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Hotel and Travel  What You'll Find at the NAGC Convention  CEU and Graduate Credits 
General Sessions  Pre-Convention Offerings 
Wednesday, Nov. 14 - Thursday, Nov. 15
NAGC Live Learning Center 
Network Events  Convention FAQs  NCSSSMST  
NAGC 2012 Convention App  Parent Day at the National  
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last updated 6/28/2012


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. Information can be found here.

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 60th Annual Convention in December 2012.

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. Temperatures for mid November in Denver can range between 25 and 52F.

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 child's teacher told me about a "Parent Day." What is that?

On Saturday, November 17, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented presents "Parent Day at the National." Schedule is here and registration is here.

I want to go to the NCSSSMST Conference. Is that part of NAGC?

NAGC is pleased to collaborate to the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools in Math, Science, and Technology (NCSSSMST) for the NAGC Annual Convention and the NCSSSMST Annual Conference. The Consortium kicks off with a reception on Wednesday, November 14, in the evening at the Grand Hyatt. Those registered to attend the NAGC Convention are encouraged to attend the NCSSSMST sessions on Thursday, prior to the NAGC Convention opening. We do ask that you register if you plan to be there for the full day and attend their luncheon. More info on NCSSSMST is hereNCSSSMST members should register for the Conference/Convention here.

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 500 Sessions that include concurrent sessions, poster sessions, putting it into practice sessions, and exhibitor workshops
  • General Sessions
  • Mini Keynotes Sessions on Friday
  • Exhibit Hall Admission, Thursday-Saturday
  • Access to Recorded Sessions in the Live Learning Center for Six Months (a $149 value)
  • Coffee on Friday and Saturday morning in the Exhibit Hall
  • Celebration of Excellence on Thursday
  • Network Evening Events on Friday
  • Colorado reception on Saturday
  • Super Sessions on Sunday
  • The Legacy Series Taping
  • Exhibit Hall refreshment break
  • 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, November 5. 2012, 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 21, 2012. Refund checks will be mailed after January 1, 2013. All cancellations must be accompanied by a signature. E-mails are not accepted. 

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 Individual 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 November 5, 2012, 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.

We will share contact information for childcare services when we get closer to November.

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 November 5, NAGC will refund your registration fee minus a $100 processing fee. After that date, no refunds will be given. All refunds will be processed after January 1, 2013.


Will I have wifi access during the NAGC Convention?

There is free wifi access in the public areas of the Colorado Convention Center. Select session rooms may also have wireless access. NAGC has negotiated with the two Convention hotels to provide complimentary, in-room wireless internet for NAGC attendees.


Can I connect with others for Convention on Facebook, etc.?

NAGC has a page devoted to the Convention on Facebook here. We will also begin a Twitter feed in early November. You can always fine NAGC on Twitter at #nagc or NAGCGIFTED.

Watch your emailbox for info on the Convention App for your smartphone! It launches in September.


Can I make my hotel reservations now?

Yes, you have two options to make your reservation. All hotel reservations are made through the Denver CVB Housing Office.

To take advantage of the discounted rates, go online. 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.

  • Hyatt Regency Denver
  • Denver Grand Hyatt

Convention events will take place at the Colorado Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency Denver. Check your final program for room location of events. 

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! In 2011 we received reports that a third party, Global Housing Management, had 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 Hyatt Regency Denver and the Grand Hyatt. 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 NAGC Live Learning Center does include a list of sessions for Denver. On the Convention App for smarphones that debuts in September, 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 2012 Annual Convention Sessions (as released for inclusion) as they happened in Denver, 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?

Check out the Convention "Hotel/Travel" page here.

How do I get from the airport to the hotel?

Check out the Convention "Hotel/Travel" page here.

Will transportation be provided during the convention?

The two hotels are within walking distance to the Colorado Convention Center.