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The mission of the Alabama Association for Gifted Children is to provide advocacy leadership, and support to assist educators, parents, and community partners in meeting the educational and affective needs of gifted children and youth in Alabama.



Keynote Speakers

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

Dr. Ronald Beghetto 

Dr. Ronald Beghetto earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Indiana University (with an emphasis in Learning, Cognition and Instruction). Professor Ronald Beghetto is an internationally recognized expert on creative thought and action in educational settings. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Creative  Behavior (Wiley), Co-Editor for the Review of Research in Education (AERA), Book Series Co-Editor for Creativity Theory and Action in Education (Springer), and has served as a Creativity Advisor for LEGO Foundation and the Cartoon Network.

Dr. Beghetto has received recognition and numerous awards for excellence in teaching, including the University of Oregon 's highest teaching award for early career faculty (2006 Ersted Crystal Apple Award), the 2015 ALD Faculty of the Year Award at the University of Connecticut, and the Provost's Recognition for Excellence in Teaching (University of Connecticut).

Dr. Beghetto has authored numerous books and articles on creativity and teaching creativity.  Additional information about his research, publications, and work are available here: www.ronaldbeghetto.com 



Friday, October 14, 2022

Emily Kircher-Morris

Emily Kircher-Morris, M.A., M.Ed., LPC, inspired by her own experiences as a neurodivergent person, is dedicated to destigmatizing neurodiversity and supporting neurodivergent people of all ages. She started her career as an educator and worked as a gifted education teacher and school counselor. Emily currently works as a mental health counselor in private practice at Unlimited Potential Counseling & Education Center in O'Fallon, Missouri. In her clinical work, she specializes in supporting gifted, twice-exceptional, and neurodivergent kids and adults (and their families).

Emily is the author of two books related to the development of children and teens who are neurodivergent and cognitively gifted. “Teaching Twice-Exceptional Learners in Today's Classroom" (Free Spirit Publishing, 2021) focuses on supporting 2e learners in the educational setting, and the forthcoming "Raising Twice-Exceptional Children: A Handbook for Parents of Neurodivergent Gifted Kids" (Routledge, 01/22) is a guide for parents navigating the world of twice-exceptionality.

Emily hosts The Neurodiversity Podcast, which explores the psychological, educational, and social needs for enriching the lives of neurodivergent people. She speaks at statewide, national, and international conferences and frequently provides virtual and in-person professional development to educators, mental health clinicians, and parents worldwide. 



2022 AAGC Conference VENDOR/EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION


October 12 - 14, 2022 at the Birmingham Marriott hotel in Birmingham, Alabama from 8:00 AM -3:00 PM.  This will be an in-person conference and our attendees will be excited to visit your booth and learn about your company through our app. Click here to register!


PD Webinar Series, August 16, 2022, 6:00 pm CT

Everyday Superheroes: Women in STEM Careers


“What problems do you want to solve?" Where does science happen?” As science learning becomes more advanced, students start to explore how their own identity connects with the time spent in the classroom. Students may start to question how and why STEM is meaningful to them. Bringing diverse and modern role models who work in STEM and are solving real-world problems like plastic pollution, energy usage, or fast fashion is one strategy to help establish these connections. Students can begin to see themselves or careers that are making a difference. How do you find role models that are relevant to classroom learning and who reflect the cultural diversity of our communities?


Award-winning children's book authors and educators of the Everyday Superheroes book series, Erin Twamley and Joshua Sneideman will share ideas, resources, and role models to connect your classroom lessons to STEM careers. In this session you will explore: Finding modern-day STEM role models from online databases & resources. Sharing the STEM careers that relate to standards such as: Battery Scientist, Textile Engineer, Vertical Farmer, and Materials Scientist and more! Research on the importance of STEM role models for student interest, confidence and identification in STEM. 


Erin Twamley is an award-winning children’s book author, educator (MEd), STEMinist, and lifetime Girl Scout. She is a former energy education specialist at the Department of Energy, where she led energy literacy efforts for teachers and students. Erin loves to read to her two kids and has lived on three continents. You will find her leading hands-on encounters in Huntsville, AL and writing new children’s books.

Joshua Sneideman is the vice president at Learning Blade, an organization focusing on exposing students to STEM careers. A former Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the Department of Energy, he is also the award-winning author of multiple STEM education books and TED-Ed cartoons. Josh loves communicating about science concepts. The father of three amazing daughters, Sneideman loves nature walks, sailing, and reading nonfiction.

Register at https://alabamagifted.org/event-4923680

AAGC is pleased to announce two monthly podcasts.  Have you listened yet?

https://anchor.fm/aagcgiftedchat/

 AAGC Gifted Chat Podcast  is a 15-20 minute conversation with leaders in the field of gifted discussing topics important to them. Then after you listen to the podcast, join the conversation on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/AAGCGiftedChat. Each Gifted Chat episode will have a separate post on FB with questions to continue the conversation and share ideas and resources.


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https://anchor.fm/thinklikea

Think Like a....where we will explore different professions to see what it takes to be successful.  We hope you will join us each month to listen to a conversation with a professional in a career.  We will learn what skills are required to be successful and education requirements, and what you really do in this career.

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Gifted advocacy takes a year-round effort.   We made great strides this last legislative year but we are far from the much needed funds to make full-funding a reality.  Share what is happening in your classroom on all your social media outlets.  Reach out to your elected officials.  Until gifted education is fully funded, we will still strive for that goal!  Go here, to find out what you can do!


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