The Michigan Association for Gifted Children (MAGC) is hosting its annual state-wide conference, “Gifted Education: Kick it Up a Notch,” on October 12, 2013, at Baker College in Auburn Hills. The day will be filled with seminars for parents, teachers, and school administrators, including presentations by experts on advanced learners and addressing the academic and social needs of these unique students. Explore alternatives in gifted education with presentations on Assessment & Testing, Gifted Curriculum, the Unique Needs of Gifted, and other relevant topics.
Updated Conference Information
- Unfortunately, due to a family medical emergency, Susan Winebrenner is unable to present the keynote at the conference. In her place, Sherry Sparks will be presenting and leading a breakout session on Cluster Grouping. Sherry has recently partnered with Susan to form the Michigan Cluster Grouping Consortium with a focus on developing and implementing cluster grouping in the school environment.
- Dr. Jack Naglieri will discuss nonverbal ability tests (utilized since 1997) to help identify gifted among the ESL and minority populations in your districts. The test NNAT ® has been used in lieu of the ACT and SAT to find problem solvers and visual spatial learners.
- Diana Hart is asking that teachers attending her breakout (Meeting the Needs of Gifted Student in the Classroom) bring some of their curriculum to her session so that she can help them differentiate using their own classroom materials.
- Come see our fantastic array of unique vendors – unusual toys and businesses offering mental and emotional health services. For the first time, we are welcoming representatives from the major schools for the gifted and as well as other options for academics. Several of our speakers are available as vendors, including Naglieri, when not presenting. Most of the vendors will have prizes with PINK RAFFLE bags – visit them and you get a free PINK raffle ticket to WIN! Attendees can earn 5 SCECHs even if they spend one of the six breakout periods in the vendor room.
- BONUS: A fully loaded “Goodie Bag” awaits each attendee (resources to enrich your classroom and home)!
- Remember: Bring your children for the day and plan to join the programmed activities in our Kids Room. (Additional cost for children’s activities.) Visit the Resource Room to learn about products and services for our gifted kids, including representatives from gifted schools.
Registration is $45 for MAGC Members and $55 for non-members. Lunch is provided in the registration fee, and seminars can apply to continuing education credits for educators. Visit http://m90212.wix.com/magc to register for the conference and discover more information and resource links to support gifted children.
Please feel free to forward this information to parents, teachers, and administrators who are interested in the needs of gifted children.