About the Symposium

What is the Hormel Foundation Gifted & Talented Symposium?

The annual Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium provides an opportunity for educators, counselors, administrators and parents to gain greater understanding of the unique needs of gifted and high potential learners. Participants attend in-depth sessions focusing on foundational knowledge, creativity, curriculum strategies, and social/emotional needs of gifted and high potential learners provided by the field's finest regionally, nationally and internationally recognized presenters. All are welcome to register and attend the symposium.

When is the Symposium?

This year, the Sympsium will run Tuesday, June 18 through Thursday, June 20, with a Leadership Academy on June 18 and a Parents' Day on June 19.

Where is the Symposium held?

All symposium activities, with the exception of the Wedneday night banquet, will be held on the campus of Austin High School at 301 Third Street NW, Austin, MN 55912.

Wednesday's evening banquet and program will be held at the Hormel Historic Home.

Austin, Minnesota, has a population of 24,000 and is located in southeastern Minnesota approximately 12 miles north of the Iowa border and approximately 90 miles south of the Twin Cities metro area. Austin is also 35 miles southwest of Rochester, Minnesota, home of the famous Mayo Clinic. For more information about Austin and area sites of interest, visit the Austin Convention and Visitor Bureau.

Keynote Speakers

April Wells
Increase The Public’s Urgency to Support the Needs Of Gifted Children

Stephen L. Pruitt, Ph.D.
4 Words that Changed My Life: How a Teacher of Science and Gifted Became a Policy Leader

Dr. Susan Daniels
A Doodle for Your Day

Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska
In the Age of Gifted Education for All, What Works for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment?

Schedules


General Information


Leadership Academy


Symposium Schedule


Parents' Day

Sessions

What sessions are there?

The Symposium features 22 different three-day sessions in addition to the keynotes. Attendees choose three of the sessions to attend during the same time slot on each day. With sessions from The Talent Development Model in K-12 Program and Curriculum Design to Practical Differentiation to Meet the Needs of All Students, there's sure to be a session that fits your needs. For a complete list of available sessions, please click here.

Daily Session Grid

Austin High School Map

Registration

Registration closes June 5, 2019!

Registration is not considered complete until payment is received. An email confirmation will be sent to you upon successful completion of the online registration process. If you do not receive an email confirmation, you are NOT registered.

General Sessions: June 18 - 20

The general sessions registration fee is $200 and includes daily keynote presentations and sessions, all conference materials, tote bag, breakfast and lunch each day, and a Wednesday evening banquet at the Hormel Historic Home. Pre-registration is required. Participants who attend Leadership Academy Day, Parent Day, and General Sessions must register for each separately.

Session Descriptions

Leadership Academy Day: June 18, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

A one-day session for school and community leaders. The registration fee is $75 and includes breakfast, keynote presentation, lunch, break refreshments, and materials. Leadership attendees are also invited to select a general session of their choice at 2:45 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Participants who attend Leadership Academy Day, Parent Day, and General Symposium must register for each separately.

Leadership Day Information

Parents' Day: June 19, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

A one-day session for parents. The registration fee is $50 and includes breakfast, keynote presentation, lunch, break refreshments, and materials. Pre-registration is required. Participants who attend Leadership Academy, the Pre-Conference, and General Symposium must register for each separately.

Parent Day Information

Accessible Registration Forms

You can download accessible printable registration forms from the options below.

General Sessions

Leadership Day

Parent Day

Payment

Credit Cards and purchase orders are accepted at the online registration site only. After registering, please e-mail purchase order along with copy of e-mail confirmation to Barb Spurling at barb.spurling@austin.k12.mn.us or mail purchase order to:

Austin Public Schools
Attn: Barb Spurling
401 3rd Ave NW
Austin, MN 55912

If you have questions throughout your registration process or for general assistance with completing a registration form, contact Barb Spurling at barb.spurling@austin.k12.mn.us or call 507-460-1912. Registration fees for all sessions are waived for Austin Public Schools employees and Austin residents; however, a refundable deposit of $50 is required to reserve a space at the symposium. Send or drop off the $50 deposit checks to Barb Spurling in Educational Services.

Requests for special accommodations must be made in writing by May 5th.

Cancellations and refund requests must be received by June 5, 2019 by contacting Barb Spurling at barb.spurling@austin.k12.mn.us or 507-460-1912. Cancellations due to illness or emergency after June 5, 2019, will be handled on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to a $25 cancellation fee.

Travel and Lodging

Austin is located in southeastern Minnesota, and is easily accesible from I90. The majority of the Symposium will be held at Austin High School, which is located at 301 Third Street NW, Austin, MN 55912.

There are also numerous hotels and restaurants in the area. For a complete list, as well as other attractions in Austin, please visit the Austin Convention and Visitor Bureau. You can also check out the document below for more information and a link for a reduced room rate at the Austin Holiday Inn.

Travel and Lodging Information

University Credit Option

Symposium participants may register for academic credit from Hamline University. Course information and registration forms available online: . A representative will be on site to answer questions Tuesday, June 18 from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. Fees for graduate or undergraduate credit will be in addition to the symposium registration fee.

Credit Option Information and Application

Contact

General Information: Amanda Barber
amanda.barber@austin.k12.mn.us
Registration Information: Barb Spurling
barb.spurling@austin.k12.mn.us
Program Information: Wendy Behrens
wendy.behrens@state.mn.us