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IAGC 23RD ANNUAL Convention 

Session Details

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

K-8 Differentiation 

Challenging Students in Math 

Jason Major - Principal, Chicago Public School District 299, Denver Elementary School, Chicago, IL 


K-8 Model School Based Programs 

A Systematic Approach to the Identification Process 

Sarah Cacciatore- Curriculum Director, Oak Grove School District 68, Green Oaks, IL 

Michelle Jackson - Asst. Principal, TAG Coordinator, Oak Grove School District 68, Oak Grove School, Libertyville, IL 

Presentation


K-12 

“If You’re So Smart, Then How Come...” 

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


K-12 21st Century Skills

Differentiation Structured Problem-Solving for Gifted Learners in Mathematics 

David Beedy - Director of STEM Education, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205, Elmhurst, IL 

6-8  Differentiation 

Literature? YES. Literary Vocabulary for Gifted Readers

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


6-12 Differentiation 

Strategies for Differentiating Instruction 

Sharon Thiese - Adjunct Instructor, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL 


6-12  Infusing Technology into Instruction 

Technology and Executive Functioning: What Helps and What Hurts 

Scott Lutostanski - Director of Academic Consulting, Galin Education, Middleton, WI 


6-12 Differentiation 

10 Challenging Math Problems and Problem-Solving Strategies to Successfully Solve Them 

Ed Zaccaro - Author/Retired Teacher, Hickory Grove Press, Bellevue, IA 


6-12 21st Century Skills 

Developing Global Citizens: Service-Learning for Gifted Students 

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

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

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

K-6 Social - Emotional 

Selecting and Utilizing Culturally Relevant and Diverse Literature in the Classroom; Using Picture Books to Know and Understand Ourselves and Others
Laura Beltchenko - Content Specialist, North Cook Intermediate Service Center, Libertyville, IL 

K-6 21st Century Skills 

Thinking Skills & Big Ideas in Social Studies 
Rebecca Leff - Lower School Teacher, Quest Academy, Palatine, IL 

K-8   Differentiation 

Break Out Boxes: The Classroom’s Answer to Escape Rooms! 
Stacy Lipshutz - GTE Teacher, Aptakisic-Tripp School District 102, Meridian Middle School, Buffalo Grove, IL 
Greg Michels - Principal, Aptakisic-Tripp School District 102, Meridian Middle School, Buffalo Grove, IL 

K-12    Differentiation 

Effective Questioning 
Sally Thomson - Independent Educational Consultant, Hinkley, IL 

K-12  Social - Emotional


Supporting Inner Lives: Gifted Children Who Care

Michele Kane - Professor and Coordinator, Master of Arts in Gifted Education Program, NEIU/Dept. of Special Education, Chicago, IL 


6-8  Differentiation 

Thinking Globally: Integrated Gifted Instruction 
Leslie Loboda, Gifted Services Coordinator, Woodridge School Dist. 68, Thomas Jefferson Junior High School, Woodridge, IL 
Melissa Barron, Teacher, Woodridge School Dist. 68, Thomas Jefferson Junior High School, Woodridge, IL 


6-12 Differentiation 

Talent Development as a Framework for Gifted Services: Implications for Practice 
Paula Olszewski-Kubilius - Director & Professor, Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 


6-12 Infusing Technology Into Instruction 

Vocabulary Formative Assessments for Gifted and Honors Students: Using Technology and a Hands-on Approach to Promote Vocabulary Acquisition in the Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking Domains of the Common Core State Standards 
Carolyn Sweiss - 8th Grade ELA Teacher (Honors and Regular Classes), North Palos School District 117, Conrady Junior High School, Hickory Hills, IL 
Jamie Albon - 6th Grade ELA Teacher (Honors and Regular Classes), North Palos School District 117, Conrady Junior High School, Hickory Hills, IL 

K-12 Repeated Friday at 10:45 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 

6-12 Social - Emotional 

Heretical Notions of Giftedness and Vocational Aspirations: Dare I... 
Andrew Mahoney - Founder, The Center for Identity Potential, Park Ridge, IL

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


K-6 Differentiation Repeated Friday at 1:15 p.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 Repeated Friday 9:30 a. m. 

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

K-12 Differentiation Repeated Friday 8:15 a.m. 
Academic Acceleration in a Continuum of Gifted Services 
Eric Calvert - Associate Director, Center for Talent Development/Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 

K-12 21st Century Skills Independent 

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

K-12 Differentiation 

Using Criteria Cards & Rubrics to Streamline Differentiated Assessment 
Dodie Merritt - Educational Consultant, Pieces of Learning, Marion, IL K-12 

T Social - Emotional 

Begin With Their Culture: Social Emotional Needs of Underserved Gifted Learners 
Dwayne Williams - School Psychologist & Educational Consultant, Tier 1 Educational Coaching & Consulting Firm, Aurora, IL 

6-12 Differentiation 

Interdisciplinary Vocabulary with Latin and Greek Stems 
Michael Clay Thompson - Author/Consultant, Royal Fireworks Press, Unionville, NY 

6-12 21st Century Skills 

Teaching Leadership 
Lindsay Wall Succari - Program Director, Northwestern University, Civic Education Project, Evanston, IL 
Linsey Crowninshield - Assistant Program Director, Northwestern University, Civic Education Project, Evanston, IL 

9-12 Social - Emotional 

Philosophy, Art, and Nature: Interdisciplinary Approaches for Exploring Scientific Thinking 
Robert Kiely - Instructor, Illinois Math and Science Academy, Aurora, IL 


6-12  Repeated Friday at 1:15 p.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 

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

EC-3 Differentiation

Questioning and Vocabulary Strategies that Promote and Advance Conversations Visual Literacy and Comprehension in Above Average and Gifted Learners
Laura Beltchenko - Content Specialist, North Cook Intermediate Service Center, Libertyville, IL


K-6 T 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Differentiation

Talent Dev for Underserved, 21st Century Skills Critical & Creative Thinking Skills for Primary Minds

Sally Thomson - Independent Educational Consultant, Hinkley, IL Dodie Merritt - Educational Consultant, Pieces of Learning, Marion, IL


K-6 21st Century Skills

Thoughtful Games for Global Awareness 

Leslie Bloom - Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL


K-6 T 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Infusing Technology into Instruction,

Model School Based Programs From Blogs to TED Talks - Providing Authentic Experiences for 21st Century Student Authors 

Maria Luce - TAG ELA Grades 4 & 5, Oak Grove School Dist. 68, Oak Grove School, Green Oaks, IL 

Alyssa Osterman - 7th grade Lit/LA, Oak Grove School Dist. 68, Oak Grove School, Green Oaks, IL


K-8 Talent Development for Underserved Populations Repeated Friday 9:30 a.m.

Effective Programming: Standards & Models for Program Development 

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


K-12 Differentiation Student

Driven Differentiation 

Lisa Westman - Educational Consultant, Highland Park, IL 


K-12 Talent Development for Underserved Populations 

An Approach to the Integration and Assessment of a Culturally Responsive Curriculum 

Adrienne Coleman - Multicultural Specialist, Illinois Math & Science Academy, Aurora, IL 

Sowmya Anjur - Teacher, Illinois Math and Science Academy, Aurora, IL


K-12                                 Repeated Friday at 8:15 a.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


6-8 Differentiation

Sparking Intellectual Curiosity and Passion in Mathematically Gifted Students 

Ed Zaccaro - Author/Retired Teacher, Hickory Grove Press, Bellevue,


IA Topics in Gifted:

Small Group Share-Out 

Amanda Davey - Director of Enrollment Management, Quest Academy, Palatine, IL


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

K-6 Model School Based Programs 
Teachers are Leaders: Creating a Culture of Growth through Shared Responsibility 
Karen Craig - Gifted Education Teacher Leader, Community Unit School District 308, Oswego, IL 
Tiffany Francis - Gifted Education Teacher Leader, Community Unit School District 308, Oswego, IL 

K-8 T  21st Century Skills Sharpen 

STEM Skills and Increase Student Interest in STEM Careers 
Ben Gwynne - Director, K-12 Programs, EverFi, Chicago, IL 
Noah Doppelt - Schools Manager, EverFi, Chicago, IL 

K-12  Social - Emotional 

Using a Creative Process With Perfectionists 
Kathy Green - Adjunct Lecturer and Teacher, University of Iowa - Belin-Blank Center, Montessori Academy of Glen Ellyn 

K-12 Differentiation 

How Can We Use Student Interest to Engage Students in Learning? 
Laura LaSalle - Professor, Concordia University, Chicago, IL 

K-12 Differentiation 

From Questioning to 21st Century Thinking: A Taxonomy of Choices 
Dodie Merritt - Educational Consultant, Pieces of Learning, Marion, IL 

K-12 Partnership 

Illinois Gifted Education Law and Policy: Background and Recent Changes 
Carolyn Welch - Attorney-at-Law, IAGC Policy and Advocacy Committee Co-Chair 

K-12 21st Century Skills 

Gifted Coordinator’s Round Table 
Richard Lange - Teacher Mentor, Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 

6-12 Infusing Technology into Instruction 

The Stock Market Game: Critical Thinking and Illinois’ Social Studies Standards 
Sheryl Szot Gallaher - Director, Office for Econ Education, University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL 
Lauren Musielewicz - Teacher, Orland Park School District 135, Meadow Ridge Elementary School, Orland Park, IL 

6-12 Social - Emotional 

Gifted, Talented, and Creative: Why the Performing Arts Appeal to Gifted Children and How They Can Be Used to Help 
Brandon Tessers - Counselor, Center for Identity Potential, Park Ridge, IL 
Jenny Nilsen - Program Director/Counselor, Center for Identity Potential, Park Ridge, IL 

6-12 Differentiation 

The Mystery of the Verbal Phrases 
Michael Clay Thompson - Author/Consultant, Royal Fireworks Press, Unionville, NY


 

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