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Giftedness ‘In Focus’ at TAGT

TAGT 2014 New Logo

New TAGT Logo 2014

The week we look forward to each year … our LIVE chat from the Annual Conference of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented … is history now, but oh what a week it was!

TAGT 2014 The Plaza Ft Worth

The Plaza in Fort Worth

TAGT 2014 Fort Worth Water Gardens

Fort Worth Water Gardens

Fort Worth provided a beautiful setting and gorgeous weather! Attendees were treated to two exceptional keynotes and extraordinary professional development sessions. Tweets were flowing at more than at any other gifted conference.

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Dr. Patricia Gatto-Walden at the Parent Conference

TAGT 2014 Ian Byrd

Ian Byrd of Byrdseed Gifted speaking at the Conference

TAGT 2014 Ginger Lewman

Ginger Lewman speaking to educators at the Conference

TAGT took the opportunity to roll out their new logo (above) and new brand message (see video below). As impressive as it is technologically savvy … the underlying message is TAGT’s  commitment to support gifted children and adults in Texas and around the world via their extensive resources for educators and parents (see links below); support of Global #gtchat on Twitter; and conferences throughout the year, both statewide and regionally.

Wednesday was slated for Pre-Conference Institutes that included full morning and afternoon sessions for teachers to delve deeper into topics in gifted education. A Welcome Reception afforded attendees the opportunity to renew old friendships and network with leaders in the gifted community from across the country.

Thursday morning was highlighted by a keynote from Nikhil Goyal, a recent guest on #gtchat. This was followed by a full day of presentations and capped off with an Award Ceremony to celebrate the contributions of the 2014 State Administrator, Teacher, Rising Star Teacher, Parent and Advocate of the Year and winners of the Annual Legacy Book Awards.

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Nikhil Goyal

Eagerly anticipated, Scott Barry Kaufman’s keynote on Friday morning was a highlight of the conference. Frequently interrupted by applause and nodding approval, the audience of teachers, parents and professionals from the gifted community showed their appreciation of his message with a standing ovation at the end of his remarks. Intelligent, witty and inspiring, Dr. Kaufman spoke of his early life misplaced in special education and his journey into the gifted program in his final year of high school through self-advocacy and the encouragement of a single teacher who recognized his abilities and saw his potential.

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Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman

Immediately after the keynote, Global #gtchat got underway. It was an exhilarating experience to be able to do a LIVE chat with participants tweeting together and many others ‘stopping by’ to offer support. This year’s chat shared the possibilities of what state gifted organizations can do by showcasing TAGT’s efforts in Texas. Please check out the links at the end of this post. A full transcript of the chat can be found on our Storify page.

We would like to thank Mrs. Tami Terry for her assistance in planning our TweetUp in Fort Worth at the Plaza. Thanks also goes to Mrs. Angie French, a member of the #gtchat Advisory Board, for her technical assistance at #gtchat on Friday morning. This was her third consecutive year for helping us out!

Our LIVE chat and presence at the conference was made possible by the great Team at TAGT: JJ Colburn, CAE, Executive Director; Tracy Weinberg, Associate Director; Lisa Varner, CMP, Executive Assistant and Meetings Manager; Rose Sero, Marketing and Communications Manager; Justin Abels-Hensel, Member Services Coordinator; and Adam McKeivier, Development Manager.

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.

Head Shot 2014-07-14About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT 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: gtchatmod@gmail.com

Photos: Courtesy of TAGT and Lisa Conrad.

Links:

TAGT Website

TAGT 2014 Annual Conference

TAGT 2014 Annual Parent Conference

TAGT Scholarship Fund

TAGT Summer Scholarships

TAGT Legacy Book Awards

TAGT On Demand

TAGT Online Training for Gifted and Talented Teachers (Video 2:31)

Gifted and Talented Online Staff Development by TAGTonDemand.com (Video 2:38)

TAGT Annual Awards 2014

TAGT Membership Levels and Benefits

TAGT Publications: Pulse and TEMPO

TAGT 2015 Leadership Conference

2015 TAGT Parent Conference/Summer Program Expo at Klein ISD 1/24/15

2015 TAGT Parent Conference/Summer Program Expo at Round Rock ISD 2/21/15

TAGT Parent Conference 2014 Parent Promo (Video 1:04)

TAGT Annual Conference 2014 Administrator Promo (Video 1:11)

TAGT Parent Support Group Information

TAGT List of Helpful Education Apps

TAGT Suggested Readings for Educators

TAGT Suggested Readings for Parents

TAGT List of K-12 Summer Programs

Meet the TAGT Staff

Meet the TAGT Board of Directors http://goo.gl/YtP5mQ

TAGT on Effective Advocacy http://goo.gl/l5Kb4R

#gtchat Page on TAGT Website http://goo.gl/6pFrK

#gtchat Page at Storify http://goo.gl/2qwhha

“Reclaiming the Freedom to Learn” with Nikhil Goyal

Nikhil Goyal Twitter Head Shot

 

Nikhil Goyal, Keynote at this year’s TAGT Conference in Fort Worth in December, was our guest this week to chat about Reclaiming the Freedom to Learn. At age 19, Nikhil’s list of honors and accomplishments are long and impressive. (See links below.)

There is much talk these days about school reform by those in the education field. It was interesting to hear the perspective of a student on the issue. Nikhil doubts that schools as they now exist can be reformed, but is “much more interested in transforming and revolutionizing education, rather than just making tweaks and reforms.”

How to begin? In Nikhil’s words, “I think it starts with educating the public that there are wonderful humane alternatives to traditional schools. We have to stand up and not be afraid to say that conventional schooling is harmful and oppressive to many children.” And what is at issue when discussing today’s educational system? According to Nikhil, “The features of schools are man-made: grades, tests, grade levels, periods, and bells. They are not grounded in science. The notion that “you go to school to learn” is distorted. The fact that our society is filled with so few lifelong learners is an indictment of our education system.” A transcript of this chat may be found here.

Nikhil’s new book The End of Creativity: How Schools Fail Children (tentative title) will be published by Doubleday/Random House in 2015.

 

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.

Head Shot 2014-07-14About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT 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: gtchatmod@gmail.com

 

Links:

“Why Kids Hate School? : Nikhil Goyal at TEDxYouth@BFS” (YouTube)

How Students Lead the Learning Experience at Democratic Schools

One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School (Amazon) by Nikhil Goyal

Nikhil Goyal on Forbes 30 Under 30 2013

Nikhil Goyal’s Website

Nikhil Goyal on MSNBC on the Student Loan Debt Crisis

“Can This 17-Year-Old Save America’s Education System?” (2012)

“He Passed on College to Change the World”

4 Radical Ideas for Reinventing College, Drawn from Stanford Research

Democratic Schools

UK: The School with No Rules that Teaches the Unteachable

Plan Now for TAGT 2014!

TAGT 2014 logo

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.

TAGT 2013 gtchat 1LIVE #gtchat TAGT 2013: Jeffrey Farley, Mary Lovell and Tracy Fisher

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!

TAGT 2013 TweetUp 4#gtchat TweetUp 2013: David Sebek and Stacia Taylor

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?

Nikhil Goyal Head ShotNikhil Goyal

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.

Scott-Barry-Kaufman TAGTDr. Scott Barry Kaufman

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 CashCash-Richard

 

Susan Johnsen

 

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Krisel Sally

  • Tools of the Trade: Honest Collaboration with Technology with Ginger Lewman.

Ginger Lewman

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.

Fort Worth Convention CenterFort Worth Convention Center

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!

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gtchat thumbnail logoGlobal #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.

Head Shot 2014-07-14About 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: gtchatmod@gmail.com

Student Voice: Listening to Gifted Learners

“Research shows that dropout rates, student achievement, and workforce readiness will improve by integrating student voices in the classroom and in society.” StudentVoice.org

This week at Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT, we chatted about involving students in their own learning. The Student Voice movement, founded by Zak Malamed, is an important initiative to foster student participation in the educational process and now includes a Twitter chat #stuvoice on Mondays at 8:30 PM ET.

Zak Malamed Head ShotZak Malamed

Nikhal Goyal, an outspoken proponent of listening to students, will be a keynote speaker at this year’s TAGT 2014 Conference in Fort Worth in December. Nikhal is the author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School.

Nikhil Goyal PicNikhal Goyal

Chat participants considered what students would like educators to know. Comments included that students want to be challenged in the classroom, to be able to try it their way without being worried if the fail at first and to have their passions respected. A full transcript may be found at Storify.

gtchat thumbnail logoGlobal #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.

Head Shot 2014-07-14About 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: gtchatmod@gmail.com

Links:

Student Voice (website)

One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School by Nikhil Goyal

Nikhil Goyal one size book

3 Ways We Stifle Student Voice(s)

Listen to Your Students You Will Learn Alot!

Connected Learning: Tying Student Passions to School Subjects

Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design

Cybraryman’s Self-Determined Learning Genius Hour Page

3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching from Edutopia

Cybraryman’s Exit Slips Page

What Students Want from Teachers 

Cybraryman’s What Students Want Page

Cybraryman’s Student Tech Help Page

Students Want More Say in District Accountability Plan Process 

Newark Students Vow More Action

Ultimate Learning Environment Encouraging Student Voice in Classroom Design

Four Meaningful Ways Students Can Contribute

The Scary Thought of Letting Students Lead a Discussion

New Ways We Share the Narratives of Our Lives

 

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