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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. 


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 Education Month (GEM) is January each year. We had a fantastic month of sharing the importance of gifted education!  Please continue to share what is happening in your classroom on all your social media outlets.  Also, continue to reach out to your elected officials.  Until gifted education is fully funded, we will still strive for that goal!


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