Samford University will host the biennial meeting of the National Conference
of Governor's Schools (NCoGS) Oct. 12-15. Governor's School leaders from 14
states are expected to attend.
Stephanie Tolan, author of Is It a Cheetah? and Flight of the Raven, will
give the keynote address on Monday morning (OCT. 14). A specialist on parenting
and educating the exceptionally gifted child, Tolan will discuss how to enable
humanity's brightest minds to deal with a changing world.
Major themes of the conference will also deal with diversity and best practices
that work well for programs in various states. Events include a visit to the
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, where its president emerita, Odessa Woolfolk,
will discuss diversity in education.
About 100 "governor's schools" in 28 states offer a summer program
for gifted and talented youths of high school age. The Alabama Governor's School
was founded at Samford in 1987. Each summer, about 90 rising high school seniors
from throughout the state enjoy the two-week program of academic, creative and
leadership experiences in Birmingham.
Daniel L. Hocutt, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Richmond
and former director of the Virginia Governor's School, is president of NCoGS.