SAGE Gifted Pathways is our fourth annual local mini-conference where you can learn about options and opportunities during a gifted child’s journey through school. Our stellar keynote and breakout sessions are designed for: parents of students of any age; for educators; and for students in 5th-12th grades — bring your student!

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Date, Time and Place:

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019

5:30 p.m. Check In & Networking
6:00 p.m. Main Session
7:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
8:30 p.m. End

GCISD Professional Development and Education Center (PDEC)
5800 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, TX

Spanish Information:

¡14 de noviembre de 2019: SENDEROS DE SUPERDOTADOS!
4ª. mini conferencia anual de SAGE, SENDEROS DE SUPERDOTADOS: Navegando con su niño superdotado desde Kindergarten hasta la universidad, se llevará a cabo el 14 de noviembre, empezando a las 6 pm hasta las 8:30 pm. Aprenda sobre opciones y oportunidades durante la travesía de su niño superdotado a través de la escuela. El orador principal será el Dr. Todd Kettler de la Universidad de Baylor. Habrá sesiones para padres de familia, educadores y estudiantes de 5º a 12º grado. Un panel de Discípulos de Mérito Nacional ofrecerá ideas sobre el equilibrio de vida y estudios. ¡Información sobre la preparación para la universidad y más! Gratis para los miembros de SAGE.

Main Session Keynote: 6pm

Developing Talent from Childhood into Early Adulthood

Dr. Todd Kettler, Baylor University

Perhaps one of the greatest anxieties of parenting children with exceptional abilities is wondering whether you are doing what you should be doing to foster the development of their potential. Fortunately, the process of talent development has been studied and modeled to help parents, educators, and researchers better understand the cognitive and psycho-social nuances that interact with opportunity and environment. This presentation will include an overview of the science of developing exceptional talent as well as practical recommendations for parents.

Todd Kettler, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology in the School of Education at Baylor University. He serves as the coordinator of gifted and talented education programs in the School of Education including gifted and talented teacher preparation as well as masters and doctoral degrees with gifted education specialization. He is the chair of the Texas Commissioner of Education’s Advisory Council for Gifted Education in Texas. He has been recognized as the Advocate of the Year by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented, and his book Modern Curriculum for Gifted and Advanced Academic Learners won the Legacy Award for the Best Scholarly Book in Gifted Education in 2016. He has six kids, four dogs, and a book he still regrets stealing from Mrs. Booth, his second-grade teacher.

Breakout Sessions: 7 pm

High School Student Panel

GCISD’s Top Scholars & Gifted Students

Panelists will offer insights on balancing life and studies, navigating high school, and choosing college and career. Younger students benefit greatly from hearing directly from their older classmates. You’ll leave this session with practical ideas and you’ll be inspired by GCISD’s scholars.

Conversations for College and Career

Julie Leslie, GCISD Director of Advanced Academics

Mrs. Leslie began these conversations with her step-son Trevor when he was in middle school. In this whirlwind session, Mrs. Leslie will share how they examined his personality, passions, and strengths. All of this helped Trevor decide to which colleges he would apply and shaped his final decision to attend a small liberal arts in Michigan (where he’s sometimes flourishing, sometimes struggling, always growing, and [mostly] happy – at least for now!).

Guiding your Gifted Adolescent

Dr. Cheryl Taliaferro, GCISD ASPIRE Liaison

Do you know what to expect when your gifted adolescent starts middle school? Learn from experienced teacher Dr. Cheryl Taliaferro about the unique characteristics and needs of adolescents, and how to build a strong partnership with your student and his/her teachers as you guide your child into adulthood.

Gifted 101

Cindy Garcia, GCISD Advanced Academics Instructional Coach

“How do I know if my child is gifted?” “My child was identified as gifted — now what?” Learn the GT lingo and get strategies for parenting your unique child from gifted teacher and parent Cindy Garcia,

Twice Exceptional Students

Parents and educators of gifted students who also have a learning disability are invited to meet each other in support of the needs of 2e students. Share information and connect with a broader network of families with similar challenges. Session hosted by SAGE 2e group parents who participate in our 2e Monthly Chat.

Gifted Education & Texas House Bill 3

Dr. Todd Kettler, Associate Professor, Educational Psychology, Baylor University

Our keynote speaker is the chair of the Texas Commissioner of Education’s Advisory Council for Gifted Education in Texas. Dr. Kettler will share information about how Texas House Bill 3 affects gifted education in Texas. Attend this session to be informed about laws that directly affect your students.

Ask the Expert

Experienced Parents & Teachers

All evening! Sign up when you arrive for a 10-minute private conversation with a GT expert from our SAGE community. A great opportunity to ask a friendly face those questions you always wanted to ask. We’ll help point you toward the answers.

The mini-conference ends around 8:30 p.m.

More details to come. Follow @GCSAGE for updates.