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Thursday, November 16
 

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

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 Dean Miller

Kevin Dean Miller

Author/Founder/Director, Know Power, Know Responsibility LLC
I founded Know Power, Know Responsibility to help everyone unleash their potential. I am on a mission to help all communities design a school model that will unleash every child’s potential. My journey has included being a student, teacher, principal, charter school developer, education... Read More →



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

2:00pm CST

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 interest... Read More →



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

2:00pm CST

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 Edward Zaccaro

Edward Zaccaro

Retired teacher/Author, Hickory Grove Press
Ed is a popular presenter at math, homeschool and gifted education conferences around the country and has approached gifted education as a parent, teacher, and school board member. His students will testify to his ability to make math fun and challenging for them as well as his unique... Read More →


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

2:00pm CST

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 Potential... Read More →


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

3:15pm CST

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 new... Read More →


Elsa pdf

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

3:15pm CST

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 aspect... Read More →
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Sarah Smith

Coordinator of Language Acquisition, Kenosha Unified School District



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

3:15pm CST

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 CST
Glacier C-D

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

10:15am CST

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, Madison Partnership for Advanced Learning
As an education advocate and consultant, Christina is dedicated to working with school systems to improve advanced instructional opportunities for students from all backgrounds. She sees this work as a critical part of strengthening public education. She likes to discuss public education... Read More →



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

10:15am CST

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 CST
Tundra A-B

10:15am CST

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
JH

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 Technical... Read More →


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

12:45pm CST

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, LLCPast President, WATG


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

12:45pm CST

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

Director of Technology, 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 learning... Read More →
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Patty Stark

Talent Development Specialist, Fox Point Bayside School District



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

12:45pm CST

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 primary... 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 get... Read More →



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

12:45pm CST

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... 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 CST
Sandstone 9

12:45pm CST

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
Heather Boorman is a homeschooling mom and therapist who specializes in supporting families living with the joys and challenges of atypical developmental needs. Additionally, Heather is the author of The Gifted Kids Workbook (August 2018) and writes & podcasts at The Fringy Bit to... Read More →


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

2:00pm CST

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 literature... 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 exploring... Read More →



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