Free Webinars and Live Chats

While there are many online professional learning opportunities for educators, parents, caregivers, and other professionals who serve gifted children during the pandemic, NAGC is posting only free webinars, online chats, or podcasts on this page.

Updated 5/8/20



Every Sunday in May—7-7:30 p.m. CDT

MCGT Sunday Evening Family CHATS. Join the Minnesota Council for the Gifted & Talented (MCGT) for a live chat presented by gifted and 2e youth. Spark family conversation with topics including internet safety, strategies for staying social, and managing school from home. Gather the whole family and bring your questions to the MCGT Public Facebook page.

Every Tuesday in May

Prufrock Press Free Webinars. Each Tuesday, Prufrock hosts a free webinar, bringing experts in the field of gifted education to you. Topics include underachievement, inquiry-based lessons, remote learning and differentiation with menus, raising children with grit, what to expect in teaching gifted students, and creating kind and compassionate kids. Follow link to full schedule and registration details.



Check with the sponsor to see if there is a playback feature if you missed the live event.

May 6—8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT

Using Strength-Based Pedagogy to Engage and Challenge High-Ability and Talented Students. In this session, Dr. Joe Renzulli and Dr. Sally Reis will discuss how lessons learned from four decades of developing enrichment programs can provide direction about enriched learning experiences and talent development opportunities. They will focus on developing interests and talents in students, and the ways educators can provide a broad range of enrichment experiences constructed around student interests and preferred modes of learning. Co-sponsored by the California Association for the Gifted.

April 28—2:00 p.m. EDT

My Future...What Now?” Teens Talk About Moving Forward in our Challenging Times. Offered by the Gifted Development Center. James Deslisle, retired Distinguished Professor of Education at Kent State University and K-12 teacher, will host a panel of gifted high school juniors and seniors who will discuss, among other things, the challenges they are facing in a world dealing with a viral pandemic.

Every Tuesday in April—7-7:30 p.m. CDT

Minnesota Council for Gifted & Talented (MCGT) Facebook Live CHATSJoin MCGT on their Facebook page for a live chat on various topics, including strategies for completing schoolwork at home with calmness, 2e learner home spaces, ways to increase fun and connection at home, supporting your child’s writing, and more.

Wednesdays & Thursdays in April

Webinar Series: How to Facilitiate PBL Online with Students. The Buck Institute for Education's PBLWorks has designed a series of webinars to engage teachers in interactive online learning experiences and offer practical guidance for facilitating Gold Standard Project Based Learning online with students. All webinars presented in Zoom Meeting with recorded playback options.

April 23-26—Ongoing

Virtual Educating Mindfully Summit. Sponsored by the Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully (COSEM), this free online learning event includes dozens of sessions and resources to help school communities cultivate personal practice and create a culture of mindfulness.

April 20—7:30-9 p.m. EDT

Gifted School-at-Home During COVID-19: Using a Trauma Informed Approach to Supporting the Social-Emotional Needs of Your Children. Gifted children cannot learn if they do not feel physically, emotionally, or psychologically safe. Alessa Giampaolo Keener, M.Ed., will present the basic principles of trauma-informed learning, as it applies to school at home during COVID-19; address the three categories of gifted families; and offer tips for how parents and teachers can support a gifted child's learning needs during a time of crisis. Hosted by SENG on Facebook Live.

April 14—7 p.m. EDT—Hosted by NAGC

Meeting the Needs of Gifted Learners at a Distance--A Focus on Grades 4-8. Speaker: Megan O'Reilly Palevich, M.Ed., Laurel Springs School. As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced teachers and families to quickly shift to a virtual learning model, how can we ensure gifted learners in Grades 4-8 remain challenged and engaged? Which curriculum resources and teaching techniques best serve gifted learners in a remote setting? Is technology "a must" for distance learning? In this webinar, Megan O'Reilly Palevich, one of the country's experts on remote learning, will share virtual learning best practices; innovative instruction methods; strategies for scheduling, communicating, and interfacing with students and parents; and  cross-disciplinary curriculum resources to ensure gifted students feel enlightened, enriched, empowered, and emotionally connected during this unprecedented time. Be sure to download this free companion guide, Best Practices for Teaching Online.

April 2—7:15 p.m. MDT

An Interview with Temple Grandin: World Autism Awareness Day.  Linda Silverman, Ph.D., of the Gifted Development Center, interviews Temple Grandin for insights on how parents and educators can support children who are diagnosed with autism, including those who are twice-exceptional (2e).

April 1—2:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. CDT

Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking to All Students. Critical thinking is the essential tool for ensuring students fulfill their promise. This free webinar hosted by Colin Seale, from thinkLaw, introduces a powerful, but practical framework to close the critical thinking gap. Sponsored by Prufrock Press.