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What is the Hormel Foundation Gifted & Talented Education Symposium?

The annual Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium provides an opportunity for educators, counselors, administrators and parents to gain greater understanding of the unique needs of gifted and high potential learners. Participants attend in-depth sessions focusing on foundational knowledge, creativity, curriculum strategies, and social/emotional needs of gifted and high potential learners provided by the field's finest regionally, nationally and internationally recognized presenters. All are welcome to register and attend the symposium.

When is the Symposium?

The Symposium runs from June 12th through the 15th with a Pre-Conference on June 11th, a Leadership Academy on June 12th, and a Parents Day on June 13th.

Where is the Symposium held?

All symposium activities, with the exception of Sunday's pre-conference session and the evening dinners, will be held on the campus of Austin High School, 301 Third Street NW, Austin, MN 55912.

The Pre-Conference, on June 11, will be held at the Austin Holiday Inn and Conference Center, while Wednesday's Dinner and Program will be held at the Hormel Historic Home.

Austin, Minnesota, has a population of 24,000 and is located in southeastern Minnesota approximately 12 miles north of the Iowa border and approximately 90 miles south of the Twin Cities metro area. Austin is also 35 miles southwest of Rochester, Minnesota, home of the famous Mayo Clinic. For more information about Austin and area sites of interest, visit the Austin Convention and Visitor Bureau.

Keynote Speakers

Susan Johnsen
Time To Differentiate

Michelle Borba
The 9 Essential Habits that Unlock the Power of Empathy

Mary Slade
Practicing What I Teach: Lessons Learned

Michael Oleska
Cross-Cultural Communication

Schedule

General Information

Pre-Conference

Leadership Academy

Symposium

Center for Talent Development Camps

Parents' Day

Sessions

The Symposium features 30 different three-day sessions in addition to the keynotes. Attendees choose three of the sessions to attend during the same time slot on each day. With sessions from The Talent Development Model in K-12 Program and Curriculum Design to Practical Differentiation to Meet the Needs of All Students, there's sure to be a session that fits your needs. For a complete list of available sessions, please click here.

Registration

Register Here

REGISTRATION CLOSES JUNE 1, 2017!

Registration is not considered complete until payment is received. An email confirmation will be sent to you upon successful completion of the online registration process. If you do not receive an email confirmation, you are NOT registered.

GENERAL SESSIONS June 12 - 15

The general sessions registration fee is $200 and includes: daily keynote presentations and sessions, all conference materials, tote bag, breakfast Monday through Thursday, lunch Monday through Wednesday, break refreshments, Monday evening buffet dinner reception at a TBA location, and a Wednesday evening banquet at the Hormel Historic Home. Pre-registration is required.

Session Descriptions

PRE-CONFERENCE June 11, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Patti Drapeau will present Gifted Spatial Learners on Sunday, June 12 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Austin Holiday Inn and Conference Center. Registration cost is $50 and pre-registration is required. Check-in and refreshments for the pre-conference begins at 1:30 p.m.

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY DAY June 12, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

A one-day session for school leaders will be held on Monday, June 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Leadership Academy Day presenter is Susan K. Johnsen, PhD. Registration cost is $75 and pre-registration is required. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, break refreshments, and materials. Participants who attend Administrator Day, the Pre-Conference, Parent Day and General Symposium must register for each separately. Leadership attendees are invited to select a general session of their choice at 2:45 p.m. Additional information is available on the Leadership Day schedule and flyer.

PARENT DAY June 13, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

A one-day session for parents will be held on Tuesday, June 13, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Dr. Michele Borba will speak on The 9 Essential Habits that Unlock the Power of Empathy at 8:30 a.m. Parents will then proceed to a workshop with Dr. Tracy Ford Inman on Parenting Gifted Children 101. Registration cost is $50 and pre-registration is required. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, break refreshments, and materials. Participants who attend Leadership Academy, the Pre-Conference, and General Symposium must register for each separately. Additional information is available on the Parent Day schedule and flyer.

STUDENT CAMP

The Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University will run an onsite day camp for gifted students during the symposium. Click here to register your child!

ACADEMIC CREDIT - Onsite registration only

Symposium participants may register for academic credit from Hamline University. Course information and registration forms will be available during onsite registration Monday, June 12 from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. and at Command Central throughout the symposium. Fees for graduate or undergraduate credit will be in addition to the symposium registration fee.

Credit Option Information and Application

PAYMENT

Credit Cards and purchase orders are accepted at the online registration site only. After registering, please mail purchase order along with copy of email confirmation to:

Austin Public Schools
Attn: Barb Spurling
401 3rd Ave NW
Austin, MN 55912

If you have questions throughout your registration process, contact Barb Spurling at barb.spurling@austin.k12.mn.us or call 507-460-1912 for assistance. Registration fees for all sessions are waived for Austin Public Schools employees and Austin residents; however, a refundable deposit of $50 is required to reserve a space at the symposium. Send or drop off the $50 deposit checks to Barb Spurling in Educational Services.

For Cancellations, please contact Amanda Barber at amanda.barber@austin.k12.mn.us. Cancellations and refund requests must be received by May 23, 2017. Cancellations due to illness or emergency after May 23, 2017, will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Cancellations made after May 1 are subject to a $25 cancellation fee.

Travel & Lodging

Travel & Lodging

Austin is located in southeastern Minnesota, and is easily accesible from I90. The majority of the Symposium will be held at Austin High School, which is located at 301 Third Street NW, Austin, MN 55912.

There are also numerous hotels and restaurants in the area. For a complete list, as well as other attractions in Austin, please visit the Austin Convention and Visitor Bureau.

University Credit Option

Symposium participants may register for academic credit from Hamline University. Course information and registration forms will be available during onsite registration Monday, June 12 from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. and at Command Central throughout the symposium. Fees for graduate or undergraduate credit will be in addition to the symposium registration fee.

Credit Option Information and Application

Contact

General Information:
Amanda Barber - amanda.barber@austin.k12.mn.us

Registration Information:
Barb Spurling - barb.spurling@austin.k12.mn.us

Program Information:
Wendy Behrens - wendy.behrens@state.mn.us

The Hormel Foundation Gifted & Talented Education Symposium is made possible by a generous grant from the Hormel Foundation in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education and Austin Public Schools.