TROY to host free conference for parents, teachers of gifted students

Posted: Wednesday, 02 March 2011

DOTHAN—Parents and teachers of students in kindergarten through second grade are invited to attend the third annual Conference on Gifted Education at Troy University on Saturday, April 2..

The year’s theme is creativity and the conference will focus on developing and nurturing creative problem solving. The free conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Dothan Campus inside the Michelin Conference Room in the Library/Technology Building. Check-in begins at 9 a.m.

Sponsored by the TROY College of Education, the conference is aimed at helping parents and teachers recognize and nurture the creative potential in high-ability students in kindergarten through second grade.

“Creatively gifted children may not have the highest grades in the class; however, with understanding, patience, and guidance from parents and teachers, these children can become our future architects, inventors, artists, writers, publishers, marketing executives, and teachers,” said TROY education professor Dr. Victoria Morin.

The conference presenters will discuss how to recognize the characteristics of creative children and will share books, games, toys and activities that parents can use at home, Dr. Morin said. Teachers will learn how to differentiate instruction to include a focus on creative thinking skills for high-ability students.

The conference is offered at no cost to participants, but seating is limited, and preregistration is required. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, or to register, contact Dr. Morin at 334-983-6556, extension 1351 or vmorin@troy.edu.