Presented by Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented at no cost to participants

Please join Arizona Association for the Gifted and Talented for a series of discussions with eminent leaders and practitioners in the field of gifted education, focusing on strategies to accommodate the unique learning differences of gifted students and address their social and emotional issues.

All parents, teachers, school district administrators, gifted coordinators, school counselors, school board members, county school superintendents, state legislators, and members of the community at large are invited to attend.

Live broadcasted episodes will be available via Zoom – registration is required to receive the link, seats are limited.

Recordings of each broadcast will be available on our website and our Youtube Channel.

Presentations that qualify for a one-hour professional development credit certificate will be noted. You will need to complete a survey to receive your certificate.

Stay tuned for announcements of future AAGT Informs Episodes

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Recorded AAGT Informs Sessions
Gifted Education Webinars

The Equity Case for Prioritizing Gifted Education at a Moment of Reckoning

Speaker: Colin Seale

1 Hour Professional Development/Gifted Endorsement Certificate Available

AAGT Informs Episode 1 Information

With the COVID-19 pandemic placing a spotlight on existing inequities in education, issues of racial justice rising to the top of public consciousness at level unseen in generations, and massive budget cuts likely in K-12 education, there are serious questions about the will to support the needs of gifted and talented learners. At the same time, our society’s need for critical thinking has never been stronger. Colin Seale, education advocate Founder and CEO of thinkLaw, and author of Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Practical Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking to All Students, will share powerful, but practical arguments for prioritizing and expanding the benefits of gifted education as a key pathway for achieving educational equity.

Links:

Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Practical Framework to Teach Critical Thinking to All Students: Buy on Amazon

Request a quote for thinkLaw’s curriculum, or to book Colin Seale for your school’s teacher, or parent workshops: https://www.thinklaw.us/quote-request/

Access Denied: Arizona Gifted Education Report Card

Speaker: Marcia Gentry, PhD

1 Hour Professional Development/Gifted Endorsement Certificate Available

AAGT Informs Episode 2 Information

Much has been written about underrepresentation by income and race in gifted education during the past 40 years. Additional literature exists concerning gifted students in locales including city, suburban, town, and rural school settings. Sadly, little has changed. This report seeks to refine what is known about underrepresentation in gifted education by conducting more detailed analyses than have previously been done. Because of inequity in identification and services, many scholars and practitioners outside the field of gifted education raise concerns about racism, classism, and elitism within the field. Other scholars in the field of gifted education work to understand and solve inequity and some continue to defend inequity as it exists.

Join Marcia as she dives into Arizona’s report card of this study and how we can identify inequity and thoughts on how it can be addressed.

Additional Links

Dr. Gentry’s Presentation Slides

Full Gifted Education Report

Arizona’s Report Card

Understanding Gifted Students Response to these Uncertain Times of Change

Speaker: Dr. Paul Beljan | Hosted by Heather Long

1 Hour Professional Development/Gifted Endorsement Certificate Available

AAGT Informs Episode 3 Information

Our gifted students process information differently and may react to uncertainty in many ways. This discussion with Dr. Beljan will identify what responses may look like for your gifted child and how to implement successful tools to keep the calm during chaos.  This presentation will be done interview style, please submit any questions you may have for Dr. Beljan during registration.

Meet Dr. Paul Beljan

Dr. Paul Beljan is the past president of the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology. He holds child and adult diplomate qualifications with the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology and the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. Dr. Beljan’s professional focus is on Gifted Intelligence, Traumatic Brain Injury, Alcohol/Drug Related Neurodevelopmental Deficit (A/DRND), Learning Disorders, and Attention and Executive Functioning Deficit diagnosis and interventions. Dr. Beljan co-wrote Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults and co-authored Large Scale Brain Systems and Neuropsychological Assessment: An Effort to Move Forward.

Resources:

Teachers: Dr. Beljan is offering 100 free assessments for children you feel may not be identified due to social inequities or perhaps a child you feel who would work better in a one on one setting, but perhaps the family cannot afford it. Reach out via his website and inquire about his pro bono offer.

www.paulbeljan.com

Book: Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults

Book: Large-Scale Brain Systems and Neuropsychological Testing: An Effort to Move Forward

Common Characteristics and Behaviors of Gifted Students that Require Special Accommodations in Curriculum and Instructional Practices

Speakers: Connie Crowley & Donna Campbell

1 Hour Professional Development/Gifted Endorsement Certificate Available

AAGT Informs Episode 4 Information

Being gifted is not a diagnosis, fixed with a prescription.  It is a composite of characteristics and behaviors that are unique to each person.  Connie and Donna will discuss common traits and individual attributes of gifted students with anecdotal examples of how giftedness often reveals itself in unexpected ways. Strategies to respond to gifted students’ learning differences will be shared.

Resources

Helpful Documents and Presentation Slides

Saxon Placement Tests

Program Models and Options for High Ability Learners

Speakers: Peter Laing and Scott Hagerman

1 Hour Professional Development/Gifted Endorsement Certificate Available

AAGT Informs Episode 5 Information

One size does not fit all! Join Peter Laing and Scott Hagerman for a dialogue regarding programs, service delivery models and strategies and systems of support will be shared to support both gifted and advanced learner access and success within rigorous curricula. Attendees will leave empowered with new understanding and practical tools to help support their local school efforts to expand accelerated and advanced learning opportunities for the students and families they serve.

Resources

Slide Deck for Presentation

Curriculum and Instructional Strategies to Support School Options

Speaker: Marianne Landrith

1 Hour Professional Development/Gifted Endorsement Certificate Available

AAGT Informs Episode 6 Information

The Pandemic has forced the educational community to consider all possible options for delivery of curriculum and instruction in the near future.  With the sudden onset of school closure in the spring, it was clear there is no one way for schools to meet the learning needs of all their students and expect them to thrive in an environment of anxiety and uncertainty.  And yet, “if there ever was a time to let gifted students flourish, it would be now.” (Paula Prober) Marianne will discuss how the options being considered for students can be successful for gifted students when using curriculum and instruction that peak their curiosity and creativity, and provide appropriate challenges

Resources

Practical Tools to Prevent Anxiety and Frustration

Speakers: Otto Siegel and Heather Long

1 Hour Professional Development/Gifted Endorsement Certificate Available

AAGT Informs Episode 7 Information

As parents you might have been going through almost 150 days of diverse emotional experiences with your bright and sensitive children at home. Anxiety and frustration may have been frequent companions on this journey with very limited social contact. How ready are you to explore practical exercise tools and physical techniques to minimize or even PREVENT anxiety and frustration on a daily basis? These tools are based on brain physiology, easy to learn and fun to apply daily. They work with children, adults and everyone with a nervous system. You have full control over your body 24/7. Watch this conversation with Genius Coach, Otto Siegel, and AAGT Executive Director, Heather Long (Plus kids!) in learning how to benefit from increased biological awareness and applying unusual practical tools.

Resources:

Genius Blog: https://www.geniuscoaching.com/blog

Text ‘Genius’ to 42828 to sign up for my weekly genius tip

Parent Roundtable with Otto every Monday from 5 – 6 pm on Zoom

  • Share your best practices to navigate through uncertainty and daily challenges
  • Connect with other passionate parents to learn and inspire
  • Receive valuable tips for emotional and behavior challenges
  • Register Here: https://www.geniuscoaching.com/contact and receive your link
Problem Based Learning (PBL): The Cure for the Common Classroom

Speakers: Dr. Jason McIntosh

1 Hour Professional Development/Gifted Endorsement Certificate Available

AAGT Informs Episode 8 Information

Instruction for gifted students should be qualitatively different from the regular classroom. One tried and true method of accomplishing this is through the use of rigorous problem-based learning tasks/units. Research shows that students taught through problem-based learning acquire the content knowledge they need just as effectively as they would if taught through traditional methods, but also see great increases in critical thinking and motivation to learn. Join Jason as he reveals the step by step process he uses to develop high-quality problem-based learning scenarios and units of study. You never know! This could be the cure for the common classroom you’ve been looking for!

Resources:

Join Dr. McIntosh for a Self-Paced Online Professional Development course on Problem Based Learning for teachers – Download Flyer or register for this course on his website.

The powerpoint presentation is also available on Dr. McIntosh’s website: www.notmoreofthesame.com

Addressing the Needs of Twice Exceptional Students

Speakers: Julie Gunnigle and Cherrie Vierra-Lonkar

1 Hour Professional Development/Gifted Endorsement Certificate Available

AAGT Informs Episode 9 Information

Twice Exceptional, or 2e kids, have exceptional ability but also disability. They may have ADHD, autism, dyslexia, or another learning disorder. Join Julie and Cherrie, who both are moms of 2e kids with amazing gifts, as they share experience and tools they use when raising their children.

Cherrie will also navigate us through CARES Act, pointing out resources and tools that are written in this legislation that we may not have known are available for our exceptional children!

Resources:

Branching out Family Services: https://www.facebook.com/BranchingOutFamilyServices

ALTCS Insurance: https://www.azahcccs.gov/members/ALTCSlocations.html

Advocating for the Gifted Student

Speaker: Peter Laing

1 Hour Professional Development/Gifted Endorsement Certificate Available

AAGT Informs Episode 10 Information

Here you will learn how to advocate for gifted students and programs in a time of limited budgetary resources. Practical ideas for implementing and supporting program and services models within K-12 schools, to include a review of potential funding sources, will be shared and discussed. Our shared goal is to encourage schools to raise expectations for achievement and future outcomes for all learners, become talent scouts for identifying talent and potential in all learners and to become champions for providing equitable access to rigorous, challenging, & relevant curriculum for all learners.

Meet Peter Laing

Peter serves as Policy Advisor for the Arizona Department of Education, providing leadership for Arizona’s implementation of the CARES Act.  Peter also provides leadership for Gifted Education and Advanced Placement programs and initiatives. Peter has served as Chair-Elect of the Council of State Directors of Program for the Gifted (CSDPG), was a member of the national expert advisory board for the 2015 “Equal Talents, Unequal Opportunities: A Report Card on State Support for Academically Talented Low-Income Students” report from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and has served as the Chair for the Special Populations Network of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). Peter’s focus has been on designing, implementing and supporting systems to equitably identify and develop talents and potential in all learners – particularly culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse learners.

Resources:

AAGT Advocacy Page (with links to NAGC Advocacy Information) Be sure to also sign up for our CAN Email List – https://arizonagifted.org/about-us/advocacy/ 

AAGT Parent Affiliate Page: https://arizonagifted.org/about-us/affiliates/

PDF of Peter’s Presentation

Gifts for the Gifted

Speaker: Carolyn Ragatz

1 Hour Professional Development/Gifted Endorsement Certificate Available

AAGT Informs Episode 11 Information

What makes a good gift for a gifted child? Want to find something unique and different? Need ideas to share with friends and relatives? Dr. Carolyn Ragatz has over 30 years of experience teaching gifted students and is a mother of two gifted sons. She has done research and written about the power of games with children. Join her as she discusses games and other exciting ideas to keep gifted children engaged. Hear about the latest and greatest games and activities to inspire young minds.

Resources:

Gifts for the Gifted Presentation Deck

NAGC – Toy and Game List 2020

 

Ready to shop for the items in this list AND make a donation to AAGT? Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/86-0310052 and AmazonSmile will donate to Arizona Association For The Gifted & Talented, at no cost to you.

Equity in Gifted Education: A Socratic Discussion

Speaker: Connie Crowley and her students

1 Hour Professional Development/Gifted Endorsement Certificate Available

AAGT Informs Episode 12 Information

What does Equity Mean – “fairness or justice in the way people are treated.”

Equity is giving everyone what they need to succeed, including gifted education, despite their race, culture, gender, sexuality, religion or economic status.

Join Liberty Elementary School District gifted teacher, Connie Crowley and her students in this socratic discussion of what equity means to them and why, now more than ever, it is imperative to fund gifted education in Arizona.

Growth Mindset in the Power of Productive Failure

Speaker: Ms. Nadia Westen

1 Hour Professional Development/Gifted Endorsement Certificate Available

AAGT Informs Episode 13 Information

Join Ms. Westen as she talks about how she teaches the power of productive failure with a growth mindset. Gifted students need the opportunity to experience short term failures in order to achieve long term successes, but how do we teach the power of “yet” and maintain positivity in the classroom. Nadia shares her real life experiences as well as her Imagination Zone website in the era of virtual learning.

Resources:

Slide Deck: Growth Mindset in the Power of Productive Failure by Nadia Westen

Continued Conversations of a Culturally Responsive Teacher

Speaker: Alisa M. Johnson, M.Ed

1 Hour Professional Development/Gifted Endorsement Certificate Available

AAGT Informs Episode 14 Information

This conversation puts participants right in the middle of a national, ongoing discussion on equity, diversity and the rational behind practices that include the early identification and inclusion of brown and black students into gifted programs.

Discussion points include:

  • Calling all Talent Scouts!: Finding talent in conventional AND unconventional places
  • Leveling the playing field: The long term effects of early identification
  • Did you get the email?: The need for more intentional goals surrounding dispersing information about gifted programming and testing to brown and black parents, socio-economic and other marginalized communities including information nights, etc.
  • Identified gifted – Now what?: Academic readiness versus gifted identification – how to bridge the gap/background/spotting talent Long game – we invest in all students in order to provide opportunities for all students
Answering the "But Why" Questions of Gifted & Talented Children

Speaker: Angela Novak, Ph.D.

1 Hour Professional Development/Gifted Endorsement Certificate Available

AAGT Informs Episode 15 Information

Have you asked yourself: How do I discuss racism and the daily events in our society with my children or students? How do I clarify the truth from the tik-tok truth? This webinar will discuss scaffolded questioning, reflection, and discussion with gifted children to address this generations “but why” questions. This webinar will address the intricacies of speaking to gifted children of all ages, and how conversations with gifted children can vary from a typical population. Dr. Novak will explore the topic using research-based best practices and personal examples from the presenter’s life raising her gifted child, 2e preteen and non-binary gifted 3e teenager, as well as examples from her work as a college professor teaching late-teens. The webinar will be offered as 45 minutes live presentation style, 15 minutes Q&A, so be ready to engage with questions!

Angela Novak, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at East Carolina University, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in assessment and gifted education. Angela has served both NAGC and CEC-TAG in multiple network, committee and board roles, and is on the Advisory Council of Pure Play Every Day. She has worked in public education in the gifted field as a classroom teacher, resource teacher, and central office support, and in the private not-for-profit sector of gifted education. She is an equity and anti-racism advocate, and is a member of the Diversity Scholars Network, from the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID).

1 Hour Professional Development Available

Resources

Powerpoint Presentation

ADVOCACY – Acquiring What the Gifted Need

Speaker: Dr. Rick Courtright

1 Hour Professional Development/Gifted Endorsement Certificate Available

AAGT Informs Episode 16 Information

The advertisement in an airline magazine (remember those?!?) proclaimed, “You don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate!” It’s true for business, and it is also true in the realm of education. Programs that address special needs, such as those of gifted and talented students, are implemented not because they are needed and deserved, but because someone negotiated for programs on behalf of the students – advocates. Advocacy is essential to acquiring the services students need. It is a process that involves knowledge and skills that anyone can acquire and then engage in the policy-makers’ decision-making procedures. We’ll examine advocacy strategies that enable us to negotiate for what our students need.

Dr. Rick Courtright, independent consultant in gifted and special education, has had over forty years of professional education experience. He has been a classroom teacher, gifted resource teacher, and district gifted program administrator for two school districts in North Carolina. Rick formerly held positions at Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), at Duke University’s Program in Education, and at Elon University. He earned his A.B., M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rick has taught a variety of courses and workshops in gifted, general and special education; he has presented at state, regional, national and international conferences. Rick has provided consultation and professional learning opportunities to numerous schools and districts interested in delivering quality differentiated programs for gifted and talented students.

 

Join Executive Director Heather Pace and Advocacy Chair Donna Campbell to watch this presentation by Dr. Courtright, followed by a more in-depth discussion on local advocacy efforts you can do in your own schools/districts.

1 Hour Professional Development Available