Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium:

Parent Day

Date: June 19, 2019

Time: Presentation 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Location: Austin High School, 301 Third Street NW, Austin, MN 55912

Description: Session follows the “4 Words that Changed My Life: How a Teacher of Science and Gifted Became a Policy Leader” keynote presentation by Stephen L. Pruitt, Ph.D., president, Southern Regional Education Board. Gifted children are often intense. Their intensity can manifest itself in many different ways. Some children throw themselves into everything at a full tilt, rushing toward an invisible and unreachable finish line. These children have little time for sleep, relaxation, family, or friends. Other children are hyper-focused, interested in pursuing narrowly defined fields of study, disregarding other areas of study at the expense of their school performance. These varied drives are often accompanied with anxiety, perfectionism and high emotions. We will explore the intensities of gifted children in this interactive workshop, with particular attention to helping children work through feelings of anxiety and worry. We will discuss ways to help children find balance and to value their personal characteristics rather than base their worth on grades and academic achievement. Leave this workshop with tools to teach your children and to use yourself, as together you positively navigate life’s complicated pathways. See Balancing the Intensity of Giftedness for more information.

Presenters: Lynette Breedlove, Ph.D., director, Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, Western Kentucky University.

Event Type: One-day workshop

Audience: Parents and parent educators

Sponsor: Minnesota Department of Education, Austin Public School District and The Hormel Foundation.

Fee: The Leadership Academy fee of $50.00 includes a keynote presentation, sessions with Dr. Breedlove, materials, breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks. Pre-registration is required. Participants who attend Leadership Academy Day (June 18, 2019), Parent Day (June 19, 2019), and General Sessions (June 18-20, 2019) must register for each separately.

Register: Register for the June 19, 2019 Parent Day (Note: Go to the separate registration tab labeled “2019 Parent Day.”)

Registration is not considered complete until payment is received. An email confirmation will be sent to you upon successful completion of the online registration process.

If you need assistance with registering or prefer to register by phone, please contact us by using the phone numbers listed below.

Registration deadline: June 5, 2019

Contact Information: Wendy Behrens, 651-582-8786

Please contact Terry Alvarado, 651-582-8749, two weeks before the event to request a reasonable accommodation.