Beyond Giftedness Conference XXV

Friday Feb 23, 2018

Main Conference
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
(7:30 AM registration)



Arvada Center for the Arts
Arvada, Colorado


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 $140 General Conference
($125 through 1/19/18)

Main Conference Features

  • Breakout Sessions for teachers, counselors, administrators and parents
  • Keynote Presentation
  • Networking time with peers
  • Browse the exhibits
  • Continental breakfast and hot lunch (includes gluten & dairy free options)
  • Valuable information you can use with the gifted kids in your life
  • Certificates for 7.5 hours of Professional Development 
  • Opportunity to earn .5 graduate credit hours

Parent Mini-conference with Jim Delisle
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
(8:30 AM registration)
lunch included!


Parent Conference Features

  • Morning Parent Workshop with Dr. Jim Delisle 
  • Optional Keynote Presentation
  • Browse the exhibits
  • Hot lunch 
  • Valuable information you can use with the gifted kids in your life

$60/pp, $90/couple
Early Registration through 1/19/18: $55/pp, $90/couple




Westminster Marriott. Details to follow.



Join us for another day of extraordinary keynotes and breakout sessions!

Doing Poorly on Purpose: Strategies to Reverse Underachievement and Respect Student Dignity

James R. Delisle, Ph.D.Dr. Jim Delisle is well known within the gifted community for his humor, warmth and insight, and we are thrilled to welcome him to Beyond Giftedness XXV!

Jim has taught gifted children and their supporters for more than 39 years. He retired from Kent State University in 2008 after 25 years of service as a professor of special education. Throughout his career, Jim has taken time away from college teaching to return to his "classroom roots," volunteering as a 4th, 5th, and 8th grade teacher. He taught gifted middle school students one day a week between 1998–2008 in the Twinsburg, OH, public schools, and for the past five years, Jim has worked part time with highly gifted 9th and 10th graders at the Scholars' Academy in Conway, SC.

The author of more than 250 articles and 19 books, Jim's work has been translated into multiple languages and has been featured in both professional journals and in popular media such as The New York Times and Oprah! His upcoming book, Doing Poorly on Purpose: Strategies to Reverse Underachievement and Respect Student Dignity, will be published in 2018. A frequent presenter throughout the U.S., Jim has also addressed audiences in nations as diverse as England, Greece, China, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.

Jim's wife, Deb, served as the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education at the US Department of Education in Washington DC for 3 years, and is currently the CEO of ASCD, the nation's premiere association for educators. Their son, Matt, is an Emmy Award winning video editor in San Francisco and the source of many stories about raising gifted and creative kids. In his retirement Jim plans to walk as many beaches as possible and write children's picture books where the main characters are based on young people he has taught or counseled during his career.

Different Brains: The Continuum of Exceptionality


Marlo Payne Thurman, Ph.D. is a wealth of knowledge who has shared her expertise with the gifted community both locally and nationally. We are honored to have her as a keynote this year!

Marlo started working with special needs children in 1986. Early in her career, she developed an interest in the unique needs of individuals who were both highly intelligent and asynchronously developed, which led her to specialize in assessment, advocacy, cognitive training, sensory and behavior support, and socio-emotional coaching. In 1999 Marlo founded the Brideun Learning Communities and Brideun School for Exceptional Children, a play-based, therapeutic school. She later founded 2E Consulting Services to provide training to programs that work with individuals unable to find success in traditional settings despite adequate intelligence.

Marlo holds board positions with 2E Newsletter and the US Autism and Asperger’s Association. She codirects the US College Autism Project and is an adjunct faculty member in the special education department at the University of Northern Colorado. She has been recognized for her work by People Magazine, the Special Educator, ADDitude Magazine, the New York Times, and National Public Radio.

Breakout Presenters and Sessions Descriptions to be posted shortly.

We look forward to seeing everyone! 

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