Monday, February 25, 2019  Schedule of Events and Session Descriptions

•  7:00 am, Registration Desk Opens
•  7:00 am, Continental Breakfast
 8:00 – 9:15 am, General Session

• KAGE Service and Advocacy Awards presentation
• Keynote: Constructing a Culture of Creativity, Brian Housand, PhD

•  8:00 am – 3:30 pm, Administrators Institute
•  8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Visit the Exhibits
•  9:30 – 11:45 am, Morning Sessions (see below)
•  11:45 am – 1:15 pm, Lunch
•  1:15 – 3:30 pm, Afternoon Sessions (see below)
•  6:30 – 7:30 pm, Creativity Night
•  7:00 – 8:30 pm, Parent Night


Monday morning sessions, 9:30 – 11:45 a.m. 

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M1Fighting Fake News! Tools and Tactics for Becoming a SUPER Critical Thinker in a Digital Age – Brian Housand, PhD. – In 2006, we first learned that even the brightest students were easily fooled by internet hoaxes like the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus. While we tried to laugh at this as the folly of misguided youth, a decade later we witnessed the rise of fake news and its impact on the “post-truth” world of 2016 overrun by an ever growing network of social media. To fight for truth, justice, and yes, even the American way, this session presents a collection of superhero themed critical thinking activities designed to empower you and your students to conquer the evils of fake news.  

M2What We Know about Social-Emotional Needs and What you Can Do Emily Mofield, PhD – As teachers, we guide students to reach their potential, but too often gifted students’ perfectionism, motivation, or fear of failure inhibit achievement.  In today’s standards-focused data-driven education system, a gifted child’s emotional needs can go by the wayside, but we must remember that cognition  and emotion go hand in hand, interacting in ways that can paralyze or catalyze achievement.  How can we foster the fruition of talent so that students are able to progress with tenacity and resilience? The presenter will share how psychological science can  be translated into practical classroom strategies, equipping educators to unleash potential through social-emotional learning.

M3Courageous Educators Need Only to Attend: Best Practices for Gifted Learners in Middle School – Justin Mitchell, La’Tonya Frazier-Goatley, Daryl Woods, Emily Duryea, and Anita Laney – The years of middle school are often thought of as the black hole for GT education; with many questioning how best to serve this group of individuals obsessed with Fortnite, selfies, and axe body spray. This session will include practical strategies and approaches on how to provide appropriate education to these students. Attendees will hear from a variety of educators representing different regions, socio-economic groups of students, and different levels of implementation of GT services throughout Kentucky. Come prepared to learn with those in the trenches and walk away with new ideas and more importantly a support group!

M4Inspiring Innovation in Young Learners – Allison Bemiss – When we think of helping young children become innovators, we imagine them designing buildings, exploring bubbling science experiments, or writing the next great novel. We know our little learners are full of BIG ideas, but we also know they need our support to reach their highest potential.  How do we help our children become the next great innovators? Let’s explore how to encourage challenge, learn from failure, and use higher order thinking in early childhood through hands on, minds on instruction, and thinking stems, or curiosity catchphrases. This will be a hands-on session where we will show our participants how to turn a classic nursery rhyme into a minds-on STEAM investigation! Come ready to play, explore, and innovate!!

M5Gifted in the Classroom All Day, Every Day–Fundamentals of DifferentiationJan Lanham, PhD – Strategies to meet students’ performance levels provide the key to continuous progress for high potential students. Teachers’ instructional design and delivery serves as the primary resource through which G/T students’ needs are met. Through exploration of high level question development, content/process/product substitution, and emphasis on student choice, participants will use standards and topics of their choice to develop resources that are immediately usable in the classroom. As active participants, bring your standards and leave with differentiated resources and ideas to do more!


Monday afternoon sessions, 1:15 – 3:30 p.m.

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M6What’s Your Problem?!?    Brian Housand, PhD – Gifted students are routinely presented with opportunities to explore topics of interest in settings like Genius-Hour, PBL, or passion-projects. Yet, they are often overwhelmed unless they have developed skills related to problem finding. In this session, we will analyze the question, “What makes a problem real?” and propose pathways for empowering students to meaningfully investigate solutions to their own problems.

M7Bumping it Up a Notch: Differentiating Curriculum for Gifted Learners – Emily Mofield, EdD – What are the nuts and bolts of differentiating instruction for gifted learners? How can teachers design meaningful learning experiences to support the growth of gifted learners across all grade levels and content areas? Why and how do these approaches respond to their characteristics and needs? Leave this session equipped with easy-to-use strategies for incorporating essential components of curriculum differentiation to engage and support gifted learners

M8Best Practices for Serving Gifted Learners in Elementary School – Lindsay Dotterweich, Jane PaulinDianne WadeJennifer Sheffield, and Mary EvansAre you looking for some tried and true services that work with gifted students in a regular classroom?  Do you sometimes find yourself wishing for some fresh, new ideas to use in your resource room? This session will present practical strategies for addressing the learning needs of primary talent pool students and formally identified students in elementary grades.  Four experienced presenters will share a range of services they are currently providing in settings ranging from the regular classroom to the resource room to a full day pull-out program.  Come to this session for a mid-winter boost of ideas that you can implement immediately!

M9More than AP – Best Practices for Gifted High School Students – Kathie WrightsonMaia LangleyKathie Anderson, and Tatiana Adams – During this workshop, teachers will explore four best practice strands for gifted high school students.  They include the following: 1) College/career counseling and support; 2) Open-ended curriculum through Problem Based and Inquiry Learning; 3) Personalized learning through extra- and co-curricular experiences; 4) Global competencies for the 21st century gifted student. Teachers will also have time to develop their own curriculum plans to reflect some of these best practices. 


last updated 01/09/2019