The Educational Forum in Broward County, FL -  Feb. 4, 2017
at South Plantation High School  -  1300 Paladin Way, Plantation, FL  33317
Broward County School District
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 CO-HOSTS:    BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS (BCPS)  , comprising the school district of Broward County, Florida, is the sixth largest public school system in America. With more than 300 schools and education centers, BCPS is dedicated to serving a student population of over 260,000 learners.
DUKE UNIVERSITY TALENT IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM (DUKE TIP)  identifies academically gifted and talented students in the 4th-12th grades and provides services - learning experiences, information sessions, research capabilities, etc. - to enable students reach their highest potential.
Participating Organizations

   TOPICS FOR INTELLECTUALLY CURIOUS MINDS:   for parents, students and friends

Controlling Anxiety for Healthy Educational Objectives
Let’s face it … the proliferation of social media and the prevalence of high expectations form formidable barriers to the development of any student’s self confidence. So, it is perfectly understandable that anxiety levels can reach epic proportions when millennials and younger students are planning for high school, college and beyond. This, in turn, could result in less-than-optimal educational and career decisions at a time when solid decision-making is most needed. Join a discussion that addresses some of the very pressures and challenges to which today’s students are subjected. Discover ways and strategies to overcome mental and emotional barriers so that both students and parents can feel empowered, and confident, to make their best decisions during these critical periods.
Presenter: Keith Berman, President   Options for College
In the Eyes of (College) Admissions ... 
Improve your admission appeal by obtaining an understanding of what colleges “really” consider when evaluating applications. Be a part of an engaging interactive activity that will inform you about the role that such factors as course selection, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, and even behind-the-scenes connections can play in college admissions decisions. Judge for yourself, with mock application files, who is, or who is not, deserving of acceptance. Whether you are a parent, or a student, or if you are not that 4-star running back, or are unable to donate that building, it would be a good idea to get an idea of what college admission committees are looking for.
Presenter: Steven Byrd, Assistant Director of Admissions & Financial Aid  The Webb School
Considerations for Early College
The early college option could be a most rewarding educational experience. In an early college setting, students learn in an environment where advanced course material is not only the norm, but also where the expectation for intellectual fulfillment is commonplace. It is a setting where curiosity and the desire to learn can combine in a way that could foster substantial intellectual and emotional growth. Yet, even among advanced learners, early college may not be the best educational path to follow. Come learn about the different types of early college approaches and, more importantly, the type of student who would most benefit from this choice.
Presenter: Amanda Dubrowski, Assistant Director of Admission  Bard Academy / Bard College at Simon's Rock
How to Assess Summer Enrichment Programs
The selections seem infinite, as do the possible settings, purposes, and emphases. These are the wide assortment of summer enrichment programs all offering experiences that would provide your child with intellectual and emotional growth. But how would you look for a program that is best suited for your child’s needs and for your financial budget? More importantly, how might you assess the program’s suitability relative to the benefits that it may provide? Join in for a discussion that could enable you to contribute meaningfully to your child’s life.!
Presenter: Daniel Koh, Director - UCLA Summer Discovery  Summer Discovery
Just "The Facts": Understanding Our Gifted Children & Their Education
A great deal has been learned over the course of a century of research about the characteristics and needs of academically gifted children and youth. Unfortunately, a great deal of this information is misunderstood by, or just not known to, educators, policy makers and parents – information about who our gifted kids are and what they need. This session will present “the facts” – accepted concepts derived from data-based research on the gifted that can inform and guide parents in their efforts to determine an appropriate course of study for their children. Gain the awareness that can leverage your capacity for planning and for advocating on behalf of your gifted child, for articulating their needs, and for having those needs met.
Presenter: Richard D. Courtright, Ph.D., Gifted Edcuation Research Specialist  Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP)
Meet Naviance - Your Resource for College & Career Planning
It is an all-in-one college and career planning resource that is provided for Broward County families with students in grades 6-12. Discover how you can employ Naviance to help you and your child identify and pursue those college and/or career opportunities that match particular skills and interests. See how Naviance can assist in finding scholarships and enrichment programs. And learn how this program can help you financially plan and build support networks for life after high school. And that’s not all. Come get the full story on what this readily available resource can do for you. You cannot afford not to.
Presenter: Carol Lopez, Secondary Guidance Counselor  Broward County School Disctrict
The Innovative Magnet Programs of Broward County
The magnet programs of any school system serve to extend educational opportunities beyond traditional school offerings. Typically, magnet programs offer a wide selection of in-depth learning experiences in specific areas of interest. To be sure, graduation course requirements for magnets are the same as for traditional schools. But those requirements come with the opportunity to delve deeply into such fields as entrepreneurship, environmental sciences, and pre-engineering, to name a few – far more deeply than can be gained in a non-magnet school setting. Discover the highly regarded magnet programs of Broward County and see if these offer a suitable educational path for the student in your family.
Presenter: Leona Miracola, Director of Innovative Programs Design/Support  Broward County School District
The Twice Exceptional Student: Characteristics and Interventions
Students who are twice exceptional – those with giftedness and learning disabilities – are more common than what one might imagine. To understand concepts several grade levels above one’s peers only to be inhibited by a disability as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, for examples, underscores the educational challenges and frustrations that a twice exceptional student faces. Whether or not you, as a student, have been diagnosed as twice exceptional, or you, as a parent, have had your child diagnosed as twice exceptional, join a discussion to understand more clearly, the characteristics associated with this condition. Then, discover effective behavioral and learning strategies that can mitigate one’s disabilities and can enable a more effective, and positive, learning experience.
Presenter: Matthew Zeis. Ed.S., School Psychologist  Broward County School District
Establishing Foundational, Lifelong Learning Strategies
Discover ways that can foster better learning habits - the benefits can be incalculable.Hear about how you can develop focus and awareness to become a better learner both in school and beyond. Look to become that lifelong learner where wonderment never diminishes.
Presenter: Benjamin Yun, Director of Teacher Training & Development   C2 Education

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Priming to Pump SAT/ACT Performance (grades 7-12)
Get started (or refresh yourself) on the road to one of life’s challenges: the standardized college aptitude test. To be sure, overcoming the bumps and barriers that inhibit satisfactory test results have been widely discussed over the past twenty years. But, the bottom line is that the very process of standardized testing rewards a certain approach that is not necessarily the most effective approach for learning in a conventional classroom setting. So come and understand what is needed to be a strong test-taker, discover strategies to bolster your scores, and discover how to diminish those bumps and barriers that might stand in your way.
The College Strategy Workshop (grades 6-12)
It is always good to know what goes into admission decisions. Sooner or later, you will be wondering about those very concerns as you work to submit your college application portfolio to the awaiting admissions committee at First-Choice University. Here’s the opportunity to get an idea as an experienced college admissions officer leads you through an interactive simulation that enables you to gain an awareness of what makes, or breaks, a successful application package. Knowledge is power – and power can be compelling.
Presenter: The Webb School
How to Write a Great Story   (grades 4-6)
There are short stories, there are good short stories, and then there are great short stories. The great stories are packed with meaning, they capture and retain attention, and they expand your thoughts. Come and understand how an author might keep you enthralled by looking at the author’s craft and narrative technique. Then, with your new insights, tackle a few creative writing prompts that will strengthen your skills. Take the opportunity to discover how to captivate with words. Learn how to truly tell a tale.
Mastering the Illogical Human Thought Process  (grades 7-12)
The human thought process can be hardly considered logical. Typically, decisions are reached on the basis of emotions, imperfect memories, and instincts – unlike a computer’s decision tree that relies ultimately on impersonal binary positive/negative agreements. The complex nature of human decision making can make it particularly challenging to gauge the motivations for and ramifications of people’s thoughts and actions, including those of ourselves. Explore the factors that can affect our decision making and how these factors can impact our lives. And, understand how we can control aspects of our nature to make better decisions in our own lives, and, in turn, influence the decisions of others.
Good Movies / Bad Science  (grades 4-6)
Can a car really jump across a bridge that is out? Could Superman safely catch a woman falling through midair just before she hits the ground? What really occurs when ships and planets are destroyed in space? Not to pop your bubble, but do action movies really need to extend the boundaries of Newtonian physics in order for you to keep coming back? The answer is YES! Be amazed at believing the unbelievable and appreciate how the magic of movies and the laws of nature don’t always see eye to eye.
Shakespeare - Let the Adventures Begin  (grades 6-12)
He is the King of Drama. His stories and characters are so compelling that they have been adopted time and again, under different titles, by playwrights, authors, movie directors, even Disney. He writes of revenge and loyalty, of love and death, of jealousy and hate, of every feeling and motive known to humankind. His stories are as fresh today as they were 400 years ago. He is Shakespeare. Take this opportunity to experience drama to which all other dramas (and soap operas) are measured. And experience the reasons why people still read and copy Shakespeare to this day.
Project Alpha: Imagination to Discovery   (grades 4-6)
Prepare yourself for the unknown. You and your teammates will be assigned a project that would require your imagination and creativity, your willingness to be scientific with techno gadgets, and your ability apply your arts and writing skills to discover solutions. You cannot draw a line? You can’t screw in a light bulb? Someone from your team probably could. That means you’ll also have to bring your appreciation of teamwork. And when everything comes together, you’ll gain that solution and a richer knowledge of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and SELF (you).
Understanding the Scientific Method  (grades 4-5)
Delve into the scientific "mindset" by experiencing how scientists define and explore issues and uncertainties to gain answers and understanding. You and your team will be presented with a question and be asked to develop ideas on formulating a solution, making predictions, and testing for validity. The methodology to which you will be introduced is a time-honored process that relies on facts, observations, evaluations and logic. It is the same process with which Galileo confirmed that the earth moved around the sun 300 years ago; with which NASA landed astronauts on the moon. Think like a scientist and imagine how science has impacted the world around us.
Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment or Both?  (grades 7-11)
Wherever you are on the road to college, it’s good to know the options that would enable you to achieve your collegiate goals. You may be aware of the Advanced Placement (AP) and dual enrollment opportunities offered in high school. Both programs provide college level courses so that students can gain college credits resulting in substantial savings in time and money. As important is that both options can help develop the critical thinking, time management and study skills that are so critical for achieving success. But, AP and dual enrollment may follow separate paths. Find out which path may suit you best; certainly, don’t miss out on understanding your options when it comes to planning for college.
Algebra - Exploring Mathematics  (grades 4-6)
Take the first major step towards a greater, and richer, knowledge of mathematics. Tear yourself away from the basic four function (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) arithmetic that you have been studying in class and enter the realm of algebra. Algebra – the mathematics of symbols that is defined by the language of logic. Discover some of the “Basic Laws of Algebra,” solve linear algebraic equations and obtain a feel for what it is like to work with abstractions. Schools typically introduce algebra in the 8th grade. But, you can gain a glimpse of math’s beauty, magic and possibilities several years ahead of schedule.
Let's Rock!  (grades 4-12)
Music as it’s supposed to be – fun, frolicking and fulfilling. Spend an hour playing music with a band; no experience necessary. Guaranteed … you will experience tempo, progressions and, above all, excitement. Most of all, you will experience and understand how, with music, you can build a lifetime of enjoyment. So, come and let’s rock!
The Essential SAT/ACT Prep (grades 7-12)
For most of us, the SAT and ACT are unwanted elephants that loom over the horizon. Lessen some of your concerns by learning some strategies and tactics that will help you focus when the test moderator says, “open your test booklet”. In fact, with all of the standardized testing that today’s students are being subjected to, it is never a bad idea to pick up valuable and proven tips that will help garner a great performance on any SAT/ACT-type exam. You’ll be sure to sleep better – an important pre-test relaxer.
Presenter: C2 Education
Careers in the Creative Industries (grades 7-12)
Whether or not you are the creative sort, you can spend a lifetime around creative people, with creative enterprises and in creative environments. You need not be a starving artist, nor does even being a tax accountant exclude you from an exciting workplace. That’s because the creative industries, including its arts and cultural components, comprise a significant slice of the American economic pie. With businesses that range from non-profits as museums, symphonies and theaters to for-profits as architecture and design firms, this economic sector can accommodate any and all who are interested in stimulating their minds. Come in and discover the creative industries and how you can develop successful academic and professional careers in them.