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Past Events

2016-2017 Events:

Thursday, August 25th – Public Relations Seminar  with Erik Johnson

Monday, September 19th – Portrait of a Graduate and Movie: Most Likely to Succeed.  Speaker was Deana Dynis.

2012-2013 Speakers and Events:

2011-2012 Speakers and Events:

Gifted Symposium

2010-2011 Speakers and Events:

September 2010

October 2010

November 2010

January 2011

  • MOSAIC Creative Problem Solving

April 2011

  • Rocketry


  • June 6–10, 2011 and August 1-5, 2011: MOSAIC Summer Classes

2009-2010 Speakers and Events:

September 2009

October 2009 

November 2009

January 2010

February 2010

March 2010

April 2010

2008-2009  Featured Speakers:

Finding the Right Fit: College Planning for Gifted Kids (May 2009)
CGA member Barbara Geller shared what she has learned about the unique needs of and opportunities for gifted kids in the college selection process, based upon her research and efforts to find the right fit for her two gifted children.

Parenting Successful Children with Dr. James Webb (March 2009)
Dr. James Webb, Ph.D., ABPP-CL, has been recognized as one of the 25 most influential psychologists nationally on gifted education. His presentation will cover helping your child to find their passion in life as well as specific approaches and practical techniques to help parents raise successful children.

Answering the Call: Advanced Education in Math (February 2009)
World-renowned mathematician Dr. Titu Andreeseu addressed how global competition has increased the demand for higher understanding and achievement in math and science from students.

Bullying Intervention and Prevention (January 2009)
Panel discussion with Dr. Koy Roberts, licensed psychologist with the Coppell Counseling Center, Mike Brock, LPC, a counselor in private practice and Debra Hart, CISD Director of Student Services

2 Million Minutes: Documentary and Discussion
(film screening and discussion at CHS, New Tech and Wilson Elementary in Nov-Dec 2008).

From the time students complete 8th grade until graduation, students have 2 million minutes. This compelling documentary looks at the differences in how children spend that time in 3 superpowers: America, China and India. Our discussions ranged from panel discussions with students and faculty to audience participation.

Parenting Your Gifted Child: Hints, Suggestions & Well-Kept Secrets (September 2008)
Panel discussion with Marilyn Swanson, Director of SMU Gifted Institute, Joel McIntosh, President & Publisher for Prufrock Press and Todd Kettler, CISD Director of Advanced Academics

2007-2008 Featured Speakers:

Guest Speaker Karen Phillips (May 2008)
Karen Phillips is the Executive Director for Texas International Baccalaureate Schools and has assisted more than 30 schools through the application and implementation process for the Diploma, Middle Years, and Primary Years programs.

How Students Cope With the Pressures of Being Gifted (February 2008)
Dr. Tracy Cross, PhD., Ball State University, shared first hand knowledge and experience about the social and emotional development of students with gifts and talents.

Guiding without Taking Over: A Parent’s Role in Independent Study (January 2008)
Susan K. Johnsen, Ph. D., a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at Baylor University, shared how to facilitate independent study by using a nonjudgmental coaching process that values your child’s expertise.

Challenges of the Gifted Child at Home and at School (October 2007)
Dr. Bob Schulz teaches courses in gifted education, curriculum theory, qualitative research and middle grades philosophy, methods and practice.  His work addresses the social and emotional needs of gifted individuals.

Guest Speaker Tracy Weinberg (September 2007)
Tracy Weinberg, Associate Director of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) presented information on understanding and successfully living with gifted youth.

2006-2007 Featured Speakers:

Parents’ Roles in Raising Successful Gifted Children (April 2007)
Michael Sayler, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Technology
and Cognition and is an Associate Dean for the College of Education at UNT. He serves on the placement committee for the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS).

Advocacy Techniques for Parents – School, Community, Media & Legislature (March 2007)

Rick Peters is the immediate past president of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented board. He was previously TAGT’s State Parent of the Year.

Being a Catalyst for Your Gifted Child (January 2007)
Dr. Kimberly Tyler is an Assistant Professor of Education at Texas Wesleyan University.  Her presentation provided parents with information and resources to aid them in nurturing their gifted child socially, emotionally, and academically.

Guest Speaker Kathleen Fischer (November 2006)
Kathleen Fisher is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in health education and an endorsement in gifted education.  The presentation covered social/emotional traits of giftedness, video clips offering common misconceptions, considerations of how social/emotional traits help and harm high ability kids and strategies for working with kids to fulfill their personal needs along with their talents.

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