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Corbett Prep to Host FLAG Conference on Gifted Education Sept. 25-26

Parents and teachers will learn strategies to help gifted children at an upcoming Florida gifted education conference.

gifted educationSept. 24, 2015 (TAMPA, Fla.) – Need help understanding your gifted child and how to inspire him or her? Parents and teachers are invited to the Florida Association for the Gifted’s annual conference on Sept. 25 and 26 at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS in North Tampa.

With the theme “Empowering the Gifted,” the conference features more than 50 sessions addressing goal-setting, resources, social needs, teaching strategies and more. Corbett Prep, which was founded in 1968 on the premise that all children deserve a gifted education, is pleased to once again welcome the FLAG conference to its campus after hosting in 2013.

The Florida Association for the Gifted (FLAG) works with local and state organizations to help gifted students. Since 1979, the organization’s mission has been to support educationally appropriate programs for gifted students through exchanging information, promoting research and supporting constructive changes in gifted education.

The annual conference gives teachers and parents an opportunity to hear from national experts in issues related to gifted students. Pre-conference sessions start at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25, with Corbett Prep Headmaster Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman. Dr. Swarzman will share an overview of Corbett Prep’s M.O.R.E. Model (Multiple Options for Results in Education), which combines research-based teaching strategies with a positive classroom climate for a dynamic teacher training program.

Friday features a compelling evening breakout session from 7-8:30 p.m. on Parenting Precocious Kids: Understanding the Ups and Downs of Growing Up Gifted. James Delisle, a well-known expert who taught gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more than 30 years, will speak to parents about the gifted label and setting expectations, managing emotional intensities and advocating for children.

Dr. Delisle also will give the keynote address on Saturday, Sept. 26 on Dumbing Down America: The War on Our Nation’s Brightest Young Minds (and What We Can Do to Fight Back) as well as two additional breakout sessions. He is part of what FLAG President Stephanie Georgiades and President-Elect Dianne Azzarelli called the conference’s “gifted trifecta.”

Completing the “trifecta” are speakers Brian Housand and Del Siegle. Dr. Housand, an assistant professor at East Carolina University, will present three uplifting and energetic sessions on technology, apps and other tools. Dr. Siegle, a University of Connecticut professor, is speaking about gifted education for underserved populations and working with gifted underachievers, a topic of his new book.

Registration for the two days is $215 for FLAG members and $250 for non-members. Single-day registration is available and ranges from $70-$210, depending on the day selected and FLAG membership status. To register or for more information, visit


Founded in 1968, Corbett Preparatory School of IDS (formerly Independent Day School - Corbett Campus) is a fully accredited, nonsectarian private school located in Tampa’s Carrollwood neighborhood. The school serves over 500 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and offers the International Baccalaureate program of study for all students. Teachers are endorsed in gifted education through a master’s level grant with the University of South Florida College of Education. Corbett Prep balances a dynamic, nurturing and safe learning environment with high standards and high expectations to develop a positive approach to life and learning. Corbett Prep has become recognized as an exemplary school with over 7,000 visitors observing and learning from Corbett Prep teachers. For more information, visit or contact the Admissions Office at (813) 961-3087.