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February 7-8, 2024

2024/02/07 08:00:00

AAGT 50th Annual Conference

AAGT is thrilled to be celebrating 50 years of journey and discovery in gifted and talented education! Over the past half-century, educators, researchers, and advocates have dedicated themselves to understanding and meeting the unique needs of gifted and talented students.

AAGT’s annual conference brings together experts in the field, as well as educators and parents, to reflect on the progress made in gifted and talented education over the last 50 years and to look towards the future. We will explore the latest research and best practices for identifying and serving gifted and talented students, strategies for promoting equity and inclusion in gifted education as well as supporting resiliency and affective development.

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend keynote addresses from national leaders in the field, participate in interactive workshops and panels, and network with colleagues from around the state. Whether you are a teacher, administrator, gifted coordinator, or counselor, this conference is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of gifted and talented education and to connect with others who share your passion.

We invite you to join us as we celebrate 50 years of progress in gifted and talented education and look forward to a future of continued learning, discovery, and growth.

Past Attendees say it Best:

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 – $199

AAGT has secured a special room rate that is significantly lower than any other hotels in the area. Conveniently located adjacent to the Mesa Convention Center. Book your room before January 17, 2024. Rooms booked after this date are subject to availability.

NON-MEMBER RATE

$495 Per Attendee

AAGT MEMBER RATE

$445 Per Attendee

Your Registration Includes

AAGT Swag Bags stuffed with fun gifts and information

Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Break

A chance to visit with exhibitors in person and win prizes

National Keynote Speakers Dr. Shelagh Gallagher and Dr. Edward Amend

Student Panel Discussion, Arizona Spotlight Speaker, 50th Anniversary Celebrations throughout the conference, live entertainment and more!

Choose up to 6 breakout sessions per day to join in-person, watch the remaining recordings post event on your own schedule earning 30+ Professional Development Hours

Attendees who stay to the very end session and check-in via QR Code will be entered to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

EXPO HALL TABLE TOP REGISTRATION

$425 AAGT Partners | $525 NonPartners

Your registration will include

Eight foot table top (additional tables may be added for $150)

Registration and meals for 1 attendee (additional attendees may be added for a fee)

Listed as an exhibitor in the Event App

Receive a registration list of opted-in attendees.

Participation in the Vendor Passport to encourage attendees to visit your booth and win prizes

Bronze Advertisement

$100 Add-on to Table or Purchase Separately for Virtual Presence
  • Small Profile in event app
  • Include all social media links, documentation, call to action
  • Ad in slideshow in general session
  • Half page ad in printed program

Silver Advertisement

$200 Add-on to Table or Purchase Separately for Virtual Presence
  • Large Profile in event app
  • Include all social media links, documentation, call to action
  • Ad in slideshow in general session
  • Half page ad in printed program
  • Tote bag insert included

Gold Advertisement

$300 Add-on to Table or Purchase Separately for Virtual Presence
  • Large Profile in event app
  • Include all social media links, documentation, call to action
  • 2 Minute Promotional Video in event app
  • Ad in slideshow in general session
  • Full page ad in printed program
  • Tote bag insert included

Sponsorship Opportunities

Show your support at the AAGT Annual Conference!

All sponsorships include your logo listed on website and social media as sponsor.
Sponsorships $0 – $500 Include Bronze Advertising Package
Sponsorships $501 – $1500 Include Silver Advertising Package
Sponsorships $1501+ Include Gold Advertising Package
You can choose to pay the difference to upgrade to next level sponsorship

Wednesday Breakfast Sponsor (16×20 Sign at event) $500
Wednesday Lunch Sponsor (16×20 Sign at event) $750
Wednesday Afternoon Break Sponsor (16×20 Sign at event) $300
Wednesday Reception Appetizer Sponsor (16×20 Sign at Event) $500
Thursday Breakfast Sponsor (16×20 Sign at event) $500
Thursday Lunch Sponsor (16×20 Sign at event) $750
Thursday Afternoon Break Sponsor (16×20 Sign at event) $300
WiFi Sponsor – (Custom WiFi Password using your Company Name 7 18×24 Poster at Registration with your Company Logo) $1500
Event App Sponsor – (18×24 Poster at Registration with your Company Logo and Primary Banner Ad in App)  $3000
Photo Booth Sponsor (18×24 Poster at Booth, logo included on digital images) $1500
Badge lanyard with company logo $1000
Tote bag with company logo $2500
Program Printing Sponsor – Full page ad on back of program, 16×20 sign at registration $1800

Thank You Sponsors!

Raffle Prize Donors

Attendees will have a chance to win fabulous prizes from our wonderful donors!
  • VerySpecialGames.com

Meet Our Keynotes!

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Shelagh A. Gallagher, Ph.D.

 “Back to the Future” or “Boldly Going Where No One Has Gone Before?”
Reflections on the Past, and Next, 50 Years

It’s time to celebrate!  AAGT has successfully navigated 50 years of advocacy on behalf of gifted and talented students.  That’s a notable accomplishment.  Before running pell-mell into the next 50 years, it’s important to stop, take stock, and consider what we’ve done right and what we need to do differently.  After all, in the words of Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” That’s what we’re going to do– take time to pull on the threads of history to show the connections between where we were, where we are, and where we need to go.

Plus Two Breakout Sessions!

Four Cornerstones:  Essential Instructional Skills for Teachers of Gifted Students
Problem-Based Learning 101:  Using the Power of Stories to Engage Students in Problem-Solving
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Edward R. Amend, Psy.D.

Building Resilience in Gifted Students

Asynchronous development, sensitivity, and intensity in gifted and twice-exceptional youth can affect their growth and development. Uncertainty fuels frustration, perfectionism, and anxiety for some as they struggle to adjust to the world around them. Loss, trauma, and existential concerns complicate their situation. Dr. Amend will explore these challenges and their effects on gifted and 2e students as well as strategies to foster healthy growth, manage frustration, and build resilience. Ideas for self-care will help participants recharge in the wake of the challenges that come with teaching and raising these amazing kids.

Plus Two Breakout Sessions!

The Importance of Accurate Assessment: Issues with Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis for Gifted Student
Counseling Gifted and Twice-exceptional Children and Youth

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, February 7

7:15 AM – Registration, Expo Hall, Breakfast, and a special performance

8:15 AM – Welcome

8:45 AM – Keynote Dr. Shelagh Gallagher

9:45 AM – Break & Visit Expo Hall

10:15 AM – Breakout Session 1 

11:15 AM – Break

11:30 AM – Breakout Session 2

12:30 PM – Lunch Buffet & Special Performance by Niza Mariachi

1:30 PM – Panel Discussion

2:00 PM – Arizona Spotlight Speaker, Tehvon Fowler-Chapman

2:30PM  – Break & Visit Expo Hall

3:00 PM  – Breakout Session 3 

4:30 PM – 50th Anniversary Celebration Reception

Schedule of Events

Thursday, February 8

7:30 AM – Breakfast, Expo Hall and Special Performance

8:30 AM – Welcome 

8:45 AM – Keynote Dr. Edward Amend

9:45 AM – Break & Visit Expo Hall

10:15 AM – Breakout Session 1 

11:15 AM – Break

11:30 AM – Breakout Session 2

12:30 PM – Lunch and Special Performance

1:30 PM – AAGT Spotlight on 50 Years of You! 

2:30 PM  – Break & Visit Expo Hall

3:00 PM  – Breakout Session 3 

4:00 PM –  End of Conference  – Check out with an AAGT Volunteer and be entered to win a prize for staying through the entire conference!

Our Breakout Session lineup is now available!

Click to toggle between Breakout Session Topics

Schedule subject to change

Title of Presentation Presenter Name(s) Grade Level Focus
Gifted & autistic: How do we know and what do we do? Megan Helmen Pre-Elementary, Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School
“No, It Isn’t Too Early”: The Challenges, and Opportunities, for Young Gifted Learners Laura Wingers, PsyD and Beth Richter, PsyD Pre-Elementary, Elementary (K-6)
The Yin and Yang of the ADHD Brain Sarah Worthington Pre-Elementary, Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School, Preparing for College
Journeys and Destinations: Unearthing 2e Talents Karen Brown and ElizaBeth Warner Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School, Preparing for College
Title of Presentation Presenter Name(s) Grade Level Focus
A Service Learning Journey: Global Empathy & Gifted Students as Changemakers Nicole Belden & Ryan Monahan Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School, Preparing for College
The Dream Team: Science and Engineering Allison Davis Elementary (K-6)
Creating Economic Thinkers & Entrepreneurs Gretchen Donnell Elementary (K-6), Middle School
Three-Act Tasks: Motivate and Challenge Gifted Learners Through Real-World Math Situations Kate Garis and Faye Uttech Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School
Best Practices in Pop Culture Integration: Strategies for Differentiation and Student Engagement DJ Graham Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School
Maximizing Nonverbally Expressed Brilliance: Equitable Opportunities to Shine Mark Hess Elementary (K-6), Middle School
Building Community Elisabeth Hughes and Jennifer Fischer Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School
Extending the Depth and Complexity Model Jessica Manzone and Julia Nyberg Elementary (K-6), Middle School
BACK TO THE FUTURE! Reimagining student research through a contemporary Chautauqua framework. Alisa Johnson Elementary (K-6), Middle School
Optimize Instructional Effectiveness with Strengths-Focused Grouping Adam Laningham and Christina Jordan Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School
So What’s Next? Indirect Instruction! Jason McIntosh and Donna Campbell Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School
Tubes, Sheets, and Holarchies- Oh My! Using Metapatterns with Gifted Students Jason McIntosh Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School
Empowering Students to Address Global Challenges Dianne McKee Elementary (K-6), Middle School
Influence the Future Cheryl Wiltbank and Ellen Miller Middle School, High School
Title of Presentation Presenter Name(s) Grade Level Focus
Lessons from a Former Perfectionist: Strategies for Supporting Gifted Students Deal with Perfectionism DJ Graham Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School
Emotional regulation in neurodivergent youth Megan Helmen Pre-Elementary, Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School
Slowing Down for Hope: Engaging Social-Emotional Lessons for Gifted Learners Mark Hess Elementary (K-6)
Stress Management Strategies for Gifted Children Adrienne Stevens and Mark Holder Pre-Elementary, Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School, Preparing for College
Title of Presentation Presenter Name(s) Grade Level Focus
Unlocking Gifted Creativity in the Classroom: A Pragmatic Practitioner’s Perspective Nicole Belden & Ryan Monahan Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School
Championing Creativity and Arts Integration in the Gifted Classroom Rebekah West Keur Pre-Elementary, Elementary (K-6), Middle School
Reel Education: Empowering Young Minds Through Filmmaking J.T. Chaiyakam Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School
Let’s Solve Problems Creatively 2.0 Vanessa Hill Pre-Elementary, Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School
Neuroscience and Arts Integration Elisabeth Hughes Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School
Integrating the Arts through Home and Community Connections Jessica Manzone and Julia Nyberg Elementary (K-6), Middle School
Engaging Gifted Students in STEM Inquiry: Sustainable City Design and Place-Based Challenges Jackie Nichols Elementary (K-6), Middle School
Exploring the Role of AI in Gifted Education: Personalized Learning for Tomorrow’s Leaders ElizaBeth Warner and Karen Brown Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School
Cultivating Minds, Nurturing Justice: The Future of Critical Thinking In & Beyond Gifted Education Colin Seale Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School
Title of Presentation Presenter Name(s) Grade Level Focus
Hidden Talents: Equitable Education Through Inquiry-Based Learning for All Students Joi Arceneaux Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School
Cluster Grouping Using Building Norms Increases Diversity and Inclusion! Dina Brulles and Kim Lansdowne Elementary (K-6)
99 Problems, and the Test Aint One Zel Fowler and Jessica Manzone Pre-Elementary, Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School
Ensuring Equity in Gifted Identification and Programming Kim Lansdowne and Dina Brulles Pre-Elementary, Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School
Equitable Assessment Action Research: How Collaborative Inquiry Reformed an Accelerated Geometry Classroom Casey Warmbrand Middle School, High School
Best Practices for Equitable Identification Using Assessment Data Laura Wilken and Ben Walter Elementary (K-6), Middle School, High School

Spotlight on YOU - 50 years of Gifted Education and Growing

2024 Annual Conference School & Educator Showcase

Hey there! We’re excited to invite you to our 2024 Annual Conference School Showcase.

What’s the Goal? We want you to create an awesome video that tells the story of gifted education at your school or within your school district.

What type of videos?

  • Share with us your personal journey in Gifted Education
  • Show how you or your distract has supported gifted learners with projects, maker spaces, programs etc
  • Interview an experienced educator in Arizona to gain their insights
  • Describe implementation of universal screening or gifted services
  • Whatever you feel needs to be heard, seen and showcased!

All videos are due by December 31, 2023.

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