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  • Presenter: John DeLandtsheer
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    As a teacher and administrator, Mr. Delandtsheer has come to embrace the philosophy “Whoever does the work gets smarter.” He explains, we may need to revisit the type of work that is required of students and how we view them in order for our children to succeed in the 21st century.

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  • Presenter: Sheila Mulbry & Nicole Shannon, Round Rock ISD
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Do you want your gifted students to deepen their responses to the text they read? One of the most fulfilling moments in a teacher’s day is when the light comes on, a sign that the students are making a deep connection with the material being taught. Teaching students to think outside the book is one of the ways you can empower your students to experience those “aha” moments.

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  • Presenter: Daniel Brillhart & Nicole Shannon
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    In this course, participants will learn about how TAG (Talented and Gifted) students can be served within the regular classroom without simply “adding more work”. This course offers ideas for creative literature circles, adding depth and complexity, and introducing non-standard problem solving. The presenters share projects and products and include demonstrations of specific instructional activities in language arts and mathematics.

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  • Presenter: Joyce Juntune, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Children who are raised in poverty or low-income households are much more likely to drop out. Gifted children raised in poverty are particularly at­ risk. But that doesn’t have to be the case. These children can all succeed. They can go to college. They can do wonderful things if someone will take the time to build their complex language skills and verbal memory.

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  • Presenter: Kathryn Pabst
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Secondary
    Hours: 1


    It is critical that college bound gifted students develop strong writing skills that they can fluidly translate across content areas, apply to critical thinking, and verbal communication skills. In this course, you will learn how to craft an AP language class around a central theme and pull many examples of modern and historical literature.

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  • Presenter: Benny Hickerson 
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies 
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary 
    Hours: 1

    Given the challenges facing society today, we need our G/T students stepping into leadership roles and offering creative solutions more than ever before. When we provide the right instruction and an atmosphere that encourages creativity, our students don’t have to wait for the future to begin making a difference; they can help change the world today!

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  • Presenter: Timothy Gangwer
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies, Differentiated Curriculum
    Grade Level: Primary and Secondary
    Hours: 1 


    Twice Exceptional students, or those with both high abilities and a learning disability, have been something of an enigma for educators in the past. Thanks to the work of Tim Gangwer and so many others, educators now have the resources necessary to equip themselves to meet the needs of twice exceptional students.

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  • Presenter: Nicole Shannon, Round Rock ISD
    Core Area: Creativity & Instruction
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours:
    1

    Encouraging creativity in the classroom is more important than ever before. Creativity is no longer a concept isolated to art and music, it should be integrated into every discipline taught in school. Find out how to provide students a safe environment for creativity, opportunities to flex creative muscles, guidance and modeling in creative risk taking, and encouragement in creative. 

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


    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: Bob Iseminger
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Can you imagine driving a race car with only bicycle brakes to stop you? In this digital age, our students' brains have been trained like race cars by the volume and speed of information that they have been processing since a very young age. But what happens when they must slow down and process information in a non-digital setting, like a classroom? In this course you will learn how to identify the effects of digital media on students and how to apply proven methods for adding depth and complexity to your AP and pre-AP classrooms.

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  • Presenter: Brenda Davis
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    They say hindsight is 20/20, but what if you could make clear sense of a situation or subject right when you needed to? The Six Thinking Hats strategy is a straight-forward, memorable tool to help you think effectively and clearly, without relying on the benefit of hindsight, and it’s a perfect critical thinking skill for G/T students.

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  • Presenter: Katherine Harrison, Kathryn Pabst Schaeffer, Ed.D.
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies 
    Grade Level: Secondary 
    Hours: 1

    There is a far more engaging and effective way to teach high school English classes to gifted students than the common approach of teaching each class as a stand-alone unit. By merging Pre-AP English 1, 2 and AP Language into one cohesive program you can gain the maximum benefit for students.

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  • Presenter: Timothy Gangwer 
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    In this course, Timothy Gangwer packs six hours of information into one hour of useful content. In Visual Literacy: Strategies for teaching Gifted English Language Learners you will learn everything from identifying your gifted students, to Tim's 57 ways to increase brain function. As one of our most popular presenters, Tim bridges the gap between visual literacy and gifted learning.

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


    How do you evaluate G/T strategies in the classroom when none of your instruments are designed for them? Discover user-friendly ways to get a clearer picture the next time you assess gifted strategies in the classroom.

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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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  • 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: Katherine McKnight, McKnight
    Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    There is a big difference between being argumentative and fine tuning the skills of argumentative writing. In this workshop-style course, you will learn the basics of excellent argumentation and how to teach your students to support their claims in writing using texts, topics, and evidence.



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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: 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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  • 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!

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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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  • 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: Timothy Gangwer, Visual Teaching Alliance Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Learn to ‘think outside the box’ with Timothy Gangwer’s course on "Whole Brain Visual Thinking." This course offers six hours of educational tools in one, easy to follow, content packed hour. After taking this course, you can be sure that you will have the informational edge to keep you sharp in the classroom. You will appreciate the wealth of knowledge he brings to the course, and walk away completely edified when you take "Whole Brain Visual Thinking".

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  • Presenter: Brian Housand, Ph.D., East Carolina University
    Core Area: Creativity & Instruction
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Technology is everywhere and for many teachers, understanding technology can be like trying to understand a new language. It can be difficult to learn, let alone know which tech tools are worth using in the classroom and how to use them. In “60 Tech Tools in 60 Minutes,” Dr. Housand gives us a crash course on tools that you can use in your classroom. It only takes an hour to figure out which tools you can use for your classroom. Just imagine being able to leverage one of these tech tools and what it can do for your classroom. Your students will get more out of their experience and your teaching career can be even more fulfilling!

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