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2019 PAGE Gifted Mini Conference--Allentown, PA

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Renaissance Allentown

12 North 7th St.

Allentown, PA 18101

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A special mini-conference event for parents, teachers and administrators hosted by PAGE. Each session will last 45-60 minutes. Snacks and Light Refreshments included.


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12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  • Gerald Aungst - 12:00pm

    • Beyond Engagement: Engineering Curiosity and Creativity in the Gifted Classroom

      • Human beings are wired to wonder: curiosity and creativity are built into each of us, and they are what drive us to learn. Programming for gifted learners should be built on a foundation of curiosity and creativity.

      • On the first day of Kindergarten, the children who step into our school are bursting with creativity and curiosity about the world. Then we systematically train them to ignore or suppress those drives and instead focus on what we want them to learn. But everything about school could instead be designed to take advantage of that natural curiosity and creativity and use them as the driving force for student learning, including the things we think are important.

      • In this session, we will explore what curiosity and creativity are, how they work, and how we can engineer the experiences and environments that gifted students participate in every day to make the most out of these powerful sources of energy and motivation.

  • Mary Ann Swiatek, Ph.D

    • Understanding Gifted Students' Test Results

      • A broader, slightly less in-depth presentation that incorporates most of what is included in "Interpreting Above-Level Test Scores," but goes a bit further. Discusses the uses of IQ testing, standardized achievement testing (including above-level testing), and curriculum-based assessment when planning for gifted students.

  • Jim LoGiudice

    • The Gifted Child: Parent and School Responsibilities

      • This interesting presentation will describe some of the basic traits and characteristics of gifted children, and what parents and schools need to know and do to develop their unique potential. What are the myths and truths about these kids, and what are some realistic expectations about their behavior and learning? What characterizes school challenge? The presenter has taught interviewed, and counseled hundreds of these students at all grade levels - and worked with the same amount of teachers and school leaders to develop programs and GIEPs that make a difference for the gifted. He will share his insight and experience, and also touch on some of the Pennsylvania legal rights that affect their education.

  • Matt Zakreski, PsyD

    • Improv-ing Social Skills: Using Improv Games to Develop Social Skills in Gifted Students

      • Improv games are an effective and fun way to teach and shape prosocial skills. This presentation will review the psychological theory behind using Improv as a social skills methodology. This presentation will also demonstrate some various Improv games and invite attendees to observe and participate.

      • Improvisational acting (or Improv) games are an effective way to teach and shape social skills for the gifted population. These games rely on quick thinking, verbal skill, creativity, and enthusiasm. Having broad and varied interests also serve to make the games better. Research has indicated that Improv games are effective in teaching prosocial behavior, emotional resiliency, cognitive flexibility, failure tolerance, and sustained social engagement. While all children can benefit from learning these skills, these are areas of development significantly present in the gifted population. Improv games can be done anywhere, cost nothing, and are fun! The content of the games are supplied by the participants, which not only keeps the topics fresh and modern but also allow gifted individuals to engage with others about their areas of interest. Improv groups can be teacher-facilitated or student-lead and can be tailored to meet the needs of all students. This methodology represents a student-centric, real-time way to engage the gifted population in the development of social skills that fits their unique skills and interests.

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