Annual Conference

38th Annual Conference

WAETAG 2022 Connect. Share. Grow.

October 21-22, 2022 | Hyatt Regency Lake Washington

Welcome to the largest conference for Gifted & Talented in the Pacific Northwest

Connect with education professionals from across the region, share best practices and resources, and support all students' growth into their best selves.

We're honored to host an exceptional

line up of Keynote Speakers

Shelagh Gallagher

Shelagh A. Gallagher

Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher’s career in gifted education spans 30 years, with positions including teacher, Research Assistant (Duke TIP), Director of Research and Assessment (Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy), grant manager (William & Mary Center for Gifted Education), team member founding two gifted schools, and 13 years as professor, researcher, writer, and Javits grant director (UNC Charlotte). Today she conducts research, provides professional development, recruits gifted teachers for academic programs in China (DDC), and contributes to state and national policy initiatives.

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Todd Stanley

Todd is the author of many teacher-education books including Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students: A Handbook for the 21st Century Classroom (2nd edition), How the Hell Do We Motivate These Kids, Promoting Rigor Through Higher Level Questioning, and his latest, A Teacher’s Toolbox for Gifted Education. He served as a classroom teacher for 18 years and is currently the Gifted Services Coordinator for Pickerington Local School District and an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati teaching gifted education. His charge as a gifted educator is to help you, the teacher, find ideas and strategies on how to best challenge your students.

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Emily Kircher-Morris

Emily Kircher-Morris, LPC has dual Masters degrees in Counseling and Education, and specializes in the area of giftedness throughout the lifespan.  Emily began her career as a teacher in the St. Louis, MO metro area. With a Masters in Education and gifted certification, and armed with her own experiences as a gifted student, she took an interest in helping her districts better serve their gifted student population. She helped develop curriculum and a learning environment that allowed students to learn at their own unique pace, building on each child’s strengths. 

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keynote sessions on top topics
90 minute specialty workshops
60 minute breakout sessions
free live clock hours
free asynchronous clock hours

Program of Events

We are incredibly excited to be back in person, and we’re going all out! 

Day 1 Overview

Enjoy multiple tracks of 90 minute workshops for a deep dive into your most requested topics. 
Can’t get a sub?  We got you covered. 
Join us from your classroom with your students for hybrid sessions with interactive activities led by the presenter.

Join us for an Argosy Cruise around Lake Washington

After a full day of learning, we invite you to join us onboard for our evening reception. We know you’ll enjoy connecting with our speakers and fellow attendees while taking in the sites of Lake Washington. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided and a cash bar will be on board.

Day 2 Overview

Enjoy multiple tracks of 60 minute breakouts. 
Attendees may move between tracks freely. 

Come Get Away from the daily grind

You deserve a break now more than ever.  Plan your staycation around the conference.

Reserve your room

Our conference will be located at the stunning Hyatt Regency Lake Washington

We have secured a limited number of rooms for conference attendees at a discounted rate of $189 per night, available on a first come basis. 
This rate expires on October 6, 2022.

Use the link below to make your discounted reservation.

You may also call Hyatt’s reservation number: 1-800-233-1234. 
Use group code: G-WTAG

Getting to the hotel

Hotel address: 1053 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton, WA 98056

Parking: Guest parking is available in the Southport Public Parking Garage at a rate of $16 per day.  Weekends are free.


Discounted rate available until August 31, 2022

$ 445


Standard rate available from Sep 1 - Oct 5, 2022

$ 475


Late rate begins October 6, 2022

$ 495

General FAQs

Groups of 7-14 will receive $20 off per person
Groups of 15-19 will receive $30 off per person
Groups of 20+ will receive $40 of per person

Discounts will be applied automatically as you meet the criteria.

Purchase orders may be used to pay for registration.  A one time $50 processing fee will be applied.

Partial refunds (registration rate – processing fees) will be offered until October 1, 2022.  No refunds will be given for no shows.

Please contact to request any substitution.  You will need the name, email, and title of the new person taking the place of an existing registration.

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