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




12:00 pm – 1:00 pm                  Registration Open                                                                   Outside Columbia B                  


1:00 – 1:15 pm                            Welcome                                                                                  Columbia B

                                                         Sally Krisel, NAGC President
M. René Islas, NAGC Executive Director


1:15 – 2:15 pm                            NAGC Advocacy Strategy

                                                         Bill Knudsen, Director of Government & Affiliate Relations, NAGC


2:15 – 3:15 pm                            Building a State & Local Structure to Support Advocacy – Lessons Learned from Education Advocacy in Texas

                                                         Sheri Hicks, CAE, Executive Director of the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented


3:15pm – 4:15 pm                     Gifted Education Works – What We Know From Research

Moderator: Jonathan Plucker, Ph.D., NAGC President-elect, Julian C. Stanley Endowed Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University

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

Jill L. Adelson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Louisville


4:15 – 5:15 pm                           The Art and Science of Engagement

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


5:15 – 5:45 pm                            Advocacy Goals

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


5:45 – 6:00 pm                            Wrap-Up, Questions, Feedback, and Congressional Packet Pick-up



7:30 – 8:30 am                            Continental Breakfast                                                                                         Columbia B


8:30 – 8:45 am                            Welcome                                                                                                                Columbia B

                                                         Bill Knudsen, NAGC                                             


8:45 – 9:30 am                            The Power of Parent Support and Advocacy Groups

                                                         Tracy Elford, Past-President, Blue Valley Parent Advocates for Gifted Education


9:30 am – 10:15 am                  ESSA State Plans that Support Gifted Education – Policy & Advocacy Lessons Learned and Tips to Maintain & Grow the Momentum 

                                                         Michael Petrilli, President, Fordham Institute


10:15 am – 10:30 am                Break


10:30 am – 12:00 pm                Scaling Advocacy – An Open Discussion

                                                         Julia Link Roberts, Ed.D., Western Kentucky University, Mahurin Professor of Gifted Studies and Executive Director of The Center for Gifted Studies and The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky 


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm                  Building a Successful Grassroots Strategy – Lessons Learned from the Afterschool Community (Plated Lunch)

                                                         Jennifer Rinehart, Senior Vice-President, Policy and Research, Afterschool Alliance


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


2:30 pm – 3:30 pm                    It’s Still a Baseball Game:  Connecticut & lessons that work at the local, state, federal, and international level

                                                         Bianka Kortlan-Cox, J.D., Vice-President Legislation and Public Policy, Connecticut Association for the Gifted


3:30 pm – 5:00 pm                    Training for Hill Visits – What to anticipate & role-playing

The Honorable Karen A. Johnson, Senior Advisor at Potomac Strategic Development Co. and former Assistant Secretary of Education for Legislation and Congressional Affairs


5:00 pm – 5:30 pm                    Hill Advocacy: Best Practices & Wrap-Up

                                                         Bill Knudsen, NAGC




7:30 – 8:30 am                            Continental Breakfast                                                           Thornton

9:00 – 4:00 pm                            Congressional Visits: Allow 45 minutes to walk over, clear security, and arrive at first appointment. Optional to meet in the hotel lobby at 8:30am and walk over. 





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)