Where are you planning to be December 3rd through the 5th? May I suggest this year’s TAGT 2014 Conference in Fort Worth, Texas? Although the sultry days of summer are upon us, it’s not too early to be thinking about attending one of the premiere gifted conferences of the year! The conference theme is “In Focus” and will take an in-depth look at many aspects of GT individuals.
Not from Texas, you say? No problem! Everyone is welcome regardless of where they reside. Not a member of TAGT? As with most conferences, both member and non-member fees are available. Your state has its own conference? Great, but if you are unable to attend yours or would like to attend a larger conference; consider TAGT as well! This conference attracts many national speakers and over 2,000 attendees with whom to network.
Why should you attend TAGT 2014? What would you say to over 150 training sessions with top-notch presenters and world-class keynotes by Nikhil Goyal and Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman? Of course, from my vantage point, the LIVE #gtchat on Friday morning where you are invited to meet and participate in person with many of your friends from chat should be reason enough; AND our
infamous famous #gtchat TweetUp is not to be missed!
Not convinced yet that you should be making reservations? Let’s take a look at all the opportunities you will find at this year’s conference including the Keynotes, Conference Institutes (December 3rd) and the concurrent Parent Conference (December 5th). Did I mention that TAGT is an approved provider of CE credit for educators, counselors, psychologists and school board members?
This year’s opening keynote (December 4th) will be given by Nikhil Goyal. At age 19, Nikhil Goyal is an activist and author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School as well as a book on learning, forthcoming from Doubleday-Random House in 2015. He has appeared as a commentator on MSNBC and FOX and has written for the New York Times, MSNBC, NPR, Huffington Post and Forbes. A Motivational Speaker, Goyal has spoken at Google, The Atlantic, Fast Company, NBC, MIT, Yale University, Stanford University, SXSW and others. He was named one of the “World Changers” for Dell #Inspire 100 (2012), named to 2013 Forbes 30 Under 30: Education List, one of ORIGIN Magazine’s The Nation’s Top Creatives.
The closing keynote (December 5th) will be delivered by Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman. He is a cognitive psychologist who studies the development of intelligence, creativity, and personality. Recently, Dr. Kaufman became the Scientific Director of The Imagination Institute and a researcher in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to publishing more than 25 book chapters and articles, Kaufman is the author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, co-editor of the Philosophy of Creativity, co-author of The Psychology of Creative Writing and co-author of The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence. He co-founded the popular nonprofit website The Creativity Post and writes the blog Beautiful Minds for Scientific American Mind.
Dr. Kaufman completed his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Yale University in 2009 and received his master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from Cambridge University in 2005, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Kaufman also earned a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University in Psychology and Human Computer Interaction.
Still unconvinced? Let’s talk Conference Institutes! These half-day training sessions feature some of the best-known and most knowledgeable presenters in the field of gifted education. The institutes allow participants to go into greater depth on specific topics which can result in more comprehensive strategies for implementation. Some of the sessions available this year are:
- Developing Promotion Strategies for Self-Regulation: Critical Skills for Underrepresented Students’ Success in Gifted Programming with Dr. Richard Cash.
- Differentiating Language Arts Learning Experiences for Gifted/Advanced Learners with Dr. Susan Johnsen and Dr. Todd Kettler.
- Gifted Education: A Sherpa for Guiding Everyone to New Heights with Dr. Sally Krisel.
- Tools of the Trade: Honest Collaboration with Technology with Ginger Lewman.
- The Intensity of Giftedness with Dr. Lynette Breedlove.
Included in this year’s presenters are Lisa Van Gemert, the Gifted Guru, of American Mensa; Ian Byrd of Byrdseed Gifted and Byrdseed TV; Dr. Bertie Kingore; Michelle Swain and Lisa Conrad (that’s me). This year, I will also be presenting on “Using Twitter in the Classroom” and look forward to meeting all my Twitter friends.
If you are a parent, there is the Parent Conference on Friday! Presentations will focus on parenting strategies, meeting the social and emotional needs of gifted youth, educational enrichment and other relevant topics. This is a great time for parents and guardians to come together, ask questions and learn more about how the unique needs of gifted children can be met in the home, classroom and community.
Now that you’re ready-to-go, here’s where you can find information on registration and hotel reservations. Conference sessions, exhibits and more will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center and several events will take place at the host hotel, Omni Fort Worth Hotel. TAGT has contracted with Omni to be able to provide extremely attractive pricing. Better yet … bring a friend and share expenses. See you there!
Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Fridays at 7/6 C & 4 PT in the U.S., midnight in the UK and Saturdays 1 PM NZ/11 AM AEDT to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Pageprovides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community.
About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered byTAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime advocate for gifted children and also blogs at Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Global #gtchat was live at this year’s TAGT Annual Conference in Dallas on November 30th. Our topic was “Building Connections with #gtchat”. Moderator, Lisa Conrad, presented two sessions on Twitter and a pre-chat for conference attendees. Following chat, we enjoyed a Tweet-Up with longtime friends of #gtchat and new followers.
Special thanks goes to Executive Director, J.J. Colburn; Assistant Executive Director, Tracy Weinberg; Executive Assistant/Meetings Coordinator, Lisa Varner; Business Development Manager, Keri Kelley; Member Services Coordinator, Casey Martinez; and Past-President of TAGT, Dr. Lynette Breedlove for all their long hours spent bringing together an incredible conference.
Dr. Lynette Breedlove and J.J. Colburn
Comments from the chat tell the story:
“I get the support I lack IRL (in real life) here (#gtchat).” @MamaChicks (WA)
“#gtchat provides me an outlet to the world on gifted issues.” @teachagiftedkid (TX)
“Am very impressed with all the learning and inspiration I do and get through Twitter.” @minka_dumont (Holland)
“It (#gtchat) allows me to continue my professional growth outside of the mandated PD that usually does not meet me needs.” @TheHeadKnuckle (TX)
“I love keeping up with other session at conferences via the Twitter feed. It maximizes the experience and I feel like I’m not missing anything.” @smswain (TX)
“I use Twitter to connect, to explore and it is more uplifting than fb (Facebook). I mine it for gold.” @gifted_guru (TX)
“Twitter is a filter for me, helping me see what articles & resources I need to check out what someone else recommends.” @atxteacher (TX)
“Thanks to #gtchat I opened my eyes to see who is whom in gifted education community worldwide.” @Begabungs (global)
“I love the ‘internationality’ of #gtchat.” @minka_dumont (Holland)
“My lessons how have a flavor from teachers all over the world. I have changed so much of my teaching by learning from #gtchat.” @TheHeadKnuckle (TX)
“It’s (#gtchat) made me question some of my preconceptions – and reinforced some others, including the diversity amongst gifted learners.” @GiftedPhoenix (UK)
“One day all Gifted Kids will remember us as pioneers on social media to support them globally.” @Begabungs (global)
Transcript from this chat
January 2010, In the beginning with @DeborahMersino
January 2012, @DeborahMersino bids farewell to #gtchat
March 2012, #TAGT becomes sole sponsor of Global #gtchat
From @HoagiesGifted ~ Hoagie’s Gifted Education Page
From @Begabungs ~ Global Virtual Meeting for #Gifted Education in Second Life
From @Begabungs ~ Global Center for Gifted & Talented Children
From @LesLinks ~ Innreach’s Blog
From @GiftedPhoenix ~ Gifted Phoenix’s Blog
From @TxParentingPG ~ A Meandering Journey Blog
From @ktvee ~ Venspired Blog
From @MaryStGeorge ~ Creating Curriculum Blog
From @cybraryman1 ~ Cybraryman‘s portal site for education/gifted education
From @jofrei ~ Gifted Resources Website (Australia)
From @Susannewith5 ~ Building Wing Span Blog
From @MamaChicks ~ Life With Intensity Blog
From @teachagiftedkid ~Teach a Gifted Kid Website
From @ljconrad ~ Gifted Parenting Support Blog
From @Create_Miracles ~ Artisan of Creative Miracles Blog
From @GiftedHF ~ Gifted Homeschoolers Forum
From @TheHeadKnuckle ~ Creativity 2.0 Blog
Pics from the Conference:
Angie French, Stacia Taylor and Jen Martin
Ian Byrd from Byrdseed Gifted
Lisa Van Gemert, Youth Specialist for American Mensa
Dr. Jim Webb, Great Potential Press
Michelle Swain, Past-President of TAGT and Dr. Lynette Breedlove. outgoing TAGT President
TAGT Awards Ceremony
Stacia Taylor, Parent of the Gifted Gulf Coast Area 2012
Founder, Texas Parents of the Profoundly Gifted
Tracy Fisher, TAGT State Parent of the Gifted 2012
Thanks to TAGT for a ‘Room With a View’ ~ Dallas, Texas