The mission of FLAG is to connect and empower educators and parents who promote and support educationally sound programs for gifted students through awareness, advocacy, and action.
2017 FLAG Conference-
This year's conference will be held on September 15-16, 2017 at the historic Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Florida, (74 King St, St Augustine, FL 32084.)
Friday, September 15th will be the pre-conference day, beginning at 12:30pm for registration and the welcoming ceremony is at 1pm. Saturday, September 16th, is the main conference day, beginning at 7:30pm with registration, and the welcoming ceremony at 8am.
We have many different types of registration categories, so please find the one that suits your needs (if the category requires a code, it should have been sent to you if you qualify- if not, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!)
Friday Night VIP Pirate Dessert Party
Our guests who are registered for the Friday pre-conference session are invited to attend the VIP Pirate Dessert Party on Friday night, (you will receive your ticket on Friday, September 15.) Plan on dressing up for the event in historic or pirate costume themes (optional!) and getting to mingle with our VIP guests (keynote and mini-keynote speakers, as well as our donors/sponsors and vendors and more.) This event will have a cash bar and dessert for our guests, as well as a pirate story-teller who will entertain us with historic tales of St. Augustine and Florida. We hope to see you there!
2017 FLAG conference registration also includes discounts to tours and events around the city, including a 1.5-hour walking tour that is being provided to all conference registrants for free, by the "Tour Saint Augustine" company. In order to sign up for that free historic walking tour, as well as any other tour discounts they are offering our participants, you need to RSVP with their company as soon as possible. Each attendee to the conference will be able to show their registration badge in order to receive the free walking tour. You can RSVP with Tour St. Augustine at 904-825-0087. Let them know you will be with the gifted conference. (Available historic walking tour times: Friday, September 15, 2017- from 10:30am-12:00pm; And Sunday, September 17, 2017- from 10:00am-11:30am.) You can also ask them about half-price conference group rates to their ghost tour, history/mystery tour, and savory faire food tours.
We are excited to also be able to show the documentary, Rise: The Extraordinary Journey of the Exceptionally and Profoundly Gifted, from the Daimon Institute for the Highly Gifted. This movie is normally available for purchase from the Daimon Institute's website for $50, but 2017 FLAG conference registrants will be able to view this movie as part of your conference package, during our closing ceremony on Saturday, September 16! (Thank you to the Daimon Institute for a reduced price for FLAG to be able to do this!)
Hotel Group Rates
We have group rates arranged with a couple of hotels in the area for a limited number of rooms that you can reserve. If they fill up, there are many other hotels in that area as well as bed and breakfast options that you can arrange privately.
To contact the Hilton Bayfront Hotel for our group rate, access their registration through this special link: http://group.hilton.com/GiftedEducationConference.
Their rate is $169 for Thursday night, per standard king or double queen room, plus taxes and a $25/night parking fee. And the rate increases to $229/night for Friday and Saturday nights.
To contact the Holiday Inn Express, St. Augustine North, contact Angela Perry, general manager, at 904-824-5151.
Their rate is $99 for Thursday night, per double standard or king standard, plus taxes. It increases to $135/night for Friday and Saturday nights. This hotel provides free hot breakfast buffet and free parking.
We hope to see you in St. Augustine in September!!!
There is a new state rule taking effect on 2/20/17: 6A-6.0334 FAC, titled "IEPs and EPs for Transferring Exceptional Students," now allows gifted students who transfer into Florida from other states to be identified as gifted in Florida without having to meet additional eligibility requirements if they were already identified as gifted under the rules for identification in the sending state. The Florida Department of Education has confirmed that the new version of the rule does not require a Florida gifted evaluation if the student meets the specific guidelines in the rule. In fact, the rule specifically states that "Students who transfer with gifted eligibility from another state do not need to meet the requirements of Rule 6A-6.03019, F.A.C., for continued services" (section 4).
This is a win for gifted students in the great state of Florida, and everywhere.
FLAG Annual Meeting
September, 16 2017 • Historic St. Augustine