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WATG Conference Thursday Pre-Conference and Keynote
Join us for an engaging and enlightening session when Dr. Jonathan Plucker facilitates a pre-conference session....Creativity, What it is, What it isn’t, and how to get more of it… Creativity is frequently mentioned as a key skill in the 21st century. But what exactly is creativity, and what does the research say about how to foster it in schools? We'll examine these questions and also tackle the difficult issue of how to enhance creativity during the high-stakes testing accountability era.
Following the keynote, from 1:00-2:00, he will be kick off the 2014 WATG conference with his keynote speech: Closing Wisconsin Excellence Gaps.
Jonathan Plucker is the Raymond Neag Endowed Professor of Education at the University of Connecticut. Prof. Plucker is best known for being an engaging speaker, especially when discussing his work studying excellence gaps, creativity, and the development and assessment of 21st century skills. A former high school chemistry teacher and elementary school gifted education teacher, he has received numerous honors for his work, including distinguished scholar awards from the National Association for Gifted Children and American Psychological Association. His work is widely mentioned in the media, including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Washington Post, and Newsweek.
Register for both the pre-conference session and the conference today!
Congratulations to the WATG 2014 Summer Scholarship Recipients!
The WATG Summer Scholarships Committee awarded a record $4,000 this year for summer scholarships. The Fall Conference Silent Auction and other fundraising efforts have increased the amount this year! We urge our members to continue their dedication to contributing to our scholarships fund, bidding at our silent auction and buying those candy bars each and every year at our fall conference so we can make a difference in the lives of more gifted children.
This year WATG was able to award 24 scholarships to children ages 9-16 who live in 16 different Wisconsin communities. This summer these young scholars will learn about physics, Japanese, engineering, dance, chemistry, art, algebra, robotics, songwriting, music and leadership by taking courses and attending camps in Wisconsin and other midwest states.
Applicants expressed their need to attend these programs for various reasons. Some wrote about how they are striving to reach their potential. Some expressed that they relish the chance to feel a sense of belonging. Many children wrote about their desire to begin or continue friendships with intellectual peers from across the state.
Thank you for a very successful scholarship season.
A big thank you to all who donated to WATG during our year end appeal!
(There's still time to donate - click on the Donate button above.)
As you may already know, the State of Wisconsin provides less than $237,000 in total funding related to gifted education. Below is a graphic showing Wisconsin funding levels compared to our neighbor states.
Source. National Association for Gifted Children State of the States Report (2011-2012)
The lack of public support in our state puts the burden on parents, teachers, and community organizations to not only provide appropriately-challenging curriculum for students, but to advocate for students’ needs to be met in the first place. This year we hope to undertake a progressive drive to provide additional training and professional development for educators and implement advocacy training for parents and others who understand the importance of gifted education.
WATG– NAGC Member Benefit
Did you know that because WATG is an affiliate of NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children), Parent Members of WATG are eligible for a reduced-price NAGC membership? The NAGC affiliate Parent Member price is $15 and includes a subscription to Parenting for High Potential. Find out more here.
WISGIFT is a statewide listserv run through the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. It is an excellent resource for sharing information about gifted education throughout the state of Wisconsin.
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