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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

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

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

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
 
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

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