The National Association for Gifted Children CEUs

Earn UCF Continuing Education Credits!
The Gifted Education Program is pleased to offer University of Central Florida Continuing Education Units for attendees of the 67th NAGC Annual Convention.

The National Association for Gifted Children 67th Annual Convention: Reimagined

Virtual conference November 12-17, 2020

Options include 1 CEU or 3 CEUs.

Register Here

Out of an abundance of caution in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University of Central Florida (UCF) has asked that all non-essential gatherings be postponed to minimize health and safety risks to the UCF community and our partners. Therefore, the College of Community Innovation and Education and the Gifted Education Program, ADAGE, and the Department of Learning Sciences and Educational Research are canceling the UCF ADAGE GIFTED CONFERENCE scheduled for April 4, 2020.

We wish to thank all those presenters who agreed to participate in the program, and we are pleased that we had such a high registration. We greatly appreciate your excitement to attend the UCF ADAGE GIFTED CONFERENCE.

Please SAVE THE DATE for the Project ELEVATE GIFTED SYMPOSIUM scheduled for September 26, 2020 in the Morgridge International Reading Center.

Check for the program and registration to be posted here on the Gifted Education website in August!

UCF ADAGE Gifted Conference


Virtual and Hybrid Conference

April 2021

Morgridge International Reading Center
University of Central Florida, Orlando

UCF Gifted Education Program presents an annual academic conference that advocates for the understanding, rights and curriculum for Advanced, High-ability and Gifted Learners.

This conference is organized by ADAGE (Faculty Advocates for Advanced and Gifted Education).

UCF Gifted Education Program presents an annual academic conference that advocates for the understanding, rights and curriculum for Advanced, High-ability and Gifted Learners.

This conference is organized by ADAGE (Faculty Advocates for Advanced and Gifted Education).



UCF Ambassador

Katie Seymour is the UCF AMBASSADOR, advocating for UCF students and the campus community every day and throughout Central Florida. She is also known as the wife of the UCF Interim President, Thad Seymour, Jr. Prior to joining the UCF family, Katie served for many years as the Assistant Director of Admissions at Trinity Preparatory School and earlier as a Marketing Executive for the Quaker Oats Company. She is an active community and international volunteer, having served on multiple boards of directors and is a former President of the Florida Executive Women organization. Today, Katie is an active volunteer with Shepherd’s Hope, a non- profit providing health care to the uninsured in Central Florida. She and Thad are also volunteer puppy raisers for Canine Companions, which helps to train and place service dogs for people in need throughout the country. She is also the mother of three grown children.


Professor of Giftedness, Creativity and Talent Development in the NEAG School of Education,University of Connecticut

Del Siegle is a professor in the Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development program in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.  He serves as Director of the National Center for Research on Gifted Education and director of the Summer GCT@UConn (a.k.a. Three Summers Program). He is a former Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Affairs, past head of the Department of Educational Psychology, past president of the Montana Association of Gifted and Talented Education (Montana AGATE), past president of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), and past chair of the Research on Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent SIG of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).  Along with Betsy McCoach, he was co-editor of Gifted Child Quarterly and founding co-editor of the Journal of Advanced Academics. He writes a technology column for Gifted Child Today. Dr. Siegle is coauthor with Gary Davis and Sylvia Rimm of the popular textbook, Education of the Gifted and Talented. He is also author of The Underachieving Gifted Child: Recognizing, Understanding, & Reversing Underachievement.  Prior to becoming a professor, Del worked with gifted and talented students in Montana.


President-Elect, National Association for Gifted Children

Dr. Lauri Kirsch serves on NAGC’s Board of Directors as the Governance Secretary; she previously served as the Treasurer and State Representative. She is also Past President of the Florida Association for the Gifted and former Gifted Program Supervisor for Hillsborough County (Florida). It is a fortunate individual who discovers her passion and has the opportunity to spend her life’s work pursuing that passion. In 1994, Dr. Kirsch discovered her passion: gifted education. Since that time, her involvement in gifted education has been experienced from a multitude of roles, allowing her to learn and lead from a variety of perspectives. As an educator since 1981, these experiences have included gifted teacher, curriculum developer, teacher trainer, doctoral student, conference presenter, researcher, administrator, and gifted advocate. Through these experiences, Dr. Kirsch learned that leadership is the critical element for success in any organization, from the classroom, to a school district, to a state affiliate group. As the parent of two grown gifted daughters, she has navigated the unchartered waters that are integral to parenting the gifted. Kirsch says her goal is to share a common sense message that may inspire and guide others in supporting the children who will be the key to our world’s future.


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