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2010 Conference, March 11-13, 2010
University Of Maryland, Shady Brook

Diamonds in the Rough: Smart Kids Who Learn Differently, the national conference co-sponsored by AEGUS and Weinfeld Education Group, will take place on March 11-13, 2010 in Rockville, Maryland at the University of Maryland, Shady Grove. The conference will bring together educators, parents and professionals who appreciate the unique shrengths and needs of bright kids who learn differently.

On Thursday, the 11th, half day and full day pre-conference sessions will offer in-depth exploration on a variety of topics related to the education of gifted underachieving students. Friday and Saturday offer a full slate of presentations for teachers, psychologists, social workers, other related service providers, parents, and the students themselves. We are also honored to present Dr. Susan Baum, a pioneer of this field, with a lifetime achievement award.

Highlights include:

  • Best practices for identification
  • Research-based strategies and cutting-edge interventions
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for Dr. Susan Baum
  • Carol Kranowitz, author "The Out of Sync Child"
  • Rick LaVoie, author of "The Motivation Breakthrough: Six Secrets to Turning on the Tuned Out Child"
  • Jonathan Mooney. author of "Learning Outside the Lines" and "The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal"
  • Debbie Phelps, mother of Olympian Michael Phelps, and author of "A Mother for All Seasons: A Memoir"
  • John Robison, author of "Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's"
  • Larry Silver, author of "The Misunderstood Child"
  • Programs for students
  • And MUCH more
For questions regarding registration, contact Teri Wittkop at 888-881-1001 x104


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Conference presenters include:

Dr. Mary Alvord
Dr. Lois Baldwin
Dr. Susan Baum
Dr. Margie Boudreau
Dr. Vince Culotta
Dr. Joyce Cooper Kahn
Michelle Davis
Dr. Lauie Dietzel
Dr. Stan Fagan
Joan Green
Dr. Gail Herman
Carol Kranowitz
Dr. Rick Lavoie
Jonathan Mooney
Dr. Rick Olenchak
Dr. Stuart Olmdal
Daphne Pereles
Deborah Phelps
John Elder Robison
Dr. Pat Schuler
Dr. Dan Shapiro
Dr. Larry Silver
Dr. Stephen Silverman
Dr. William Stixru