2024 KAGE Conference Schedule

Monday, February 26

7:30-8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:45 Keynote

Dr. Kristen Hengtgen | Who Belongs: Advanced Coursework for Students of Color and Students from Low-income Backgrounds

10:00-12:00 Sessions

M1: Data Findings on Advanced Coursework and Practical Applications in Your School District – Kristen Hengtgen, PhD, Nora Bartlett, English Teacher, JCPS, Tiffani Morrison Instructional Coach Gifted, JCPS, Casey Kirk, District GT Educator, Williamstown Independent Schools

M2: GT Bootcamp: Marching Together to Success – Toddie Adams, PhD

M3: The Sky is Full of Hands-On, Minds-On Science – Rico Tyler

M4: Product vs. Process: Creating Systems for Identification in the Visual and Performing Arts – Jilliane McCardle, EdD, Peter Edwards, EdD, and Christopher Budano, PhD

M5: The Governor’s Scholars Program: 41 Summers of an Inspiring and Uplifting Community of Learners – Aristofanes Cedeño, Ph.D. Executive Director and Academic Dean, Governor’s Scholars Program

12:30-1:30 Lunch Session

Yvette Robinson | Identifying Potential through the Panes of Adversity

1:45-3:45 Sessions

A1: Giftedness in Foster Care: What We Have Learned Thus Far – Yvette R. Robinson, MAEd, CEO and Founder of Xavier House Unlimited

A2: The Basics of Gifted Education for Educators and Parents – Julia Roberts, EdD, Mahurin Professor of Gifted Education; Executive Director of The Center for Gifted Studies, Western Kentucky University

A3: What it Really Means to Teach Mathematics: Guiding Principles for Student Flourishing – Dr. Jonathan Thomas, Professor of Mathematics Education, University of Kentucky

A4: One-Room Schoolhouses: A Deeper Dive – Lynette Breedlove, Ph.D., Director of The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science. And Tracy F. Inman, Ed.D, consultant

A5: Inspire the Innovators! Ideas for Building a Classroom Culture that Fosters Innovation and Creative Thinking – Elizabeth “B” Joyce, Assistant Director of Programming, The Center for Gifted Studies, WKU


Happy Hour sponsored by BloomBoard  

BloomBoard invites all KAGE attendees to Happy Hour in the Bluegrass Pavilion
RSVP if you’d like to join them for complimentary appetizers and drinks!


Parent Event: 5 Essentials of Parenting Gifted Kids

If only our children came with instruction manuals! Every child has his or her own subtle needs and differences, so what works with one child does not necessarily work with another. When you add giftedness, it gets even more complicated. Many parents of gifted and talented (GT) children find it difficult to talk to others about their parenting challenges and concerns. It can feel as though you are humble-bragging even though your concerns are legitimate. Understanding more about your gifted child can help. This session, sponsored by KHEAA and led by Lynette Breedlove, PhD, focuses on five points to keep in mind as you navigate the incredible journey of GT parenthood. Join us on February 26 at 7 PM, click here to register.

Tuesday, February 27


Registration and Continental Breakfast


KAGE Business Meeting. Everyone is welcome.

8:30 – 2:30

Concurrent Sessions (see below for session descriptions)

2:30 – 3:30 Keynote

Justin Mitchell | Developing Creativity: Lessons from Disney