Second Breakout Sessions from 11:20am – 12:20pmTitle: The Power of the Learning Episode Presenters: Erica Bailin Description: The Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy implements a unique approach to teaching, learning, and assessment. This session educates its attendees about the highly engaging curriculum of this Academy and how it meets the cognitive, behavioral, and affective needs of gifted learners in a unique way. Come and experience a behind the scenes look at the NEW curriculum for the 2013-2014 school year and the method behind the madness of the “Learning Episode” and ways to direct this type of thinking at home. Title: Who is Running the Company? Executive Functions in Gifted Children Presenters: Dr. Amy Serin Description: Although we celebrate giftedness, it can be a double-edged sword in children with executive functioning difficulties as a result of their unique gifts. These children have difficulties carrying out goal-directed behavior and this can often be remedied with concrete interventions. Dr. Serin will present the most common executive functioning difficulties in gifted children and will present over 100 strategies to help gifted children in home and at school so they can reach their full potential. Title: Smart, Creative, Happy: A Fresh Approach to Address the Social Emotional, and Career Needs of Gifted Adolescents Presenters: Dr. Robyn McKay Description: This presentation examines a positive approach to the social, emotional, and career development of gifted children. The “Smart. Creative. Happy.” curriculum targets tough issues such as motivation, stress, anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, and bullying. Topics include: Mindfulness Practices, Mental Toughness, Hope: Motivation & Goal Setting, Strengths, Gratitude, Happiness, and Career Development for Creative Adolescents Title: A Parent’s Guide to Differentiation: What’s Really Happening in My Child’s Classroom Presenters: Dr. Susan Jackson Description: Differentiation strategies have been embraced by the field of education, but often appear to be complex and confusing. Participants will be introduced to basic differentiation practices and their connections to talent development through a framework of questions that parents can use to reveal what’s happening in their children’s classrooms. They will also discuss ways to support the individual needs of their children and the efforts of teachers who may be struggling with implementing research-based strategies.