(Two day conference - $125)

Monday, June 12
5:00-7:00 Registration Opens, Drinks and hors d'oeuvres

Tuesday, June 13
8:00-8:45 Registration and Coffee
9:00 -10:30 Welcome & Keynote - Opening Session
10:45-11:45 Breakout Sessions
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:15-2:15 Breakout Sessions
2:30-3:30 Breakout Sessions
3:30-4:00 Wrap-Up & Overview of Things to Do in Indy

Wednesday, June 14
8:30 Coffee
9:00-10:00 Breakout Sessions
10:15-11:15 Breakout Sessions
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:45-1:45 Breakout Sessions
2:00-3:00 Breakout Sessions
3:00-4:00 Closing Session

Sessions include:
Choose from these sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.  
  • Social and Emotional Learning: An Essential Element to Student Success - Ruth Moll
  • The Early Childhood STEAM Train - Jeannie Schull & Catherine Kirkendall
  • What Research Tells Us About Effective Teaching on the Holocaust and Genocide - Tony Young, Dee Schwartz, Jonathan Schwartz          
  • Intelligence Testing of Gifted Children; Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going - James J. Gange, PhD
  • Activate Your Math Class - Catherine May Katauskas
  • Math; More than One Answer - Janice Ciampi
  • Creativity is the Key! - Jennifer Hendry and Melissa Brannigan      
  • We're All In This Together: Integrating Art Into Other Subjects and Other Subjects Into Art - Eileen Prince
  • Blurring the lines of disciplines: cross-curricular science integration with a lens process, not just product - Georgia Warren       
  • Faculty Evaluation Focused on Professional Growth - Borgmann, Williams, Lykens, MacDougall
  • Google Apps that Work for You - Tim Kasper            
  • Developing and Sustaining a Social Emotional Learning Program in a Gifted School - Tim Costello & Carolyn Manley
  • Poetry Potpourri--Ideas and Inspiration for Teaching Poetry - Deb Reidy & Deb Stewart
  • Math - Trent Tormoelhen - Mary Jo Wright 
  • Service Learning in the Elementary Classroom - Jennifer Hendry & Melissa Brannigan
  • Where the Apple Falls: Helping Parents Understand their Intellectually Gifted Children - Dr. Barbara Tischler
  • Integrating A.P. History Curriculum in the Classroom: Enriching Opportunities for Middle School Gifted Students - Sydney Siegel
  • Rockin' Out with 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, and Podcasting - Annabel Hasty
  • Best Books for Gifted Kids - Jamie MacDougall
  • Lunch Keynote - Catherine Pangan

Conference Location
Sycamore School, 1750 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN
Telephone Number: 317-202-2500
From the Airport
Indianapolis International Airport is easily accessible to downtown and Sycamore School. Fly into Indy and use GO Express and be downtown in less than 30 minutes for just $10!

Directions to Sycamore School
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For more information, email us!

Hotel Accommodations

We have partnered with three hotels - one on the north side of the city, and two downtown. 

Drury Plaza Hotel Indianapolis Carmel
9625 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46290
Telephone: 317-587-2701
Reservations may also be made by calling 1-800-325-0720 and refer to your group number 2293272.
free Wi-Fi
Drury Inn opened in 2016, and features hot breakfast (Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy, etc...)

They also offer a free 5:30 Kickback with snacks like salads, soups and cold beverages until 7:00 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown 
10 East Market Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 
free Wi-Fi

Marriott Downtown
350 W. Maryland Street Indianapolis, IN 46225 
free Wi-Fi

Please make your reservations by Friday, May 12, 2017 to receive your group rate. Reservations made after this date will be subject to prevailing rates and availability.
    • summer conference at Sycamore

Featured Speakers:

KEYNOTE: Kristie Speirs Neumeister
Since the beginning of her academic career, Kristie has been interested in understanding perfectionism in gifted students, including how it develops, impacts social and emotional well being, and influences achievement motivation. In addition to perfectionism, an emerging interest of Kristie's is gaining an understanding of factors that influence the success of twice-exceptional learners. The research on this group of learners is currently gaining momentum in the field of gifted education.

Another thread that runs through her academic and professional engagement is the development of books and materials that can be used by practitioners in the field to design and or improve programs for gifted students. This developed from her direct work with the practitioners who take her graduate courses in gifted education as well as those she has met through consultation with their districts.

Kristie has worked with a number of school districts (from large, urban to small, rural) in the state of Indiana, and through this work, spent considerable time developing ways to “translate” the research findings from the field into the language of practitioners to give them concrete guidance on identification, services, and curriculum and instruction that is based in best practices.

Dr. Catherine Hagerman Pangan
"STEAM for Gifted Kids"
Catherine is an Associate Professor at Butler University in the College of Education. She is a past recipient of the Richard Guyer Chair in Education and serves as Program Coordinator of the Elementary Program. She is honored to work with freshman through graduate students and many community partners. Her work focuses on science and social studies methods, teacher leadership, education technology, and pre-service teaching. She also has a unique role as a “Faculty-in-Residence" and lives, along with her family, with 630 freshmen and sophomores.

Dr. Pangan contributes as a columnist in The New Teacher Advocate magazine as “Dr. P.” and has written curriculum for teachers for exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Her proudest literary work is a children’s book titled “No Peanuts for Me!” about her son’s peanut allergy. She also authored chapters for “The Power of Teacher Leaders” and “Connecting Children to Nature” and advised on a student led publication “The Gifts of Indiana.”

Currently she is the co-project manager for One Butler: The Brain Project, a year-long initiative focused on the impact neuroscience has in every dimension of our lives. She is honored to serve as a trustee on Sycamore School's board. Dr. Pangan received her B.S. in Elementary Education, Master’s in Educational Administration, an endorsement in Gifted Education, and Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching with an emphasis on policy and education law. Dr. Pangan has been working in education for almost 20 years.

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead! In this workshop we will engage in thoughtful ways to integrate science, technology, engineering, art, and math through many different types of explorations including Suminagashi, Kandinski’s work, and even experiment with some virobot painting.