2018 Leadership & Advocacy Conference

Gifted and talented children in the United States need your help!

They deserve educational environments that provide the right kind of support as they reach for their personal best. Gifted children depend on adults who advocate for sound policies that promote programs and services in their homes, schools, and communities to unlock their potential and allow them to thrive.

You can make a difference by taking the cause of gifted children and their education to the U.S. Congress.

We invite you to participate in the NAGC 2018 Leadership & Advocacy Conference March 18-20 in Washington, DC.

At the Conference you will:

  • Sharpen your advocacy skills
  • Get insider information on the status of policies coming out of the U.S. Congress, the White House, and the Supreme Court regarding the education of gifted children.
  • Meet with your elected Congressional Representative and two Senators with clear requests for policies and programs that support gifted children in schools.

Speakers on the NAGC 2018 Leadership & Advocacy Conference agenda include:

Dr. Jill L. Adelson, Associate Professor, University of Louisville

Dr. Mary Ruth Coleman, University of North Carolina

Tracy Elford, Past-President, Blue Valley Parent Advocates for Gifted Education

Sheri Hicks, CAE, Executive Director of the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented

M. René Islas, NAGC Executive Director

The Honorable Karen A. Johnson, former Assistant Secretary of Education for Legislation and Congressional Affairs, Senior Advisor at Potomac Strategic Development Co.

Sandra Johnson, Chair of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee, NAGC

Bill Knudsen, Director of Government & Affiliate Relations, NAGC

Bianka Kortlan-Cox, J.D., Vice-President Legislation and Public Policy, Connecticut Association for the Gifted

Dr. Sally Krisel, NAGC President

Michael Petrilli, President, Fordham Institute

Dr. Jonathan Plucker, NAGC President-elect, Julian C. Stanley Endowed Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University

Jennifer Rinehart, Senior Vice-President, Policy and Research, Afterschool Alliance

Dr. Julia Link Roberts, Western Kentucky University, Mahurin Professor of Gifted Studies and Executive Director of The Center for Gifted Studies and The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky 

Dr. Del Siegle, Director of the National Center for Research on Gifted Education, University of Connecticut