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    Illinois Association for Gifted Children

IAGC 23RD ANNUAL Convention 

Session Details

Friday 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. SESSIONS         Back

K-6  Differentiation 

Primary Readers as Super Sleuths… Developing Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Through Mystery Stories 

Laura Beltchenko - Content Specialist, North Cook Intermediate Service Center, Des Plaines, IL 


K-6 Differentiation Repeated Thursday at 10:45 a.m. 

Academic Acceleration in a Continuum of Gifted Services 

Eric Calvert - Associate Director, Center for Talent Development/Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 


K-8 Social - Emotional 

When “Gifted” Students Need a Lift: Supporting High Ability Learners Through Classroom Challenges 

Patricia Steinmeyer - PACE (Gifted) Coordinator K-8, Community Unit School District 200, Wheaton, IL 

Presentation


K-12 Talent Development for Underserved Population 

Talent Development through Supplemental Programming: Benefits and Impacts 

Susan Corwith - Associate Director, Center for Talent Development/Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 

Randee Blair - Program Coordinator, Center for Talent Development/Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 

Tammie Stewart - Manager, Community Outreach, Center for Talent Development/Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Presentation 


K-12 Differentiation 

Why Poetics Must Be a Core Component 

Michael Clay Thompson- Author/Consultant, Royal Fireworks Press, Unionville, NY 


K-12 Social - Emotional 

Differentiate for Overexcitabilities 

Carrie Simpson - Author/Consultant, Pieces of Learning, Marion, IL 


4-9  Repeated Thursday at 1:15 p.m. 

Gifted Education: A Sherpa for Guiding Everyone to New Heights 

Sally Krisel - Director of Innovative and Advanced Programs, Hall County Schools, Gainesville, GA; President, NAGC Board of Directors 

Presentation


6-12 Social - Emotional 

The Use of Rubrics in Assessing Non-Cognitive Skills 

Lindsay Wall Succari - Program Director, Northwestern University, Civic Education Project, Evanston, IL 

Linsey Crowninshield - Assistant Program Director, Northwestern University, Civic Education Project, Evanston, IL 

Presentation    


9-12  Talent Development for Underserved Population 

Home Schooling Gifted Teens in Micro Schools 

Maria Galo - Board President, Teen Learning Lab of Greater Chicago Organization, Chicago, IL 


9-12 Model School Based Programs 

Targeting Student Passivity Through Structural Design 

John Rauh - Gifted Teacher, Rockford Public Schools Dist. 205, Auburn High School, Rockford, IL 

Brittany Salivar - Gifted English Teacher, Rockford Public Schools Dist. 205, Auburn High School, Rockford, IL 

Presentation

Handout - Opening

Handout - Student Essay


9-12 21st Century Skills 

Leaving Home: Assisting in the Transition from Gifted Child to Gifted Young Adult 

Brandon Tessers - Counselor, Center for Identity Potential, Park Ridge, IL 

Garrett Hartman - Director of Training and Development/Counselor, Center for Identity Potential, Park Ridge, IL

FriDAY 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. SESSIONS         Back

K-2  Program Development 

Primarily Thinking: Thinking Skills Activities for Primary Grades 
Tamara Fisher - K-12 Gifted Education Specialist, Polson School District #23; Great Potential Press, Polson, MT 

K-6 21st Century Skills 

Be An Amazing Writing Teacher 
Shannon Anderson- High Ability Teacher & Co-Coordinator, Rensselaer Central School Corporation, Rensselaer, IN 

K-8 Infusing Technology into Instruction 

Blend Your Teaching Practice 
Randee Blair - Program Coordinator, Center for Talent Development / Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 

K-8  Social - Emotional 

Maintaining Altitude: Nurturing the Academic, Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Children 
Jeanine Buishas - Coordinator of Gifted Services/Consultant, DuPage ROE, Wheaton, IL 

K-8  Repeated Thursday at 1:15 p.m. 

Effective Programming: Standards & Models for Program Development 
Susan Corwith - Associate Director, Center for Talent Development/Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 

K-8 Social - Emotional 

From the Melendys to the Penderwicks: Gifted Characters in Literature 
Penny Britton Kolloff - Consultant, Retired Illinois State University 

K-8 Model School Based Programs Repeated Thursday at 10:45 a.m. 

Student Growth and Teachers of Gifted 
Diana Rea - Director of Instructional Services/Elementary Principal, DuQuoin School Dist. 300, DuQuoin, IL 

K-8 Model School Based Programs 

Practical Programming and Student Identification 
Deborah Lee - Gifted Coordinator, Elmhurst CUSD 205, Elmhurst, IL 
Tony Cho - Gifted Coordinator, Mundelein District 75, Mundelein, IL 


K-12  Differentiation 

Strategic Differentiation 
Carrie Simpson - Author/Consultant, Pieces of Learning, Marion, IL 

K-12 Model School Based Programs 

Methods for Mitigating Excellence Gaps in K-12 Schools 
Scott Peters - Associate Professor of Educational Foundations, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, WI 

6-12 Talent Development for Underserved Population 

Growing STEM in the Rural Community
Adrienne Coleman - Multicultural Specialist, Illinois Math & Science Academy, Aurora, IL 
Clinton Oshippitan, Amy Wang, Takudzwa George, Isabella Baldwin-Zurek, Robert Luo - Students, Illinois Math and Science Academy, Aurora, IL

FriDAY 10:45 - 11:45 a.m. SESSIONS         Back

K-5  Social - Emotional 

Educating the Whole Child, Utilizing Children’s Literature and the Illinois Social and Emotional Learning Standards to Support the Cognitive and Affective Development of Our Elementary Gifted Students 
Laura Beltchenko - Content Specialist, North Cook Intermediate Service Center, Des Plaines, IL 

K-8

Home Recipes to Support Gifted Students In School and Beyond 
Patricia Steinmeyer, PACE (Gifted) Coordinator K-8, Community Unit School District 200, Wheaton, IL 


K-8  Social - Emotional 

Asynchrony, Intensity, Overexcitability, Oh My! 
Kathy Green - Adjunct Lecturer and Teacher, University of Iowa - Belin-Blank Center, Montessori Academy of Glen Ellyn 

K-12 Differentiation 

Differentiate to Achieve Rigor 
Carrie Simpson - Author/Consultant, Pieces of Learning, Marion, IL 

K-12   Model School Based Programs 

A Toolbox for Proactively Identifying Underrepresented Learners for Gifted Education Services 
Scott Peters - Associate Professor of Educational Foundations, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater 

3-12   Infusing Technology into Instruction 

Amazing Online Resources 
Tamara Fisher - K-12 Gifted Education Specialist, Polson School District #23; Great Potential Press, Polson, MT 


6-12    Differentiation 
Introduction to Four-Level Grammar Analysis 
Michael Clay Thompson - Author/Consultant, Royal Fireworks Press, Unionville, NY 

6-12  21st Century Skills 

Future Problem Solving to Engage 21st Century Thinking 
Dodie Merritt - Educational Consultant, Pieces of Learning, Marion, IL 

6-12   21st Century Skills 
Navigating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom: Facilitation Skills for Critical Inquiry 
Lindsay Wall Succari - Program Director, Civic Education Project, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 
Linsey Crowninshield - Assistant Program Director, Civic Education Project, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 

All       Social - Emotional 
My Journey with Annemarie Roeper: Lessons Learned Along the Way 
Michele Kane - Professor and Coordinator, Master of Arts in Gifted Education Program, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL 

All                                                                                Repeated Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

“I Always Knew I Was Smart. What Took Y’all So Long?"  
Sally Krisel- Director of Innovative and Advanced Programs, Hall County Schools, Gainesville, GA; President, NAGC Board of Directors
 

FriDAY 1:15 - 2:15 P.m. SESSIONS         Back

EC-3  Social - Emotional

Gifted Teachers’ Bag of Tricks: Keys to Future Success 

Cathy Gruzinsky - Teacher, Quest Academy, Palatine, IL Cindy Larsen - Teacher, Quest Academy, Palatine, IL


K-6 Differentiation Repeated Thursday at 10:45 a.m.

Growing Gifted Learners: A Focus on Best Practices 

Jeanine Buishas - Coordinator of Gifted Services/Consultant, DuPage ROE, Wheaton, IL


K-8 Model School Based Programs

Help!! My Child is Bored in Traditional Classrooms!! 

Elizabeth Blaetz - Head of School, Vanguard Gifted Academy, Batavia, IL 

Shannon Holub - Master Teacher, Vanguard Gifted Academy, Batavia, IL


K-8  Differentiation

Involving Gifted Learners in the Goal-Setting Process 

Lindsay Sudol - Gifted Magnet Teacher, Schaumburg School Dist. 54, Campanelli School, Schaumburg, IL 

Lori Durchslag - Teacher, Schaumburg School Dist. 54, Campanelli School, Schaumburg, IL 

Moira O’Donoghue - Teacher, Schaumburg School Dist. 54, Campanelli School, Schaumburg, IL


K-8  Differentiation

Now We’re Talking: Increasing Academic Rigor Through Speaking and Listening 

Patricia Steinmeyer - PACE (Gifted) Coordinator K-8, Community Unit School District 200, Wheaton, IL

Presentation 


K-12

Self-Advocacy: The Power of a Child’s Voice 

Tamara Fisher - K-12 Gifted Education Specialist, Polson School District #23; Great Potential Press, Polson, MT

Presentation

Handout

K-12  Differentiation

Process Differentiation 

Carrie Simpson - Author/Consultant, Pieces of Learning, Marion, IL


K-12  Partnerships

IAGC Legislative Advocacy Update 

Carolyn Welch - Attorney-at-Law, IAGC Policy and Advocacy Committee Co-Chair 

Eric Calvert - Associate Director, Center for Talent Development/Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Presentation

K-12 Repeated Thursday at 10:45 a.m.

Equitable Access to Gifted Education in School District U-46 

April Wells - Coordinator - Gifted, Academies, AP & World Languages, Elgin School Dist. U-46, Elgin, IL 

José Torres - President, Illinois Mathematics and Science Aacdemy, Aurora, IL

6-12 Talent Development for Underserved Population

Undoing Giftedness: Considering Adolescent Latina Identity Performativity in United States Public Schools 

Jenna Nelson - Adjunct Professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Education, Chicago, IL


6-12  Differentiation

Literature Trilogies for Gifted Children

Michael Clay Thompson - Author/Consultant, Royal Fireworks Press, Unionville, NY


FriDAY 2:30 - 3:30 P.m. SESSIONS         Back

EC-6 Infusing Technology into Instruction 

Rhythm and Melody: Coding in Music 
Annabel Hasty - Lower School Music Teacher, Quest Academy, Palatine, IL 

K-6 Social - Emotional 

Bossy Pants, Perfectionists and Slackers, Oh My! 
Shannon Anderson - High Ability Teacher & Co-Coordinator, Rensselaer Central School Corporation, Van Elementary School, Rensselaer, IN 

K-8 Differentiation 

ISBE Resources for Gifted Instruction: Designing Tasks that Meet Learner Needs & Standards 
Jill Brown - Content Area Specialist for ELA, llinois State Board of Education, Normal, IL 

K-8 21st Century Skills 

Creating a Makerspace to Enhance Your STEM/STEAM Curriculum 
Michael Gorelick - Associate Director and STEM Instructor, The Center for Gifted and Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity, Wilmette, IL 
Vickie Kiamco - The Center for Gifted and Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity, Wilmette, IL 

K-8 Model School Based Programs 

Gifted Program Self-Study - One District’s Journey 
Julie Luck Jensen - Gifted Ed Consultant, Chairman of the Board, Ilinois Association for Gifted Children, Palatine, IL 
Peter Helfers - Advanced and Personalized Learning Coordinator, Arlington Heights School District 25, Arlington Heights, IL 
Eric Olson - Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning, Arlington Heights School District 25, Arlington Heights, IL 

K-8 21st Century Skills 

Independent Study for Inquisitive 21st Century Minds 
Dodie Merritt - Educational Consultant, Pieces of Learning, Marion, IL 

K-8 Differentiation 

Creativity and the Arts for Gifted Learners: A Global Vision 
Joan Franklin Smutny- Director, The Center for Gifted/Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity, Northern Illinois University Partner, Glenview, IL

 

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