The thirty-third annual AGATE Conference, Putting the Pieces Together, was held at the Hot Springs Convention Center, February 8-10. The conference was for educators, parents, and the community.

Arkansans for Gifted and Talented Education, AGATE, is an independent organization promoting excellence in education, particularly as it relates to gifted and talented children and youth in Arkansas. AGATE works to educate its members and the Arkansas community as to the nature and needs of gifted and talented children and youth, and to develop a community that recognizes, nurtures, and rewards the fulfillment of the unique individual potential of each child.

There was a full day preconference on February 8. Session options unclouded Multicultural Gifted Education , presented by Dr. Donna Ford, Carolyn Coil presented Gifted and Common Core,  Harry Dickens workshop, Apps For the Gifted Classroom and Hot Springs Educational Excursions. Breakouts were presented on the 9th and 10th by educators who shared best practices. Parent and Administrator Institutes were held. Teachers of Advanced Placement attended AP Day on Friday which featured a workshop to help them prepare students for the AP exams in May.

AGATE Awards were presented to the following: Agate Scholarship: Linor Thomas, G/T Coordinator, Quitman, Educator Award: Debra Burris, UCA, Curriculum Award: Atkins School, Betsy Hays, G/T Coordinator, Affiliate Award: Atkins Parent Group, ACT 56 Certificate of Merit: South Conway County (Morrilton) School, Jane Conley, G/T Coordinator. This was presented by Marilyn Larson, Conway, Co-Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Gifted and Talented Education. Dr. Alicia Cotabish,

UALR, received the Challenger Award.

Robin Clark, G/T Coordinator, Greenbrier, presided over the conference. Local presenters included: Sally Stuart, Mayflower G/T, Rachel Brown, Dardanelle G/T, Tommie Sue Anthony, Arkansas Advanced Initiative For Math and Science , and Dr. Alicia Cotabish, Conway.