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Thursday, November 16
 

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

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

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
MG

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 year... 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 teacher... 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 CST
Sandstone 9

2:00pm CST

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

Advanced Learning Teacher, Evansville Community School Distrcit



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

2:00pm CST

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 CST
Sandstone 3

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

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

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

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
 
Friday, November 17
 

10:15am CST

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 Gifted... Read More →
avatar for Susan Stein

Susan Stein

Teacher of Talented and Gifted, School District of Holmen
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 writer... Read More →



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

12:45pm CST

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 CST
Sandstone 3

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 Scott Peters

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