(Two day conference - $175 BEFORE AUGUST 1)

JOIN US! Attendee Exclusive Workshop with the keynote speakers / NEW! Action Lab/Live Classrooms on Thursday / Thursday Night Reception at off-campus venue w/ drinks and appetizers

(Subject to change)

Wednesday, September 18:
6:00 - 7:30 pm Parent Night (Dr. Joy Lawson Davis)

Thursday, September 19:
8:15 - 8:30 am Participants arrive at Sycamore (Student Greeters & Tours)
Registration & Coffee/breakfast snacks

8:30 - 9:00 am Welcome & School Introductions in the Theater

9:00 - 10:30 am Observations in EC & LS & MS

10:30 - 11:30 am Keynote with Dr. Michael Postma

11:45 - 1:00 pm Lunch & Student Entertainment/Panel

1:15 - 2:15 pm Sessions & Observations in LS & MS
● Creating a Homework Policy and Some Examples of Successful Projects - Carol Kelly
● Meet Your Math Brain - Catherine May Katauskas
● Gifted Technology for Gifted Students - Robert Walker
● What does it mean to be a school for gifted kids? Come help us find out! - Jeff Strobel & Dr. Cary Kirby

2:30 - 3:30 pm Educator workshops by Dr. Joy Lawson Davis & Dr. Michael Posta

3:45 - 4:15 pm Wrap-up and Q&A

6:00 - 8:00 pm Networking reception

Friday, September 20:
8:15 - 9:00 am Coffee/breakfast snacks and networking

9:00 - 10:30 am Keynote with Dr. Joy Lawson Davis

10:45 - 11:45 am Sessions
● The Power of Thinking in Different Bases - Peggy McLean (LS)
● Adventures in Academic Competitions - Tony Young and David Schuth
● Mystery Places- Ignite a love of geography in your students! - Jennifer Marvel-Gillono
● Online Collaboration in a Gifted Fourth Grade Science Class - Dr. Cary Kirby

12:00-12:45 pm Lunch/Affinity Groups

1:00 - 2:00 pm Sessions
● Creating Positive Classroom Communities - Ruth Moll, Catherine Kirkendall, Kim Pursch
● Modeling - The Key to Empowerment in Math - Sarah Batzel
● Executive Function and Student Success - Lori Henderson
● Differentiating Literature - Beth Simpson

2:15 - 3:15 pm Sessions
● Cultivating Curious Minds: It's Time to Teach the Love of Math! - Doris Fulwider
● Lessons from the Colorado Summer Institute on Twice-Exceptionality - Lori Henderson
● The Power of Personalized Learning and Student Units - Chari Nickerson & Erin Hellman

Want to be a presenter at the 2019 conference?  Have a 60-minute presentation great idea that other teachers need to hear! Thank you for your interest in presenting at The Sycamore Gifted Conference. We invite you to share a presentation, conversation, or hands-on activity that pertains to gifted education in independent schools.

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We have secured a special conference rate for the 2019 Gifted Summit hotel: 
Fairfield Inn & Suites Indianapolis in Carmel
$140 per night  

Close to the Summit's VIP party venue at Bar Louie and an easy drive to Sycamore. Located in the heart of Carmel, near the Carmel Arts & Design District, Clay Terrace, and the Center for the Performing Arts. Enjoy the Fairfield's large rooms featuring plush bedding, ample workspaces, and convenient mini-refrigerators. Free perks such as a fitness center and pool, free breakfast to fuel up, and free high-speed internet.

98% of guests recommend this hotel!

Last day to book: August 18, 2019 to get the special group rate
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!

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Dr. Joy Lawson Davis

Dr. Joy Lawson Davis is an educator with over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, scholar, author and consultant. In addition to local district and university experiences, Davis served for five years as the Virginia State Specialist for K-12 Gifted services. A graduate of the College of William & Mary Dr. Davis holds both master’s and doctorate degrees in Gifted Education. Davis has served as a keynote speaker and distinguished guest lecturer across the nation, in South Africa and the Caribbean. Diversity Education and Gifted Education are her areas of special expertise. 

Dr. Michael Postma

Dr. Michael Postma is a consultant, speaker, and author dedicated to the holistic development of both gifted and twice-exceptional children through his company Agility Educational Solutions. Over the last two decades, Dr. Postma has worked in the field of gifted/talented education as both a teacher and administrator in the public school system and was the architect of the Minnetonka Navigator Program (MN), a magnet school for highly and profoundly gifted students. He was also the Executive Director at Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy, a charter school for gifted children in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Postma has multiple degrees. He obtained a B.A. in History from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, a M.A. in Gifted and Talented Education, and, a Ed. D. in Educational Leadership (Critical Pedagogy) from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He currently lives in Surf City, NC and is the father of four children, three of whom are twice-exceptional.
Wednesday evening
  • Parent Night by Dr. Joy Lawson Davis
  • Keynote presentation by Dr. Michael Postma
  • Educator workshop by Dr. Joy Lawson Davis
  • Educator workshop by Dr. Michael Postma

  • Keynote presentation by Dr. Joy Lawson Davis
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