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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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!

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

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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: Dr. Joyce Juntune, Texas A&M University
    Core Area: Creativity & Instruction
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3
     


    When do gifted students, and all students, learn and flourish? They say a student doesn’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. As a teacher, the way to show this is by building relationships. When you foster learning relationships in your classroom, every student will begin to flourish. There are specific skills and strategies that help promote successful learning partnerships.

    Dr. Joyce Juntune not only teaches you those strategies, she helps you create a roadmap for your classroom. Once the skills are in place you can trust students more to do something on their own initiative!

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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: Dr. Joyce Juntune, Texas A&M University
    Core Area: Creativity & Instruction
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3


    When questioning ceases, the learning stops. Questioning allows your students to build the habit of curiosity. In education, sometimes we think learning is all about the answers, but there is also an art to teaching students to be inquisitive. Great questioning is best taught by teachers who model great questions. This course shows you how.


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  • Presenter: Bob Iseminger, Pieces of Learning
    Core Area: Creativity & Instruction 
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary 
    Hours: 3


    Creativity is elusive. It’s hard to put a grade on, or test for creativity. As a result, it is often devalued in traditional learning environments. Bob Iseminger believes that infusing creativity back into our classrooms is essential for the success of our gifted and talented students.

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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.

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

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  • Finding the time to get new G/T teachers trained can be challenging. This 30-hour package was created to get your new teachers started as quickly as possible! It’s five courses in one, taught by one of the leading minds in gifted education, and available online 24/7.
  • 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: Carolyn Coil, Pieces of Learning
    Core Area: Creativity and Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 6


    Two recent studies have shown that creativity in students has been on the decline since 1990, yet creativity has been identified as one of the four most important learning and innovation skills for the 21st century. Reverse this trend in your classroom with activities that encourage creative problem solving.

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  • Presenter: Joyce Juntune
    Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 6


    Gifted students can be found in all walks of life. With more than seventeen percent of Texans living in poverty, it is vital that educators understand the different perspectives and challenges that create achievement gaps for gifted students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Learning how to close these gaps for gifted students can help you set them up for success throughout life.


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  • Presenter: Richard Cash, NRich Educational
    Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 3

    Fostering high levels of thinking, valuing process over product, and creating a framework for evaluating complex information are some of the topics covered in this comprehensive course. Find out how you can implement these effectively for your gifted secondary students!

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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.

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

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  • Presenter: David Sebek, GT Innovators
    Core Area: Creativity & Instructional Strategies
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 6


    The internet has changed the way we do life. Not only are students learning in new ways, they must also be prepared for a future that is developing so rapidly, we cannot know what it will be like for them.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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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