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IDGE Conference

Institute for the Development of Gifted Education

Conference 2013

Engaging The Mind & Heart - Character Education for Gifted Learners

Thank you to everyone to attended our 2013 conference.  This year boasted our greatest attendance to date with attendees as well as presenters from across the United States!

  • The 4th IDGE Conference was held Oct. 17-18, 2013.
  • The focus was on Character Education for Gifted Learners
  • Keynote speaker, Dr. Marvin W. Berkowitz, focused on the fundamentals of effective character education and the opportunities for applying those practices to gifted education. 
  • Dr. Sylvia Rimm, received the Institute's Inaugural Palmarium Award and gave the lunchtime address.  Her address focused on how parents and educators can guide and encourage gifted children toward fulfilling their potential with the goal of developing character and creativity that will permit gifted young people to make positive contributions to society.
  • October 17th featured a full day of concurrent sessions.  October 18th featured a half-day site visit to the Ricks Center for Gifted Children.
  • The goals of the conference were to:
  1.  Provide networking opportunities for participants related to character education of gifted learners.                  
  2. Engage in discussion regarding the needs and considerations of gifted learners related to affective character development.
  3. Become versed in current and pertinent research in the fields of Character Education and Gifted Education.