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COT 2019 Presentations

 

Opening Keynote: “Sundials in the Shade: Nurturing Potential and Possibility for Children with Gifts and Talents”  – Roger Fisher
Using the metaphor of a sundial in the shade, Roger will share ideas and strategies for bringing “light” to children with amazing potential. Like a sundial without sunlight, children with gifts and talents cannot realize their full potential if they remain in the “shade” of misconceptions and lack of opportunity in school. Drawing on over 25 years of experience with gifted learners, Roger will share his insights and strategies for bringing light to those children who find themselves in the shadow of real growth and opportunity. 9:00-9:45 am; Weyerhaeuser Teaching Theater
 

Noon Entertainment:   “Spark Your Interest in Neuroscience”   – Dr. Samantha Gizerian and students from the WSU Neuroscience Program

Students can visit several stations to participate in hands-on activities that will teach them about Neuroscience – how the brain and body work together.

The Washington State University Neuroscience Program is one of the oldest Neuroscience undergraduate programs in the country.  The program features options focusing on pre-health, general, and computational neuroscience. Students also have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research with world-renowned faculty.  Graduates from the program have gone on to successful careers in healthcare, research, education, entrepreneurship, and more. Students in the program have been teaching neuroscience to kids for more than a decade through our KidsJudge! outreach program. 12:00-12:45 pm, Graves Gym


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Break-out Sessions for Educators and/or Parents
 

The True Cost of College– Jay Lake

Come find out what steps need to be completed before the college search begins.  Explore if that Expected Family Contribution is more or less at that Private College vs the local State School.
Parents, Educators; 10:00-11:45 am and 1:15-3:00 pm; Weyr 204

 

 

Twice-Exceptional: Recognizing and Supporting Duality– Marcella Appel

Twice-exceptional (2e) children can be hard to recognize and identify depending on their unique interplay of strengths and challenges.  Even after identification, it can be difficult to know how to best parent, teach, or support them. Many myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings surround the twice-exceptional child. While no 2e child is the same, they share common threads in their complexity, characteristics, and asynchrony. We will discuss what it means to be 2e and how some of their shared characteristics can help us to recognize, understand and care for the 2e child.  We’ll also have an open discussion about 2e children and how to support them beyond their diagnoses and meet their needs as a whole person.
Educators, Parents; 10:00-10:45 am; Weyr 304

 

Motivation and Support: A Student’s Perspective– Katherine Merck

What motivates students to succeed? Every individual is motivated differently, and it is important to understand these motivating factors in order to succeed in academics and ultimately the workplace. How can parents motivate their children to succeed by empowering them to make choices rather than pressuring them, or not being involved? How can students rejuvenate their minds and focus by balancing activities outside of school? How can teachers inspire their students toward self-motivation? Katherine will discuss internal and external motivation factors from a student’s perspective for parents, students, and teachers.
Educators, Parents; 1:15-2:00 pm; Weyr 304

 

2e Parent Coffee –  Dr. Lisa Masiello

Does your highly capable child have a challenge such as ADHD, autism, or a learning disability?

We call these children “twice-exceptional” or 2e. Come join other parents of 2e children to

learn from one another over a cup of coffee. This session will be an informal gathering to share

your experience in parenting a 2e child as well as to learn from the successes and challenges of

other parents. Experience in neuropsychological testing, Individualized Education Plans (IEPs),

504 plans, private therapy, Washington State Highly Capable testing and program, educational

settings, extracurricular activities and much more will be shared. Coffee and pastries will be

served.
Parents; 1:15-3:00 pm; Weyr 302

 

Educator Panel: Successful Strategies for Teaching Twice-Exceptional Students –  Dr. Lisa Masiello

Educators, have you struggled with the challenge of teaching a highly capable student who also

has a disability such as ADHD, autism, or a learning disability? Parents, are you seeking tips on

how to best partner with your child’s teacher to support your child’s education as well as your

child’s challenges? This is your chance to learn from educators experienced in teaching twice-

exceptional (2e) students. This will be a panel of educators who will share successes and

challenges in teaching 2e students. Bring your questions and take this unique opportunity to

learn from the teacher panel.
Educators, Parents; 10:00-11:45 am; Weyr 205

 

Code Switch: Moving from the Role of Instructor to Constructor –  Rachel Peters and Celeste Simone

Introduction to the Invent Washington program and competition.
Educators; 10:00-10:45 am and 1:15-2:00 pm; Weyr 303

 

Using Picture Books to Engage Children in Critical Thinking and Creative Production –  Roger Fisher

Roger has been using quality picture books as enrichment tools for over 25 years with gifted learners.  This session will discuss a 4 phase method for using picture books to engage children in abstract reasoning, divergent thinking, inquiry, and creative production.  A great workshop for teachers, parents, and children. Participants will leave with resources and materials to start using picture books in a new way with young people.
Educators, Parents; 10:00-11:45 am; Weyr 305

 

Nurturing Creativity: Engaging Children With Inquiry –  Roger Fisher

Using inquiry is a best practice strategy that never goes out of style with curious children.  Inquiry engages children with content in a relevant and meaningful way. Roger will share his experience using inquiry with gifted learners and provide teachers and parents tools for inspiring the young thinkers in their lives.
Educators, Parents; 1:15-3:00 pm; Weyr 305

 

Hi Cap in High School –  Miranda Leigh Hein

While teaching AP literature for almost a decade, I realized that many of our highly capable students have personal and educational needs that might be overlooked by their family members and their educators.  I reached out to a handful of young adults from throughout Washington State, and asked them 4 important questions for reflecting on their high school experiences, then I compiled some of their most poignant answers to be shared with other highly capable teenagers, their parents, and their teachers.
Educators, Parents; 11:00-11:45 am and 2:15-3:00 pm; Weyr 304

 

Growth Mindset and Giftedness –  April Payne

In this session, we will explore the reasons and strategies for helping a child transition from a "fixed mindset" to a "growth mindset" within the gifted context. Applying the ground-breaking research of Dr. Carol Dweck will help children (and adults) more effectively unlock their future!
Educators; 11:00-11:45 am; Weyr 203

 

Inquiry, Creativity and a Pinch of Standards: A Recipe for an Invigorating Classroom – 
Dr. Kathryn Picanco

Authentic learning experiences through carefully planned project-based and problem-based learning approaches connect students to the world around them and empower them to make a difference in the community. Sample projects, methods, online and community resources for creating exciting authentic learning experiences for K-12 learners will be shared in this session. 
Educators; 1:15-3:00 pm; Weyr 205

 

Capturing and Supporting Creative Thinking in the Classroom –  Dr. Rebecca O'Brien

Early attention to high potential is critical for helping students to access opportunities for advanced learning. A learning context that allows high potential to emerge requires opportunities for children to engage in critical and creative thinking. Infusing opportunities for critical and creative thinking into the classroom can be challenging. We will discuss and share methods for incorporating critical and creative thinking into curriculum and providing opportunities for students to express their potential through these interactions.
Educators; 10:00-11:45 am; Rob 229

 

The Social and Emotional Development of Giftedness: What Do We Know? –  Dr. Jann Leppien

Because of characteristics associated with giftedness (e.g., sensitivity, intensity, perceptiveness, overexcitabilities, advancement in certain talent areas, advanced moral development) some students experience their social and emotional development quite differently. These characteristics may contribute to challenges they face with age peers, siblings, and in the home and school environments. It is important that parents, educators, counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists be informed about the affective development of these students and aware of strategies to provide for their positive growth. Come join us for an interactive conversation!
Educators, Parents; 1:00-2:45 pm; Rob 310molly

 

Just Too Intense?? –  Molly Johnson

Do you find yourself cutting the tags out of clothing? Is nothing ever good enough? Does your child seem to “overreact” to the smallest of issues? Is your child just too intense? Come participate in a Prodigy Northwest Model Parent Support Group experience and find a safe harbor to discuss over-excitabilities and intensities in the highly capable child.
Educators, Parents; 1:15-3:00 pm; Rob 120

 

Workshops for Students

 

Problem Solving with Art – Molly Johnson

In this session, your child will use art prompts to creatively solve problems and, in the process, create visual art pieces.  K-3gr; 10:00-11:45 am; Rob 126

 

Making the World More Beautiful – Betty Burley-Wolf

Art and simple writing for ages 5-8 years, based on the book "Miss Rumphius" and planting lupine seeds. K-3gr; 1:15-3:00 pm; Rob 126

 

Meet Your Brain! – Dr. Samantha Gizerian

Learn about the different parts and functions of your brain while making a brain that that you can take home!  4-6gr and 7-8gr; 1:15-3:00 pm; Graves Gym

 

Create Your Culture – Trisha Chambers

In this interactive class, students will explore culture through creative thinking.  They will examine how cultural differences effect the way people interact and experience diversity in a creative manner.  Among other activities, students will create their own country and its culture, and share it with their peers.  4-6gr, 7-8gr, 9-12gr; 10:00-11:45 am and 9-12gr 1:15-3:00 pm; Rob 141

 

How to Talk to a Computer – Dr. Emily Cox

In this activity, students will play logic games to learn how to "think" like a computer. The activity will teach a few basic thinking skills related to coding and programming. 4-6 gr, 7-8gr; 1:15-3:00 pm; Rob 210

 

The True Cost of College– Jay Lake

Come find out what steps need to be completed before the college search begins.  Explore if that Expected Family Contribution is more or less at that Private College vs the local State School.  9-12gr; 10:00-10:45 am and 1:15-2:00 pm; Weyr 204

 

HiCap in High School –  Miranda Leigh Hein

While teaching AP literature for almost a decade, I realized that many of our highly capable students have personal and educational needs that might be overlooked by their family members and their educators.  I reached out to a handful of young adults from throughout Washington State, and asked them 4 important questions for reflecting on their high school experiences, then I compiled some of their most poignant answers to be shared with other highly capable teenagers, their parents, and their teachers.
9-12gr; 10:00-10:45 am and 2:15-3:00 pm; Weyr 304


 

Maker Faire and Game Room 

A Maker Faire gives students the opportunity to “make”, through hands-on experiences, use design thinking, and collaborate with fellow makers.  Students will rotate through stations which could include:  turning bananas into pianos with MakeyMakeys, using toothpicks and marshmallows for a building challenge, implementing basic coding games, creating circuit bugs, launching ribbon rockets, and other possible cool challenges.  Students will also be given opportunities to play strategic Board Games with like-minded peers.  

all students; 10:00-11:45 am and repeated 1:15 – 3:00 pm; Weyr 111




 

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