Welcome Back and Upcoming Events - Pam Clinkenbeard, Professor of Educational Foundations, UW-Whitewater and WATG Advocacy Chair
Here are a few back-to-school announcements, reminders, and “to-do” ideas related to gifted and talented education in Wisconsin. Please send this article to anyone who might be interested, including (in particular) anyone your school district might have named as new GT or Advanced Learner Coordinator! Note the two mid-September deadlines for discounted conference registrations.
UPCOMING CONFERENCES, MEETINGS, AND PROGRAMS
NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children): The national gifted education conference will be held in Charlotte, NC, Nov. 9-12. The discounted registration deadline is Fri. Sep. 15. See https://www.eventscribe.com/2017/NAGC/ for more information on the conference.
WATG (Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted): The state gifted education conference will be held at The Wilderness in Wisconsin Dells Thurs. and Fri. 11/16 & 11/17. NOTE: discounted hotel rate and early bird conference rates expire Sun. Sep. 17. See http://www.watg.org/ for more info. You can see the full schedule at http://www.watg.org/conference-schedule.html, including targeted pre-conference sessions, Friday Parent Day, and the Teen Conference!
Ireland next summer, anyone? The European Council for High Ability (ECHA) biennial conference will be held August 8-11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. The theme is “Working with Gifted Students in the 21st Century.” See http://echa2018.info/ - proposals for presentations are due Jan. 24, 2018.
WCATY (Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth) - programs for individual students and for educators and school districts: explore http://wcatyeop.wcatyweb.org/
WisFPS (Wisconsin Future Problem Solving) – workshops for educators to be held in Middleton, Oshkosh, and Wisconsin Rapids in September and October. For specific dates and more information, seehttps://www.wisfps.org/.
Your local or regional group: if you have a local GT parent group or a regional or CESA-based gifted educator group, be sure to find out the date of their first fall meeting! If you¹re not sure if there’s a group in your area, contact your local gifted coordinator (your district is required to have someone who at least holds that title) or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IDEAS FOR WHAT TO DO NEXT