On behalf of the Morgridge College of Education, I am pleased to welcome you to our 11th annual Gifted Education Policy Symposium and Conference, presented by the Office of the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education. In recognition of our decade of conferences, the theme this year is Addressing Disproportionality in Gifted Education.

Designed for teacher leaders, building and district leaders, researchers, parents, mental health professionals, and education service providers, the conference is intended to provide specific topical information about selected areas in gifted education.  Our dynamic and informative Symposium and Conference focuses on both leading-edge research advances and practical classroom strategies.

Join us to learn theory and practical strategies to improve your own work Addressing Disproportionality in Gifted Education. 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 from multiple perspectives. We look forward to having you join us in February 2021! For questions, contact us at idge@du.edu.


Norma Lu Hafenstein, Ph.D.
Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education
Clinical Professor, Curriculum Studies and Teaching
Morgridge College of Education


All sessions will be virtual. Each registration ticket is good for one spot in our Zoom webinar, both Thursday and Friday. All times below are in Mountain Time.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

4:30 – 5:25 p.m. MT – Pre Conference Parent Panel

  • Ryan McClintock, Moderator
  • Colorado Parents of Gifted Students

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. MT – Policy Symposium

  • Julia Link Roberts, Moderator
  • Dina Brulles
  • Marcia Gentry
  • Scott Peters
  • Jonathan Plucker

Friday, February 5, 2021

1:00 – 1:55 p.m. MT – Session 1 – Identification Panel

  • Joy Esquierdo
  • Theresa Newsom
  • Ann Robinson

2:00 – 2:55 p.m. MT – Session 2 – Critical Conversations

  • Ken Dickson

3:00 – 3:55 p.m. MT – Session 3 – Programming and Strategies

  • Jaime Castellano
  • April Wells

4:00 – 4:55 p.m. MT – Session 4 – Legislative Policy Panel

  • Brian Sponsler
  • Shelagh Gallagher
  • Julia Link Roberts

4:55 – 5:30 p.m. MT – Poster Sessions on Twitter

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. MT – 2021 Palmarium Award Presentation, Keynote, and Discussion

  • Gilman Whiting, Rethinking Giftedness: The Hopes of Gifted Education
  • Discussants: Tracy Cross, Moderator, Stephen Chou, and Joy Lawson Davis

Announcing the 2021 Palmarium Award Recipient – Dr. Gilman W. Whiting

The Office of the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education at the Morgridge College of Education is pleased to announce Dr. Gilman W. Whiting as the recipient of the 2021 Palmarium Award, an annual award given to an individual who most exemplifies the vision of the Office of the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education. The office seeks a future in which giftedness will be understood, embraced, and systemically nurtured. Recipients of the Palmarium Award demonstrate the vision through understanding of giftedness in the areas of:

  • Practice by impacting graduate education, pre-service, and P-12 community
  • 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

Through the generosity of the Considine Family Foundation, the Palmarium Award provides professional acknowledgment and tangible support to eminent leaders in the field of Gifted Education. “Dr. Whiting challenges our thinking and urges us to improve our practice with a commitment to equity and opportunity,” said Dr. Norma Hafenstein, the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education.


Call for posters

Palmarium Award

Call for Nominations for the February 2021 conference.

virtual conference


Vendor Opportunities

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