Call for Proposals

WAETAG 2022 Annual Conference

Speaking Opportunity

Call for proposals is now closed.

Each year, we seek quality presentations that will provide practical value and inspiration to the educational community in attendance at our conference.  We strongly encourage sessions that will apply to all types of service models, from the general education classroom setting to those in a self-contained classroom. We welcome first-time submissions!

Selected speakers will receive a discounted conference registration.

Submission deadline has been extended: June 30, 2022

Submission Guideline

We will have two distinct conference days:

Friday, October 21 – Friday will have three 90 minute breakout sessions. 
Saturday, October 22 – Saturday will have four 60 minute breakout sessions. 

Proposal Checklist

To aid in your submission process we’ve created a list of what you will need to complete your proposal submission.

  1. Basic contact information
  2. Bio, CV, and any references you’d like to add
  3. Speaker photo
  4. Title of presentation
  5. Session abstract (300 words or less)
  6. Brief session description (not to exceed 75 words, for conference program)
  7. Desired date of presentation (select from Friday 0r Saturday)
  8. 3 Session objectives
  9. Session theme (select from list)
  10. Session audience (select from list)
  11. Content level (select from 3 options)
  12. How you’ll incorporate interactive elements
  13. Will your session contain STEM content? If so, be prepared to explain how.
  14. Co-presenter information (if any)
  15. Speaker agreements

Selection Tips

We are looking for presentations that:

  1. Incorporate interactive elements  (e.i. movement, videos, small group work, brainstorming/discussion components)
  2. Provide practical materials and resources that can be used/implemented immediately
  3. Support timely issues in the state and nation in gifted education
  4. Facilitate understanding of the field to those new to gifted education
  5. Will target a key audience, such as administrators, secondary teachers, etc. to provide something for a variety of conference attendees
  6. Are especially meaningful and useful for teachers
  7. Provide a balance of theory and practice

Acceptance or Rejection?

If your proposal is not accepted – try, try again. Many of us (including members of our conference team) have had proposals rejected. Please feel free to reach out to our team if you would like support in refining your proposal for our conference.  You can reach us at

Conference Theme: Connect. Share. Grow.

To elaborate a bit further on the theme, here are some sub themes we are hoping to find good speakers for:

  • Connecting General Education & Gifted Education
    • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as it relates to gifted education
    • Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
    • Co-teaching
    • Cluster grouping
    • Talent development 
    • Depth & Complexity 
    • Other
  • Project-Based Learning
    • Independent Innovator Challenge
    • Cross-curricular units of study 
    • Parallel Curriculum Model 
    • STEM/STEAM connected to humanities, civic engagement 
  • Social Emotional Learning and Development
    • Self-discovery, self-regulation, and self-advocacy
    • Trauma support
    • School, family, and community supports
    • Engaging stakeholders
    • Community connections (mentors, business partners, internships, etc.)
    • Clubs and advisories
  • 2E / 3E
    • Gifted and dyslexic (new state requirements for screening for dyslexia)
    • Gifted and ADHD
    • Gifted and ASD
    • Gifted and anxiety
  • Law & Advocacy
    • Advocacy 101 – How to become an advocate, make your elevator speech
    • How to advocate for teachers and/or students in your district
    • Forming advisory groups
  • “Gifted 101” special strand for general education teachers and those new to gifted
    • Nature and Needs of Gifted Students 
      Instructional strategies for gifted learners
      Collaboration with Parents 
      Creating quality learning menus/choice boards with rigor 

  • Access and Equity
    • Equitable identification
    • Culturally responsive teaching
    • Nurturing talent in underrepresented populations
    • Talent development 
    • Supports for BIPOC/LGBTQ

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