Montana AGATE is looking for motivated students who want to develop a project based on their own passions. This year AGATE will be awarding $200 scholarships for students in grades 1-4, 5-8, and 9-12 whose Passion Project meets the following criteria:
Click here to find the application. Hurry! The deadline is December 31, 2016. http://www.mtagate.org/scholarships.html
Guilford County Partners for the Advancement of Gifted Education (PAGE) is offering two FREE webinars for educators, parents and others interested in creative thinking in education presented by Kathryn Haydon, one of the nation’s leading creativity experts. Online registration is available from Oct. 6 – Nov. 1. Early registration is advised as space is limited.
Who: Kathryn Haydon, founder of Sparkitivity and co-author of Creativity for Everybody, sponsored by Guilford County PAGE
What: Creative Thinking: The Key to Your Gifted Child’s Happiness and Success
When: Thursday, Nov. 3, 12-1 p.m. (EST) and Sunday, Nov. 6, 2-3 p.m. (EST)
Register: Register online at guilfordcountypage.org/webinar through Nov. 1, 2016
Join us MARCH 2 & 3, 2017 in Missoula, MT at the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown for the 37th annual Montana AGATE Conference. We will be Making Connections with parents, administrators, legislators, community members, national speakers, and each other for 2 days with brand new speakers to Montana!
Our totally online registration is available below or visit our Conference page (under the AGATE Events tab). We have an early-bird special registration fee of $179, a savings of $30! Register by January 15th, 2017 to take advantage of the discount.
It's time to register for the AGATE Spring Conference in Missoula, March 2-3 at the Downtown Holiday Inn.
Click here to register!
Dr. Thomas P. Hébert is Professor of Gifted and Talented Education in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. Tom has more than a decade of K-12 classroom experience working with gifted students and 20 years in higher education training graduate students and educators in gifted education. He has also conducted research for the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT). He served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and the Association for the Gifted of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). He has provided consultancy internationally in Italy, Taiwan, Paraguay, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Ghana and Hong Kong.
Dr. Hébert's research interests include social and emotional development of gifted students, gifted culturally diverse students, and problems faced by gifted young men. He has published widely, including over 100 refereed journal articles, book chapters, and scholarly reports. He is the author of the award-winning text Understanding the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students. Dr. Hébert has received numerous research and teaching awards including the 2000 Early Scholar Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, and the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.
Ginger’s Short Bio:
I am a national consultant & keynote speaker with ESSDACK, a non-profit education service center. I inspire and help all levels of educators figure out the in’s and out’s of Project/Problem Based Learning, technology integration, and working with gifted and high-ability learners. I’m passionate about helping educators rethink and revision what teaching and learning can be in today’s world. There’s nothing better than watching the faces of educators as they watch their own students get excited about learning and doing things that they never thought was possible. Because of my background as a learner, teacher, and school leader, I know exactly what that feels like. It’s the most awesome thing in the world…because in that moment, everything is possible and we want to do it again.
A little more…Graduating from Emporia State University in 1994 with a BSE in Social Science, I promptly began teaching the day school at a residential boys’ home for The Farm, Inc. where I quickly discovered differentiated instruction and how to engage students well beyond my formal pre-service teaching instruction. I taught all core subjects to 11 troubled boys at a time, ages 11-18, at the home’s two dining room tables, using previously-discarded 20 year old text books.
It’s my passion to help teachers inspire their students to do more, to be more,
than they could ever imagine.
Eventually uncovering a lifelong passion, in 2004, I earned my Master’s degree in Psychology and Special Education with an emphasis in Gifted Education. I began working as the Gifted Services Coordinator at Emporia Middle School and also serving as NCA Steering Committee Chair.
I served on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Association for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative for 7 years as a Region Representative, State and Federal Legislative Liaison, a Conference Chair, and the Kansas Education Liaison, and have been a member of the National Association for Gifted Children, working at both the state and federal levels, advocating for the needs of gifted children in Kansas.
For 4 years, I served as the co-chair of the Professional Learning Committee for the Kansas Learning First Alliance (KLFA), and am currently on the Board of Directors for Advocates for High-Ability Learners (AHA Learners), am a member of the Kansas Council for the Social Studies, and am a Google Certified Innovator.
I also have a wonderfully understanding husband, Eric, of over 21 years who helps make this crazy life possible.
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Montana AGATE is proud to announce that Joe Helbling, Treasurer of MT AGATE will be part of a prestigious summer professional development opportunity at Whitworth University this summer!
Personalized Learning: Making Curriculum More Responsive to Advanced Students' Needs Institute hosted by the Center for Gifted Education at Whitworth on June 20th-June 22nd.
This institute is geared toward providing educators with research-based practical strategies for engagement and enrichment learning for all students, as well as meeting the needs of highly capable students.
Institute details including an event schedule, session descriptions, and presenter biographies can be found online at www.whitworth.edu/institutes.