Gifted Education Conference

Gifted Education Conference

2018 Gifted Education Conference – Presented through the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education

Talented Voices: Diversity and Equity in Gifted Education

8th Annual Conference

On behalf of the Morgridge College of Education, welcome to the 8th Annual Gifted Education Conference – Presented by the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education: Talented Voices: Diversity and Equity in Gifted Education.

Designed for teacher leaders, building and district leaders, parents, mental health professionals, and education service providers, the conference is intended to provide specific topical information about selected areas in gifted education.

This year, we are planning another dynamic and informative Symposium and Conference that focuses on identification of and service to all gifted learners. Join us to learn strategies for recognizing talent, and tools for the development of programming and service models. Important policy issues and trends facing gifted education today will be highlighted and discussed during the Symposium. The Gifted Education Conference will join leading educators and researchers with participants to explore gifted education through an equity lens with a recognition of all gifted learners.

Please see the 2017 conference highlights below for what you can expect when attending this conference. Past speakers have included: Dr. Frank C. Worrell, Dr. Susan Assouline, Dr. Chester Finn, Dr. Rena Subotnik, Dr. James Delisle, and Dr. Bertie Kingore.

Please bookmark this page and check back often as we will continually update information as we finalize speakers and other important details about this exciting event. We look forward to having you join us in February 2018!


Norma Lu Hafenstein, Ph.D.

Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education

Clinical Professor, Curriculum Studies and Teaching

Morgridge College of Education

Conference Schedule

  • Policy Symposium: February 7, 2018  4:30 PM – 7:00 PM MST
  • Conference: February 8, 2018  8:00 AM – 5:30 PM MST
Conference Program

  • The 2018 Program is coming soon

  • Registration Coming Soon
  • Student Discount Available
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2017 Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Frank C. Worrell

frank-c-worrellA Professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, he holds affiliate appointments in the Psychology Department (Social and Personality area), and with the Center for Child and Youth Policy, the Center for Race and Gender, and the Center for Latino Policy Research. His current appointments include Faculty Director of the School Psychology program, Faculty Director of the Academic Talent Development Program, and Faculty Director of the California College Preparatory Academy.

Dr. Worrell’s areas of research include academic talent development/gifted education, the education of at-risk youth, ethnic identity, racial identity, scale development and validation, teacher effectiveness, time perspective, and the translation of psychological research findings into school-based practice.

Dr. Worrell is an active member of several professional organizations, and is currently a Member at Large on the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association (APA) and editor of the Review of Educational Research. He served on the Committee for Psychological Tests and Assessment (APA), the Board of Educational Affairs (APA), and the Joint Committee of AERA, APA, and NCME appointed to revise the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing and is a Fellow of several divisions. In 2013, Dr. Worrell was awarded the Jack Bardon Distinguished Service Award from Division 16 of APA.

2017 Palmarium aWARD rECIPIENT – jAMES t. wEBB pH.d.

james-t-webbJames T. Webb, Ph.D., has been recognized as one of the most influential psychologists nationally on gifted education. Dr. Webb has written 16 books, over 75 professional publications, three DVDs, and many research papers for psychology conventions or for conferences regarding gifted and talented children. Six of his books are on gifted children and adults, and four have won “Best Book” awards.

A frequent keynote and workshop speaker, Dr. Webb, a licensed psychologist, has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, The Phil Donahue Show, CNN, Public Radio International, and National Public Radio.

In 1981, Dr. Webb established SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted Children, Inc.), a national nonprofit organization that provides information, training, conferences, and workshops, and he served as Chair of SENG’s Professional Advisory Committee. In 2011, he was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Association for Gifted children, the Community Service Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, and the Upton Sinclair Award by

Dr. Webb has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Gifted Children, and was President of the American Association for Gifted Children. Currently, Dr. Webb is President of Great Potential Press, Inc.

The Palmarium Award is awarded to the individual most exemplifying the vision of a future in which giftedness will be understood, embraced, and systematically nurtured throughout the nation and the world. Recipients demonstrate vision through understanding of giftedness in the areas of:

  • Practice by impacting graduate education, pre-service, and P-12Community
  • Outreach through advocacy at a variety of levels (local, national, international)
  • Publications informing teachers, children, parents, policy makers, and academia
  • Research influencing theory, practice, and policy

If you are interested in nominating an individual for the 2018 Palmarium Award, please contact us at

Policy & Practice Symposium

del-siegleDr. Del Siegle
University of Connecticut Frank C. Worrell
Distinguished Professor of Gifted and Talented Education, Director of the National Center for Research on Gifted Education

dorinda-carter-andrewsDr. Dorinda Carter Andrews
Michigan State University
Assistant Dean of Equity Outreach Initiatives, Associate Professor of Teacher Education. Teaches courses on racial identity development, urban education, critical multiculturalism, and critical race theory

susan-assoulineDr. Susan Assouline
University of Iowa
Myron and Jacqueline Blank Endowed Chair in Gifted Education Director, Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education & Talent Development, Professor, Psychological and Quantitative Foundations

jaqueline-medinaJacquelin Medina
CO Dept. of Education
State Director in Gifted Education, extensive experience in the history of Colorado’s gifted program development. Past president of the Council of State Directors of Programs for Gifted

Panel moderated by Dr. Norma Hafenstein•University of Denver Morgridge College of Education Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education; Clinical Professor, Curriculum Studies and Teaching

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