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Thursday, November 16
 

7:30am

On-Site Pre-Conference Session Registration
Check-in for those registered for the Pre-Conference Sessions. (Separate fee for the Pre-Conference Sessions.)

Thursday November 16, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Registration 1

7:45am

Pre-Conference Continental Breakfast
Breakfast for those registered for a pre-conference session

Thursday November 16, 2017 7:45am - 8:30am
Hallway

8:30am

PRECON1: (Additional Fee Required) Differentiating UP Through Advanced Levels of Questioning (Richard Cash)
(Additional Fee Required) All children deserve an exceptional learning experience. To provide for a quality education, we must be attentive to the differences of our students. Gifted learners generally possess rapid acquisition of fundamental knowledge; advanced abilities within and across disciplines; and learn through holistic conceptual understandings.  Based on their sophisticated learning processes, more advanced levels of questioning must be employed, whether in the general classroom, pull-out/enrichment programs (before, during or after school) or in specialized settings.
This session will demonstrate how to adjust and modify “up” curriculum and instructional practices to best meet the needs of gifted learners.  Join Dr. Richard Cash, an internationally recognized expert in gifted education and differentiation, as he shows you five ways to create advanced levels of questions. You are sure to leave this workshop with materials that can be put to practice immediately. Come prepared to engage in learning activities that will extend and enhance current curriculum for gifted and advanced learners

Speakers
avatar for Richard Cash

Richard Cash

Consultant, Nrich Consulting
Dr. Richard M. Cash is an award winning author and educator who has worked in the field of education for over 25 years. His range of experience includes teaching, curriculum coordination, and program administration. Currently, he is an internationally recognized education consult... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 8:30am - 11:30am
Wilderness Ballroom 1/4

8:30am

PRECON2: (Additional Fee Required) Empowering Gifted Students' Self­ Advocacy
(Additional Fee Required) Learn the why, how, what, and when of helping gifted students take charge of their own educations. While everything that affects gifted programming - laws, funding, initiatives, curriculum, instruction, administrators, teacher education, etc - is often in flux, we can help each gifted learner find their own most appropriate, intentional, steady path toward graduation and beyond.

We'll take a look at what the students themselves have to say about their needs and desire to find a unique route to graduation and beyond.  And if you’re interested in facilitating your own GT Carpe Diem self-advocacy workshop, you'll discover the information, insights, and tools you need. You may even learn more about your own learner profile as we try out some of the student activities.


Participant Outcomes:
  • Understand the rights and responsibilities of gifted students
  • Learn how to assess the five areas of a learner profile
  • Recognize student characteristics that match specific programming options
  • Consider how all stakeholders in the district can play a role in students' self­-advocacy
  • Successfully plan and facilitate a workshop for gifted students
  • Learn to modify the workshop activities for other instructional models
NAGC K­12 Programming Standards explicitly addressed in this session:
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.7
4.1, 4.2, 4.3
5.5, 5.7
6.1, 6.2

Speakers
avatar for Deb Douglas

Deb Douglas

Consultant, GT Carpe Diem, LLC
Author, "The Power of Self-Advocacy for Gifted Learners: teaching the 4 essential steps to success" | Gifted Education Consultant, GT Carpe Diem, LLC | Past President, WATG



Thursday November 16, 2017 8:30am - 11:30am
Tundra A-B

8:30am

PRECON3: (Additional Fee Required) Google Classroom for Differentiation & Enrichment
(Additional Fee Required) This 3 hour pre­conference session will take you from being an absolute beginner with Google Classroom to a competent or advanced user who can consider how differentiation and enrichment might be approached with this tool.


In the first part of the session, attention will be given to the "nuts and bolts" of Google Classroom ­ how to find it, creating a classroom and enrolling students, adding assignments and resources, etc. In the second half of the session, we will talk about how to differentiate and/or enrich learning with Google Classroom. Time will be spent both hearing ideas about classrooms that are already being used and then generating our own ideas.


This session will be most valuable to those who bring a laptop (Mac, PC, or Chromebook) and who have an idea for a unit they would like to differentiate or enrich. In addition, a school gmail account is a must to be able to access Google Classroom.
HANDOUTS: tinyurl.com/DifferentiationGC
Participant Outcomes:


  • Set up a Google Classroom, enroll students, and add assignments/resources.
  • Take a lesson or unit and break it up into enriched or differentiated lessons that students can use.
NAGC Standards addressed
  1. 1.6.1. Educators design interventions for students to develop cognitive and affective growth that is based on research of effective practices.
  2. 2.4.2. Differentiated product­based assessments to measure the progress of students with gifts and talents.
  3. 3.1.1. Educators select, adapt, and use a repertoire of instructional strategies and materials that differentiate for students with gifts and talents and that respond to diversity.

Speakers
avatar for Stacci Barganz

Stacci Barganz

GT Coordinator, Fort Atkinson School District
Passionate about Personalized Learning, Gifted Education, and Technology Integration. Google Certified Trainer and EdTech Consultant. Content Creator for Kyte Learning and Atomic Learning. SLALN President. National Javits-Frasier Scholar. | | Most Important: Believer, Wife, M... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 8:30am - 11:30am
Tundra C-D

8:30am

PRECON4: (Additional Fee Required) Help! I'm a New Coordinator
(Additional Fee Required) Feeling overwhelmed by your new role as a G/T coordinator? Not sure where to start? This pre-conference session will help guide you in developing some initial steps, including what questions you should ask and what to look for and think about as you either strengthen or build a gifted program in your school or district.

Participant Outcomes:
Some of the questions addressed in this session, in addition to any that participants
have, will include:
  • What am I supposed to do? (Wisconsin Law concerning Talented and Gifted)
  • Where do I find out? (Navigating the DPI Website, District Mission Statement)
  • How does gifted education fit within the RtI model? (Programs vs. Programming, Pull-out vs. Push-in, Differentiation in the general education classroom, etc.
  • Is my district in line with DPI policy? (Using the DPI gap analysis tools)
  • What are strategies for identifying advanced student needs across populations? (Various assessment tools, young children, students from diverse cultures, children from low income families, children of color, etc.)
  • What kinds of resources are there in addition to in-school curricula? (Groups and websites)
  • What social and & emotional concerns do I need to watch for and what is my role in helping such students? (Partnering with parents, psychologists and others)
  • When and how do I need to involve parents in decision-making? (DEPs, IEPs and other issues)
  • How do I know if things are working well for gifted students in my school/district? (Program evaluation, progress monitoring, statistical analysis-- growth of identified students, etc.)
  • How will I be evaluated as a coordinator? (Educator effectiveness and you!)
  • How can I get the gifted teacher and/or coordinator licenses?
  • What else do I need to know?
Bring your questions, engage, and find a network to support you!

Speakers
avatar for Pam Clinkenbeard

Pam Clinkenbeard

Professor, UW-Whitewater
Pamela R. Clinkenbeard, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Foundations at UW-Whitewater.  She teaches courses primarily in educational psychology, educational research, and the psychology and education of gifted and talented students.  Dr. Clinkenbeard completed her master's an... Read More →
avatar for Jackie Drummer

Jackie Drummer

Dal and Jackie are Educational Consultants, specializing in gifted and talented children, the arts, and supporting the emotional needs of gifted individuals. They have 38 years of experience parenting and grand parenting gifted kids, and 75 years of combined experience teaching... Read More →



Thursday November 16, 2017 8:30am - 11:30am
Tundra E-F

11:00am

On-Site Conference Registration
Thursday November 16, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
Registration 1

11:00am

Vendor Exhibits
Thursday November 16, 2017 11:00am - 5:30pm
Sandstone Ballroom

11:45am

Lunch for Conference Attendees
Thursday November 16, 2017 11:45am - 12:30pm
Hallway

12:30pm

Conference Begins! Opening Remarks
Speakers
avatar for Sue Lee

Sue Lee

WATG President & K-12 Enrichment Coordinator and RTI Coach, Menomonee Falls School District
It has been my privilege to serve as the WATG President for the past 2 years and a board member for the past six years. Throughout my career I've had the opportunity to work in many different capacities. I was an elementary classroom teacher for 10 years before transitioning to a... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 12:30pm - 12:45pm
Sandstone Ballroom

12:45pm

Keynote with Dr. Richard Cash: Self-Regulation for Learning: Helping Students Learn HOW to Learn

Critical for college and career readiness is our students’ personal abilities to appropriately manage their affect, behaviors, and cognition (ABCs). Self-regulation for learning is the ability to effectively balance the ABCs to pursue worthy academic goals. Students who under-perform, struggle to achieve or selectively produce may lack the coordination between their feelings (affect), essential learning strategies (behaviors) and meta-cognitive thought processes (cognition). During this keynote to you will learn a holistic approach to assisting all students (from special education to gifted education) in gaining greater social/emotional well-being, developing scholarly behaviors and acquiring valuable thinking tools to be successful in school and beyond. 


Speakers
avatar for Richard Cash

Richard Cash

Consultant, Nrich Consulting
Dr. Richard M. Cash is an award winning author and educator who has worked in the field of education for over 25 years. His range of experience includes teaching, curriculum coordination, and program administration. Currently, he is an internationally recognized education consult... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Sandstone Ballroom

2:00pm

1A: The Impact of Nigrescence and Hypercorrection

Gifted children, particularly those of diverse backgrounds (race & culture), may be forced to manage an accelerated level of isolation, confusion, and ultimately disappointment if self-discovery and acceptance are not addressed appropriately by members of the educational and home community. 

This session will create an intentional dialogue about diversity and the impact for children within their own circle of influence.  The ability to thrive within one's own community is heavily dependent upon the person's ability to feel a sense of belonging.  We will explore the challenges one faces during this self-discovery process and how we as teachers, administrators, and community partners can assist along the way.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Understand the definition of Nigrescence and Hypercorrection.
  • Ability to recognize the conflicting signs of self-discovery and acceptance within diverse students.
  • Create a community-led action plan for identifying and addressing Nigrescence and
    hypercorrection among students.
  • Develop the starting point for a specific strategic training for individual staff and community training

Speakers
avatar for Alonzo Kelly

Alonzo Kelly

Principal, Kelly Leadership Group
A dynamic Executive Coach, Professor, 3x Best Selling Author, and Radio Host, Alonzo Kelly has gained international and global attention as a premier consultant and strategist. Alonzo is recognized as one the nation’s leading experts on leadership development, strategic thinkin... Read More →


WATG 17 pptx

Thursday November 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Tundra A-B

2:00pm

1B: Meeting the Needs of Gifted Readers

In this session participants will be introduced to the Integrated Curriculum Model.  We will spend time with quality literature and will look at some concrete tools that students can use to align with the analytical, communication, and reasoning skills that they need in order to learn at high levels.  Participants will engage in literary analysis as they explore content from Language Arts Curriculum developed at The Center for Gifted Education.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Learn about the Integrated Curriculum Model.
  • Read and discuss advanced literature.
  • Discuss the needs of high-ability readers.
  • Participate in literary analysis and interpretation activities.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Bakker

Ann Bakker

Consultant, Kendall Hunt Publishing



Thursday November 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wilderness Ballroom 4

2:00pm

1C: Academic & Career Planning and Gifted Students

Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, all Wisconsin public schools are required to provide their grade 6-12 students with Academic and Career Planning (ACP) services.  If implemented effectively, ACP can be an incredible tool for identifying and meeting the needs of gifted students. 

This session will explain the vision of ACP and how ACP can help schools better understand how to provide the experiences gifted students need to be challenged and continually challenge themselves.  The session will also show how ACP can facilitate much deeper engagement of students in designing and executing their own learning plans and the critical role families and all teachers have in the ACP process.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of the state mandated Academic and Career Planning initiative and the impact ACP can have for gifted students
  • See how they can play a crucial role in ACP implementation and execution and how ACP can connect and contribute to numerous other programs and initiatives
  • Learn about the immense collection of resources available for ACP implementation that can help ensure it is done effectively so it has the greatest positive impact on students.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller

Founder/School Innovation Consultant, 34th Street Education Innovation
I help schools find ways to meet the unique learning needs of each individual student. I am an advocate for replacing the factory model of schools (which is the model currently in use in virtually all public and private schools and it was designed in 1893), with a new model desi... Read More →



Thursday November 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Tundra F

2:00pm

1D: Digital Portfolios for Deeper Learning

Digital Portfolios are a powerful tool for helping students self-assess and evaluate their growth, set goals, and communicate their learning.  There are many ways to set up and structure these portfolios, one that we will be specifically focusing on is Seesaw.  We will be looking in depth at how to use Seesaw in the classroom and as a school for assessment, time management, home-school communication, goal setting, progress monitoring, and more.  We will also be sharing examples for how we are using this tool at Summit Elementary with our high performing and gifted students at all ages to extend their learning.

Participant Outcomes: 

  • Learn how to get started and set up in Seesaw
  • Learn how to use the advanced features to assess student understandingl
  • Leave with a variety of applications and activities to choose from to integrate Seesaw Digital Portfolios into classrooms as early as the kindergarten level.

Speakers
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Michelle Ganser

Second Grade Teacher, Summit Elementary School
I have been teaching in the Oconomowoc School District for 13 years. I currently teach second grade and love using digital portfolios for my advanced learners within my classroom. Not only can they organize their work into a portfolio but this portfolio will follow them from ye... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Harrop

Wendy Harrop

Learning Resource Teacher, Summit Elementary School
I have been a Learning Resource Teacher with the Oconomowoc School District for 11 years. This involves technology integration, implementation and direction of the school's makerspace, STEM integration, and building wide gifted resource. Prior to that I taught as a classroom te... Read More →
JL

Julie LoDuca

Third Grade Teacher, Summit Elementary School
I am a third grade teacher for 11 years.



Thursday November 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sandstone 9

2:00pm

1E: Nurturing the Path to Achievement

Parents and teachers want children to embrace challenges. Children that acquire positive strategies to face challenges can build lifelong achievement habits and open vast possibilities for their future.

But challenges can sometimes produce negative emotions and some advanced learners develop behavioral strategies to help them avoid challenges and the accompanying negative feelings.  These challenge-avoidance strategies can lead to underachievement and the Impostor Syndrome.

In this session, we will identify some of the negative responses caused by challenges, some causes of the negative emotions, and offer positive strategies for dealing with the frustration that comes with challenges. Participants will learn about the importance of encountering challenge at an early age, as well as use an emotion identification scale and problem solving strategy charts to help children handle feelings that surge through them when encountering challenges.

Participant Outcomes

  • Learn about the Impostor Syndrome and growth mindset
  • Learn to identify the negative strategies children are using to avoid challenges
  • See how early responses to frustration can lead to lifelong values that can be positive or negative
  • Identify tools and strategies to help children learn to embrace challenges

Speakers
avatar for Carol Greig

Carol Greig

Advanced Learner Resource Teacher, McFarland School District
Carol Greig is an experienced, innovative, and enthusiastic educator. She is in her eighth year as an advanced learner resource teacher in the McFarland School District's Primary School. Prior to that, she completed over thirty years as an elementary classroom teacher. An interes... Read More →



Thursday November 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Glacier A-B

2:00pm

1F: Personalized Learning through Spelling

The Benchmark Excelling Exceptional Spelling (BEES) program is based on sequential phonics, includes sight words and is correlated to both the PALS Spelling and Words Their Way Spelling Inventory.  Learn why this spelling program was developed and how this spelling program truly works to support students to not just memorize a word for Friday's spelling test, but to learn spelling rules that students can apply when writing and reading beyond Friday's spelling test. 

BEES has 282 spelling lists so that every learner begins at their "good fit" list based on their score on the PALS Spelling or on the Words Their Way Spelling Inventory.  Students then proceed at an individual pace to optimize their personal learning needs.

Spelling tests occur as students learn and apply the spelling rules.  No more pretest Monday, spelling test Friday, repeat! 

Participant Outcomes:

  • Become more familiar with personalized spelling programs, beyond the 2-3 spelling lists available per week
  • Increase awareness of spelling rules
  • Differentiate to meet the spelling needs of students

Speakers
TS

Terrie Schmoldt

Reading Teacher, Advanced Learner Teacher, Evansville Community School District



Thursday November 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Glacier C-D

2:00pm

1G: Questioning in the Classroom: Developing Inquiring Minds
This session will focus on strategies for developing strong questioning practices on both the teacher side of instruction and the student side of learning. Teacher instructional focus will be on building in questioning prompts in all assignments and activities to allow for higher level thinking opportunities for all students. The student learning focus will be on strategies to help students develop as critical thinkers by expanding their questioning depth and breadth when engaging in research.

Speakers
CK

Cathy Kowalski

English Teacher, School District of New Berlin



Thursday November 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sandstone 3

2:00pm

1H: Ten Challenging Math Problems for Gifted Students

Because problem solving can be difficult - even for gifted students - it is important for students to have a "tool-belt" of problem solving strategies. Many of the strategies presented in this session will force students to change their normal thinking patterns and approach each problem in a different way.

You will leave this session with many unique problem-solving techniques that will help all students be more successful in math contests and on tests. Each participant will leave the session with 10 problems they can take back and implement immediately in their classroom that will interest and challenge their students.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Teach students many powerful problem solving techniques
  • Have challenging high interest materials to bring back to the classroom
  • Learn ways to deal with students who fear making mistakes

Speakers
avatar for Ed Zaccaro

Ed Zaccaro

Retired teacher/author, Hickory Grove Press
Ed has taught students of all ages and abilities since graduating from Oberlin College in 1974. He holds an Iowa teaching certificate with K-12 endorsement in Gifted Education and a Masters degree in Gifted Education from the University of Northern Iowa. | Ed is a popular prese... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wilderness Ballroom 1

2:00pm

1I: Developing Executive Functioning Skills

This presentation will summarize individualized middle school and high school interventions to improve gifted and talented students' executive functioning skills. Specifically, these interventions have targeted G/T students who struggle with social and emotional issues including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and perfectionism. The session will share the strategies taught to students, present outcomes of prior interventions, and discuss potential applications of these strategies.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Have an understanding of the close links between executive function skills, identity, and social-emotional functioning amongst the gifted and talented population
  • Identify interventions in school, home, and coaching environments to support gifted students and help them grow and develop executive functioning skills

Speakers
avatar for Scott Lutostanski

Scott Lutostanski

Director of Academic Consulting, Galin Education
I am the Director of Academic Consulting for Galin Education in Madison and Milwaukee. I worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor providing individual therapy, group therapy, and executive function skill coaching for gifted and talented students at the Center for Identity Pote... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Tundra C-D

2:00pm

1J: Empowering Personalized Learning with Thinking Maps - EXHIBITOR SESSION
EXHIBITOR SESSION: THINKING MAPS

Personalized learning requires that students are empowered to THINK independently and quickly “move” from one thought process to another. This session will walk you through why it’s important to have visual representations for our thought processes and how using this “language for learning” will lead to deeper connections, a strong personalized learning environment, and greater student independence. Students and staff learn how to collaborate,
communicate, think critically, and creatively respond to the demands placed on today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders.

PARTICIPANT OUTCOMES:
Learners will see how a systemic approach to THINKING will unlock to door to personalized learning, more rigorous instruction, and cross-curricular literacy.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Nelson

Rob Nelson

Leadership Specialist, Thinking Maps
Rob collaborates with schools and districts across the Upper Midwest, aligning and strengthening their professional development efforts. An educator for 23 years, Rob has been a teacher, an associate junior high principal, and was principal at Harriet Bishop Gifted & Talented Ele... Read More →



Thursday November 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Tundra E

3:00pm

Sponsored snack break
Thursday November 16, 2017 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Hallway

3:15pm

2A: Leveraging Out-Of-Grade-Level Testing with Gifted Middle School Students

Learn about FREE ACT Test Prep materials and how they can provide information about your students to personalize their learning utilizing case studies.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Locate, access, and offer free ACT Test Prep materials for students
  • Learn about a variety of resources available to meet the needs of out-of-grade-level students

NAGC Standards addressed in this session:

  • Standard 2: Assessment Description: Assessments provide information about identification, learning progress and outcomes, and evaluation of programming for students with gifts and talents in all domains.
  • Standard 3: Curriculum Planning and Instruction Description: Educators apply the theory and research-based models of curriculum and instruction related to students with gifts and talents and respond to their needs by planning, selecting, adapting, and creating culturally relevant curriculum and by using a repertoire of evidence-based instructional strategies to ensure specific student outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Meaney

Susan Meaney

Gifted Resource Teacher, Green Bay School District
I work with advanced/gifted students at the middle school level and have also worked K-12 with advanced and gifted students in the past. I am a gifted and talented resource teacher for Green Bay Schools for approximately eleven years. I love to read, travel, play piano, and try n... Read More →


Elsa pdf

Thursday November 16, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Sandstone 8

3:15pm

2B: Seal of Biliteracy: Advancing Linguistic Talent
In October 2015, the Department of Public Instruction approved the Wisconsin Seal of Biliteracy, a distinction awarded to high school seniors who demonstrate high levels of achievement in bilingualism, biliteracy, and global competence in English and a partner language.
The Seal of Biliteracy motivates schools and districts to evaluate their programming and improve their course offerings to provide students with more opportunities to foster their linguistic talent and advance multilingualism.
The Seal of Biliteracy also advantageously positions culturally and linguistically diverse students, whose linguistic talent is often overlooked and unrecognized. This reframing has the potential to combat some of the persistent achievement gaps in K-12 settings and disparities in gifted and talented identification.
Participant Outcomes:
  • Become familiar with the components of the Seal of Biliteracy and how to establish criteria for a Seal of Biliteracy in their school or district
  • Gain awareness of the benefits of bilingualism, biliteracy, and global competence in terms of developing talent potential

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Burgos

Laurie Burgos

Director of Bilingual Programs & Instructional Equity, Verona Area School District
Laurie Burgos, Director of Bilingual Programs & Instructional Equity for the Verona Area School District in Verona, Wisconsin, is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include the human aspe... Read More →
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Sarah Shanebrook-Smith

Coordinator of Language Acquisition, Kenosha Unified School District



Thursday November 16, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Tundra E

3:15pm

2C: Unleash Potential with Creative Math Instruction.

“Think deeply about simple things.” That’s the advice professor Arnold Ross of Ohio State University has for all of us. The most complex and enjoyable mathematical explorations begin with simple concepts that are mined for their richness and elegance. It is much more critical to add depth and complexity than to move quickly through textbooks.

How does one take a simple concept like 5+4=9 and motivate highly capable students to think deeply? Through creative math and innovative teaching!

In this session, attendees will be shown how to keep math exciting and challenging through digging deeper rather than by going faster. Most examples and resources are for teachers of students in gr. 3-6.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Expand toolbox to extend math challenges for students with high math aptitude and interest
  • Leave with resources and ideas to expand teaching practices

Speakers
avatar for Ulrike Balistreri

Ulrike Balistreri

G/T Coordinator, Kimberly Area School District
My name is Ulrike Balistreri and I am the Gifted and Talented Coordinator and resource teacher for students in grades 5-8. This is my 22nd year working with gifted students and their teachers in the Kimberly School District. Before that, I taught for several years in the regular... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Zaletel

Kelly Zaletel

G/T Coordinator, Kimberly Area School District
My journey as an educator of gifted and talented students began at a gifted magnet school fresh out of college quite some time ago. At the time, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to further my education through master's level coursework in gifted education. My first teac... Read More →



Thursday November 16, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Wilderness Ballroom 4

3:15pm

2D: Talent Development: The Gift of Opportunity

Our path to Talent Development emphasizes inclusive practices, centered on personalized learning.  Our processes emphasize identification of student potential and unmet needs, which in turn, drives programming in intellectual, academic, fine arts, leadership, creativity, and social emotional domains. 

Our aggregate student population is high-achieving in relation to national norms, and as a result, student data is also considered in relation to local and subgroup norms to identify outliers within those contexts. 

Our discussion will outline our Talent Development Handbook, a two year project designed to revolutionize the concept and reality of educational opportunity available to all students, K-12.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Identify strategies and practices necessary for implementation of a Talent Development Model
  • Implement identification practices consistent with statutory language related to educational needs
  • Understand the role of personalized learning in programming for advanced learners
  • Recognize the importance of social emotional learning as a foundation for academic achievement
  • Understand the rationale and process for developing and utilizing local norms and subgroup norms for state and national assessments

Speakers
avatar for Rae McClain, PhD

Rae McClain, PhD

School Psychologist / Talent Development Coordinator, School District of Elmbrook
avatar for Peggy Riemer

Peggy Riemer

School Psychologist, Elmbrook School District


Thursday November 16, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Tundra C-D

3:15pm

2E: Using Breakout Boxes to Pique Student Interest

You have 45 minutes to escape from this scenario! 

Using your wits and the wits of your teammates, you will explore some basic information to find the clues you need to "breakout" and win the game!

After the game, participants will be shown how to create their own breakout box games to use as an anticipatory set in the classroom to pique student interest and get them intellectually and emotionally involved in learning!

Participant Outcomes: 

  • Understand the power of a breakout box experience 
  • Be familiar with how to set up a breakout box game and where to find educational resources to support it.

Speakers
avatar for Stacci Barganz

Stacci Barganz

GT Coordinator, Fort Atkinson School District
Passionate about Personalized Learning, Gifted Education, and Technology Integration. Google Certified Trainer and EdTech Consultant. Content Creator for Kyte Learning and Atomic Learning. SLALN President. National Javits-Frasier Scholar. | | Most Important: Believer, Wife, M... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Sandstone 3

3:15pm

2F: Personalization as a Powerful Programming Option

While personalized learning holds promise for meeting student needs, not all districts are ready to move to fully personalized learning environments.  What can educators do when differentiation is challenging to implement and not enough to challenge advanced learners, but the district isn't ready for full-scale implementation of personalized learning? 

Using personalized learning  as a programming option for advanced learners can move student learning to new levels.  Learn how you can personalize learning for advanced learners by setting data-driven targets and including student voice and choice in designing learning options.  Students are engaged and are learning content deeply while developing college and career readiness skills to nurture collaborative 21st century learners.

I will share the process, data, and products of our journey, how I became a facilitator of student learning, and why this model can work for any classroom teacher or gifted education specialist.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Understand the difference between differentiation, individualization, and personalization
  • Understand how personalization can be used to provide appropriate challenge for advanced learners
  • Understand the role of learner agency and student voice and choice in engaging students in their own learning
  • Use assessment data and student learner profiles to help students design learning opportunities.

Speakers
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Laura Borsecnik

Advanced Learning Instruction Coordinator, Stoughton Area School District



Thursday November 16, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Wilderness Ballroom 1

3:15pm

2G: Joyful Living and Learning

Our gifted children face many stresses in the educational environment that impact their capacity for joy. Some are external, some internal. Research in neuroscience has led to conclusive findings regarding the connection between joy and learning.

This session will discuss the importance of joy in a child’s education and life in light of recent brain research. We will also share strategies that will help parents and teachers increase joy in their   gifted and talented children and teens.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Understand the current research in neuroscience that promotes joyful learning practices
  • Identify strategies and resources that promote joyful learning in classrooms and home environments
  • Learn how to effectively advocate for students leveraging research and effective practices that support joyful learning

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Daly

Sharon Daly

Advanced Learning Coordinator, School District of Cambridge
I have been working with advanced learners K-12 for the past 16 years in the School District of Cambridge. I have a GT Coordinator license and a deaf and hard of hearing educator license. Mentoring teachers new to the profession has been a focus area for many years, both through... Read More →



Thursday November 16, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Glacier C-D

3:15pm

2H: Wisconsin’s Javits Grants: Update and Ideas For Your School

Wisconsin currently has two active federal Javits grants for projects related to gifted students.  Both focus on delivering appropriately challenging and culturally relevant instruction within the RtI framework. 

Expanding Excellence is DPI’s grant on mitigating the excellence gap for low-income students and English Language Learners, especially at the primary level. The Smart Spaces grant to UW-Madison/WCATY expands access to high-quality blended curriculum for underrepresented gifted middle school students.

This session will provide an update on each project and will also provide numerous suggestions and strategies based on lessons learned that participants may find useful for implementing gifted programming in their own districts, schools, and classrooms.  Issues addressed will include inclusive identification, programming within the RtI model, and parent involvement.

Participant Outcomes:

 

  • Understand purpose and basic structure of both Javits grants
  • Understand current national emphasis on inclusive gifted education
  • Consider grant student identification strategies for application in own classroom, building, or district
  •  Apply aspects of grant curriculum and programming information to own classroom, building, or district

 

NAGC Standards addressed : 2, 3, 4, 5


Speakers
avatar for Pam Clinkenbeard

Pam Clinkenbeard

Professor, UW-Whitewater
Pamela R. Clinkenbeard, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Foundations at UW-Whitewater.  She teaches courses primarily in educational psychology, educational research, and the psychology and education of gifted and talented students.  Dr. Clinkenbeard completed her master's an... Read More →
avatar for Chrys Mursky

Chrys Mursky

Dr. Chrystyna Mursky has been involved in education for over thirty years and in gifted education for more than twenty years.  As a classroom teacher, she taught mostly science and math at the middle school and high school levels.  She served as a gifted and talented resource teacher and K-12 G/T coordinator in rural, suburban, and urban school districts in... Read More →



Thursday November 16, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Sandstone 9

3:15pm

2I: Project Based Learning in 15 minutes!

(Exhibitor Session) 
The greatest hurdle for incorporating project-based learning in the curriculum is that there is rarely enough time in the school calendar to devote to multiple project based learning experiences. For your gifted and talented students, you want them to have project based learning opportunities, but you just don’t know how to work it into your GT program. Until now.

In this session, Wisconsin Destination Imagination (DI) provides you with an experience every DI team member experiences at every team meeting: an interactive experience of project based learning that is completed within 15 minutes. Our session will provide you with our approach to rapid problem solving project based learning experiences that you can fit in multiple times during the school year.

In this session, you will learn skills – and have FUN!


Exhibitors
avatar for Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination

Affiliate Tournament Director, Wisconsin Destination Imagination, Inc.


Thursday November 16, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Tundra A-B

4:15pm

 
Friday, November 17
 

7:30am

On-Site Conference Registration
Friday November 17, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am
Registration 1

7:30am

Vendor Exhibits
Friday November 17, 2017 7:30am - 2:00pm
Sandstone Ballroom

7:45am

Breakfast
Friday November 17, 2017 7:45am - 8:30am
Hallway

8:30am

Opening Remarks
Speakers
avatar for Heidi Erstad

Heidi Erstad

Technical Assistance Coordinator, Wisconsin RtI Center
I am a Regional Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Wisconsin RtI Center, helping SE Wisconsin schools to implement a multi-level system of support for the success of all of the students they serve. Throughout my career in Wisconsin, I have served as a classroom teacher (all... Read More →
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Lalitha Murali

G/T Resource Teacher, Glendale-River Hills Schools


Friday November 17, 2017 8:30am - 8:45am
Sandstone Ballroom

8:30am

Teen Conference
Find out more about the Teen Conference at http://www.watg.org/teen-conference.html

Friday November 17, 2017 8:30am - 3:00pm
Glacier A-D

8:45am

Keynote with Dr. Foley-Nicpon: Supporting the social and emotional development of high ability and twice-exceptional learners
High ability students, and high ability students with disabilities, may have unique social and emotional profiles in comparison to their peers. In this presentation, I will review research findings regarding the social and emotional needs of high ability students and consider how various aspects of identity may influence development. I will identify potential risk-factors that may impact the psychosocial components of talent development, and how these factors may manifest differently for high ability students with disabilities. Finally, I will suggest research-based strategies and interventions for parents and educators of gifted learners.

Speakers
avatar for Megan Foley-Nicpon

Megan Foley-Nicpon

Associate Professor, University of Iowa
Megan Foley-Nicpon is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology and Associate Director for Research and Clinic at the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, both at the University of Iowa. Dr. Foley-Nicpon’s research and clinical interests include... Read More →



Friday November 17, 2017 8:45am - 10:00am
Sandstone Ballroom

10:00am

Parent meeting room
Parents: Use this board room for close conversations with other parents and professionals.

Friday November 17, 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm
Board Room

10:15am

3A: Recognizing and Serving Twice-Exceptional (2e) Students in Your Classroom
What exactly is twice-exceptionality? How do I help? Where do I get help? These are common questions educators have when they are working with twice-exceptional students. In this presentation, I will describe what it looks like for a high ability student to have ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, or learning differences. I will outline strategies that researchers and practitioners have found effective in meeting their educational and social/emotional needs. I will conclude by offering resources to help teachers feel empowered and successful in their journeys to educate this diverse population of students. 

Speakers
avatar for Megan Foley-Nicpon

Megan Foley-Nicpon

Associate Professor, University of Iowa
Megan Foley-Nicpon is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology and Associate Director for Research and Clinic at the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, both at the University of Iowa. Dr. Foley-Nicpon’s research and clinical interests include... Read More →



Friday November 17, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Tundra C-D

10:15am

3B: Parent to Parent: Sharing Your Wisdom

This session will be a facilitated parent discussion.  Co-facilitators, Dal and Jackie Drummer, Nationally Certified SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted) trainers, will encourage parents to share ideas, information, and the joys and challenges of parenting gifted children and adolescents.

In this session, parents will network, share information and resources in a guided facilitation format.  This session is designed to help parents deal more effectively with the unique social, emotional and learning needs of their gifted child/ren. Community resource ideas, and specific parenting techniques will be explored.


Speakers
avatar for Jackie Drummer

Jackie Drummer

Dal and Jackie are Educational Consultants, specializing in gifted and talented children, the arts, and supporting the emotional needs of gifted individuals. They have 38 years of experience parenting and grand parenting gifted kids, and 75 years of combined experience teaching... Read More →
avatar for Dal Drummer

Dal Drummer

Consultant, Education Works!
Dal and Jackie are Educational Consultants, specializing in gifted and talented children, the arts, and supporting the emotional needs of gifted individuals. They have 38 years of experience parenting and grand parenting gifted kids, and 75 years of combined experience teaching... Read More →


Friday November 17, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Tundra F

10:15am

3C: Building Negotiation Skills to Affect Change

Advocacy for any cause can be both rewarding and overwhelming. Building skills in negotiation can provide a framework to effectively advocate at both the school and district levels. Whether you are a parent, educator or administrator, effective negotiation skills can allow you to be a proactive part of ongoing discussions for including Talented and Gifted education in your district’s priorities and actions.

In this session, we will outline key negotiation factors and how they can be put to practical use as an individual advocate or as part of a larger network of advocates. We will discuss both strategies that have worked and ones that haven't worked to better target time, energy and resources to have the greatest effect.

We will use information from the book "Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In" by Roger Fischer and William Ury and the NAGC Advocacy Toolkit to develop our negotiation and advocacy framework. I will share examples from my experiences as an advocate and consultant in the Madison Metropolitan School District.

Participant Outcomes: 

  • Consider the challenges that Talented and Gifted education face in own school or district 
  • Identify a key entry point into the discussion 
  • Identify 2-3 actions toward negotiating for change

 


Speakers
avatar for Christina Gomez-Schmidt

Christina Gomez-Schmidt

Organizer/Strategist, Madison Partnership for Advanced Learning
I organize a network of parents, educators and community members from across the city of Madison who are interested in improving advanced learning instruction so that more students can access higher levels of learning. I am immersed in the challenges of implementing the MMSD Adv... Read More →



Friday November 17, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Tundra E

10:15am

3D: Differentiation Dilemma! What Does Differentiation Mean for Mathematics Teachers?

Differentiation has been described as one of the most important aspects of effective teaching, especially in the field of gifted education. However, the limits of the process and the factors contributing to effective differentiation is vaguely defined. In this session, Dr. Bahar will discuss the results of his study on teachers' differentiation ability to meet the needs of mathematically gifted students. 

Participant Outcomes:

  • Grow knowledge in use of differentiation strategies through designing differentiated curricula that incorporate advanced, conceptually challenging, in-depth, distinctive, and complex content for students with gifts and talents.
  • Practice how to modify/differentiate instruction processes in middle/high school mathematics classes

NAGC Standards:

Standard 1: Learning and Development: 

  • 1.1.2. Educators assist students with gifts and talents in developing identities supportive of achievement.

Standard 3: Curriculum Planning and Instruction

  • 3.1.4. Educators design differentiated curricula that incorporate advanced,conceptually challenging, in-depth, distinctive, and complex content for students with gifts and talents.

Speakers
KB

Kadir Bahar

Professor, UW-Stevens Point


Friday November 17, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Tundra A-B

10:15am

3E: Climbing the Ladder: Growing through Questioning

Has your team been frustrated in trying to meet the needs of your highest readers? Do you find your curriculum is not providing opportunities for your advanced readers to grow? Do you struggle to measure your most advanced student’s progress in reading because standardized reading bench-marking makes it hard for the most advanced readers to show growth?

Our team has aligned our reading modules to the Jacob's Ladder Skill Progressions developed through the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary for all learners in the classroom. All students in the classroom are provided with modeling, practice, and assessment for each rung of Jacob’s Ladder.

During this session we will focus on planning process, a curriculum overview, as well as provide a sample unit, rubric, and assessment. We will share with you our data success stories and student writing examples. This session will leave you excited to get planning to meet the needs of all learners within your classroom.

Participant Outcomes:
  • Learn about the skill progressions in Jacob’s Ladder and how to teach and assess those skills within their reading curriculum modules to grow all learners in abstract and interpretive thinking
  • Have tools for monitoring the progress of their students on each skill in Jacob’s Ladder progression

Speakers
avatar for Andria Peterson

Andria Peterson

GT Coordinator, Kiel Area School
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Christine Schoenberger

Teacher, Zielanis Elementary School
I have been teaching for the Kiel School District for the last 21 years. Currently I'm teaching fourth grade, but have also taught in 3rd grade.



Friday November 17, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Sandstone 9

10:15am

3F: RtI & Gifted: Using Data for Informed Groupings
Using locally normed data to make informed, responsive groupings is a transformative instructional practice for teachers, students, and school culture.

In this session, participants will:
  • Learn how an elementary school uses data driven grouping to engage all students and foster growth during school wide What I Need times
  • Examine professional development plans, learn about grouping for programming, and gain strategies for data meeting and data driven decision making
  • Hear directly from students and staff members how data driven, responsive grouping changed their educational lives, and 
  • How we are moving this process up to the middle school level.
Participant Outcomes:
  • Leave with a sample implementation calendar, data forms, grouping suggestions, and programming ideas to meet the needs of all students within a building
  • Leave with a data meeting format developed for grouping students based on needs
  • Leave with ideas for intervention programming

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Schams

Jennifer Schams

Teacher of Talented and Gifted, School District of Holmen
Jennifer has been a Title I teacher, a fifth and seventh grade classroom teacher, middle school reading and English as well as high school English. She has been a K-5 Talented and Gifted teacher for the past four years and is enrolled in the Supplementary Teaching License in Gif... Read More →
avatar for Susan Stein

Susan Stein

Teacher of Talented and Gifted, School District of Holmen
Susan is in her seventh year at Holmen Middle School serving as the TAG (Talented and Gifted) teacher. She has also been an ESL teacher, and a long-term substitute teacher in a Spanish bilingual school in Milwaukee and in an elementary school in Grand Rapids, Michigan which was... Read More →
avatar for Christy Wopat

Christy Wopat

4th Grade Teacher, School District of Holmen
Christy is in her 15th year of teaching. She has been an ESL teacher, a French teacher, and now a 4th grade teacher. She has her undergrad in Elementary Education and French from UW-Whitewater, and a Master's Degree in Education from UW-LaCrosse. In her spare time she is also a w... Read More →



Friday November 17, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Sandstone 3

10:15am

3G: Improving Racial Consciousness: Tools, Terms, Protocols and Self Analysis Necessary for Adults and Youth Desiring Equity

Innovation relies on culturally responsive practices teaching and learning.  Few, however, include any analysis of the personal equity analysis necessary to use the white power and privilege most Wisconsin educators were born with to disrupt racism. 

This session will provide a unique view of changing demographics, provide a vocabulary necessary to function in our racialized social world, challenge participants to begin a racial autobiography as well as provide a variety of resources for the journey and the work.  Information on teaching a similar pilot unit to high school students will be described.

NAGC K-12 Programming Standards explicitly addressed in this session:

  • Standard 1: Learning and Development (1.1, 1.2.1, 1.8.2)
  • Standard 3: Curriculum Planning and Instruction (3.3.1)
  • Standard 6: Professional Development (6.1.3, 6.31, 6.3.3) 

Speakers
avatar for Jim Haessly

Jim Haessly

Consultant, CESA #1
Jim Haessly is a semi-retired assistant superintendent of schools who now consults and speaks on topics of race, diversity, equity, and school policy. He is a PBIS coach and works as a professional development specialist at CESA#1. He teaches part time at Waukesha County Technica... Read More →


Friday November 17, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Sandstone 8

11:30am

Lunch/Awards/Annual Meeting
Friday November 17, 2017 11:30am - 12:40pm
Sandstone Ballroom

12:45pm

4A: For Parents - Letting Go While Holding On

The typical teenage urge for independence makes it especially important for parents to be guides-on-the-side as our gifted learners take charge of their own education. Parents will discover ways to help their children negotiate the educational system, creating their own unique routes to graduation and beyond. Letting go while holding on is made easier for both parent and child when, together, we follow the four simple steps to sef-advocacy.

Participant Outcomes:

  •  Recognize the characteristics of their child's learner profile
  • Reflect on their child's rights and responsiblities
  • Match their child's unique learner profile to appropriate programming
  • Recognize other advocates who are part of the support team
  • Create a plan to guide their child toward self-advocacy

Speakers
avatar for Deb Douglas

Deb Douglas

Consultant, GT Carpe Diem, LLC
Author, "The Power of Self-Advocacy for Gifted Learners: teaching the 4 essential steps to success" | Gifted Education Consultant, GT Carpe Diem, LLC | Past President, WATG


Friday November 17, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Tundra E

12:45pm

4B: Harness "Maker Movement Magic" to Differentiate

Are you curious about creating a Makerspace?  Or have you plunged in and are hoping to see what other schools are doing with their spaces?

Then please join us as we share our start up plans, current success stories as well as our honest frustrations as we fine tune our journey into this exciting world of collaboration, creation and differentiation.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Define Makerspaces and the possibilities they can provide
  • Explore how to best integrate this space into curricular areas while maximizing student potential
  • Examine how to utilize community resources to expand your makerspace potential

Speakers
KL

Kristin Lockhart

Talent Development Coordinator, Fox Point Bayside School District
avatar for Amanda Orth

Amanda Orth

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Fox Point-Bayside School District
Amanda Orth works as the Technology Integration and Innovation Coordinator at Fox Point- Bayside School District. She loves coaching teachers and brainstorming new ideas and meaningful ways to integrate technology. She is passionate about 21st century skills, project-based learni... Read More →
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Patty Stark

Talent Development Specialist, Fox Point Bayside School District



Friday November 17, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Tundra C-D

12:45pm

4C: Identifying Gifted English Language Learners

What might a gifted second language learner "look like" in your classroom?  How can you identify second language learners as gifted and talented?  A brief description and overview of English language proficiencies will be explained.  We will examine characteristics that may be displayed in gifted or "high potential" second language learners as presented by two veteran English as a Second Language teachers currently taking courses toward gifted certification.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Gain an awareness of the WIDA Can Do Descriptors and English Language proficiency descriptions
  • Learn about typical language proficiency growth
  • Increase their knowledge about observable characteristics in gifted and "high potential" second language learners

Speakers
avatar for Donna Dawursk

Donna Dawursk

ESL Teacher, Racine Unified School District
I am so excited and honored to be presenting at WATG. I have been in education for 20 years; 18 of those years have been in English as a Second Language. I earned my Masters of Science in Education and ESL certification from UW-Steven's Point. I have taught in Minnesota, Wausa... Read More →
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Pat Lewno

ESL Coordinator, Racine Unified School District



Friday November 17, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Tundra A-B

12:45pm

4D: Challenging Advanced History Learners

Have you wondered what you could be doing in your school to help your advanced learners reach the next level in their historical thinking? If so, you should consider starting a National History Day (NHD) competition at your school.

Middle School History teacher, Linda Garcia and Library Media Specialist, Kelly Steiner work together on their school's NHD program and they will be sharing all the tips and tricks they have learned after four years of implementation.

All 8th grade students complete a project, and then students with interest, passion, and talent are encouraged to continue on to school, regional, and even state level events. Students learn about analysis, crafting thesis statements, finding credible primary and secondary sources, and presenting their findings professionally.

Participant Outcomes:
  • Learn more about the National History Day program
  • See an example of how it has been successfully implemented in a Middle School environment
  • Be able to determine if this program is a fit for their school
  • Get contact information for people at the Wisconsin Historical Society who can help school/district get started
  • Get a look inside a successful program as a model for implementation

Speakers
avatar for Linda Garcia

Linda Garcia

Teacher, Baraboo Schools
I am an 8th grade U.S. History teacher and a National History Day fanatic. I love the program and my husband calls it my "primary hobby." NHD is such a good way to challenge advanced learners in the history classroom. I think teaching students how to find, read, and interpret pri... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Steiner

Kelly Steiner

Middle School Library Media Specialist, Baraboo School District
I am in my 18th year as the Library Media Specialist for Jack Young Middle School in Baraboo, WI. I taught Social Studies and History for eight years before that. How has it been 24 years? Being a Library Media Specialist allows me to continue growing as a teacher, but I also g... Read More →



Friday November 17, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Sandstone 8

12:45pm

4E: Just Do It: How to Design a Kick A** Advanced Learners Program

The presentation will be an overview of how Jack Young Middle School is addressing the curriculum needs of its advanced learners.  Topics of discussion will include, but not be limited to:

  • Student placement determined through data analysis, 
  • Clustering and grade level/course advancement, 
  • Core curriculum selection, 
  • Individualized and personalized learning opportunities, 
  • MTSS for our advanced students, 
  • Emotional and social needs, 
  • Community involvement, and 
  • Professional development. 
We will share many different classroom strategies and system supports for both students and staff.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Learn about a successful school model that addresses the needs of its advanced learners through placement, curriculum, and staff development
  • Leave with ideas for developing individualized and personalized learning units that benefit all learners
  • Povide an authentic account of the essential components needed when developing and/or improving a gifted and talented program at the middle school level

Speakers
SG

Susan Grogan

Middle School Math, Baraboo School District
TM

Teresa McCulloch

English Teacher, GT coach, Baraboo School District


Friday November 17, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Sandstone 3

12:45pm

4F: Early College Opportunities: Pro & Cons - EXHIBITOR SESSION
Starting college classes while in high school is a good way to shorten time to degree and reduce college costs.  Students and their parents need to make informed decisions about the pros and cons of starting college course work early. There are many ways to get college credit in high school. How will it fit into the Academic & Career Plan (ACP)? How does it fit into the high school class and extracurricular schedule? How might it influence college applications, acceptance, and transfers? We will discuss opportunities and things to consider before making this big decision. What if students need to start college coursework before middle school? 

Participant Outcomes:
  • Expand awareness of early college opportunities to incorporate into the Academic & Career Plan.
  • Identify some traits of readiness for college work.
  • Increase awareness of online learning opportunities and how they can blend with a high school schedule. 
NAGC K-12 Programming Standards explicitly addressed in this session: 1,3,5

Speakers
JA

Joyce Atkins

Asst Dean Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, UW Colleges Online
I have 17 years’ experience in gifted education serving two districts as the K-12 GT coordinator and counselor for students in the gifted program.  I joined UW Colleges as the director of a TRIO Upward Bound pre-college program for grades 9-12 and advanced in student affairs leadership from there. I have worked on two campuses and now serve University of Wisconsin Colleges Online. I have a Masters in Educational Psychology with a school counseling emphasis and a Masters in Curriculum... Read More →
MB

Michael Bartlett

Dean, UW Colleges Online
KS

Katie Seibel

Student Affairs Coordinator, UW Colleges Online



Friday November 17, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Sandstone 9

12:45pm

4G: Supporting Your Child's Wellness (DOUBLE SESSION)

As a parent of a gifted child, you know that giftedness affects their whole life, in some positive ways and some challenging ways.  This extended session will provide parents with tools to support their children as they navigate the ups and downs of giftedness.  Topics to be addressed will be typical traits of giftedness, anxiety, depression, self-compassion, building security in one's identity, and whatever other topics would be of help!  The session will include some lecture, some hands-on participation in helpful interventions, and time to support one another on this joyfully complicated parenting experience.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Identify typical traits of gifted children and adolescents
  • Identify symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Implement 3-5 parenting strategies to stabilize mood and manage anxiety

Speakers
avatar for Heather Boorman

Heather Boorman

Therapist, The Fringy Bit & Boorman Counseling
Heather is a homeschooling mom to 3 gifted/2e kids by day and a licensed clinical social worker, writer, & speaker by night. She specializes in supporting neurodiverse families in her therapy practice and at The Fringy Bit blog and podcast.


Friday November 17, 2017 12:45pm - 3:00pm
Tundra F

1:45pm

Sponsored beverage break
Friday November 17, 2017 1:45pm - 2:00pm
Hallway

2:00pm

5A: Fearless (and Guiltless) Advocacy
Advocacy. What do you think of when you hear that word?
  • Meeting with school personnel to get your child evaluated and identified?
  • Investigating school board conversations around gifted education?
  • Writing letters or making phone calls to state and federal lawmakers?

This session will address these questions and more. You will leave with a plan and tools to advocate at the local, state and federal level in a friendly and fearless manner.  

Speakers
avatar for Pam Clinkenbeard

Pam Clinkenbeard

Professor, UW-Whitewater
Pamela R. Clinkenbeard, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Foundations at UW-Whitewater.  She teaches courses primarily in educational psychology, educational research, and the psychology and education of gifted and talented students.  Dr. Clinkenbeard completed her master's an... Read More →
avatar for Deb Kucek

Deb Kucek

Seasoned Parent, Waukesha GT Assessor
Deb Kucek has been advocating for gifted children for more than 25 years - for her own children and for those in her district, region and state. | She is particularly interested in helping others recognize potential in creative thinkers and twice-exceptional students. | As a... Read More →
avatar for Cathy Schmit

Cathy Schmit

Instructor, Nicolet AreaTechnical College
Cathy Schmit (WATG board member) has worked in education for over 25 years. She is currently an instructor at Nicolet Technical College in Rhinelander, WI. She has 8 years of experience in Gifted Education serving as the Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher in the Tomahawk Scho... Read More →



Friday November 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Tundra E

2:00pm

5B: Books, Books, Books! Offering Challenge and Choice

Never have we seen such an explosion of quality young adult literature.  Curating a classroom library or choosing new titles for your curriculum, however, can be a daunting task. 

Let us help by providing you with an overview of over 30 titles published in the past five years that will captivate and challenge your advanced learners.  Specifically, we will feature titles that work well across content areas and titles that feature culturally diverse representation.  Everyone deserves a chance to see herself or himself represented in books! 

Attendees will be provided with a guide for taking notes as we cycle through over 30 book talks.

Participant Outcomes: Our advanced learners are hungry for challenging and engaging books.   Participants will leave empowered to better meet the needs of the adolescents in their life who love to read!


Speakers
avatar for Rita Ehlert

Rita Ehlert

Grade 8 English, Baraboo School District
This is my 18th year teaching in Baraboo, and I still love my job. I am an avid reader and love putting the right books into the hands of my students. In an effort to differentiate instruction in the classroom and to inspire a love of reading amongst our students, we utilize l... Read More →
avatar for Jane McMahon

Jane McMahon

Instructional Coach and Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Baraboo School District
I am currently serving as a K-12 instructional coach. I was an English teacher in Baraboo for 25 years and recently served as Wisconsin's 2014 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year. I am an avid photographer, fly-fisherwoman, and baseball fan.
avatar for Maggie Schumacher

Maggie Schumacher

Literacy Coach, Baraboo School District
I am a middle school literacy coach in my twelfth year in education. Prior to literacy coaching, I worked as a middle school teacher of students with learning disabilities. I love adolescent literature and getting struggling readers hooked on books! I enjoy traveling and explorin... Read More →



Friday November 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Sandstone 3

2:00pm

5C: The State of Gifted Education Underrepresentation and What to do About it

This session will share the Office of Civil Rights Educational Equity Reporting tool as a way for districts to review their own gifted and talented racial / ethnic representation rates. National and state data will be shared (briefly) and then recommendations will be shared for what district and building-level educators can do about this pervasive problem.

Participant Outcomes: 

  • Understand and be able to utilize the OCR Educational Equity Reporting Tool on your own district
  • Understand the current state of racial, ethnic, language, and disability representation in the US.
  • Understand and analyze the various options for addressing underrepresentation in gifted education

Speakers
avatar for Scott Peters

Scott Peters

Associate Professor, UW-Whitewater
Scott J. Peters is an Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and the Richard and Veronica Telfer Endowed Faculty Fellow of Education at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University specializing in gifted and talented education a... Read More →



Friday November 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Tundra C-D

2:00pm

5D: The Power of Culturally Responsive Teaching

Wisconsin's population is growing and becoming more culturally diverse. Many of us find ourselves interacting with students who come from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds. Yet, very often little is done to change the curriculum to address their educational and social-emotional needs. In addition, failing to meet the needs of CLD students also contributes to the issue of underrepresentation in gifted and talented programs.

In this interactive session, educators will engage in exploring the professional dimensions of the Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) model. The purpose of this session is to present CRT practices that enrich the curriculum, hence allowing CLD students to show their true potential. The session will offer educators an opportunity that will focus on the four principles of CRT:

  1. Knowing yourself
  2. Deepening your understanding of CLD students
  3. Creating a supportive classroom environment
  4. Making curricular choices that are culturally responsive

Participant Outcomes:

  • Increase understanding of the CRT model
  • Identify CRT strategies to enrich teaching practice
  • Receive resources, unit plans, examples, and other great ideas from expert teachers who implement CRT practices

Speakers
avatar for German Diaz

German Diaz

Bilingual Educator, Milwaukee Public Schools
My name is German Diaz. I am a 4th grade teacher in the Milwaukee Public School District (MPS). I am a native of Colombia who is passionate about education, social justice and multiculturalism. I have been working with the district for about nine years. My teaching experiences i... Read More →
avatar for Martha Lopez

Martha Lopez

I am a secondary elementary bilingual educator for the Milwaukee Public School District in Wisconsin. I have been working in urban education since 2000. Currently, I am studying Educational Psychology PhD program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. My research focus is achi... Read More →



Friday November 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Tundra A-B

3:00pm

Conference Evaluation
Friday November 17, 2017 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Hallway