Convention Preview: NAGC 2015

September, 2015

Coming up next month is the 62nd Annual Convention and Exhibition of the National Association for Gifted Children, NAGC. Held this year in Phoenix, it is billed by NAGC as “the largest event devoted to gifted and talented learners.”

Now, where you find gifted you’ll find twice exceptional, and NAGC offers dozens of sessions of interest to those who raise, educate, and counsel 2e children. Using the “My Plan” app on the convention’s website, we found the sessions listed on the next page. In addition, attendees may find 2e-relevant products and services by strolling the exhibition floor. Summer enrichment programs, for example, will have booths, along with publishers and other vendors.

Active NAGC members will find opportunities to network with those with similar interests, for example counseling and guidance or research and evaluation. General sessions can provide inspiration and perhaps provoke out-of-the-box thinking for those spending too much time in their own homes or at their desks.

While educators make up the preponderance of attendees, Saturday is designated as Parent Day, a “one-day event that gives parents tools, information, and networking opportunities to help them support their children’s optimal development and ensure their continued growth,” according to the event website. Coincident with Parent Day, co-sponsored by the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented, is a full-day Kids’ Program.

In upcoming issues, 2e Newsletter will offer coverage of some of the NAGC sessions of interest to the 2e community. More information about the convention is available at this shortened url: http://goo.gl/iNLyE8.   

Listing of 2e-related Concurrent Sessions at NAGC’s Convention (not all-inclusive)

Friday, November 13, 2015

8:00-9:00 Gifted with ADHD: A Collective Case Study of Girls in Their Secondary Education Years
8:00-9:00 Understanding the Underachiever
12:45-1:45 Evaluating a Summer Enrichment Program’s Impact on Academic Self-Efficacy of Gifted and Twice-Exceptional Students
12:45-1:45 Gifted Kids in Distress: Mental Health Concerns and Therapeutic Approaches
12:45-1:45    Overlooked Abilities of Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances
2:00-3:00 A Nation Empowered for Twice-Exceptional Students
2:00-3:00    Using Formative Assessment to Design Individualized Learning for Gifted and Twice-Exceptional Populations
3:45-4:45 Recognizing Hidden Twice-Exceptionality: The Critical Role of the Primary Teacher

 Saturday, November 14, 2015

8:00-9:00 Developing the Hidden Gifts of Introverted Students
8:00-9:00 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Research but Were too Afraid to Ask
8:00-9:00 The Impact of Anxiety on Gifted Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
8:00-9:00  Twice-Exceptionality: Actualizing Student Potential Through Assistive Technology
8:00-9:00  What Is Normal? A Discussion with Experts in the Gifted and Talented Community
10:45-11:45    A Teacher’s Guide to Twice-Exceptionality
12:45-1:45 Children Who March to the Beat of a Different Drummer
12:45-1:45 Re-engaging the Disengaged Middle School Gifted Learners
2:00-3:00 Parenting a GLBTQ Gifted Teen: Twice-Exceptional Social and Emotional Needs
2:00-3:00    Six Tips for Parents in Meeting the Needs of Gifted GLBTQ Students
3:15-4:15 Anxiety and Gifted Youth: Harnessing the Positive Aspects of Stress While Supporting Motivation and Success
3:15-4:15 Introverts Face Risky Business

Sunday, November 15, 2015

8:00-9:00 Special Populations in Gifted Education: Critical Issues and Best Practices

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