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  • Presenter: Andi McNair
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3


    If what we’re teaching isn’t meaningful to our students, it’s a waste of our time and theirs. This is one of Andi McNair’s core beliefs, and in this lesson she invites you to join her in exploring what matters most to our students, why it matters to them, and how we can change the way we teach in order to ensure we reach them before it’s too late. 

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Small group instruction is something that all teachers are expected to do but that few feel they were taught to do effectively — especially at the secondary level. This course from Lisa Van Gemert teaches practical small group strategies you can easily implement in your classroom, allowing you to embrace small group instruction with excitement and confidence. 

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  • Presenters: Colin Seale
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies, Planning 1.3, Instruction 2.1, Learning Environment 3.3, Professional Practices and Responsibilities 4.2
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Let’s be honest — when it comes to helping students reach their full potential, social capital matters. The fear of losing it can be a serious barrier for some students, especially students of color. In this course, Colin Seale, the founder of thinkLaw, lays out engaging and provocative strategies for addressing this critical issue.
  • Presenters: Colin Seale
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies, Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Learning Environment 3.3
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    What if you could help your students use their unique teenage brains to change the world? Colin Seale, the founder of thinkLaw, believes you can. In this course, Mr. Seale walks you through how to transform the critical thinking dispositions of your students, enabling them to funnel their risk-taking tendencies into opportunities for activism, examine situations and consequences from different perspectives, and develop nuanced thinking. 

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  • Presenters: Colin Seale
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies, Planning 1.3, Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Instruction 2.3
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Critical thinking skills are vital for today’s students, but many don’t have the tools they need to cultivate them. In this 1-hour course presented by thinkLaw, educators will discover strategies for enhancing critical thinking and student engagement in their classrooms. As both an educator and a lawyer, Colin Seale brings a fresh perspective to this subject.

     


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  • Presenters: Colin Seale
    Core Area: Planning 1.2, Planning 1.3, Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Instruction 2.3, Instruction 2.5
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Have your critical thinking and deeply engaging learning activities left you feeling discouraged? Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way. In this 1-hour course, “Planning for Critical Thinking - The Practical Tools to Avoid Disaster,” lawyer and educator Colin Seale shares practical tools you can use to avoid a critical thinking disaster in your classroom. Discover how to use SMART goals and check for understanding in every critical thinking lesson while nurturing higher order thinking in your students.

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  • Presenter: Birdie Chesanek
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    This course is intended for parents of gifted students.

    Negative stereotypes are often associated with those raised in generational poverty. Of all these stereotypes, one of the most damaging in education today is that students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds are less likely to be gifted. Low verbal skills often mask true giftedness. It’s time to get past the stereotypes and begin uncovering giftedness in our low-SES students.

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  • Presenter: Kristina Janeway
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level:
    Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Students thrive when they have the opportunity to dive deep into a successful project. Are the projects you assign meeting the needs of your students? In this 1-hour course, “What's Your Problem? Project Based Learning in Middle School GT ELAR,” Kristina Janeway shares the difference between giving students projects and developing a project-based learning program. Learn the best tips and tricks to develop project-based literature circles that encourage teamwork and growth. 

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area:
    Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 6


    Leave behind the glitter and glue dots. Creativity in the classroom is less about art projects and more about helping students develop creative thinking skills. In this six-hour course, “Creativity and Instructional Strategies,” Lisa Van Gemert guides teachers through an in-depth look at how to bring creative instruction into their classrooms. Discover resources, inspiration, and knowledge that will make educators excited about teaching with creativity.

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Does your classroom environment spark joyful learning? Do you need some ideas to help make your class more fun? In this 1-hour course, “The Creativity Prescription,” Lisa Van Gemert shares practical ideas to help educators create an exciting and enjoyable classroom experience. Learn creative tips that Van Gemert uses in her own classroom.

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  • Presenters: Dr. Emily Mofield,  Sumner County Schools in Tennessee & Dr. Megan Parker Peters,  Lipscomb University, TN
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1  

    With the world at their fingertips, why does your gifted child shy away from challenges? Learn how you can help your children stretch out of their comfort zones, take risks, and reach new heights and potential.

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum/Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondar
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    Hours: 1  

    In “Differentiation Made Easy Low Prep Potpourri,” Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., offers a variety of activities to help you differentiate across content areas in your classroom. From listening centers to more organized activities like Sociograms, which help students connect ideas in books, each option is low-prep and easy to execute!

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  • Presenters: Dr. Richard Cash & Dr. Katherine McKnight, Learner Innovations
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3

    The speed of information and access to it has transformed the way we relate to learning in the 21st century. However, creativity still has an important role to play in student learning, particularly in literacy learning. Richard M. Cash, Ed.D., and Katie McKnight, Ph.D., team up for this informative and fun 3-hour course on how to use creativity and improv to improve literacy learning. 




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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1
     

    Unpacked bodies mean unpacked brains! Fidgeters and non-fidgeters alike benefit from dynamic movement-based learning. Join Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T, for creative strategies to incorporate kinesthetic learning into your classroom. 



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  • Presenter: Jennifer Leal
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary|Secondary
    Hours: 1

    It is often said, "a picture is worth a thousand words", but is it really? In "Using Primary Sources to Entice the Gifted Learner", Jennifer Leal teaches a powerful activity that will capture your students’ interest and leave them hungry for more, using pictures, quotes, and other media. Discover the differences between primary and secondary sources and how to use them to draw your students deeper into the curriculum by making inferences and noticing details.  

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  • Presenters: Dr. Emily Mofield,  Sumner County Schools in Tennessee & Dr. Megan Parker Peters,  Lipscomb University, TN
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    “Mindset” is a buzzword among educators, but many of us are holding onto misconceptions about mindset, its use, and its power. Join presenters Dr. Emily Mofield and Dr. Megan Parker Peters as they share a broadened view of psychosocial variables, including mindset, and how these play a role in talent development. 

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  • Presenter: Carol Raymond & Mattie Oveross, TAGT
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies 
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Research is showing that grit, perseverance, and persistence are the key factors for a student’s future success. What if you could nurture these traits while simultaneously giving them a love for science, technology, engineering, and math? Trainers Carol Raymond and Mattie Oveross have the strategies to get you started!

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

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  • Presenters: Amy Willerson & Tara Nyikos, University of North Texas
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Glue! Paint! Glitter! And tiny scraps of paper everywhere! If those images give you anxiety, this 1-hour course will provide a framework for creativity in the classroom that will put your mind at ease. Not all creative learning activities have to be about arts and crafts. Discover how to activate and support your students’ creativity, and learn how to grade the process, not the end result.

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  • Presenter: Katherine McKnight, McKnight
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies 
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3


    Do you want your students to listen to the voices in their heads and carry around toolboxes? It sounds crazy, but active, independent readers do just that! Join trainer Katie McKnight, Ph.D., and learn how to fill those literacy-toolboxes with skills that will open up a world of meaning for your students.


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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1
     

    Are great teachers born or made? In this 1-hour course Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., answers this question and offers inspiration that will pump you up to become the best teacher you can be. Spoiler alert: you have what it takes!

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  • Presenter: Andi McNair, TAGT
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3
     

    Genius hour is an out-of-the-box venture that allows students to take charge and follow through with a project that will impact their community. Students have total ownership from the initial stage of research, to collaborating with an expert, to carrying out the project with passion, and sharing it with the world--or at least Snapchat! Learn how to make genius hour an exciting part of your class.

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

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    What do a rice bin, a music CD, and a bag of rocks have in common? They can all be tools to create trust and connection between you and your gifted students! Join trainer Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., and learn how make the most of those unexpected pockets of free time, and build relationships with your students.


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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Here is your mission, should you choose to accept it: use game design and theory to maximize student engagement. All of us desire to engage in something bigger than we are—an epic mission taking us on a journey to a new place. Our students are no exception. In this course, Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., teaches you how to use gamification to solve a problem and engage your audience in new ways.


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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    “I'm bored!!!” This is a dreaded phrase for parents and teachers alike. But there is more to it than you might realize. Boredom itself is an extremely interesting topic to study, and understanding it better will help you engage students in meaningful ways and overcome the mental block that boredom can cause. In this 1-hour course, Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., explains the research on boredom and how to conquer it in the classroom.  


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