The annual conference of the New Jersey Association for Gifted Children (NJAGC), “A Clear Vision of Equity and Excellence in Gifted Education,” will be held Friday, March 20 at the Conference Center at Mercer. The program is open to educators, curriculum supervisors and administrators.
Participants will hear the keynote from Dr. Joy Lawson Davis and attend one breakout session in the morning and attend two breakout sessions in the afternoon. Davis’ keynote is titled “Identifying, Engaging, and Supporting Gifted Learners from Underrepresented Populations.” Her workshop is titled “Using Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in the Gifted Education Classroom.” Other workshops will address the educational and social/emotional needs of minority students, strategies for increasing equity in gifted programs, and other topics relating to broadening diverse representation in gifted education. Presenters will deliver sessions incorporating their vision of excellence in gifted education, such as showcasing successful programming for the gifted learner, sharing best practices to develop attendees’ individual educational skills, and idea exchange seminars as a way of increasing participants’ knowledge in the gifted field. Speakers will also provide an overview of teaching strategies, skills, and characteristics specific to the gifted learner.
This year’s conference will seek to guide educators on best practices that will help ensure that students from all backgrounds are fairly represented in gifted programs.