On behalf of the Morgridge College of Education, I am pleased to welcome you to our 10th Anniversary Gifted Education 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 Celebrating Gifted Education:  Reflecting on our Past and Impacting Our Future.

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 setting this year, in celebration of our 10th Anniversary, is the beautiful Wellshire Event Center, providing an opportunity for participants to interact collaboratively, recognize accomplishments and begin implementation of actions to impact our future.

Our dynamic and informative Symposium and Conference focuses on both leading-edge research advances and practical classroom strategies.  This year we are pleased to welcome the Palmarium winners from across the country as our featured speakers.  These invited leaders include Dr. Sylvia Rimm, Dr. Julia Link Roberts, Dr. Del Seigel, Dr. Marcia Gentry and Dr. Frank Worrell.

Join us to learn theory and practical strategies to improve your own work 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.

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 January 2020!


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


Thursday, January 30, 2020
9:00am – 11:30am: Pre-Conference Workshop 1 & 2
1:00pm – 3:30pm: Pre-Conference Workshop 3 & 4
4:00pm – 4:30pm: Reception & Poster Sessions
4:30pm – 5:30pm: Policy Symposium

Friday, January 31, 2020
8:00am – 8:30am: Breakfast & Registration
8:30am – 9:30am: Welcome & Palmarium Presentation
9:45am – 10:45am: Breakout Sessions A
11:00am – 12:00pm: Breakout Sessions B
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 1:30pm: Poster Sessions
1:45pm – 2:45pm: Breakout Sessions C
3:00pm – 4:00pm: Breakout Sessions D
4:15pm – 4:30pm: Closing Remarks

Announcing the 2020 Palmarium Award Recipient (Coming soon)

Keynote speakers (Coming soon)

This year’s keynote speakers will also be presenting during the Policy Symposium, 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. Check out our past speakers here.


Registration opening soon. Continuing Education hours will be provided with attendance of the full event.

Call for proposals

Palmarium Award

Hotel & Parking

  • Event: Wellshire Inn, 3333 S. Colorado Blvd Denver, CO
  • Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Denver/Cherry Creek
    • 600 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80246 303-754-9800
  • Parking: Free at the Hilton Garden Inn & Wellshire Inn


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