KAGE Annual Conference 2017 Tuesday

conflogo1KAGE Annual Conference 2017, February 27-28, 2017
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Schedule of Events and Session Descriptions

7:00 am, Registration Desk Opens
7:30 am, Continental Breakfast
7:30 am, KAGE Business Meeting
8:00 – 9:15 am, General Session
     • KAGE  Service and Advocacy Awards presentation
     • KAGE  Distinguished Student Award presentation
     • Keynote Address, Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen L. Pruitt, Ed.D.
8:00 am – 2:30 pm, Visit the Exhibits
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, Undergraduate & Graduate Student Poster Sessions
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, Concurrent Sessions (see below)
2:30 – 3:30 pm, KDE Update with KATHIE ANDERSON, KDE Consultant for Gifted and Talented Education

Concurrent Sessions (one hour sessions) – You do not need to pre-register for Tuesday concurrent sessions.  Topics include: Differentiating Curriculum, Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted, Advocacy, Grouping, Mind-Sets, Innovative Practices, Critical Thinking, Leadership, Creativity, Finding Resources, Project-Based Learning, Twice-Exceptional, Questioning Techniques, and more.

Tuesday sessions and times (Eastern Time Zone) are listed below.  Sessions and times are subject to change. 

9:30-10:20 a.m.

  • Thinking About Nothing: Lessons Learned Being a “2E” student, JACK BRADLEY, Jack in Chief, JackBeNimble – I will share some of my experiences and insights as a “2E”student at Manual HS. I spend 1/2 my day in accelerated classes and the other half in special ed. We’ll have an interactive dialogue so that at the end, I hope you will have experienced a little bit of my world as a “gifted” student with autism and Tourette’s.

  • Teaching Like Lucy: 5-Minute Interventions to Calm Students and Build Relationships, LISA VAN GEMERT, Educational Consultant, GiftedGuru.com – Taking a page of out Lucy’s playbook from Peanuts, we’ll explore some tips and tricks for embracing five-minute opportunities to meet the needs of students. Get dozens of resources and strategies you can use to get a read on your students, calm a tense moment (even if it’s your own!), and deepen your relationships to make the classroom safe.

  • Individual Assessment of Gifted Students, EDWARD R. AMEND, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, Amend Psychological Services, PSC – Individualized assessment, including intellectual, academic, and behavioral testing, provides a wealth of information about strengths and weaknesses as well as learning styles and can be a valuable tool for educational planning for gifted students.  The presentation will cover assessment issues in general, and some of the specific information that can be gained from assessment and the implications for educational planning.  The discussion includes instruments such as the Stanford-Binet, the Wechsler Scales, the Woodcock Johnson, and behavioral measures.

  • Differentiation of Learning Preferences: A practical approach! RICHARD D. COURTRIGHT, Gifted Education Research Specialist, Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) – Carol Ann Tomlinson’s recommendations for differentiation are predicated upon recognizing student readiness, interests and learning preferences, including learning styles. This session will present a description of learning styles and the impact that individual differences can have on the instructional process. Participants will receive a brief overview of learning styles in general. Three major models will be considered – Dunn & Dunn, Myers-Briggs, and Gregorc – with the Gregorc conceptualization taking the dominant role in the presentation. The rationale for using the Gregorc approach to style can guide teachers in a practical approach to differentiate for their students. Understanding of style differences may also explain why your in-laws drive you crazy!

  • Benefits of Experiential Learning – A Student Perspective, DR. LYNETTE BREEDLOVE, Director, DR. DERICK B. STRODE, Assistant Director of Academic Services, and SENIOR STUDENTS, The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science – Students benefit from experiential learning in ways that transcend gains in academic knowledge or skill development. Students at The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science will reflect on their experiences participating in mentored research projects and study abroad programs, sharing first-person narrative to learning in non-traditional settings. Recognizing that experiential learning settings exist in each of our Kentucky communities, this session will guide participants through considerations of how to integrate experiential learning in their own classrooms and schools.

  • Planning for Inclusion of Creative Thinking in the Regular Curriculum: A Workshop, DR. TAYLOR THOMPSON, Professor of Graduate Education, Georgetown College – Each participant will choose one from among 10 lesson descriptions which differ by topic and grade level. Participants will improve the chosen lessons to include creative thinking. After a short presentation of a model for including creative thinking, they will use a checklist to refine their initial proposals. Sharing will follow

10:30-11:20 a.m.

  • The Neglected Intelligences: Teaching Emotional Intelligence and Empathy, MICHAEL MELTON, Athletic Administrator, Letcher County Central High School, Letcher County Schools, and AMBER MAGGARD, LPP, Kentucky River Community Care, Director of Children and Family Services  – The importance of teaching emotional intelligence and empathy constructs appears to be of a greater necessity than ever before. As we advance further in the 21st century it appears that we are becoming a disconnected society and are evolving into an emotional and empathetically challenged culture.

  • Resource-o-Rama, LISA VAN GEMERT, Educational Consultant, GiftedGuru.com – Teachers need tools! This workshop shares 30 tips and tools teachers can use in their classrooms immediately. A blend of technology and solid, research-based techniques, the tools shared will have teachers itching to try them out right away.

  • Identifying Gifted Students from Underrepresented Populations, TYLER CLARK, World Council for Gifted and Talented Children and JENNIFER SHEFFIELD, Green River Regional Educational Cooperative – Students from minority populations are being overlooked in gifted programs around the country. To increase the diversity of our gifted programs, identification processes must begin to be more inclusive. This presentation will explore strategies districts can implement to more equitably identify students from underserved populations.

  • Literature in the Middle School Language Arts Classroom, GENEVIEVE JENKINS, Gifted Coordinator and Instructor, and KAY HEDRICK, Teacher, Rowan County Middle School – This session will present a discussion regarding the integration of various book titles into the advanced language arts classes at Rowan County Middle School. From picture books to advanced level literature, all materials used in the classroom will be shared.

  • Reaching for the Golden Ring – What Does it Take?, NICHOLAS KESSINGER, HUNTER MATTHEWS, and KAITLYN WHEELER, Senior Students, Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, and DR. MICHAEL KESSINGER, Advisor, Assistant Professor of Education, Morehead State University – Each year applications to the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics increase, but only a limited number of juniors are accepted. Two students from Craft will present their original research related to the academic characteristics of those previously accepted into the Craft Academy.

  • Fun Real-World Independent Projects That Enrich and Inspire, MELANIE BONDY, Author and Educator, Mind Vine Press – Engage your gifted students with choice-based, interdisciplinary in-depth projects that differentiate and develop personal goals. Through real-world topics and inquiry-based problem solving, students integrate research, critical thinking, technology and creativity. Experienced teacher discusses creation, implementation and management. View student portfolios, be inspired, and receive information to use now.

11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

  • Using Mindfulness in the Classroom, ANTONIA (TONI) SZYMANSKI, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Gifted Studies, Western Kentucky University – Gifted children often experience intense emotional responses to the world. Learning mindfulness techniques through games and short exercises allows gifted children the opportunity to develop skills that offer a respite when children feel overwhelmed. The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how mindfulness can be used in the classroom through discussion and hands-on experiences.

  • Grouping without Fear: Grouping (and Ungrouping) of Gifted Students, LISA VAN GEMERT, Educational Consultant, GiftedGuru.com – Would you like to learn ways to move students in and out of groups flexibly and effectively? Would you like to know what the research says about productive grouping? This workshop explores grouping in the real world classroom in a way that builds camaraderie and saves time. Take away great ideas and an understanding of when to use what!

  • Acceleration Realities—Pacing Provides the MatchJAN LANHAM, Educational Consultant, It’s All About Education –  Educational best-practice matches instruction to student readiness and many acceleration practices are low-cost, meaningful strategies to improve that match. Participants will explore research-based best-practice around the multiple acceleration options available. Working in the context of dos and don’ts of practical application, participants will be equipped with knowledge that can help serve high ability students.

  • Force and Motion, DENISE ZIGLER, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools – Increase your understanding of and comfort with the nature of science and the scientific process through the context of an interesting real-world scientific interactive hands-on lesson, as we zoom in on Newton’s Laws through the force and motion of Hot Wheels cars. You will learn science concepts that you can use to engage your students in their learning experiences.

  • Implementing a high quality school-wide enrichment program, ANN H. BURNSAssistant Professor, and SARAH SHAFFER, Assistant Professor, Model Laboratory School, Eastern Kentucky University – Model Laboratory and EKU worked together to develop a school-wide intervention and enrichment program to develop all elementary students academically to his/ her highest level. The Model Lab School Gifted Coordinator and College of Education Assistant Professor will present an overview of the process, an update of their progress, and developments since implementation of the plan last school year.

  • Student-Created Rubrics, TODD STANLEY, Author and Gifted Services Coordinator, Pickerington (Ohio) Schools – Join this workshop for ideas and tips on teaching students how to create their own rubrics. By allowing students to create their own rubrics, teachers will have a variety of products students can choose to display mastery, be able to provide clear expectations since students are developing them, make the subjective more objective, and empower students in their learning by giving them more responsibility.

12:30-1:20 p.m.

  • Principles of Fearless Leadership, JOSEPH GULINO, Principal of Gulinogroup & Fearless Leadership Consulting – The points presented in this conference session, are based on the reality that everyone is a leader at some time in his or her career. A leader can be anyone who has goals to accomplish and who works with others. A leader is NOT just a person with a title. If we expect our students/children to grow up be the movers and shakers of the future, we need to introduce them to and help them develop solid leadership skills. With that, we need to be exposed to, know, and understand these skills ourselves. In this interactive presentation, participants will be asked to share their wisdom, experiences and personal or organizational successes as well.

  • Awakening Higher Level Learning through Differentiated Social Studies Instruction,  KIMBERLY CLAYTON-CODE, Ph.D., and DR. SARAH RUNGE, Northern Kentucky University – A natural alignment exists between the content and instruction of social studies and differentiated curricula and content for gifted and talented students. In this interactive session, we will explore ways that you can use social studies to develop complex concepts, critical thinking, and research skills of your gifted students. Specific resources, activities, and lessons will be shared.

  • Blending for the Brightest: Using Blending Learning to Bring out the Best in Gifted Students, TERRY WALTHER, NBCT, Gifted & Talented Teacher, West and East Middle Schools, LEAH WILSON, Gifted & Talented Teacher, Collins High School, and KATHIE WRIGHTSON, NBCT, Gifted & Talented Teacher, Shelby County High School, Shelby County Public Schools – Through blended learning, gifted students experience innovative ways to be challenged and engaged in their classes. Participants will experience hands-on opportunities to explore how blended learning might extend and supplement gifted education curriculum. For teachers working with Core Content, Leadership, Creativity, and Fine Arts, blended learning strategies can be a very efficient way to reach these bright students.

  • Addressing the Excellence Gap with Project RAP, LA’TONYA FRAZIER-GOATLEY, LINDSAY BOYCE, KATIE DUVALL, JENNIFER STITH, and HALEY YORK, Javits Grant, Jefferson County Schools – This session presents information and preliminary findings from Project Reaching Academic Potential (RAP). Project RAP is a multi-site collaborative effort aimed at increasing early identification of underrepresented students for primary talent pool services in Kentucky. Participants will learn more about Project RAP, including program components and the challenges and rewards of providing enrichment services within Title One schools.

  • Supporting Students Identified as Twice Exceptional, DR. LAURA CLARKE and DR. DUSTY COLUMBIA EMBURY, Eastern Kentucky University – Supporting students identified as Twice Exceptional (gifted and with a disability) can be twice as challenging. In this session, we’ll address learner characteristics, focus on strengths and needs, and develop strategies. Session will include resources to evaluate skills, state and federal resources, and plan development for students/district. Participants will receive web/ app links/ resources, and action plan templates.

  • Servicing Gifted and Talented High School Students Through Dual Credit Opportunities, LEANN PICKERILL and MARISSA HANCOCKKentucky Department of Education Career and Technical Office – Did you know that Governor Bevin enacted legislation that provides a scholarship for dual credit learning for high school students to acquire up to 9 hours of college credit prior to graduation?  All dual credit courses are not created equal. Learn how to maximize this student opportunity by ensuring course sequences transfer among colleges.  Determine appropriate pathways to stretch the dual credit scholarship for students. Learn about quality determinations related to dual credit.  Understand the intent and use of the statewide general education transfer policy that guides transfer of credits among Kentucky’s public colleges.  Learn how the completion of dual credit coursework impacts future financial aid for students, and how to avoid pitfalls of future federal aid funding loss.

1:30-2:20 p.m.

  • Cultivating a Growth Mindset in our Best and Brightest, STEPHANIE HELTON and ANDREA HEMING, 212 Academy, Warren County Schools  – Too often our gifted and talented students struggle to with task commitment and perseverance. The purpose of this presentation is to guide teachers in fostering a growth mindset in gifted and talented students. We will focus on the the specific needs of gifted students and provide teachers with take-aways that will be applicable in in their daily instruction.

  • 3D Engineering Design for Middle and High School, DR. LESIA LENNEX, Professor of Education, and JUSTIN ELSWICK, Undergraduate Research Fellow, Morehead State University – Inspiring students to design solutions for real-world hydroelectric problems compelled creative curriculum. This session will demonstrate the uses, pros, and cons, of Google SketchUp/Google SketchUp Pro and SolidWorks to build 3D models. Instructions to build a model turbine are included with the session.

  • Flipped Classroom Differentiation: Implementation for Gifted Middle Grade Science Students, GARRIS LANDON STROUD, Graduate Student, Murray State University – Capitalizing on the idea that learning should occur inside and outside of the classroom to increase comprehension of curriculum, middle level teachers often explore approaches that foster metacognition. Flipped classrooms represent an inquiry-based, student-centered method of incorporating these strategies. This study involves gifted middle school students using both traditional and flipped formats to determine impacts on learning outcomes in science.

  • Don’t Be Caught Off-Guard! Have a Plan for Early Entrance to Kindergarten, KATHIE ANDERSON and BILL BUCHANAN, Kentucky Department of Education, Division of Learning Services – Starting in school year 2017-2018 students must be five by August 1st to enter kindergarten. Does your district have a plan in place when parents and guardians contact your district and say “I think my child is ready for kindergarten even though they are four? What do I need to do to apply for kindergarten?” Be ready for this change and the many questions parents and staff will ask by attending this session. It will give information on regulation, funding, early childhood resources and suggested guidance for an appeal process for early entrance to kindergarten.

  • Earth Counts: Integrating Math with Human Ecology, AMY LEWIS, STEM Teacher, Stuart Pepper Middle School, Meade County Schools  – Challenge your gifted students with theme-based, hands-on lessons that explore issues of human ecology and sustainability, while reinforcing upper elementary and middle level math skills. Engage in activities that address state standards in life science, mathematics and social studies. Demonstrated techniques include problem-solving exercises, graphing and more.

  • Paving the Way of Differentiated Instruction in Rural Classroom under CCSS, ECHO H. WU, Ph.D., Assistant Professor & Director of Center for Gifted Studies, College of Education & Human Services, Murray State University  – This presentation will share the interview conversation of the presenter with Dr. Carolyn Callahan, who is the Commonwealth Professor of Education at Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia (UVa). This presentation will highlight the ideas and insight from Dr. Callahan regarding the implementation of gifted programs and differentiated instruction in rural school settings.


last updated 02/10/2017