WATG Conference News
Thursday & Friday, November 16 & 17, 2017
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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Call for Speaker Proposals!
Call for 2017 Conference Speaker Proposals!
Do you have a success story to share? An innovative practice that’s reaching new learners? A collaboration that’s working? If so, please consider submitting a proposal to present a breakout session at this year’s annual conference.
First, download and read over the preview version of the proposal form so that you know what information you’ll need to provide.
Then, go online to submit your proposal.Please feel free to pass this on to others you’d like to see present at the conference. Be sure to contact us with questions at email@example.com
The proposal deadline is MIDNIGHT, FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017.
Conference logo contest!
We invite students to submit logo designs for the Annual Conference. This logo will appear on mailings and conference related items. The winner will be presented with an award and gift at the 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:
Summer Scholarships for Students
It may still be winter in Wisconsin, but it’s time for families to look forward to summer programs for their talented and gifted children. Do you know a child who needs financial help to participate in a summer enrichment program? Every year WATG offers support to Wisconsin students who plan to attend summer camps and classes in a range of fields, including music, engineering, and creative writing. Last year WATG distributed a total of $2,000 to seven worthy K-12 scholarship recipients.
In addition to our usual summer scholarships, this year WATG will award a special scholarship to honor Olivia M. Dahl, daughter of former WATG Board Member Jennifer Dahl. Olivia was a bright, kind, adventurous young woman with a fierce drive to learn who lost her life in a plane crash in September, 2016. Because Olivia found great joy participating in WCATY summer camps, special preference for this scholarship will be given to students who plan to attend a WCATY program.
To apply for a WATG summer scholarship, download the Application Form and follow the instructions for submitting an essay, program brochure, and references. Applications are due on April 1. Awards vary in amount, up to half the cost of a program.
To fund our scholarships, WATG uses investment income supplemented by proceeds from the silent auction and book and merchandise sale at our Fall Conference. WATG welcomes donations to this scholarship fund at any time. Contact our office here or by US Mail at: WATG Office, 1553 Smithfield Drive, Sun Prairie, WI 53590
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.