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

Posted: Tuesday, 19 March 2013

DOTHAN - Troy University will host the Fifth Annual Gifted Education Conference for parents and teachers of high-ability K-2 students at the Dothan Campus on Saturday, April 6, from 9:30 – 3 p.m. in the Michelin Room in the Library/Technology Building.

This year’s theme is developing early interest in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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 developing and capitalizing on early interest in the STEM fields. The conference presenters will provide information about how to select and use toys, games, technology, and curriculum enrichment activities to engage our young engineers and our nation’s future scientists and technological leaders,” 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

Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m., and refreshments and lunch will be provided.