Edufest 2018

July 23-27, 2018


Monday, July 23, 8:30 A.M.-12:00 noon

Why Increasing Equity in Gifted Education is Important 

and What You Can Do About It

                                                      Del Siegle 

Every child has a right to learn something new every day. Unfortunately, for many students from underserved populations this ideal is seldom realized. Traditionally, many gifted and talented programs have overlooked large numbers of highly talented students from underserved populations. The National Center for Research in Gifted Education has been studying schools that have proportional representation of underserved students in their gifted programs. We will share findings from NCRGE's first three-year's work on the importance of better identifying high talent underserved students with an emphasis on students of poverty and EL students.

Del Siegle, PhD, is an associate dean for research and faculty affairs in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut and past-president of the National Association for Gifted Children. He serves as director of the National Center for Research on Gifted Education and is a professor in gifted and talented education

 Friday, July 27, 8:30 A.M. -12:00 Noon

Once Upon a Happy Life: The Work is the Learning
                                                      Cloyce Weaver 

There are many questions we wonder about as we serve advanced students. What have we learned from our work with talented and gifted students?  When did we fail them or when did we do just the right thing in our work?  Can we support their needs in the present and prepare them for the future?  How do we help them meet the opportunities and stress of our present world? This keynote will focus on reflections and thoughts on being in the present moment with our students through stories and visual enhancements. The session will explore techniques to open a dialogue on issues with which our students are struggling.

Cloyce Weaver is proud to say he is in his 50th year working in the field of education.  He has taught grades K-8, worked in gifted programming for 20 years, working with three different school districts.  He has spent time as an administrator and assistant superintendent for curriculum ( K-12).  He has retired twice and is presently on contract working for the Ontario Ministry of Education assisting teachers to use student led collaborative inquiry techniques to deliver curriculum.  In his spare time he acts as a senior advisor to the charity association, “Ashoka," and works with teachers of English from the Peoples’ Republic of China to improve their instructional strategy skills in the English language instruction.  Cloyce has an undergraduate degree in Drama and Theatre and obtained his Masters from the University of Connecticut studying with the amazing family of educators working with Dr. Joseph Renzulli.  He identifies this time as being the most influential experience of his career.