Mission Statement

Utah Association for Gifted Children advocates for the diverse population of gifted children in the State of Utah. We advance the understanding of the academic and social/emotional needs of gifted children among community leaders, policy makers, educators and parents. We promote the development of quality services to provide educational opportunities for gifted students. We increase the capacity of educators and parents to be agents of change in their schools and communities and in the lives of gifted children.

Membership benefits include an online newsletter published regularly reporting recent events and developments in the field of gifted education, an annual conference registration discount, a voice at the state capitol through a legislative liaison and updates on legislation affecting gifted education, an opportunity to join a UAGC affiliate in your local area, information about UAGC scholarships and awards, and an opportunity to participate on a UAGC Board Committee.

UAGC Family Events are held throughout the year to provide social and learning opportunities for children and their families.  UAGC Family Events are free to UAGC members.  Join UAGC for $20 and bring the entire family to all the events free of charge.

UAGC Family Events

The UAGC 2018 Winter Symposium will be held Saturday, February 10, 2018 and will feature Dr. Shelagh Gallagher, an internationally recognized and award-winning expert in gifted education and problem-based learning. Participants may register for a full day (two sessions) or one half-day session.  The cost is $25.00 per session for UAGC members and $40.00 for nonmembers. The symposium will be held at Jordan School District Auxiliary Services Building at 7905 South Redwood Road, West Jordan, Utah.  Click HERE to register.

8:30 - 11:30 a.m. - High or Low, Where Do Your Questions Go? Improving Classroom Questioning through Self-AssessmentAsking higher order questions is essential to cultivating students' higher order thinking. Understanding the types of questions that lend to good thinking, and questioning habits that facilitate and inhibit good thinking, is essential to effective teaching. This presentation will feature two classic studies on questioning in classrooms with gifted students that reveal patterns in teacher questioning style, and will then turn to pragmatic, hands-on strategies for teachers to use on their own, in peer coaching teams, or with an instructional leader to better understand their own questioning habits. Great for teachers of the gifted and for National Board candidates!

12:30 - 3:30 p.m. - Problem-Based Learning: Using the Power of Story to Drive the CurriculumIn Problem-Based Learning students find themselves transported into the most intriguing type of story—a mystery. The PBL story transports students into an adventure, based on real-world situations, where they learn how to become independent thinkers and self-directed collaborators. This introduction to PBL will focus on the fundamentals, including the ill-structured problem, the problem’s storyline, the student stakeholder role and the teacher-as-coach. Through demonstration and discussion, research, and practical experience you will see how a carefully constructed PBL problem uses the allure of a story to initiate self-directed learning while still achieving content requirements.

Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher works with teachers and schools around the world to promote appropriate education for gifted children.  Earlier in her career, Dr. Gallagher spent 15 years leading the gifted education licensure and M.Ed. programs at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Before that Dr. Gallagher served as Director of Research and Assessment at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Shelagh is best known for her work developing Problem-Based Learning curriculum for gifted students, however, she has also conducted research, made presentations, and published articles on topics related to the development and education of gifted children.  Shelagh served two terms on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) and is currently a US delegate to the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. She has received the Distinguished Service Award and the James J. Gallagher Award for Advocacy from the North Carolina Association for Gifted and Talented, the Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence from UNC Charlotte, and the Article of the Year Award from NAGC.  Eight of Dr. Gallagher’s curriculum units have won the NAGC Curriculum Division Award for Outstanding Curriculum.  She recently received the “Person of SIGnificance” award from the National Society for Gifted and Talented. Every summer Dr. Gallagher makes time to work to work with gifted adolescents as a Fellow at the IEA award-winning camp Yunasa.