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wowlogo.jpgNAGC Webinars on Wednesday—WOW—offers high-quality educational content presented by experts in the field.

WOWs are designed for administrators, classroom teachers, counselors, graduate students, gifted coordinators, parents, and professors.Our goal is to help you be more effective and informed in your support of gifted learners, whatever role you play.

Participate live and take advantage of the opportunity to pose questions to or share your experiences with presenters and other attendees.  Registration includes access to a multi-media recording, handouts, and other resources.

Fall 2014 Sessions
Archives available free to members
$29 each for nonmembers (except where indicated)


NAGC: Leadership Directions and Priorities for 2015
Tracy L. Cross, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA; Paula M. Olszewski-Kubilius, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Join NAGC president Tracy L. Cross, together with Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, immediate past president, to learn about NAGC priorities for the coming year. Like every national organization, NAGC Board leaders work to anticipate member needs and legislative opportunities in order to chart an effective course for the future. The success of our organization depends on building visibility and programs through the efforts of state affiliates, committee and network volunteers, and the general membership who support our mission. Participate in this session to fully understand the broader education landscape, how NAGC will respond to trends and issues, and where the work of members and experts fits into the strategy plan for the coming year and beyond. Your feedback and ideas will be solicited and questions answered throughout the interactive discussion.

Guiding Gifted Programming from a District Leadership Perspective
Dina Brulles, Paradise Valley Unified School District, Phoenix, AZ; Lauri Kirsch, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, FL

Both veteran and newcomer district coordinators can feel overwhelmed with the multiple challenging roles of the position. Join two experienced gifted coordinators (and winners of the 2014 district gifted coordinator award) from very diverse districts as they provide practical tips for achieving success and share strategies and ideas for building capacity within your district’s gifted program. Key components of the job will be discussed: developing district-wide programming, creating equitable identification practices, providing relevant professional development, supporting parents, and advocating for gifted education within the district and community. This session is a must for new coordinators and seasoned professionals will also appreciate the continued guidance towards being an effective district leader in gifted education.​

The Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students
George Betts, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO; Tracy C. Missett, Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, VA

The social and emotional characteristics of gifted students have been discussed for decades both within and beyond the field of gifted education.  Too often in these discussions, gifted children are understood to be either exceptionally well-adjusted emotionally and successful socially or socially isolated and emotionally maladjusted.  Join two experienced presenters in the field of gifted education as they discuss how these competing stereotypes often fail to recognize that gifted children, like all children, experience emotional adjustment and social successes in widely varying degrees over the course of their development.  Topics discussed will include resilience, self-concept, family and peer relationships, perfectionism, motivation, and the role high intelligence possibly plays in protecting against mental health problems.  This session is a must for parents, teachers, school counselors and psychologists working with gifted students who will appreciate the illumination of a broad range of emotional and social characteristics gifted children display.  

The Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education: New Curricular Strategies for Educators
Felicia A. Dixon, Ball State University, Muncie IN; Branson D. Lawrence, Jr., Carl Heine, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, IL ; Ken Stuart, Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, Muncie, IN

The second edition of The Handbook of Secondary Gifted Education includes many new chapters that center on innovative ideas to guide teachers, gifted coordinators, administrators, counselors, and researchers in understanding gifted students as well as in planning and implementing programs for them.  Three of these new chapters focus specifically on new curricular strategies--two in the STEM areas of engineering and technology, and one in social studies--all written by teachers who are actively engaged in teaching and developing curriculum for talented secondary students.  Specific strategies that provide rigor and challenge, as well as encourage innovation in gifted students are discuss.

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Many of the 2013-2014 WOW archives are available for purchase in the NAGC Store.

Please note: The Live Learning Center is no longer accessible. If you need access to an archived recording, please contact Robin Feldman or call our main number.