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It's That Time of Year Again

It seems as if time is flying by, and with the summer break on the horizon, days feel more like minutes. I’ve often commented that while most educators have the summers off, in reality, thousands choose to attend one of the many gifted education conferences found throughout the United States. I am sure you can find one close to you.

Attending a conference in the summer is quite different than during the year. The issues that usually crowd our thoughts: grading and evaluating work, unit planning, discipline issues, faculty meetings, parent/teacher conferences, and the quick return back to school, aren’t on our minds. We have the chance to relax, take information in at a leisurely pace, and return home refreshed and ready to use all that we have learned. Personally, the chance to interact in the summer with other educators from all over the country is worth waiting for. Professionally, there is nothing greater than learning from educators willing to share their stories, expertise, and ideas.

Perhaps you have experienced the excitement of a summer conference, and like me, cannot wait for the minute you depart. Maybe you have been contemplating attending one near you but something always came up. Quite possibly, you may never have even thought about going. If that is the case, I urge you to give it a shot. The NAGC Annual Convention is coming in November, but don't miss these summer conferences I have listed below. There is sure to be one close to you!

Center for Gifted Education at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette’s Lagniappe, June 1-3 

Millersville University’s Building Gifted Communities Institute, June 21 – 25 

Illinois Association for the Gifted Children’s Outside of the Box Gifted Conference, June 22 – 23

24th Annual ALPS Conference in Colorado, June 22 -27

The Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary’s Professional Summer Institute, June 23 -25

The University of Connecticut’s Confratute, July 11 – 16

New Mexico Association for the Gifted’s Summer Institute On Gifted Education, July 27 -29

Boise State’s Edufest, July 25-30 

And don’t forget about the Live Learning Center at NAGC where our Webinars on Wednesdays (WOW) will be running all summer. And even if you are too busy to listen in live, you can download past webinars.