Enhancing Instructional Strategies for Gifted and Talented Students
Welcome to our Advancing Academics conference! Our focus is on empowering elementary and secondary teachers to explore innovative ways of challenging their students. By using these instructional strategies, you'll be able to cater to the needs of your advanced learners, including those who are identified as gifted and talented, as well as students who prefer hands-on, problem-based learning.
Kick off your day with a live keynote session featuring a speaker who understands how to challenge students in all classroom settings. We'll be announcing our keynote speaker soon, so stay tuned!
Throughout the conference, you'll have the opportunity to attend a variety of breakout sessions presented by experts in the field of Gifted and Talented Instruction. You'll also be able to connect with other elementary teachers from across the region, sharing your experiences and learning from each other. Join us for a day of inspiration and growth!
Looking to enhance your teaching skills?
We are offering two separate conferences tailored to meet the needs of both elementary and secondary teachers. This is your chance to discover innovative ways to challenge your students and connect with fellow educators. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity!
Each conference provides six credit hours and meets the requirement for an annual update for Gifted and Talented teachers.
8:00 - 8:30 am
8:30 - 9:45 am
Welcome and Keynote
10:00 - 10:45 am
11:00 - 11:45 am
11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Lunch (on your own)
1:15 - 2:00 pm
2:15 - 3:00 pm
3:15 - 4:00 pm
Blake Haygood, M. Ed
Blake works with gifted learners as a specialist in Austin ISD. He is also the parent of a PG student and the Chair of the Parent Resource Committee for TAGT. He dedicates most of his time to researching and practicing ways to meet the needs of the spectrum of gifted learners in his life.
Elementary Keynote: "What's Keeping Them Here?" Let's talk about why gifted kids leave and the "taboo" best-practices that could have changed their minds.
Secondary Keynote: "Stop Gatekeeping Knowledge" The case for letting students learn. How do we empower students to change the future? We open all the gates.
Are you interested in presenting at the Advancing Academics conference this summer?
Please let us know about your presentation in this survey. Presenters will be selected no later than May 31, 2021. All presenters will be awarded free conference registration for the day that you are presenting.
Monday, June 26, will focus on instructional strategies for advanced learners in the ELEMENTARY classroom.
Tuesday, June 27, will focus on instructional strategies for advanced learners in the SECONDARY classroom.
Our theme for sessions this year will be "Empowering students to change the world." While we are accepting a large variety of presentations, these are some of the topics that are typically requested for this conference:
addressing the social-emotional needs of gifted students
sample lessons and activities for advanced learners
instructional strategies that differentiate for learners
pacing considerations for middle school and high school learners
samples of advanced-level products
how to implement PBL/STEM or TPSP
Are you interested in partnering with Region 13 to support the Advancing Academics conference?
This conference primarily focuses on teachers who serve advanced students through a Gifted and Talented program and/or advanced courses. Conference registration is expected to be between 50 - 100 participants each day of the conference. This will provide vendors with marketing opportunities with up to 200 individuals.
Monday, June 26 - Elementary classroom teachers
Tuesday, June 27 - Secondary classroom teachers
Sponsorship will include:
1 booth setup in our exhibitor space located next to check-in tables.
1 slide of information that will be shared with participants during check-in each day.
space on the Canvas course to upload a link to your website, your image/logo, and a flyer
your image/logo on printable conference materials (schedule, directions, etc.)
participation in a raffle (with raffle donation)
The cost of sponsorship is $300. Please contact Amber Reinecke for questions.
Ready to take your teaching to the next level?
Register and discover innovative ways to challenge your students and network with fellow educators.