Event Portal Opens February 1
Live Event on February 5 & 6, 2021

Empowering Equity in Gifted Education

Focusing on our Strengths to Combat our Weaknesses

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

Registration Fees

Attendees

Registration is now open. To receive early bird rates, you must register attendees and pay in full or submit a purchase order by December 15, 2020.
  • AAGT Member All Access Pass

  • $200 Early Bird Ends 12/15/20 (You Save $50)
  • Your registration includes:

    • access to event web or mobile app through July 31, 2021
    • access to all breakout sessions recordings
    • up to 16 hours of gifted endorsement/profession development
    • two days of LIVE event Keynotes, workshops
    • a chance to win prizes in the virtual vendor expo hall
    • special AAGT Member swag
    • and more!
  • Non-Member All Access Pass

  • $275 Early Bird Ends 12/15/20 (You Save $50)
  • Your registration includes:

    • access to event web or mobile app through July 31, 2021
    • access to all breakout sessions recordings
    • up to 16 hours of gifted endorsement/profession development
    • two days of LIVE event Keynotes, workshops
    • a chance to win prizes in the virtual vendor expo hall
    • and more!

ANNUAL CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP

Submit Application by November 30

Available to first time attendees to the AAGT Annual Conference. Up to 10 scholarships will be issued for a full access pass to the virtual annual conference. Recipients must be a current member of AAGT.

Registration Fees

Business Sponsorships

  • Silver Event Sponsor

  • $300
  • Registration Includes

    • Inclusion in gamification to encourage attendees to visit your business profile in event app
    • 2 Minute Sponsored Video
    • Digital Ad in Event App
    • Listed on website and social media as a sponsor
  • Gold Event Sponsor

  • $500
  • Registration Includes
    • Inclusion in gamification to encourage attendees to visit your business profile in event app
    • 2 Minute Sponsored Video in Event App and AAGT Youtube Channel (subscribers will be notified of your video)
    • Digital Ad in Event App Rotation
    • Listed on website and social media as sponsor
    • Dedicated time for attendees to talk face to face in your private zoom room (vendor must have their own zoom account)
  • Bronze Event Sponsor

  • $150
  • Registration Includes
    • Inclusion in gamification to encourage attendees to visit your sponsor profile in event app
    • Digital Ad in Event App Rotation
    • Listed on website and social media as a sponsor
Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jann Leppien

Climbing the Ladder: Strategies for Ascending Intellectual Demand

At the forefront of gifted education is the narrow ridge of maintaining a standard of academic excellence while simultaneously increasing equity in access. As we expand the access of gifted programming to be more equitable, we must provide our diverse students with opportunities to learn that better prepare them for the increasing intellectual demand. In this session we will discuss practical methods and strategies for supporting students as they tackle challenges and curriculum of increasing intellectual demand.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Susan Baum

Cognitive Diversity and Gifted Education: The dilemma of the gifted child with a uniquely wired brain.

Unfortunately, the common view of who is gifted and how those students should be served is myopic and limits the ways we identify and nurture giftedness. Through case studies, we will come to understand the gifts and talents of those bright students with ADHD, Dyslexia, ASD. We will explore hurdles to their identification and appropriate program development. Finally, we will see what happens when these youngsters are given opportunities for talent development.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Joy Lawson Davis

The Promise of Equity for ALL!

During this keynote, speaker will share the global benefits of developing equitable gifted & advanced learner programs for all populations and how these benefits can help shape and reach broader diversity, equity & inclusion goals in all school districts. Keynote message will focus on the importance of setting high expectations for all students, regardless of culture, language, race, and income backgrounds; enabling educators to become better prepared to search for & nurture talent in all communities; and how more equitable programs will improve overall outcomes for public schools across the state, nation and around the world.

Informative and Engaging

Breakout Sessions

Call for Breakout Proposals

Please submit your proposal by November 15

This year is a virtual conference, and our breakout presenters will need to have the ability to pre-record their session for our Event Portal and provide a Live Workshop Opportunity during the two-day event.

We are looking for presenters with gifted experience who would like to record a 30-45 minute video presentation on a topic related to equity in gifted education. Conference attendees will be able to access your video before the Virtual Annual Conference on February 4 & 5. The presenter(s) will then host an additional (virtual) workshop/Q&A (You will be provided a time slot following the Keynote speaker).

If your proposal below is accepted, you will be emailed information, by November 30, on how to record your 30-45 minute presentation. You will then have until January 4 to record your presentation and submit it to our director.

As you prepare your presentation, please keep in mind, that our theme is “Empowering Equity in Gifted Education.”

20 presentations will be selected. Presenter rate of $150 will be offered to up to two presenters per topic.

Arizona Students: Annual Conference ART Contest

1st and 2nd Place Prizes Awarded!

Be creative and have fun coming up with a design that incorporates the following information:

47th Annual AAGT Conference
February 2021
“Empowering Equity in Gifted Education”

Color is best, but black and white submissions will be accepted

Artwork should be in landscape (horizontal) mode

All forms artwork  will be accepted; graphic design or photographic submissions are encouraged

Final digital submissions must fill out form below and upload a high-resolution .jpg or .pdf file.

Submit online using THE button below or email your submission to director@azgifted.com with this form filled out.

The Art Contest Winner will receive a scholarship for an art camp/class of choice (up to $200).

The First Runner Up of the Art Contest will receive a scholarship for an art camp/class of choice (up to $100)

Deadline for submission is November 15, 2020

2020 Conference Art Winner

Congratulations to Sundee in Mesa!

2021 AAGT Annual Awards

Nomination Packets are Due by November 15, 2020

Awards will be presented during the Thursday Spotlight Session.

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.