Annual Conference

39th Annual Convention


The largest professional development conference for gifted and talented in the Pacific Northwest.

Here’s what you can expect:

Standard rates will be available until October 5, 2023.
Late rates start on October 6, 2023

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Introducing Our Esteemed Keynote Speakers

Dr. Emily Mofield
Dr. Emily Mofield
Emily Mofield, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor of Education serving as Lead Faculty for the Gifted and Advanced Academics Graduate Program and teaching in the Ed.D. Program for Learning Organizations and Strategic Change. With over 20 years of experience in gifted education, Dr. Mofield has published numerous research articles, books, and book chapters related to perfectionism, psychosocial skills, collaborative teaching practices, differentiation, and curriculum development in gifted education. Dr. Mofield has co-authored an award-winning curriculum series for gifted/advanced students and is the co-recipient of the NAGC Hollingworth Award for Excellence in Research and the TAGT Legacy Award for Teaching Tenacity, Resilience, and a Drive for Excellence (with Megan Parker Peters). Her co-authored book (with Vicki Phelps) Collaboration, Coteaching, and Coaching in Gifted Education was recognized as NAGC 2021 Book of the Year (Practitioner Category).
Dante Dixson
Dr. Dante Dixson
Dante Dixson is an assistant professor of school and educational psychology. His research interests include the role of hope in the educational and psychological functioning of children and adolescents, psychosocial precursors of achievement, at-risk youth, the achievement gap and academic talent development/gifted education. Dixson's current largest project centers around implementing one-time, universal hope interventions in high schools. The goal of the interventions is to get minority and disadvantaged students to aspire to new heights and believe that they can live up to their ambitions. Other current projects include investigating the role that psychosocial factors (e.g., academic self-concept, work ethic and curiosity) play in the achievement gap, the achievement of minority and disadvantaged youth and gifted students living up to their full potential.
Dr. Tamra Stambaugh
Dr. Tamra Stambaugh
Tamra Stambaugh, Ph.D. is the Margo Long Endowed Chair in Gifted Education at Whitworth University. She is also the Executive Director of Programs for Talented Youth and an Associate Research Professor at Vanderbilt University. Stambaugh’s research interests include students living in rural settings, students of poverty, and curriculum and instructional interventions that promote gifted student learning. She is the co-author/editor of several books, book chapters, articles, and curriculum units including Comprehensive Curriculum for Gifted Learners; Overlooked Gems: A National Perspective on Low-Income Promising Students, the Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension and Affective Series, Serving Gifted Students in Rural Settings (Legacy Award Winner), the GCQ special issue on low income, and The Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth Curriculum. Stambaugh frequently provides keynotes, workshops, and consultation to school districts nationally and internationally. She has held appointments on multiple NAGC committees over the past 15 years and has presented at the NAGC Annual Convention.

Schedule At A Glance

A detailed schedule with all session information is coming soon.

Friday, October 20, 2023

8:00 am-9:00 am

9:00 am-10:00 am

10:15 am-11:45 am

11:45 am-1:00 pm

1:00 pm-2:30 pm

2:45 pm-4:15 pm

4:30 pm-5:30 pm

5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Registration & Continental Breakfast

Opening Keynote


Member’s Meeting Luncheon



Evening Keynote

Evening Reception

Saturday, October 21, 2023

7:00 am-8:00 am

8:00 am-9:00 am

9:15 am-10:15 am

10:30 am-11:30 am

11:30 am-12:45 pm

12:45 pm-1:45 pm

2:00 pm-3:00 pm

3:15 pm-4:15 pm

4:15 pm-4:30 pm

Registration & Continental Breakfast

Morning Keynote



Awards Ceremony Luncheon



Final Keynote

Conference Conclusion

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Thank you to our wonderful Sponsors & Exhibitors


Discounted rate available through August 31, 2023

$ 445

+ processing fees


Standard rates available from Sep 1 - Oct 5, 2023

$ 475

+ processing fees


Late rate begins October 6, 2023 - end of convention

$ 495

+ processing fees

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 $20 processing fee will be applied per person/registration.

Partial refunds (registration rate – processing fees) will be offered until October 1, 2023.  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.

Come Get Away from the daily grind

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

Reserve Your Hotel Room

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

Our room block at the Hyatt is sold out as of October 5, 2023.  Any rooms available at the Hyatt will be at the prevailing rate.

There are two additional hotels located across the street:
Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle Renton
Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle South/Renton

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.

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