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All Network Evening Events events take place on Friday, November 4 in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside EXCEPT the Special Schools & Programs and the Arts Networks’ Reception & Meeting at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (see below).

Don’t miss a chance to meet and mingle with others who share your special interest/s within the field of gifted and talented education. The NAGC Network events are open to all and each NAGC individual member may “join” three Networks as part of their membership. The Convention offers you a great opportunity to explore what the Networks have to offer, as well as get acquainted with some amazing people.

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM - Conceptual Foundations Network

The Legacy Series Taping: The Creative Mind of Don Treffinger
Versailles Ballroom

The NAGC Conceptual Foundations Network, in concert with NAGC, continues to capture in video notable gifted advocates, researchers, and leaders in order to preserve their legacy for future generations. Join us for this taping as we celebrate the work of Don Treffinger, president of the Center for Creative Learning, and an internationally known researcher, writer, teacher, and presenter in the area of creative learning and creative problem solving. All NAGC Convention attendees are encouraged to attend.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm - Research & Evaluation Network

Research Crackerbarrel and Research Gala
Hilton Riverside Conference Center, Rver

The Research Crackerbarrel (6:00 pm - 7:00 pm) is an opportunity for graduate students and beginning researchers to seek advice about different aspects of the research process from more seasoned researchers. You can join one of several roundtables hosted by prominent researchers in our field. The Research Gala (7:30pm-9:00pm) celebrates the exciting new research conducted by graduate students. You will watch as Gala participants present posters of their research and the awards committee names winners in three categories: doctoral level completed research, doctoral level research in progress, and non-doctoral level research. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Global Awareness Network

Global Gala
Hilton Riverside Conference Center, Pelican

Our annual Gala party is a time of celebration, relaxation, meeting new friends and forging professional connections.  This year will be a very special evening as we will respond to the concerns of gifted children about our global community.  Our Gala event will inspire us to persist in the noble cause of enriching the lives of these discerning and dedicated children through our support of interdependence of all people, and the preservation and protection of natural resources.

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Computer & Technology Network

Speed Geeking
Hilton Riverside Conference Center, Kabacoff

If you are looking to update your technology resources and teaching strategies, let the Computers and Technology Network help! “Speed Geeking” is an interactive speed date with self-professed tech geeks who will rocket through a series of 5-minute presentations about some of the best technology resources for teachers. Do not miss this lively and interactive session that will energize you and update your teaching practice!

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - Middle Grades Network

Using Children’s Literature to Teach about Wisdom
Hilton Riverside Conference Center, Bridge

Children’s literature and picture books offer an amazing springboard to helping gifted students understand their world and future. These seemingly simple books have a powerful impact on the wisdom level of gifted children. This session shares an extraordinary collection of books that focus on wisdom across cultures. Divided into Brown’s Categories of Wisdom - Appreciative, Discerning, Behavioral, Communal, Transcendent, and Ethical - these fifty books encourage gifted learners to consider their world and themselves from a new perspective. A curricular grid of teaching ideas applying William’s Model for Creative Thinking, a bibliography, and live music will be provided.

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Creativity Network

Creativity Night: Celebrating Creative Potential Mardi Gras Style
Hilton Riverside Conference Center, Port and Starboard

Downtown New Orleans will shine with a Mardi Gras celebration of creative potential at Creativity Night, NAGC’s Creativity Network’s evening featuring an explosion of rhythmic Mardi Gras music, surprising Fat Tuesday inspired sensory experiences, and mind expanding, engaging activities to transport you to a creativity carnival. Creativity Night will be held in a large room with approximately 30 stations. Select from the list of stations you’ll receive when you enter and join one group for the first 20-minute round. Two additional rounds follow and spontaneous celebrations between rounds provide additional entertainment and very popular prize drawings.  

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Special Populations Network

Celebrating Trailblazers for Special Populations:  Past, Present, and Future
Hilton Riverside Conference Center, Compass

All NAGC convention attendees are invited to meet and honor the leaders and trailblazers who have championed the needs of special and underserved populations in gifted education. Join the Special Populations Network, Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented, and others in celebrating those who have profoundly changed the way people think about gifted children. Raise a glass to our trailblazers of the past, present, and future…and then dance the night away!!

7:15 pm - 8:30 pm - Curriculum Studies Network

Curriculum Awards Night
Hilton Riverside Conference Center, Steering

Come meet this year’s Curriculum Award Winners! Every year the Curriculum Studies Network celebrates the authors of outstanding curriculums with an evening devoted to showcasing their talents/work and effect on students. You will hear from the curriculum developers themselves, who are more than willing to share lessons and answer questions about their individual units. All of our award winners received outstanding evaluations based on our rubric for writing curriculums based on the needs of the gifted learner. Please join us in celebrating their efforts and excellence!

THURSDAY, November 3
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm - Special Schools & Programs Network and Arts Network

Reception & Meeting
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres Street (Buses depart at 7:00 pm from the Hilton Riverside)

Both the Special Schools & Programs and the Arts Networks were invited by Dr. Robbie McHardy, director of the Academic Studio of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) to have their receptions and business meetings at the Center. NOCCA is a pre-professional arts training center that offers intensive instruction in the arts to secondary school students.

What is the Hilton Riverside Conference Center?

All Friday evening Network Events (EXCEPT the Special Schools & Programs and the Arts Networks’ Reception & Meeting at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) will take place in the Hilton Riverside Conference Center, which is in the Riverside Building. It is accessible from two guest room corridors, as well as a crosswalk to the main lobby area of the hotel. Look for signs with arrows helping you navigate your way.