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1 Advocacy for Gifted and Talented Education in New York State (AGATE) A WORLD OF PROMISE: GIFTED STUDENTS AS GLOBAL CITIZENS 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 2 SPECIAL RECOGNITION AND THANKS: 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 3 ADVOCACY FOR GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION IN NEW YORK STATE, INC. A World of Promise: Gifted Students as Global Citizens CONFERENCE CHAIR Dr. Joseph Piro CONFERENCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS 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 DIRECTORS Barbara Broomell Michelle Jones JoAnn Meaker Joseph Piro Judy Wegman Joan Winters Amy Zamkoff NEWSLETTER EDITOR Elisa Gallaro MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY JoAnn Meaker IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Mary-Ellen Seitelman 4 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 5 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 globe. 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. Sincerely, Joseph M. Piro, PhD Chair , 2009 AGATE Conference 6 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! Sincerely, Audrey Kay Dowling President, AGATE 7 AGATE CONFERENCE INFORMATION CONFERENCE REGISTRATION 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. WORKSHOPS 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. NAME BADGES AND LUNCHEON TICKETS 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. FOOD SERVICES 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. PARKING C.W. Post has ample parking outside the registration area. Please follow all parking regulations. CONFERENCE EXHIBITORS 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. PROGRAM CHANGES Any program changes will be announced and posted on Change Board which can be found in the Lobby of Hillwood Commons. EVALUATION FORMS 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. 8 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 Roundtable 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 Founder, TakingItGlobal.org 12:30 PM- 1:45 PM Awards Luncheon Top of the Commons Conference Keynote: Roger Tilles, Regent, New York State Board of Regents 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? 9 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 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) 10 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 BREAKOUT SESSION II BREAK- 2:45 PM- 3:00 PM 3:00 PM- 4:15 PM C.W. Post Campus Top of the Commons PANEL DISCUSSION WHAT IS ASIA DOING TO MEET THE NEW GLOBAL CHALLENGES AND WHAT WE CAN LEARN 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 11 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 TakingITGlobal.org 12:30 pm- 1:45 pm Hillwood Commons Top of the Commons (3rd Floor) Introduction of Speaker……………………………………………………………………………………….. 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, CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS 12 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 TAKINGITGLOBAL.ORG Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder and Director of Technology for TakingITGlobal.org 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 MyDesktop.com (later sold to Internet.com) and BuyBuddy.com (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 13 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 organizations. 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. 14 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 learning. Using the Internet for learning and JoAnn Meaker Library instruction 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 play 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. 15 Friday, October 23, 2009, Breakout II 1:30 PM- 2:45 PM Workshop Title Presenter(s) Room NYC Public Schools Panel Hillwood Recital Hall 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 this? 16 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 mapping Skills of Independent Study: What to teach Joanne Loring Humanities 128 when everyone’s learning something different 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 17 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 musician. 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. 18 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 Award. 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 FETC. 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 www.psychotherapyservicesforthegifted.com 19 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 University. 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. 20 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 21 the Lang School, and the advisory board of MyGiftedGirl.com. 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. 22 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. 23 AGATE CONFERENCE EXHIBITORS 2009 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 Ssmithlh@optonline.net Riverhead, NY 11901 Deegib24@gmail.com Confratute/University of Connecticut 2131 Hillside Rd. Unit 3007 MindWare Storrs, CT 06269-3007 2100 County Road C West Joann.Easton@uconn.edu Roseville, MN 55113 Dmeis@mindware.com Game Builders Academy 35 Lace Lane N Nathan Levy Associates Westbury, NY 11590 PO BOX 1199 Walter.firstname.lastname@example.org Hightstown, NJ 08520 email@example.com GlenEllyn Media/2e Newsletter PO Box 582 Open Space Communications GlenEllyn, Il 60182 PO Box 18268 Mark@GlenellynMedia.com Boulder, CO 80308 Dorothy@openspacecomm.com Great Potential Press PO Box 5057 Pieces of Learning Scottsdale, AZ 85261 1990 Market Road mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Marion, Il 62959 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Kopernik Observatory Zanca 698 Underwood Rd 351 Concord Road Vestal, NY 13850 Northfield, NH 03276 www.kopernik.org firstname.lastname@example.org 24 OUR THANKS GOES TO THE FOLLOWING CONFERENCE SPONSORS SIG- (SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR THE GIFTED)- FOR CONFERENCE BAGS http://www.giftedstudy.com/index.asp WHITE HOUSE COFFEES- FOR SPONSORING THE WORLD CAFÉ PANEL DISCUSSION http://www.whitecoffee.com/contact.htm WHOLE FOODS- FOR SPONSORING THE WORLD CAFÉ PANEL DISCUSSION http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/ ISLAND HARVEST- FOR CONFERENCE SUPPORT http://www.islandharvest.org/intro.aspx 25 You are invited to join AGATE – or renew your membership (Please print) Name __________________________________________________________________________________ Address __________________________________________________________________________________ City _____________________________________________County_______________________________ State ___________ Zip _________ Phone ___________Email_________________________________________________________________ _______ New membership _______ Renewal Affiliation - check all that apply: ___ 1. Administrator ____ 7. Parent ____2. District Gifted Coordinator ____ 8. Home-schooled ____3. Teacher _ ___9. Student ____4. Teacher of gifted ____ 10. Organization representative ____5. Psychologist / Psychiatrist ____11. Private School ____6. Counselor ____12. University / College School district: __________________________________________________________________________________ University / College: ________________________________________________________________________________ Organization / Chapter / Affiliate: __________________________________________________________________ 26 Level of Membership: check one (all memberships are tax deductible) _____One year individual / professional membership: $40.00 _____Two year individual / professional membership $75.00 _____One year parent membership: $25.00 _____Add $10 for a one-year joint National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) membership which includes four issues Parenting for High Potential magazine: $35.00 _____One year student membership: $10.00 (ID required) _____One year institutional/organization membership Includes 10 issues of GEMS of AGATE $150.00 _____Lifetime individual membership $350.00 Amount enclosed: __________ Send completed form and check (payable to AGATE) to: JoAnn Meaker 6081 Walworth Road Ontario, NY 14519 email@example.com 27 NOTES
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