2019 WATG Annual Conference Keynote Speakers
Thursday, oct 3
WATG Welcomes Ian Byrd!
Ian taught gifted 6th graders in Garden Grove, California where he grew up as a gifted kid. On his journey to becoming a teacher, he earned a degree in Computer Science, briefly played bass in an almost successful rock band and married Mary, an amazing fashion designer. As a former gifted kid, he can attest to the social emotional struggles of these students, including the Impostor Syndrome, overexcitabilities, and asynchrony.
Ian created a robust website called Byrdseed.com. It is a resource for teachers who work with gifted and talented students. If you work with this population, you know that textbooks do little to address their unique needs, leading to boredom, apathy, and behavior problems. In this resource, you find tools and ideas to help you reach these kids. He writes, speaks, and creates videos to help teachers around the world improve education for gifted and talented students.
FRIDAY, oct 4
WATG Welcomes Dr. Scott Peters!
Scott J. Peters is an Associate Professor of Educational Foundations at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University specializing in gifted and talented education and applied research methodology. His research focuses on educational assessment, identification of student exceptionalities (particularly those from low-income or underrepresented groups) and gifted and talented programming outcomes. He has published in the Australian Educational Researcher, Teaching for High Potential, Gifted Child Quarterly, Journal of Advanced Academics, Gifted and Talented International, Gifted Children, Journal of Career and Technical Education Research, Ed Leadership, Ed Week, and Pedagogies. He is the recipient of the Fedlhusen Doctoral Fellowship in Gifted Education, the NAGC Research an Evaluation Network Dissertation Award, the NAGC Doctoral Student of the Year Award, the NAGC Early Scholar Award, the NAGC Paper of the Year Award, the NAGC Book of the Year Award, and the UW-Whitewater Innovation and Outstanding Research Awards. He currently serves as the Association Editor for NAGC and has served as the Program Chair of the AERA Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent SIG, on the Board of the Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted, and as the National Association for Gifted Children Research and Evaluation Secretary. He is the first author of Beyond Gifted Education: Designing and Implementing Advanced Academic Programs (2013) and Designing Gifted Education Programs and Services: From Purpose to Implementation (2017), both from Prufrock Press, and the co-author (along with Jonathan Plucker) of Excellence Gaps in Education: Expanding Opportunities for Talented Students (2016), published by Harvard Education Press.
WATG is thrilled to welcome our own Dr. Scott Peters!