KAGE 2018 Tuesday

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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  Distinguished Student Award presentation
• Keynote Address, Lisa Van Gemert, Letters to the Young Gifted
8:00 am – 2:30 pm, Visit the Exhibits
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, Social Emotional Needs of Gifted, Global Awareness, Specific Academic Areas, Enrichment, Entrepreneurship, and more.

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE – ALL TIMES LISTED ARE EASTERN TIME. Sessions, presenters, and times are subject to change.

9:30 – 10:20 a.m.

  • Supporting Gifted Students with Dyslexia, LISA VAN GEMERT, GiftedGuru.com – How can teachers best support gifted learners with dyslexia? What accommodations work well in advanced classes? This session offers practical strategies, essential background, and tools that actually work to strike the balance between support and maintaining academic challenges.

  • Powerful Strategies to Enhance the Learning of Gifted Students, NATHAN LEVY, Nathan Levy LLC – This workshop explores numerous, proven ways to reach gifted learners in challenging ways. Participants leave with a variety of new strategies and specific ideas to help pupils become better creative and critical thinkers. Bring your thinking caps and your funny bones.

  • The Basics of Gifted Education in Kentucky, DR. JULIA ROBERTS, The Center for Gifted Studies, WKU – What are the laws, policies, and practices that educators and parents new to gifted education need to know? This session will highlight and discuss essential information about gifted education in Kentucky. Why is it important, and what are key components of “gold standard” gifted services? Come join with others who are new to gifted education or who will appreciate a refresher on this very important topic.

  • Challenging Our Talented Students to Make Sense of Percents, LINDA J. SHEFFIELD, Ph.D., Regents Professor Emerita of Mathematics Education & Gifted Education, NKU –  Students have an informal knowledge of percents from newspaper ads, weather reports, and commercials, but their overall understanding is limited in both depth and breadth. Come learn how to challenge and engage your talented students in working with percents while deepening their understanding of number, proportions and algebraic reasoning. We explore high-level investigations from a new unit in the NAGC award-winning Project M3 series. In this level 5-6 unit, Our Environment Matters, students make sense of percents as they learn about ways to protect their environment, from helping save the rainforest to recycling water bottles and conserving home water usage.

  • Developing Young Detectives by Teaching History as Mystery: An Inquiry Strategy to Challenge Gifted Learners! DR. JANA KIRCHNER, JK Consulting – Create critical thinkers by integrating a “history as mystery” strategy into your Social Studies or Reading classes and GT enrichment pullout programs. Participate in a sample lesson and learn practical strategies for designing mystery lessons using primary source clues and images that engage learners as detectives solving a mystery.

  • Identifying and Meeting Needs of Twice-Exceptional Students, DR. MICHAEL J. KING, University of Pikeville – Twice-exceptional students face unique academic and social challenges. Giftedness and disability can mask one another, making the task of detecting and meeting individual needs difficult. Gifted students may show resistance to accommodations that distinguishes them from others. And, gauging the degree of remediation and acceleration appropriate is often problematic. The presenter will lead a discussion addressing methods for identifying specific individual needs of twice-exceptional students. Differentiation strategies and suggestions for sensitively addressing students’ weaknesses while nurturing their strengths will be offered. 

  • Just “The Facts”: Understanding Our Gifted Children & Their Education, RICK COURTRIGHT, Ph.D., Duke TIP – Education’s current emphasis on research-based practices is a powerful force that can guide our efforts on behalf of gifted students. Information about who gifted kids are and what they need is frequently misunderstood by educators, policy-makers and parents. “The facts” are twelve research-based conclusions that can inform and guide our efforts to deliver appropriate educational programs to gifted children.

10:30 – 11:20 a.m.

  • The Trifecta: How Blogging, the Peace Corps, and a Postcard can Transform a Class, LISA VAN GEMERT, GiftedGuru.com – Looking for a great way to create authentic audience for student work? Ready to invite real-world applications? Would you like to know how to meet cognitive and affective needs in a single strategy? Join in for a fast-paced look at three strategies to bring any classroom to life. This session shares the nuts and bolts of all of the strategies, shared by a teacher who’s actually done them all in a real, live classroom with tremendous results.

  • Differentiating for Gifted Learners in Title 1 Elementary Schools, LINDSAY DOTTERWEICH and TIFFANI MORRISON, Jefferson County Public Schools – When we think of an elementary classroom, we imagine learners of all different levels, and with different interests and needs. We will explore ways to differentiate instruction in Title 1 and Javits Project RAP schools. Explored strategies will include choice boards, RAFTs, tiered assignments, and differentiated centers. Also, strategies for managing a differentiated classroom will be discussed.

  • Exploring Entrepreneurship and Innovation through Game Creation, KIMBERLY P. CLAYTON-CODE, Ph.D. and DAVID CHILDS, Ph.D., Northern Kentucky UniversityResearch indicates quality, interactive learning games can have a positive impact on student learning, creativity, and development of thinking skills. We will share ideas for gaming and board game creation. Our students created a board or card game that teaches content of their choice. Specifics regarding assignment descriptions, rubrics, student samples, and outcomes will be shared.

  • Force and Motion, DENISE ANN ZIGLER, NASA Solar System Ambassador Master Teacher, TN; MNPS AART (Gifted/Talented Teacher) – Participants in this session will learn to use the materials/ideas, including NASA websites, to differentiate and use in their classroom with gifted students. We will also investigate Newton’s third law of motion by providing a hands-on lesson that participants can implement into their curriculum for use with diverse learners.

  • “Hidden Treasures”: Using the Exceptions to Rules to Identify GT Students, KATHIE ANDERSON, Kentucky Department of Education – Have you ever thought “I know this student is gifted, but they do not meet the gifted criteria?” This session will discuss how to use the exceptions or special considerations in the gifted regulations to find those “diamonds” that may be hiding in your district.

  • Mindfulness Practice and Students Identified with Gifts and Talents, DUSTY COLUMBIA EMBURY, Eastern Kentucky University; MICHAEL EMBURY, Fayette County Schools; and LAURA CLARKE, Eastern Kentucky University – This presentation will share our work with taking 54 4th grade students identified as having gifts and talents through a 9-week curriculum to teach mindfulness. In this presentation we will address how we came to engage in this practice with our students, information about the pre- and post- assessments used, data analysis complete at the time of presentation, and anecdotal qualitative data. Participants will be introduced to the specific curriculum and be led through a typical lesson used with students.

  • Strength in Number: How a Regional Cadre Can Provide Programming for Underserved Gifted Students, SUSAN WILLIAMS, Russell Independent Schools and KRISTEN WALLER, Raceland-Worthington Independent Schools – In Eastern Kentucky our gifted students can sometimes lack opportunities, especially in Creativity, Leadership, and the Arts. Our Regional Gifted Cadre saw a need and organized two annual day-long events. One is for students identified in Creativity and the Arts and one is for students identified in Leadership. We will share our experiences, activities, and ideas for you to use to serve your students.

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

  • The DC Buffet: Classroom Activities Using the Depth & Complexity Framework, LISA VAN GEMERT, GiftedGuru.com Would you like to know how to do more than just insert pictures of the icons next to questions? This session shares a buffet of ideas for classroom activities using the Depth & Complexity Framework. There will be ideas for all grade levels and content areas. [No previous experience with the framework required.]

  • The Awesome Art of Engineering, DR. LESIA LENNEX, Professor of Education, Morehead State University and JUSTIN ELSWICK, Undergraduate Research Fellow, Morehead State University – Described for summer camp Grades 3-8 as “The art of miniatures is brought to life in this class through tiny sculpture, scaled art. Campers will create objects of art– see how the head of a pin can hold the world,” in reality was an introductory 3D engineering design class. BYOD and experience mind-blowing engineering your students will love.

  • Engaging GT Students in a Diverse Classroom with UDL, JENNIFER PUSATERI, Kentucky Department of Education – Some GT students can thrive in all classroom environments, but others need a different kind of teaching to bring out their full potential. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a game-changer for these students because it uses student choice and multiple options to show how gifted and talented these students really are. In this session you will participate in simulations, activities, and discussions that give you a better understanding of how UDL meets the needs of GT students within the general classroom.

  • Help Me, I’m New to Gifted Education, GENNY JENKINS, Rowan County Schools – The purpose of this session will be to provide a resource for gifted teachers/coordinators who are new to their positions and in need of advice/assistance/suggestions for their programs. The session will include a general overview of the school year through the lens of an experienced gifted coordinator with details and tips for implementation. All materials will be shared.

  • Implementing Project Based Learning in Your School, JILLIANE MCCARDLE, KAREN EDWARDS, and JANA MAYER, Eastern Kentucky University – This session will showcase project based learning at Model Laboratory School, a PK-12 school that focuses on empowering gifted students by creating authentic learning opportunities. We will explore interdisciplinary units from elementary to high school, including an immigration experience in third grade and portfolio development in a high school AP Studio Art class. Product examples will be provided to help guide new ideas. Participants will learn firsthand how to implement some of these approaches to their unique school settings.

  • Including Creative Thinking with the Content Standards-An Arranged Marriage, DR. TAYLOR THOMPSON, Georgetown College – After examining some basics of how to conduct creative thinking instruction in the classroom, participants will approach the alignment of standards and student creative thinking from two directions. (1) Start with standards and plan inclusion of creative thinking actions which align with them; (2) Begin with published or found creative activities and match them to content standards. (For classroom teachers and gifted specialists who work with teachers.)

  • The Nuts and Bolts of Calculating Local Norms, JENNIFER SHEFFIELD, Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC), and TYLER CLARK, World Council for Gifted and Talented Children – Equity and Access in gifted education is an important component of Kentucky’s new accountability system. One strategy districts can implement to more equitably identify students from underserved populations is to use local norms. Attend this session to learn how to confidently calculate local norms for your district’s student populations with easy-to-use interactive spreadsheets developed by the presenters.

12:30- 1:20 p.m.

  • Encouraging Innovation and Literacy Through Technology, ALLISON, DANIEL, AND ELIJAH BEMISS – In this minds-on, hands-on session, information will be shared by experienced educators about how to encourage creative thinking and literacy through technology. Join us to experience tech tools (Google Apps, Classkick, Flipgrid) and toys (Code-A-Pillar, VR Goggles, Dash Robot) that are appropriate for children ages 4 to 14.  We will also share how we have used these tools to encourage literacy and growth mindset with 2E learners.

  • Become the 4%: Fostering Perseverance with the Rubik’s Cube, MEG MCCANN, You CAN Do the Rubik’s® Cube – It is estimated that 4-6% of the world population can solve a Rubik’s Cube.  Help your students work through the challenge of learning to solve the cube while applying/improving spatial and critical thinking skills.  Then this spring, bring your team to the first KY Rubik’s Cube Competition!

  • Helping Parents to Help Their Child, MICHAEL KESSINGER, Ed.D. and KIM NETTLETON, Ed.D., Morehead State University – Many parents who hear that their child has been identified as gifted, typically wonder “What do I do?” As educators, we have a responsibility to inform parents of options available for them to help in the social, emotional, and intellectual development of their child. This session will focus on what we could be telling parents.

  • Meeting the Needs of Twice-Exceptional Learners: UDL and Differentiation, CHIN-WIN LEE, University of Louisville – Twice-exceptional learners struggle in regular classrooms where there are no accommodations or adaptations. How can teachers maintain the academic rigor by applying principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and differentiation? Let’s explore the possibilities to make our classrooms inclusive and accessible to each learner. You will walk away with strategies to use tomorrow.

  • Radical Acceleration: College for Content v. Sleep Away College, MOLLY ISAACS-MCLEOD, J.D., LL.M., Advocacy and Planning for the Gifted and Great Potential Press, Inc. – Some gifted students “run out” of curriculum they find to be challenging. To remain engaged, they require not only higher level material, but material offered at a faster pace than is available at the high school level. In this presentation, we will discuss several options for ensuring that these students receive appropriate material for challenge and engagement through access to college level material including options for residing at home and away!

  • Ready, Set, Action! GREG HARDISON, Kentucky Historical Society – Join the Kentucky Historical Society to get ideas on how to add some theatricality to your classroom! Participants will be introduced to Visual Thinking Strategies, a technique that helps students look at a picture, identify what they see, and explain why they think that. Participants will then “step into the picture,” taking on the roles and emotions of the people depicted. A primary source packet will be provided that gives historical context and which can jump start student research.

  • Social Emotional Learning Strategies for Gifted Learners, MICHELLE ANTLE and HEIDI COOLEY-COOK, Field Training Coordinators, University of Louisville Kentucky Autism Training Center, Some students are so successful in areas of academic functioning that social emotional learning is almost forgotten. Research shows that under developed social skills can cause major issues as students progress into college and out into the work force. This session will focus on skills needed by our students and how to formally teach these skills using evidence based practices.

 1:30 – 2:20 p.m.

  • Neglected Intelligences: Results, Reflections, and Recommendations on the Teaching of Emotional Intelligence, DR. MICHAEL C. MELTON, Letcher County Central High School, and AMBER MAGGARD, Kentucky River Community Care, Inc. – The presentation addresses the findings from previous and on-going emotional intelligence (EI) instruction studies and why EI instruction is important for gifted students. Some data from six separate studies which included gifted students, suggests significant results of increasing student EI. Increasing self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, relationship management, self-direction, decision-making, motivation, and empathy are important for teaching gifted children.

  • Poverty and Gifted—YOU are the Advocate!! JAN LANHAM, Ph.D., Educational Consultant – High ability students of poverty often face a range of barriers to having their potentials recognized and nurtured. Participants will look at presenting characteristics in conjunction with interventions that can make a real difference toward helping all students reach their full potentials.

  • Using Project Based Learning with Gifted and Talented Learners, ANGIE MADDEN, Fayette County Schools – Project Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional method that engages students in projects over an extended period of time. Projects are centered around a motivating question, problem, or challenge. Attendees will learn strategies for implementing PBL with GT learners across subject areas, as well as ways to incorporate technology and use PBL as a way to bridge pull out/resource time and general classroom instruction. PBL is student driven and provides choices for students making it a motivating and successful strategy.

  • Writing Enrichment in the Elementary Classroom, DANIEL PARKS and STACEY JEFFERSON, Gifted Acceleration Program Teachers, Meadowthorpe Elementary, Fayette County Schools – Writing can often become a chore for gifted kids. The same writing topics and pieces are written year after year. Our presentation will cover ways that we use to enrich writing and meet our students’ individual needs. We use core content as a jumping off point to explore differentiation for gifted students.

  • Yesterday is History: Today is a Present for Learning New Techniques, BRIAN DUNICAN, Ed.D., The Center of Innovations & Influence – Teachers have known the frustrations of trying to teach each student at the appropriate level, just as every student has known frustrations of receiving a lesson that was too easy or too difficult. The mismatch between the teacher’s level of instruction and the student’s functional level results in wasted time. Our methods have been proven to bridge the gap.

2:30 – 3:20 p.m.

  • Gifted Education Update, KATHIE ANDERSON, Kentucky Department of Education – What is going on at the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE)? How does it affect gifted education? Come and hear about the initiatives and projects at KDE and the impact it has for gifted education in Kentucky.

  • Creativity Counts! Nurturing and Identifying Creativity Within the Context of Daily Instruction, JAN LANHAM, Ph.D., Educational Consultant – Participants will explore and participate in creativity activities that can be used in conjunction with daily instruction to nurture and extend natural creativity, while building a context for service for identified creativity students.


last updated 02/16/18