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Thursday, November 16
 

8:30am CST

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 Dr. Richard Cash

Dr. Richard Cash

Educator, Author, Consultant, nRich Educational Consulting
Dr. Richard M. Cash is an award-winning educator, author, and consultant who has worked in the field of education for more than 30 years. His range of experience includes teaching, curriculum development, program administration, and professional coaching. His work has taken him throughout... Read More →


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

8:30am CST

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, LLCPast President, WATG



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

8:30am CST

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, Mommy... Read More →


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

2:00pm CST

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 thinking... Read More →


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

2:00pm CST

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 Elementary... Read More →



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

3:15pm CST

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 classroom... Read More →
KZ

Kelly Zaletel

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 teaching... Read More →



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

3:15pm CST

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 Pamela Clinkenbeard

Pamela Clinkenbeard

Professor, University of Wisconsin-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 and... 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... Read More →



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

3:15pm CST

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 and Events Director, Wisconsin Destination Imagination


Thursday November 16, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm CST
Tundra A-B
 
Friday, November 17
 

10:15am CST

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 Dal/Jackie Drummer

Dal/Jackie Drummer

Consultants, 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 42 years of experience parenting and grand parenting gifted kids, and 94 years of combined experience teaching... 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. Additionally... Read More →


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

2:00pm CST

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 Pamela Clinkenbeard

Pamela Clinkenbeard

Professor, University of Wisconsin-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 and... 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 WATG board... Read More →
avatar for Cathy Schmit

Cathy Schmit

WATG Board President and Adjunct Instructor, Nicolet AreaTechnical College
Cathy Schmit (WATG board president) has worked in education for over 25 years. She is currently an adjunct instructor with Nicolet Technical College in Rhinelander, WI. She has many years of experience in Gifted Education serving as the Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher in a... Read More →



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