(Two day conference - $175 BEFORE AUGUST 1)

  • Attendee Exclusive Workshop with the keynote speakers
  • NEW! Action Lab/Live Classrooms on Thursday
  • Thursday Night Reception - off-campus w/ drinks and appetizers
(Subject to change)
Thursday, September 19
8:00-8:45 am- Registration & Coffee 
9:00-10:30 am- Welcome & Keynote- Opening Session 
10:45-11:45 am- Session 1
11:45-1:00 pm- Lunch on campus 
1:15-2:15- Session 2
2:30- 3:00- Networking and snacks 
3:15- 4:15- Session 3
6:00-8:00- Reception off-campus
Friday, September 20
8:15- 9:00 am- Optional divisional school tour and coffee
9:00-10:00 am- Session 4
10:15-11:45 am- Keynote
11:45-12:40 pm- Lunch on campus
12:45- 1:45 pm- Session 5
2:00-3:00- Session 6

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 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

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 Michael Postma
  • Educator workshop by Dr. Joy Lawson Davis
  • Keynote presentation by Dr. Joy Lawson Davis
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