Gifted Plus Conference

The TAGT Gifted Plus Conference: Serving the Underserved is geared towards the educators who work tirelessly to ensure equitable access for all gifted students. Sessions will focus on at least one of the four main tracks:

Gifted Plus Conference: Serving the Underserved
June 22–24, 2017
Eilan Hotel, San Antonio



  • Twice Exceptional Summit: June 22
    • $75 (member/nonmember)*
    • *Bring your special education colleague for an additional $60!
  • Gifted Plus Conference Only: June 23-24
    • $210/$310 (member/nonmember) by June 1
  • Summit and Conference June 22-24
    • $285/$385 (member/nonmember) by June 
Cancellations: Must be made in writing by June 16. A $50.00 cancellation fee will apply. Memberships are nonrefundable

Hotel Reservations

Eilan Hotel
18603 La Cantera Terrace
San Antonio, TX 78256

Hotel Reservation Deadline: June 8
Rate: $159 Single/Double

Keynote Speakers

June 23 | 8:15 - 9:30 a.m.
Lost Kid Finds Home at NASA: A Journey

Join Steven C. Smith on a journey of redemption, adventure, and discovery. He made a career out of using his own story to reach the young people he worked with and build relationships that were then used to make science relevant to his students as individuals. Hear his journey and learn a “rubber meets the road” approach to implementing real relevance into your own pedagogy to reach every student where they are.
Steven C. Smith, MIPM
Education Specialist
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June 24 | 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Identifying Gifted and Talented Students from Underrepresented Populations
There is little consensus among scholars and practitioners in gifted education as to the most effective methods to identify G/T students. Tannenbaum (1983) called the identification process one of the “inexact sciences” in gifted education. This led to the underrepresentation of some student populations, including those students from low-income backgrounds and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Discuss current G/T identification issues and explore some effective methods.
Nielsen Pereira
Assistant Professor of Gifted, Creative, and Talented Studies
Purdue University
Interested in exhibiting at the Gifted Plus Conference?
Contact Paulina Van Eeden Hill,  Director of Events & Professional Development

Thank you to our event sponsors!