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Thursday, November 16
 

8:30am CST

PRECON1: (Additional Fee Required) Differentiating UP Through Advanced Levels of Questioning (Richard Cash)
(Additional Fee Required) All children deserve an exceptional learning experience. To provide for a quality education, we must be attentive to the differences of our students. Gifted learners generally possess rapid acquisition of fundamental knowledge; advanced abilities within and across disciplines; and learn through holistic conceptual understandings.  Based on their sophisticated learning processes, more advanced levels of questioning must be employed, whether in the general classroom, pull-out/enrichment programs (before, during or after school) or in specialized settings.
This session will demonstrate how to adjust and modify “up” curriculum and instructional practices to best meet the needs of gifted learners.  Join Dr. Richard Cash, an internationally recognized expert in gifted education and differentiation, as he shows you five ways to create advanced levels of questions. You are sure to leave this workshop with materials that can be put to practice immediately. Come prepared to engage in learning activities that will extend and enhance current curriculum for gifted and advanced learners

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Richard Cash

Dr. Richard Cash

Educator, Author, Consultant, nRich Educational Consulting
Dr. Richard M. Cash is an award-winning educator, author, and consultant who has worked in the field of education for more than 30 years. His range of experience includes teaching, curriculum development, program administration, and professional coaching. His work has taken him throughout... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 8:30am - 11:30am CST
Wilderness Ballroom 1/4

8:30am CST

PRECON2: (Additional Fee Required) Empowering Gifted Students' Self­ Advocacy
(Additional Fee Required) Learn the why, how, what, and when of helping gifted students take charge of their own educations. While everything that affects gifted programming - laws, funding, initiatives, curriculum, instruction, administrators, teacher education, etc - is often in flux, we can help each gifted learner find their own most appropriate, intentional, steady path toward graduation and beyond.

We'll take a look at what the students themselves have to say about their needs and desire to find a unique route to graduation and beyond.  And if you’re interested in facilitating your own GT Carpe Diem self-advocacy workshop, you'll discover the information, insights, and tools you need. You may even learn more about your own learner profile as we try out some of the student activities.


Participant Outcomes:
  • Understand the rights and responsibilities of gifted students
  • Learn how to assess the five areas of a learner profile
  • Recognize student characteristics that match specific programming options
  • Consider how all stakeholders in the district can play a role in students' self­-advocacy
  • Successfully plan and facilitate a workshop for gifted students
  • Learn to modify the workshop activities for other instructional models
NAGC K­12 Programming Standards explicitly addressed in this session:
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.7
4.1, 4.2, 4.3
5.5, 5.7
6.1, 6.2

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



Thursday November 16, 2017 8:30am - 11:30am CST
Tundra A-B

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

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

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

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

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

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

3A: Recognizing and Serving Twice-Exceptional (2e) Students in Your Classroom
What exactly is twice-exceptionality? How do I help? Where do I get help? These are common questions educators have when they are working with twice-exceptional students. In this presentation, I will describe what it looks like for a high ability student to have ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, or learning differences. I will outline strategies that researchers and practitioners have found effective in meeting their educational and social/emotional needs. I will conclude by offering resources to help teachers feel empowered and successful in their journeys to educate this diverse population of students. 

Speakers
avatar for Megan Foley-Nicpon

Megan Foley-Nicpon

Associate Professor, University of Iowa
Megan Foley-Nicpon is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology and Associate Director for Research and Clinic at the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, both at the University of Iowa. Dr. Foley-Nicpon’s research and clinical interests include... Read More →



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

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

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

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

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