February 10 & 11, 2022

I always come away from the conference with renewed inspiration and a desire to do what I can to help strengthen our gifted program at our schools as well as the education of all our students

Thank you for adapting and making the annual conference still happen! 🙂

The speakers and presenters were exceptional. Now to go forth and do something with all that I learned!

The range of topics discussed was impressive and I look forward to watching the on demand sessions and the recordings of the sessions I missed.

AAGT 48th Annual Conference - Hybrid

Gift3D: Depth, Diversity & Development

Please join us either in-person or virtually for two full days of learning, networking, and gifted education synergy! Sessions on talent development, differentiation, technology integration, Arizona’s K-12 Academic Standards, social/emotional needs of gifted individuals, and much more will be offered.

The pandemic revealed an abundance of learning opportunities for all students, and in particular our gifted and talented students – we just need the direction to implement these opportunities in our classrooms. This year’s theme will encompass bringing DEPTH to accelerated curriculum and enrichment, fostering DIVERSITY among our unique learners and focusing on talent DEVELOPMENT of the whole child.

Conference Venue

Mesa Convention Center

263 N Center St
Mesa, AZ 85201

In the heart of a vibrant downtown, the Mesa Convention Center is located on the southeast corner of University Drive and Center Street.
Complimentary parking is available.

Conference Hotel

Delta Hotel by Marriott Mesa

Room Block Rate – $165

Step into the stylish Delta Hotels Phoenix Mesa, with our special room rate that is significantly lower than any other hotels in the area. Located adjacent to the Mesa Convention Center, this is ideal for AAGT Conference Attendees.

Registration Fees

Attendees

AAGT encourages decision makers to include their gifted teachers and coordinators in their ESSER Funds planning processes, and to focus on identifying evidence-based strategies and resources to support schools to accelerate learning and equitably increase learning opportunities for all students – to include our gifted and advanced students. The AAGT Annual Conference is wonderful opportunity to provide educators professional development, training and resources to increase these learning opportunities.
  • AAGT Member In-Person Pricing

  • $295 Early Bird Ends 12/15/21 (You Save $50)
  • Your registration includes:

    • access to event web or mobile app through July 31, 2022
    • access to all keynote and breakout session recordings
    • up to 35 hours of gifted endorsement/profession development
    • breakfast & lunch included
  • Non-Member All Access Pass

  • $345 Early Bird Ends 12/15/21 (You Save $50)
  • Your registration includes:

    • access to event web or mobile app through July 31, 2022
    • access to all keynote and breakout session recordings
    • up to 35 hours of gifted endorsement/profession development
    • breakfast & lunch included
  • Member Virtual Pricing

  • $250 Early Bird Ends 12/15/21 (You Save $50)
  • Your registration includes:

    • access to event web or mobile app through July 31, 2022
    • access to all keynote and breakout session recordings
    • up to 35 hours of gifted endorsement/profession development
  • Non-Member Virtual Pricing

  • $300 Early Bird Ends 12/15/21 (You Save $50)
  • Your registration includes:

    • access to event web or mobile app through July 31, 2022
    • access to all keynote and breakout session recordings
    • up to 35 hours of gifted endorsement/profession development

EXPO HALL TABLE TOP REGISTRATION

$400 Early Bird Pricing | $500 Regular Pricing

Early bird pricing ends December 22, 2021

Please join us either in-person or virtually for two full days of networking and sharing gifted education resources to educators throughout Arizona!

This year, back in person, there is no “bad” table in our expo hall. All tables will be located in one space, right off the main ball room. High visibility and great networking opportunities!

Your registration will include

  • Six foot table top
  • Registration and meals for 1 attendee (additional attendees may be added for a fee)
  • Receive a registration list of opted-in attendees.
  • Participation in the Vendor Passport to encourage attendees to visit your booth and win prizes
  • Silver Event Sponsor

  • $200
  • Add-on this sponsorship package to your in-person expo table OR participate virtually only.

    Registration Includes

    • Medium Profile in virtual expo hall/event app – Includes all social media links, documentation, and calls to action
    • Ad in virtual app rotation and slide shows at live event
    • Quarter page ad in printed program (Black & White)
    • Conference Tote Bag Insert (Flyer, postcard, etc)
    • Listed on website and social media as sponsor
  • Gold Event Sponsor

  • $300
  • Add-on this sponsorship package to your in-person expo table OR participate virtually only.
    Registration Includes
    • Large Profile in virtual expo hall/event app – Includes all social media links, documentation, and calls to action
    • 60 Second Promotional Video in event app
    • Ad in virtual app rotation and slide shows at live event
    • Half page ad in printed program (Black & White)
    • Conference Tote Bag Insert (Flyer, postcard, etc)
    • Listed on website and social media as sponsor
  • Bronze Event Sponsor

  • $100
  • Add-on this sponsorship package to your in-person expo table OR participate virtually only.
    Registration Includes
    • Small Profile in virtual expo hall/event app – Includes all social media links, documentation, and calls to action
    • Quarter page ad in printed program (Black & White)
    • Listed on website and social media as sponsor

Additional Sponsorship Opportunites

Expand Your Reach at the Live Event!

The sponsorships below automatically will have a silver or gold sponsorship package added. 

Lanyard/Name Badge Sponsor – Your logo on attendee lanyards and SILVER sponsor package

SOLD OUT Tote Bag Sponsor – Your Logo on conference tote bags given to every attendee and GOLD sponsor package

Program Printing Sponsor – Full Page COLOR ad on the back of the program and SILVER sponsor package

Breakfast Sponsorship – Poster with your logo at banquet tables and opportunity to do a 5 minute TED Style (no slides) presentation during breakfast in the main ballroom and SILVER sponsor package

Lunch Sponsorship – Poster with your logo at banquet tables and opportunity to do a 10 minute TED Style (no slides) presentation during lunch in the main ballroom and GOLD sponsor package

Keynote Sponsor – Banner with your logo on stage with keynote and opportunity to speak about your business before introducing the Keynote Speaker and GOLD sponsor package.

Add-on at registration – limited opportunities available!

Thank You Silver Event Sponsors
Thank You Gold Event Sponsors
Thank You Bronze Event Sponsors
Schedule

Thursday, February 10

7:30 AM Registration & Expo Hall

8:30 AM

President’s Welcome 

Friend of the Gifted Award

10:15 AM

Breakout Session One

11:30 AM

Breakout Session Two
12:30 PM Lunch

12:50 AM

During Lunch

Gifted and Talented Student Panel

Gifted Teacher of the Year Award

3:00 PM

Breakout Session Three

4:15 PM

Administrator of the Year Award

Closing Remarks

Schedule

Friday, February 11

7:30 AM Registration & Expo Hall

8:30 AM

President’s Welcome 

Lifetime Achievment Award

10:15 AM

Breakout Session One

11:30 AM

Breakout Session Two
12:30 PM Lunch

1:15 PM

Prizes

Presentation of the New Board members

3:00 PM

Breakout Session Three

4:00 PM

End of Day – See you next year!
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Tracy Cross

Thirty Years of Research on the Lived Experience of Students with Gifts and Talents

This presentation will provide a synthesis of 30 years of research analyzed through a phenomenological lens on the lived experience of students with gifts and talents. The primary focus of the presentation will be within the context of school and its intersection with family and society. More specifically, the presentation will focus on how these students’ lived experiences affect issues such as identity, passion, labeling, stigma, culture, schooling, academic resistance, bullying, and suicidal behavior. The outcome of the presentation is to provide information for teachers, parents, counselors, administrators, and psychologists to enable them to better understand and support the psychological wellbeing of students with gifts and talents.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Diane Heacox

Using Active Engagement to Optimize Learning for Gifted Students

Have you observed gifted students who sometimes sit back while others actively engage? Or those gifted learners who are so anxious about their performance that they seem to be spinning out? Active engagement can increase learning enthusiasm as well as address the anxiety of gifted learners.

Active engagement is a multidimensional process directly related to the learning process. Active engagement enhances student enthusiasm for tasks and their performance. Engagement strategies can also be used in reducing performance anxiety of gifted learners.

In considering underachieving gifted learners, active engagement is particularly important when students are apathetic or discouraged. (Brophy 2004) Educators also need to be aware that ethnicity plays a role in student engagement. (Bingham and Okagaki, 2012) We will explore these dimensions of active engagement and introduce strategies that can make a difference in gifted students’ enthusiasm and motivation and reduce their performance anxiety.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Kristina Henry Collins

Evolving from Labels to Services:

Overrepresentation, underrepresentation, underserved, and unidentification are the focus for many special and gifted education scholarly pursuits. Moreover, students often exhibit identified areas of strengths and areas of struggle simultaneously. However, effective solutions are few. Promoting whole child and SEC responsive development, Collins’ discusses the importance of implementing talent development approaches that are appropriate for remediation and acceleration while maintaining rigor, depth, challenge, and complexity withing the curriculum. Grounded in the work of Brofenbrenner’s Bioecological Model of Human Development, Collins will show how multidirectional and dynamic interactions across systems impact student development and cognitive diversity. Attendees will understand the broader impact of evolving from a hyper focus on static labels to implementing dynamic services that maximize the individual potential for each student.

Informative and Engaging

Breakout Sessions

Creative Arizona Hall of Talent

New in 2022! The AAGT Annual Conference Creative Arizona Hall of Talent will feature the creative works of our Talented Students from across the state in the walkway towards breakout sessions at the Annual Conference.

Art program and creative writing teachers or directors may select up to two pieces from their class to submit to AAGT no later than January 10, 2022. While we know there are many students that have amazing talent, please limit your selections to “Art Expo” quality submissions in order to be mindful of space and showcasing our top talent in Arizona.

2022 AAGT Annual Awards

Nomination Packets are Due by December 15, 2021

Gifted Education Teacher of the Year

The Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented annually presents this award to an individual currently teaching K- 12 gifted students in a classroom or in a context such as a pullout class for gifted students. This individual demonstrates best practices in gifted education, displays exemplary knowledge of gifted students and has the ability to accommodate both academic learning differences as well as social | emotional issues unique to gifted students.

Gifted Education Leadership Award

The Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented annually presents this ward to an individual (district gifted coordinator, principal, superintendent, school board member, counselor, college/university faculty member or others in a leadership position) who bring about change that results in improved services within a school, district or change that has a state-wide impact.

Dr. James T. Webb Friend of the Gifted Award

The Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented annually presents the Dr. James T. Webb Friend of the Gifted Award to an individual (such as a parent, a state or federally elected official, or a member of the business community or media) who consistently supports the mission and vision of AAGT through resources and expertise to advocate for appropriate funding and support for gifted education opportunities in the state of Arizona.

Dr. Sanford J. Cohn Lifetime Achievement Award

The Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented occasionally presents the Dr. Sanford J. Cohn Lifetime Achievement Award to individuals who over an extended period of time have devoted time, expertise and resources to the advancement of gifted education.