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2 day event!!

Pre-registration is closed.  You may register at the event.  Limited student enrichment spots are available.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

“What Worked, What Didn’t:  How to Make the Best of the Texas 4 x 4 Core Subjects”

This event is ideal for 7th-10th grade students and their parents.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

A full day of Information, Enrichment and Tools for engaging academically gifted kids.

This event is ideal for parents and educators for all ages of gifted kids; registration is highly recommended (and you can pre-order your lunch).

Student enrichment is offered to students in grades K-5 during the symposium; registrationis required and space is limited.


Panel Discussion, Thursday, Feb. 2

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – CHS Auditorium, 185 West Parkway Blvd.
(Doors open at 6:45p)
FREE to CGA Members (no registration required)
$5 at the door for Non-Members

“What Worked, What Didn’t:  How to Make the Best of the Texas 4 x 4 Core Subjects”

From IB, AP, New Tech and Academies, the educational choices in Coppell are vast.  Are you confused?  Do you know what is the best fit for your student?

Come and hear first-hand experiences of four academically gifted CISD high school seniors.  They will share how they maintained positive and enriching high school experience outside of their core classes by sharing how they successfully took part in extracurricular activities, out of classroom experiences, and jobs.  They’ll share what they wish they knew before now!

From 7-8pm, predetermined questions will be provided by our moderator, Todd Kettler, Coppell ISD Director of Advanced Academics.  The last ½ hour will be a general question/answer session. This event is ideal for 7th-10th graders and their parents.

Pre-registration is closed.  You may register at the event.
Limited student enrichment spots are available.

Saturday, Feb. 4

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Coppell Middle School East, 400 Mockingbird Lane
(Doors open at 8:15a.  Come early to browse the exhibit booths.)
FREE to CGA Members (registration is highly recommended)
$50 at the door for Non-Members
1/2 and full day Student Enrichment activities for K-5 (registration is required)

Keynote by Kathleen Fischer:

“Red, Purple But Never Pastel:  The Nature and Needs of Gifted Kids”

Notice your child exhibits intensity, boredom, and is continually seeking equitableness? Ms. Fischer will help you gain insights on the social/emotional traits of giftedness; video clips offering common misconceptions; considerations of how social/emotional traits affect high ability kids; and strategies for working with kids to fulfill their personal needs along with their talents. Kathleen, a longtime resident of Dallas and mother of three, is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in education.  She worked in public education and public health settings; presented professional seminars; taught at the university level; and has written two books.  You can read more about Ms. Fischer at

Saturday Schedule at a glance

8:15 – 8:45 a.m.       Sign-In, Registration and Exhibit Hall (Exhibit Hall open 8:15-3p)
8:45 – 12:15 p.m.    Elementary Student Enrichment for K-2nd, 3rd-5th (lunch & snack included)
8:45 – 9:00 a.m.      Welcome
9:00  – 10:30 a.m.   Keynote Address
10:45 – 12:00 p.m.   Breakout Sessions #1
12:15 – 3:00 p.m.     Elementary Student Enrichment for K-2nd, 3rd-5th (snack included)
12:00-1:30 p.m.        Adult Lunch and Networking Opportunity
12:10-12:40 p.m.      Breakout Session with author/illustrator duo
12:40-1:20 p.m.      Breakout Session with SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Walking the Edge: Parenting a Gifted Child
1:30 – 2:45 p.m.       Breakout Sessions #2
2:45-3:00 p.m.        Networking

Breakout Sessions for Adults

Putting the “Gift” Back in Giftedness Kathleen Fischer

Are you running your kids in too many different directions with lessons, practices and coaching?  Ms. Fischer will help busy parents discover their child’s true ‘gifts’ with her Talent Development Model.

Is your Gifted Child Not Performing Up To His or Her Potential?  Carla Crutsinger, founder of Carrollton’s  Brainworks

Is your child twice exceptional?  Understanding what interferes with student performance as well as what strategies can get results.

Math Games: What you see is not what you get! Kay Neuse, Director of Mathematics K-12, CISD

Through appropriate mathematical games, parents will learn to assist students in developing calculation fluency while also nurturing the unique skills of mathematical giftedness.

Increasing Motivation in the Underachieving Student Liz Malone/ Beth Cook, 4th/3rd Grade Teachers respectively, Austin Elementary, CISD

Underachievement is an issue faced by many gifted learners and their parents.  This session will focus on identifying strategies that can be used effectively to help underachieving learners perform to their potential.

Going Beyond the Walls of the Classroom…Going Global Crystal Wheatley, 4th Grade Teacher, Mockingbird Elementary, CISD

Our students’ world is global, as should be their learning. Ms. Wheatley will be giving a brief tour of ways technology can be easily differentiated to ensure that all of our children are prepared for their ever-changing world.

Powerful Strategies to Improve Writing and Critical Thinking Scott Hobson, Educational Consultant, Elite Educational Resource

Mr. Hobson’s session emphasizes humor for unique ‘bodies of knowledge’ that are commonly accepted as ‘intelligent’ and will help participants develop a Balanced Thinking Approach to assist their students in developing fluency and thinking in writing.

Tools of the Trade: Writing and Illustrating as a Parent/Child duo Cynthia Lee-Mom/Inventory Management Supervisor, Verizon – Brianna Lee- 6th Grade Student at CMSW

It started with word games when Brianna was 3.  The end result was a rhyming bedtime story for young children. Join us as we talk about our adventure from the beginning to the publisher.

SENG: Walking the Edge: Parenting a Gifted Child  Sheri Plybon, SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator and Trainer; Gifted Specialist for 28+ years in public education, K-12

Fostering an environment in which gifted children understand and accept themselves, in all their diversity, and are understood, valued, nurtured and supported.

Pre-registration is closed.  You may register at the event.  Limited student enrichment spots are available.

Student Enrichment

Saturday, Feb. 4
8:45-3p, during Symposium
Per child: $25 for 1/2 day, $40 for full day (lunch included in morning and full day enrollment). Registration is required, space is limited.  Availability of courses depends on enrollment. During registration, you may indicate a preference for the enrichment course if you are registering for 1/2 day.  We will try to accommodate special requests, but cannot guarantee placement.
Parents must register and attend the symposium during the same time as the student enrichment.
Students may register regardless of whether they qualify under the standards of the local GT program.

K-2nd Grade Sessions

Love of Music with Jeremy Phillips
Jeremy currently teaches music at Pinkerton Elementary School in Coppell, Texas. He directs the Rova Marimba and Drum Ensemble. Zimma-Rimba builds a life-long love of music through Zimbabwean-style marimba. This class will focus on the sheer joy, excitement and sense of community that participation in music can bring.
Creative Design Challenges with Stacie Nickols
Stacie currently teaches 3rd grade at Cottonwood Creek Elementary School in Coppell, Texas. She has taught Camp Invention sessions and is also a GT Specialist. Students will spend time designing structures that investigate science and build creations from literature using common objects.

3rd-5th Grade Sessions

“Improv”-A-Lot: A Beginner’s Guide to Improvisation with Amy Yakubovsky
Amy currently teaches theatre arts at Middle School East in Coppell, TX and teaches CGA MOSAIC programs. You’re up – think fast! In this session, participants will learn the basics of improvisation. Students will use quick thinking skills, develop characterization, and speak in front of others and have fun creating new and interesting scenes.
Your Wits versus Nature: Egg Drop with Boyd Grayson
Boyd currently teaches 6th grade Science and Science Olympiad at Greenhill School in Dallas, TX and teaches CGA MOSAIC programs. Design and test devices that challenge you to create a way to defy the forces of nature and known scientific principles.

NEW: Afternoon session for 3rd-5th graders: Robotics. In the Robotics course, students will explore the world of engineering by building and operating LEGO robots using LEGO Mindstorms software. The class will be taught by students at the CHS STEM Academy.

Due to circumstances, Egg Drop will not be offered in the afternoon session.  Students who wish to attend Egg Drop can still attend in the morning.  Students who register for full day will be assigned Improv and either Egg Drop/Robotics.  A student may not take Egg Drop and Robotics.  If your child has a preference between Egg Drop and Robotics, please indicate that preference on the registration form.

Registration is strongly encouraged for Saturday adult sessions and is required for Saturday Student Enrichment.

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