Learning Edge Conference

November 15, 2016

Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

101 W 100 N, Provo, UT 84601

 

 

Please register by November 5

$45/person for individuals

Conference Schedule

10:00Breakout Session I
7:30Registration/Breakfast
8:30Welcome and Opening Keynote
9:45Break
10:55Break
11:10Breakout Session II
12:05Lunch
1:10Breakout Session III
2:15Closing Keynote
 
 
 

Opening Keynote Speaker

Jonathan Plucker
 

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

Jonathan Plucker

The economy and culture of the 21st century has a tremendous need for talent. Whether one works in manufacturing, government, education, or the service industry, there is always a shortage of talented people. A major cause of this shortage is the excellence gap – the achievement gap at the high end of student learning. Evidence suggests excellence gaps are growing, yet research has also identified possible strategies for reversing this trend.

 

Prof. Jonathan Plucker is the Julian C. Stanley Endowed Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University, where he works in the School of Education and Center for Talented Youth. His research examines education policy and talent development, with over 200 publications to his credit. His books include Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education with Carolyn Callahan, Creativity and Innovation: Theory, Research, & Practice, Excellence Gaps in Education with Scott Peters, and Essentials of Creativity Assessment with James Kaufman and John Baer. Prof. Plucker has worked on projects involving educators, schools, and students in all 50 states and several countries. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children.

 

Closing Keynote Speaker

Amir Jackson
 

Potential Starts with Belief

Amir Jackson

All future potential for young people begins with establishing their belief in themselves today. Great educators not only have the ability to see potential, but are also gifted with the ability to teach young people to see and believe in their potential as well.

 

Amir Jackson is the Founder and Director of the Nurture the Creative Mind Foundation a non-profit youth focused arts organization that helps young people establish self-value and become empowered, while developing marketable creative skills. Since 2007 Nurture the Creative Mind has positively impacted more than 10,000 young people. Amir has been recognized by the Governor as a “Change Leader” and received multiple awards including The Mayor’s Award, The American Red Cross Hero’s Recognition Award, and the American Graduate Award for inspiring young people to expect more from and believe in their selves.

 

Featured Artist

 

Kim Weitkamp

Kim Weitkamp is as an award-winning humorist, storyteller, singer and songwriter. She currently has 9 audio collections, including the 2014 Storytelling World Award Winner The Lap. Her material has been played on NPR affiliate stations as well as Sirius Radio. Kim travels the continent full time as a performer and consultant. She has made numerous television appearances, hosted a successful morning show, and has keynoted for some of Forbes most recognized companies. Kim teaches schools, corporations, and non-profits to use storytelling as a communication and leadership tool.

 
 
 
 
 

Workshop Descriptions: Session I

Creativity: What it is, What it isn’t, and How to Help Children Have More of it

Creativity is considered to be a highly valued 21st century skill, but what do we know about how to foster it in children? How can we even define it? We will explore these and other questions through a series of hands-on activities that illustrate and model key creativity-producing instructional strategies.

 

 

Jonathan Plucker

Prof. Jonathan Plucker is the Julian C. Stanley Endowed Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University, where he works in the School of Education and Center for Talented Youth. His research examines education policy and talent development, with over 200 publications to his credit. His books include Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education with Carolyn Callahan, Creativity and Innovation: Theory, Research, & Practice, Excellence Gaps in Education with Scott Peters, and Essentials of Creativity Assessment with James Kaufman and John Baer. Prof. Plucker has worked on projects involving educators, schools, and students in all 50 states and several countries. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children.

 
 
 
 

The What, Why, and How of Building a STEM Partnership

Discuss the rationale and what was done (including curriculum development and implementation) to build a STEM Partnership between BYU’s Technology and Engineering program and Mapleton Elementary.

 

 

Geoff Wright

Dr. Geoffrey A. Wright is an associate professor in the college of Engineering and Technology at BYU. His areas of focus are on innovation, and technology and engineering education.

 
 
 
 
 

What? There are Gifted Students in My School?

What do I as the principal do about that? Who are they? Where do I go for help? How do I get started? What do I need to know? This session will provide you with information about gifted students and their needs as learners. If you are a new principal, or at least new to gifted educational needs, or you want to refresh your knowledge, this session is designed for you.

 

 

Debbie May

Debbie is an independent consultant on Reading and Writing and Gifted and Talented Education. With an endorsement in gifted education and almost 30 years in the field, she has presented nationally and internationally on how to best meet the needs of our brightest children. Debbie worked for Nebo School District as a teacher and a Curriculum Specialist. She is now retired and fits some work into her golf schedule.

 
 

Improving Social and Self-Regulation Skills and Decreasing Disruption with Kids with High-Functioning Autism

In this presentation, Ms. Genaux will provide information on handling the most common behavior issues associated with working with kids with High-Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome. She will cover strategies for dealing with behaviors that can be disruptive to classroom instruction, such as arguing, meltdowns over changes in routine, topic-perseveration, and work-refusal. In addition, she will discuss methods for improving a wide range of self-regulatory and social skills.

 

 

Melisa Genaux

Melisa Genaux, M.Ed. works with school districts across the country in the areas of classroom and behavior management, Autism Spectrum Disorders, social skills training, effective consultation practices for itinerant staff, and special education legal/compliance issues. She presents at conferences and workshops for teachers, school administrators, related services staff, and parents. In addition, she provides consultation services on individual student case management and district program development. She has worked as a special education supervisor and has served as a consultant to the Utah State Office of Education. She has written and produced training videos for the education and law publishing company, LRP Publications, and is a speaker at the LRP Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Students with Disabilities.

 

PLC's: Answering the Fourth Question

Participants will learn ways to provide school wide and classroom support for students who have mastered the intended curriculum and need enriching concepts to keep them on the path to growth and learning.

 

 

Carolyn Bona

I have been in education for 31 years.  I taught mostly upper grades for 22 years and have now been an administrator for 9 years.  I love to travel and my husband, two children and I spent 5 years teaching overseas in Saudi Arabia. 

 
 
 
 
 

Is Success About Learning—Or Proving You’re Smart?

What is the difference between a Fixed Mindset and a Growth Mindset and how can knowing the difference impact our lives? Carol S. Dweck’s book “MINDSET The New Psychology of Success” examines the belief that “When you enter a mindset, you enter a new world. In one world the world of fixed traits- success is about proving you’re smart or talented. Validating yourself. In the other- the world of changing qualities- it is about stretching yourself to learn something new. Developing yourself.” What kind of a mindset are you? How do mindsets create achievement? As educators what can we do to foster high standards of development for teachers and students? How can we develop people’s potential and help them find their way by using their abilities?

 

 

Patrice Dietz

Patrice Dietz Worlton has worked in the Alpine School District for ten years. She has been a passionate third grade teacher for most of her career. She loves this age group because, she says, “they are still innocent and impressionable but old enough to wipe their own noses and zip their own pants.” Patrice enjoys riding her bike, reading, and spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.

 

Patrice graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree from what is now Utah Valley University and received a Master of Education in Instructional Leadership from Utah State University. In 2014 Patrice was awarded Alpine School Districts Teacher of the Year Award. This award identified what she loved doing, teaching kids, and gave her the motivation to become a better educator. Currently Patrice is the Assistant Principal at Harvest Elementary School in Saratoga Springs, Utah.

 

Carol Dweck’s book, “Mindset”, has been an inspiration in Patrice’s life. She has presented the information of a Growth Mindset for several professional development trainings. Patrice believes that as administrators, teachers, and coaches we are entrusted with people’s lives. We now know that the “growth mindset has a key role to play in helping us fulfill our mission and in helping people fulfill their potential.”

 
 

Visible Learning

With all of the ideas about how we should teach and how students might learn, what strategies work best? With so little time with students each year, how should we best use our time with them to maximize achievement? This presentation introduces the work of John Hattie, evidence-based research that provides insight into the best answers to the two aforementioned questions.

 

 

Keith Rittel

Prior to taking the reins in Provo, Keith Rittel was Deputy Superintendent of Clover Park School District (Lakewood, WA) for four years. Previously, he served 11 years as a high school principal with 4 years at Kamiak HS (Mukilteo, WA) and 7 years at Anacortes HS (Anacortes, WA). In 2004, he was honored to be selected as Washington State’s High School Principal of the Year.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Workshop Descriptions: Session II

The Science of Story

 

 

 

Kim Weitkamp

Kim Weitkamp is as an award-winning humorist, storyteller, singer and songwriter.  She currently has 9 audio collections, including the 2014 Storytelling World Award Winner The Lap.  Her material has been played on NPR affiliate stations as well as Sirius Radio. Kim travels the continent full time as a performer and consultant.  She has made numerous television appearances, hosted a successful morning show, and has keynoted for some of Forbes most recognized companies.  Kim teaches schools, corporations, and non-profits to use storytelling as a communication and leadership tool.

 
 
 
 

PBL in Practice: Pathway to Deeper Learning

Project-based learning is a powerful, research-based instructional practice, and one that not only deepens learning but prepares our students to be future ready. It teaches multiple content standards and creates personalized, authentic, and relevant learning experiences for our students. But what is PBL, and what should it look like in the classrooms you observe? What are specific ways you can support teachers who are integrating this into their own practice? This session will provide an overview of PBL and suggestions about how you can guide your teachers as they help students invest in their own learning, get real-world practice, and become self-directed learners.

 

This trio of collaborators brings sound pedagogy, passion, and purpose to their presentations. They have recently teamed in a year-long collaborative project integrating Chromebooks into ELA classrooms and looking at the impact of PBL practices on learning. Backed by research and experience, they will share what insights they’ve gained in preparing their students for deeper learning.

 

 

Kathy Larsen

Kathy Larsen teaches, coaches, and motivates at Orem Junior High School. She also shares the demanding responsibilities as the Secondary ELA Specialist for Alpine School District where she influences the training and learning of all district ELA teachers. Kathy is a long-time proponent and practitioner of all things PBL. She is inspired by the energy and direction it brings to her classroom and excited to share how-to tips and suggestions whenever she can.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Denise Lund

Denise Lund is a part-time ELA teacher at Pleasant Grove Junior High and a part-time ELA instructional coach for Alpine School District - which equates to full-time busy! She treasures the unique opportunity to share her passion for teaching with both kids and adults. A veteran teacher, Denise has witnessed remarkable growth in her students as reflected in improved SAGE scores and excitement for school after implementing key elements of Project Based Learning. She believes that carefully crafted PBL is the gateway to engaged learning for today’s students.

 
 
 
 
 

 

Rachel Thompson

After 22 years as a high school ELA teacher, Rachel Thompson moved into curriculum and instruction and is currently the K-12 Ed Tech Integration Coach for Alpine School District. Her background with PBL and technology comes from classroom experience as well as collaborating with an extended professional learning network. She is a passionate, lifelong learner who cares deeply about engaging teachers and students in meaningful and relevant work.

 
 

A Menu of Models

Join us for a presentation outlining various models of GT programming. GT content administrators and teacher specialists from a four districts will facilitate this session. Topics will include full-day magnet classrooms, cluster grouping, tiered level of services, and pull-out programs.

 

 

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is currently the administrator of gifted and talented programs in Jordan School District. During her 22 years in education, she has served as a classroom teacher, a gifted and talented magnet teacher, a district-wide mentor specialist, and a teacher specialist in a Title 1 school.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Sheri Sorensen

Sheri Sorensen has been an educator for over 25 years. She has experience as a classroom teacher in traditional and full time gifted elementary classrooms. She was the Gifted Coordinator in Granite District for 9 years and currently is the Associate Director of Advanced Learning and Dual Immersion. Sheri served on the Utah Association for Gifted Children board for 10 years in various positions. In addition, she has been an adjunct faculty member for Utah State University teaching graduate level courses in gifted education. She has served on various state committees advocating for the needs of gifted children.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Gina Mason

Gina Mason is the Gifted Education Director for the Park City School District. This is her 30th year in education, spending 27 of it in gifted and talented. She has taught in several districts including those in the states of Maine, New Jersey, Ohio and Nevada and finally settling in the mountains of Park City. She is an award-winning teacher. She is the only Gifted Education Teacher in the Clark County Education Hall of Fame; she was named Nevada State Science Teacher of the year in 2005. In 2006 she was the Nevada Presidential Award Winner for Excellence in Science Teaching and had the opportunity to meet the President. The past 8 years she has spent building the Park City Gifted Education program, developing a scope and sequence for Gifted Education with her team, as well as a level of service model.

 
 
 
 

 

Mike Malmrose

Gifted and Talented Specialist in Wasatch School District

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Underachievement and the Gifted Student

A look at the various types and characteristics of underachievement, the possible reasons that it occurs, and ideas for reversing the trend, especially among gifted students.

 

 

Julie Peery

Julie Peery is the principal at Mapleton Elementary in Nebo School District. Previously she taught third and fifth grades, and worked as a Clinical Faculty Associate at BYU, She has a passion for gifted education and elementary mathematics and has an endorsement in both.

 
 
 
 
 
 

RTI - Finding Answers for Advance Learners at Your School

During this session we will review the RTI (Response to Intervention) Model as it applies to the Advanced Learner in the regular classroom. The RTI Model was originally developed for the Challenged Learners in the classroom, but the Model can also be applied to the Faster Learners and should be to provide all students challenges and successes at their level. We will discuss why is it important for Teachers to be aware of possibilities of effectively reaching those Advanced Learners that get it the first time, that don't need a review, that want something delivered faster and harder. We will also review Carol Dwecks studies of Mindsets briefly and how they apply to the RTI Model to bring about success for students and educators as they work together to promote new learning for everyone in the classroom.

 

 

Barbara Langford

Barbara taught in the classroom for 19 years at Orchard Elementary, Manila Elementary and Shelley Elementary. She served in Alpine School District as a TSA training Faculties in the Math Programs of the district. Then from 2008-2013 she served as District Coordinator for the Gifted and Talented Programs. She facilitated testing and placements for Advanced Learners in the A. L. L. Elementary Schools and Middles School Programs throughout the District. She also served as a Member of the UAGC - Utah Association for Gifted Children, an affiliate of the NAGC - National Association for Gifted Children, for those 5 years. Training with Administrators, Teachers, Parents, and Faculties was an ongoing purpose and focus for her each new year. Helping Administrators and Teachers see a vision of the RTI model was a large part of her work her last three years at the District Office. She retired in June of 2014 from the District and now enjoys time with her husband, Les Langford and their 3 daughters, son-in-laws, and 10 grandchildren.

 
 

Exploring the 4 C’s through Social Media

 

 

 

Royce Kimmons

Dr. Royce Kimmons is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University where he studies technology integration in formal settings, open education, and social media. As a former high school teacher and director of an educational outreach center, Dr. Kimmons seeks to connect educational research and institutional practice in ways that are realistic and scalable in real-world schools. More about his work may be found on his website at http://roycekimmons.com.

 

Adolescents today enjoy many opportunities and face many challenges unknown to previous generations. Many of these opportunities and challenges stem from advancements in social media, such as social networking sites, image/video sharing platforms, blogs, and wikis. In navigating such media, future leaders have unparalleled opportunities for connection, networked learning, and professional growth but also are exposed to forces that threaten civil development, informed citizenship, and the establishment of a professional identity. Ongoing development of the 4 C's (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity) in social media is essential for helping future leaders to navigate and utilize these spaces for personal benefit and social good. In this series of fast-paced micro-workshops, we will guide participants in completing problem-based tasks to develop media literacies, to combat cyberbullying, and to establish a professional presence online while reflecting on how similar learning experiences can be facilitated with gifted learners across various school settings.

 
 
 
 

Differentiation—Leading All Students to Real Learning

“In a class that has a range of abilities (and which class doesn’t?), it is the most able, rather than the least able, who will learn less new material than any other group.” (Susan Winebrenner, Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom, 2001.) When gifted students realize that they already know a lot of the subject matter the teacher will be teaching, they have little choice but to dutifully go through the assigned curriculum, waiting and hoping for the rare times when there will be something new or challenging for them to learn. If we define learning as “forward progress from what students know to what students don’t yet know, “ we will recognize and accept the need to address individual differences in student learning behaviors and needs. In this session we will address the “scope-and-sequence monster” and discuss the importance of helping all students rise to a challenge. Ideas will be given to help make forward progress happen more frequently for the gifted students in your school, and in the process all students will benefit!

 

 

Peggy Crandall

Peggy Crandall was an educator and administrator in Alpine School District for 31 years and has now been retired for the past three. Over the course of her career, she taught Kindergarten through 8th grade—including a 5th and 6th grade Accelerated Learning Lab for six years, and 7th and 8th grade Advanced English and History classes for the following six years. She was the Coordinator of Gifted Services for Alpine School District for five years, and then concluded her career in education as a principal at Shelley Elementary School in American Fork for her final five years. She earned her Gifted and Talented Endorsement through BYU, and currently teaches the Curriculum and Effective Instruction course for the Endorsement Program offered through the BYU CITES Partnership.

 
 
 
 

Workshop Descriptions: Session III

Changing Attitudes

The attitude is axis on which each students life rotates. Learn how to use story to alter attitudes and shift lives

 

 

Kim Weitkamp

Kim Weitkamp is as an award-winning humorist, storyteller, singer and songwriter.  She currently has 9 audio collections, including the 2014 Storytelling World Award Winner The Lap.  Her material has been played on NPR affiliate stations as well as Sirius Radio. Kim travels the continent full time as a performer and consultant.  She has made numerous television appearances, hosted a successful morning show, and has keynoted for some of Forbes most recognized companies.  Kim teaches schools, corporations, and non-profits to use storytelling as a communication and leadership tool.

 
 
 

Elementary Models of Engagement

Learn about different ways that schools, teams, and teachers are engaging and enriching students across the academic spectrum. This presentation will focus on the work of an elementary principal, an elementary teacher and an elementary after-school coordinator.

 

 

Zach Eager

Zach Eagar is now in his fifth year as the principal of Hillcrest Elementary in Orem. In that time, he has enjoyed partnering with teachers, parents, students, and the community to bring innovative initiatives, programs, and approaches into the school that support student learning. Prior to his current principalship, Zach served as an assistant principal at Freedom and Meadow Elementary Schools in Alpine School District. In the years preceding his administrative work, Zach was a fourth grade teacher at Vineyard and Bonneville Elementary Schools. He graduated from BYU with both an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a masters degree in School Leadership. Zach is a STEM supporter, nonfiction nut, outdoor enthusiast, Disney fan, and is most proud of his roles as a husband and father.

 
 
 

 

Joe Backman

Dr. Joe Backman is the principal of Foothill Elementary School in Orem. As principal, he has lead Foothill to become a state-recognized STEAM school and a pilot school for Alpine School District. Through his efforts he has created powerful partnerships with universities, businesses, and other schools. He has helped lead the Apollo Project, which is the collaborative effort between seven elementary schools to become STEAM schools. Joe taught elementary school for six years, worked as a BYU teacher education supervisor, and is in his 4th year as principal at Foothill. He received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Masters and PhD in Educational Leadership at BYU. Joe and his wife are proud parents of three wonderful boys.

 
 

 

Helena Mueller

Helena Mueller currently teaches fourth grade in an Advanced Learning Lab (A.L.L.) at Saratoga Shores Elementary. She is passionate about assisting children in becoming life long learners. She has successfully incorporated Genius Hour and Problem Based Learning into her classroom. Students continue to discover a joy for learning while making connections that allow them to work together in solving problems. She advocates for gifted and high ability students and their learning experiences. In addition to teaching fourth grade, she has also taught Kindergarten and third grade in Alpine School District.

 

Helena brings over fifteen years of learning experience into the classroom. Before receiving her Master of Education in 2011, she worked at a fortune 500 company completing need analysis and training delivery for the professional development of management and non-exempt employees in the Western two state region.

 

 

Angela Colton

Angela Colton is originally from Texas and has traveled and lived in Arizona, Peru and Utah. She received a B.A. Degree in Spanish Translation from BYU in 1985. She taught Spanish in the Missionary Training Center for two years and has taught in several volunteer organizations and classrooms over the years. She is married and has four children, two of whom she home schooled for several years. Angela established a successful home business in March 2010 which she continues to own and operate.

Angela has been the After School Coordinator at Edgemont Elementary from October 2013 to the present. She believes that a child's curiosity and love of learning should be nurtured by exposing them to a variety of subjects, activities and experiences. The After School program offers a venue where students have an opportunity to enjoy learning about their world and themselves through enrichment classes and activities that they might not have the chance to participate in otherwise.

 
 

Poster Session: Extra Curricular Offerings for All Learners

Educators will share information on various extracurricular offerings that reach gifted learners at the elementary level. The open house format will begin with brief introductions and will provide participants the opportunity to visit the displays and interact with specialists individually to learn more and get answers to their questions about each specific program.

 

 

Kristel Peterson

More than anything else, Kristel Peterson loves working with children and winning an argument!  The world of debate was a natural path for Kristel in high school and college. She received her BS and Master’s of Education from Southern Utah University and is now entering her 20th year as an educator.  Working primarily with first, second and sixth grade students she never imagined that she would be given the opportunity to  integrate her expertise in debate on an elementary level. When she began teaching in Nebo district 12 years ago, she jumped at the chance to join the amazing program that Carol Day and others have built.  As a debate coach at Brockbank Elementary for the last 11 years she has taken teams to District and State level debate tournaments where they consistently place in the top 10. Kristel was awarded the Carol Lynn Ross Debate Coach Award in 2013 for her contributions to this awesome program.

 
 
 
 
 

 

BJ Wright

B.J. Wright is currently a 5th grade teacher at Sage Creek Elementary in Nebo School District. He has been in education for 10 years. In that time B.J. has established a successful RTI block with the grade-level teams he has worked on. Seeing a need to challenge gifted students in a different way, B.J. volunteered to be an Odyssey of the Mind coach at Sage Creek Elementary during the 2015-16 school year. He has found it is a great program to further develop students' problem solving skills.

 
 
 
 
 

 

Teresa Jordan

Teresa began her career in 1998 as a 4th grade teacher in Nebo School District. She later worked as a literacy specialist, a Clinical Faculty Associate and as an intern facilitator. She is currently the facilitator at Maple Ridge Elementary.  She has a masters degree in Teacher Education and endorsements in reading and English as a Second Language.  She is passionate about coaching and mentoring teachers to help them meet the diverse needs of students. For the past eight years, she has coordinated gifted programs at Westside and Maple Ridge Elementary schools. Her favorite hours of the week are spent teaching her 4th, 5th & 6th grade "Mathletes". 

 
 
 

 

Melissa Anderson

Melissa Anderson has been teaching in the Nebo School District for six years. She currently teaches fifth grade at Maple Ridge Elementary. Previous to this, she taught third grade at Westside Elementary. She loves learning new ways to incorporate technology in her classroom. Melissa is currently a part of BYU's Civics Education Initiative.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Mary Lynn Lewis

Mary Lynn Lewis is currently an Instructional Coach in Nebo School District. She is looking forward to her forty-fourth year in education. Mary Lynn teaches the Introduction to Gifted class for the Gifted Endorsement program. She enjoys supporting gifted education and working with the Nebo District Chess Tournament each year.

 
 
 
 
 

Helping Gifted Students with Stress and Anxiety

In this session participants will learn about the stress and anxiety experienced by gifted and talented students, as well as practical, school-based strategies that can be used to help such students cope and thrive.

 

 

Paul Caldarella

Paul Caldarella, PhD. is director of the Brigham Young University (BYU) Positive Behavior Support Initiative (PBSI) which is part of the research division in the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling (CITES). He is also an associate professor in the BYU Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education. As part of his assignment at BYU, he helps train graduate students to become school psychologists. In this capacity he has taught multiple sections of “Behavioral Assessment and Intervention,” a course which covers functional behavioral assessment and behavioral intervention planning (including self-management). He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Psychological Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the Association for Positive Behavior Support. He is also a licensed psychologist in the State of Utah.

 
 
 
 
 

Will Our High-Ability Students Really "Be Okay?"

"Will our schools and our students really be okay if they are left to fend for themselves while we focus on our low-achieving population? Join us in this session for a discussion on the importance of addressing the needs of our gifted students and how doing so will help our schools achieve at higher levels."

 

 

Jennifer Fisher

Jennifer Fisher has been an educator for the past 23 years. She taught regular education students as well as students in the gifted magnet program. Jennifer is currently an elementary school principal but also served as the district gifted and talented administrator during her time at the district office. She has a great passion for gifted students.

 
 
 

 

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is currently the administrator of gifted and talented programs in Jordan School District. During her 22 years in education, she has served as a classroom teacher, a gifted and talented magnet teacher, a district-wide mentor specialist, and a teacher specialist in a Title 1 school.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Supporting DOK

Teachers will construct lessons using Depth of Knowledge and the Cognitive Rigor Matrix designed by Karin Hess. Constructing these lessons and getting students results are two different matters. This session will present ideas for scaffolding high levels of rigor into student lessons and projects.

 

 

Shari Taylor

Shari Taylor is the Director of Gifted Services for Alpine School District.  She has been an educator for the district for 23 years teaching all elementary levels in music and advanced 5th & 6th grade instruction.  In addition to teaching children, Shari teaches adults working on their Utah State Gifted and Talented Endorsement. She has been an instructional coach and teacher on special assignments with Alpine School District.  Shari is the current president of the Utah Association of Gifted Children.  She loves her career as a life-long educator and learner.

 
 
 
 
 

Identification of Minority Students:

Research on strategies for improving the identification and education of gifted and talented students of all races, ethnicities, and economic circumstances has rapidly advanced over the past decade. In this session, we will review the most promising strategies that are being in used in schools across the country to tackle this important problem.

 

 

Jonathan Plucker

Prof. Jonathan Plucker is the Julian C. Stanley Endowed Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University, where he works in the School of Education and Center for Talented Youth. His research examines education policy and talent development, with over 200 publications to his credit. His books include Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education with Carolyn Callahan, Creativity and Innovation: Theory, Research, & Practice, Excellence Gaps in Education with Scott Peters, and Essentials of Creativity Assessment with James Kaufman and John Baer. Prof. Plucker has worked on projects involving educators, schools, and students in all 50 states and several countries. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Guest Artists

 

Nathan Heyrend and Benson Marshall

Nathan Heyrend, 14, a student of Elizabeth Marsh, serves as principal cellist at Mountain Ridge Junior High and was principal cellist in the all-state Honors Orchestra at UVU. Nathan has performed as a soloist with the Lyceum orchestras, Utah Valley Symphony, at the Vivace Young Artist concert, and was a finalist for Utah Symphony’s Salute to Youth. He performed in the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas in Minneapolis and is a straight-A student, an eagle scout, and enjoys reading, hiking and hanging out with friends.

 

Benson Marshall, 14, is a full-scholarship student at the Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City and a student of Matthew Johnson. Benson has soloed with the Pleasant Grove Orchestra and the Utah Valley Symphony. In 2010 and 2012, he was selected to participate in the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas in Minneapolis. An avid Lord of the Rings fan, Benson enjoys reading, fishing, and drawing animals.

 

Nathan and Benson will be accompanied by Jayne Galloway.

 
 

 

The Gibson Girls

The Gibson Girl’s Quartet is a family of sisters who have grown up playing their instruments together. Coming from a musical family, each girl chose the instrument that they wanted to play by the age of 2 and then began lessons between the ages of 4 and 5 years old. Breanna (19) chose to play cello and began studying with her mother at the age of 4. She later studied with Richard Hoyt, Patricia Pinkston, and Lisa Hofheins. Breanna is currently serving an LDS mission in Nauvoo, Illinois. When she returns home she will continue attending BYU. Leandra (18) began studying violin at the age of 4 ½ with Allison Richards. She has also studied with Diane Peterson and is currently studying with Alex Woods, a professor of Violin Performance at BYU. She is Freshman at BYU. Mikayla (15) began her studies with her mother as well at the age of 4 ½. Later she studied with Richard Hoyt, Patricia Pinkston, and is currently studying with Lisa Hofheins. Mikayla is a Sophomore at Lone Peak High School. Janessa (13) also began violin at 4 ½ years of age. She began studying with Diane Peterson and is currently studying with Emily Ricks. Janessa is in 8th grade at Mountain Ridge Jr. High.

 

Each girl has received individual honors, superior ratings, and recognition for their solo work. Janessa recently won the Timpanogos Symphony Young Artist’s competition and soloed with that orchestra. As a group, they have had many opportunities to perform together in many unique events. They had the privilege to perform for the Boy Scouts of America 100 year Anniversary Celebration. They have performed for the prophet of the LDS church, President Thomas S. Monson, on 2 separate occasions as well as performing for other General Authorities, General Young Men and Young Women’s Presidencies, and for the General Primary Presidencies. Most recently they were invited to participate in the LDS Worldwide Face2Face Broadcast with Elder Ronald Rasband.

 

Each girl is also an accomplished pianist, competitive dancer, and High Honor Roll student. They have maintained 3.9-4.0 GPA’s while challenging themselves with AP and Honor’s classes. Breanna, Leandra, and Mikayla have all been members of the Lone Peak High School Drill team, orchestra, and choir. They enjoy the outdoors, going fishing and camping with their Mom, Dad, and younger brother. They enjoy hiking, boating, and most of all anything Disney! They love to go to Disneyland, Disney World, and have been on 4 Disney Cruises.

 
 
Department List Content Types: 
Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education & Schooling