Parent Conference

2022 Date to be Announced Soon!

See the information below for information about the most recent parent conference.

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021

Time: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Cost: $45/person

Keynote: What Parents Should Know About Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners

Being a parent is challenging even in the best of times. When your child is academically advanced or identified as gifted, this brings some additional considerations, knowledge of which can help you become a more effective parent. In this session, Dr. Michael Matthews of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte will discuss some of the issues that parents of academically advanced learners may face at different points in their child's development. In addition to underachievement, perfectionism, and growing up as a gifted child in today’s environment, parents will learn more about how to help their child cope with some commonly encountered sources of stress in their lives. 

Michael S. Matthews, Ph.D., holds the rank of Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he directs the M.Ed. concentration in gifted education and works with students ranging from Honors undergraduates and practicing teachers to doctoral candidates studying gifted education. His research focuses on topics related to gifted identification, underachievement, and homeschooling of academically advanced learners. Dr. Matthews has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children and as Chair of the Research on Giftedness, Creativity, & Talent special interest group of the American Educational Research Association, and he currently serves as Co-Editor of the journal Gifted Child Quarterly. In 2020, Dr. Matthews received the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Association for the Gifted & Talented. In addition to his career in gifted education, Dr. Matthews is the proud parent of three children who have participated in varied gifted program settings and magnet school programs across elementary, middle, and high school settings.

Breakout session topics include:

  • Texas GT Requirements: What Must Public Schools Do?  How Can Families Support Compliance?

  • Don’t Be Fooled! Debunking Myths About Gifted Kids

  • Legislative Advocacy

  • Creative at Home: 5 Ways to Build Creative Thinkers

  • School Board Trustee Panel

  • What Can We Learn From "Above-Level" Achievement Tests?

Join Dr. Sheila Griffith for a bonus lunchtime session entitled Interactive Vocabulary: Essential for College Readiness

One key measure of college readiness is a student’s vocabulary—and vocabulary is something that is relatively easy to improve with intentionality and fun. So let’s discuss fun and engaging ways to help students acquire and master a college-ready vocabulary in an entertaining way.  

Dr. Sheila Griffith, president of Knowsys Educational Services, is a recognized expert in vocabulary acquisition and exam preparation. Dr. Griffith uses research to inform and develop curriculum designed to improve college readiness among secondary students. She authored the Knowsys College Readiness and Vocabulary Builder Programs and co-authored the Knowsys That’s Genius! Math Program.

Download the Program to learn more about the sessions and speakers!

The keynote and breakout sessions will be recorded so attendees will have access to all of the sessions for 60 days after the conference to allow everyone to view any they were unable to watch live.

Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development

School of Education

Marrs McLean Science Building #312
Waco, TX 76798-7301

(254) 710-2171

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