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Four Free NAGC Webinars for Members; $59 for nonmembers            

This Winter/Spring we will offer two types of webinars: a brand new "free to members" series on national trends and leadership tools and a WOW series on diversity and equity, topics that are infused into the free webinars, as well.

Our goal is to help you be more effective and informed in your support of gifted learners, whatever role you play.


January 29, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm ET
State of the Nation in Gifted Education Free for NAGC members

The 2012-2013 State of the States in Gifted Education report shows that gifted education policies and practices all over the United States and within them can best be characterized by variability. Organized around key points addressed in the report: identification; diversity; state and district accountability; teacher training, the speakers will offer a balanced analysis of the data to suggest patterns, improvement strategies, and action steps that stakeholders may consider for driving strategic change and collaborating to make inroads for gifted education in and across states.

State Affiliates, University Researchers and Professors, State Advocates and District Leaders are highly encouraged to join the conversation.

Speakers: Wendy A. Behrens, Minnesota Department of Education, Roseville, MN; Catherine Little, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; Chrystyna V. Mursky,Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison, WI

February 19, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm ET
Educational Programs to Better Serve Low-Income and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse High-Ability StudentsFree for NAGC members

The school population of the US is increasingly diverse in terms of race and ethnicity and the number of children living in poverty is growing. Yet, low income children and culturally and linguistically different children continue to be significantly under-represented in gifted programs. Building on the "Emergent Talent" report, we will talk with gifted education leaders who have implemented programs designed to better identify and serve these children in grades K-8. The goal of the conversation is to get at some of the day-to-day and nitty-gritty issues regarding program design and implementation including identification procedures, selection of curriculum, training for teachers, buy-in from administrators, evaluation of student learning, getting community involvement and support, and effective ways of working with parents.

Moderator: Paula M. Olszewski-Kubilius, Center for Talent Development Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; Speakers: Katherine Gavin, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; Carol V. Horn, Fairfax County Public Schools, Falls Church, VA; Jeanne L. Paynter, Maryland State Department of Education, Baltimore, MD

April 9, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm ET
A Twice-Exceptional Discussion to Help Teachers and Parents Better Advocate for ServicesFree for NAGC members

Hear the latest research findings in twice-exceptionality, and how these findings can be applied to practice and advocacy efforts. The discussion that follows will include: common 2e learning profiles and how 2e kids are often missed in modern educational settings; and, the importance of comprehensive assessment in determining specific learning disorders and developmental disorders which impact learning and performance.

In advance of the session, read the NAGC Position Paper "Ensuring Gifted Children with Disabilities Receive Appropriate Services: Call for Comprehensive Assessment." The paper makes five recommendations to improve identification processes so that 2e students will be recognized and served as having both gifts and talents and disability(ies). View the Gifted Child Quarterly blog for additional resources.

Speakers: Megan Foley Nicpon, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa; Dan Peters, Summit Center, Walnut Creek, CA

April 16, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm ET
Creating a Diversity Toolbox for Gifted EducationFree for NAGC members

NAGC’s Diversity and Equity Committee plans to create a diversity toolbox this year to address the needs of our members and provide guiding questions as districts review their diversity strategies. Similar in organization to NAGC’s Administrator Toolbox, which includes videos, fact sheets, and supporting documents, the Committee’s co-chairs will share their vision and plans and seek your ideas and input for what should be included in the toolbox.

Moderator: Tracy L. Cross, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA; Speakers: Jaime A. Castellano, Vida Charter School: A Dual-Language Immersion School, Gettysburg, PA; Gyimah I. Whitaker, Atlanta Public Schools, Marietta, GA

Conversations About Diversity & Equity - Winter/Spring 2014

Cost per webinar: $29 for NAGC member/$59 for nonmember


Series Pricing for Winter/Spring 2014: $130 NAGC member/$175 nonmember (individuals only)

Site License for Winter/Spring 2014: $299 for NAGC member/ $399 for nonmember
includes 12- month access to the sessions in this series 
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February 12, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET
Identification of Gifted Students from Diverse Backgrounds

There is a considerable amount of debate about identification practices in gifted education as they relate to students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, identification programs are based on faulty assumptions about test scores and about who can benefit from gifted programming. Winner of NAGC’s 2013 distinguished scholar award and Faculty Director of the Academic Talent Development Program at UC Berkeley will discuss:

  • a general definition of giftedness;
  • the context of gifted performance;
  • the importance of using multiple indicators in assessing giftedness;
  • the benefits to individuals and society of identifying gifted students in all schools.

 Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about how these ideas apply to and can be implemented in their local contexts. 

Speaker: Frank Worrell, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. 

February 26, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET
Identifying and Serving Gifted Students of Poverty 

This session focuses on strategies educators, administrators, and policymakers can consider when identifying and serving gifted students of poverty.  

Did you know that a higher percentage of US youth are living in poverty than any other developed nations?  Or that gifted students of poverty are at a greater risk of dropping out of gifted programs and schools in general? Or that over half of the students currently identified as gifted live in households in the upper 25% of income levels?  

After a brief background outlining statistics related to this population, the following questions will be addressed:

  • How do we better identify gifted students of poverty?
  • What considerations need to be made?  
  • Are certain assessments more successful in finding students of poverty than others?
  • What modifications to programming should be considered?  

Speaker: Tamra Stambaugh, Programs for Talented Youth, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

March 5
Beyond Color Blindness: The Intersection of Culture with Gifted Education

April 23, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm ET
Beyond Color Blindness- Effective Instructional Strategies for Culture-Sensitive Classrooms 

Key features of culturally responsive (beyond color blindness) classrooms will be reviewed, which include but are not limited to: 

  • classrooms where all ethnic groups are valued and respected as demonstrated by verbal, visual imagery, and behavioral cues;
  • classrooms that use culture to form the foundation for improved understanding of the contributions of varied groups to society's social and historical progress;
  • classrooms that employ the values and integrates the dynamic mix of race, ethnicity, class, gender, region, religion, and family that contributes to every student's cultural identity.

Specific strategies for use in language arts, science, and history classrooms that align with evidence based practices for gifted learners (with specific resource links) will be demonstrated and copies of lesson plans will be provided. 

Speaker: Joy L. Davis, Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA

April 30, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm ET
Using Problem-Based Learning to Identify Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 

Hear how PBL was implemented in the sixth grade at three low-income middle schools. One of the objectives of the Javits-funded Project Insights was to see if PBL curriculum would help teachers identify talent in students where they hadn’t seen it before, especially among low-income students. Altering the curriculum to the inquiry-based PBL model created an identification-in-context setting which had the advantages of being relatively noninvasive, inexpensive, and less time consuming than formal testing or complicated ‘authentic’ assessments. The research conducted testing the validity of using inquiry-based instruction for all students as a platform for identifying previously unrecognized ability will be discussed.

Speaker: Shelagh Gallagher, Engaged Education, Charlotte, NC

May 7, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET

Developing English Language Learners’ Talents: Identifying and Nurturing Potential

Development of children’s natural abilities, genius, gifts, or aptitudes requires the focused involvement of significant others whose primary roles are to motivate, counsel, nurture, and guide.  Students who are classified as English language learners (ELLs) are one of several populations who traditionally have been under-represented in programming for academically advanced learners, despite the talent that many possess. In this Webinar we offer information and ideas for teachers, parents, administrators, and other educational personnel regarding how the talents of English language learners, as well as other learners not so identified, can be identified and developed. When students’ potential is recognized and nurtured by caring adults who can offer opportunities to achieve success and to flourish, these students feel good about themselves and our society as a whole can benefit from their accomplishments.

Speakers: Jaime Castellano and Michael Mathews, authors of Talent Development for English Language Learners: Identifying and Developing Potential

May 14, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET
Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Gifted GLBTQ Youth 

An NAGC SIG (special interest group) was launched in 2011 to address the unique challenges faced by gifted GLBTQ youth and the people who work with them. The presenters will share their professional experience working with this often marginalized group and offer insights into how to best address the needs of gifted sexually diverse students. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about how the inequities presently experienced by this population can best be corrected and implemented in their classrooms and schools. 

Speakers: Tracy L. Cross, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA; Terence P. Friedrichs, Friedrichs Education, Mendota Heights, MN; Alena R. Treat, West Des Moines Community Schools, Des Moines, IA




"Simple Steps to Strengthen Your Gifted Program with Social Media” with Ginger Lewman, ESSDACK, Hutchinson, KS            Twitter bird

Looking for ways to energize your gifted education community? Learn how to select the right tools for the job and leverage those tools to grow and engage a positive, active community that thrives both online and in-person. Each 90-minute webinar consists of Twitter tutorials for the new and somewhat experienced user, and a sharing of best practices with other social media tools such as Facebook and LinkedIn.  

Twitter 101 : For the Brand-New User

This session will help participants who are brand-new to Twitter learn how to set up an account, send and reply to Tweets, follow others, and become familiar with other elements of Twitter. Most importantly, participants will see how creating a network can be a powerful advocacy tool for an experienced user.

Twitter 201 : Powering Up Your Network      

In this session, participants will power up their basic Twitter accounts to the next level by learning how to leverage hashtags, and participate in live Twitter chats. We will also discuss and learn how to create our own hashtags to create influential communities and to use Twitter to its fullest potential.

NAGC Webinars on Wednesday

  • bring high quality professional development to your desktop

    Access all prior WOW sessions at the NAGC Live Learning Center

  • require no travel! Don’t let funding challenges or travel restrictions keep you from getting the training and information you need to be effective.
  • are designed for classroom teachers, counselors, graduate students, parents, g/t coordinators, and administrators
  • connect you to experts in the field who will share practical advice, as well as updates on the latest issues in gifted education.
  • bring top-notch educational content to your home, office, or teachers’ lounge
  • are held "live" via the Internet, giving you the ability to listen,view slides, access handouts, and pose questions to presenters.

Convenient. Relevant. Affordable.

Winter 2013 Series - Common Core Conversations

Seven webinars designed to offer teachers and district coordinators the opportunity to listen in on a variety of approaches and explore strategies and practices for implementing the CCSS in the classroom while modifying them for advanced learners.

  • Bloom’s Taxonomy as Easy as Pie: Infusing Critical Thinking Within the Common Core
    Presenter: Susan Dulong Langley, Framingham Public Schools, Framingham, MA
  • Adapting the Writing Common Core for Gifted Learners
    Presenters: Claire Hughes, College of Coastal Georgia, Brunswick, GA; Debra Troxclair, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
  • Un“Common” Creativity: Infusing Creative Thinking Across The Common Core
    Presenter: Susan Dulong Langley, Framingham Public Schools, Framingham, MA
  • Implementing the Common Core State Standards with Various Program Models in Gifted Education
    Presenters: Alicia Cotabish, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR; Bronwyn MacFarlane, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR
  • Creativity and Complexity in Math and Science
    Presenter: Cheryll M. Adams, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
  • Selecting Literature for Gifted Learners in Light of the Common Core State Standards
    Presenter: Penny Britton Kolloff, Illinois State University, Eau Claire, WI
  • Educating Primary Gifted Students: Analyzing Nonfiction Books with a Focus on Higher-Level Skill Development
    Presenter: Kimberley Chandler, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA 
These and other past WOW sessions can be found on the NAGC Live Learning Center