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Welcome to the 6th Annual
Hormel Foundation Gifted & Talented Education Symposium
June 9 -12, 2014

Pre-Conference, June 8, 2014

 Registration is now open.

2014 Save the Date Flyer

The sixth annual Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium provides an opportunity for educators, counselors, administrators and parents to gain greater understanding of the unique needs of gifted and high potential learners.

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.  All are welcome to register and attend the symposium.  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.


Riverland
Community College in Austin, Minnesota is the site of the symposium.  Austin is located 100 miles south of the Twin Cities metro area, 35 miles southwest of Rochester and 12 miles north of the Iowa border.

University credit will be available onsite for an additional fee. 
Continuing education units will be available for administrators and teachers.

Registration Information

The General Sessions 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 Hormel Institute and a banquet at the Hormel Historic Home on Wednesday evening.  

How to Register and General Information:  Please Click Here for information on how to register for the 2014 Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium.  The online registration link is included in the registration document.  

 

STEM & Math Camp Registration Information

Please Click Here for information regarding STEM and Math Summer Camps.

Session Information

 Please click on the links below for additional information about the General Sessions.  

 2014 General Sessions Descriptions            2014 Speaker and Keynote Presenter Bios

 2014 Schedule of Events                                 2014 Keynote Addresses 

Administrator Day
A One Day Session for Administrators, School Board Members, and Counselors  will be held on Monday, June 9, from 8:30 to 2:30 p.m. with an optional session from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. 

Three scheduled sessions and one optional session will be featured:   

1)   Gifted Education: The Conduit for Rigor & Relevance by Elissa Brown, Ph.D., Director, Hunter College Gifted Center Distinguished Lecturer, Special Education, School of Education

2)   Instructional Leadership: Promoting and Providing Exemplary Gifted Programs - Part 1 by Elissa Brown, Ph.D., Director, Hunter College Gifted Center Distinguished Lecturer, Special Education, School of Education

3)   Instructional Leadership: Promoting and Providing Exemplary Gifted Programs - Part 2 by Elissa Brown, Ph.D., Director, Hunter College Gifted Center Distinguished Lecturer, Special Education, School of Education

Registration fee is $75 and pre-registration is required. 

2014 Administrator Day Sessions and Schedule

Pre-Conference Sessions

Two Pre-Conference Sessions are offered on Sunday, June 8, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Conference Center.    Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.  Attendees will select one of two concurrent sessions.

Registration fee is $40.00 and pre-registration is required.  

1)   What's a Parent to Do? by Debra Mishak, Ph.D., Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines, Iowa

Primary Audience: Parents

2)   Using Case Studies to Explore Critical Issues in Educating Gifted Learners by Christine Weber, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida and Cecelia Boswell, Waco ISD, Waco, Texas

Primary Audience: Teachers K-12, G & T Coordinators and Specialists, Directors Curriculum and Instruction and other Administrators, Counselors, Psychologists, Parents, school personnel new to Gifted Education in Grades Pre-K-12, School Board Members

Mini Topic Request for Proposals

Mini-Topic presentations are a one-day presentation, 75 minutes in length, and are intended to provide an opportunity for practitioners to share their expertise.  Organizations providing enrichment opportunities may also submit proposals for consideration.  Presentations will be made on Wednesday, June 12, from 8:30 - 9:45 AM. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee and applications notified by May 1st. Mini-Topic presenters must register to attend the symposium.

2014 Mini-Topic Presentation Proposal Form

 
 

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 Contact Info

 

For general information, contact Amanda Fett or 507-440-6786.

For registration information, contact Barb Spurling or 507-460-1912.

For program information, contact Wendy Behrens
 or 651-582-8786.

 

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