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Conference of the



Advocacy for Gifted and Talented Education
       in New York State (AGATE)

                October 23-24, 2009

                  Long Island University
                   C.W. Post Campus
                     Brookville, NY

                 IN COOPERATION WITH:
                New York State AGATE
    The School of Education, Long Island University-
                   C.W. Post Campus
                     Nassau BOCES


          For their efforts in helping to organize this Conference,
                          the following are thanked:

The entire AGATE Executive Board especially:
Audrey Dowling, President and Mary-Ellen Seitelman. Immediate Past President

Dr. David Steinberg, President, Long Island University
Dr. Jeffrey Kane, Academic Vice-President, C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University
Dr. Robert Manheimer, Dean, School of Education, C.W. Post
Office of the Dean: Grace Gazzo, Executive Assistant, Joan McCarthy
Dr. Kathy Lusteg, Associate Dean, School of Education, C.W. Post
C.W. Post Department of Curriculum and Instruction,
Professor Anthony De Falco, Chair
June Scheu, Maria Cafiso, C&I Department Secretaries

The Long Island University Center for Gifted Youth (LIUCGY):
Dr. Madelon Solowey, Director, LIUCGY, Vera Savino, Program Secretary
Dr. Joan Digby, Professor, C.W. Post and Director of the Honors Program
The C.W. Post Honors Program Students
Dr. Karen Megay-Nespoli, Assistant Professor, St. Joseph’s College
Kathy Mendall, C.W. Post Conference Services
Rita Langdon and Morgan Lyle, Office of Public Relations, C.W. Post
The C.W. Post Bookstore
Julia Johnson, Nassau BOCES

            IN NEW YORK STATE, INC.

       A World of Promise:
Gifted Students as Global Citizens

             Dr. Joseph Piro

        Dr. Karen Megay-Nespoli
           Carolyn Yohannes
             Julia Johnson

             AGATE OFFICERS
        President- Audrey Dowling
      Vice President- Mary Kay Lewis
         Treasurer- Carol Stevens
    Recording Secretary- Christy Folsom


             Barbara Broomell
              Michelle Jones
              JoAnn Meaker
                Joseph Piro
              Judy Wegman
               Joan Winters
               Amy Zamkoff

             Elisa Gallaro

            JoAnn Meaker

          Mary-Ellen Seitelman

                                        What is AGATE?

      AGATE is a nonprofit organization of concerned parents and
educators designed to promote the education and welfare of the gifted
and talented in New York State. AGATE has been developed to:

      Seek and make available national, state and local resources
       which contribute to the education of the gifted and talented;

      Develop, publish and disseminate appropriate materials for the
       education of the gifted and talented;

      Sponsor and foster activities to stimulate and encourage the
       development of improved programs and practices for the
       education of the gifted and talented, such as sharing
       information about educational programs, giving educators
       opportunities to study new and innovative teaching methods
       and programs which are specifically designed for gifted
       children, and conducting research on the gifted which would
       provide help for educators;

      Assume a leadership role in the establishment of statewide
       conferences, meetings, workshops and other appropriate
       gatherings for the benefit of the gifted and talented

                                                              Vision with action can change the world.

                                                                                                J. Barker

                        Dear Friends,

                                 Welcome to the website of the annual New York State Advocacy for
                        Gifted and Talented Education 2009 Conference. We invite you to join us
                        for this year’s Conference which will be held on October 23rd and 24th, 2009
                        at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in Brookville, NY.

                                 This year’s AGATE Conference has as its theme A World of
                         Promise: Gifted Students as Global Citizens. During this conference, we
hope to open a lively and useful dialogue on this topic. It is well-known through research that many
gifted children express a heightened connection and sensitivity to social issues, and feel a
responsibility to address these issues with passion. However, many of them are frustrated at the lack
of accessibility to resources that can help develop their innate leadership potentiality and direct it
toward constructive pathways. Through the speakers, workshops, symposia, discussions, displays
and other activities planned for the Conference, we hope to provide participants with input, ideas,
and inspiration to plan a variety of learning experiences that will benefit the gifted student and allow
them to take positive action within the global arena.

                               This heightened global awareness and involvement has significant
implications for gifted students. Now, more than ever, it is essential to ensure that gifted students,
our future leaders, understand world concerns and begin to see themselves as viable problem-solvers
to these issues. This must be our starting point: to educate the gifted to understand that they are
world citizens whose informational perspectives muse be broadened to include cultures across the

                                  At the close of the Conference, it is hoped that how the best creative,
social, and intellectual talents of the gifted can be harnessed to make the globe a thriving,
stimulating, and safe place will begin to be realized. The world of promise that gifted students
represent to implement this will demand of them no less.


                                Joseph M. Piro, PhD
                                Chair , 2009 AGATE Conference

                               Dear Friends,
                                       The AGATE 2009 Conference will celebrate gifted
                               education in New York State with looking towards the future
                               and how gifted students will fit into the worldwide community!
                               We welcome you to attend to learn, network and celebrate
                               bright children as we explore the importance of the making
                               them citizens and future leaders of this world community!
                                       Dr. Joseph Piro and his conference committee have
worked diligently to develop a diverse series of opportunities for administrators and board
members interested in adding or improving their school’s gifted programs, for teachers to
network and see what’s up with new research and for approaches to teaching our bright
children, for counselors looking for ways to be more effective with bright children, and for
parents and grandparents who are looking for educational choices for our brightest students
to use their potentials to become global citizens who will successfully lead us into the future.
        This is the second conference to be presented on Long Island for AGATE with Dr.
Piro as the Chairperson and C.W. Post as the host. We look forward to meeting and
encouraging and exciting teachers and parents of gifted students from all over the state, but
intentionally move our conferences throughout the state to give teachers and parents from
each region of the state easier access to our conferences on a rotating basis. We hope to see
faces from all over the state as well as many new faces from NYC and Long Island!
        Along with the annual AGATE conferences, AGATE exists to advocate for more
opportunities for gifted students across NYS. It is for the gifted children of the state that we
keep ourselves learning and working towards statewide requirements for appropriate
educational opportunities in each school across the state for each student. It is time for all
schools across New York State to acknowledge that there are special educational needs for
students who function at an intellectual level that is advanced beyond their age peers.
        We welcome you to the conference and hope you will go back home and share the
knowledge! We need to stay focused to keep expanding Gifted Education until appropriate
educational opportunities are made available at every school for every gifted child
throughout New York State!


Audrey Kay Dowling
President, AGATE

                        AGATE CONFERENCE INFORMATION

Registration, as well as check-in for pre-registrants, will begin at 8:00 AM on Friday and 8”30 AM on
Saturday on the first floor of Hillwood Commons. Please follow then signs for the Registration Area.
For those individuals who wish walk-in registration, the fee is $50.00 on Friday and $40.00 on
Saturday. Please note this fee excludes any meals.

There will be five strands of workshops. These are scheduled as follows:

Friday, October 23rd
Session I       10:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.
Session II      1:30 p.m.- 2:45 p.m.
Session III     3:00 p.m.- 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, October 24th
Session IV      9:15AM- 10:30 AM
Session V       2:00PM- 3:00 PM

Most workshops will take place in the Humanities Building except those designated for the Recital
Hall or Library Technology Center.

Please wear your name badge for admission to all Conference sessions. Your luncheon ticket will
provide you with entrance to lunches on Friday and Saturday.

Cafeteria services are available throughout the day in Hillwood Commons. Food, snacks and
beverages may be purchased throughout the Conference. Please note that food is not permitted in
the classrooms.
As a reminder, C.W. Post is a smoke-free campus. Smoking is not allowed in any campus building.
C.W. Post has ample parking outside the registration area. Please follow all parking regulations.
There will be a variety of books for both parents and children available throughout the Conference.
These will available in the Exhibition area in Hillwood Commons.
Any program changes will be announced and posted on Change Board which can be found in the
Lobby of Hillwood Commons.
Your feedback on the conference is very important to us. Evaluation forms found in your packet
may be completed and deposited in boxes located in the Registration Area. We value your reactions
so please complete these forms.

                             CONFERENCE AT A GLANCE
                              FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2009
          TIME                   ACTIVITY/ SESSION                        LOCATION
8:00                 Conference Registration                   Hillwood Commons

9:00- 10:15 AM       Conference Keynote: Sheila Appel, IBM     Hillwood Recital Hall
10-15- 10:30 AM      Break

10:30- 11:45 AM      Breakout I                                Various Campus Locations

11:45- AM- 1:15 PM   Awards Luncheon                           Top of the Commons
                     Speaker: Fred Thiele, Jr.
                     Assemblyman, New York State
1:15- 1:30 PM        Break

1:30- 2:45 PM        Breakout II                               Various Campus Locations

2:45 -3:00 PM        Break

3:00- 4:15 PM        Breakout III                              Top of the Commons

4:15 – 5:30 PM       Reception                                 Top of the Commons

                             SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2009

          TIME                     ACTIVITY/ SESSION                       LOCATION
8:30 AM              Conference Registration;                  Hillwood Commons
                     Chapter and Affiliates Meetings/Parent
9:30- 10:45 AM       Breakout IV                               Various Campus Locations

10:45- 11:00 AM      Break

11:00AM- 12:30 PM    Conference Keynote: Michael Furdyk,       Hillwood Recital Hall

12:30 PM- 1:45 PM    Awards Luncheon                           Top of the Commons
                     Conference Keynote: Roger Tilles,
                     Regent, New York State Board of
1:45- 2:00 PM        Break

2:00 – 3:00 PM       Panel Discussion: What is the Future of   Top of the Commons
                     Gifted Education in New York State?


8:00 am                                      Hillwood Commons
Registration, Continental Breakfast,
Vendor Exhibition, & Bookstore

9:00 am- 10:15 am                            Hillwood Commons
                                                Hillwood Recital Hall

Opening Event

Greetings……………………………………………………………………………….Robert Manheimer
                            Dean, School of Education, C.W. Post
                                  Campus, Long Island University

Welcome……………………………………..…….………………………………………Audrey Dowling
                              President, New York State AGATE

Introductions………………….……………………………………………………………Mary Kay Lewis
                                       AGATE, Vice President

Plenary Session-
Speaker……………….……………………………………………………………………..……Sheila Appel
                             Manager of Corporate Citizenship
                                   and Corporate Affairs, IBM

                     10:15 am- 10:30 am BREAK

10:30 am- 11:45 am                           C.W. Post Campus
                                                  Designated Rooms
Breakout Session I
11:45 am- 1:15 pm

Lunch                                          Hillwood Commons
                                       Top of the Commons (3rd Floor)

Introductions………………………………………………………………………Mary-Ellen Seitelman
                                        AGATE Past President

Speaker…………………………………………………………………………………Fred W. Thiele, Jr.
                            Member, New York State Assembly

Awards Presentations………………………………………………….…………………Amy Zamkoff
                                       Chair, Awards Committee

                       1:15 pm- 1:30 pm- BREAK

1:30 PM- 2:45 PM                                     C.W. Post Campus
                                                       Designated Rooms


                        BREAK- 2:45 PM- 3:00 PM

3:00 PM- 4:15 PM                                 C.W. Post Campus
                                                      Top of the Commons


4:15 PM- 5:30 PM                                 C.W. Post Campus
                                                      Top of the Commons
Conference Reception

Saturday, October 24

8:30 am                                         Hillwood Commons
Registration, Continental Breakfast,
Vendor Exhibitions, Bookstore, and Chapter Meeting

9:30 am- 10:45 am
Breakout Session IV                              C.W. Post Campus
                                                        Designated Rooms

                   10:45 AM- 11:00 AM -BREAK

11:00 am- 12:30 pm

Plenary Session                                Hillwood Commons
                                                  Hillwood Recital Hall

Welcome……………………………………..…….…………………………………….…Audrey Dowling
                              President, New York State AGATE

Introductions…………………………………………………………………Dr. Bette Schneiderman
                             Co-Chair, Department of Instructional
                                           Technology, C.W. Post

Plenary Session Speaker……………….………….………………………………Michael Furdyk,
                             Co-founder and Director of Technology for

12:30 pm- 1:45 pm                            Hillwood Commons
                                        Top of the Commons (3rd Floor)

Introduction of

Speaker………………………………………………………………………………………………Roger Tilles
                        Member, New York State Board of Regents

Announcement of Awards………………………………………………………………Amy Zamkoff
                                      Chair, Awards Committee

2:00 pm- 3:00 pm                              Hillwood Commons
                                               Top of the Commons
Panel Discussion: What is the Future of
Gifted Education in New York State?…………………..Moderator: Audrey Dowling,


                                          SHEILA APPEL, DIRECTOR, CORPORATE
                                    CITIZENSHIP AND CORPORATE AFFAIRS, IBM

                                    Sheila Appel is the Manager of Corporate Citizenship
                                    and Corporate Affairs at IBM, where she began her
                                    career in 1977 as a programmer. In this capacity, she
                                    leads the company’s initiatives in the areas of public
                                    school reform, using technology to bring art to the
                                    community, easing the digital divide, and workforce
                                    development, among others. Ms. Appel leads IBM’s
                                    Transition to Teaching Program in New York State. Ms.
Appel is active in business, community, and educational organizations, including the
Business Council of New York State, the Mid-Hudson Technology Council, and the Mid-
Hudson Teachers Council. She sits on the board of directors of several organizations:
Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce, Dutchess Community College
Foundation, United Way of Dutchess County, Dutchess County Workforce Investment
Board, Family First NY, and the Institute for Business Innovation. She is a member of the
Education Task Force for the Business Council of New York State. Ms. Appel has received
various awards for her work, including the Future Business Leaders of America’s “Business
Person of the Year” award in 2000, the Mill Street Loft Friends of Art Award, the YWCA
Salute to Women Award, and the Pillars of the Community Award from the Greater
Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Appel was honored by Senator Saland as
one of the Women of Distinction in 2005 and was named one of the Top 100 IBM Women
Leaders in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Ms. Appel has an A.A.S. in Business Management from
Dutchess Community College and a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Communication
from Marist College.

                                     MICHAEL FURDYK, CO-FOUNDER AND
                                     DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY FOR
                                       Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder and Director of
                                      Technology for global online
                                      community for young people, engaging hundreds of
                                      thousands of youth in over 200 countries and
                                      territories. Along with managing the technology team at
                                      TakingITGlobal, Michael is involved with the TIGed
                                      education program, and has spoken to over 50,000
educators about the importance of engaging students and integrating technology and global
perspectives into the classroom. In the past, he has turned his interest in technology into a
series of successful online companies, co-founding (later sold to and (which raised $4.5-million of venture capital). Over the
last few years, Michael has consulted for many Fortune 500 companies, including a 6-month
engagement developing youth strategy with Microsoft in Seattle, Washington. As one of
Teen People's "20 teens that will change the world", Michael has shared his opinions about

Youth Engagement and experiences as a member of the Net Generation by speaking at
dozens of events, including the World Congress on IT, the US Government's National
Youth Summit, Microsoft's Anytime, Anywhere Learning Summits, The Business Council,
and TED. He has made numerous media appearances including The Oprah Winfrey Show,
Time Magazine, Fast Company, Business Week, CNN, MSNBC, and USA Today. He is a
board member and advisor to numerous groups including Microsoft, Pollution Probe, the
Anytime, Anywhere Learning Foundation, and several other national and global

                            ROGER B. TILLES, REGENT, NEW YORK STATE

                              Roger Tilles graduated in 1968 from Amherst College with a
                              Bachelor of Arts degree, received New York City Professional
                              Certification through C.W. Post Campus of Long Island
                              University and graduated from the University of Michigan
                              College of Law in 1971. He became Director of Law and
                              Legislation for the Michigan Department of Education, was
                              elected to the Michigan State Board of Education, and in 1975,
                              he became the Executive Secretary to the Speaker of the
                              Michigan House of Representatives. During this time in
                              Michigan he taught education and the law at University of
Michigan, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan Universities’ Schools of
Education. After being a candidate for U.S. Congress, he opened his own law practice in
Washington, D.C. in 1978, until his return to Long Island in 1983 where he is a Director of
Tilles Investment Companies. He is a member of the New York, D.C. and Michigan Bar
Association. He was Chair and a founding member of the Association for a Better Long
Island, is the former Chair of the Long Island Regional Planning Board, served as Chair of
the Long Island University Board of Trustees, served on the Boards of WNET/Channel 13
and WLIW/Channel 21 and has been Executive Vice Chairman of the Tilles Center For The
Performing Arts. In April 2005, he was elected the Regent representing Long Island on the
New York State Board of Regents.
                         He has been a vocal advocate for arts education on Long Island and
across America. He is also involved with significant interfaith activities: two of the most
prominent being Project Understanding, which he formed with Monsignor Tom Hartman in
1987, bringing Catholic and Jewish teenagers together annually on a mission to Israel; and as
the producer of the first Vatican commemoration of the Holocaust under the auspices of
Pope John Paul II in Rome in 1994. He is a member and past President of Temple Beth-El
of Great Neck, is on the Board of The Jewish Outreach Institute and has been a member of
the National Young Leadership Cabinet of the UJA as well as on the Executive Board of the
Union for Reform Judaism. Roger Tilles was born and educated in Great Neck in their
public schools. He and his wife, Jerry, and their daughters, Eliana (17) and Hanaleah (14),
still reside in Great Neck where the children attend the Great Neck public schools.

                      Friday, October 23, 2009 Breakout I
                             10:30 AM- 11:45 AM

        Workshop Title                       Presenter(s)               Room

Hurried and Ignored: How pressure       Dr. Arnold Dodge           Humanities 109
to perform and NCLB mandates are
failing our gifted population

Why gifted children hit an academic     Emiliya Zhivotovskaya      Humanities 110
brick wall and lose their passion for

Using the Internet for learning and     JoAnn Meaker               Library
College Readiness: Nonfiction books     Will Fitzhugh              Humanities 115
and research papers
Assessing young children’s              Stephen J. Farenga         Humanities 113
spontaneous advanced spatial-           Daniel Ness
geometric thinking through block

How to use what you know: Making        Todd McIntyre              Humanities 125
use of gifted research
Uniquely Gifted: Teaching gifted        Karen Megay-Nespoli        Humanities 116
children with Asperger’s Syndrome
Inventing self                          Julia Johnson              Humanities 128
SEDL Standards and how they will        Valerie Kasper             Humanities 123
prepare gifted students for the
global community
Island Harvest                          Babrara Grodd              Humanities 108
Motivating highly capable learners      Dr. Andrea Bittman, Dori   Humanities 221
through global projects involving       Cohen, Deirdre Kenny
multi - media technology.

                      Friday, October 23, 2009, Breakout II

                                1:30 PM- 2:45 PM

        Workshop Title                      Presenter(s)               Room

NYC Public Schools Panel                                          Hillwood Recital

The Massapequa Schoolwide               Meredith Marin, Nancy     Humanities 110
Enrichment Model                        Regan, Jennifer Tand,
                                        Joanne Markowski, Betty
                                        Ann Natke, Loree Moran
                                        and Lucille Iconis
How learning about Rembrandt can        Ellen Grill, Mark Conn    Library Computer
teach the world                                                   Lab

If the world is flat, why not school?   Catherine F. Battaglia    Humanities 113
Fostering intercultural
understanding and integrated
learning through the International
Baccalaureate Programme
Global citizenship and its              Delva King                Humanities 125
application to pedagogy

Laughter, Tears & Two Extra-            Amy Price                 Humanities 117
Strength Aspirin: An Rx for parents
and teachers of gifted children

                 Friday, October 23, 2009, Breakout III

                                3:00 PM- 4:15 PM

   Workshop Title                       Presenter(s)                   Room

What is Asia doing to meet    Dr. Shaireen Rashid, Dr. Yen Yen    Top of the
new global challenges and     Woo, Dr, Haeryun Choi, Dr. Lee      Commons
 what we can learn from       Yuen Kew, Dr. Jeoung-Eun Rhee

                      Saturday, October 24, 2009, Breakout IV
                                 8:30 AM- 9:30 AM

            Workshop Title                              Presenter                  Room

Parent Breakfast Round Table; Chapter &       B. Loerinc Helft                 Hillwood
Affiliates Meeting                                                             Commons

                                    9:30 AM- 10:45 AM

Using technology to enrich elementary         Judy Wegman                      Humanities 108
students beyond the classroom

Global Rock Stars—Building a community        Camilla Gagliolo, Lori Roe       Humanities 110
of Learners
Talented Young Historians and Creativity in   Mojca Kukanja-Gabrijelcic,       Humanities 109
a history classroom                           Tatjana Kukanja

Documentary filmmaking as a vehicle for       Brendan Blendell                 Humanities 113
multicultural education

Finding solutions to complex mathematical     Leticia Hernandez de Hahn        Humanities 125
problems using n-dimensional mind

Skills of Independent Study: What to teach    Joanne Loring                    Humanities 128
when everyone’s learning something

The extra-cognitive aspects of giftedness     Jerald Grobman, M.D.             Humanities 221

Strengthening gifted advocacy throughout      Michelle Jones                   Humanities 114
NYS: How to form an AGATE chapter
A statistical analysis on the survey data     Winston Jiatu, Jone P. Lee       Humanities 115
about gifted education on Long Island
Museums on Long Island and how you can        Patricia Lannes (Nassau County   Humanities 116
use them                                      Museum of Art), Nancy Richner
                                              (Hofstra University Museum of
                                              Art), Joy Weiner (Heckscher
                                              Museum of Art)

                    Saturday, October 24, 2009, Breakout V
                                2:00 PM- 3:15 PM

 Panel Discussion: What is the future of       Audrey Dowling, Moderator          Top of the
 gifted education in New York State?                                              Commons

                             Conference Presenters

Dr. Lois Baldwin was the teacher of the first twice-exceptional class in the country and
was instrumental in developing the K-12 program. She is currently a 2e consultant.

Dr. Catherine Battaglia is Community Superintendent for the Buffalo Public
Schools and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University at Buffalo in the
Department of Education, Leadership, and Policy. Dr. Battaglia has served on the
AGATE Board and was formerly the head of City Honors School in Buffalo, NY,
a school recognized by Newsweek Magazine for its IB Programme and rated as
one of the top high schools in the Nation. She is currently on the Board of
Directors as the President of the Guild of IB Schools in the Northeast.

Dr. Andrea Yenis Bittman holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University, a
certification in Montessori Education, a Masters in Elementary Education from Hofstra
University, and a Doctorate in Instructional Leadership from St. John's University. In
addition to being the Gemini and Enrichment teacher at Denton Avenue School in the
Herricks School District in New Hyde Park for the past 10 years, she is also an Associate
Professor of Education at St. John's University, teaching courses in gifted education as
well as administration. Dr. Bittman has had the pleasure of writing curriculum for and
instructing students at the C.W. Post Center for Gifted Youth. She holds a New York
State certification in N-6 and Gifted Education, as well as an SAS and SDA. Dr. Bittman
has written multiple grants over the years promoting use of technology in the classroom,
global awareness initiatives, sustainable living, and environmental education for youth.

Brendan Blendell is a senior at the Doane Stuart School in Albany. He has won multiple
awards, including the AGATE Academic Excellence Award. Brendan has presented at
other conferences, focusing on arts in education, civic engagement, and social
responsibility. He has produced award winning documentaries and is a multifaceted

Dori Cohen

Mark Conn retired three years ago after over 31 years in the NYC school system. Mark
created, administered and coordinated programs with many major NYC arts institutions and
universities. The goal of these programs was to use the arts as a catalyst to teach core
curricula. At the same time he directed and was involved with the installation of an
innovative technology system. Mark has have written articles on arts/arts education, given
numerous presentations, participated on many panels, taken part in radio interviews and
produced videotapes on these topics. He was one of the writers involved in the original
Rembrandt project. The rest of his experience within the school systems involved teaching
a variety of subject areas on many grade levels. His educational background includes a BA in
Philosophy (Honors) from Long Island University and MA in English from New York
University and additional postgraduate work in the arts.

Arnold Dodge is an assistant professor/chairperson in the Department of Educational
Leadership and Administration, LIU/C.W. Post Campus. Before retiring, Dr. Dodge was
a superintendent, central office curriculum administrator, school principal and teacher.
His research interest focuses on the effects of high-stakes testing on students, teachers,
schools and families.

Stephen J. Farenga is Professor of Human Development and Learning at Dowling
College. He has authored numerous publications in gifted education, science education,
and informal learning.

Will Fitzhugh Harvard A.B.; Harvard Ed.M. Founder and Editor of The Concord
Review, which has published 846 exemplary history research papers by secondary
students from 44 states and 35 other countries since 1987. It remains the only journal in
the world for the academic papers of high school students.

Gail Flynn is a teacher with the Gifted Special Education Program at Southern
Westchester BOCES. She is the recipient of the Alexinia Baldwin Educator of the Year

Camilla Gagliolo holds a position as Instructional Technology Coordinator in Arlington
County Public Schools in Virginia facilitating and leading technology integration to
enhance teaching and learning for students. Her passion for innovation in education has
made her one of the leaders in implementing new technologies in all curriculum areas
internationally. Camilla has presented at numerous national and international conferences
on technology integration, foreign and immersion language learning, digital portfolio
creation, multimedia integration, and the use of emergent and handheld technologies in
instructional environments. She has presented and led workshops on technology
integration at international conferences, including NECC, VSTE, MICCA, ECIS and

Ellen Grill has been involved in the New York City school system for over thirty years. The
roles she has played have been varied. She began as a classroom teacher; continued in a
special program that addressed the needs of fourth grade holdovers. School Enrichment
programs were her next challenge. Throughout her career she always stressed importance of
keeping parents informed and involved in their children’s education. She presented
educational strategies to parent groups, pedagogical staff and administrators. Along with her
duties as Enrichment Specialist she served as the school’s Project Arts Coordinator and
Grant Writer. She wrote and taught a syllabus in balanced literacy and assumed the role of
School wide Literacy Coach. Her educational background includes a BS from New York
University and graduate work at Queens College-CUNY.

Dr .Jerald Grobman is a board certified psychiatrist who practices in New York City.
He specializes in the psychotherapy of gifted adolescents and adults. He is a senior
supervisor in the Lenox Hill Hospital psychology training program. His
underachievement paper (2006)is available on his website

Leticia Hernandez de Hahn obtained her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from
UCONN where she specialized in gifted and mathematics education. She served as a
core faculty member in the Psychology of Excellence program, which focuses on gifted
education, at the University of Munich and is currently an Assistant Professor at Niagara

Loerinc Helft is Membership Chair of AGATE of Port Washington, as well as Academic
Director of CUNY’s Online Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Business.

Winston Jiatu

Julia Johnson graduated from Adelphi University in 2006 with a BA in English and
Master's in Education. Now holding the G&T certification extension, she currently
coordinates the Gifted and Talented EXCEL Program at Islip School District. Julia is a
dedicated supporter of creatively integrating curriculum with essential components of
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), Nature Education and Technology. She
has been requested to lecture on the topics of Connecting Kids with Nature and
Technology Integration in addition to working as an educational consultant.

Michelle Jones serves as Chapters Chair on the AGATE Board helping to launch and
sustain chapters throughout New York State. She is a founding member and president of
the AGATE chapter Gifted Education Advocates of Rockland (GEAR).

Valerie Kasper has been an elementary classroom teacher in the East Meadow
School District for the past 17 years. She received her MA in the Teaching of
Writing from Hofstra University and PD in Administration from Long Island
University, C. W. Post. Ms. Kasper has also taught several gifted education
classes as an Adjunct Lecturer of Human Development and Learning at Dowling
College School of Education.

Deirdre Kenny holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from St. John’s
University. In addition, she has a Master’s degree in Reading Specialty. She holds
permanent NYS licenses in Elementary Education, N-6, Reading Specialty, as well as a
Gifted and Talented extension. She is the Gemini and Enrichment teacher at Searingtown
School in the Herricks School District. Previously, Deirdre taught second, third, and
fourth grades at Searingtown School.

Delva King

Mojca Kukanja-GAbrijelcic postgraduate doctoral (Ph.D) student at the University of
Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts (Ljubljana - Slovenia) and my research field is in Gifted and
Talented education connected with History Didactics (Education of Talented children in
history lessons). I have also written many articles about Gifted and Talented children. By
professional occupation I am History teacher and a School pedagogue, working at
University of Education in Koper.

Tatjana Kukanja

Patricia Lannes is the coordinator of School and Family Programs at the Nassau County
Museum of Art. She has extensive experience in customizing visual art content for
English language Learners. She created and implemented Culture and Language through
Art (CALTA) a language-building program for ESL elementary school students in place
in various schools on Long Island. She also has trained teachers in visual literacy and its
role in teaching ELL students. She graduated from the Universidad de la Republica,
Montevideo, Uruguay and did her gradúate work in the Folklore Department at the
University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Lannes will work on developing effective interventions
for ELL students

Jone P. Lee

Joanne Loring has been teaching for over 10 years for the Oyster Bay – East Norwich
CSD. She was a 5th and 6th grade classroom teacher for 5 years and since 2004 has been
a teacher for her school’s gifted and talented pull-out program (grades 3-6).

Todd McIntyre is a Special Education Advocate with a focus on gifted and 2E issues.
In addition, He serves as a Board Member, Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted
(SENG), and former Board Member, PA Association of Gifted Education

Massapequa Enrichment Specialists:
Birch Lane School- Meredith Marin
East Lake School- Nancy Regan
Fairfield School- Jennifer Tand
Lockhart School- Joanne Markowski
McKenna School- Elizabeth Natke
Unqua School- Loree Moran
Lucille F. Iconis, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education

JoAnn Meaker is a retired Lead Teacher for Gifted Education, Fairport School District.
She is currently serving as membership secretary and webmaster for AGATE. Joann has
over 23 years experience in gifted education and has presented at the local district level,
as well as state level workshops for teachers, administrators, and parents.

Karen Megay-Nespoli holds a doctorate in Gifted Education from Teachers College,
Columbia University She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Child
Study at St. Joseph’s College. Karen has presented at the local district level, as well as
state level workshops for teachers, administrators, and parents.
Daniel Ness is Associate Professor of Human Development and Learning at Dowling
College. He specializes in emergent mathematical thinking in the early years.

Amy Price is the Executive Director of SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the
Gifted). She serves on the NAGC Parent Advisory Committee, the board of directors of

the Lang School, and the advisory board of She and her husband are
raising two gifted sons in Dutchess County, New York.

Nancy Richner is Director of Education at the Museum of Art at Hofstra University where
she works with teachers and students. She earned a Bachelor’s from Northwestern
University and Master’s Degree in Museum Education at the George Washington University.
Prior to working at the NCMA, she was Assistant Director at the Museum of Modern Art.
She has served on the faculty of Bank Street College of Education, was Chair of the New
York City Museum Educators’ Roundtable and was named Eastern Museum Educator of
the Year for the NAEA.

Lori Roe is the Instructional Technology Specialist for Cape Henlopen School District.
Lori Roe provides leadership in planning and implementing professional development for
K-12 educators. She designs and coordinates project based activities that utilize
technology as an integral part of curriculum. She is an adjunct instructor for the Masters
of Applied Technology Program at Wilmington University, DE. She is certified through
Ed Tech Leaders Online as a course developer and has created and facilitated several
online courses for the state of Delaware. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator,
Certified Google Teacher, Certified LoTi Mentor, and Certified Thinkfinity Field
Trainer. Roe has presented at NECC, NSCD, and other conferences. She has been
involved with the Cape Henlopen Gifted and Talented Program, works with the Chinese
Lighthouse Program and Startalk Summer Camp for Kids, and has been an
active Participant in Rock Our World International Projects.

Madelon Sann LCSW, is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Social Work..
For the past thirty years she has specialized in the psychodynamic and cognitive therapy
of gifted children and adults. She has taught courses on child development and child
therapy at NYU, the New Jersey Institute for Psychotherapy and the Institute for
Psychoanalysis, Training and Research.

Mary-Ellen Seitelman has been an advocate for 20 years and continues to work toward
legislative changes to improve gifted education in NYS. She served as Past-President of
New York State AGATE.

Judith J. Wegman has been a teacher in Primary education for 20 years and is currently
an enrichment teacher K-2. She is a Nationally Board certified teacher and current
member of NYS AGATE Executive Board

Joy Weiner has been an integral part of The Heckscher Museum of Art's Education
Department since May 1998. Ms. Weiner received her Bachelor of Fine Arts and her state
certification in 1988. Working under the supervision of the Executive Director, and in
consultation with the Education and Public Programs Committee of the Board of
Trustees, the Director of Education and Public Programs is responsible for planning and
implementation of all educational and public programs for The HeckscherMuseum of
Art, including supervision of all staff in these areas.

Joan Winters started in gifted child education in 1983 in Portland, Maine. She is now a
consultant and teacher for WSWHE BOCES and works with gifted students and their
teachers. She has presented in New York, New England and for National Association of
Gifted Children conferences.

Emiliya Zhivotovskaya has a master\\\'s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the
University of Pennsylvania. She is a coach, speaker and consultant, with international
experience training teachers in resilience, optimism and positive psychology. She holds
additional training in Yoga Education and the Penn Resilience Program for adolescents.
Emiliya is the founder of Flourish Inc., and organization dedicated to enabling
individuals and organizations to flourish using scientifically based principles and tools.

                           AGATE CONFERENCE EXHIBITORS

    AGATE wishes to thank the following exhibitors for their support,
     participation and donation of materials during the conference.
Please patronize these exhibitors for quality goods and services throughout the year.

Bright Minds
18 Norwood Rd                                 Long Island Science Center
Hampton Bays, NY 11946                        11 West Main Street                        Riverhead, NY 11901
Confratute/University of Connecticut
2131 Hillside Rd. Unit 3007                   MindWare
Storrs, CT 06269-3007                         2100 County Road C West                        Roseville, MN 55113
Game Builders Academy
35 Lace Lane                           N      Nathan Levy Associates
Westbury, NY 11590                            PO BOX 1199                    Hightstown, NJ 08520
GlenEllyn Media/2e Newsletter
PO Box 582                                    Open Space Communications
GlenEllyn, Il 60182                           PO Box 18268                       Boulder, CO 80308
Great Potential Press
PO Box 5057                                   Pieces of Learning
Scottsdale, AZ 85261                          1990 Market Road                   Marion, Il 62959
Johns Hopkins University
Center for Talented Youth (JHUCTY)            Summer Institute for the Gifted
McAuley Hall 5801 Smith Ave                   7 West Broad Street
Baltimore, MD 21209                           Stamford, CT 06604                      

Kopernik Observatory                          Zanca
698 Underwood Rd                              351 Concord Road
Vestal, NY 13850                              Northfield, NH 03276                    






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