Third Annual Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium


The symposium will be held at Riverland Community College in Austin, MN, from June 12 –June 16, 2011. This is an excellent opportunity for all educators, administrators, counselors, psychologists and parents to gain greater understanding of the unique needs of gifted and high potential learners. For the third year, a generous grant from the Hormel Foundation and collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Education and Austin Public Schools makes possible this intensive educational experience for attendees from throughout the Midwest. Invited speakers include many of the field’s finest regionally, nationally and internationally known presenters, focusing on foundational knowledge, creativity, curriculum strategies, and social/emotional needs of highly able and at-risk promising learners. The 2011 symposium also includes expanded presentations on Reversing and Preventing Underachievement, At-Risk Populations, STEM, Talented Readers, Differentiated Instruction, and much more.

Registration for the symposium is now open: https://www.austin.k12.mn.us/educationalservices/GTsymposium/default.aspx. Early registration is recommended… capacity was reached quickly for the past two years!

The registration fee is $175 and includes daily keynote presentations and sessions, all conference materials, a tote bag, continental breakfast each day, lunch Monday through Wednesday, break refreshments, Monday evening reception at the SPAM Museum and a banquet at the Hormel Historic Home on Wednesday evening.

A one-day session for Administrators, School Board members and Counselors will be held on Monday, June 13, from 8:30 to 3:45 PM. Dr. Peter Demerath, University of Minnesota will present “The Perils of Hypercredentialing in American Schools: Preserving Learning in a Competitive World.” Additional topics will be presented by Dr. Diane Heacox, St. Catherine University; Chrystyna Mursky, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and Wendy Behrens, Minnesota Department of Education. Registration cost is $55.00 and pre-registrations required.

A Pre-Conference Session is offered on Sunday, June 12, from 12:00 -4:00 PM at the Holiday Inn. Cost is $40.00. Dr. Terry Neu will present “Pink is for Girls while Blue is for Boys: How Gender Influences our High Ability Learners.”

For general information, contact Denise Farnsworth, Austin Public Schools, [email protected] For program information, contact Wendy Behrens, Gifted & Talented Education Specialist, Minnesota Department of Education, [email protected]

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