Drury to host state gifted education conference

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., September 25, 2013 — Drury University will host the Gifted Association of Missouri’s (GAM) 32nd annual conference on Oct. 18 and 19 in Lay Hall. This is the first time GAM’s annual conference has been held in Springfield.

“This conference helps educators learn how to help their highest achieving students reach their potential,” said Meredith Burstin with the Gifted Association of Missouri. “Additionally, on Saturday, October 19, there will be sessions at the conference specifically for parents of gifted children.”

The conference’s keynote speaker is Dr. Susan Daniels from California State University-San Bernadino. Dr. Daniels specializes in the social and emotional development of gifted children and adolescents, the development of creative potential, and intensity and sensitivity among gifted individuals.  She also co-edited and co-authored two books titled Living with Intensity and Raising Creative Kids.

Besides Dr. Daniels, there will be 34 breakout sessions addressing all aspects of gifted education. On Saturday, GAM will hold its annual awards and scholarship luncheon.

Registration for educators is $150 for Gifted Association of Missouri members and $225 for non-members. For a parent, the fees are $55 for a GAM member and $65 for non-members. Two parents can register for $80 or $90 if they are not GAM members.

For more information, go to the Gifted Association of Missouri website.

Media Contact: Mary Potthoff, Director, The Center for Gifted Education, Office: (417) 873-7386, Email: mpoffhoff@drury.edu