Florida Association for the Gifted



2018 FLAG CONFERENCE STRANDS & SESSIONS

The strands for the 2018 FLAG Annual Conference represent areas of interest to a large number of our members. This year's conference theme is ENGAGE. EMPOWER. GIFTED LEARNERS. Download the PDF.

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CREATIVITY




Waging Peace!

Presented by Chené Williams Olgar

In this BYOD workshop, learn how to promote creative and critical thinking in K-8 cross-curricular settings. Presenters will demonstrate through their Waging Peace projects how students can be motivated to make connections with their world.




Giving Students a Voice: Advocacy in Action

Presented by Shawna Christenson

Inspire students to educate, communicate, advocate and ultimately legislate on behalf of their passions. This workshop will inform how students can take debate and public speaking skills into the real world.



HoPS - Hands on Problem Solving

Presented by Sally Baynard and Barbe O'Steen

The HoPS (Hands on Problem Solving) workshop is an opportunity for you to participate in interactive team problem solving challenges. HoPS promotes critical reading, creative thinking, team work, problem solving, and perseverance. Come check out this exciting workshop!



Unlocking the Power of Genius Hour

Presented by Lacey Hay

Genius Hour is a strategy that originated with Google and is slowly gaining steam in the world of education. Genius Hour has been described as an innovative approach to learning built around student curiosity, self-directed learning, and passion-based work.

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION




Advancing The Standards: A Planning Tool For Enrichment

Presented by Elizabeth Hamilton

Participants will learn how to streamline multiple essential curriculum components to create gifted enrichment tasks using an "advancing the standards" outline, understand the reasoning behind each focus section within, and know how to produce meaningful tasks for their gifted learners.



Hands-On Activities For A Very Popular Planet

Presented by Hannah O'Malley

As the world population grows, so does competition for natural resources and the challenges to our environment. Engage in lively, interdisciplinary curricula that explore human impacts on land use and ecosystems. Demonstrated techniques include problem-solving exercises, role-playing simulations and concept-mapping.



Using Flexible Walls to Meet the Academic Needs of Our Gifted Students

Presented by Sarah Meers

In this model, learn how to use cross grade level collaboration and flexible walls to meet the academic needs of your gifted students. This model encompasses acceleration and grouping to ensure students are learning at their level.




Interdisciplinary Middle School Gifted Elective, District Wide

Presented by Pam Cebula

How to create and free examples of authentic, interdisciplinary, differentiated, problem-based, project-based gifted curriculum intended for a district-wide gifted middle school elective. This is a quickly growing program option in escambia county, helping to serve the needs of students and teachers.

PARENTING AND TEACHERS; HOLISTIC WITH FOCUS ON SOCIAL / EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL



Seeing Through the Veil: Emotional and Spiritual Giftedness

Presented by Patricia Gatto-Walden, PHD

Emotionally or spiritually gifted children are profoundly caring and acutely sensitive with heightened morals that dictate their behavior and experience of life. Their innate empathy renders them vulnerable to cruelties in our world; adults must learn how to support and nurture them.

PARENTING / FAMILY ISSUES



Letting Go While Holding On

Presented by Deb Douglas

The typical teenage urge for independence makes it especially important for parents to be guides-on-the-side as gifted children learn to self-advocate. Session includes ways to support children as they create their own unique routes to graduation and beyond.



Parenting Your Gifted Or High Ability Child: The Ultimate Thrill Ride

Presented by Lois Horn-Diaz

Ms. Horn-Diaz was recently named her district teacher of the year, after spending the past seven years teaching gifted students in subjects including language arts, humanities and technology enrichment. Also drawing from twenty-four years of experience as a school psychologist and navigating the challenges of parenting a highly gifted child, she will be sharing her multimedia presentation, parenting the high ability and gifted child: the ultimate thrill ride!’

PROGRAM / SERVICE OPTIONS AND/OR ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES (E.G., IDENTIFICATION)



Identifying Gifted in High School: A Successful 2 Year Study

Presented by Dr. Brenda Kay Hardman

A 2-year initiative identifying gifted students entering high school. Our data shows students experienced a high success rate academically and emotionally following their identification and receipt of resources. This study is easily replicated on a national scale to meet student needs.



Transforming Innovative Gifted Programming Through Quality Indicator Rubrics: Implementation Year 4

Presented by Elizabeth Hamilton

Transform your gifted programs with this coaching tool that supports building new gifted programs, evaluating the current state of gifted programming to plan for improvements, guide professional development, and communicate progress toward individual, team, school-wide, and/or district-wide gifted program initiatives.

PROJECTS / LEARNING IN ACTION 

(PRESENTING HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES WITH AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION)



Restoring Student Engagement: A Make-N-Take Workshop With The Bag Ladies

Presented by Karen Simmons and Cindy Guinn

Fill a portfolio with all new projects that practice skills hands-on. Use the "rigor" of today's teaching and infuse research-based creative projects and portfolios into your classroom, that lead the gifted student to be challenged with a differentiated curriculum piece that engages all! Fun, humorous, motivational, and creative!!!!

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL



The Power of Self-Advocacy for Gifted Learners

Presented by Deb Douglas

When empowered to self-advocate, students can take charge of their own educations. Session will explore four steps to successful self-advocacy. Includes activities that help students understand their rights/responsibilities, reflect on learner profiles, select options, and communicate needs effectively.



It Takes A Village: Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted Child

Presented by Sarah Meers

How one model includes parents, students, teachers, administration and support personnel to meet the social and emotional needs of their students.




From Risk-Taking to Risk-Making: Encouraging Gifted Students to Step Out of their Comfort Zones

Presented by Deb Douglas

Self-advocacy requires taking and making positive risks, but gifted kids may be cautious about stepping outside their comfort zones. This session describes both risk-taking and risk-making and offers several ideas for helping gifted teens accept/create their own academic challenges.



SPECIAL POPULATIONS 

(2E, LGBTQ, UNDERACHIEVING, RACIAL DIVERSITY, TRAUMA, GENDER ISSUES, ETC.)



Art Therapy with Gifted and Anxious Adolescents

Presented by Diane Roberts

Presenting research and therapeutic activities designed to assist 2e (anxiety and gifted) adolescents in coping with daily stressors that affect social and academic functioning.




Hidden in Plain Sight

Presented By Jolayne Breedlove

This workshop will discuss characteristics and attributes that may be masking giftedness in special populations; specifically, 2e and minority groups. The discussion will continue with an explanation of Dr. Mary Fraiser's TABs, which is beneficial in identifying gifted students in special populations.



Demystifying the Twice-Exceptional Paradox

Presented By Patricia Gatto-Walden, PhD

For the twice- exceptional child discrepancies exist between what is understood and what is shown. Come learn what underlies test scores, diagnosis and inconsistent behaviors; how 2E affects the whole child; and ways to effectively respond to these children’s needs.



Accommodating the Twice Exceptional (2E) Learner

Presented By Wendy Hirsch Weiner, Ed.D.

The 2E student often struggles in class because how they learn does not fit into the traditional mold. During this session, Dr. Weiner will share her experiences as principal and curriculum designer as she developed a methodology to meet the academic needs of the 2E student.


Special Challenges and Opportunities for Refugee Populations: ESP Support and Beyond

Presented By Taryn Ward

A discussion about identifying and supporting gifted students in refugee populations beyond ESL instruction.

STUDENT LEAD PROJECT BASED LEARNING THAT ENCOURAGES 

MATHEMATICS PARTICIPATION OF UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENT POPULATIONS


Student Created Mathematics Projects That Encourage Participation Of Underrepresented Student Populations In Mathematics

Presented By Orlando Math Circle

Orlando Math Circle student volunteers will talk about their learning experience creating and executing special interest mathematics community service projects. Omc is focused on creating a diverse community of student leaders and participants in these mathematics projects. Some examples include encouraging girls in mathematics by creating a special math contest for them, making arts and math connections and well as sports and math connections through special projects and collaborations.

THE WHOLE CHILD / HOLISTIC



The Heart of The Matter

Presented By Patricia Gatto-Walden, PhD

How Can We Support Who These Gifted Children Are, And Not Just What They Can Do? Incorporating Decades Listening To Gifted Youth’s Needs, Wants And Concerns, Learn What They Personally Say Is Essential For Them To Thrive In School.


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