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Dr. Sylvia Rimm Returns to Wisconsin!
Dr. Sylvia Rimm
Breaking news! We are very excited that Wisconsin GT Pioneer, Dr. Sylvia Rimm, will join us for the 2013 WATG Conference and Anniversary Celebration. She will speak during the opening luncheon on Thursday and will present on “The Pressures Gifted Children Feel and Why Some Underachieve” in the afternoon. She will also be part of the book-signing event following the Anniversary Dinner.
We like to claim Dr. Rimm as a “Wisconsin pioneer” since she earned both her M.S. and Ph.D. from UW-Madison, was a charter member of WCGT, served as president of WAEGT in 1983, and is the founder and director of the Family Achievement Clinic first in Wisconsin and now also in Cleveland OH.
She is also well known for her many television appearances (most memorably the NBC Today Show) and her weekly public radio programs, Sylvia Rimm on Raising Kids and Family Talk with Sylvia Rimm. Of her many books, Keys to Parenting the Gifted Child, Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades And What You Can Do About It, and See Jane Win For Girls: A Smart Girl's Guide to Success are perhaps most familiar to GT parents and educators.
You can read more about Sylvia on her website: http://www.sylviarimm.com/
Please join us in the Dells as we welcome her back home to WATG!
Why Should I Attend the WATG Conference? I'm a Parent, Not a Teacher.
We welcome parents to the WATG conference. What are the benefits for parents? The opportunity to: talk with other parents who understand; hear keynotes and workshops from experts in giftedness; gain new ideas; learn from others so you don’t feel so alone.
Here are some highlights from conference strands especially for parents:
Parenting the Gifted Child
“Parent to Parent: Sharing Your Wisdom”
“How Do We Advocate for GT Kids?”, Dr. Karen Ailsworth, Pediatrician
Social/Emotional Needs of Gifted Children
“The Pressures Gifted Kids Feel and Why Some Underachieve”, Dr. Sylvia Rimm, a world-renowned specialist in gifted children
Equity in Gifted Education
“Celebrating and Cultivating Gifts and Talents in Bilingual Learners”
“The Twice-Exceptional Child”
“Effective Practices for Student-Focused Differentiation” by the keynote speaker, Dr. Marcia Gentry
“Encouraging Creativity in the Differentiated Classroom”
21st Century Skills
“Media 101 for Educators and Parents”
The registration fee for the pre-conference sessions is $65. There is a special registration rate of $60 per day for parents for the conference (Thursday afternoon, and/or Friday). This is a substantial savings over the regular conference rate.
For further information please see the WATG website: www.watg.org, or register at: https://regonline.com/watg2013
Hope to see you there!
2013 Teen Conference
Wisconsin Welcomes Dr. Marcia Gentry!
Dr. Marcia Gentry
Mark Your Calendars for WATG 2013 Fall Conference!
Theme- “40 and Fabulous: A Celebration of Effort, Ability, and Innovation”
Plans for this fall’s conference are already in place. Please mark your calendars for the 2013 WATG Conference to be held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells on October 10th and 11th. WATG will be celebrating its 40th anniversary as an organization whose mission is in education and advocacy for the gifted community in Wisconsin.
Dr. Marcia Gentry will be the conference’s Keynote Speaker. She serves as the director of the Gifted Education Resource Institute and Professor of Educational Studies at Purdue University. Her research has focused on the use of cluster grouping and differentiation; the application of gifted education pedagogy to improve teaching and learning; student perceptions of school; and on non-traditional services and underserved populations. Marcia developed and studied the Total School Cluster Grouping Model and is engaged in continued research on its effects concerning student achievement and identification and on teacher practices.
Come to celebrate WATG’s 40th Anniversary and to continue your efforts to be innovators as you offer your talents and abilities to educate and advocate for gifted education.
This year’s conference strands include:
21st Century Skills: How will the innovations in technology enhance the skills that our students, educators, and parents need to become successful learners? Explore with us different 21st Century strategies that can be used in the classroom and in the home.
Leadership and Advocacy: Along with their caring adults, gifted children need to strengthen their abilities to become self-advocates and leaders as well as to celebrate their unique qualities of giftedness. Identify some strategies that will enable gifted children to become better self-advocates.
Creativity: Innovation and creativity are keys to refining, analyzing, and evaluating problems and ideas that shape the world. The conference will provide creative ways to discover and foster artistic talent it its many forms.
Social Emotional Needs: Gifted students may struggle with issues of underachievement, perfectionism, sensitivity, self-criticism, and uneven development that could become roadblocks. Learn to identify these roadblocks and find ways to develop students’ abilities to overcome them.
RtI and Gifted Education: Responding to the needs of all students is a key component linking RtI to Gifted Education. Learn about and examine how the RtI approach can positively impact your district programming for gifted students as efforts continue to be made to recognize their instructional needs.
Differentiated Instruction: How does what we know about gifted education connect with differentiated instruction? What does research say about differentiated instruction and how it can be systematically integrated into the classroom? What effective strategies can be used for students to make maximum growth? Come to learn more.
Parenting the Gifted Child: Being a parent is a rewarding and challenging undertaking. Now add some of the unique challenges and situations that gifted students encounter. What strategies and knowledge will assist parents in advocating for their gifted child? How can parents assist their gifted children in advocating for their own needs?
Gifted Education and the Common Core State Standards: With Wisconsin’s adoption of Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts, what does this adoption mean for gifted students and classroom teachers who work with them?
Equity in Gifted Education: Students who are limited English proficient, disabled, minority, or from low- income backgrounds have been overwhelmingly underrepresented in advanced classes and programs for students identified as gifted. What can districts do to insure the identification and appropriate programming in order to meet their needs?
2013 Teen Conference- Celebrate You!
Offered in conjunction with the WATG Fall Conference, the Teen Conference is a unique experience designed for highly gifted students in grades 7 -12 whose needs may go beyond what happens in the regular classroom. Teens will learn strategies on self-advocacy. Through a generous grant from Mensa Wisconsin, registration fees are only $25 and include breakfast and lunch. Conference is held at the Kalahari Resort on Thursday, October 10th from 8:30 am (gather at 8 for breakfast) until 3:30 pm.