WKU Elizabethtown Campus
Meet The Presenters
Kate is an award winning elementary teacher and gifted education trainer based in Houston, TX. A regular speaker at giftED and other conferences. Kate has worked as an educational consultant for several different school districts and is interested in the ways teachers can foster creative thinking and grit in their gifted students by grading for mastery and fostering a growth mindset.
Matt is an award-winning teacher, science department chair, GT trainer and AP consultant based in Houston, TX. A regular presenter at giftED, CAST and other conferences, Matt is a Past-President of STAT and TABT, and winner of numerous teaching awards, including NABT’s “Outstanding Biology Teacher Award” for Texas, and the TMA’s “Butler Award” for science teaching. A parent of a twice exceptional gifted student who struggled in school. Matt is interested in what parents and teachers can do to stimulate the best parts of gifted student’s brains, and help them excel both in school and in life.
8:30 – 11:10
- “Mindsets & Mastery: Why Am I Grading This?”
“Mindsets & Media: How Does Social Media Influence Student Mindsets?”
“Re-focusing the Student Mind: Addressing The Attention Epidemic”
“Depth and Divergent Thinking to Engage Learners in Elementary Classrooms”
Presenter: Kate Wells Grade level: Elementary
Description: Our students are not all thinking deeply. We are trying to challenge our students with curriculum instead of with complex thinking strategies. We will be unpacking depth and complexity challenges from short to long term and from loose to highly structured. Come and learn to get your students thinking.
“Bringing creativity into the classroom: Encouraging Ideas to Flourish in your classroom”
Grade level: Elementary & Middle
Description: Playing is not wasted time. Playing is learning. Students need time to have fun and play as part of their learning. From Rubik Cubes to De Bono’s 6-Hats, come and learn about many tried and tested ideas to get the creative synapses connecting in your elementary and middle-school classrooms as your students learn through play.
Hotel Room Block Information
You can also call the hotel at 270.900.4518 to make your reservation. Make sure to mention the Group Name: KAGE Workshop.
Please make your reservations no later than 5/14/23 to guarantee the block of rooms.
Please make your reservations no later than 5/23/23 to guarantee the block of rooms.
To access our group rate, use the group code KAGE1 in the Special Rates tab.