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Monday, January 22, 2018

Gifted Education



UPDATE: UCF ADAGE GIFTED CONFERENCE 2018: Saturday April 21, 2018
will be held in the Morgridge International Reading Center from 8.00a.m. to 4.00p.m.
Watch for the call for proposals in November! Take a look at last year's program below!

Download Flyer: Teachers/Educators Conference | Parents Strand


April 22, 2017: UCF Advocates for Advanced and Gifted Education (ADAGE) Conference, in collaboration with Project ELEVATE:

8.00a.m. Registration
8.15 – 8.30a.m.  Welcome
Program Coordinator - Dr. Gillian Eriksson, (ADAGE).

SCPS Project ELEVATE Director – Jeanette Lukens

GCM= Global Communications Room; MG = Millennium Gallery

8.30 – 10.30a.m. KEYNOTE:
Engaging, Reaching and Elevating Learners through Advanced Differentiation Dr. Richard Cash
nRich Educational Consulting
*See biography below

STRANDS: Presentations are clustered in themes located in the following spaces:

Advocacy Advancing Engaging ELL Gifted and Global Perspectives Creative Excellence International

10.30 – 10.45a.m. Break
10.45 – 11.30 a.m. Concurrent Session 1
11.30 – 11.4 a.m. Break
11.45a.m. – 12.30p.m.  Concurrent Session 2
12.30 – 12.45p.m. Break
12.45 – 1.45p.m. Lunchtime Special Events: Technology Workshops


MG1 TeachLIVE  
Special Interactive Workshop
Examining the nature of achievement and underachievement though virtual reality.
Simulated Classroom
Interact LIVE with a diverse classroom including Gifted case studies
GCM Robotics  
Using ROBOTICS in STEM UCF STEM Educator. UCF, School of Teaching, Learning and Leadership
MG2 Challenges of Parenting Gifted  
Understanding giftedness: Balancing intellectual stimulation and socio-emotional support Panel of parents who are also educators share their challenges and opportunities  

1.45 – 2.00p.m. Break
2.00 – 2.45p.m. Concurrent Session 3
2.45 – 3.00pm. Break
3.00 – 4.00p.m. INTRACTIVE DISPLAY AND EXHIBIT: Master Teachers POSTERS and PRESENTATIONS on best strategies for engaging, reaching and elevating gifted and talented learners.


1. GCM ELEVATING: ADVOCACY for Advanced, High-Ability and Gifted Learners
2. MG1 ADVANCING CONTENT in areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences
3. MG2 ENGAGING HIGH-END LEARNERS  by supporting their affective needs
4. MG3 REACHING High Ability English Learners; Parents of diverse learners
5. MG4 CREATIVE EXCELLENCE integrating the Arts and Creativity
6. MG5 INTERNATIONAL Diverse cultural and international perspectives and projects for Gifted and Talented.

GCM= Global Communications Room; MG = Millennium Gallery
See Events on the website for posted presentations.

SPECIAL PARENT STRAND 10.45 a.m.-2.45p.m.: Sessions from the President of the Florida Association for Gifted Children; the Principal of Galileo School for Gifted Learning; Lunch time panel of teachers as parents of gifted children; Special presentation by the Dixon family on Redefining Success (Reference:

CLICK HERE to download the schedule.

About our Keynote Speaker: Dr. Richard Cash

Dr. Cash received a bachelor of arts degree in theater from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. After a brief retail career, Dr. Cash attended the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, where he received a post-baccalaureate degree in elementary education. His first teaching position in a magnet school for gifted children, grades 1–6, in St. Paul, Minnesota, allowed him to use my talents as an actor and director. He created learning spaces that were rich in artistry, music, theater, and dance. 

Richard later obtained a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He became a curriculum specialist and developed training modules, curriculum formats, and differentiated learning archetypes that assisted teachers in creating higher-level experiences to meet the needs of all children. Later, he returned to St. Thomas and received a doctoral degree in educational leadership.

Dr. Cash has served as the Administrator of Gifted Programs in Rochester, Minnesota, and the Director of Gifted Programs for the Bloomington Public Schools in Minnesota. In Bloomington, he realigned the gifted programs to service more students during a budget deficit and incorporated differentiated instruction into the total school curriculum. During his tenure with the Bloomington Public Schools, he created a school-within-a-school program for highly/profoundly gifted students, grades 2 – 10.

Dr. Richard Cash has given hundreds of workshops, presentations, and staff-development sessions throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The research-based strategies and techniques he offers are proven to increase student achievement. Others have commended his talent for working with teachers to develop engaging and enriching learning environments that can improve student learning. At the end of the day, his greatest passion is helping teachers recognize the various talents all children possess and create learning experiences to allow those talents to flourish. He is considered by many to be an exceptionally engaging, motivating, and enlightening presenter.

He is also a member of several professional organizations including the National Association for Gifted Children, the Council for Exceptional Children, and ASCD. Dr. Cash has authored numerous articles on quality instructional practices and a popular teacher resource guide, Advancing Differentiation: Thinking and Learning for the 21st Century. He co-authored the book Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics  with Dr. Diane Heacox. His newest book, Self-Regulation in the Classroom: Helping Students Learn How to Learn, was released in March, 2016. 


UCF ADAGE (2017) Presentation Handouts

UCF ADAGE Gifted Conference (2016) Reaching for Excellence with Advanced and Gifted: Elevating All Learners.

Sanibel Leadership Conference (Clearwater, June 2016)

UCF ADAGE/FLAG Reaching Ahead in Teaching the Gifted (2014)

UCF ADAGE/FLAG Professional Development in Gifted Education (2013)


Future Conferences in Gifted Education