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Parent Save The Date

Parent Save The Date in Spanish



Parent Day Schedule

  • 7:45 am – 9:00 am Parent Keynote Session
  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am Vendor Hall
  • 9:30 am – 10:30 am Concurrent breakout sessions
  • 10:40 am – 11:40 am Concurrent breakout sessions
  • 11:50 am – 12:50 pm Concurrent breakout sessions

Parent Strand

Advocating for the Needs of Gifted & Talented Learners
Kari Hanson-Smith, Sacramento City USD, GATE Coordinator
Parents are vital advocates for gifted education services in their local schools. Learn from school district administrators what all of the acronyms mean (LCAP, LCFF, ESSA, etc.) and how to best leverage them when advocating for gifted education. Also, learn about the types of gifted education service models that may be available for students in public schools.
Kari holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Gifted and Talented Education from the Three Summers program within the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. While there, Kari studied with Dr. Joseph Renzulli and Dr. Sally Reis, authors of the Enrichment Triad Model, and the Schoolwide Enrichment Model. Kari’s breadth of expertise includes GATE program design, talent development, differentiating instruction at the K-8 level, the social and emotional needs of gifted individuals, working with students from diverse populations, and gifted education theory.  In addition to serving on the CAG Board as the Capitol Region Education Representative and Legislation Chair, she is the Coordinator for GATE and AP Programs at Sacramento City Unified School District. Kari has also worked as a GATE Resource Teacher and as a classroom teacher. Kari is passionately dedicated to urban gifted education and advocating for the academic and emotional needs of gifted and high ability learners in public school systems.
Talking about Gate with Your Child and Supporting Those “Flipside” Behaviors
Karen Knudson, Tustin USD, GATE Teacher on Special Assignment
Our kids have these awesome gifts that amaze us and make us so proud! But they also mystify us with some behaviors that are not so amazing and frustrate us. If you find yourself thinking (or saying), “How can you be so smart but ______?” this session is for you. In this session, we will look at the “flipsides” of common GATE traits and tools to help you understand and support your child.
The Power of Parent Partnerships and Participation: How Gifted Support Group Meetings Foster Support, Advocacy, and Community
Hillary Jade, Institute for Educational Advancement, Program Manager
Parents today play a more active role in supporting their Gifted children and advocating on their behalf than ever before. Through support group meetings, parents are able to find schooling options, programs, and services their gifted children need to thrive from experts in the field – and, even more impactful, one another. Attendees will gain an understanding of the development, scope, and varied formats of support groups and how they are changing the ways in which parents find a tribe of peers.
Hillary Jade is a Program Manager with the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) in Pasadena, CA, where she oversees programming for Gifted students that is both local and national in scope. Prior to joining IEA, she was a Program Director and Site Director with Summer Institute for the Gifted. Her career in Gifted was born from a desire to provide programs and services to Gifted youth, such as those she benefitted from growing up Gifted.

Parent Sessions in Spanish

¿Qué Significa Ser Identificado Como Superdotado? ¿Cómo Puedo Ayudar a Mis Niños en Lograr Sus Metas?
Karen Anderson, Pasadena Unified School District, Arts & Enrichment Coordinator
What does it mean to be identified as gifted? How can I help my children reach their goals? This session is intended to serve as a question and answer session for Spanish speaking parents and is adaptable depending on registration for the parent conference and the needs of CAG. It will be inquiry-based and responsive to the needs of the participants. Materials will be provided in Spanish to support parent participation with their students in the home.
¿Qué significa ser identificado como dotado? ¿Cómo puedo ayudar a mis hijos a alcanzar sus metas? El objetivo de esta sesión es servir como una sesión de preguntas y respuestas para los padres que hablan español y es adaptable según el registro para la conferencia de padres y las necesidades del CAG. Se basará en la investigación y responderá a las necesidades de los participantes. Los materiales se proporcionarán en español para apoyar la participación de los padres con sus estudiantes en el hogar.
Karen Anderson is the Arts & Enrichment Coordinator for the Pasadena Unified School District. She graduated from Northwestern University and received her Master’s degree in education from USC. Karen has worked in public, private, and charter schools in dual language environments as a teacher, administrator, and coach. She has worked with CAG for over 10 years at events across the state. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the MAT program at USC.
Karen Anderson es la Coordinadora de Artes y Enriquecimiento del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Pasadena. Se graduó de la Northwestern University y recibió su maestría en educación de la USC. Karen ha trabajado en escuelas públicas, privadas y autónomas en entornos de lenguaje dual como maestra, administradora y capacitadora. Ella ha trabajado con CAG durante más de 10 años en eventos en todo el estado. También es profesora adjunta en el programa MAT en la USC.
Characteristics of the Gifted / Características de los dotados Nereida Prado, Santa Ana Unified, GATE Program Specialist

Dr. Desiree Olivas, Santa Ana Unified, Teacher, Teacher Mentor, GATE Trainer

Engage in a discussion around the characteristics of gifted students with an emphasis on the possible behavioral impacts of characteristics in the classroom and how parents can support at home.
Participe en una discusión sobre las características de los estudiantes superdotados con énfasis en los posibles impactos de comportamiento de las características en el aula y cómo los padres pueden apoyar en el hogar.

Depth and Complexity – Learning the Thinking Prompts / Profundidad y complejidad – Aprender las indicaciones de pensamiento           Nereida Prado, Santa Ana Unified, GATE Program Specialist Dr. Desiree Olivas, Santa Ana Unified, Teacher, Teacher Mentor, GATE Trainer

Participants will receive an introduction to the GATE standards and the Depth & Complexity Thinking Prompts. The session will focus on developing an understanding of the impact of the thinking prompts on the extension of vocabulary, metacognition, and the overall thinking process.
Los participantes recibirán una introducción a los estándares GATE y los Indicadores de pensamiento de profundidad y complejidad. La sesión se centrará en desarrollar una comprensión del impacto de las pautas de pensamiento en la extensión del vocabulario, la metacognición y el proceso de pensamiento general.
Connecting the Depth & Complexity Thinking Prompts to the Classroom and at Home / Conectar los avisos de pensamiento de profundidad y complejidad al aula y al hogar
Nereida Prado, Santa Ana Unified, GATE Program Specialist
Dr. Desiree Olivas, Santa Ana Unified, Teacher, Teacher Mentor, GATE Trainer
With all of the possibilities to engage with the Depth and Complexity Thinking Prompts, this session will connect the foundations of language and thinking to specific content areas. Prior experience with the Depth and Complexity prompts is recommended. All three sessions will be conducted in Spanish.
Con todas las posibilidades para interactuar con los Indicadores de pensamiento de profundidad y complejidad, esta sesión conectará los fundamentos del lenguaje y el pensamiento con áreas de contenido específicas. Se recomienda experiencia previa con las indicaciones de profundidad y complejidad. Las tres sesiones se realizarán en español.
Nereida Prado is currently the K-12 GATE Program Specialist for the Santa Ana Unified School District. She started as a classroom teacher in a dual immersion program, focusing on gifted education and developing academic trainings for Spanish speaking parents. For the last 18 years, Nereida has been involved in various organization-wide leadership roles supporting teachers, administrators, parents and community with academic, gifted education and parent trainings.
Dr. Desiree Olivas is currently a classroom teacher in Santa Ana, teacher mentor in Mathematics and trainer in Gifted and Talented Education. She has been in the classroom for over 30 years, working with a diversity of students and families. She has taught in a variety of settings from international schools to inner city, gifted, bilingual, and multi-age. Dr. Olivas has been a speaker and presenter for IRA, NCTM, California Council of Mathematics, OCC GATE and CAG.administrators, parents, and community with academic, gifted education, and parent trainings.
Nereida Prado es actualmente la Especialista del Programa GATE K-12 para el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Ana. Comenzó como maestra de aula en un programa de doble inmersión, centrándose en la educación de superdotados y desarrollando capacitaciones académicas para padres que hablan español. Durante los últimos 18 años, Nereida ha estado involucrada en varios roles de liderazgo en toda la organización que apoyan a maestros, administradores, padres y la comunidad con educación académica para superdotados y capacitación para padres.
La Dra. Desiree Olivas es actualmente maestra de aula en Santa Ana, mentora de maestra en Matemáticas y capacitadora en Educación para Dotados y Talentosos. Ella ha estado en el aula por más de 30 años, trabajando con una diversidad de estudiantes y familias. Ella ha enseñado en una variedad de entornos desde escuelas internacionales hasta centros urbanos, dotados, bilingües y de edades múltiples. La Dra. Olivas ha sido oradora y presentadora de IRA, NCTM, el Consejo de Matemáticas de California, OCC GATE y CAG. Administradores, padres y comunidad con formación académica para superdotados y capacitación para padres.