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Utah Journeys with a Bright and Gifted Children: A Survival Guide

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Utah Association for Gifted Children advocates for the diverse population of gifted children in the State of Utah. We advance the understanding of the academic and social/emotional needs of gifted children among community leaders, policy makers, educators and parents. We promote the development of quality services to provide educational opportunities for gifted students. We increase the capacity of educators and parents to be agents of change in their schools and communities and in the lives of gifted children.
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Jann Leppien served as a gifted and talented coordinator in Montana prior to attending the University of Connecticut, where she earned herdoctorate in gifted education and worked as a research assistant at the National Research Center for the Gifted and Talented. She has been a teacher for 24 years, spending 14 of those years working as a classroom teacher, enrichment specialist, and coordinator of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model in Montana. She is past president of the Montana Association for Gifted and Talented Education. Currently, she is an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of Great Falls in Montana. She is coauthor of The Multiple Menu Model: A Parallel Guide for Developing Differentiated Curriculum. She is active in the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), serving as a board member and newsletter editor of the Curriculum Division, and a board member of the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students.Stay tuned for additional conference details in the spring at

The UAGC Annual Conference has traditional been in January each year.  It has been moved to June in order to keep the conference affordable for attendees. 

Column for Parents of Gifted
Lisa Von App writes a regular column parents of the gifted will appreciate. You can subscribe to the column for free online by clicking here. She lives in Salt Lake City with her three children. Her gifted son is in the elementary magnet program, which comprises the top academic one percent of the students in the school district. Lisa has a master's degree in communications from Westminster College, and she serves on the Executive Board of the Utah Association for Gifted Children as Vice President of Publications.