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16th Virginia Conference on Gifted Education

Bridging Connections for Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships

October 26 – 27, 2015

Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Richmond, Virginia


We are so excited to have had such interest in our upcoming conference.  At this time, we are at capacity and registration is closed.


   Member price Non-member price
 Early bird registration through October 2 $275  $325
 Advance Registration through Oct. 20 $325  $375
 On-site registration (if space available)    FULL $400 $400


 Click here for a copy of the conference program including schedule and session descriptions.  


Click here for Conference Hotel Reservations at the Hilton Hotel & Spa in Short Pump.
A listing of additional nearby hotels is attached here for your convenience.

Thanks to our sponsors:



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 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 Waynesboro, Virginia with his wife Danielle, a fellow educator, their two children, Tessa and Jackson, and labrador retreivers, Angel and Forest.


Jack A. Naglieri, Ph.D., has taught assessment for more than two decades and is now a professor of psychology at George Mason University. He is the author of more than 250 publications including scholarly articles, books, tests, rating scales, and computer software solutions. In 1985 Dr. Naglieri published his first nonverbal test (the Matrix Analogies Test), which was renamed the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test (NNAT) in 1997.

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