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

Posted: Wednesday, 07 March 2012

DOTHAN—Troy University will present the fourth annual conference for parents and teachers of young, high-ability students on Saturday, March 31, at the Dothan Campus.

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Michelin Room in the Library/Technology Building. This year's theme is advanced literacy.

The free event is sponsored by the College of Education and is aimed at helping parents and teachers better meet the needs of high-ability students in kindergarten through second grade.

"Typically, students are not identified and served in gifted programs until third grade. Therefore, we want to provide parents and classroom teachers with techniques that can enrich the curriculum for K-2 students prior to enrollment in a gifted program," said Dr. Victoria Morin, Professor of Special Education and Gifted Education.

"The focus of this year's conference is on recognizing and nurturing advanced literacy skills for high ability students in grades K-2. The conference presenters will provide information about how to select and use books, games, technology, and writing activities to prevent boredom and burnout at home and at school for high-ability students," Dr. Morin said.

The conference is offered at no cost to participants, but seating is limited. Pre-registration is required and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, contact Dr. Morin at 334-983-6556, extension 1351 or vmorin@troy.edu. Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m., and refreshments will be provided.