Helping Gifted Students Soar - Mar 14, 2024
March 14, 2024

Helping Gifted Students Soar

Theme of Gifted and Talented Conference for Parents and Teachers

Holland, MI - Individuals interested in learning how to support and/or teach a gifted student of any age are invited to attend the 2024 Gifted and Talented Conference “Helping Gifted Students Soar” on Monday, April 22 from 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM at the Haworth Conference Center in Holland. 

The conference keynote speaker, Emerita Director of the Belin-Blank Center and Emerita Professor of School Psychology Dr. Susan G. Assouline will focus on Academic Acceleration and the various forms of acceleration available for advanced learners.

“Attendees will learn how to meet the needs of a variety of gifted and high-ability learners including twice exceptional and neurodivergent,” Jan Naymick, Gifted and Talented Consultant for OAISD, said. “Our speakers will also talk about understanding the social-emotional needs of these special students, a topic that can sometimes be overlooked.

Additional conference speakers include Kimberly Phillips, MAGC President discussing “Advocacy For Michigan Gifted Students: What’s Happening Across the State and How to Help Your Child”, OAISD Program Developers for Career and Technical Education Denise Smyk andNicole Gitler who will speak on “Create EPIC Experiences for all Learners”, and Dr. Corinne Edwards covering “ The Early Years: One Family’s Journey Through Giftedness” and more. 

There will also be a Q&A panel with the presenters.  

The event is $50 and includes lunch. Register to attend:

Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD) collaborates with local schools and communities to support the educational needs of individuals from birth through all ages in the Ottawa region. By pooling 

resources and delivering services on a regional scale, Ottawa Area ISD efficiently provides essential programs and services to local K-12 public, charter, and parochial schools, as well as to families and adult learners, ensuring these offerings are both comprehensive and cost-effective. Visit to learn more.

For more information, contact Michelle Ready at 616.738-8940 x4093