Good morning, everyone. If you are panicking that you forgot to register for NAGC's national gifted education conference before the Early Bird discount deadline, you are in luck! The deadline has been extended to tomorrow, Sunday, September 23. (Registration after this date is still possible, but will cost you a little more.) Visit the online registration page to secure your spot! A few weeks ago, I posted more details about the conference, such as pre-conference offerings, keynote highlights, Parent Day details, group and student discounts, hotel information, etc. You can check out all of that information in my post here. ...

Tamara Fisher shares a mother's account of advocating for an appropriate education for her gifted daughter.

A new school year has begun, and I wanted to share with you a great moment from these early days. One of my colleagues and two of my students have been big contributors to the smile on my face this week. At the end of last year, we did some off-level assessments on a couple of my students who have repeatedly hit the ceilings on grade-level assessments. We obviously knew they were "up there," but we didn't know just how far. And we therefore were uncertain as to what the right placement (in their case, in mathematics) was. Off-level (or "out-of-level")...

Kick off your school year with this back-to-school series of webinars focused on understanding and meeting the needs of gifted and advanced learners.

Make plans to join Tamara Fisher and 3,000 others (educators, parents, administrators, counselors, researchers) at the 59th annual national gifted education conference.

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I'm at Edufest this week, presenting and learning at my favorite gifted education conference. The energy and camaraderie here is remarkable, and this year I am particularly enjoying witnessing the "a-ha" moments lighting up the faces of the newbies (those new to gifted education and/or Edufest). It's that same joy we teachers have in the classroom as we witness our students' eyes opening, as we realize they've made the connection, as we re-gain energy from their enthusiastic discoveries. Interspersed with all of the teachers here are many parents, too. Some are quiet at first, having had frustrating experiences trying ...

Tamara's students offer advice to other students pursuing independent learning and research projects for the first time.

A randomly selected day from this past school year: The day starts early, a little after 7:30 a.m. It's just me and our District's 11 administrators in an Admin Team meeting. We've been regularly discussing features of, and their questions about, the gifted program: identification, programming options, outreach to parents. Only one member of the Admin team has ever attended a conference on Gifted Education, and very few have attended workshops or related professional development in or near our district. Yet they're making decisions about what will or won't be happening for these kids (within and outside of ...


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