by Dr. Laurie Croft
“I’ve been a big fan of attending conferences as a great way to learn, network, socialize and enjoy a new environment. It’s always refreshing to get out and see a whole new world.” So said author Mark Skousen, and I completely agree!
The excitement is building for the 2020 NAGC convention! NAGC20 has been Reimagined in a way that will re-ignite the passion that we all have for the future of gifted and talented education. NAGC’s “67th Annual Convention Reimagined!” will be held November 12-17, 2020, bringing together thousands of professionals from around the world who are dedicated to supporting the needs of high-ability children. I hope you’ll join us at NAGC’s first virtual national convention.
The NAGC20 convention experience will be like no other…. it’s accessible anytime and anywhere you are in the world. “Reimagined!” offers attendees access to 200+ live and on-demand sessions, table talks, Q&A sessions, and opportunities for networking. Participants can attend sessions live or at their own pace throughout the convention. And if you can’t participate in a session during the convention time, not to worry. Attendees have a 6-month all-access pass to all 200+ sessions.
Also new in 2020, schools/districts may purchase a site license for $5,995 so that an unlimited number of professionals can attend. This can be your chance to show your colleagues the meaningful presentations for the ages they teach or the content they share. NAGC20 offers hundreds of hours of professional learning at your fingertips. These can be used for faculty retreats, all-staff professional learning days, group and/or division training, and weekly staff meetings. You can build an ongoing professional learning curriculum for the entire team and the entire school year using the school site license option. Contact Adriane Wiles (email@example.com) to register.
The Belin-Blank Center is pleased to offer either one or two semester hours of credit for those who participate in the NAGC convention. “Continuing Education Individual Study: Leadership in Gifted Education” (PSQF:5194:0WKA) can apply to the “Administrative Strand,” and because you are having to pay to register for the convention itself, we provide an automatic 50% tuition scholarship for those enrolled at the graduate level (a smaller scholarship for those enrolled at the undergraduate level). Although teachers earning the State of Iowa Talented and Gifted Endorsement need semester hours from an accredited university, some of you might benefit from the CEU’s that NAGC has arranged (see bit.ly/NAGC20ceu).
Those working on the endorsement through the Belin-Blank Center should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information about student registration costs (50% of the above), student membership costs (only $59 for the upcoming year), and for information about getting registered for the academic credit!
To register, go to http://bit.ly/Reimagined20CM (or contact email@example.com). Registration fees are $345 for members or $495 for non-members. Membership includes 1-year access to bonus content, including free issues of Gifted Child Quarterly, Teaching for High Potential, and Parenting for High Potential.