Tuesday Ticketed Sessions: 2021 IAG Conference

IAG Conference December 5th-7th: Innovation + Technology

2021 IAG Conference

The 2e Student: Instructional Strategies

Michael Postma

The 2e student is a paradox. Gifted in some areas and strong in others, they often appear average to the untrained eye as they struggle to compensate for their weaknesses. As such, they can be seen as  inconsistent, lazy, stubborn, unproductive, and even adversarial in the classroom. As educators, it is our  responsibility to ensure growth in all of our children both academically and emotionally and that is the key: stable emotional development will lead to academic success. But how? This interactive workshop outlines who the 2e learner is, the challenges they present in the classroom, and strategies to allow them to thrive while still remediating their deficits.

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A Review of Resources to Engage Mathematically Gifted Students

Scott Chamberlin

Selecting resources to challenge mathematically gifted students is an integral process that should be conducted with a high degree of thought, and it must be deliberate. Once students’ needs are assessed, mathematical tasks and emphases can be identified, using a host of resources. Few curricula are altogether perfect and consequently, they must be bolstered with supplementary materials in an attempt to refine learning episodes. Following a discussion of the aforementioned topics, multiple resources will be discussed that are easily accessible by educators of advanced mathematics students. Once the resources are shared, an approach to identify the requisite ones for the instructor is discussed.

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Survival Skills for the Differentiated Classroom

Tracy Inman

Children thrive in an appropriately differentiated learning environment; therefore, it's vital that educators learn survival skills, especially when differentiating for advanced students, so the educators thrive as well. From establishing and managing a classroom conducive to effective differentiation to instructional dimensions and learner outcomes, these survival strategies benefit both students and teachers.

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Lori Desautels

Join Dr. Lori Desautels to deepen your understanding of the science beneath behaviors and emotions that are affected by adversities much like the pandemic we are all experiencing at this time! Our brain's ancient system, the brain-stem, is a grand central station for all of the external and internal experiences we encounter. It immediately makes associations to past events or experiences that may be unconscious, and then we find ourselves feeling anxious, panicky, worried or shut down. This emotional experience can create behavioral challenges as the regulation set points move into lower brain regions. Engage with Lori to learn new brain-aligned strategies for meeting students in brain development promoting lasting behavioral changes and the healthy regulation of the nervous systems. This new lens for relational discipline is effective and supportive for all students! This shift takes leadership and begins with regulated adult brain states.

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Challenging the Paradigm: Increasing the Representation of African American Males in Gifted Education

James Moore

In the education literature, there is little data, if any, that closely examines the extent to which African American males are represented in gifted education programs among the nation's largest, school districts. In this session, the presenter will present data that illustrate dismal education trends of African American males in gifted education programs, particularly in some of the nation's largest school systems. Additionally, he will provide explanations on why African American males are poorly represented in gifted education programs and offer specific recommendations on how to increase the representation of African American males in such academic accelerated programs.

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Equitable Identification Strategies and Program Models That Support Low Income Gifted Students

Paula Olszewski-Kubilius

In this session, we will discuss some of the challenges in identifying students with gifted potential who come from low income backgrounds as well as strategies that have proven effective and equitable based on research. Strategies include the use of local norms, universal screening, nonverbal tests, and domain-oriented tests. We will also discuss the implications of these identification strategies for selection of program models and illustrate with several models that have been implemented and shown success with students from low income backgrounds.

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Vertical Differentiation: Strategies to Stretch and Challenge High-Potential Students

Emily Mofield

This session highlights the use of engaging critical and creative thinking stretch prompts that can be used to stimulate and challenge gifted students in their learning. These strategies can be used as vertical differentiation to dial up instruction, assignments, and tasks to ignite inquiry and deeper learning. Learn to apply these ideas with concrete examples applied across various content areas and grade levels. An emphasis is placed on providing scaffolds and supports for students from underrepresented groups.

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Assessing Program Effectiveness

Kristie Speirs Neumeister and Ginny Burney

High Ability Coordinators and Administrators will learn how to conduct a thorough evaluation of their high ability program to determine its effectiveness. In this session, participants will learn methods for organizing the evaluation, types of data to collect, and how to interpret and use findings to direct program improvement. Tips for success and pitfalls to avoid will be shared.

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