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11/4/2018 to 11/5/2018
Where: The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
10 Shenandoah Avenue NW
Roanoke, Virginia  24016
United States
Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Plucker / Dr. Catherine Little / Mr. Jeff Lonnett

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Engage & Enrich: Nurturing “Life-Ready” Gifted Students! 

“Virginia Association for the Gifted” Seminar: 11/4 & 11/5 - 2018


Sunday, November 4th


VA Gifted Award Ceremony


Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Jonathan Plucker – Johns Hopkins University


Monday, November 5th



Dr. Jonathan Plucker - Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Catherine Little - University of Connecticut

Mr. Jeff Lonnett - Fairfax Public Schools



Members $250; Non-Members $300
Early bird registration $25 off until October 12, 2018


Register for seminar here (Deadline October 31, 2018)


 Click here for Agenda and Sessions information


10 Shenandoah Avenue NW
Roanoke, Virginia  24016

A block of rooms has been reserved for November 4, 2018 - November 5, 2018.
The special room rate will be available until October 12 or the group block is sold-out.

Click here for reservation link information



Helping Virginia's Public Schools



Keynote Speaker:


Dr. Jonathan Plucker


Jonathan Plucker is a prominent education policy and talent development scholar, and the inaugural Julian C. Stanley Professor of Talent Development at Johns Hopkins University. He holds a joint appointment at the Center for Talented Youth and School of Education.

Dr. Plucker received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry education from The University of Connecticut in 1991, where he also received a master’s degree in educational psychology in 1992. After briefly serving as an elementary school teacher, he attended the University of Virginia, where he received his doctorate in educational psychology in 1995. After briefly teaching for two years at the University of Maine, he arrived at Indiana University in 1997 as a visiting assistant professor. He became a tenure-track assistant professor in 1998, with promotion to associate professor in 2001 and full professor in 2006.

His work focuses on education policy and talent development and has been supported by over $40 million in external grants and contracts. He has published over 300 articles, chapters, and reports. He recently became editor for the Psychological Perspectives on Contemporary Educational Issues series at IAP. His work defining and studying excellence gaps ( is part of a larger effort to reorient policymakers’ and educators’ thinking about how best to promote success and high achievement for all children.


Dr. Catherine Little


Governance Secretary, NAGC Board of Directors
University of Connecticut

Catherine Little is a professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership, as well as an M.A.Ed. in Gifted Education, from The College of William and Mary. Dr. Little is a renowned researcher and author in the field of gifted education. She is the principal investigator for Project LIFT and Project SPARK, both funded by the US Department of Education's Jacobs K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program. In 2008, Dr. Little received the NAGC Early Leader Award. 


Mr. Jeff Lonnett

Jeff Lonnett is an Instructional Specialist in Fairfax County Public Schools’ Advanced Academics Program.   His primary focus is the growth, development, and sustainment of Project-Based Learning across the school district.  He supports teachers, pre-K through 12, in providing authentic experiences where students will master core content and develop adaptable skills for lifelong success.   Jeff has trained over 4,000 teachers and administrators in PBL, who walk away with the ability to implement the model, refine and improve practices and raise awareness in their school communities.  As a leader, Jeff has also supported new teachers by serving as a coach for FCPS’ new teacher induction program and leading professional development on how to mentor and support novice teachers.  Additionally, Jeff has facilitated professional development on PBL at James Madison University’s yearly Content Teacher Academy, and has worked with the Kennedy Center through their CETA (Changing Education Through the Arts) Program.  A 19 year educator, he is also an artist and illustrator.  You can follow him on Twitter @JeffLonnett



When:     November 4-5, 2018

Where:    The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

                10 Shenandoah Avenue NW
                Roanoke, Virginia  24016



Cost:       $250 ($300 for non-members) - Early bird registration $25 off until October 12, 2018
Breakfast begins at 7:45 am
                Lunch Buffet between sessions
                Drinks and snacks provided throughout the morning and afternoon sessions

            Space is limited and is expected to fill quickly.  Don’t delay securing your registration

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