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2016 Concurrent Sessions

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Marcia Gentry, Keynote Speaker - Identification Equity

Alicea, Monica
Allen, Kim
Allen, Jennifer
Anderson, Brittany
Bache, Ben
Bondy, Melanie
Bourrage, Angela
Brown, Crissy
Brown, Katherine
Butler, Lara
Byrd, Jordan
Chander, Scott
Coil, Carolyn
Conn, Brandey
Cook, Sherry
Courtright, Richard
Cox, Cynthia
Crammond, Bonnie
Dean, Sylvia
Demmons, Lynn
Ecke, Laurie
Erinkitola, Lemi-Ola
Evans-Smith, Lisa
Farnsworth, Alexis
Fiddyment, Gail
Foust, Ben
Gary, Laura
Gentry, Marcia
Gibbs, Danielle
Giraldo, Leslie
Grantham, Tarek
Guthrie, Kate
Hampton, Tanya
Hathaway, Megan
Higginbotham, Karen
Hines, Meg
Hood, Michele
Humble, Gail
Hummel, Leigh
Hunter, Katie
Kessel, Sarah
Kosoy, Jennifer
Kraeger, Karen
Krisel, Sally
Marks, Kathy
Mathis, Tara
Meyer, Sally
Monetti, David
Morrison, Eleta
Murphy, Julie
Pirkle, Jeremy
Ray, Ami
Rolader, Ashley
Salinas, Jeanette
Schneider, Stephen
Schuler, Michelle
Schuler, Sue
Scoggins, Angela
Searcy, Kati
Sebastian, Marion
Shepard, Aubra
Simpson, Carrie
Smith, Jonathan
Stanley, Adriana
Stevens, Mary
Sumners, Sarah
Swicord, Barbara
Szymanski, Laura
Tinajero, Tommy
Walden, Sheila
Wesley, Tabitha
Wiggins, Donna
Williams, Katherine
Zaccaro, Ed

Monday 8:00 – 8:50

Athena A
Reach: Increasing Rigor in the ELA and Social Studies Classroom 
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Leslie Giraldo, Amy Fitzgerald—Ware County

Join us for an energetic presentation of increasing rigor in the English and social studies gifted classrooms. We will share ideas for impacting instructional paradigms, restructuring the classroom, and changing assessments. In addition, we will share specific delivery strategies and address concerns such as time management and pacing.

Rigor in SS & ELA

Athena B
Beyond the Book Answer: Strategies that Promote Innovative Thinking  
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | Elementary

Sally Meyer, Adele Moore—Fayette County

Gifted children gain confidence when they are the first to share the “one right answer,” but they thrive when they think beyond the "book answer." Curriculum that challenges students to stretch their thinking begins with innovative design, but is also accomplished with inventive uses of published resources and interactive units. In this session you will learn about proven strategies and activities that can be used immediately in the gifted classroom to teach students to think critically and creatively.

Athena C
Kid Tested, Kid Approved
Creativity| ELA | All Levels

Michelle Schuler, Chris Chapman—Hall County

Kid Tested, Kid Approved is a session about an Enrichment Cluster I created due to the students interest surveys from our school. The students from other grades come to my classroom once a week for 75 minutes. We test different foods, products, games, etc. to see if they are really as good as they say they are! The kids conduct blind taste tests and write down their results. So, come join us an learn about all of the fun things the students have discovered through this exciting cluster experience!

Athena D
What is an Ngram Viewer? A discussion of the role of technology in enriching student learning and assessment.

Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

David Monetti, Katharine Adams, Ashley Lanier and Diane Brunston—Valdosta State University

Innovations in gifted education often permeate and positively influence general education, some notable examples include our disciplines’ emphasis on creativity, student choice, differentiation, and emotional development. Technology is an area where there is still significant opportunity to innovate. Tools like Google’s Ngram Viewer, GoNoodle, Kahoot, and Flubaroo will be discussed in addition to technology that participants share. This roundtable discussion will focus on technology resources available that could be used in the classroom to enrich student learning and assessment practices.

Poster Session: Cultivating Psychological Capital in Gifted Youth as a Means of Personal and Leader Development
Social Emotional| Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Aubra Shepard—Gifted Identity Project

The construct of psychological capital (psycap) is comprised of hope, optimism, resilience, and confidence. This presentation will review the utility of helping gifted youth to develop psycap in their personal lives, as well as the benefits of psycap in leadership endeavors. You will learn about research related to the components of psycap, and how it can be cultivated. This discussion will also outline how metacognition, self-awareness, and a strengths-focus can aid in the development of psycap.

Psycap (PDF)                 Psycap (jpg)

Athena G
10 Challenging Math Problems and the Problem-Solving Strategies to Successfully Solve Them 
Curriculum | Math | Middle, High School

Ed Zaccaro—Hickory Grove Press

Because problem solving can be difficult - even for gifted students - it is important for each student to have a "tool-belt" of problem solving strategies. Many of the strategies presented in this session will force students to change their normal thinking patterns and approach each problem in a different way. You will leave this session with many unique problem-solving techniques that will help all students be more successful in math contests and on tests - including SAT and ACT tests. Each participant will leave the session with 10 problems that they can take back and implement immediately in their classroom that will interest and challenge their gifted students.

Athena J
Gifted Eligibility in Title I Elementary Schools: A Study of Demographic Patterns and Creativity in the Identification Process    
Research | Interdisciplinary | Administration
Tarek Grantham, Sonja Fox, Hye-ri Park,  Jessa Luckey - University of Georgia

In this session, the University-School Partnerships for Achievement, Rigor, and Creativity (Project U-SPARC) research team will share findings and introduce collaborative initiatives that support Clarke County’s school improvement equity goals for its gifted education program. Little data exists to explain the nature of the gifted eligibility problem or improvements that create barriers and bridges for under-represented groups to gain access to gifted and advanced programs. In partnership with Clarke County, Project U-SPARC’s research team replicated the VanTassel-Baska, Feng and de Brux’s (2007) gifted eligibility research that conducts a trend analysis of eligibility profiles of students who qualified for gifted programs and those who did not, as well as identifies childrn from under-represented groups for gifted programs. U-SPARC researchers also have generated recommendations associated with CCSD’s goal to design opportunities to promote creativity.


Total School Cluster Grouping

Marcia Gentry—Purdue University                               Marcia Gentry's second session

Total School Cluster Grouping (TSCG) is an effective, research-based programming model for use in elementary schools. By focusing on differentiation and flexible grouping, it provides full-time services to gifted students and benefits all students and teachers in the school. Research on TSCG has shown that student achievement increases, teachers widely implement gifted education strategies with all students, more students are identified as high-achieving, and fewer students are identified as low-achieving (including students from economically disadvantaged families and diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds). Participants will learn why and how to successfully implement TSCG and leave with site-specific tools to increase the achievement and motivation of all learners, while providing the academic challenge and individual responsiveness essential to gifted learners.

Total School Cluster Grouping

Flip Your Classroom without Flipping Out  
Program Administration | Interdisciplinary | Elementary

Mary Stevens, Larrece Groover—Hall County

This session will address how to flip your classroom with minimal materials while including advanced content for gifted and high achieving learners. Included will be ways to stretch technology, applying for grants, suggested websites, and gaining support from faculty, staff, and parents. Learn from fellow educators who have just survived a drastic, fulfilling change in current classrooms at a low income school.

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Monday 9:00 – 9:50

Athena A
Get a C.L.U.E.! (Creative Learning in a Unique Environment)
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Cynthia Cox, Tashika Gresham—Fulton County

Join us as we explore creative and innovative ways to implement the research-based Mystery Strategy  from the Strategic Teacher. Learn how to transform your current lessons from any subject into a bevy of differentiation, excitement, and “Whodunit?”

Mystery Strategy Planning                    Mystery Strategy Presentation

Athena  B
Creatively Meeting Gifted Needs
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | Elementary

Ami Ray, Jennifer Ezell—Hall County

Chicopee Woods Elementary School a Title 1 school with 90 plus percent English Language Learners, has implemented unique and exciting programs to engage its learners. Many programs are aimed at increasing exposure and building context for students. Using gifted pedagogy, Chicopee Woods Elementary strives to discover the gifts of our high achieving learners while building schema which will allow them to discover those gifts within themselves.
Join us as we take you on our school's journey.

Athena C

Student Driven Innovation, Creation, and Acceleration! Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | Elementary

Leigh Hummel, Stephanie Sumner, Laura Fedorchuck, Ron McAllister—Forsyth County

Join us in an exploration of personalized learning, student driven projects, and the “how to” in creating wonder through learning in the gifted classroom. We will share ideas, lessons, projects, and technology based applications for you to innovate, create, and accelerate learning!

Athena D

Problem-Based Learning for the Investigation of Innovation Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Dr Barbara Swicord—Summer Institute for the Gifted

Problem Based Learning is an elegant way for teachers to lead gifted students through a personalized investigation process of learning. PBL also helps teachers differentiate for characteristics of giftedness, include core content curriculum, and work with authentic problems in an environment that encourages independence, professional and innovative products, and traits associated with expert problem solvers. Participants will review the components of PBL, see and share examples, and practice writing a problem of their own, as time allows.

Athena J

“Is My Good, Good Enough?” Unpacking Perfectionism and Stereotype Threat Among Gifted and High-ability Black Women  Social Emotional | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Brittany Anderson, Jillian Martin—University of Georgia                         Brittany Anderson's poster session

Perfectionism, often described as a multidimensional construct, is a commonly associated characteristic of gifted individuals. Perfectionism has been considered a vehicle for individuals to exceed expectations and rigid guidelines; however, perfectionism has also been linked to various types of maladaptive behaviors such as anxiety, depression, and stress. In this presentation, the author focuses on ways perfectionism can be psychologically distressing to gifted and high-ability Black women in postsecondary education when compounded with stereotype threat. Based on the review of literature, this courageous conversation plans to explore the possible implications of these maladaptive behaviors for Black women pursuing and completing postsecondary degrees. The facilitator also explores how these implications affect creativity, achievement, and motivation. Lastly, the facilitator and panelists will explore and offer recommendations to support gifted and high-ability Black women combating perfectionism and stereotype threat.

Student Identified Exemplary Teachers: Insights from Talent Teachers

Marcia Gentry—Purdue University                            

Who are gifted teachers, what distinguishes these individuals from their peers, how do they reach their students, and what can we learn from them? Research suggests that teacher enthusiasm, feedback, and content knowledge positively affect student motivation, learning, and engagement. Research also reveals the importance of positive and supportive student/teacher relationships. In our work concerning student attitudes toward school, a handful of teachers (n=20) emerged, in the eyes of the students, as exemplary. Follow-up study provided insights concerning how and why these teachers differ. What and how they teach and the ways they relate to individual gifted students distinguish them from their colleagues (n>400). In this session I discuss the quantitative and qualitative findings that provide insight into these gifted teachers. I also highlight implications for professional development and classroom practices based on the findings.

Exemplary Teachers


Parthenon 1
Technology Fair: The A, B, Cs to the State Technology Fair     
Creativity | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Michele Hood, Kathy Mellette—Hall County Schools

How do you engage teachers and students in grades 3 - 12 with authentic projects and a real audience? With a Technology Fair of COURSE!
Your teachers have standards based projects ready for the technology fair - from Game Design to Websites, Power Points to Robotics, and Excel to 3D Design. You will leave with all of the documents needed to have a school or regional technology fair and have your students go on to compete at the state level  - for NO COST - really!

Parthenon 2
Practical Differentiation: Fostering DOK and HOTS
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Crissy Brown—Growing Gifted Learners Group                                Crissy Brown's second session

Enhance your student's ability to think more critically and creatively with practical differentiation strategies you can immediately take into the classroom. Attendees will leave with a working knowledge of implementing DOK and HOTS questioning strategies into their class or content area as a part of their differentiation practice tool box. Attendees will also walk away with at least three activities they can implement in their classrooms with ease.

Differentiation Handout

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Monday 10:10 – 11:00

Athena A

“WHAT'S IN THE BOX?" Creativity | Interdisciplinary | All

Dr. Sheila L. Walden—Mindworx Educational Services

Session participants will learn how to engage gifted learners using creative object-driven logic riddles that are designed to promote critical thinking and problem solving. We will provide strategies that participants can use to differentiate instruction to accommodate all students, not just gifted learners. Participants will explore opportunities to expand existing student's prior knowledge and to generate new knowledge and develop skills in the areas basic to gifted education: Communication Skills, Creative Thinking Skills, Group Dynamics, Problem Solving/Critical Thinking, and Research skills.

Athena B
C3: Cultivating Creativity in Cobb
Creativity | Interdisciplinary | Elementary

Sarah Kessel, Valerie King—Cobb County

Join us to see and hear how one metro district in Georgia used the Global Cardboard Challenge as a springboard for cultivating creativity throughout local communities in the area. The impact and effects of the challenge went beyond our expectations and started local revolutions in thinking.

Athena C
Real-World Innovative Investigations: Differentiated PBL That’s Fun!
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | Elementary, Middle School

Melanie L. Bondy—Mind Vine Press

Engage your gifted students with high-level
independent projects that inspire creativity and growth. Learn to provide clear student guidance that differentiates in every aspect with structured checkpoints and comprehensive assessments.
This teacher presentation will demonstrate the creation and management of successful interdisciplinary projects that incorporate choice within a structure and allow teacher facilitation.
Motivate your students year-round while alleviating your workload!
View student portfolios, exhibits and photos. Excellent detailed handouts. Leave refreshed with new methods to implement right away.

Athena D
The PBL Project - We're not preparing students for Jeopardy anymore!
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | Elementary, Middle School

Ben Bache—Homecourt Publishers, LLC

FREE BOOKS! Attendees to this session will receive free books that feature integrated problem-based scenarios. Problem-Based Learning promotes communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills… all of which are crucial skills in the 21st century.
Participants in this session will be introduced to the philosophy of Problem-Based Learning and the PBL Project website ( During the presentation, we will review the layout and content of the PBL Project books so that teachers can implement the exercises successfully during classroom instruction.

Athena G
It's a Mystery 
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Tanya Hampton, Stephanie Tyler—Rockdale County

Attendees will learn innovative ways to encourage deductive reasoning and critical thinking in the classroom through the use of mysteries. We will explore how to use mysteries of literature, math, and science to encourage investigative skills and problem solving. Presenters will provide ideas, outlines, and lesson plans, along with lists of resources that can be purchased if desired.

It's a Mystery PPT                

Athena J
Using Frasier's Traits, Aptitudes and Behaviors to Identify Under-represented, Culturally Different Students for Gifted and Advanced Programs 
Creativity | Interdisciplinary | All Levels, Administration

Dr. Meg Easom Hines, Brittany Anderson, Stephanie Franks, Dr. Tarek Grantham—Univ. of GA                             Meg Hines' poster session

Locally and nationally, culturally and linguistically different or low-income students are underrepresented in gifted programs. Teachers in two elementary schools in Clarke County worked with the UGA’s Gifted and Creative Education faculty to use Frasier’s Traits, Aptitudes and Behaviors (TABs) Observation Tool to help identify students for referral and to develop Students of Promise programs (bridge programs). This session is an overview of professional development experiences, how the TABs tool was used to develop the Students of Promise programs and the benefits of the University-School Partnerships for Achievement, Rigor, and Achievement (U-SPARC) collaborative experience.

Muggins Math: Aerobics for the Mind
Curriculum | Mathematics | All Levels

Sue Schuler—Muggins Math

Come experience math, higher-order thinking skills, and fun in this hands-on math workshop utilizing award-winning math board games in the Muggins Math Series developed by two former Georgia teachers. Games teach math visually and conceptually without an emphasis on speed as players compete in these challenging, multi-leveled games for skill levels of age 5 to Einstein! Prize drawing for Muggins/Knock-Out game at end of session.

Parthenon 1
What’s New with CogAT 7and Iowa E –
Earn $$$ using CogAT this Spring!  HMH Assessments, Iowa and CogAT 

Assessment | All Levels
Tara Mathis: Houghton-Mifflin Harcort—Riverside

Learn about important updates regarding our most recent forms Iowa E and CogAT 7!  Tara Mathis, HMH Account Executive, will review the latest updates which launched in 2016!  This session is for both current users of Iowa or CogAT, or for those looking to update to newer forms & norms.  This beneficial information will help you move forward in your assessment of gifted and non-gifted students and stay within the current state guidelines. 

**BONUS:  Be among the FIRST to learn about how to earn $$$ for your district or school this Spring!”

Poster Session Starting and Sustaining a Local Gifted Chapter   

 Parent| Interdisciplinary | All Levels
Karen Higginbotham (GAGC Local Chapter Chair) - Clarke County

Local Chapter representatives and those interested in starting a Local Chapter are cordially invited to join the Local Chapter Chair, and other Local Chapter leaders for this opportunity to swap ideas, discuss concerns, and share tips, tools, and techniques for starting and/or sustaining enthusiasm and support for your Local Gifted Program and Association Chapter.

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Monday 11:10 – 12:00

  Athena A
  Advanced Scholars Academy 
Program Administration | Interdisciplinary | Elementary

Donna Wiggins, Heather York, Erin Blair, Susan Canaday, Amy Cochran, Allison Conley, & Laura Seymour—Hall County

The Advanced Scholars Academy (ASA) at Riverbend Elementary is an innovative program which promotes inquiry, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving. ASA is a program of choice for self-motivated and passionate learners who are seeking rigor and acceleration within a challenging curriculum. In this session, participants will be given an overview of the development of the ASA program, founded 5 years ago. Presenters will share success stories and challenges involved in the implementation of this advanced program.

Athena B

GAGC Regional Representative Meeting

Athena C
Extra, Extra! Read all about it! 
Curriculum | Social Studies | Elementary, Middle School

Lisa Evans-Smith—Atlanta Public Schools

Want to get students more engaged and excited about their learning? Not sure how to increase critical or creative thinking skills in the gifted classroom? Visit this session to learn how incorporating current events' stories can accomplish this and more! Teachers can learn to design current events' lessons promoting desired characteristics such as
*developing an analytical mind
*logical, systematic thinking
*visualization and increasing observation skills
*judging evidence
*making connections between different ideas
Visit this session to learn how to utilize research-based strategies designed to engage learners in critical and creative thinking via current events. Teacher and student work examples galore will be shared to help teachers decide which types of lessons would be a great fit for their programs.

Extra, Extra! Presentation

Athena D
Excel with Google classroom and other
st century tools  Creativity | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Jonathan Smith, Kirk Prince—Murray County

The presentation will focus on effective instructional strategies that can make student use of technology beneficial to student learning and success. The presentation will also discuss the instructional benefits of using LMS (learning management systems) such as Google Classrooms and Edmodo as online databases and management for student learning.

Implementing Technology at the Middle School Level

Athena G
Researching the Weird: Are Zombies Real? 
Curriculum | ELA | Middle School

Alexis Farnsworth—Fulton County

This unit is designed for 8th grade ELA students, but can also be used in science and social studies! My presentation will take the audience through an interactive, technologically savvy unit in Researching the Weird in an ELA classroom. We use science, history, and the study of pop culture to write a research-based argument about the possibility of zombies in today’s world. The unit includes neat technology, opportunities for debate, a Socratic Seminar, and many other freakishly cool activities.

Athena J
The Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking: A Basic Introduction and Classroom Applications 
Creativity | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Dr. Sarah E. Sumners—University of Georgia

You’ve heard of the “Torrance Tests”, but what are they exactly? How are they used? What are the practical applications for their use in schools? Well here’s your opportunity to find out more about the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT’s) and how to use them in your classroom. This workshop is purposed to introduce teachers, administrators, and parents to the underlying constructs of the TTCT’s and strategies for creating an optimal atmosphere to foster creative thinking in your classroom.

Notes for Sharing

Ignite your Students with Innovation 

Creativity | Interdisciplinary |  Elementary, Middle

Ben Foust—Muscogee County

Ignite the passion, fire, and innovation in your students. I believe in "playing to learn". This session will show you how to inject fun into lessons that students don't typically enjoy. Not only will your lessons be fun, they will also require the students to be innovative and creative while solving different types problems. *This session is NOT for you to come listen to me. My focus is to let you see how easy it is to include "play time" into your lessons.

Parthenon 1
The Flipped Classroom: Differentiation and Acceleration For All 

Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Kate H. Guthrie—University of Georgia

The flipped classroom is a pedagogical method in which the typical “teaching” and “homework” elements are reversed. Kate will share with you how flipping her middle school math classroom was an effective method for differentiating for all learners, including her gifted students. Come and discover how to flip your own lesson, unit, or subject. Session will include strategies, tips, and suggestions of free/inexpensive resources to get you started. Open to all subjects and grade levels.

Parthenon 2
Underachieving Gifted: Strategies to foster change in this widespread phenomenon
Social Emotional | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Crissy Brown— Growing Gifted Learners Group

Are you frustrated by your academically gifted students who seem to be uninterested and unmotivated? Participants will gain an understanding of factors that often lead to underachievement and discover strategies that foster intrinsic attributes of success and decrease underachievement. Issues that specifically face gifted students at all socio-economic levels, Rimm’s Trifocal Method, and practical strategies for teachers to use to improve achievement and potential in their gifted students will be highlighted.

Underachieving Handout

Poster Session:
Creating a Culture of Caring Kids: Fostering Social Innovation Through Service Learning
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary |  All Levels

Dr. Monica Alicea— Cobb County 

Service learning, a teaching method which combines learning with service to others, can provide a conduit for empathetic gifted students. Implementing a service learning framework nurtures empathy, allows for student voice and choice in learning, and promotes the 4Cs: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Students use problem-solving skills in their practice as social innovators and activists. Come be inspired by a classroom that has transformed into a passionate, caring culture of kids solving real-world problems through service learning pedagogy.

PPT Presentation

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Monday 2:30 – 3:20

Athena A
The Power of Genius Hour 
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Dr. Karen A Kraeger—Cobb County

Want to increase student engagement and uncover your students’ passions?
Then Genius Hour is for you! Learn to leverage technology to transform learning through Genius Hour Projects. Just an hour per week leads to projects incorporating many standards in Language Arts, Research, and Technology, while building collaboration, organization, and higher level thinking skills.

Tools like Edmodo, Evernote, Google Docs, Weebly, iMovie, Remind, LiveBinders, and Glogster can help your students create successful Genius Hour Projects.

Genius Hour Unit Plan              Genius Hour PPT

Athena B
Student Self-Evaluation and Reflection
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Dr. Julie Murphy—Fayette County

Students who learn to evaluate their own work become life-long learners. They begin to understand their own personal strengths and weaknesses and begin to see ways to become a self-advocate for optimum learning. Use these quick and easy forms and ideas for student self-assessment and informal formative assessment    to gauge the learning taking place in your classroom.

Athena C
It's All About Stimulation.... 
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Marion Sebastian—Gwinnett County, Mary Jean Banter—Peach County

What can inspire students to want to learn? For some it is competition; for others, a chance to create. The Future Problem Solving Program offers both. This international program has several competition components that inspire students to investigate real world issues and to be innovative in using the creative problem solving process to extrapolate solutions for the future. See how FPS can be a basis for student service projects and problem based learning now encouraged in many school systems.

Presentation PPT

HO Ideas for PBL lead to FPS      HO PBL, FPS Steps 2016     HO for Community PS     Ideas to assist with CmPS      16 CPS Process Overview

Athena D
Gifted Everyday 
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | Elementary, Administration

Brandey Conn, Alisa Rusk—Marietta City

How do you collaborate with regular education teachers and help meet the needs of the gifted learner every day of the week? In this session we will examine how one district uses the Collaborative and Cluster gifted program models to help challenge and grow our gifted learners everyday of the week followed by a round table discussion to share ideas.

Gifted Everyday
                             Grade 4 Math Extensions                          Soda Display
Gifted Only on Tuesday                Graph Paper                                                 Resources

Athena G
Be Resource-ful for Middle Grades Gifted Learner  Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | Middle School, Administration

Dr. Katherine Williams, Linda Quinn—Cobb County

Gifted Resource is common at the elementary level, but Advanced Content is the reigning gifted service at middle schools. AC classes meet the academic needs of gifted learners, but additional needs such as social-emotional issues, creative expression, and the ability to focus on areas of interest, may never be addressed. This session will discuss how three innovative Cobb County middle schools have integrated these varied needs into an academically focused Gifted Resource Class.

Be Resource-ful for Middle School Grades Learner PDF

Athena J
Bizarre Bazaar  
Creativity | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Dr. Bonnie Crammond, Sarah Marie Catalana, Octavia Furgerson, Kate Guthrie, Yvonne Lewis, Aubra Shepard, Harun Tadik, Zarina Wafula– University of Georgia

Get your creative juices flowing and have fun while learning some strategies that you can incorporate into your curriculum. We will have interactive stations around the room where you can experience strategies for developing creativity. Each station will also have information on the strategy as well as how the strategy may be used in different content areas and for different age groups. After 15 minutes, we will indicate that it is time to change, and you will rotate to another station. This bazaar of creativity strategies may result in some very bizarre sights, sounds, and products, but we hope you will enjoy yourself and get some great ideas for developing creativity in your students.

Chunking and Chewing         Laugh and Learn with Cartooning              That's so Random

Dollar Store Science   
Curriculum | Science | Elementary

Scott Chandler—Muscogee County

If you want to engage your students in hands-on discovery based science activities but don’t have the equipment or materials then this is the session for you. We will explore 20 physical science experiments and demonstrations you can do in your classroom tomorrow using off the shelf products from your local Dollar Store. These activities will cover force & motion, chemical & physical changes, heat, electricity and magnetism. Participants will receive lab sheets and guides to conduct the activities in their own classrooms. Bring some excitement and wow factor to your science lessons with Dollar Store Science.

Parthenon  1
Using Digital Photo Stories and the NOT-ICE Protocol to Notice and Cultivate Gifts and Talents among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners   
Research | ELA | Elementary, Middle School

Jennifer Allen– University of Georgia, Dana Pearce—Carroll County

In this interactive session, participants will view a digital photo story, created by a culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learner, and utilize the NOT-ICE protocol as a means for facilitating critical dialogue and reflection about the gifts and talents of CLD students that often remain obscured by language and cultural differences. Participants will learn how digital photo stories can be used as referral or assessment tools as well as how they can cultivate gifts and talents in the classroom.

NOT-ICE Protocol 

Parthenon 2
How about Differentiating Instruction for Teachers? 
Professional Development | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Tommy Tinajero—GT Ignite

Teachers differentiate instruction for their students.  We all agree, this is good.  Do we provide opportunities for our teachers to differentiate their own professional learning?  Now you can.  GAGC now offers online professional learning by recognized experts in gifted education.   Discover the innovative ways districts across the country are using GT Ignite to meet the unique needs of all of their GT and Gen Ed teachers.   You will also learn how to get FREE access to the entire library of courses.

Poster Session: NHD and the Gifted Child  Research | Interdisciplinary | Middle, High School

Laura Szymanski—Midtown International School

Infusing the National History Day (NHD) program into any middle or high school gifted program allows students and teachers the opportunity for limitless learning. In this presentation, participants will not only have the opportunity to learn what the program is about and how it fits into state standards as well as gifted standards, but they will learn how to create a growth mindset portfolio to track the progress of their students.

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Networking Session Topics 3:40—4:30

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Athena B

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Athena D

Identifying students from underrepresented populations / Talent Development

Increasing parental involvement and community support in gifted education

Resource models /
Differentiation in multi-grade level classrooms

Effective SLOs for gifted education

Athena G

Athena J



Motivating underachieving gifted students

Meeting the needs of gifted learners in various service models

Gifted Educator’s role in supporting gifted students in the general education classroom

Parthenon 1 - Instruments for evaluation

Parthenon 2 MOWR


Tuesday 8:00 – 8:50

Athena B

Engaging Advanced Math Learners Curriculum | Mathematics | All Levels

 Gail Fiddyment—Clark County        Gail Fiddyment's poster session

Mathematically gifted students need to build a strong foundation in order to be prepared for advanced math work in later grades; to provide this foundation, teachers must integrate both the grade-level content standards and the standards for mathematical practice to provide in-depth investigations that develop critical thinking and creativity. In this session, participants will analyze and explore rich mathematical problems, questions, and activities that promote critical thinking and creativity. The presenter will share sample lessons and resources.

Engaging Advanced Math Learners

Athena C
Integration of Authentic Technologies for Advanced Learners 
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | Elementary

Jennifer Kosoy—Dekalb County

My presentation will be on authentic technology integration for engagement of gifted and advanced level learners. We will look at ways to go beyond basic educational technologies and make the integration experience authentic to the more challenging education environment. We will focus on integration of technology with project based learning and how to guide students through the technologies and how to increase their engagement in each project.

Authentic Technologies Presentation

Athena D
TIP-ical Kids: Social and Emotional Aspects of High Ability Children and Youth 
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Dr. Richard Courtright—Duke University                               Richard Courtright's second session

Almost four decades of working with gifted students in Duke TIP summer programs has provided evidence of the nature of the characteristics of gifted/talented students. While individual differences (and exceptions to the rule) abound, there are strong tendencies among gifted kids regarding their social and emotional development that can inform parents and teachers, helping them to understand the response they receive from their children and students. Awareness of these characteristics can turn the “rough seas” of interactions in school and in the home into “smooth sailing” for everyone involved.

Social and Emotional

Athena G
Math Enrichment- Improving Engagement
Curriculum | Mathematics | Elementary, Middle School

Dr. Sylvia Dean—Perennial Math

Students need a weekly dose of higher order thinking if they are to become better problem solvers. Provide your students with better materials and methods to spark their love of math.

Athena J
Testtubes, Beakers and Beyond: The Quirkles/Fuddlebrook Way
Curriculum | Science | Elementary

Sherry Cook— Creative3, LLC

Fun, interactive science workshop that will offer engaging, hands-on experiments and activities to incorporate science and literacy. Be ready to laugh and possibly get messy! Learn what new things the creators of the Quirkles have in store for 2016!

State of the State

Gail Humble—GaDOE Gifted Specialist               Gail Humble's second session

Gail Humble, GaDOE Gifted Program Specialist, will facilitate a discussion session on Gifted Education in Georgia – Where are we, how do we compare with other states and where are we headed in the future. Time will also be reserved for questions and answers from program coordinators/directors and teachers about gifted programs in Georgia.


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Standards-Based STEAM Activities & Assessments for Gifted Students    
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Dr. Carolyn Coil—Pieces of Learning        Carolyn Coil's second session

Learn how to incorporate your standards into a variety of STEAM subjects and topics. STEAM, the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, gives an interdisciplinary approach to these disciplines. This shows gifted students ways to make sense of the world as a whole rather than learning isolated bits and pieces in different subject areas. In this session, learn how design a variety of practical, interdisciplinary and differentiated STEAM activities with corresponding assessments and
extensions appropriate for gifted students.

STEAM A_A - GAGC 2016.pdf 

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What’s new in AP/SAT? Taking Achievement to the Next Level      Assessment | Middle, High School

Lynn Demmons—College Board

The College Board strongly encourages educators to make equitable access a guiding principle for their AP Programs by giving all willing and academically prepared students the opportunity to participate. Learn about new resources that can be used to enhance a rigorous curriculum for all --such as AP Capstone, Khan Academy and AP Insight. You will be provided research and online tools to help students and families aspire, explore, choose, and enroll and succeed in AP and improve SAT performance. You will also identify and develop strategies appropriate for the culture of your school or district.

What's new in AP/SAT? Presentation

Poster Session:
The Incubation Model of Teaching: Promoting Creativity in Diverse Settings 
Creativity | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Dr. Meg Easom Hines, Sarah Marie Catalana- University of Georgia

With increasing globalization and development in the 21st century comes the demand to think creatively and innovatively. While it is clear that creativity is essential to success in today’s schools and workplaces, the demand to enhance creative skills is both nebulous and intimidating. This presentation illustrates how E. Paul Torrance’s Incubation Model of Teaching (IMT) can be easily used to effectively deliver content while simultaneously promoting creative thinking skills across diverse domains and contexts. Specific emphasis will be placed on the techniques used to “Keep the Learning Going,” extending beyond boundaries and establishing meaningful relationships between various contents and contexts.

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Tuesday 9:00 – 9:50

Athena B
Deepening STEAM Experiences through Project-Based Learning
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | Elementary

Dr. Katherine B Brown, Alyssa Benner—Clarke County

With a push for deeper learning through the incorporation of 21st-century skills, both PBL (project-based learning) and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) initiatives can provide opportunities for creativity and problem solving. In this hands-on learning session, participants will explore ways in which they can integrate the Engineering Design Process with real world problem scenarios to support student development of authentic products.

Athena C
Rockin the Radio Show
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Angela Scoggins—Elbert County

Looking for a way to get your kids to research, write, speak, use technology, and learn your content while having fun doing it? If so, this session is for you. In this session, you will see students demonstrating their strategy for learning in a fun and unique way. This strategy can be adapted for all grade levels and content areas. You will leave this session with materials (instructions, handouts, and rubrics) that you can take back and easily implement on Monday!

Athena D
Differentiation of Learning Preferences: A practical approach!
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Dr. Richard Courtright—Duke University

Carol Ann Tomlinson’s recommendations for differentiation are predicated upon recognizing student readiness, interests and learning preferences, including learning styles. This session will present a description of learning styles and the impact that individual differences can have on the instructional process.

Participants will receive a brief overview of learning styles in general. Three major models will be considered – Dunn & Dunn, Myers-Briggs, and Gregorc – with the Gregorc conceptualization taking the dominant role in the presentation. The rationale for using the Gregorc approach to style can guide teachers in a practical approach to differentiate for their students. Understanding of style differences may also explain why your in-laws drive you crazy!

Learning Preferenes

Athena G

20% Time in the Middle School Gifted Classroom Creativity | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Lara Butler—Habersham County

Teachers will learn how one middle school teacher implemented a 20% time class (also called Genius Hour, Passion Projects, and Project-Based Learning) with gifted learners. Examples of student projects will be shared as well as a list of resources and ideas for implementing the program at any level.

20% Time in the Middle School Gifted Classroom 

Athena J
Investigation of the Mind: Why Gifted Students Need Depth, Not Volume
Social Emotional | Interdisciplinary | Middle , High School

Eleta Morrison, Christie Wall—Houston County

Gifted identification of a child should signal that more work is needed, but more shouldn’t mean quantity. Students who are gifted and talented crave depth, analysis, reflection, and creativity. We’ll show you how to challenge your students with fewer assignments (less grading for you) and more valuable activities (more challenge for them) to stimulate their thirst for knowledge, which is the real goal of education. This research-based presentation in interactive, so get ready to learn by doing!

Young Gifted Learners Panel Discussion
Program Administration | Interdisciplinary | Elementary

Gail Humble , GaDOE Gifted Specialist

Research has shown that early childhood is the best time to recognize future promise in high-aptitude children.  It is critical to focus on practices that provide high quality and engaging practices to help young children develop their talents.  The session will focus on the challenges and benefits of talent development and identification of our primary grade learners.

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Creative Thinking Formats for Standards-Based Classrooms
Creativity | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Dr. Carolyn Coil—Pieces of Learning      

This interactive session introduces four easy-to-use lesson planning formats -- Questivities™, Encounter Lessons, Six Thinking Hats, and SCAMPER -- appropriate for enhancing creative and critical thinking. Each is based on the Common Core Standards and offers ways for students to answer a series of divergent thinking questions. These questions stimulate ‘outside-the-box’ thinking and provide a springboard for research and creative project activities. You will participate in lessons using two of the formats and will receive information on the other two.

Creativity Formats - GAGC 2016

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One for the Books: Using Picture Books to Encourage Creativity
Creativity | Reading/ELA | Elementary , Middle School

Katie Hunter, Megan Chambers—Hall County

Picture Books are a popular resource to use when teaching new lessons. Did you know that picture books can also be influential in helping to nurture creative potential in children? Come along as we take a journey through picture books to discover innovative ways for encouraging new ideas and creative problem solving. We will explore ideas that can be put into use the very next day! This will surely be one for the books!

One for the Books Presentation              One for the Books Handouts

Poster Session: Teachers Teaching Teachers
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | Elementary, Middle School

Tabatha Wesley, Meghan Spigener— Houston County

We have facilitated a PL community within our county to highlight Gifted teacher's abilities. We highlight technology in the classroom, enriching the curriculum and how to make every classroom a gifted classroom! We will show you how to highlight the resources around you to enrich your standards and enhance your student engagement. We want to bring our 21st century learners, 21st century instructors.

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Tuesday 10:10 – 11:00

Athena B
Your Students Will Love This Kind of
Assessment !
Creativity | Interdisciplinary | Elementary

Kati Searcy—Fulton County

Assessment can be a creative adventure for our students! You can assess your students know by having them create digital products to demonstrate what they know and understand about a topic. We will explore a variety of free tools: Newspaper Clipping Generator, Fake Text, FakeBook, Chatterpix, Animoto, paper slide videos, green screen, original songs, and music videos.


Athena C
Developing Critical Thinking and Creativity through Team Building in the Classroom
Creativity | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Kathy Marks—Gwinnett County

Learn how to turn your class into a team of problem-solving, risk-taking collaborators! Help your students develop critical thinking and creativity through experiential team building activities that can be used at any time during your school day. As you challenge them out of their comfort zones, your students will practice life skills like communication, problem-solving, cooperation, and compromising as they work as a team. Need to see this in action? Come on in and let's get started!

Developing CCT through Team Building Presentation

Athena D
Teach Problem-solving and Mathematical Logic with Chess
Curriculum | Mathematics | Elementary, Middle School

Stephen A. Schneider, Pat A. Schneider—Championship Chess

Chess-related problems address complex spatial tasks and relationships, provide collaborative or competitive challenges, and allow students to intuit and explain reasoning. Championship Chess Director Stephen Schneider will demonstrate how chess can provide puzzles and problems that will focus on deductive/inductive reasoning, spatial awareness and visualization and enhance cognitive outcomes.

Athena G
Inquiry for the Inquisitive 
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Ashley Rolader—Fulton County

Kids ask tons of questions each day! But what is the quality of their questioning? Will the answers to their questions keep them floating on the surface or entice them to dive deeper? Asking valuable questions and inspiring curiosity is key to an innovative future. Inquiry-based learning can develop questioning skills and engage students. This session will provide practical and easy ideas to incorporate inquiry into your lessons, even in classrooms that are rushed for time or bound by curriculum.

Athena J
Tips for Launching a Community Problem Solving Team at Your Middle School
Creativity | Interdisciplinary | Middle School

Laura Gary—Decatur, Michelle Vecchio Weinmeister— Clarke County

Are you interested in beginning a Community Problem Solving team at your middle school but aren't sure where to start? Coach Laura Gary from Renfroe Middle and Coach Michelle Vecchio-Weinmeister from Clarke Middle are eager to share with you what they are learning, through trial and error, to help you build your own CmPS program. Items addressed will include: Gaining Administration Support | Team Formation | Team Building Strategies Geared Toward Adolescents |Timeline Management to Reach Competition Goals | Fundraising Ideas | Team Communication |Establishing Team Roles | Supporting Team Research Without Taking Over.

Build your own CmPS Program

The Gifted Teacher's Depot: You Can Do It. We Can Help. Part 2
Program Administration | Interdisciplinary | Elem

Kim Allen, Deanna Fawcett—Hall County

This workshop will review great tools for building an extraordinary elementary gifted classroom as well as share a few new tools for your toolbox.. Not your ordinary tools...but we will present a variety of tools to enhance the use of technology, communication, collaboration, creative and critical thinking, and problem solving. Some tools included are: STEM, Lego Engineering, Interdisciplinary Units, engaging web tools, research methods, CPS, and much more. Join us in filling your "Gifted Teacher Toolbox".

Presentation Website         The Gifted Teacher Depot PPT            The Gifted Teacher Toolbox PDF             

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Differentiation + Curriculum Flipping = Awesome!
Creativity | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Dr. Carrie Simpson—Pieces of Learning                              Carrie Simpson's second presentation

Curriculum flipping is an under-utilized way of offering students a differentiated classroom. We can flip our classes to offer support students need at home while freeing up class time to offer extension and enrichment through differentiated activities. Students can acquire new content and enter the class setting ready to engage in activities differentiated for content, process or product according to student interests, learning profiles and readiness levels. The marriage of these two instructional approaches will change your teaching...till death do they part.

Parthenon 2
Innovative Acceleration
Parent | Interdisciplinary | Middle, High

Adriana Stanley, Kate Theobald—The Advanced Academy of GA

Gifted students often need experiences beyond the traditional K-12 classroom. Join a conversation about the many resources that are available through partnering with universities and other programs tailored to meet gifted student's academic needs. For middle/high school students, the opportunities range from supplemental instruction, summer programs, and full immersion dual-enrollment to full-time residential programs. Learn how to navigate the options and determine the possibilities for your students

Innovative Acceleration PPT

Poster Session: A study of gifted undergraduate university students’ level of civic engagement: What happens after First-Year Students take a service-learning seminar? Research | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Brittany N. Anderson, Tarek Grantham—University of Georgia

At the institutional level, a primary focus has been on embedding civic engagement in teaching, research, and service on campus (Furco, 2010). With universities emphasizing the value of community involvement and voluntary community service, this commitment begins to create a culture of service and civic engagement on both the campus and within the community. This study addresses the how a service-learning First-Year Seminar affects gifted university students’ current level of engagement.

This session will provide results from the study, as well as insights on how university professionals and schools can provide experiences for undergraduate and K-12 students that will impact their future engagement in the community and the university.

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Tuesday 11:10 – 12:00

Athena A

Problem Based Learning: From the Real World to YOUR Classroom  Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | Elementary, Middle

Jordan Byrd, Kascha Adeleye—Midtown International School

Learn how to plan a Problem Based Learning Unit that is current, relevant, and direct from the headlines. Session participants will learn how to select a real world problem, identify content objectives to interweave within the context, and plan the unit for student achievement, engagement and success. Session participants will: 1) learn how to successfully select a relevant problem scenario based on current real world events; 2) explore how to incorporate content standards and objectives within the problem scenario; 3) investigate how to design and implement activities supporting the unit; and 4) learn how to assess a problem-based unit requiring students to think critically and analytically.

Athena B
Stuck with the Student News? We Can Help!
Creativity | Interdisciplinary | Elementary

Jeremy Pirkle, Kathy Gott—Hall County

Many times teachers of the gifted have the extra responsibility of coordinating the student news show with their students. In this session, tips, advice, and a few internet tools will be shared that can help make the news more interesting and capitalize on the students' creativity. These tools can be expanded beyond the student news for student project creation!

Athena C
"STEMist" MakerSpace 
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | Elementary 

Dr. Danielle Gibbs, Ann Cardella, Nicole Anderson, Donna Campa  —Valdosta City

What is a MakerSpace? Easy, it's a space where students can make things. Our MakerSpace is a "STEMist" MakerSpace where students work with the STEM concepts to show their innovation and creativity. In this session you will be immersed in ideas of how to implement a MakerSpace at your school and how to get students involved in activities that enhance their knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

STEMist Maker Space Presentation

Athena D
How to be a better parent educator with a busy schedule 
Parent | Interdisciplinary | Elementary

Lemi-Ola Erinkitola—The Critical Thinking Child, LLC

Parents are the first educators of children. Now, more than ever, parents are looking for better ways to bring balance to their hectic pace of life and provide more academic support and critical thinking opportunities in the home. Discover hidden opportunities for maximizing your teaching time and integrating “smart play” teaching and learning techniques.

Critical Thinking PDF      Session Handout PDF       

Athena G
Interdisciplinary Learning for a Changing Planet 
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | Middle, High School

Megan Hathaway—Gwinnett County

In this hands-on workshop, the presenter will engage participants in interdisciplinary activities that help students explore human impacts on the planet including population growth, rising global temperature, threats to biodiversity, and compromised ecosystems. The presented activities build skills in science, math and social sciences, while applying learning to authentic problems. Activity formats include graphing and data analysis, modeling, and group problem-solving. Participants will receive lesson plans and background readings on CD-ROM matched to state standards.

Athena J
Overcoming Landmine Barriers of Underrepresented Gifted Children 
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | All Levels

Angela Bourrage

This presentation underscores the importance of developmental processes needed to support underrepresented populations of giftedness. Educators will learn strategies designed to counteract deficit thinking about socioeconomic and cultural differences that create landmine barriers to identification and talent development of underrepresented gifted children. After this session, educators will appreciate the need to develop talent first and identify later to minimize barriers to identification. Developing talent first emphasizes strategies that foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills in underrepresented populations of gifted children.

Overcoming Landmine Barriers of Underrepresented Gifted Children

Going Mobile with Twice-Exceptional Students
Creativity | Interdisciplinary | Elementary,  Middle School

Jeanette Salinas—University of Houston

The session will be packed with essential tools and strategies for implementing Mobile Applications in the classroom with exceptional children. Learn ways to support students collaborate, communicate and build a cohesive community by using Mobile Applications.

Parthenon 1
Differentiate to Increase Rigor 
Curriculum | Interdisciplinary | Middle, High School

Dr. Carrie Simpson—Pieces of Learning

Utilizing the work of Sandra Kaplan (icons for depth and complexity) and Carol Tomlinson (differentiation), this session will illustrate specific instruction that leads a gifted learner to a rigorous learning experience. We will discuss and consider connections between differentiation and rigor and will be able to implement these ideas in a gifted class OR in a mixed-ability setting with equal success.

Parthenon 2
Understanding the Issues and Advocating for the Education of the Gifted and Talented

Dr. Laurie Ecke (GAGC Legislative Lesion) - Hall County Schools

Join Legislative Liaison Laurie Ecke in a discussion about the current issues impacting gifted education. The “Every Student Succeeds Act,” Georgia’s Education Reform Commission, the 2016 Georgia Legislative Session, and other important issues combine to create a significant time of decision making at the national, state, and local level. Become informed about key policies and how GAGC members can advocate for our gifted and talented students to have opportunities to reach their potential.

Poster Session: Creativity in the Classroom  Creativity | Interdisciplinary | Elementary

Gail Fiddyment, Dianne Swann—Clark County

Creative thinking and the ability to use creativity in problem solving are important 21st century skills, but many teachers are uncertain of how to integrate creativity into the curriculum. Creative thinking skills such as creative problem solving, synectics, and SCAMPER can be infused into differentiated instruction to help teachers meet the academic and affective needs of gifted students. The presenters will focus on incorporating practical and fun creative strategies into content areas and share sample lessons and resources.

Creativity in the Classroom

Closing Address

Dr. Sally Krisel - Hall County 

2016 GAGC Closing Remarks

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