2019 Leadership and Advocacy Conference

Mar 17, 2019 09:00am -
Mar 19, 2019 04:00pm

Event Description

NAGC 2019 Leadership & Advocacy Conference


Sunday, March 17 - Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Embassy Suites Alexandria Old Town 

1900 Diagonal Road, Alexandria, VA 22314




Early Registration Fee: $375 (early rate available until February 22, 2019)

Important: State Affiliates receive one complimentary Conference registration with payment of your 2019 dues.  Contact Adriane at awiles@nagc.org to pay your 2019 dues and receive your complimentary registration discount code.

Make your hotel reservations now, click here: Embassy Suites Alexandria Old Town.


Join fellow gifted advocates to:

  • Sharpen your advocacy skills on behalf of gifted children
  • Learn how the policies of President Trump, Secretary DeVos, and Congress are impacting gifted    education
  • Fight to protect the Javits gifted program
  • Learn more about NAGC’s federal, state, and local policy work
  • Be part of a national grassroots movement to support ALL gifted children
  • Visit the offices of your Congressional representatives

Who should attend?

  • Gifted Advocates
  • Educators
  • Parents
  • State Affiliate and NAGC members



9:00 am – 10:00 am               Registration Open                                                                                 

10:00 am – 10:15 am             Welcome                                                                                                              

                                                Dr. Sally Krisel, President, NAGC


10:15 am – 11:10 am             Importance of Policy Change

                                                Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D., University of North Carolina


11:15 am – 12:00 pm             Strategies to Increase Equity – What We Know From Research

Del Siegle, Ph.D., Director of the National Center for Research on Gifted Education, University of Connecticut

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm               Plated Lunch to Facilitate Group Discussion

1:15 pm – 1:55 pm                 The Art of Science of Engagement – Mobilizing and Advocating  

                                                Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D., University of North Carolina

2:00 pm – 3:25 pm                 See Me! – Equitable Identification

                                                Joy Lawson Davis, Ed.D., Gifted Ed & Diversity Consultant, Creating Positive Futures and Erinn Fears Floyd, Ph.D., Director of Professional Learning, NAGC

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm                 Break

3:45 pm – 5:10 pm                 Teach Me! – Accountability:  What Gets Measured Gets Done

                                                Chandra Williams, Ed.D, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Student Achievement Solutions

5:15 – 5:30 pm                        Wrap-Up, Questions, Feedback, and Congressional Packet Pick-up

(Please feel free join us at the Atrium Lounge in the Embassy Suites for a Complementary Evening Reception immediately following Sunday’s programming for some informal conversation and socializing)


7:30 am – 8:30 am                 Continental Breakfast                                                                                         

8:30 am – 8:35 am                 Welcome                                                                                                                

                                                Bill Knudsen, Director of Government & Affiliate Relations, NAGC


8:35 am – 10:00 am                Challenge Me! – Supporting our Students Through Acceleration

                                                Laurie Croft, Ph.D., Associate Director, Belin-Blank Center, University of Iowa


10:05 am – 10:20 am             Break


10:20 am – 11:45 am             Understand Me! - Importance of Professional Learning

                                                Machel Mills, M.Ed., Director, Professional Learning Systems, Teachers and Leaders Division, Tennessee Department of Education and Nancy E. Williams, Ed.S., NBCT, Gifted Education Specialist, Tennessee Department of Education

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm               Plated Lunch to facilitate group discussion

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm                 View from the Hill (Speaker TBD)

1:30 pm – 2:25 pm                 Bringing it all together – An Example from Iowa (Educators, Students, Parents, & Academics Toward a Shared Goal) 

                                                Moderator: Mary Ruth Coleman, Ph.D., University of North Carolina

                                                Maureen Marron, Ph.D. Executive Director, Iowa Talented and Gifted Association

                                                Susan Wouters, President, Iowa Talented and Gifted Association


2:30 pm - 3:25 pm                  Advocacy Goals – Federal

                                                Sandra Johnson, Chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee, NAGC    

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm                 Break

3:45 pm – 4:40 pm                 Preparing for Hill Visits

Gerri Fiala, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training, U.S. Department of Labor

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm                 Wrap-Up

                                                Bill Knudsen, NAGC                                                                         



7:30 – 8:30 am                        Continental Breakfast                                                                                      

9:00 – 4:00 pm                        Congressional Visits: Please allow 60 minutes for travel, clear security, and arrive at first appointment.


Thanks to our sponsors who support gifted education leadership training and help advocates promote the movement to SEE, TEACH, UNDERSTAND, and CHALLENGE gifted and talented children from all backgrounds!


Event Type:Conference
Early registration ends on Feb 22, 2019.
Regular registration starts on Feb 23, 2019 and ends on Mar 18, 2019.
Late registration starts on Mar 19, 2019.
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)