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  • Presenter: Kim Tredick, J Taylor Education
    Core Area:
    Instructional Planning and Delivery 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2C, Content Knowledge and Expertise 3A, Learning Environment 4D, Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 2


    Are you looking for an approach to curriculum differentiation that will support your gifted and talented students? The Depth and Complexity Framework was designed to be just that. In this introductory video from Kim Tredick, you’ll learn about one of the fundamental components of the Depth and Complexity Framework: icons that serve as visual prompts to help students dig deeply into a concept and think about it critically.   

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  • Presenter: Daniel Brillhart, J Taylor Education
    Core Area: Instructional Planning and Delivery 1A, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3C; Learning Environment 4D; Data-Driven Practice 5A; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 6

    Are you ready to challenge your gifted students and help them develop their critical thinking skills? In this 6-hour course, educator Daniel Brillhart will show teachers how to use depth and complexity icons in their lessons to help differentiate for gifted students. You’ll walk away understanding the history of the icons and how to use them. 



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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Instructional Planning and Delivery 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2C; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3A, 3B, 3C; Learning Environment 4D; Data-Driven Practice 5A, 5C; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6C
    Grade Level: Secondary
    Hours: 1

    When it comes to adding rigor to gifted instruction, many educators simply increase the workload of their gifted students. Education specialist Lisa Van Gemert says that this is an ineffective approach, and instead of focusing on the quantity of work offered, educators should focus on the quality instead.

    In this 1-hour course, you’ll learn the best ways to increase rigor in the classroom without adding lots of extra work. 




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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Instructional Planning and Delivery 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2B, 2C; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3A, 3B; Learning Environment 4D; Data-Driven Practice 5A; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A, 6B, 6D
    Grade Level: 
    Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Helping students develop critical thinking skills is a primary objective for educators across the board, but many teachers find that defining and cultivating critical thinking skills is trickier than it appears. Join Lisa Van Gemert, former teacher, administrator, and Youth Ambassador for Mensa, for this 1-hour course, and learn the basics of critical thinking theory, practical applications to increase critical thinking in your classroom, and how to define critical thinking in a meaningful way.  


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  • Presenter: Kim Tredick, J Taylor Education
    Core Area:
    Instructional Planning and Delivery 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3C; Learning Environment 4D; Data-Driven Practice 5A; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 2


    Is your plate so full that you don’t have the time or energy to learn anything new? What if, instead of asking you to add one more thing to your plate, someone offered you an entirely new plate? In this lesson, Kim Tredick does just that. The “plate” she’s offering is the Depth and Complexity framework, an approach that helps students engage in self-questioning and evaluative thinking.

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  • Presenter: Janet Newton
    Core Area: Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A, 2B; Learning Environment 4A, 4B, 4D; Data-Driven Practice 5D 
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary 
    Hours: 1


    Developing program options for gifted students is a critical task for any administrator. Join Janet Newton, who served as a Gifted and Talented Specialist in Regions 8 and 13, and take a deep dive into program options for gifted students in Texas. In this 1-hour course participants will explore who gifted students are, the common service and program options available to gifted students, why those service and program options are important, and how to address program options on your campus or in your district. 

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  • Presenter: Kim Tredick, J Taylor Education
    Core Area:
    Instructional Planning and Delivery 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A, 2C; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3A, 3B; Learning Environment 4D; Data-Driven Practice 5A; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 2


    In the course “The Differentiated Solution,” you’ll gain a wider understanding of the best practices to help students  retain the valuable Depth and Complexity Framework learning tools, thus maximizing student achievement.

    Educator Kim Tredick guides teachers through the components of the Depth and Complexity Framework. She also shares examples of prompts to help you facilitate an exciting, student-centered classroom geared towards interdisciplinary learning experiences and instruction. 



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