WATG FALL CONFERENCE
NOVEMBER 1 & 2, 2018
WILDERNESS WISCONSIN DELLS
Each year, over 300 school administrators, teachers, GT coordinators, university faculty, and parents of gifted children come together at the annual Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted (WATG) conference.
This year, WATG is excited to offer a unique conference experience: Putting student voice and leadership at the center.
Join us on Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd at the Wilderness Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells as we welcome our keynoters, Dr. Helen Beattie & Molly Messenger, along with student co-presenters, as we learn together what it really means to listen, find, and use student voice in our schools and classrooms.
Our pre-con workshops, breakout sessions, and Teen Conference will help you dig deeper into making learning more meaningful, building adult-student partnerships, and raising up authentic student leaders.
We hope to see you there!
Check out the full schedule & register today!
Early bird registration prices are in effect until September 28th.
Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
2018 WATG Teen Conference: Youth-Driven Change: Developing Authentic Leadership to Make a Difference in the World
Friday, November 2, 2018, 8:30am-3:00pm
Wilderness Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wisconsin Dells
By Lalitha Murali
Youth need opportunities to learn about and practice leadership in meaningful and authentic ways. Public speaking / writing, and engaging the participation of others, teamwork, understanding the relationship between oneself and the community, delivering quality work, setting goals and taking action are important leadership skills. When youth are engaged, communities experience direct benefits through stronger connections to other young people in the community.
Don’t miss this fabulous interactive session with Molly Messenger, Director of Pittsfield Listens and her student leader from Nellie Mae Foundation to learn about how youth participants can ensure that their voices are heard on the issues that matter to them.
As a Gifted and Talented educator who is constantly looking for opportunities to engage my gifted students in leadership opportunities, I am so thrilled to learn about this opportunity and I can’t wait to register my middle school students for this conference.
How about you?
$60 workshop fee includes materials, breakfast, lunch and snacks
Learn more and register your students at http://www.watg.org/teen-conference.html
On September 4th, the WATG Board of Directors voted to endorse a Statement of Principles authored by Empower Illinois. This statement, also endorsed by the Council for Exceptional Children – The Association for Gifted, the National Association for Gifted Children, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and others envisions a world where students with unique abilities have the resources necessary to thrive in school. The statement also encourages Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to comply with a state law that went into effect on July 1st, mandating all Illinois School Districts provide access to academic acceleration options for advanced learners. CPS had floated a proposal to delay implementation or outright change the law; a proposal that would prevent thousands of mostly low-income and racial / ethnic minority students form accessing academic acceleration. Two of WATG’s goals are 1) to foster effective programs which maximize the development of talent in al individuals and 2) to promote political advocacy and action on local, state, and national levels. Based on the alignment between Empower Illinois’s actions and WATG’s goals, the Board of Directors endorsed the Statement of Principals and encourages CPS as well as all school districts in Wisconsin to provide access to academic acceleration.
Youth-Adult Partnership Opportunity at WATG Conference
We are excited to announce a unique youth-adult partnership opportunity for day one of our annual conference!
If you are a secondary school or district…
On Thursday, Nov 1, eight youth-adult teams from across the state will have the opportunity to develop their partnerships to improve advanced learning programming and come away with an action plan to continue the work beyond the conference. The day includes a 3-hour intensive morning workshop to develop purpose and collaborative skills, followed by keynotes and breakout sessions to inform your goals and partnership.
$350 per team/day includes the pre-conference workshop, breakfast, lunch, breakout sessions, and unconference for all four participants for Thursday only. (Additional adult membership and regular Friday conference fees apply.)
Click here to find out more and to register today!
Note that enrollment for this opportunity has been capped at 8 teams, registered on a first come, first served basis; limited to one team per district through September 28; open to all thereafter.