Parent Conference

Update 2/17/21: 
Due to extreme weather conditions and power outages across Texas and beyond, we are postponing Saturday’s virtual conference. New date and details to follow. Thank you for your patience. Stay safe and warm!

Our virtual conference for parents of gifted and talented students will be held on Saturday, February 20, 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?

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

Some needs-based scholarships are available. If you are interested in a group discount for 5 or more parents on one registration, please e-mail for information.

Registration is now open. Be sure to register by Febuary 19, 2021. 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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