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Gifted Parent Conferences with Special Guest Stacia Taylor

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Our special guest this week was Stacia Taylor. Stacia is the founder of Texas Parents of the Profoundly Gifted and the Vice Chair for the Parent & Community Advocates Division of he Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. This year’s TAGT Annual Parent Conference will be held in Houston on December 6th. This year’s keynote address will be given by Dr. Temple Grandin. Because there are no geographical limitations, anyone can attend the conference. A link to the registration form may be found here.

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One of the subjects we discussed during the chat was why parents should become involved in advocacy at the state level. Stacia told us that, “State gifted organizations provide more local access and critical mass. You need people to affect change. It gives you a network of people in a similar situation who understand the laws & issues for your area. It is a conduit for learning and helping others to understand the issues of the gifted population ” Mary Lovell, Chair of TAGT’s Parent & Community Advocates Division added, “There are lots of reasons – one is that administrations listen to thoughtful parent groups more carefully than singletons.” A full transcript may be found here.

Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT would like to thank the NAGC for their mention during our chat!

NAGC Tweet gtchat Nov 7 2013

Links:

Alabama Association for Gifted Children 

Utah Association for Gifted Children ~ Families

Louisville, KY: Parents of Gifted Children

Ohio Association for Gifted Children Parent Division

U.S. State Gifted Organizations from @HoagiesGifted

Pennsylvania Association for Gifted

TAGT 2013 Parent Conference FAQs

TAGT 2013 Parent Conference Schedule

TAGT 2013 Parent Conference: Location, Hotel, Travel

TAGT 2013 Parent Conference Exhibit Hall Activities

TAGT Regional Parent Conferences 2014

TAGT Parent and Community Advocates Division Newsletter October 2013

TAGT Parent and Community Advocates Division Bylaws

Arizona Association for Gifted & Talented

NAGC State Affiliate Association Web Sites

Gifted Conferences, Events & Gatherings from @HoagiesGifted

Should Behavior be Used to Deny Entrance to Gifted Programs?

Many behaviors were discussed during this chat which might be used by                                       school personnel to deny entrance to gifted programs. Among these                                         behaviors were immaturity, underachievement/poor grades, disruptive                               behavior in the classroom, hyperactivity, daydreaming, and not getting easy                               work done.

An important point was made by Stacia Taylor of Texas Parenting PG that too often gifted programs are seen as a reward for good grades rather than for fulfilling the needs of the gifted child. In this instance, it is easy for schools to justify who gets into the gifted program and who does not. Krissy Venosdale, former gifted teacher and new school director at a GT school, added that gifted students who don’t handle the traditional classroom setting well can be denied access to the very programs that they really need.

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It was announced at the end of chat that the chat for September 13th will be moved to Thursday, September 12th  @5PM ET/4PM CT/ 22.00 UK/ 7.00 Friday AUS (ET).

A full transcript of the chat may be found here.

Links:

A Creative and Gifted Young Man Finally Gets a Chance to Succeed in School

What We Have Learned About Gifted Children” by Linda Silverman

Finally, Some Good News for Gifted and Disabled!

If This is a Gift, Can I Send it Back?”  from Jen Merrill

They Said He Would Never Learn

Smarte Barn from Jan Bakler

The Value of Twitter Chats

This chat celebrated the 1 year anniversary of #gtchat being powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented. The moderator and participants expressed their thanks to Executive Director, JJ Colburn; Past-President, Dr. Lynette Breedlove; Mrs. Deborah Mersino, Founder and First Moderator of gtchat; Assistant Executive Director, Tracy Weinberg and the fabulous staff at TAGT. Nearly 60 active participants tweeted more than 500 tweets during the hour and came from 4 countries and 20 states. The week leading up to chat included over 1,000 tweets from over 200 contributors reaching over 220,000 follows with 1.86 million timeline deliveries!

The occasion was marked by the introduction of TAGT’s #gtchat Advisory Board who provide support and advice to the moderator on a weekly basis. They are Mrs. Angie French (@teachagiftedkid), GT specialist at Tomball ISD near Houston, TX; Mrs. Stacia Taylor (@TXProfoundlyPG), founder of Texas Parents for the Profoundly Gifted, member of the Board of Directors at Rainard School, and member of the NAGC’s Parent Committee; Mrs. Nicole Shannon (@LonghornNic), coordinator of Gifted & Advanced Academic Services at Round Rock ISD; Mr. Ian Byrd (@ByrdseedGifted), gifted education writer and founder of Byrdseed Gifted; and Dr. Brian Housand (@brianbousand), Assistant Professor at East Carolina University and member of the Board of Directors at the NAGC. Special thanks also to past advisors, Mrs. Tracy Fisher, Mrs. Michelle Swain and Dr. Jan Fall.

Questions during the chat revolved around the importance of Twitter chats and how they can make a difference in the lives of both parents and educators of the gifted. Near the end, participants offered suggestions about the format and future of the chat which provided much needed insight to the moderator. A full transcript of the chat may be found here.

It was announced that #gtchat will be having a LIVE chat from the 2013 Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education’s Annual Conference on Friday, April 19th at a special time 3PM EDT. Moderator, Lisa Conrad, will be available during Thursday night sessions and during the day on Friday to assist attendees in signing up for Twitter. Lisa will also be tweeting live from the conference.

Links:

#gtchat Page on #TAGT Website 

#gtchat’s Facebook Page 

Cybraryman’s Educational Chats on Twitter

Using TweetChat to Follow Educational Twitter Chats

Twitter Chats for Personal PD 

Twitter Chats: How to Survive & Thrive in a Twitter Chat… Hockey Style Eh? 

Twitter for Educators: A Tutorial for Beginners 

How Does a Twitter Chat Work?

4 Simple Ways to Get Started Teaching With Twitter

What You Should Know About Twitter Chats

6 Best Twitter Tips Every Teacher Should Know About

Social Networking – Impacting the World of Gifted Education 

A Parent’s Guide to Twitter and Education

Should I Participate in Twitter Chats?

Hoagies’ Gifted Website

Hoagies’ Facebook Page   

Teach a Gifted Kid Blog from Angie French

The Power of Twitter Chats (YouTube 31:44)

Venspired from Krissy Venosdale 

Cybraryman’s Livebinders page

Twitter Resources, Apps & Tools (Pinterest)

Texas Parents of the Profoundly Gifted

Brian Housand, PhD (website)

Byrdseed Gifted

2013 PAGE Annual Conference (Facebook)

2013 PAGE Annual Conference (website)

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