NAGC 2017 Leadership & Advocacy Conference

Mar 12, 2017 07:30am -
Mar 14, 2017 05:00pm
Washington, DC

Event Description

NAGC 2017 Leadership & Advocacy Conference
Sunday, March 12 - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Liaison Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Avenue NW | Washington DC



Join your fellow leaders of state gifted education associations to:

  • Discuss concerns in gifted education
  • Share solutions to common challenges faced by state and local associations
  • Receive updates on state and federal legislative activity
  • Learn advocacy techniques
  • Visit the offices of your Congressional representatives

Who should attend?

  • State association presidents
  • State association legislative chairs (or those responsible for legislative policy)
  • State association executive directors
  • Parents
  • Gifted advocates



7:30 am – 5:00 pm                      Registration Open                                                                 Outside Metropolitan        


7:30 – 8:30 am                             Continental Breakfast                                                          Metropolitan East/West


8:30 – 8:45 am                             Morning Welcome                                                                Metropolitan East/West

                                                                                                                                                                                        George Betts, NAGC President
M. René Islas, NAGC Executive Director


8:45 – 9:30 am                             Overview of Federal Grassroots Advocacy Strategy: 2017 and Beyond

                                                                                                                                                                                      Bill Knudsen, Director, Government & Affiliate Relations, NAGC


9:30 –10:30 am                            Power of Affiliates to Shape Change – Minds, Policies, and Practices

                                                                Sally Krisel, NAGC President-Elect


10:30 – 10:45 am                         Break


10:45 – 11:45 am                         Influence of Parents and Third-Party Validators to Drive Change

                                                                                                                                                                                      Kathleen Nilles, Parent Services & Communications Manager, NAGC


12:00 – 1:00 pm                           Lunch Keynote: Building, Supporting, and Implementing a Successful Grassroots Culture

                                                          John Forkenbrock, Former Executive Director, National Association of Federally       Impacted Schools (NAFIS)


1:15 – 2:15 pm                             Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the New Administration

                                                          Bill Knudsen, NAGC


2:15 – 2:45 pm                             Dessert Break                                                                                                         


2:45 – 3:30 pm                             Importance of Equity: Lessons Learned from Special Education and Delivering Your Message to Elected Leaders                                                                                         

                                                          Laura Schifter, Ed.D., Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education


3:30 – 4:15 pm                             Using Research to Inform Federal Advocacy

                                                          Lindsay Fryer, Vice-President, Penn Hill Group


4:15 – 4:45 pm                             Hill Advocacy: Best Practices

                                                          Bill Knudsen, NAGC


4:45 – 5:15 pm                             Wrap-Up, Questions, Feedback, and Congressional Packet Pick-Up                             

- Dinner and evening activities on your own -




7:30 – 8:30 am                             Continental Breakfast                                                            Metropolitan East/West


8:30 – 8:45 am                             Welcome                                                                                   Metropolitan East/West

                                                          Bill Knudsen, NAGC                                                                                      


8:45 – 9:30 am                             Report from the National Center for Research on Gifted Education

                                                          Del Siegle, Ph.D., University of Connecticut


9:30 – 11:30 am                           Nuts and Bolts of Running a Non-Profit: 30-Minute Rotating Sessions

                                                          (Conference participants select the breakout sessions they wish to attend)

                                                      Session 1:  9:30–10      Session 2:  10:15–10:45     Session 3:  11– 11:30


                                                          Choose from four topics:

                                                          1. Board Governance

      Ginny Burney, Ph.D., Indiana Association for the Gifted

      Kristie Speirs Neumeister, Ph.D., Indiana Association for the Gifted                                Meg Strnat, Indiana Association for the Gifted

                                                          2. Conferences

Lynette Baldwin, Kentucky Association for Gifted Education

Wes Guthrie, NC Association for Gifted and Talented

Dave Mense, NC Association for the Gifted and Talented

                                                          3. Engagement

Kathleen Nilles, NAGC and Illinois Association for Gifted Children

Carolyn Welch, Illinois Association for Gifted Children

                                                          4. Technology

Justin Burniske, FusionSpan


11:30 am – 12:10 pm                 Communications and Messaging with the Media

                                                          Caitlin Emma, Education Reporter, Politico


12:10 – 1:30 pm                           Lunch (Plated lunch to allow for informal dialogue)                           


1:30 – 2:30 pm                             Advocacy For Gifted Education: What Does America Think and How Do We Make Them Care?

                                                          Betsy Jones, President, Institute for Educational Advancement


2:30 – 3:30 pm                             State and Local Policies Make a Difference:  Panel and Group Discussion
                                                          David Berg, Washington Coalition for Gifted Education

                                                          Maureen Marron, Iowa Talented and Gifted Association

                                                          Ann Sheldon, Ohio Association for Gifted Children


3:30 – 3:45 pm                             Wrap-Up                                                                                                              

3:45 – 4:15 pm                             Dessert Reception                                                                                       


4:15 – 5:15 pm                             Technical Assistance Session for First-Time Advocates: Informal Opportunity         

(Optional)                                     to Discuss Concerns, Best Practices, and Share Stories - Knudsen & Nilles, NAGC


- Dinner and evening activities on your own -


7:30 – 8:30 am   Continental Breakfast                                                                                          The Hub

Registration is open through February 28, 2017.

Have questions?
Please contact Bill Knudsen ( at the NAGC national office, or call us at 202/785-4268.

Event Type:Conference
Early registration ends on Dec 20, 2016.
Regular registration starts on Dec 21, 2016 and ends on Feb 09, 2017.
Late registration starts on Feb 10, 2017.
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)