CAG Board Members Participate in 42nd Confratute

By Yvonne de St. Croix, PhD
July 7th through 12th marked the 42nd annual Confratute at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. Confratute is the longest running summer institute on enrichment-based differentiated teaching held at the University of Connecticut. The name "Confratute" combines the terms, conference, institute, and fraternity. Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG) was represented by Bonnie O'Regan, Katie Augustyn, and Yvonne de St. Croix, each of whom played a different role at Confratute. Katie presented a roundtable discussion on Monday about the CAG's Minds in Motion. Bonnie attended as a participant and kicked-off Confratute prior to Monday's keynote with a brief presentation about CAG. Yvonne was a Confratute CMer and facilitated morning hikes for participants, acted as the evening bouncer for social events, and was a strand count leader.

Confratute is geared toward providing educators with research-based practical strategies for engagement and enrichment learning for all students, as well as meeting the needs of gifted and talented students. To accomplish this goal, participants attend strand sessions offered in intense, week-long mini institutes. Keynotes and mini-keynotes led by leaders in gifted education are offered daily and are guided by the Schoolwide Enrichment Model. Principals and administrators can also focus on curriculum development and SEM in the Confratute forum strands tailored the school leadership.If you are interested in reviewing this years offerings and resources, links to all resources and handouts may be at https://confratute.uconn.edu/handouts_offerings/

Participants may also attend special topics sessions and evening forum sessions. These special topic sessions and evening forum sessions give participants the opportunity one would find at a conference to choose a session specific to their professional growth needs. The Confranotes provide participants with information about daily events. It was in the Confranotes where information regarding the CAG CreativityCon was posted for all attendees to note.

In the summertime, it is easy to glide into Confratute because in addition to the sessions, strands, forums, and keynotes, other activities like painting, dancing, trivia night, and the variety show make the learning during the day balanced with the socialization at night. For those unable to attend, there is Virtual Visit option. If you were unable to attend this year, please consider during so in the future. Feel free to contact Bonnie or Yvonne at info@ctgifted.org for more information.

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