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Support for Educators in the Field

WCE Hosts Third Annual AIG Conference

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Nearly 100 teachers attended the UNCW Academically and Intellectually Gifted conference titled “Serving the Whole Gifted Child” at the Watson College on April 21.

Angela Housand, WCE associate professor and AIG program coordinator, designed the third annual conference to provide teachers with effective strategies and practical tools they can use to engage gifted learners in the classroom.

George Betts, president of the National Association for Gifted Children, was keynote speaker at the event.

Betts is professor emeritus at the University of Northern Colorado and the founder and former director of the Center for the Education and Study of the Gifted, Talented and Creative. He is an internationally acclaimed speaker who specializes in assisting schools, districts, states and national organizations to implement and refine programs for gifted and talented learners.

Betts was also the featured speaker at the spring 2017 Gifted Information and Advocacy Session held at the Watson College on April 20. At the event he shared advice and strategies for helping gifted and talented children thrive at home and in school.

GISA events are offered by New Hanover County Schools in partnership with the Watson College. The events are designed to provide parents and caregivers of gifted learners with information and support.

AIG Programs Offered at the Watson College

The Watson College offers AIG add-on licensure and a Master of Education with specialization in Academically or Intellectually Gifted. Both programs have been designed with working teachers in mind. They feature a series of courses using the seven week model – half the length of a traditional semester, which allows participants to complete the requirements for the AIG add-on licensure in one regularly scheduled academic year. Courses are offered online and the “in place” practicum experience can often be completed at the school where the teacher is employed.

For information on AIG add-on licensure, visit: www.uncw.edu/ed/aig/licensure.html.

For information on the M.Ed., visit www.uncw.edu/ed/aig/med.html.