Strand Sessions

2018 Weeklong Sessions 

*Refer to list at bottom of the page for those courses fulfilling endorsement credits.*

Select One Session During This Time Slot to Attend Monday-Thursday. 1:15-3:00 p.m.

1.         Igniting and Unleashing Creativity in Your Gifted Student-Bob Bishop (Primary Teachers, Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, G/T Coordinators/Specialists, Administrators)

 Yes, you can teach students to be more creative!! Join Bob Bishop as he provides an exciting practical workshop with a wealth of research-based, classroom-proven ideas for helping your gifted students develop their creativity. The focus of this strand will be to explore how to:

C         Challenge your gifted students with passion for creative excellence 
R         Rediscover the joy of wonder in you and your students 
E         Empower your students with dozens of brain-research tools and methods 
A         Activate the creative talents of your gifted students
T         Transform your classroom environment into a creativity workshop 
I          Infuse the creative spirit into all subjects and activities
V         Visualize your students as the inventors and innovators of the future 
I          Inspire independent creative productivity in all your students
T         Train your students to tackle difficult problems with creative problem solving 
Y         Yes!!! Create a positive, encouraging atmosphere with ready to use ideas
 


2.         Game On!: Integrating Games and Simulations in the Classroom-Dr. Brian Housand (Primary Teachers, Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers, G/T Coordinators/Specialists, Administrators)

Games and simulations can transport gifted students into virtual worlds and allow them to experience and overcome challenges while increasing the capacity for creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. We will begin by uncovering what makes a game by playing a variety board games and video games. Then we will start the transformational journey from being a game player to becoming a game designer. Along the way, you will experience first-hand options for utilizing a variety of simulations and gamifying your learning environment. Bring your LAPTOP for this session!


3.         Robots, Art and Design Thinking...The Emphasis is on Art-Linda Stokes (Primary Teachers, Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, G/T Coordinators/Specialists)

It is time to back fill our curriculum with the thinking skills and mind set awareness that art brings into our classroom.  Integrating serious study with the elements that art uses to cement memories, create unique outlooks and stimulate innovation.  Let's examine Problem Based Learning elements and incorporate projects focusing on robotics, and futuristic thinking to consider what changes could easily be made in our classrooms. Let's put the feeling of "awe" right along the "aha"! 

 

4.         Teaching the Underachiever: Strategies That Work-Margo Long (Primary Teachers, Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers, G/T Coordinators, Parents, Administrators, Counselors)

This strand focuses on the social and emotional needs that deal with underachievement. Underachievement is one of the most frustrating conditions for parents and teachers when working with the gifted. This session explores how to be proactive with best practice strategies when working with this ever-growing student population. We know that many students in our programs and classrooms are not reaching their potential because of a variety of factors. We now have available many answers and strategies that can encourage student engagement and to motivate these young, resilient learners. Come learn how to identify different types of underachievers, develop a partnership with parents, and find out what specifically can be done to bring about productive change.

           

5.         Innovative Instruction to Engage Students Cloyce Weaver (Primary Teachers, Elementary Teachers, Middle School, High School, G/T Coordinators/Specialists)

It’s not what we learn, but often, how we learn that deepens the learning for the student.  Explore a variety of hands on, highly engaging strategies for all grades.  The strongest—and most easily accessible—memories are created through dense, interwoven neural networks. This strand will focus on innovative instruction that can bring about student engagement through a little drama, some I-Think integrative thinking strategies, and a lot of creative challenges embedded in knowledge building.  Come enjoy this exploration of strategies!


6.         Gifted Kids Facing Life with Grace and Grit- Dr. Tom Hébert (Primary Teachers, Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High School, Parents, G/T Coordinators/Specialists, Parents, Administrators, Counselors)

Gifted kids have a need to develop self-understanding and learn how to face the challenges of adolescence with self-assurance and determination. Teachers can help them reach that understanding and develop confidence and grit through effective classroom strategies. This strand offers an overview of the social and emotional issues facing gifted kids and how teachers can address their needs in classrooms. Through discussions, analyzing case studies, investigating online resources, and exploring contemporary media, teachers gain a better understanding of their students and learn strategies to support their emotional well-being and develop their determination to succeed.

 

7.         What’s Your Problem?-Dr. Angela Housand (Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers, G/T Coordinators/Teachers, Administrators)

Gifted students are routinely presented with opportunities to explore topics of interest through project oriented learning opportunities like Genius-Hour or Passion-Pursuits. Yet, all too often, the steps between identifying interests and planning the project are overlooked. What real problem will the student seek to solve? What steps must students take to produce quality outcomes? How can we ensure that the time students spend in these pursuits leads to growth? This session provides the answers! Join us as we practice the steps that will move student project outcomes from good to meaningful and escalate the complexity, professionalism, and authenticity of students’ work. Bring your LAPTOP for this session!

 

8.         Books as Hooks for Lifelong LearningDr. Susannah Richards (Primary Teachers, Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, G/T Coordinators/Specialists, Librarians/Media Specialists, Parents)

This strand includes an overview of books that invite readers to explore and cultivate interests and ideas. In addition to the dozens of books and book lists that will be highlighted, emphasis will be on how to use books to meet the needs of gifted students. Featured books will include recently published fiction and nonfiction books that lead to critical and creative thinking experiences. Discussion and activities will focus on identifying, evaluating, and incorporating children's and young adult books as vehicles for learning in ELA and the content areas. Given that many gifted students are fascinated by the world of non-fiction, a portion of the session will focus on how to incorporate non-fiction books into the curriculum. A medley of books from a variety of genres and formats (biographies, poetry, concept books, collections, graphic novels, technically-engineered, etc.) will be highlighted.

 

Select One Session During This Time Slot to Attend Monday-Thursday 3:15-5:00 p.m.

9.         Innovative Instruction to Engage StudentsCloyce Weaver (Primary Teachers, Elementary Teachers, Middle School, High School, G/T Coordinators/Specialists)

It’s not what we learn, but often, how we learn that deepens the learning for the student.  Explore a variety of hands on, highly engaging strategies for all grades.  The strongest—and most easily accessible—memories are created through dense, interwoven neural networks. This strand will focus on innovative instruction that can bring about student engagement through a little drama, some I-Think integrative thinking strategies, and a lot of creative challenges embedded in knowledge building.  Come enjoy this exploration of strategies!

 

10.       Becoming a Meddler-in-the-Middle-Dr. Brian Housand (Primary Teachers, Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers, G/T Coordinators/Specialists)

Rather than being a Sage-on-the-Stage or a Guide-on-the-Side, teachers of the gifted should strive to become the Meddler-in-the-Middle. Instead of rushing into save students with the right answer, the Meddler-in-the-Middle intentionally creates puzzling situations to stretch gifted students’ thinking. Come experience a collection of activities designed to promote meddling, curiosity, risk-taking, and creativity in you and your students.  Bring your LAPTOP for this session!


11.           Puzzles, Patterns, and Printmaking - Creativity, Oh, My!– Linda Stokes (Primary Teachers, Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, G/T Coordinators, Parents, Counselors)

Are you looking for art lessons that provide diversity, challenge and stretch your "possibilities thinking" button?  Join us for a wild ride of color explosion practicing multiple printing methods.  Let’s examine STEM plus Design, puzzling literature with twists and tons of printing fun!  You will leave with a Masters Degree in Printmaking and Mindful Observation.


12.     Talent Development from Scratch- Alaina Sayers Huhn, Michele Knight, & Cara Hinkson (Primary Teachers, Elementary Teachers, GT Coordinators/Specialists, Parents, Counselors, and Administrators) 


What can you do right now to improve the representation of underrepresented students in gifted programs? Creative or re-purposed use of time and resources can make a huge impact! Using a whole class model of brief weekly lessons in K - 5th grade classrooms, GT interventionists are able to impact educator perceptions of giftedness, spot potential talent, model differentiation for “on and beyond” learners, and support incubation of talents.  A successful pilot year of service integrated Kaplan’s Depth and Complexity prompts with ELA curriculum (among other subjects) across grade levels.  These strand sessions will share the intervention’s research-based motivation and rationale, administrative perspective, design, lessons learned, educator feedback and impacts achieved through talent development efforts in four elementary schools, and particular successes in Title 1 buildings.

 

13.    The Multiple Menu Model for Curriculum Development – Jeff Danielian (Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers, G/T Coordinators/Specialists)

Participants in the strand will receive and introduction to the Multiple Menu Model (MMM), a curricular model designed to help educators create and deliver challenging curriculum opportunities for all students by providing guidance for exploring and applying knowledge in the real world. The MMM presents six practical menus that guide educators as they bring together an understanding of a discipline, its content and methodologies, and a vast array of instructional techniques. Teachers have successfully used this approach to challenge learners on all levels and make learning more meaningful, relevant, and engaging. Educators will learn how to challenge all students with opportunities for higher level learning, use investigative skills in the classroom, blend content and higher level thinking processes, engage students in pursuing topics of their own personal interest and produce authentic products of their own, and much, much more.           

 

14.       Helping Bright Boys Become Awesome Men- Dr. Tom Hébert (Primary Teachers, Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers, G/T Coordinators/Specialists, Parents, Administrators, Counselors) 

Boyhood is filled with wonderful possibilities and difficult challenges. Guys growing up gifted today have to negotiate a culture that may not be supportive of their talents, interests, and favored ways of learning. This strand explores teaching and mentoring strategies to provide gifted males the tools they need to become awesome young men. We examine methods for keeping them actively engaged in school and achievement oriented. We explore how to connect curriculum to the varied interests of boys and develop those interests into creative productivity. We examine athleticism and the important role of involvement in extracurricular activities. This strand also provides participants with strategies to support boys in building authentic friendships and maintaining healthy father-son relationships.

 

15.       Social Emotional Learning: The Foundation for Talent DevelopmentDr. Angela Housand (Primary Teachers, Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers, G/T Coordinators/Specialists, Parents, Administrators, Counselors) 

Serving gifted students requires more than challenging academic experiences. As a matter of fact, research suggests that developing certain social emotional learning (SEL) competencies like persistence, strategic risk-taking, and self-confidence are necessary for developing talent. This session introduces a series of lessons that develop social emotional learning (SEL) competencies alongside academically rigorous work to help ensure that gifted students have the skills necessary to recognize strengths, manage stress, communicate effectively, practice empathy and compassion, and motivate their actions to explore learning that is personally meaningful all while meeting rigorous academic standards.

 

16.       Creating Challenge for High Ability Readers, Writers, & Thinkers-Dr. Susannah Richards (Elementary Teachers, Middle School Teachers, G/T Coordinators/Specialists, Literacy Specialists, and Librarians/Media Specialists, Parents) 

This session focuses on strategies to meet the needs of talented readers, writers, and thinkers. Topics to be addressed include traits of talented readers &writers; differentiation of reading and writing instruction; the role of interest assessment; evaluating curriculum materials and books; and creating engaging reading & writing experiences for talented readers with print and electronic materials. We will discuss examples of recommended practices to provide these students with experiences to help them grow as readers and writers as well as how to organize literacy instruction to escalate reading/language arts/English instruction to facilitate escalated thinking experiences for literacy development for these high-level language users. The strand will include many examples of teaching practices and strategies for students to increase and demonstrate comprehension using technology and creativity.

           

Edufest Weeklong Sessions:

Strands specifically address the “Foundation” requirements to fulfill endorsement credit.

4, 6, 10, 12, 14, 15 (Institutes 1-5)

Strands specifically address the “Curriculum” requirements to fulfill endorsement credit.

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 (Institutes 1-5)

Strands specifically address the “Creativity” requirements to fulfill endorsement credit.

1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16 (Institutes 1-5)

Strands specifically address the “Social and Emotional” requirements to fulfill endorsement credit.

4, 6, 14, 15 (Institutes 1-5)

Those of you taking Edufest for credit will want to select strands and institutes based on type of course you are taking.  Select those courses that help you to fulfill your course requirements. You can check with your strand leaders.


 

 

 

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