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Wednesday, November 14

Separate Registration Required | $79  (includes lunch)

NAGC Action Labs, designed by local educators, artists, and administrators, provide an experiential learning opportunity that will broaden your perspective and give you ideas to use back home.

To ensure that the Action Labs go as planned, pre-registration was required by September 21. There is no onsite registration and no waiting lists.

A1. Go Boulder: Art, Education, Science, Flavor
Grades: Adult Exploration

Combine a gorgeous natural setting with a sense of cultural freedom and a highly educated population and you’ve got Boulder. Boulder values a diversity of perspectives, and frequently earns top rankings in health, well-being, quality of life, education, and art. Your journey begins at the Leanin’ Tree Museum of Western Art where you’ll view over 300 original western paintings and bronze sculptures. Next, make a stop at Celestial Seasonings manufacturing plant for a tour of the tea-making process. There are plenty of free samples and delicious aromas to accompany your visit. Enjoy a drive through the downtown Boulder and the University of Colorado’s beautiful main campus, home to Nobel Prize winners, astronauts, and an abundance of award-winning educational programs. The final stop is the National Center of Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Some of the world’s most important discoveries about climate, meteorology, and the environment have originated here. You will enjoy a tour, presentations, and interactive visualizations exploring atmospheric and Earth-system science.

A2. Ricks Center for Gifted Children: Twenty-Eight Years of Successfully Educating Gifted Learners through the Ricks Integrated Curriculum Model
Grades: K-8

Ricks Center for Gifted Children serves gifted children ages 3 to 14 (preschool through eighth grade). Started in 1984, the Ricks Center is located on the campus of the University of Denver. The mission of the school is to provide a dynamic educational environment that anticipates and responds to the individual, intellectual, social, emotional, physical, aesthetic, and cognitive needs of gifted young people. The thematic, integrated curriculum model allows students to build connections, identify relationships in content areas, and participate in real-world experiences through topics such as Natural Disasters, Sustainable Food Sources, and Maya among others. This action lab will provide participants the opportunity to tour the school, spend time in classrooms, and learn more about the unique aspects of this model including development and implementation of Ricks Center Integrated Curriculum units, service learning, authentic assessment, social and emotional development and support, team teaching, and specialist model. Each element of the Ricks Center program is designed to address the characteristics of the gifted child.

A4. Experience the Old West on Colorado’s Front Range
Grades: K-12

Experience the Old West as you take a 50-mile drive up Colorado’s Front Range to the City of Greeley – home to James Michener and the University of Northern Colorado, not to mention the largest 4th of July Rodeo and celebration in the United States! You will begin your adventure at Chappelow K-8 Arts and Literacy Magnet School where you will see arts integration as well as witness some of the unique classes being offered at the school. Come prepared to see our talented students in action! The next stop is Centennial Village, a living museum where you’ll take a step back in time to experience the life of Weld County settlers between 1860 and 1920. Young Chautauquan scholars will make history come alive at the village, performing as the characters they have researched and developed. Lunch will be with District 6’s own award-winning Nutritional Services Director Jeremy West, who was recently featured on Nightline and in the New York Times for his commitment to “scratch cooking” and using “farm-to-school” produce. You will be entertained at lunch by the Brentwood Middle School Band - winner of the 2011 Glee Give a Note contest, sponsored by Fox, Ryan Murphy (the creator of GLEE), and the National Association for Music Education. Your last stop is the Poudre Learning Center, located on a 65-acre site along the Cache la Poudre River and on a regional trail corridor. The Poudre Learning Center is a cooperative effort by a wide variety of organizations and interested residents whose goal is to provide interdisciplinary education programs. These programs help introduce and reinforce concepts presented in our schools’ curriculum.

Register for the Gifted Education Essentials or an Action Lab on Wednesday and join us for this special event!

Wednesday, November 14
4:15 – 6:00 pm

Voices of Leadership: A Range of Perspectives from the Field

Moderator: George Betts, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

Panelists: Richard Cash, Bloomington Public Schools, Bloomington, MN; Jean Sunde Peterson, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; Mary Ruth Coleman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC; Joy  Lawson Davis, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA; Scott Hunsaker, Utah State University, Logan, UT

Take advantage of this opportunity to reflect on your own leadership style as you learn from the stories and insights of these NAGC leaders. What personal leadership skills help them to be successful? What important choices have they made to further their careers, support high-ability learners, and make a difference in the field of gifted education? What big ideas, core values, and purposeful actions add up to success? This interactive and candid exploration will keep you engaged and entertained—for a great finish to an information-packed day!