March 21, 2015 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Essex High School in Tappahannock, VA Partnering for Gifted Education – a mini – seminar for parents and educators, hosted by Region III and VAG
Announcing the 2015 Conference
Bridging Connections for Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships
October 26-27, 2015 – Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Richmond, Virginia
Dr. John Almarode will be the keynote speaker.
Call for Proposals Now Open
Virginia Association for Gifted is now accepting proposals for sessions through May 1, 2015. http://goo.gl/forms/lbJ3X0nhyk
The strength of our field and advocacy for meeting the needs of advanced students is found in the diversity of our thoughts, ideas and the people. Please consider sharing your expertise by submitting a proposal for an informational, interactive, panel, or roundtable session at the 2015 conference!
Dr. John Almarode is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at James Madison University and Head of the Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities Department. John is also the coordinator of the gifted education program at James Madison University. He began his career in Augusta County, Virginia, teaching a wide-range of students. At James Madison University, he works with pre-service teachers, and actively pursues his research interests including educational neuroscience, the design and measurement of classroom environments that promote student engagement and learning, interest and engagement in STEM disciplines, specialized STEM high schools, and college and university laboratory schools. The work of John and his colleagues has been presented to the United State Congress, Virginia Senate, at the United States Department of Education as well as the Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House. John has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on the application of neuroscience to classroom, school, and home environments. He has authored multiple articles, reports, book chapters, and two books including Captivate, Activate, and Invigorate the Student Brain in Science and Math, Grades 6 - 12 (Corwin Press, 2013).
John lives in Waynsboro, Virginia with his wife Danielle, a fellow educator, their two children, Tessa and Jackson, and labrador retreivers, Angel and Forest.