Wednesday pre-convention offers visits to local innovative gifted programs or an opportunity to begin the process to receive a micro-credential in equitable identification of gifted students.
Registration Fee: $169 each.
Deadline to register is September 14, 2018. Action Lab registration is available while space lasts. Lunch is provided for Action Labs. Departure times from Convention Center will vary.
Action Lab 1
Twice-Exceptional Programs in Action at Arete Academy of Exceptional Education and Lionsgate Academy
Observe how Arete, a school for twice-exceptional students in grades 4-12, caters to individual learning through a calm environment, engaging academics, relationship-building, and social-emotional development. In the afternoon, travel to Lionsgate Academy (for students with Asperger's syndrome and those on the autism spectrum in grades 7-12) to learn about a strengths-based leadership and enrichment program for twice-exceptional students. See structured opportunities where students practice and cultivate the skills and habits of successful leaders.
Action Lab 2
Student Voice and Choice at Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet School and South Washington County Schools
Spend the morning at culturally and economically diverse Capitol Hill with 1,300 students in grades 1-8. Experience master teachers individualizing instruction through the Schoolwide Enrichment Model for reading; student aptitude for math; and YogaCalm and Mindfulness. In the afternoon, travel to South Washington to study a collaborative team approach to differentiated instruction; challenging educational plans; and social-emotional support to develop students’ personal relationship with learning.
Action Lab 3
Innovation, Personalized Learning, and Intellectual Challenge in Minnetonka and Eden Prairie Public Schools
At Minnetonka learn about the Navigator program for intellectually gifted elementary students; Investigations and ProjectTHINK, project-based enrichment services; and the Minnetonka Research Lab where high school students develop and conduct personal research. In the afternoon, Eden Prairie will highlight their gifted options -- the Mosaic program for highly gifted elementary students, the KEY send-out program, and personalized learning and integration of technology.
Half-Day Session (Convention Center, 1-4PM)
NAGC Professional Learning: Move from Hours to Outcomes with NAGC Micro-Credentials
Take the first steps to achieving a micro-credential in one of four areas: SEE ME (identification), UNDERSTAND ME (social emotional), CHALLENGE ME (acceleration), and TEACH ME (teaching practices). In this session you will receive an overview of this outcome-based professional learning opportunity and begin the work needed to receive your selected micro-credential. After completing the process on your own, you will receive a portable badge certifying demonstrated mastery.