upcoming conference // Gifted Education in Independent Schools: Mission Accepted

EVENT: June 13 and 14, 2017
at Sycamore School in Indianapolis, Indiana
A national (and the only) conference for people who work in independent schools that focus on gifted education (teachers, division heads, and admission directors)
Registration Fee
$100 before March 1 / $125 after March 1
Registration fee includes two lunches during conference

5:00-7:00 Registration Opens, Drinks and hors d'oeuvres

8:00-8:45 Registration and Coffee
9:00 -10:30 Welcome & Keynote - Opening Session
10:45-11:45 Breakout Sessions
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:15-2:15 Breakout Sessions
2:30-3:30 Breakout Sessions
3:30-4:00 Wrap-Up & Overview of Things to Do in Indy

8:30 Coffee
9:00-10:00 Breakout Sessions
10:15-11:15 Breakout Sessions
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:45-1:45 Breakout Sessions
2:00-3:00 Breakout Sessions
3:00-4:00 Closing Session

Sessions include:
Social and Emotional Learning in the Gifted Early Childhood and Lower School Classroom
Faculty Evaluation Focused on Professional Growth
PreK is Gross: Science Investigations With Young Gifted Children
Want to present at the conference?  
call for proposal - submit here

Deadline: February 1, 2017

Conference Location
Sycamore School, 1750 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN
Telephone Number: 317-202-2500
From the Airport
Indianapolis International Airport is easily accessible to downtown and Sycamore School. Fly into Indy and use GO Express and be downtown in less than 30 minutes for just $10!

Directions to Sycamore School
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For more information, email us!

Hotel Accommodations

We have partnered with three hotels - one on the north side of the city, and two downtown. 

Drury Plaza Hotel Indianapolis Carmel
9625 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46290
Telephone: 317-587-2701
Reservations may also be made by calling 1-800-325-0720 and refer to your group number 2293272.
free Wi-Fi
Drury Inn opened in 2016, and features hot breakfast (Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy, etc...)

They also offer a free 5:30 Kickback with snacks like salads, soups and cold beverages until 7:00 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown 
10 East Market Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 
free Wi-Fi

Marriott Downtown
350 W. Maryland Street Indianapolis, IN 46225 
free Wi-Fi

Please make your reservations by Friday, May 12, 2017 to receive your group rate. Reservations made after this date will be subject to prevailing rates and availability.
    • summer conference at Sycamore

Featured Speakers:

KEYNOTE: Kristie Speirs Neumeister
Since the beginning of her academic career, Kristie has been interested in understanding perfectionism in gifted students, including how it develops, impacts social and emotional well being, and influences achievement motivation. In addition to perfectionism, an emerging interest of Kristie's is gaining an understanding of factors that influence the success of twice-exceptional learners. The research on this group of learners is currently gaining momentum in the field of gifted education.

Another thread that runs through her academic and professional engagement is the development of books and materials that can be used by practitioners in the field to design and or improve programs for gifted students. This developed from her direct work with the practitioners who take her graduate courses in gifted education as well as those she has met through consultation with their districts.

Kristie has worked with a number of school districts (from large, urban to small, rural) in the state of Indiana, and through this work, spent considerable time developing ways to “translate” the research findings from the field into the language of practitioners to give them concrete guidance on identification, services, and curriculum and instruction that is based in best practices.

Dr. Catherine Hagerman Pangan
"STEAM for Gifted Kids"
Catherine is an Associate Professor at Butler University in the College of Education. She is a past recipient of the Richard Guyer Chair in Education and serves as Program Coordinator of the Elementary Program. She is honored to work with freshman through graduate students and many community partners. Her work focuses on science and social studies methods, teacher leadership, education technology, and pre-service teaching. She also has a unique role as a “Faculty-in-Residence" and lives, along with her family, with 630 freshmen and sophomores.

Dr. Pangan contributes as a columnist in The New Teacher Advocate magazine as “Dr. P.” and has written curriculum for teachers for exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Her proudest literary work is a children’s book titled “No Peanuts for Me!” about her son’s peanut allergy. She also authored chapters for “The Power of Teacher Leaders” and “Connecting Children to Nature” and advised on a student led publication “The Gifts of Indiana.”

Currently she is the co-project manager for One Butler: The Brain Project, a year-long initiative focused on the impact neuroscience has in every dimension of our lives. She is honored to serve as a trustee on Sycamore School's board. Dr. Pangan received her B.S. in Elementary Education, Master’s in Educational Administration, an endorsement in Gifted Education, and Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching with an emphasis on policy and education law. Dr. Pangan has been working in education for almost 20 years.

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead! In this workshop we will engage in thoughtful ways to integrate science, technology, engineering, art, and math through many different types of explorations including Suminagashi, Kandinski’s work, and even experiment with some virobot painting.