March 23, 8am-12:30pm

March 12:
Flipped Sessions and Resources Available (Join us for a pre-recorded watch party at 4 p.m., March 22)

March 23:
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: Cohort Meet & Greet
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: Keynote Speaker Takeaways and Q&A
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Practitioner Panel
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Roundtable and Vendor Discussion
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Cohort Conversations


Flipped Sessions and Resources 

All Resources Available March 12
Each Leadership+ series session will include a suite of pre-recorded resources for flipped learning by attendees, including a keynote address. Attendees are expected to review resources prior to attendance at the live event.
Pre-Recorded Keynote:
Who Is Missing From G/T Classrooms? How a Research-Practice Partnership and Leveraging Data Can Increase Equity in G/T Identification

This session presents an overview of research on gifted and talented identification, how the presenters created a Research-Practice Partnership to increase equity in gifted and talented identification, and how alternative assessments can be used at the district level to increase equity in gifted identification. Presenters will share the results of their work, lessons learned from the project, benefits of building partnerships with different areas of expertise, and suggestions for how to make sure such a partnership is successful.
Sarah McKenzie, Executive Director, Office for Education Policy, University of Arkansas
Dustin Seaton, Gifted and Talented Specialist, Northwest Arkansas Education Service Cooperative
Jonathan Wai, Assistant Professor, Endowed Chair in Education Policy, University of Arkansas

Keynote Speaker Takeaways and Q&A

 9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Learn from keynote speakers Sarah McKenzie, Dustin Seaton, and Jonathan Wai as they share their biggest takeaways gifted education leaders should remember when planning for identification in 2021, along with the opportunity for attendees to ask questions of the speakers related to their pre-recorded presentation.

Practitioner Panel

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Hear from your peers as they share their identification solutions, innovations, and goals in this panel conversation. Potential conversation topics include:

  • What are some innovations/successes you’ve had this year in adjusting or modifying your identification processes?

  • What are alternative data sources for identifying gifted potential and how do you use them? 

  • How should qualitative and quantitative data be considered?

  • What are the “don’ts,” common mistakes, or “issues” you’ve seen in identifying students?

  • How do you use portfolios and other measures successfully?

  • How do you determine your outcomes and identification goals?

  • What are the top five things someone new needs to know in Texas about identification and requirements in the State Plan? 

Heather Block, Coordinator, Advanced International and Innovative Programs, Pearland ISD
Blake Haygood, Curriculum Design and K-12 G/T Specialist, New Braunfels ISD
Jasmine Patel, Advanced Learning Specialist, Richardson ISD
Dustin Seaton, Gifted and Talented Specialist, Northwest Arkansas Education Service Cooperative
Crystal Wilson, GT Program Manager-Elementary, Fort Bend ISD
Moderated by Sarah McKenzie, Executive Director, Office for Education Policy, University of Arkansas

Roundtable and Vendor Discussion

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Join your peers in exploring short roundtable presentations/discussions on a variety of identification best practices and topics, plus a vendor fair to learn about G/T assessments from the assessments’ authors and publishers. Topics include:

  • Remote Testing/Virtual Identification

  • Adjusting and Adapting Norms

  • Using Scales and Screeners

  • Using Multiple Measures/Other Assessments

  • Qualitative vs. Quantitative Assessments

  • Dos and Don’ts for Making Your Own Forms and Scales

  • Dos and Dont’s for Newbees

  • Creativity and Leadership Assessments

  • Testing Instruments Exhibitor Fair 

Interested in hosting a roundtable presentation or conversation on one of these topics or any other topic? Submit your ideas here!

Cohort Conversations

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Each Leadership+ session will conclude with the opportunity to work with peers in a cohort-based setting to create solutions to your unique questions. Attendees will receive their cohort assignments prior to the series start date. You’re encouraged to communicate and work with your cohort during the event and after the event!