Leadership Conference

The Leadership Conference is a two-day annual event for administrators, coordinators and specialists, focusing on best practices and promising programs. The conference is attended by approximately 300 leaders in gifted education.

2017 TAGT Leadership Conference
April 9-11 
Omni Houston Hotel


Keynote Sessions

Monday, April 10 | 8:00 am
The Science of Happiness Training with Eric Karpinski
Top academic and workplace research over the last 20 years has shown that happier people are more engaged, innovative, productive, resilient and have stronger relationships. Explore how happiness can lead to success and discover several proven tools you can use to sustainably increase your happiness. Learn how you can pass these benefits on to your teachers, students and district.
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Tuesday, April 11 | 10:45 am – 12:30 pm 

Smart Change with Art Markman, Ph.D. and Game Changers 
Have you ever tried to do something new in your life and failed? Changing behavior can be difficult. Explore the psychological mechanisms that form and maintain habits in individuals and groups and learn real, accessible and actionable advice for changing habits. Then, hear from some of the most innovative minds in the gifted community as they share thought-provoking, cutting-edge ideas. These ideas are meant for consideration over implementation – to start a conversation with your peers, districts, and the community about ways to improve how we serve gifted students.

IDEA: Reimagining Advanced Academic Interventions
Advanced Academic interventions represent the “above proficiency” side of the Response to Intervention system. Under this reimagined model, advanced learners would receive an Advanced Academic intervention if they are not otherwise appropriately challenged by existing grade-level curricular options. In this sense, students do not receive special opportunities because they are gifted, but to assure that all students learn, are appropriately challenged, and have their academic needs met in school.
Scott J. Peters is an Associate Professor of Educational Foundations at the University of Wisconsin?

IDEA: Applying Athletic Talent Development to Academics
The primary goal of gifted education is to develop advanced or elite levels of performance in one or more domains. Talent development models rethink fundamental features of gifted programs and curriculum with that goal in mind. How might we focus program options, curriculum, and assessment on transforming potential into amazing achievement? 
Todd Kettler, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of educational psychology in the College of Education at the University of North Texas

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