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Thursday, November 16
 

8:30am CST

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 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 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 →



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

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

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 →
SS

Sarah Smith

Coordinator of Language Acquisition, Kenosha Unified School District



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

3:15pm CST

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 CST
Tundra C-D

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

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

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

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
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Katie Seibel

Student Affairs Coordinator, UW Colleges Online



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

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

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 Dr. Scott Peters

Dr. Scott Peters

Associate Professor
Scott J. Peters is a 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 and applied research... Read More →



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