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Early Childhood/K-2 [clear filter]
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

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

1B: Meeting the Needs of Gifted Readers

In this session participants will be introduced to the Integrated Curriculum Model.  We will spend time with quality literature and will look at some concrete tools that students can use to align with the analytical, communication, and reasoning skills that they need in order to learn at high levels.  Participants will engage in literary analysis as they explore content from Language Arts Curriculum developed at The Center for Gifted Education.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Learn about the Integrated Curriculum Model.
  • Read and discuss advanced literature.
  • Discuss the needs of high-ability readers.
  • Participate in literary analysis and interpretation activities.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Bakker

Ann Bakker

Consultant, Kendall Hunt Publishing



Thursday November 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Wilderness Ballroom 4

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

1E: Nurturing the Path to Achievement

Parents and teachers want children to embrace challenges. Children that acquire positive strategies to face challenges can build lifelong achievement habits and open vast possibilities for their future.

But challenges can sometimes produce negative emotions and some advanced learners develop behavioral strategies to help them avoid challenges and the accompanying negative feelings.  These challenge-avoidance strategies can lead to underachievement and the Impostor Syndrome.

In this session, we will identify some of the negative responses caused by challenges, some causes of the negative emotions, and offer positive strategies for dealing with the frustration that comes with challenges. Participants will learn about the importance of encountering challenge at an early age, as well as use an emotion identification scale and problem solving strategy charts to help children handle feelings that surge through them when encountering challenges.

Participant Outcomes

  • Learn about the Impostor Syndrome and growth mindset
  • Learn to identify the negative strategies children are using to avoid challenges
  • See how early responses to frustration can lead to lifelong values that can be positive or negative
  • Identify tools and strategies to help children learn to embrace challenges

Speakers
avatar for Carol Greig

Carol Greig

Advanced Learner Resource Teacher, McFarland School District
Carol Greig is an experienced, innovative, and enthusiastic educator. She is in her eighth year as an advanced learner resource teacher in the McFarland School District's Primary School. Prior to that, she completed over thirty years as an elementary classroom teacher. An interest... Read More →



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

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 →
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

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

3B: Parent to Parent: Sharing Your Wisdom

This session will be a facilitated parent discussion.  Co-facilitators, Dal and Jackie Drummer, Nationally Certified SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted) trainers, will encourage parents to share ideas, information, and the joys and challenges of parenting gifted children and adolescents.

In this session, parents will network, share information and resources in a guided facilitation format.  This session is designed to help parents deal more effectively with the unique social, emotional and learning needs of their gifted child/ren. Community resource ideas, and specific parenting techniques will be explored.


Speakers
avatar for Dal/Jackie Drummer

Dal/Jackie Drummer

Consultants, Education Works!
Dal and Jackie are Educational Consultants, specializing in gifted and talented children, the arts, and supporting the emotional needs of gifted individuals. They have 42 years of experience parenting and grand parenting gifted kids, and 94 years of combined experience teaching... 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 →


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

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

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

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

4C: Identifying Gifted English Language Learners

What might a gifted second language learner "look like" in your classroom?  How can you identify second language learners as gifted and talented?  A brief description and overview of English language proficiencies will be explained.  We will examine characteristics that may be displayed in gifted or "high potential" second language learners as presented by two veteran English as a Second Language teachers currently taking courses toward gifted certification.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Gain an awareness of the WIDA Can Do Descriptors and English Language proficiency descriptions
  • Learn about typical language proficiency growth
  • Increase their knowledge about observable characteristics in gifted and "high potential" second language learners

Speakers
avatar for Donna Dawursk

Donna Dawursk

ESL Teacher, Racine Unified School District
I am so excited and honored to be presenting at WATG. I have been in education for 20 years; 18 of those years have been in English as a Second Language. I earned my Masters of Science in Education and ESL certification from UW-Steven's Point. I have taught in Minnesota, Wausau... Read More →
PL

Pat Lewno

ESL Coordinator, Racine Unified School District



Friday November 17, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
Tundra A-B

12:45pm CST

4G: Supporting Your Child's Wellness (DOUBLE SESSION)

As a parent of a gifted child, you know that giftedness affects their whole life, in some positive ways and some challenging ways.  This extended session will provide parents with tools to support their children as they navigate the ups and downs of giftedness.  Topics to be addressed will be typical traits of giftedness, anxiety, depression, self-compassion, building security in one's identity, and whatever other topics would be of help!  The session will include some lecture, some hands-on participation in helpful interventions, and time to support one another on this joyfully complicated parenting experience.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Identify typical traits of gifted children and adolescents
  • Identify symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Implement 3-5 parenting strategies to stabilize mood and manage anxiety

Speakers
avatar for Heather Boorman

Heather Boorman

Therapist, The Fringy Bit
Heather Boorman is a homeschooling mom and therapist who specializes in supporting families living with the joys and challenges of atypical developmental needs. Additionally, Heather is the author of The Gifted Kids Workbook (August 2018) and writes & podcasts at The Fringy Bit to... Read More →


Friday November 17, 2017 12:45pm - 3:00pm CST
Tundra F

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 →
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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 →
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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
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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