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Schedule at a Glance 

Hotel and Travel 

What You'll Find at the NAGC Convention 

Pre-Convention Events 

General Sessions and Mini-Keynotes 

Network Events 

Exhibit Info 


All About New Orleans 

CEU and Graduate Credit Info 

NAGC Live Learning Center/Itinerary Planner 

Parent Day 

Virtual Convention 


last updated 8/10/2011


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Who should attend the NAGC Annual Convention and Exhibition?
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Gifted/Talented Coordinators
  • College and University Faculty
  • School Administrators
  • Researchers
  • State Department of Education Staff
  • Guidance Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • Math/Science Teachers
  • Graduate Students
  • Parents

Does NAGC offer Continuing Education Credits and Graduate Credits? 

Yes. Click here for information

I would love to attend the Annual Convention, but unfortunately my budget does not allow it. Is there a scholarship program? 

Yes, NAGC will offer a limited amount of scholarships. Visit here for more information.

How can I become a speaker at the Annual Convention and Exhibition?

The deadline to submit a proposal has passed. Be sure to submit your proposal for the 59th Annual Convention this fall!

What is the dress code?

The dress code for Annual Convention is business casual. You may want to bring a sweater as room temperatures are sometimes cooler in hotel meeting rooms. Average temperatures for early November in New Orleans are 71-52 F.

My organization or company wants to have an event during the NAGC Convention. Can we do that?

All requests for meeting space or hospitality suites must be approved by NAGC, call 202/785-4268.

My question is not here! Who should I contact?

We apologize for not anticipating your question. Please contact us or call the NAGC office at 202/785-4268. We’d be happy to assist you. 


What does my registration fee include?

  • Your choice of more than 350 Concurrent Sessions
  • General Sessions
  • Mini Keynotes Sessions on Friday and Saturday
  • Exhibit Hall Admission, Thursday-Saturday
  • Access to Recorded Sessions in the Live Learning Center for Six Months (a $149 value)
  • Refreshments on Friday and Saturday in the Exhibit Hall and Learning Lab
  • Celebration of Excellence on Thursday
  • Network Evening Events on Friday
  • Crescent City Celebration: Creativity and All That Jazz on Saturday
  • Super Sessions on Sunday
  • The Legacy Series Taping
  • Dessert break
  • Jam sessions
  • And quality time spent with colleagues and peers including experts and authorities in the gifted and talented community

What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellations must be received at NAGC in writing by mail or fax no later than Monday, October 24, 2011, and will be charged a $100 processing fee. This fee applies to cancellations and changes to your registration. Action Lab fees are non-refundable after September 16, 2011. Refund checks will be mailed after January 1, 2012. All cancellations must be accompanied by a signature. E-mails are not accepted. Refund checks will be mailed after January 1, 2012. All registrations must be in the name of an individual and be accompanied by payment.

What are the registration rates?

Click here for more information.

Can I register at the Convention?

Yes. There is a surcharge for the privilege. You will find registration forms on the tables near the registration desk. Please complete the form at the table and take the completed form to Onsite Registration.

I need to join NAGC because I want to receive the member convention rate. I don’t see anywhere on the form to do this.

All “nonmember” registrations include an NAGC membership. Therefore, you may simply register at the nonmember rate and automatically become a member, or if you are interested in a multi-year membership, go to You may complete the appropriate membership form and take it to the Onsite Registration window for processing.

My colleague is registered for the convention, but is unable to attend. Can her/his registration fee be applied to next year’s convention registration or towards membership?

An attendee can cancel in writing, mail or fax, no later than October 24, 2011, to receive a refund minus the $100 processing fee. After that date, no refunds will be given. NAGC is not able to apply the payment to anything else.

I am a student. How do I calculate my registration fee?

Please click here to receive the student registration form. You must provide proof of your full time student status in the form of a class schedule indicating at least 9 credit hours.

I need to bring my child with me to the convention. Can he/she attend sessions with me?  Do you provide daycare?

No children are permitted in the exhibit hall or at sessions. Our convention cannot accommodate children at sessions or other convention events.

You may wish to contact Accent on Arrangements, Inc. for information on childcare. Call Amy Lynn at 504/524-1227 x 25. NAGC is in no way connected to this service.

Can my husband/child/Great Aunt Sally attend sessions with me?

No, every attendee must have an official convention badge in order to attend any part of the convention.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Convention Registration desk for the Crescent City Celebration.

Is there a one-day registration?

No. As part of NAGC’s mission, it promotes professional development for individuals serving the needs of gifted and talented students. NAGC feels strongly that participants should engage in all parts of the convention to better the experience. Additionally, NAGC can serve the greatest number of your colleagues by keeping convention registration fees low and not offering multiple discount rates.

Will I receive a registration confirmation?

Yes, when you register online your registration confirmation will be sent immediately to the email address you listed. If you register via mail, a registration confirmation will be mailed to you within 5 business days upon receipt. If you have not received a confirmation within this time, please contact Registration or call 202/785-4268.

I am not a member of NAGC but my co-worker is and cannot attend, can I register using their membership number and receive the member rate?

No. Each registration application must be attached to the member that is attending. 

Will I be refunded if I have to cancel my registration?

If you cancel by October 24, NAGC will refund your registration fee minus a $100processing fee. After that date, no refunds will be given. All refunds will be processed after January 1, 2012.


Can I make my hotel reservations now?

Yes, you have three options to make your reservation. All hotel reservations are made through the hotels.

To take advantage of the discounted rates, go online or call the hotels directly. More information and contact details can be found here.

What hotels have been reserved? What are the rates? Which hotel is headquarters for the Convention?  Which hotel is closest to the Convention Center?

For more information please click here.

  • Hilton New Orleans Riverside (headquarters hotel and location of all sessions)
  • Doubletree New Orleans
  • Embassy Suites New Orleans

Convention events will take place at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Check your final program for room location of events. 

I want to know more about New Orleans.

Click here 

I think I can find a cheaper rate! Why should I stay at one of the NAGC Convention hotels?

This is where the action is. Networking opportunities are around every corner and in every elevator. Save time getting to and from the meetings and exhibits, even going back to your room between events to make phone calls and check emails. Please make your reservation at our Convention hotels where we have negotiated contracts to give you the best value and service. If you book outside our block, we fall short of our contractual obligations and will be required to pay fees to make up the difference, which in turn will hurt our organization and the benefits we provide.

I received a call from NAGC offering me assistance making a hotel reservation?

Sorry, that was NOT NAGC! We have received reports that a third party, Global Housing Management, has been contacting potential convention attendees. Please do not make hotel arrangements or share any personal information through any means other than those included on the NAGC website. We have rooms set aside for Convention attendees in the following three hotels. If you receive a call or email from anyone representing NAGC, please be warned that we do not reach out to you for hotel reservations. This is a deceptive practice and not in any way affiliated with NAGC. 



How do I know what sessions are being offered?

The Virtual Itinerary Planner will be available after May 15th. There you can search and select which sessions you would like to attend and create a calendar for the convention.

There is so much that I wish to attend, but the sessions are at the same time. Are sessions repeated?

Sessions are not repeated during the conference, but many sessions are audio recorded. Via the NAGC Live Learning Center, all attendees will receive access to the NAGC 2011 Annual Convention Sessions (as released for inclusion) as they happened in New Orleans, wherever and whenever you want - captured as true multimedia with synchronized slides, handouts and much more, or for download in Mp3 format to your iPod  or other Mp3 player for easy listening. Listen to a motivating, informative mini-keynote, or hear a compelling session you may have missed. This multimedia offering is an excellent training tool and informational resource for missed courses.



Are there any airfare or rental car discounts?

Are you looking to cut cost and still get the full Convention experience? NAGC has arranged with AirTran, Delta, and Northwest Airlines for you to receive discounts off of the lowest available fare if you book your flight with their group booking agent and use the promo codes below.

American Airlines/Avis Rental Car

Participants will receive a 5% discount off the lowest published fare and discounted rates off rental cars by booking directly with American Airlines at or 1-800-433-7300, Avis by phone at 1-800433-1790. Event/Promo Code for NAGC is 59H1BG.

Delta Airlines

Participants will receive a 5% - 10% discount off lowest published fares. Discounts are only applicable to roundtrip travel and for fares greater than $160 each way. Meeting discounts are available only via phone by calling 1-800-328-1111 and referring to Group/Promo Code NY2BT.

Flight dates: Discounted flights must arrive no more than three days before the start of the convention and depart no more than three days after the end of the convention.

How do I get from the airport to the hotel?

Information will be provided as we get closer to the Convention.

Will transportation be provided during the convention?

The hotels are within walking distance to the Hilton Riverside. If you require special accommodations, please contact NAGC at 202/785-4268 at the time of your registration.