NAGC 2018 Leadership & Advocacy Conference

Mar 18, 2018 01:00pm -
Mar 30, 2018 04:00pm

Event Description

NAGC 2018 Leadership & Advocacy Conference

Sunday, March 18 - Tuesday, March 20, 2018



400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001


Registration Fee:  $425

If you have not booked your hotel room, we have rooms available at the $270 NAGC discount rate.   Please contact Dale Greenberg directly at to reserve your room now.

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


Book your lodging now:


400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA




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.

Event Type:Conference
Early registration ends on Jan 14, 2018.
Regular registration starts on Jan 15, 2018 and ends on Mar 29, 2018.
Late registration starts on Mar 30, 2018.
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)