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Coping with Giftedness

This year's theme is "Mental Health and Wellness".

Call for Workshop Presenters
ABC 2015 Conference
February 20-21, 2015  - Humber College North Campus - Toronto, ON
At Educator Day, attendees will gain insight from expert speakers regarding the special needs of gifted children and youths.  Breakout sessions will enable attendees to learn more about areas particular areas of interest.

Your Registration Fee includes:
   -  Keynote and Plenary Speaker Sessions
   -  Workshops and Breakout Sessions
   -  Continental Breakfast, Buffet Lunch, and Light Refreshments at breaks

Keynote Speaker

Jean Peterson, Ph.D., Professor Emerita in Educational Studies, Purdue University
Dr. Peterson will discuss the various characteristics associated with giftedness, how these affect  a youth's development, and how parents can support their gifted child.

About the Speaker: Dr. Peterson has directed school-counselor preparation in the Department of Educational Studies at Purdue University, been an award-winning high school English and foreign language teacher, and created gifted education programs in middle and high schools.  Based on her research into the social and emotional development of gifted children, Dr. Peterson has written or co-authored more that 100 books, journal articles and textbook chapters.  She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor, and served two terms on the  Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children (USA).

Plenary Session Speaker

Dina Brulles, Ph.D., Director of Gifted Education Services, Paradise Valley Unified School District, Arizona; Coordinator of Gifted Education Program, Arizona State University
Dr. Brulles offers a wealth of experience in developing gifted programming and selecting the education models that best serve the unique needs of gifted students.

About the Speaker: Dr. Brulles holds a Ph.D. in gifted education and an M.S. in curriculum and instruction.  She is Past President of the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented (AAGT) and past vice-president of SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted), and currently serves on SENG’s Editorial Board.  She assists school districts in developing gifted programs and training teachers in the field of gifted education.  Dr. Brulles is co-author of "The cluster Grouping Handbook: A school wide model, and author of "Improving Performance for Gifted Students in a Cluster Grouping Model", Journal for the Education of the Gifted.


A portion of Educator Day with be dedicated to small breakout sessions and workshops.  During registration, you may select your preferred sessions to attend.  For details on each Workshop, please click the link below:

      Educator Day Workshops


Registration is now closed.

Directions to the Conference

For directions to Humber College North Campus, Building E, follow the link below:

      Getting There

Hosted by ABC Peel Chapter
on behalf of ABC Ontario.
Supported in part by a Parents Reaching Out Grant from the Ontario Ministry of Education
This conference will provide an excellent opportunity to gain and share knowledge on the impacts and challenges in teaching, guiding and parenting bright and gifted children and youth today.
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