I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for the annual WATG conference this year. It’s being held on November 16th and 17th at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells and it is going to be the biggest and best conference we have ever had! Conference registrations are up because we have been asking for and using your feedback to build the conference YOU are looking for.
Our two keynote speakers are talking about topics you said you are interested in hearing more about.
Dr. Richard Cash is going to help us understand how to differentiate for students who need regular challenges in the classroom. Be assured, you will leave with practical tools and strategies to make a difference in the learning of students.
Dr. Megan Foley Nicpon will share her expertise in finding and serving twice exceptional students. This is an area so many of you have asked about.
Every break out session—all 30 plus the 4 pre-conference sessions were chosen with the topics our attendees indicated they are looking for. WE are so excited about the conference we built for you.
Plus, on Thursday night our Unconference will feature a Sip and Share where you can ask questions and converse with others about what you learned during the conference. Currently 10 exhibitors are excited to meet you and share information and ideas they have to meet the needs of gifted students.
This is THE conference you don’t want to miss!
Please visit our website to find out more and to register today. I hope you are able join us and I look forward to meeting you there!
P.S: Hurry! Early bird registration ends September 17, 2017.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
WATG is looking to fill a few positions on the current board. Having a diverse board, comprised of a mix of educators, parents and community members that represent the state of Wisconsin is a key objective we are committed to meeting.
What does the WATG board do?
Good question! You can find the current strategic goals on our webpage www.watg.org under the About tab→ Mission and Goals. We work as a team to impact positive changes on behalf of this special population of students.
What is the time commitment for a board member?
The WATG board is a volunteer, working board, dedicated to advocating for and educating about the needs of gifted in Wisconsin. As a full board we meet once a month. Most meetings are virtual and last about 90 minutes. Three times a year we meet face to face for a full day. Face to face meetings typically take place the Saturday after our fall conference, once in the spring and once in early summer. These face to face extended worktimes help us dive deeply into the work that needs to be completed.
Each board member is asked to serve on one or more committee. These committees meet in addition to the monthly meetings, as needed. Between meetings board members are self-directed in completing action commitments. There are always opportunities to get involved! A minimum time expectation of a board member is 3 additional hours per month. The average board member spends approximately 5-6 hours per month on WATG work.
Are all board members education professionals?
Not at all. The board is committed to bringing together and hearing the voices of all stakeholders. Understanding varied viewpoints is crucial to making the best decisions and building a solid system to meet the needs of gifted individuals in Wisconsin. Diversity matters.
How do I apply to be a board member?
Applications can be found on our webpage at www.watg.org under the More tab →Join the Board. Once your completed application is received, someone from WATG will contact to you answer any questions you have and get to know you a bit. Your application will then be shared with the board at the next monthly meeting. Board terms are usually voted in on Friday, at the annual conference and board terms then begin. However, when necessary to fill a vacant spot, sometimes board membership will begin mid-year. A board member may serve seven consecutive one year terms before being required to take a two year leave. This allows for the voice of new members.
Don’t think board membership is for you but you want to be involved?
Board membership comes with a commitment of time and work. For one reason or another you a board position may not be the fit for you but you want to help out with a specific work group or project. We have an option for you! Just fill out your contact information and select the project you are interested in working on. A committee member will contact you and get you involved. –Many hands makes light work.
I’m looking forward to working with you!
From the President
"Hurry! Early Bird Registration ends September 17th!