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Action Labs Experiential Learning Opportunities.
Thursday, November 11 Separate registration required

NAGC Action Labs, designed by local educators and administrators, provide an experiential learning opportunity that will broaden your perspective and give you ideas to use back home. 

All 2010 Action Labs depart from the convention center at 7:30am and return midday or no later than 3:30pm to arrive in time for the opening general session. Two of the Action Labs are half-day programs.

To ensure that the Action Labs go as planned, pre-registration is required by September 17, 2010. We do our best to ensure that all Action Labs will take place, but some arrangements are out of our control. Please register as early as possible to ensure your spot. There is no onsite registration and no waiting lists. If accepted, you will receive a detailed letter in early October. These Labs fill quickly. Register early and please be sure to note your alternate selections.

These Labs fill quickly and may be cancelled if sufficient registrations are not received. Register early and please be sure to note your alternate selections.

Half Day - $59 (no lunch)

A1. The 20th Century Struggle for Civil Rights in Atlanta

REGISTRATION CLOSED - FULL

Grade level: K-12
Interest Area: Conceptual Foundations, Global Awareness, Parents-Community, and Special Populations

Join us on this guided walking tour of a historically significant locale in the region’s African American past. The tour will begin with the Sweet Auburn district, once a bustling commercial, social, and residential district in historically black Atlanta, now undergoing revitalization. You will visit historic churches where Civil Rights rallies were held; the historic neighborhood where the King family lived; the King Center; the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site and District; and the restored Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King, his father, and his grandfather preached.

A2. Georgia Tech Global Learning Center

CANCELLED

 Full Day - $79 (except A4) includes lunch

A3. Chattahoochee Nature Center

REGISTRATION CLOSED - FULL

Grade level: K-12
Interest Area: Creativity, Early Childhood, Global Awareness, Math/Science Middle Grades, and Parent-Community

The Chattahoochee Nature Center is located on the Chattahoochee River in Roswell and sits on a beautiful 127-acre site containing native plants and gardens that showcase the beauty of Georgia. The River Boardwalk, Discovery Center, wetland demonstration gardens, and woodland trails are home to over 50 species of injured, non-releasable wildlife and home to animals native to Georgia. The Chattahoochee Nature Center provides unique learning experiences that connect people to the natural world and empower them to positively impact their local environments. The LEED-certified Discovery Center at the Nature Center opened in June 2009. This “think green” Action Lab is led by NAGC Teacher Resource Specialist Jeff Danielian, author of Enriching the Young Naturalist.

A4. Tigers and Tombstones: Historic Oakland Cemetery and Zoo Atlanta -  $99

REGISTRATION CLOSED - FULL

Grade level: K-12
Interest Area: Arts, Creativity, Early Childhood, Math/Science, Middle Grades, and Parent-Community

Oakland Cemetery is the final resting place for many pioneer families of Atlanta, confederate soldiers, mayors, governors, author Margaret Mitchell, and the legendary golfer Bobby Jones. In this full day Action Lab, visitors will study Victorian symbolism, art, and architecture. Then you’ll unravel clues in a scavenger hunt created for top sleuths!

Zoo Atlanta has evolved from a quaint picnic stop where people gawked at wild animals to a modern-day destination seeking to teach the public about its animal ambassadors and work for the preservation of their wild counterparts. The Animal Nutrition Kitchen Tour will take you through the planning and preparation of meals for various animals. This Lab will identify the flow of energy through a food web/food chain beginning with sunlight and including producers, consumers, and decomposers will be evident. And don’t miss the all-new Carnivore Complex, featuring Zoo Atlanta’s Sumatran tigers. Oh my!

A5. Living Gifted: The Advanced Academy of Georgia at the University of West Georgia

CANCELLED

 A6. STEM and Gifted: Marietta Center for Advanced Academics 

REGISTRATION CLOSED - FULL

Grade level: K-8
Interest Area: Computers and Technology, Curriculum Studies, Early Childhood, Math/Science, Middle Grades, Parent-Community, Special Populations, Special Schools/Programs

This Action Lab provides the chance to learn about a unique science, technology, engineering, and mathematics public school available to students in grades 3-5 in the Marietta City Schools System. You’ll receive an overview of the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics and a tour of the facilities, where you’ll learn about some of the special programs and instructional activities available to students at the school. You will also observe two class periods of gifted STEM instruction. Instruction is provided through a STEM focused units such as oceanography, architecture, space exploration, and entrepreneurship. These instructional units incorporate STEM disciplines along with the gifted standards to provide students with challenging, engaging learning activities.

A7. Equipping Students for the 21st Century at Three Hall County Schools

REGISTRATION CLOSED - FULL

Grade level: K-12
Interest Area: Computers and Technology, Conceptual Foundations, Curriculum Studies, Early Childhood, Global Awareness, Math/Science, Middle Grades, Parent-Community, Special Populations, Special Schools/Programs

This Action Lab begins at the World Language Academy (WLA), a public charter school (preK-5) that immerses children in Spanish and English, with additional instruction in Mandarin! The WLA boasts a hands-on and inquiry-based learning environment rich with language opportunities along with standards-based assessment and grading techniques. Visit classrooms and talk to both teachers and administrators about the unique approach that is preparing even young children to be citizens of the world!

Then it’s on to the Da Vinci Academy (grades 6-8) where middle school students who are passionate about art, science, and technology are engaged in a fully integrated curriculum, earning high school credit and taking college courses.  Imagine a school that uses Cloud Computing instead of textbooks and where a student-created museum has replaced the media center; where eager young learners equipped with laptops study a dozen world languages, make movies, and start businesses! Come learn how you can use this approach with your students.

After lunch we will conclude an inspiring day with a visit to West Hall High School’s (grades 11-12) International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. There you will learn how teachers identify gifted and high-achieving native Spanish speakers and place them in AP Spanish, Honors Classes and then their International Baccalaureate Bilingual Program, where they have flourished. Find out how Internationalism, Language, and a “Third Thing” combine to create a school environment where diverse gifted students can reach their potential.

A8. Serving Diverse Students at Two Georgia Charter Schools: Woodland Elementary Charter School and Dunwoody Springs Charter Elementary School

REGISTRATION CLOSED - FULL

Grade level: K-8
Interest Area: Arts, Creativity, Curriculum Studies, Conceptual Foundations, Early Childhood, Middle Grades, Parent-Community, Special Populations, and Special Schools/Programs

Both Woodland Elementary Charter School and Dunwoody Springs Charter School serve a diverse population: Title I, ESOL, Gifted, and special-needs populations.  At WECS, you will discover school-wide enrichment that enhances student achievement. In addition to visiting the K – 5 classrooms, you will experience a Brain Power Day. At Dunwoody Springs, you will see the Schoolwide Enrichment Reading model (SEM-R) in action in Kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms. 

A9. Journey to Athens: The Judia Jackson Harris Elementary School and the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development at the University of Georgia

REGISTRATION CLOSED - FULL

Grade level: K-8
Interest Area: Conceptual Foundations, Curriculum Studies, Early Childhood, Middle Grades, Parent-Community, Professional Development, Research & Evaluation, Special Populations, and Special Schools/Programs

Join this journey to the Judia Jackson Harris Elementary School in Athens to explore their implementation of the School-wide Enrichment Model (SEM) and their relationship with the University of Georgia as a Professional Development School (PDS).  Throughout the tour of the school you’ll hear from administrators, teachers, and students about the program implementation and visit classrooms to see the students in action as they work on Type III investigations and Enrichment Clusters. While in Athens, you will visit the Torrance Center, a service, research, and instructional center concerned with the identification and development of creative potential and with gifted and future studies. Its goals are to investigate, implement, and evaluate techniques for enhancing creative thinking and to facilitate national and international systems that support creative development. Torrance Center programs and activities are built on the legacy of E. Paul Torrance, who was a pioneer in research on the identification and development of creative potential.

 A10. Global Visions: Habitat for Humanity Day of Service

REGISTRATION CLOSED - FULL

Grade level: K-12
Interest Area: Curriculum Studies, Early Childhood, Global Awareness, Middle Grades, Parent-Community, Professional Development, Special Populations, and Special Schools/Programs

Roll up your sleeves and give of your time and energy for this enriching service project sponsored by the NAGC Global Awareness Network. This collaborative venture between the NAGC Convention and the local community involves a local Habitat for Humanity project. To expand the impact of the experience You’ll develop and receive a community action learning curriculum to take back to your school/district.

   

 

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