Tuesday Ticketed Sessions: 2019 IAG Conference

IAG Conference December 8th-10th: Forty and the Future

2019 IAG Conference

Read Your Way to a Love of Math: Picture Books that Support the Teaching of Higher-Level Mathematics to Young People

Doris Fulwider


Look beyond the pages of a traditional mathematics textbook to expose your young mathematicians to a variety of interesting people and advanced ideas. Experience a collection of picture books that can be utilized in the elementary math classroom to deeply explore the “real-world” side of math. Build a Pythagorean theorem proof; solve the Fibonacci rabbit problem; understand why primes are known as the building blocks of larger numbers; play with circles, triangles, and squares; construct a fractal tetrahedron, while using the basic operations of addition and multiplication to reveal repeating patterns; and, with complete ease, read REALLY big numbers. Activities will be hands-on and interactive, and extension resources for select titles, along with adult book recommendations for further teacher exploration, will be provided. Open a picture book and watch the beauty of math fly off the pages straight into the open minds of your capable and eager students! (Audience: Elementary K-4)

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Inquiry-Based Learning, Developing a Culture of Wonder and Research in the English Language Arts

Dr. Laura Beltchenko


Today’s high ability classroom environments are developing a teaching and learning approach that create a culture of wonder, curiosity, through meaningful instruction and engaged student learning. This session will provide attendees with opportunities to develop a systematic inquiry based approach that creates a culture of asking and answering questions. Transferable evidence-based learning leads to independent investigations and enduring understanding. Models of\ inquiry will be shared, teacher/student collaboration will be explored, and development of Essential Questions from student generated thinking will be highlighted. These inquiry elements will provide advanced and accelerated students with rich learning experiences and transfer their knowledge into authentic learning opportunities. (Audience: Grades 3-8)

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The Beautiful Risk of Inviting Uncertainty into the Classroom

Dr. Ronald Beghetto


How might educators better support creative expression in classroom environments? In this interactive session, we will discuss how taking the beautiful risk of providing students with opportunities to engage with uncertainty can serve as a catalyst for creative expression. This is particularly important give that students learning experiences are often over-planned and predetermined. This session will therefore focus on how educators might use lesson unplanning and legacy projects to establish openings necessary for creative expression. A possibility thinking protocol will also be demonstrated to illustrate how to transform challenges into creative possibilities. (Audience: K-12 educators, Instructional Coaches, Educational Leaders)

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Differentiating Through Concept-Based Instruction and Integrated Planning with English Language Arts

Dr. Tamra Stambaugh


Patterns repeat. Interactions may be positive, negative, or mutually beneficial. Power is connected to a source. How are these generalizations true for a story you are reading, a science experiment you just conducted, and a world event you just studied? Gifted students benefit from engagement with advanced content organized conceptually. Higher level thinking requires students to relate, explain, or create their own generalizations to make meaning of key ideas, topics, concepts and facts. During this session, you will have an opportunity to explore examples sourced from evidence supported English Language Arts (ELA) units and ELA integrated science and/or social studies topics developed through a conceptual lens to add abstractness to lessons and units. Learn how to integrate and plan conceptually and integrate content from multiple disciplines. From the development of generalizations to the use of concept-based assessments, this session will support your own concept-based curriculum planning and instruction and help your students see relationships within and across different disciplines. (Audience: ELA teachers or teachers required to integrate ELA into science and social studies)

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Context Matters: Cultivating Talent in Place

Dr. Amy Price Azano


Guided by research from a 5-year grant focused on supporting gifted education in high-poverty rural schools, this workshop will explore how rural communities can cultivate talent using critical, place-based pedagogy. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue about the affordances and challenges in supporting – and even prioritizing – high-achieving rural students, while also learning practical take-aways they can implement in their schools. The hands-on format will give participants an opportunity to explore their own practices and how they might explore new opportunities. Workshop objectives include: providing an overview of rural gifted education; engaging participants with current and proposed place-based practices; and offering practical takeaways related to cultivating rural talent by exploring the power of place. The learning targets for this session include, providing the audience with: (1)An argument for why cultivating talent in rural communities should be a priority; (2)Evidence to support the notion that place matters in educating rural youth; (3)An opportunity for innovation as participants discuss, critique, and plan their own place-based practices; and (4)Practical resources for implementing these local and place-specific ideas in their classes and schools. (Audience: All)

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Quality Curriculum and Instruction for Advanced Learners: A Look at Essential Elements

Dr. Jann Leppien


A general principle of education is that curriculum should address and thus respect individual learner characteristics. Curriculum designed to be a catalyst for developing advanced capacity in young people must be flexible enough to provide them with appropriate challenge and support at all points in their evolution as learners. This session will share examples of curricular planning tools, instructional pedagogies, and practices that can be used to design curricular options for advanced level students. Come ready to think about how you can redesign an instructional unit for more depth and complexity. (Audience: K-12 teachers, gifted education specialists)

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Utilizing instructional Strategies to Challenge Young Gifted Learners

Dr. Ellen Honeck


Providing and using high quality culturally responsive curriculum is necessary for the 21st century. This session is specifically geared toward early childhood and primary classroom teachers. It will focus on concrete instructional strategies and activities to challenge young gifted and high ability children in the regular and pull out classroom. Identifying and recognizing instructional strategies within the four areas of differentiation– content, process, product, and environment- should be incorporated when planning lessons. Strategies, tools and activities will be shared across differentiation and content areas including language arts, math, science and social studies as well as integrated hands on lessons, activities and projects. Sample activities, curriculum materials, and resources will be shared so educators have something to take back to the classroom and put into practice. These strategies will engage students in an effort to foster growth and meet the unique needs of the young gifted learner! (Audience: Early Childhood and Primary Teachers, GT and Curriculum Coordinators)

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STEM: U-STARS~PLUS: Underrepresented Students and their Families

Dr. Mary Ruth Coleman


Partnering with families provides the warp-around support that students need to be successful. But, engaging families in meaningful was can be challenging. This interactive session will explore benefits and barriers to building and sustaining family partnerships. We will share and discuss strategies to eliminate deficit thinking, activate involvement, and engage families in supporting their child’s academic success. U-STARS~PLUS family science take home packets will be shared as one approach to family engagement. (Audience: K-3, Family Engagement, Action Planning)

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The Many Faces of Giftedness

Dr. Edward R. Amend


Gifted children come in many shapes and sizes. They sometimes do amazing things that make us smile. Other times, they say things in public that make us cringe because their judgment is not always as advanced as their intellect. Some gifted youngsters—the twice-exceptional—come with additional challenges. When they struggle, it can make us worry and cry. As these gifted children grow, it is our guidance that helps them understand and face the challenges of growing up gifted. This session explores the lives of gifted youngsters through case examples, guiding you on a journey through the joys and pitfalls of teaching and raising challenging, gifted children. (Audience: All)

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Creating a Smart Digital Footprint with Student Social Entrepreneurship

Ginger Lewman


In schools, we hear a lot about being safe online, how to not be a bully, and about not posting things we don’t want shared. But in today’s world, Social Media is THE key to breaking out and building the foundation to whatever your goals are. We HAVE to use it if we’re going to accomplish anything meaningful. Are you connecting with the right folks? How do you know who the right folks are? And how do you create a digital footprint that doesn’t just follow you, but leads you down the path to your dreams? Let’s gather ideas, learn some tools, and strategize! (Audience: K-12 Teachers, Administrators, Students, Parents)

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High Ability Coordinator 101

Dr. Kristie Speirs Neumeister and Dr. Ginny Burney


This session, designed for new high ability coordinators, will provide hands-on guidance to understand the practical responsibilities of the coordinator. This session will focus on: Requirements and recommended processes for identification and services of high ability students, ideas for creating an effective Broad-Based Planning Committee, curricular materials for high ability education, and tips for collecting and interpreting data related to high ability identification and performance.

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Underachievement: What Every Educator Needs to Know

Dr. Jennifer Ritchotte


She just doesn't like school anymore. He used to seem more motivated. I don't know what to do! Being labeled “gifted” does not automatically imply that students will be engaged in learning or achieve to their fullest potential in school. In this session, we will explore why gifted students underachieve and discuss strategies that you can use to help address your students’ underachieving behaviors (Audience: Teachers, Administrators, School Counselors, School Pyschologists, Parents)

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