2012 MCGT Annual Conference

Terrence Murphy and Opus Halls, University of St. Thomas – Minneapolis Campus

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The date has been set and a keynote speaker has been selected for the 2012 Annual MCGT Conference, co-sponsored by MCGT and the University of St. Thomas, with support from TIAA-CREF’s College Savings Program. This year we’ll again be at the University of St. Thomas’ Minneapolis downtown campus at 11th St. and LaSalle Ave. There will be break-out sessions on a variety of topics for adults, full day and half-day classes for kids kindergarten through seventh grade, and an array of interesting exhibits and information.

Registration information will be included in the September/October issue of Outlook and here at www.mcgt.net about mid-September.

Volunteer now to join Shari Colvin and Betty Johnson, conference co-chairs, and LynMarie Berntson and Renee Bowman, co-chairs for the Kids Program, to help with a conference activity: kids’ program, adult program, publicity, or vendors and exhibitors. We’d be pleased to add you to the team as we prepare for this annual event. Your reward will be the satisfaction of making it possible for a highly-anticipated MCGT activity to come together. Contact Shari Colvin, [email protected] or 320-587-7519, or Betty Johnson, [email protected] or 952-544-6979.

Keynote speaker: Jim Delisle

Dr. James R. Delisle is a former classroom teacher, counselor of gifted adolescents, and teacher of gifted children and those who work on their behalf. Jim retired in 2008 from Kent State (Ohio) University after 25 years of service as a professor of special education and Director of undergraduate and graduate programs in gifted education. Jim has served on the Board of Directors of several schools and associations, including The National Association for Gifted Children, Duke University Talent Identification Board, Council for Exceptional Children and The Roeper School for the Gifted.

Throughout his career, in an effort to keep in touch with the “real world” of public schools, Delisle regularly took time away from college teaching to return to his “classroom roots”, volunteering as a full-time 2nd, 4th, 5th or 8th grade classroom teacher in 1991, 1997 and 2006. Each time he did this, Jim was reminded of how much easier it is to teach graduate students two evenings a week than it is to teach younger students every day, all day. Jim also taught gifted middle school students one day a week for ten years (1998 – 2008) in the Twinsburg, Ohio Public Schools. These excursions into the real world of public school classrooms helped to cement both Jim’s professional credibility and his respect for gfted kids and the hectic lives of their classroom teachers.

In his “retirement”, Jim plans to walk every beach he can find, pursue different professional experiences, and write children’s picture books where the main characters are based on young people he has taught or counseled during his career.

A frequent presenter throughout the U.S. on the intellectual and emotional growth of gifted children, Jim has also addressed audiences in nations as diverse as England, Oman, Canada, Greece, China, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The author of more than 250 articles and 17 books, Jim’s work has been translated into multiple languages and has been featured in professional journals as well as in popular media, including The New York Times and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Delisle has been a columnist for Gifted Child Today magazine for almost 20 years; his twice-annual column is titled “Au Contraire”.

Delisle latest book will be available in November from Prufrock Press: If I’m so smart, why aren’t the answers easy?: Advice from teens on growing up gifted. (Co-author, Bob Schultz). We hope it will be available for sale at the MCGT Conference on November 10. He is also currently writing another book, Saving Smart Kids: American Educational Reform and the Crisis for Gifted Education.

Jim’s previous books are: The Gifted Teen Survival Guide (with Judy Galbraith); Growing Good Kids (with Deb Delisle); Kid Stories: Biographies of 20 Young People You’d Like to Know; The Survival Guide for Teachers of Gifted Kids (with Judy Galbraith); Barefoot Irreverence: A Collection of Writings on Gifted Child Education; Parenting Gifted Kids: Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Children; Smart Talk: What Kids Say About Growing Up Gifted (with Robert A. Schultz); More Than a Test Score (with Robert A. Schultz); Gifted Children Speak Out; When Gifted Kids Don’t Have all the Answers; and Once Upon a Mind: The Stories and Scholars of Gifted Child Education.

Jim’s wife, Deb, occasionally his co-author, has been an educator for more than thirty years and served as Superintendent for Public Instruction for the State of Ohio. Prior to that, she was a school superintendent, a curriculum director, an elementary principal, a teacher of primary and middle school kids, and a K–12 gifted coordinator. She is now the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education at the United States Department of Education in Washington, DC. Their son, Matt, is a special effects editor in California and the source of many of their stories about raising gifted children.