WATG Conference News
Thursday & Friday, November 16 & 17, 2017
Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells
Keynote Speakers Announced!
Dr. Richard Cash, GT expert, is back by popular demand! He’ll be leading a pre-conference session and presenting a keynote on day one of the conference.
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Dr. Megan Foley-Nicpon, known for her work around twice-exceptionality and social-emotional considerations for GT kids, will be our keynote and break-out session speaker on day two.
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Last Call - Conference Logo Contest!
Last call to design this year’s conference logo!
SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY MIDNIGHT, FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017
Students in grades K-12! Submit logo designs for the 2017 WATG Annual Conference theme: Invest in the Power of Possibilities.
The winning logo will appear on our web site, mailings, and conference-related items. The student who creates the winning logo will receive an award and gift at the Annual Conference Awards ceremony on Friday, November 17, 2017 at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells.
Did you know? Do YOU have the PERKS?
WATG Membership has benefits!
Are you already a WATG member? Thinking about joining? Here are 3 great perks you should know about:
WATG Joins the Wisconsin Public Education Network (WPEN)
Pam Clinkenbeard, Chair
WATG Advocacy and Government Action Committee
Recently the WATG board voted for WATG to become an “organizational partner” of the Wisconsin Public Education Network, or WPEN (http://www.wisconsinnetwork.org/). WPEN is a non-partisan, nonprofit grassroots coalition that is committed to ensuring that Wisconsin’s public schools have the resources they need to support the success of EVERY student. Members of the coalition include local parent groups, state educator groups, and other coalitions that are dedicated to supporting public schools. WPEN holds meetings and events all around the state; their calendar is here (http://www.wisconsinnetwork.org/blog/2017calendar). WPEN connects groups to each other, shares information on education news and policy, and provides advocacy training. Right now they are focused on the progress of the 2017-2019 state budget in terms of education funding and legislation.
Wondering how you can advocate for your local schools and gifted programming? There are resources and information on the WPEN website to help you get started. Their advocacy training events include information on the state budget, how to write an effective op-ed piece, and how to talk with your state legislators. Not sure who your legislators are? Go to the WI state legislature website here http://maps.legis.wisconsin.gov/ and enter your HOME address (not work). You can see links to your state Assembly representative and your state Senator. It is important that your state legislators hear from you during the state budget process, and it is EXTRA important if they happen to be members of the Joint Finance Committee and/or members of the Assembly or Senate Education Committees. You can see state legislative committees by going here http://legis.wisconsin.gov/ and clicking on Committees in the menu bar. There are three individuals who are on BOTH the Senate Education Committee and Joint Finance: Sen. Alberta Darling (co-chair of Joint Finance), Sen. Luther Olsen (chair of the Senate Education Committee), and Sen. Leah Vukmir. If you live in one of these senators’ districts, it is particularly important to let them know how you feel about the need for public school support in general and programming for advanced/gifted students in particular!
Just a reminder on advocacy: if you are a public school educator or other public or state employee, contact your legislators from a personal e-mail address (not work). Include your home address; legislators are much more responsive to their own constituents. For more information, browse the WPEN website or contact me at email@example.com.
Advocating for Gifted Education in Wisconsin: