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Making Education Work for Gifted Students

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Join educators who are making education work for gifted learners at the 2019 Wisconsin Association for Talented and Gifted (WATG) Conference in Wisconsin Dells October 3 and 4. Conference offerings include learning opportunities for teachers, parents, and even students!

Keynote speakers will be featured both Thursday and Friday: Ian Byrd from will provide insights into the burden of being smart, and Scott Peters will talk about educating gifted students within the structure of Response to Intervention.

There will be five extended learning sessions: Two on Thursday morning and three on Friday morning with strategies you can use right away:

  • New coordinators workshop, providing help for understanding the complexities of gifted education
  • Reading strategies for depth and complexity with Ian Byrd
  • Teacher 101: A hands-on workshop to create extensions you can use immediately
  • Nurturing creativity in your classroom
  • Strategies for parents for social and emotional health

31 break-out sessions over the course of the two days offer tips and tricks for creating successful learning environments. Two of those sessions are led by students, two are from the keynote speakers, and the rest are from teacher leaders who are making a difference for advanced learners.

There will also be a parent room both days just for parents to network with each other. There is an “unconference” on Thursday afternoon with appetizers and beverages allowing attendees a chance to browse exhibits and enjoy round table discussions.

For the teens, there will be a special opportunity on Friday to learn together about creating a game that raises awareness of an important social issue of their choice. The workshop is led by web and software instructor, Stacy Read from Waukesha County Technical College. Register for the WATG ​Teen Conference on the WATG 2019 Teen Conference web page.

Pre-conference sessions are included along with breakfast and lunch each day. Make plans now to participate in this opportunity for learning. Register for the conference on the WATG 2019 Conference Registration web page.

Subscriber Submission: Kitty Ver Kuilen, 2019 Conference Co-Chair WATG Recording Secretary