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VA Gifted Conference 2019

10/17/2019 to 10/19/2019
When: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Where: Richmond Marriott Downtown
500 E Broad St
Richmond, Virginia  23219
United States

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Linking the Strands of Gifted Education
to Provide Equity for All

October 17 – 19, 2019 

Dr. Jaime Castellano

Jaime A. Castellano is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the identification, assessment, recruitment, and retention of low-income, culturally and linguistically different gifted students. Dr. Castellano has particular expertise and success in working with school districts across the nation to increase the number of Hispanic/Latino students, Native American students, as well as English language learners in gifted education programs. With more than 25 years in the field, he has served as a teacher of the gifted, assistant principal and principal supervising gifted education programs, district-level gifted education coordinator and director, and state department of education specialist in the field.

Castellano is an award-winning principal and author, as well as a noted researcher and scholar in gifted education. He has written and edited four books on understanding our most able students from diverse backgrounds, written and/or edited multiple chapters, articles, and monographs in the field. His 2011 publication: Special Populations in Gifted Education: Understanding Our Most Able Students from Diverse Backgroundswas awarded the Legacy Award for Outstanding Scholarly Publication in the field of Gifted Education. He also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Advanced Academics (JAA), Journal for the Education of the Gifted (JEG), Gifted Child Today (GCT), and Roeper Review.


Dr. Tamra Stambaugh

Tamra Stambaugh, an assistant research professor and executive director of Programs for Talented Youth at Vanderbilt University. Stambaugh’s research focus is on high achieving low-income students and curriculum and instructional interventions that support gifted learners. She is the co-author/co-editor of several books, book chapters, articles, and curriculum units including but not limited toServing Gifted Students in Rural Settings (with Susannah Wood);Comprehensive Curriculum for Gifted Learners,Overlooked Gems: A National Perspective on Low-Income Promising Students, and theJacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension Program Series(with Joyce VanTassel-Baska)and most recently, four accelerated, concept-based ELA curriculum units designed for gifted middle schoolers (with Emily Mofield).

Stambaugh is a frequent presenter/consultant at conferences and school districts across the nation and abroad. She has served on numerous NAGC and state committees in support of gifted education and is a reviewer for key journals in the field. Prior to her appointment at Vanderbilt, she was director of grants and special projects at the Center for Gifted Education, William and Mary where she received her PhD.


Dr. Mike Postma

Dr. Michael Postma is curently the part-time Programming Director for the SENG Organization. A consultant, speaker, and author, Dr. Postma is dedicated to the holistic development of gifted and twice-exceptional through his company’s Agility Educational Solutions and newest venture Gifted and Thriving,a counseling resource for families, and educators. 

Over the last two decades, Dr. Postma has worked as both a teacher and administrator in the public school system and is the architect of the Minnetonka Navigator Program, a magnet school for highly and profoundly gifted students. He currently lives in Bellingham, WA and is the father of four children, three of whom are twice-exceptional.

His latest book, The Inconvenient Student: Critical Issues in the Identification and Education of Twice-Exceptional Students is published through Royal Fireworks Press.  Dr Postma is currently working on another book on the 'Impact of Neuro-diversity on the Gifted Individual. He can be reached at:

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Click here to register  (Registration deadline:  October 17, 2019)

When:     October 17-19, 2019

Where:    Richmond Marriott Downtown

                500 East Broad St. 
                Richmond, VA 23219


Registration Deadlines:  Early bird from June 1, 2019 to September 20, 2019

                                          Regular from September 21, 2019 to October 7, 2019

                                          Late from October 8, 2019 to October 17, 2019


Cost: Member Non-Member
*FULL Conference Early Bird Registration $349 $399
*FULL Conference Regular Registration $399 $449
*FULL Conference Late Registration $475 $525
*(Includes Friday breakfast andlunch; Saturday Breakfast)
Saturday ONLY Early Bird Registration (No Meals) $ 75 $100
Saturday ONLY Regular Registration (No Meals) $100 $125
Saturday ONLY Late Registration (No Meals) $125 $150
Full Time Graduate students, please emailDirector@vagifted.orgfor price.


Conference Agenda:  

Thursday, October 17, 2019

12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

General Session: Welcome, Awards, and Keynote with
Dr. Jaime Castellano

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Breakout Session 1

4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Breakout Session 2

1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Exhibitors/Vendors Open


Friday, October 18, 2019

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Registration, Breakfast, and Networking

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Keynote Session withDr. Tamra Stambaugh

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Breakout Session 3

11:15 a.m. -12:15 pm.

Breakout Session 4

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


1:45-2:45 p.m.

Breakout Session 5

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Breakout Session 6

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Exhibitors/Vendors Open


Saturday, October 19, 2019

7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Breakfast and Networking (Educators)

8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Parent Registration

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Session withDr. Mike Postma(Educators & Parents)

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Breakout Session 7 (Educators & Parents)

11:00 a.m. -12:00 pm.

Breakout Session 8 (Educators & Parents)

7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Exhibitors/Vendors Open

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