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Conference Brings Educators, Garth Fagan to Fisher Campus This Weekend


This weekend, St. John Fisher College will partner with the New York State Advocacy for Gifted and Talented Education Organization (AGATE) to host their annual state conference. Educators, educational leaders, and parents from across New York State will attend a variety of workshops on topics including technology integration, social emotional needs of students, instructional practices, innovative connections, advocacy, and more. The conference will take place Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29.

Dr. Sally Reis, an internationally recognized educational leader in the field of gifted and talented education, will serve as the opening keynote speaker on Friday. She is also a distinguished professor and teaching fellow at the University of Connecticut, and a principal investigator at the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented.

The closing keynote speaker will be Rochester’s own Garth Fagan. Fagan, a Tony Award winner, will bring with him student performers ranging in age from five to 20 years old. They will bring the conference to a close with a performance in Cleary Auditorium at 1:30 on Saturday. Fagan is the founder and artistic director of the award-winning and internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance, now celebrating its 40th anniversary season. His presentation and performance is free and open to the entire Fisher community.

The AGATE conference is being sponsored by the College’s Graduate Program in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education. Registration information can be found on their website.

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