Registration is now open!
WATG is putting the finishing touches on the fall conference, scheduled for November 16 & 17, 2017 in the Dells. Our keynoters will be Drs. Richard Cash and Megan Foley-Nicpon. Along with our keynoters, we have a great selection of pre-conference and breakout sessions, Friday parent day & Teen Conference, awards, exhibitors, networking and more. To find out more, including discounted lodging rates, please visit www.watg.org. Please note that discounted hotel rate and early bird conference rates expire September 17.
Find out what we have in store for you and register today!
Don’t Be Apologetic!
Cathy Schmit, WATG Board Member
Advocacy is defined as the act of pleading for, supporting or recommending; giving aid to a cause.
An advocate is defined as a supporter, backer, promoter, believer, activist, campaigner, or sponsor.
Perhaps you have not thought of yourself as an advocate or one who could make a difference with gifted advocacy work. Or maybe the words advocacy and advocate have taken on a new meaning and perhaps even a new “feeling” for you as one who parents or works with gifted children. Or possibly you’ve tried it and you have gotten nowhere with your efforts. Whatever the case might be for you, we would like to encourage you to begin, start again or keep going with your efforts.
First and foremost, remember that this is not about you! You are not asking for anything for yourself! It is about our gifted children. It is all right for you to “plead for them” and “give aid to the cause”. You are their greatest “believers” and deepest “supporters”. If you are not, then who will be?
There are a couple of things that you can do right now.
Quick Update on Advocacy Issues - 8/15/17
State Budget. As you probably know, Wisconsin does not yet have a state budget for the 2017-19 biennium. At this writing (8/15/17) the state legislature is wrapped up in the Foxconn proposal. Please write your state Assembly representative and your state Senator asking them to support gifted education funding! You can find WATG’s request and a sample letter under our website’s Advocacy tab. If you’re not sure who your state legislators are, you can find out here: https://legis.wisconsin.gov/ - enter your HOME address or use the map!
ESSA. The WI Department of Public Instruction has revised their ESSA proposal (for the federal Department of Education) after holding hearings throughout the state this summer. We are pleased to report that they have increased the language related to gifted students and gifted education, reinforcing the provision that gifted programming is an essential part of RtI. You can see the current version of the plan here: https://dpi.wi.gov/esea/wisconsin-draft-consolidated-state-plan. This draft will go to the Senate and Assembly Education Committees and then a revision will go to the governor’s office. The final version should be submitted to Washington by Sep. 18.
Acceleration Policy. WATG is developing an initiative to collect district policies on student acceleration and to propose model acceleration policies. Stay tuned!
Thank you for advocating on behalf of gifted students and gifted education!
Future Problem Solving
Problem Solving is a key skill for students to thrive in the 21st century. Wisconsin Future Problem Solving (FPS) is an established program designed to help schools provide opportunities for grade 4-12 students to develop and flex their problem-solving muscles.
Wisconsin Future Problem Solving will be holding three 2-day workshops this fall in Middleton-Cross Plains, CESA 6 (Oshkosh) and Wisconsin Rapids. Gifted Ed, Classroom, ELL Teachers, and New and Experienced FPS Coaches will learn about the FPS process and program, how to integrate strategies and activities in their schools and classrooms, and about the competitive components of FPS.
Find out more and register at https://www.wisfps.org/training-workshops
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: