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TAGT Regional Conferences

Upcoming TAGT Specialized Conferences: 

Differentiation & Instructional Strategies
Wednesday, June 11
McAllen Public Library
4001 N. 23rd St.,
McAllen, TX 78504

Want to improve your ability to differentiate in the classroom? Are you interested in serving English Language Learners on a greater level? This one day event will provide participants with the opportunity to received focused training. Participants will select two three-hour institutes to attend. Lunch is not provided, but there are many restaurants nearby.

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Morning Session: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Differentiating Instruction with Depth and Complexity
Patry Lerwick, Irving ISD/University of North Texas
Many districts across the state have made gains in the identification of English Language Learners who are gifted. The challenge they are now facing is how to serve these students who often exhibit verbal gaps in their academic performance. Learn how to use Sandra Kaplan’s framework of depth and complexity to support these students’ development of their expressive language skills and provide the support necessary to bridge the curriculum. Develop a structure to help English Language Learners remain a part of the gifted and talented program.

Ready to Use Differentiation Strategies for the K-8 Classroom
Laurie Westphal, Gifted Consultant
Examine various low-prep, no-prep strategies that can be used to differentiate the various aspects of the lesson cycle. The shared strategies have been specifically selected to address the diversity of skills, learning styles and needs found in cluster classrooms. Come prepared to experience the strategies, actively participate in discussions analyzing each activity and then brainstorm how each strategy could be implemented in the classroom.

Afternoon Session: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Differentiating Instruction with Product-Based Menus for Grades K-8
Laurie Westphal, Gifted Consultant
Discover important design aspects of instructional, product-based menus. Discuss creative ways that menus can be used to enhance instruction, how to select the best differentiated products for your menus as well as the idiosyncrasies of different menu formats. Come prepared to brainstorm ideas and leave ready to create your own menus using the templates provided.

Using Universal Concepts to Increase Rigor in Classroom
Patry Lerwick, Irving ISD/University of North Texas
Take away practical ideas for utilizing universal concepts when differentiating instruction. The use of universal concepts creates an excellent platform for increasing rigor and developing conceptual understanding across the disciplines. Explore the academic needs of gifted English Language Learners and children of poverty to help them succeed in an academic setting.


Gifted+, Serving the Whole Gifted Student
Saturday, September 27
Chapin High School
El Paso

The Gifted+ Conference will focus on the inclusiveness of gifted education and G/T student services.


TAGT offers Regional Conferences throughout the state to bring exceptional information on gifted education to parents and educators. This one-day event usually includes a 6-hour Educator Training Conference with a concurrent Parent Conference.