TAGT Summit: Serving Secondary G/T Students
On Wednesday, November 29th from 9:00 am – 4:15 pm, TAGT will be holding a day long Summit dedicated to serving secondary gifted and talented students prior to their annual conference, giftED17, in Houston, TX.
Secondary educators and district or campus leaders will explore and become empowered with diverse resources to meet the academic and social and emotional needs of gifted students. Participants will network, identify needs specific to secondary GT classrooms, and begin to solve the challenges around serving these students in the secondary setting.
Summit attendees will hear directly from secondary G/T students, our ultimate stakeholders about how they can be better served and what they wish we knew.
The summit includes time for table conversations allowing for reflection and to discussion around challenges encountered with fellow educators and leaders. Participants will also breakout, choosing two sessions that will cover topics such as classroom strategies around Early College High Schools, Dual Credit, and AP/IB Differentiation and Placing, Developing, and Evaluating G/T Teachers.
A networking lunch, free with registration, will be followed by the keynote address by Mike Postma, Ph.D., Executive Director of SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted). Postma will examine the challenges our gifted secondary students face and share strategies to help.
“As a teacher, one of the most interesting parts of my job was the ongoing task of having to be innovative. In order to be a good educator for my students, I had to be a constant student myself, learning about new ideas, techniques, and technologies. It was important for me to stay one step ahead of my students while being flexible enough to learn from them as well. This is what makes the art of teaching so exciting: you never quite know what fresh experience the day might bring.” ~ Dr. Michael Postma in The Inconvenient Student
Afterwards, join a panel of experienced G/T professionals to explore best practices in identifying students who may otherwise be missed. The panel will discuss how to ensure diversity of G/T populations and equitable access to services, including intentional cross-departmental partnerships, planning and conversations and both qualitative and quantitative data.
Finally, the day will be concluded with a Topic Roundtable & Curriculum Share. Participants will choose 3-4 meaningful topics as table facilitators lead conversations around your lingering questions. Potential topics include:
- Rural schools
- AP/IB Differentiation activities
- Parent outreach
- Lesson sharing
- Social-Emotional Curriculum
- School scheduling
- Enrichment Programs, Mentorship
- Advocating within school/district
- Soliciting and Implementing Student Feedback
Registration may be found here. (Early registration ends October 11th) Not from Texas? TAGT is offering member prices for anyone belonging to their state’s gifted organization. G/T teachers, G/T program leaders, and campus administrators may register by selecting the 1-day giftED17 option or join us for the full conference. You must register via mail using a pdf form found here. Limited space is available and you must RSVP here once you are registered for the summit.