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Join us, beginning in August, for our NEW series of Back-to-School Webinars on Wednesday! Equip yourself with the motivation and information as you head back to the classroom.

This series of six WOW sessions brings high quality professional development to your desktop as you head back to the classroom. It’s a virtual conference, where you’ll experience 6 live WOW sessions via the Internet with the ability to listen, view slides, access handouts, and pose questions to presenters. Following the event, you may choose to access the series in the NAGC Live Learning Center. The sessions are moderated and presented by experts in the field and practitioners. You'll have time to ask questions and take away resources to put to use the next day!

Don’t let funding challenges or travel restrictions keep you from getting the training and information you need to be effective.


  • NAGC Member: $99/series
  • Nonmember: $129/series
  • Site License: $399
    Includes: Live access for your attendees, 12-month archive access for the purchaser (just in case you’d like to host an event in the future), and Power Point slides for you to print for your attendees. You’ll have on-demand professional development at your convenience!

All Sessions are presented live 7:00 – 8:00 pm Eastern

Wednesday, August 22 
Addressing Learner Differences

Characteristics, Learning Styles and Motivation

Making sure that gifted students are challenged in the regular classroom setting requires thoughtful consideration of not only academic differences, but also those related to learning styles and levels of motivation. Success in the classroom is dependant on recognizing these fundamental differences. 

Tamara Fisher, K-12 Gifted Education Specialist, Polson School District #23, Polson, MT

Wednesday, August 29
Addressing Learner Differences

Creating a Caring Classroom: Practical Strategies for Aiding Social and Emotional Development

In order to meet the variety of affective issues facing gifted students in the classroom, strategies which support the social and emotional development of gifted children, which can easily be infused into existing curriculum, should be utilized. Participants will receive an overview of the issues and be presented with practical ideas that can be easily applied. 

Megan Foley Nicpon, Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology Program, University of Iowa, Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, Iowa City, IA

Wednesday, September 5 
Curriculum Strategies and Classroom Practice

Instructional Strategies for Differentiation within the Classroom

Possessing the tools needed to differentiate curriculum and practice within the regular classroom is invaluable. Participants will learn to employ tactics (pre-assessment, differentiated assignments, differentiated products and cluster grouping, etc.) that improve engagement and optimize learning for all students, including those who are gifted and talented.

Julia Roberts, Mahurin Professor of Gifted Education; Executive Director and Tracy Inman, Associate Director, The Center for Gifted Studies, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

Wednesday, September 12 
Curriculum Strategies and Classroom Practice

Strategies for Enhancing and Improving the Quality of our Curriculum Units

Relevance creates conditions and motivation necessary for students to make personal investments required for rigorous work or optimal learning. Students invest more of themselves, work harder, and learn better when the topic is related to something in which students have a keen interest. Strategies for incorporating student interest and relevance into curriculum and instruction will be explored.

Jann Leppien, Associate Professor of Education, University of Great Falls, Great Falls, MT

Wednesday, September 19  
Focus on Teaching

Motivation, Communication and Collaboration

The time has come to understand your role in the larger school system context! Come learn about practical ideas that will help you manage from the middle, collaborate with other players in the system, and evaluate student and program improvement.

Lauri Kirsch, Supervisor, K-12 Gifted, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, FL; Sally Krisel, Director of Innovative and Advanced Programs, Hall County School System, Gainesville, GA

Wednesday, September 26
Focus on Teaching

Revive, Refresh, and renew: New ideas and Resources for the New Year

Seasoned educators have a myriad of tools and resources at their fingertips, ready to be infused into daily lessons and discussions. Come and learn more about how to spice up your classroom with the latest the education world has to offer.

Brian Housand, Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC; Jennifer Beasley, Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas, Springdale, AR




Affordable registration fee makes this a wise professional development investment!

Find more information on a Site License here.

The University of California – Irvine, Extension, will offer NAGC Back to School WOW registrants one (1) quarter unit of credit for $120. This official transcript may be used to document professional development hours and can be submitted to your district as requirements for salary advancement. Additionally, this unit can be applied toward UC Irvine Extension’s fully online Specialized Studies in Gifted & Talented Education certification program. To be eligible for credit, participants must:

  • Attend a minimum of 5 hours of sessions during the Series (Series is 6 hours total);
  • Complete a UCI Extension enrollment form;
  • Write a single 2-3 page reflection paper summarizing what you learned from each session attended.  Please address the specific presenters, strands, and sessions you attended in your paper;
  • Create a 1-2 page lesson plan highlighting strategies from a single session;
  • Submit proof of attendance, enrollment form, reflection paper, lesson plan, and $120 payment to UCI Extension, Attn: Education Programs, PO Box 6050, Irvine, CA 92616-6050.

For more information about this credit opportunity and/or to obtain an official enrollment form, please email

Registration Info
  • All sessions are held live
  • All session times listed are Eastern time zone.
  • In order to ensure active participation between the WOW presenter/s and the audience, a limited number of “seats” are available. Please register as soon as possible to guarantee your space in the webinar.
  • Five of more persons should register with a site license which provides live access for your attendees (5+), six-month archive access for the purchaser (just in case you’d like to host an event in the future), and Power Point slides for you to print for your attendees. You’ll have on-demand professional development at your convenience!
  • Paying by purchase order? Please fax it to NAGC at 202/785-4248.
  • Each registration is a final sale and no refunds can be processed.
  • Schedule/speakers are subject to change. We will communicate any changes with those registered and include updated information on this page.
  • Following payment of registration, you will receive a confirmation email from NAGC with access instructions. 
  • If your registration includes archive access, you may (following the event) access the archived sessions at no additional charge for up to 12months. All WOW archives can be found in the NAGC Live Learning Center. Note: It usually takes minimum of 48 hours for the archive to be posted.
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 PC System Requirements:

  • Internet Explorer® 6.0 or newer, Mozilla® Firefox® 2.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
  • Windows® 2000, XP, 2003 Server or Vista\
  • Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection
  • Minimum of Pentium® class 1GHz CPU with 512 MB of RAM (recommended) (2 GB of RAM for Windows® Vista)

Participants wishing to connect to audio using VoIP will need a fast Internet connection, a microphone and speakers (or a USB headset).

Mac System requirements:

  • Safari™ 3.0 or newer, Firefox® 2.0 or newer (JavaScript™ and Java™ enabled)
  • Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer
  • PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel processor (512 MB of RAM or better recommended)
  • Cable modem, DSL, or better Internet connection