pm
Cane III

11:15am

GT Specialist Academy: A Trainer-of-Trainer Model
Investigate the opportunity to prepare your Specialists/GT teachers through an intensive day of training. Peek into our trainer-of-trainer model that focuses on program consistency and vertical alignment.


Monday March 30, 2020 11:15am - 12:15pm
Magnolia I-II

11:15am

How To Read Gifted Education Science: A Crash Course
Not all educational psychology studies are created equal. Many beliefs and practices in gifted education are based on scant evidence. Empower gifted teachers to improve their practice by learning the difference between a robust study with compelling findings and a headline-grabbing TED Talk experiment that can't be replicated.

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Monday March 30, 2020 11:15am - 12:15pm
Cane I-II

1:15pm

Framing Leadership Stories in the Secondary Classroom
Gifted students move into leadership roles with little practice in application. While developing writing and analysis skills, participants will tap leadership potential through the art of reframing leadership to better meet problems and set an innovative, powerful direction. This practice can be incorporated into various content areas for advanced learners.


Monday March 30, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Magnolia III

1:15pm

Challenging Student Beyond the Standards
Gifted students need a curriculum that is designed to respond to their precocity and complex thinking. William and Mary units are designed in a way that teacher can easily implement advanced content, higher level processes and enhance product development. Each unit incorporates issues and themes that promote interdisciplinary concepts.

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Monday March 30, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Sugar Land IX-X

1:15pm

Organizing Identification Information for the Selection Committee
This session will focus on organizing qualitative and quantitative data to assist the selection committee in making identification decisions. Special attention will be given to weighting, score comparisons, assessment error, and student’s best performance. Participants will examine and share forms they have used in the selection process.

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Monday March 30, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Sugar Land Ballroom V-Vi

1:15pm

Promoting Your G/T Services to Family & Community
If you are seeking ideas for Family/Community Involvement, this is the session for you. This session will discuss building relationships with parents and the community to support and advocate for the district's G/T services.

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Monday March 30, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Sugar Land I-III

1:15pm

Inspiring Leaders to Grow Great Teams
Student achievement and productivity occur when teachers feel appreciated. Strong leaders encourage teachers by recognizing their efforts, and providing quality learning experiences and opportunities to showcase their success. Explore strategies and ideas implemented by effective leaders resulting in comaraderie, cohesiveness, and trust among teams.


Monday March 30, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Sugar Land IV

1:15pm

When You Wear Too Many Hats: How to Leverage Multiple Roles to Serve Gifted Education Best
Many GT coordinators take on multiple roles both at the campus and district level. Come learn about ways you can align your disparate roles, reach out to strategic partners, and find hope for balance that will allow you to ditch the fireman's helmet for the hats you love most!


Monday March 30, 2020 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Cane III

2:45pm

Campus Culture-My Story in Numbers
A strong school culture increases morale, job satisfaction, and results. Campus culture allows veterans to coach new teachers and ultimately breed dedicated teachers. It starts with one simple step: sharing a 3-minute story. Your staff will approach interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. 3 minutes has a profound and lasting impact.


Monday March 30, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Sugar Land IX-X

2:45pm

SOS3: Searching Out, Serving, and Supporting Our Gifted Students
Challenges of small districts with high populations of low-SES and ELL students include not only identifying, but also properly serving and supporting students once identified. Come learn about changes we have made to improve our GT program. Be prepared to share ideas with other districts similar to yours.

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Monday March 30, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Cane I-II

2:45pm

Ethics, Equity and the Law: A Panel Discussion
Join a District GT Coordinator and an Education Law Attorney for a discussion about equity in gifted identification and services. Attendees will learn about the gaps between the letter of the law, intent, and outcomes. Discuss the space between, and learn how to move your district in the right direction.


Monday March 30, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Sugar Land Ballroom V-Vi

2:45pm

Developing Positive Parent and Community Relationships
Are you building strong relationships in your community to support and improve learning and development? Let's discuss how parent and community engagement is related to the Texas State Plan and how your leadership strategy can enhance the growth of positive relationships to benefit all gifted students.

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Monday March 30, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Cane III

2:45pm

The Perfect Pair: G/T and IB
In what ways is International Baccalaureate (IB) paired to G/T differentiation and independent research? International Baccalaureate (IB) and services for gfited offer a natural match for the nature of and program services for gifted learners. Discover the IB approach to learning that parallels the nature and needs of gifted students.


Monday March 30, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Sugar Land IV

2:45pm

Work Session: Program Guide
Come to collaborate with peers to develop a gifted and talented program guide for your district. The new state plan requires districts to have a guide describing all gifted/talented programs, services, assessments, and communication. Leave GiftED with a start to one of your projects and connections with other leaders!


Monday March 30, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Sugar Land I-III

2:45pm

Heading in the Right Direction: Bringing GT Students Together
Discover how our 7th grade GT students come together for a day of learning and team building that supports social and emotional needs while helping with transition to middle school.


Monday March 30, 2020 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Magnolia III

4:00pm

DC for the 2e: Using the DC Icons to Teach Twice-exceptional Learners
This session focuses on how to challenge and support the 2e learner. This population is on the rise, and we must be prepared to support teachers in how to best facilitate learning for these 2e learners. Using the DC Icons and a simple planning sequence works for me!

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Monday March 30, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cane III

4:00pm

Developing Literary Analysis Skills and Abstract Thinking in Intermediate and Middle School ELA Classrooms
Looking for strategies and models to support teachers as they embed complex questioning and concept development in ELA? Join us as we share evidence-supported models to assist upper elementary and middle school administrators and teachers as they add depth and complexity to differentiate instruction and increase rigor in ELA classrooms.

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Monday March 30, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sugar Land IX-X

4:00pm

Multi-District GT Collaborative Team- Work Smarter Not Harder!
Conroe, Magnolia, Montgomery, Tomball and Willis ISD banded together as 'singletons' out in the field to learn together, grow our programs, and provide stronger parent engagement opportunities to our communities.


Monday March 30, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sugar Land I-III

4:00pm

Texas State Gifted Ed Policy 101
TEC, TAC, SBEC, TEA, TEKS, and more! Texas State guidelines, rules, and policies related to gifted education stretch across numerous agencies, laws, and documents. Learn the basics about gifted education policy in Texas in plain language.

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Monday March 30, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Cane I-II

4:00pm

From "Either/Or" to "Both/And"
With the new expectations of the Texas State Plan and with no more weighted funding, GT services may be decreased to focus more on talent development highlighting two disparate camps of thought. This session shows how to honor both ways to serve high-ability students.


Monday March 30, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sugar Land Ballroom V-Vi

4:00pm

Shaking out the Numbers - What to do with those 10th Grade PSAT Score Reports
What do you do with those PSAT score reports? The College Board report gives you excellent information but most districts simply give the students their results and file the reports away. Come find out how to mine this great resource and use it as a tool for college readiness!


Monday March 30, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Magnolia III

4:00pm

The Journey to Accelerated Math
In 2015, Northwest ISD began a journey to provide accelerated math to elementary students who needed to go beyond grade-level standards. Throughout the years, our model has changed and our identification process has been fine tuned. This session will take you through the ups and downs of NISD's journey.

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Monday March 30, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sugar Land IV
 
Tuesday, March 31
 

TBA

Texas State Plan Summit
Bringing together TEA and experts from the TAGT HB3/Texas State Plan Task Force, the Texas State Plan summit on Tuesday, March 31, will allow administrators to look more deeply at the new Texas State Plan and work together to prepare what they need to succeed under the new plan.

Tuesday March 31, 2020 TBA
Sugar Land Ballroom V-Vi

8:00am

Observing and Coaching Inquiry-Based Discussions
Whether you are an administrator coaching teachers, or a teacher coaching students, a clearly defined set of “Look Fors” improves effectiveness. Come participate in a brief seminar-style Shared Inquiry discussion and explore ways both a detailed rubric and a short walk-through inventory can be used to structure reflective learning conversations.

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Tuesday March 31, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am
Cane III

8:00am

Building Content Expertise: A Models Approach to Adding Complexity in Social Studies for Upper Elementary Through Middle School Gifted and Advanced Students
What is complexity and how do you incorporate it to support gifted student learning in social studies? After defining complexity, we will examine easy-to-apply models for incorporating complexity in social studies in ways that help students think like experts as they analyze primary sources, events, art, and nonfiction texts.

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Tuesday March 31, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am
Sugar Land IV

8:00am

GT Identification Using Google Sheets & Formulas
Use Google sheets & formulas applied to your existing assessment procedures to remove some of the "gray" from your identification process. Don't be intimidated by formulas as I will walk you through the process of developing your own.

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Tuesday March 31, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am
Sugar Land VII-VIII

8:00am

Getting a Handle on the Hours
Managing and designing the 30 Hours is a big part of the job. This session will take you through one district's audit and lessons learned. We will also look at various resources you can use to plan each of the 5 strands.

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Tuesday March 31, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am
Cane I-II

8:00am

Policies & Procedures & Handbooks, OH MY!
Explore structures that work best, information to included (and not), and how to effectively communicate these resources so that all stakeholders are well informed. Learn how well-developed documents that align with the state plan can also help to develop a program tailored to the needs and structure of your district.

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Tuesday March 31, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am
Sugar Land I-III

8:00am

(Re)Structuring Gifted Education Services
Serving all students in the general education classroom is possible. Using innovative, adaptable service options, gifted education leaders can meet every student’s needs. Explore how a district’s service model for K-2 G/T education leverages depth and complexity to enrich and extend content, providing all students opportunities for differentiated learning experiences.


Tuesday March 31, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am
Magnolia I-II

8:00am

Best Practices in Implementing Acceleration, Universal Screening, and Grouping
This session will focus on acceleration, universal screening, and grouping. Acceleration and grouping are related to significant gains in student achievement. Universal screening increases access to gifted programs for underrepresented students. Participants will hear an overview of each practice and then delve into administrative considerations when implementing the practice.


Tuesday March 31, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am
Sugar Land IX-X

8:00am

What's in a Name? Renaming PreAP Courses
With the implementation of the new College Board PreAP courses, districts not using these courses must change their course names from PreAP by 2022. Participants will consider the historical context of PreAP and the value of a course name that communicates course elements to the school community.

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Tuesday March 31, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am
Magnolia III

9:15am

MasterMind Session: Navigating Change
There’s a lot of change and uncertainty in our world right now. With changes to the new Texas
State Plan and legislation that affect your districts and programs, it’s important to be prepared to
navigate transitions within your role and within your teams.

There is a neurological basis for why we so often resist change and its accompanying challenges:
our brains register it as danger, causing us to go into a fight-flight-freeze response.
Tuesday’s interactive, practical MasterMind Session: Navigating Change will share strategies to overcome
this response, discuss how to develop new habits to implement change, and provide you with guidance on how to lead teams through change.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Landolt, J.D.

Karen Landolt, J.D.

Managing Partner, Engage Leadership Consulting, LLC
Karen Landolt has been teaching, coaching, and leading in nonprofit, legal, and academic settings for over 20 years. Equally obsessed with pop culture and coaching others to find engaging careers, Karen finds creative ways to integrate service, experiential learning, and YouTube clips... Read More →


Tuesday March 31, 2020 9:15am - 10:30am
Sugar Land Ballroom V-Vi

10:45am

Beyond TPSP- Exploring Independent Research, Sophisticated Products, & Student Showcase for Gifted Students
Build your toolkit to help students “show what they know” via the TPSP or other experiences! Explore research/advanced-level products for GT students, & discuss the recipe for a successful Student Showcase! Reduce the stress & mystery with samples of research steps, rubrics, & sophisticated products. (Note: does not analyze TPSP)

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Tuesday March 31, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Sugar Land IV

10:45am

Observing and Supporting Teachers’ Differentiation in the Classroom
This session shares observation instruments examining differentiation in the classroom. One of the instruments, the Classroom Instructional Practices Scale, describes the degree of differentiation and is used for identifying professional learning areas and scaffolding change. The presenter will share how this instrument was used to change practices in school districts.

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Tuesday March 31, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Cane III

10:45am

Help! Resources for New Coordinators & Leaders
New Coordinators and district leaders often find themselves on a fact-finding mission when assuming the responsibility of gifted services. With changes in legislation and current trends, it's more time-consuming than ever to find answers. Come discover simple tools and resources to answer G/T Questions!

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Tuesday March 31, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Cane I-II

10:45am

Policies, Procedures, and Processes: Lessons Learned from State & Federal Programs
As gifted education in Texas enters a new era of compliance, district policies, procedures, and processes do not have to start from scratch. By forming interdepartmental relationships, much can be learned about developing the policies and responsibilities necessary to meet the guidelines in the new Texas State Plan.


Tuesday March 31, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Sugar Land Ballroom V-Vi

10:45am

Critical Thinking for Leaders: Thinking Like a Lawyer Strategies for Gifted Coordinators
The same critical thinking we know our students need to be future-ready must be mastered by leaders to be today-ready. Explore how you can use powerful, but practical "Thinking Like a Lawyer" critical thinking strategies to tackle challenges, optimize constraints, and resolve conflicts you face as a gifted education leader.

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Tuesday March 31, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Sugar Land IX-X

10:45am

Gifted and Talented Learning Plan: A Goal Directed Approach To Meet The Needs Of Gifted Learners
The Gifted and Talented Learning Plan provides a framework that supports goal achievement and details the individual gifted and talented student’s needs and services. This session presents the processes and procedures involved in implementing GT Learning Plans to meet the new initiative in the State Plan.


Tuesday March 31, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Sugar Land I-III

10:45am

Providing Pathways for Secondary G/T and Advanced Learners
Discover a variety of options to help students accelerate in their learning. Options include providing differentiated strategies for students to accelerate in their core contents by skipping grade levels, taking advantage of self-paced advanced courses starting in middle school, and even graduating early.

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Tuesday March 31, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Magnolia III

10:45am

Gifted Education Leadership in the Age of Unreason
The strongly-held beliefs of parents about the disadvantages of giftedness are often not empirically supported and can lead to district policy based on pseudoscience. Discover and develop strategies to combat the propagation of pseudoscience without alienating stakeholders in order to address the actual social/emotional and academic needs of gifted students.

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Tuesday March 31, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am
Magnolia I-II