Wednesday, August 16

Wednesday will feature two keynote sessions and two breakout sessions.


  • Creativity and Genius Hour - Dr. Kelly Margot, GVSU
  • Recognizing and Nurturing the Gifts of Visual Spatial Learners - Dr. Rebecca Mann, Hope College


Choose fresh & interactive breakout sessions from enthusiastic & energized presenters and practitioners:

  • I'm Done!: Activities to Challenge Gifted Students in the Regular Classroom - Ashley Dickenson, Grandville Public Schools
  • The Value of the Unanswered Question - Melissa Pischner-Stull and Sonia Andrews, Rockford Public Schools
  • Mindset for Achievement - Heather McKinney-Rewa, East Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Got Legos: Strategies for Spatial Learners? - Dr. Rebecca Mann, Hope College
  • High to Low - Working with Varying Student Ability Levels in Secondary Social Studies -Tad VandenBrink, E. Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Characteristics: Another Way to Look at Types of Gifted Learners - Jacque Melin, Grand Valley State University
  • Challenging all Students through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math - Rob Barrett, W. Mich. Academy of Environ. Science
  • Differentiation: Overcoming the Challenges with Clarity and Purpose for Impact! - Christina Mendoza, Forest Hills Public Schools
  • Understanding and Supporting the Non-Academic Needs of Gifted Learners - Kelley Senkowski, Educational Consultant, and MDE
  • Lessons Learned from Student Driven Passion Projects - Amanda, Barbour, Kentwood Public Schools
  • Math and ELA Made Meaningful with Personalize Learning - Nicole Patterson, Grand Rapids Catholic Schools
  • And more...

Dr. Kelly Margot and Dr. Rebecca Mann

Thursday, August 17

Digging Into Complexity
Presented by Ian Byrd

Gifted students thrive on complex, open-ended tasks but are often confronted with just "more work." We will learn more about how gifted kids think, and then explore how to ramp up complexity through easy-to-run, but delightfully complex activities and models of instruction that work across all content areas. Walk away with tools that you can quickly implement in your classroom to better differentiate for all students.

Ian Byrd, is a national presenter, who taught gifted and grew up as a “gifted kid” himself. He writes about gifted education at www.byrdseed.com to an audience of over 30,000 monthly visitors.

Speaker Ian Byrd

Ian Byrd

Registration Information

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  • One day: $50
  • Both days: $90

Breakfast and lunch included

Conference Dates

August 16 and 17, 2017
9:00 AM to 3 PM


L.V. Eberhard Center
301 W. Fulton St.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Free Parking

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