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 Circles is just one of the tools members can access on their UAGC member page.  Members can edit their profile, view and print invoices, view event registration, and connect with others.  To get started, login to your member page by clicking on MEMBER LOGIN at the top of this page and start exploring.  Connect with other by posting comments in MY COMMUNITY, create CONNECTIONS with colleagues, and create CIRCLES of conversation.  For information on how to get started, click here to download the "how to's" of UAGC CIRCLES .         

The UAGC Annual Summer Conference will be held Tuesday - Thursday, June 12-14, 2018 at Ecker Hill Middle School in Park City.  The conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Diane Heacox, a national and international consultant and professional development trainer.  Dr. Heacox will present on strategies for differentiation and using depth and complexity to teach for creativity.  The conference will also feature breakout sessions from Dr. Heacox and local experts in gifted education.  A Teacher Academy Day will be held on Tuesday, June 12, where participants can choose two one-half day sessions.  The Regular Conference will be Wednesday and Thursday, June 13 - 14.  Pricing for the conference is as follows:
 One-day conference attendance      $60 members/$100 nonmembers
 Two-day conference attendance      $120 members/$150 nonmembers

 Whole conference attendance         $150 members/$200 nonmembers

 Conference Schedule

Tuesday, June 12

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Registration

9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Session Choice 1*

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch Provided

12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Session Choice 2*

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Parent Night/UAGC Family Event

Wednesday, June 13 

8:00 - 9:00 - Registration

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - General Session

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch Provided

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Innovation Through The Decades

Thursday, June 14 

8:00 - 9:00 - Registration

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - General Session

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch Provided

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

*Teacher Academy Day Sessions

Tame Your Differentiated Classroom (Diane Heacox)

Teachers in academically diverse classrooms face the challenges of managing time, instruction, materials and resources, and student behavior. This session focuses on practical, go-to strategies that will help all teachers work more effectively and efficiently in differentiated classrooms. In addition, you will find ideas to better manage the challenges presented by students who need to become more responsible and independent in diverse classrooms.

Engagement Through Real-World Problem Solving (Paul Shepherd)

Students must apply course content, own learning, and employ technology. We will explore this by organizing curriculum in primary and intermediate grades using Project-Based Learning, Problem-Based Learning, and Design-Based Learning.

Stem Action Center (Kellie Yates)

Participants will engage in STEM activities designed to integrate core content standards.  Ideas for adding depth and complexity for gifted students will be explored, including integration of art, social studies, and physical education. The session will be applicable to both elementary and middle school teachers.

Action Lab

Olympic Park (9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)

Explore the place where Olympic dreams came true in 2002 and learn how aspiring Olympians train today for future Winter Games. The Guided Tours offer a look into the inner-workings of one of the most complex Olympic venues in the world. Take in remarkable stories of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and Utah's rich history of pioneering and growing the winter olympic sports. You must ride the bus from Ecker Hill since the first part of the tour will be on the bus. Wear appropriate weather clothing, walking shoes and bring a water bottle. Meet the bus outside the school to take you to the Olympic Park you will be asked to sign a waiver for transportation.

Kimball Art Center (12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Park City is reach in art and this is a great conference to take in and experience hands-on an artistic venue. This field trip will be a guided gallery tour at Kimball Art Center featuring local Latino artists. Teachers will then engaged in connecting art directly to Utah Core Standards through designed lesson plans focusing on integration of the arts in to any subject. The event ends with your chance to become an artist and create and design through your own artistic abilities. Meet the bus outside the school to take you to Kimball Art Center you will be asked to sign a waiver for transportation. 

To register for the conference, click HERE