April 2008


Greetings Educators Guild Members!

The end of the school year is right around the corner!  Have you made your summer plans yet?  If not, you may be interested in attending a professional development course to learn new techniques and begin planning for next year.  Below are professional development opportunities focused on gifted education. 


Professional Summer Institute June 23rd - 25th (Virginia)

The purpose of this Institute is to provide teachers and administrators with the knowledge and skills to design and utilize high quality curriculum and effective programs for advanced learners. 

Registration Deadline: May 30th


"The SENG Summit: Reaching Attitudes & Altitudes" July 18th- 20th (Utah)

The 25th “Silver Anniversary” SENG Conference presents an unparalleled opportunity for teachers and parents to learn about the keys to understanding and serving gifted children. 

Early registration for discounted price is May 31st    


DISCOVER! June 23rd - 26th (Indiana)

DISCOVER! is a high-quality summer institute in the Midwest that integrates components of learning, enjoyment, and relaxation in a collegial atmosphere for educators committed to gifted education and talent development. DISCOVER! promises to help educators effectively serve gifted and talented children, and to help educators discover and develop talents in all children. 

Registration Deadline: June 9th


Confratute July 7th- 18th (Connecticut)

Confratute is a unique summer experience for educators and advocates interested in enrichment teaching and learning, talent development, and gifted education. Confratute combines the best aspects of a Conference, a Fraternity, and an Institute and features presentations by the nation’s best-known leaders in gifted education, talent development, curriculum differentiation, and creativity.

Registration Deadline: July 1st     


The 22nd International Conference on the Autonomous Learner Model for the Gifted June 17th – June 22nd (Colorado)

This conference is designed for educators who seek a broad view of gifted education. Emphasis is on the major dimensions of the ALM. 

Registration Deadline: Not listed


Are you looking for some interesting summer reading?  Below is a list of recommended books and articles on gifted education. 

·         Intelligent Life in the Classroom: Smart Kids and Their Teachers by Karen L.J. Issacson and Tamara J. Fisher

·         A Love for Learning: Motivation and the Gifted Child by Carol Strip Whitney and Gretchen Hirsch

·         Being Smart about Gifted Children: A Guidebook for Parents and Educators by Dona J. Matthews and Joanne F. Foster

·         Gifted Children Gifted Education: A Handbook for Teachers and Parents by Gary A. Davis

·         Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades by Sylvia Rimm

·         Changing Views on Educating Gifted Students by James J. Gallagher


As always, if you are looking for assistance, ideas or resources, please feel free to contact us at edguild@davidsongifted.org.  


Davidson Institute Updates



Davidson Academy of Nevada 2008-2009 School Year Applications Available

Application Deadline Extended to June 1, 2008


To accommodate additional SAT and ACT testing dates, the deadline for 2008-2009 Davidson Academy of Nevada applications has been extended to June 1, 2008. Located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, the Academy is the first public school of its kind for profoundly gifted students. A new Davidson Academy Prospective Students email list is available to all who are interested in receiving monthly updates about the school. View the latest issue and subscribe.




2008 THINK Summer Institute Applications Available

Application Deadline Extended to June 6, 2008


A 3-week residential camp located in Reno, Nevada and takes place on the University of Nevada campus.  It is open to any interested 13-16 year old in the country who meets the minimum requirements.  Participants have the opportunity to earn transferable college credits during the 3 weeks. For more information on the THINK Summer Institute, or to download an application, please visit http://www.davidsongifted.org/think/.



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