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An evening of learning about options and opportunities during a gifted child's journey K-12

Thursday, Nov. 14
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

GCISD Professional Development
and Education Center (PDEC)
5800 Colleyville Blvd.
Colleyville, TX

Free for SAGE Members' Families

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5:30 p.m.
Check-In & Networking

PDEC Mustang Corral. Optional: Bring a dinner for your family and socialize before the evening begins.

6:00 p.m.
Keynote: Developing Talent from Childhood into Early Adulthood

Dr. Todd Kettler, Baylor University

Perhaps one of the greatest anxieties of parenting children with exceptional abilities is wondering whether you are adequately developing their potential. Fortunately, the process of talent development has been studied and modeled to help parents, educators, and researchers better understand the cognitive and psycho-social nuances that interact with opportunity and environment. This presentation will include an overview of the science of developing exceptional talent as well as practical recommendations for parents.

Todd Kettler, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology in the School of Education at Baylor University. He is the chair of the Texas Commissioner of Education’s Advisory Council for Gifted Education in Texas. Read more about the keynote.

~ 7:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Choose 2 breakout sessions. They're ~ 40 minutes each and will end ~ 8:30 p.m.

High School Student Panel

GCISD's National Merit Scholars & Gifted Students

Panelists will offer insights on balancing life and studies, navigating high school, and choosing college and career. Younger students benefit greatly from hearing directly from their older classmates. You'll leave this session with practical ideas, and you'll be inspired by GCISD's scholars.

Conversations for College and Career

Julie Leslie, GCISD Director of Advanced Academics

Mrs. Leslie began these conversations with her step-son Trevor when he was in middle school. In this whirlwind session, Mrs. Leslie will share how they examined his personality, passions, and strengths. All of this helped Trevor decide to which colleges he would apply and shaped his final decision to attend a small liberal arts in Michigan (where he's sometimes flourishing, sometimes struggling, always growing, and [mostly] happy - at least for now!).

Guiding your Gifted Adolescent

Dr. Cheryl Taliaferro, GCISD ASPIRE Liaison

Do you know what to expect when your gifted adolescent starts middle school? Learn from experienced teacher Dr. Cheryl Taliaferro about the unique characteristics and needs of adolescents, and how to build a strong partnership with your student and his/her teachers as you guide your child into adulthood.

Gifted 101

Cindy Garcia, GCISD Advanced Academics Instructional Coach

"How do I know if my child is gifted?" "My child was identified as gifted — now what?" Learn the GT lingo and get strategies for parenting your unique child from gifted teacher and parent Cindy Garcia.

Twice Exceptional Students

Parents and educators of gifted students who also have a learning disability are invited to meet each other in support of the needs of 2e students. Share information and connect with a broader network of families with similar challenges. Session hosted by Tami Brugman, facilitator of our 2e Monthly Chat.

Gifted Education & Texas House Bill 3

Dr. Todd Kettler, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology, Baylor University

Dr. Kettler is the chair of the Texas Commissioner of Education’s Advisory Council for Gifted Education in Texas. He will share information about how Texas House Bill 3 affects gifted education in Texas. Attend this session to be informed about laws that directly affect your students.

Ask the Expert

Experienced Parents & Teachers

All evening! Sign up when you arrive for a 10-minute private conversation with a GT expert from our SAGE community. A great opportunity to ask a friendly face those questions you always wanted to ask. We'll help point you toward the answers.

Other things to know

Admission is free for SAGE Members' families, and $10 each for non-members.

Skip the check-in table and RSVP now.

Check in begins at 5:30 p.m. You are welcome to bring a sack lunch for your family if it suits your schedule!

We will honor the 2019 recipient of the SAGE Sherry Hamilton Memorial GT Educator Award.

We will provide live Spanish translation of the keynote and two breakout sessions via headsets; our appreciation to GCISD's Department of World Languages!

We will not provide childcare this year.

The mini-conference ends around 8:30 p.m.

More details to come. Follow @GCSAGE for updates.

Contact SAGE VP Programs Julie Bouwens with questions.

Spanish Information:

¡14 de noviembre de 2019: SENDEROS DE SUPERDOTADOS!
4ª. mini conferencia anual de SAGE, SENDEROS DE SUPERDOTADOS: Navegando con su niño superdotado desde Kindergarten hasta la universidad, se llevará a cabo el 14 de noviembre, empezando a las 6 pm hasta las 8:30 pm. Aprenda sobre opciones y oportunidades durante la travesía de su niño superdotado a través de la escuela. El orador principal será el Dr. Todd Kettler de la Universidad de Baylor. Habrá sesiones para padres de familia, educadores y estudiantes de 5º a 12º grado. Un panel de Discípulos de Mérito Nacional ofrecerá ideas sobre el equilibrio de vida y estudios. ¡Información sobre la preparación para la universidad y más! Gratis para los miembros de SAGE.

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GC-SAGE 2019-2020 Executive Board

President – Amy Warren
VP Programs – Julie Bouwens
VP Membership – Jamie Weatherall

Secretary – Christina Moore-Salinas
Treasurer – Doug Noell
Fundraising – Heidi McGall
Community Liaison – Kimberly Phoenix
Communications – Shelly Pollock
Immediate Past President – Kim Farbisz

SAGE is a Grapevine/Colleyville area Gifted & Talented (G/T) parent support group committed to ensuring that gifted children in our community reach their fullest potential. We are dedicated to supporting gifted education; connecting parents and gifted students to valuable resources and to each other; and serving as an educational resource to teachers and administrators.

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5TH GRADE - Change

Fifth Grade Scholars have been focusing on qualities of effective leadership. We read Yertle the Turtle, and had a 4 Corners discussion about issues related to leadership. A few of those topics were: leaders can lead in positive OR negative ways and still be powerful leaders, leaders are "loud", and people are born natural leaders, to name a few. Students had to take a position between Agree, Somewhat Agree, Disagree, and Somewhat Disagree. We are using Kaplan's Icons of Depth and Complexity, as we are now researching amazing leaders it teams. The leaders are Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Winston Churchill. As fifth graders, we are keeping in mind this transitional year from 5th to 6th Grade and how we are continuing to develop as leaders.
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These are KAPLAN'S ICONS FOR DEPTH AND COMPLEXITY used with all grade levels in GT LEAD.

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2ND GRADE - Systems

Second Graders, dressed up for Character Book Parade Day, were participating in a systematic, cause and effect game of "When Someone Claps Twice...." Students have been engaging in estimation, questioning, and logical challenges. There big unit of study has been a focused lesson on using Kaplan's Depth and Complexity Icons in studying a classic tale, The Three Little Pigs. They have been analyzing multiple perspectives (points of view), big ideas, ethics, and language of the discipline. We are now beginning to study The Three Little Pigs and the Scientific Wolf to study simple machines.
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3RD GRADE - Power

Third Grades celebrated Character Parade week with an Ian Byrd activity. First, each student had to brainstorm 5-10 favorite characters from a book or a movie. Then, the student had to choose one character and think from his/her/its point of view to determine if that character could dress up for a character parade ....who would he/she choose? Then, the difficult part was deciding the commonality between the two characters on a deeper level. Students then sketched the character in costume. Now, students are starting a long term study of FLIGHT!

1ST GRADE - Contribution

First graders are practicing observation and communication with a Sneak Peak activity. One person observes the hidden structure and tells his/her partner how to build. Partners switch roles and competes with other teams to complete the structure within time limits.

First graders also used Kaplan's Icons of Depth and Complexity with Fuzz Frenzy. The two icons used were ethics (should the prairie dogs save Big Bark and why) and multiple perspectives (points of view Pipsqueak and Big Bark.)

4TH GRADE - Exploration

Fourth Graders have completed their Monuments of Me, using symbolism and reflection. They have also put their projects in Doceri and recorded their presentations.