AAGC Conference 2023
October 11 - 13, 2023
Marriott on Highway 280, Birmingham, Alabama
Registration closed on September 8, 2023. Please be registered by this time to secure spot and Thursday lunch. If payment needs to be made after this date, please contact the AAGC treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org
After September 8, 2023 all registration will be done onsite and Thursday lunch will not be provided.
We are excited to invte you to the 2023 AAGC Conference, the ultimate event for gifted education professional development! This is a rare opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field and network with other professionals who are passionate about gifted education. You will not want to miss this!
Save the date! The 2023 AAGC Conference will be an unforgettable experience. Register now and join us in Birmingham, Alabama, for three days of learning, networking, and inspiration.
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On Wednesday we have a great offering of workshops you will not want to miss. Click here for the full agenda for Wednesday. Virtual attendance does not include Wednesday.
Ready to learn more? Check out these fantastic keynote topics!!! Our keynote speakers are for Thursday, Dr. Emily Mofield, assistant professor at Lipscomb University teaching courses in Gifted Education and Advanced Academics Program. Our Friday keynote speaker is Dr. Brian Housand, the coordinator of the Academically or Intellectually Gifted program at University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Emily Mofield - Keynote: “Reimagining Possibilities: Transforming Potential into Realized Talent” What is the role of gifted education, how has it changed, and where are we going? The past few years have brought new challenges, but also new opportunities to reimagine possibilities. This keynote will offer reflection on rigor, resilience, and our roles in gifted education. Walk away with concrete strategies to stretch student thinking to the next level and expand your sphere of influence in catalyzing change.
Breakout 1: “Vertical Differentiation: Strategies to Stretch Student Thinking”How do we guide students to “dig deeper” beyond surface-level learning? This session highlights the use of “stretch prompts” to stimulate and challenge gifted students in their learning. These strategies can be used as “vertical differentiation” to dial up instruction, assignments, and tasks to ignite inquiry and deeper learning. Learn to apply these ideas with concrete examples applied across various content areas and grade levels.
Breakout 2: “Collaboration and Coaching in Gifted Education: Keys for Success”
Collaborative teaching practices support regular education teachers in learning skills and strategies to differentiate for gifted students. Learn the tools and “how-to” steps for facilitating and sustaining collaborative teaching and instructional coaching in ways that build capacity for teachers to challenge and support gifted students all day every day.
Brian Housand - Keynote: “Taylor Swift, A Supermarket, & the Saguaro Cactus OR 13 Lessons about Talent Development”
Yes, you read that right! Taylor Swift, a Supermarket, and the Saguaro Cactus! At first glance, this may seem like a random collection of nouns in a game of Mad Libs, but this person, place, and thing have a great deal to teach us about developing talent in our gifted learners. We will analyze the unique characteristics of each and discover some practical strategies to incorporate in your learning environment.
Breakout: Welcoming Our Robot Overlords: ChatGPT, Midjourney, and the Ever Evolving World of AI
Gifted Education has long championed creative productivity and critical thinking, but what happens when our devices begin to think and create on their own? Rather than shying away from AI, let’s examine how to boldly embrace its power and potential to leverage new possibilities and pathways with this collection of lessons incorporating ethical decision making, collaboration, design, and knowledge construction.
You do NOT want to miss Triva with Brian!!! INSIDE BRIAN’S BRAIN TEAM TRIVIA Attention all knowledge enthusiasts, trivia lovers, and aspiring champions! Get ready to dive headfirst into an electrifying night of brain-teasing excitement. Join forces with your fellow teachers and trivia fanatics for a high-octane showdown, led by the one and only trivia master, gifted expert, and self-proclaimed geek, Brian Housand. Brace yourself for an unforgettable experience filled with laughter, friendly rivalry, and an abundance of fascinating facts that will leave you armed with a treasure trove of knowledge to astound your friends and inspire your students.
Register here: https://alabamagifted.org/event-5236843