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Wednesday, November 14
9:00 aM – 4:00 pM

Gifted Education Essentials
Supporting Gifted and High-Potential Learners in a Common Core State Standards Environment: What Every Teacher Leader Needs to Know

Expert Speakers for the Day Include:

  • Susan Johnsen, Baylor University, Waco, TX
  • Linda Sheffield, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY
  • Cheryll Adams, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
  • Chrystyna Mursky, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison, WI
  • Alicia Cotabish, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR
  • Joyce VanTassel-Baska, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • Claire Hughes, College of Coastal Georgia, Brunswick, GA
  • Debra Troxclair, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
  • Todd Kettler, Coppell ISD, Coppel, TX
  • Jennifer Jolly, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Separate Registration Required | $139 (includes lunch)

The adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in almost every state is cause for gifted education as a field to reflect on its role in supporting gifted and high-potential learners appropriately in the content areas, specifically English Language Arts and Mathematics.

NAGC has assembled the experts to share their knowledge for a full day of learning before the NAGC Convention officially kicks off.

Start off broadly with a practical overview of the role of standards in designing and delivering high quality programs. As the day goes on, the focus gets more specific: targeting implementation issues related to curriculum, collaboration, connection to other models, and professional development.

9:00 – 10:30am
General Session
Building a Strong Foundation

The day will begin with an overview of what every gifted educator needs to know about designing and delivering excellent programs for high-ability learners, including the use of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to advance student development. Key discussion questions will include:

• What are the key components of an exemplary gifted program?

• What do gifted leaders need to know about the Common Core State Standards?

• How do the NAGC Pre-K-12 Gifted Education Programming Standards fit into the bigger policy and service picture? How do they align with the CCSS?

• How do our gifted students develop their talents over time? How might pathways to excellence be created within the Common Core?


10:45 am – 12:00 pm (choose one session in this timeframe)

Modifying the Common Core for High-Ability Learners: Let’s Get Specific

In the next two timeframes, choose a session by content focus, either English Language.

Both breakouts will cover:

• Tailoring learning experiences: by differentiating the standards

• Specific examples of differentiated assignments within the standards strands

• Developing assessments for the differentiated assignments

BREAKOUT 1: Implementing Common Core English Language Arts Standards: Reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language usage

BREAKOUT 2: Implementing Common Core Mathematics Standards: Operations and algebraic thinking, numbers and operations-fractions,


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Networking Luncheon

 


1:15 – 2:45 pm (choose one session in this timeframe)

Modifying the Common Core for High-Ability Learners (continued)

BREAKOUT 1: Implementing Common Core English Language Arts Standards: Reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language usage

BREAKOUT 2: Implementing Common Core Mathematics Standards: Operations and algebraic thinking, numbers and operations-fractions, geometry, measurement and data, and statistics and probability


3:00 – 4:00 pm (choose one session in this timeframe)

Relationships Between Program Models and the CCSS: What’s Your Role in Your Building and District?

BREAKOUT 1: Collaboration with general and special education (e.g., RtI) to better support high-ability students

BREAKOUT 2: Connections between gifted education program models (e.g., pull out, magnet school, schoolwide enrichment) and implementation of the Common Core State Standards

BREAKOUT 3: What is your leadership role in implementation to ensure success—if you’re going to be adopting the CCSS in your district, what professional development do you need?

 


Register for the Gifted Education Essentials or an Action Lab on Wednesday and join us for this special event!

4:15 – 6:00 pm
Voices of Leadership: A Range of Perspectives from the Field

Moderator: George Betts, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
Panelists: Richard Cash, Bloomington Public Schools, Bloomington, MN; Jean Sunde Peterson, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; Mary Ruth Coleman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; Joy Davis, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA; Scott Hunsaker, Utah State University, Logan, UT

Take advantage of this opportunity to reflect on your own leadership style as you learn from the stories and insights of these NAGC leaders. What personal leadership skills help them to be successful? What important choices have they made to further their careers, support high-ability learners, and make a difference in the field of gifted education? What big ideas, core values, and purposeful actions add up to success? This interactive and candid exploration will keep you engaged and entertained—for a great finish to an information-packed day!