This course provides you with a 1-Hour Certificate of Completion for CE Credits

  • Presenter: Debra Troxclair, Ph.D
    Core Area: Nature & Needs
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    This course is intended for parents of gifted students.

    The characteristic traits of giftedness are often misinterpreted by parents and other professionals who have little or no training or information about the nature of giftedness. Incorrect interpretations or a misdiagnosis could potentially harm the developing self-concepts of gifted children.

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

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  • Presenter: Lori Comallie-Caplan 
    Core Area: Nature and Needs
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    This course is intended for parents of gifted students.

    Nearly all gifted children will experience at least one period of depression. This can arise from their tendency toward perfectionism, creativity, idealism, and passion. These same qualities can be harnessed as strengths to direct a gifted child toward personal growth and success.

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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.

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

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  • Presenter:Theresa Biggs M.Ed. 
    Core Area:
    Nature & Needs
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Intense, loner, wallflower, focused… these are just a few ways introverts are frequently described. Whether its in the classroom, at home, or on the playground, these reserved individuals often get lost in the shuffle. Although we predominantly live in an extrovert world, it is important to remember that introverted gifted students have so much to offer.

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

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  • Presenter: Lori Comallie-Caplan
    Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    This course is intended for parents of gifted students.

    Gifted students are a lot like snowflakes; no two students are alike. While one student might need very little encouragement to excel, motivating the next might feel like trying to wring sap from a tree with bare hands. There’s no sweeping answer to motivation, but there are prescriptive strategies that can help to encourage the gifted underachiever.

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  • Presenter: Lori Comallie-Caplan 
    Core Area: Social and Emotional
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    This course is intended for parents of gifted children.

    There is no such thing as healthy perfectionism. The demands of perfectionism can inevitably leave gifted students feeling discouraged and burned out, and that can lead to procrastination. Learn from Ms. Comallie-Caplan’s personal journey as she discusses methodology for helping students move past perfectionism and procrastination.

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  • Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
    Core Area: Nature & Needs
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1 

    This course is intended for parents of gifted students.

    Imagine making a lifelong, unattainable goal. How would you feel day after day, year after year of continually not reaching your goal? Would it lead to frustration...anxiety...depression? That is the experience of a perfectionist as Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.T., explains in “Perfectionism in the Gifted Child.” In this 1-hour course, you will learn the different ways perfectionism is expressed and gain practical strategies for helping students overcome failure.


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  • Presenter: Dr. Debra Troxclair, Lamar University 
    Core Area: 
    Social & Emotional
    Grade Level: Elementary 
    Hours: 1


    This course is intended for parents of gifted children.

    Dr. Debbie Troxclair has been following perfectionism research for the past 40 years. Due to her close study of the subject, and her experience as a teacher, Dr. Troxclair presents a course that is rich in insight and resources. Perfection Revisited (for parents), will give your parents a plethora of information, including ALL of her resources, references, and publications referred to in this presentation.

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

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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!

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

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  • Presenter: Erin Muck
    Core Area:
    Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences 1.2; Learning Environments 2.1, 2.2; ODE Teacher Competency a; OAGC Differentiation
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    If you’ve ever pulled your hair out in frustration as you watched one of your students take 30 minutes to complete a classroom activity that took another student 10 seconds, this is the course for you. Erin Muck shows you how to offer students autonomy, choice, and differentiation through a centers approach to language arts she calls “The READ System.”  



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  • Presenters: Lori Dreyer & Lindsay Slamer, OAGC
    Core Area: ODE Teacher Competencies a, b, c; Learning Environments 2.1, 2.2; Curricular Content Knowledge 3.2; Assessment 4.5; Instructional Planning and Strategies 5.1, 5.5
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Hosting a Socratic Seminar is an effective way of helping students feel empowered by their participation in classroom discussions. During this 1-hour course, participants will join Lori Dreyer, the Elementary Gifted Liaison for Springboro 
    Schools, and Lindsay Slamer, the Gifted Intervention Specialist for Springboro Schools, to explore the elements and benefits of hosting a Socratic Seminar in their own classrooms.  


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  • Presenter: Alesha Haybin, OAGC
    Core Area: ODE Teacher Competencies a, b, c; OAGC Differentiation; Learning Environments 2.1, 2.2; Curricular Content Knowledge 3.2; Assessment 4.5; Instructional Planning and Strategies 5.1, 5.5
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Learning contracts can help students work on relevant tasks at all times without requiring individual instruction from their teachers. In this 1-hour course presented by Alesha Haybin, the Coordinator of Gifted Services at the Licking County ESC, participants will learn the features of quality learning contracts, practical strategies for using learning contracts, and tools to help students succeed while using learning contracts.  

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


    While we have spent energy on finding and implementing a variety of procedures to ensure that gifted children from poverty are identified for our gifted programs, much less energy has been put into building the skills for success that will enable them to flourish in the gifted program. In this course, Dr. Juntune explores strategies to change the way we work with low-SES students.

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

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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: 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: Ashleigh Murphy &; Nancy Bryant, Katy ISD
    Core Area: Creativity & Instruction
    , Differentiated Curriculum
    Grade Level: Elementary
    Hours: 1

    Are you ready to create an out-of-the-box literature program? Using children’s books in the classroom isn’t just a good way to increase vocabulary and teach literacy. There are other ideas that can be taught through literature too

    The course “Creation Stations: Engaging the Primary G/T Learner,” will teach you how to create a literature program that will help students engage in creative thinking, critical thinking, and communication skills.

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

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  • Presenter: Dr. Diane Heacox, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
    Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1

    Do you know the difference between differentiation and cooperative learning? Do you group students by likeness or by differences? In this informative and interactive course, Diane Heacox, Ph.D., explains what makes differentiation different! While you may have been using some differentiation activities in your classroom, this course will help you tap into the true power of this type of learning instruction.

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  • Presenter: Tara Toft, Dr. Julie McDonald, OAGC
    Core Area: ODE Teacher Competencies a, b, c; Assessment 2.5.2; Curriculum Planning and Instruction 3.1.6; Programming 5.1.1
    Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
    Hours: 1


    Curriculum compaction is much more than just moving more quickly through content. It’s about setting your gifted students up for success. In this 1-hour course, presenters Tara Toft and Dr. Julie McDonald share the process for compacting curriculum to ensure mastery of grade-level content standards and preparation for advanced standards in future years. 


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