May 2009


Hello, Educators Guild Members!

Summer is almost here!  Are you looking to further your education over the summer?  If so, you may be interested in attending a professional development course to learn new techniques and begin planning for next year. Below are a few professional development opportunities focused on gifted education. Please keep in mind if these professional development opportunities are not located near you, you are more than welcome to write to us at and we’d be happy to assist in finding one! In addition, we have added some interesting summer reading for you to enjoy.


The 22nd International Conference on the Autonomous Learner Model for the Gifted June 16th – June 21st (Estes Park, 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


Professional Summer Institute June 22rd - 24th (Williamsburg, Virginia)

This Institute provides teachers and administrators with the knowledge and skills to design and utilize high quality curriculum and programs for advanced learners. 

Registration Deadline: May 29th


DISCOVER! June 22rd - 25th (Purdue University, Indiana)

DISCOVER! promises to help educators effectively serve gifted and talented children, and to discover and develop talents in all children. 

Registration Deadline: June 8th


Belin-Blank Advanced Leadership Institute June 25th – June 26th (Iowa City, Iowa)

Twice-Exceptionality: Examined and Explained focuses on issues confronted by students who are both gifted and have learning disabilities, which can make it hard to recognize either the gift or the disability.

Early Registration Deadline: June 12th


Confratute July 13th- 24th (Storrs, Connecticut)

Confratute is a unique summer experience for educators and advocates interested in enrichment teaching and learning, talent development and gifted education.

Registration Deadline: July 1st     


The SENG Summit: Mission Possible July 17th- 19th (Orlando, Florida)

The SENG Summit 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    


CAG Teacher Institute and Demonstration School July 27th – July 29th (Santa Barbara, California)

The Teacher Institute focuses on differentiation for gifted and high ability learners and has the potential of providing academic rigor for all students.

Registration Deadline: July 17th


Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented

Here you will find audio and video recordings of Keynote Speakers from previous annual conferences as well as registration for online courses and seminars.

Registration Ongoing


Summer Reading Suggestions



Myth: I don’t need special training to work with gifted children.


Fact: “You might think twice before sending a tennis coach to baseball's spring training season; although there would be overlap in general kinesthetic and sports psychology knowledge, the nuances of the two sports are very different and require disparate sets of coaching skills. Just as a baseball team needs a coach who understands baseball, gifted students need guidance from well-trained, challenging teachers who understand their educational needs.


Teacher training requirements for working with gifted students are determined at the state and local levels.  Although gifted and talented students are in every school and classroom, few districts require that all classroom teachers receive training to address the educational needs of advanced learners.


Research indicates that teachers who have received training in gifted education are more likely to foster higher-level thinking, allow for greater student expression, consider individual student strengths and weaknesses, and provide a variety of learning experiences to challenge students. This vital expertise that benefits all students is not developed merely as a result of one-hour training sessions; refining teacher skills requires high-quality professional development, time, materials, and continued support.” (From to the National Association for Gifted Children)



Davidson Institute Updates

Davidson Young Scholar Applications Available

The Davidson Young Scholars program helps profoundly gifted students discover others with similar interests and abilities, utilizing their unique skills and talents to maximize their educational potential and make a difference in the lives of others. Students and their parents are supported in the areas of educational advocacy, social and emotional development, and talent development.


For more information on the Young Scholars Program, or to download an application, please visit



Tours for Prospective Students
The Davidson Academy will be hosting tours for prospective students on the following date: 
Friday, Aug. 14, 2009

Fall Tours TBA

Tours are from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. RSVP Required for all tours. If you would like more information, please email 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.




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