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

Posted: Monday, 02 March 2015

DOTHAN - The seventh annual Gifted Education Conference for parents and teachers of high-ability K-2 students will be held at Troy University's Dothan Campus on Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Michelin Room in R. Terry Everett Hall.

This year's theme is "Growing 21st Century Leaders."

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 preparing high-ability K-2 students with the learning, literacy, and life skills they will need to be 21st century leaders. The conference presenters will provide information about critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, and collaboration skills to prepare our future leaders for success in a changing world," 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 8:30 a.m., and refreshments will be provided.