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Conference Schedule

Mid-Winter Conference General Schedule

Sunday – January 28

1:00-3:30    Pre-Conference Sessions: Gifted 101: Who, What, How, Why or Robotics: Standards Based Learning Tools   

3:30-5:00    Conference and Room Registration, Hospitality, Bookstore, and Silent Auction Drop Off   

5:00-6:00    Dinner                            

6:15-6:45    Welcome and Awards

6:45-8:15    Keynote: Dr. Jonathan Plucker

Addressing Excellence Gaps: Promoting High Achievement in the 21st Century   

8:15-9:00    Silent Auction and Social                    

8:30-9:00    Discussion Session with Dr. Jonathan Plucker

Research on Gifted Students and its Implication for Teaching and Policy

Monday – January 29

7:00-8:00    Breakfast                           

8:00-8:30    MEGT Board Updates

8:30-10:00    Keynote: Jonathan Plucker: Creativity: What it is, What it isn’t, and How to Help Children Have More of it

10:00-10:30    Morning Break, Bookstore and Vendors                               

10:30-11:30    Breakout Session A

Socratic Seminar:  A Dynamic Search for Understanding

Creativity Through the Magic of Constraints

Practical Responses to Intensity in the Classroom

Who are the Gifted English Language Learners and How can we Find Them?

Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students

Dealing with the “Dreaded Early Finisher”

Geospatial Technology in the Gifted Classroom

Co-Teaching Math in a High Achievement Cluster


11:30-12:30    Lunch                               

12:30-1:30    Breakout Session B

    Technology and  1:1 Ipads: Journeys to Meaningful  Writing and Presenting Projects

Introduction to the Schoolwide Enrichment Model – Reading (SEM-R)

Introversion and Perfectionism in the Classroom

Give Them Rigor or Give Them Mortis: Using Online Michael Clay Thompson ELA Resources to Challenge Students Daily

The 2E Paradox

Looking at Giftedness Through A Literary and Cinematic Lens

Providing Gifted Services with Limited Resources

1:45-2:45    Breakout Session C

    A Picture Paints a Thousand Words: Using Art to Build Academic Language

Integrating Interdisciplinary Engineering

And Scene! Using Acting Games and Improv To Meet the Unique Needs of Gifted Students

Guidelines for Developing an Academic Acceleration Policy: The First Intervention for Gifted Learners

Leadership Enrichment Opportunities: An Alternative Approach To Teach Gifted/Talent Education

Navigating Natural Disasters with Depth and Complexity

Using Trauma-Informed Practices

Increasing Access and Opportunity for Underrepresented Learners

2:45-3:15    Afternoon Break, Bookstore and Vendors

3:15-4:45    Keynote: Dr. Liz Fogarty: But Are We Really Challenging Our Talented Readers?

4:45-5:30    Silent Auction Announcements, recreation, and leisure

5:30-6:30    Wine Social and Vendors               

6:30-7:45    Dinner                               

8:00        Regional Gatherings

Tuesday – January 30

7:00-8:00    Continental Breakfast, Bookstore                           

8:00-9:15    Keynote: Dr. Liz Fogarty: Promoting Critical Literacy with Social Justice Minded Gifted Students

9:15-9:45    Break/Check-out

9:45-10:45    Session D

Sparking Higher Order Thinking in At-Risk Gifted in Early Elementary

Advanced Training in the Schoolwide Enrichment Model – Reading

From YouTube to Hollywood or Spielberg, look out!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Giftedness and the Autism Spectrum

Motivating and Challenging Math Resources for Gifted Learners

Perfectionism: The Dementor of my Bright Mind

World’s Best Workforce: Gifted and Talented Reporting Elements

10:45-11:45    Brunch, Closing Ceremony, Drawings