Loading…
WATG2017 has ended

Sign up or log in to bookmark your favorites and sync them to your phone or calendar.

Creativity [clear filter]
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 →


WATG 17 pptx

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

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

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

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

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, Mommy... Read More →


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

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
 

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 →
PS

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

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

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