NAGC 63rd Annual Convention











Pre-Convention & Program Highlights brochure


Each year, more than 2,500 dedicated educators, parents, researchers, administrators, policymakers, and advocates from around the world come together to support the needs of high-potential and high-ability children. 
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The NAGC Annual Convention (#NAGC16) will provide limitless opportunities for creativity and collaboration. NAGC will partner with Disney to provide magical programming for our attendees such as customized Disney Youth Education Series Programs for gifted education professionals and providing an enchanting dessert
reception and fireworks at Epcot®

Location Information

#NAGC16 will be held at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida, November 3-6. The official convention hotel is Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. 

Book your hotel now at the special group rate of $159 (plus tax), and access important Disney links and online tools to plan your visit.


Pre-Convention Program

Register for convention and select pre-con sessions for additional fee. 
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
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Registration Fee: $125 per session (includes one-way transportation from Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort to the parks and park admission)


Disney Youth Programs (YES) are being specially customized for gifted education educators and parents. NAGC registrants will engage in a 3-hour educational adventure and learn how to apply the curriculum and insights gained into their classrooms or homeschools and share the magic with their students. This collection of guided field studies is accredited, standards-based and uniquely designed to reinforce classroom lessons.

These NAGC endorsed YES programs are unique, enriching experiences designed to engage young minds and show students the path to making dreams a reality. These practical learning programs use Disney storytelling, dynamic cast members, the environment of the Disney Parks, and the power of hands-on learning to spark creativity and unlock the hidden potential within our students.

Applied Science
Energy and Waves Physics Lab at the Magic Kingdom® Park (9:00AM and 11:00AM)
Explore how the physics of light and sound are at work creating immersive attraction experiences.

SOLD OUT  The Science of Disney Imagineering: Gravity at Disney’s Hollywood Studios® (8:00AM) SOLD OUT
Discover how Walt Disney Imagineering uses the powers of science to develop our world-famous theme parks and attractions.

Liberal Arts
Discovering the American Spirit at Magic Kingdom® Park (7:30AM)
From the Declaration of Independence to the Wild West, you are transported back in time to discover the American Spirit.   

Introduction to Global Citizenship at Epcot® (8:30AM)
Explore cultural connections and competency to prepare for your role as global citizens on the world’s stage.

Leadership Development
Disney Leadership Strategies at Epcot® (8:00AM and 12:45PM)
Uncover elements and strategies of great leadership and learn how to identify and nurture existing skills to become effective leaders.

Exploring Careers in the Marine Sciences at Epcot® (8:30AM and 1:00PM)
Learn from Disney marine educators about the roles and responsibilities acquired by marine scientists to excel in the fields of animal care, marine research, and conservation at The Seas with Nemo & Friends.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Registration Fee: $149 per session (includes breakfast and lunch)

Designed by the Early Childhood, Middle Grades, and Special Schools and Programs Networks

Geared for those new to gifted education as well as those that are looking to make changes to programs, and others interested in various models, this pre-convention program will focus on eight models of gifted education practice and highlight how various schools are implementing the models in their setting.  

Confirmed models and experts as of 3/1/16:
Integrated Curriculum
Joyce VanTassel-Baska, Smith Professor Emerita, William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Schoolwide Enrichment
Joseph Renzuilli, Professor, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT and Sally Reis, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Susan Assouline, Director, Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA or Nicholas Colangelo, Dean, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Reggio Emilia
Nancy Hertzog, Professor, Educational Psychology; Director, Robinson Center for Young Scholars, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Autonomous Learner
George Betts, Professor Emeritus of Gifted Education and President, NAGC, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

Online/Blended Learning
Darby Carr, Head of School, Laurel Springs School, Ojai, CA or Megan Palevich, Director of Education and School Principal, Laurel Springs School, Ojai, CA

Problem-Based Learning
Shelagh Gallagher, Engaged Education, Charlotte, NC


Join the nation's leading African-American and Hispanic/Latino scholars, authors, and researchers in the field of gifted education for this historic opportunity designed for practitioners, researchers, administrators, scholars, social justice advocates, and all other instructional and educational leaders in the field to address the identification and education of gifted, advanced, and high-ability African-American and Hispanic/Latino students.


Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, FL


    Implications and Practices for Learning, Teaching, and Leading

    Jaime A. Castellano, Professor, Florida Atlantic University, Lake Worth, FL

    Dina Brulles, Director of Gifted Education, Paradise Valley USD, Phoenix, AZ


    What Does It Mean to be Equitable in Gifted Education? Setting Common Language and Goals for Under-represented Students of Color

    Donna Ford, Professor, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN


    Gifted Hispanic/Latino Students as English Learners

    Nilda Aguirre, President, Kreative Kids, Hammond, LA


    Promoting Diversity and Achievement through Creativity and Equity

    Tarek C. Grantham, Professor, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

    Sally Krisel, Director of Innovative and Advanced Programs, Hall County Schools, Gainesville, GA

    Wendy Leader, Gifted Education Consultant, Colorado Department of Education, Denver, CO

    Margaret Hines, Co-Director, University of Georgia Project SPARC, Athens, GA

    Marianne Solomon, Executive Director, Future Problem Solving International, Melbourne, FL

    April Dennis, Program Director, Future Problem Solving International, Melbourne, FL


    Family/Parent Collaboration/Partnerships

    Joy Lawson Davis, Associate Professor, Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA

    Maggie Aldana, Gifted Teacher, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Thonotosassa, FL

    Tiombe Dunn, School Psychologist, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL

    Leslie Hosey, Director of Lower School and School Psychologist, Roeper School, Bloomfield Hills, MI


    Embracing the Whole Child: Developing Social, Emotional and Academic Growth through Curriculum, Instruction and Understanding

    Dina Brulles, Director of Gifted Education, Paradise Valley USD, Phoenix, AZ

    Rosina Gallagher, Psychologist & Educational Consultant, Chicago, IL

    Kristina Collins, Assistant Professor, Texas State University, San Marcos,TX

    Michelle Frazier Trotman Scott, Associate Professor, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA


    Next Generation/Innovative Assessments to Identify Low-Income, Racially, Culturally, and Linguistically Diverse Gifted Students

    Jaime A. Castellano, Professor, Florida Atlantic University, Lake Worth, FL

    Nilda Aguirre, President, Kreative Kids, Hammond, LA

    Julie Lackaff, Senior Research Director, Pearson

    Anne Horak, Assistant Professor, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA


    Equity, Inclusion, Cultural Competency and Social Justice

    Donna Ford, Professor, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

    Kate Bachtel, President, SENG, Boulder, CO

    Lisette Rodriguez, Director of Advanced Academic Programs, School District of Miami-Dade County, FL

    Gilman Whiting, Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN


    Program Chair: Jaime A. Castellano, Florida Atlantic University, Lake Worth, FL
    Co-Chairs: Margarita Bianco, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO, and Tarek C. Grantham, Professor, University of Georgia, Athens, GA


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    From pre-convention events and engaging keynote speakers to content-rich learning sessions, 
    networking, and a state-of-the-art exhibit hall, #NAGC16 has it all! 


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