October 18, 2019
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Housatonic Community College
Beacon Hall
500 Lafayette Boulevard
Bridgeport, CT  06604



CAG is committed to connecting teachers with leading thinkers and expert educators in a diversity of fields that value creativity in learning. With this aim, CreativityCon was born in 2014. Join us for our  fifth CreativityCon, taking place Friday October 18, 2019 at Housatonic Community College.

We are proud to announce that Gifted education specialist for Duke TIP, Dr.  Richard D. Courtright, PhD, will be our keynote speaker. Dr Courtright is a lifelong educator, was an elementary and middle school classroom teacher, and a gifted education program administrator. He holds a BA, MA, and PhD in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with an emphasis on gifted and talented education. Dr. Courtright's professional interests include consultation on curriculum and program development, program evaluation and teacher training in gifted and talented education. He has cowritten and co-edited several works, taught a variety of courses and workshops in general, gifted, and special education, and presented at state, regional, and national conferences.


Don't miss this amazing, one-of-a-kind day of Professional Development with practitioners who are experts in the field of Creativity!

Questions may be sent to programcoordinator@ctgifted.org.


Dr. Richard D. Courtright's keynote topic is: 'Socratic Inquiry – Portal to Creative, Critical & Higher Order Thinking' - What is more important in the educational process than acquiring knowledge and developing skills? Far more important than either of these is the goal of enlarging understanding. When students engage in learning for understanding, its very nature involves creative thinking, critical thinking and higher order thinking. When engaged in learning for understanding, students gain an appreciation for why the knowledge and the skills are the important foundation of understanding. Centuries ago, Socrates gave us the model for the process of teaching for understanding – questioning. That approach is as significant today as it was then - indeed, even more so. Just as we differentiate content, process, product and learning environment for gifted students, we can differentiate our teaching, as well, for the outcomes of knowledge, skills and understanding.

Duke Talent Identification Program's (TIP) Gifted Education Research Specialist
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8:00 am
Check-in, Coffee/Pastries and Exhibitors
8:30 am
Welcome - HCC, CAG
8:45 - 10:00 am
10:00 - 10:30 am
Coffee break
10:30 - 11:30 am
Session One (Choose 1  of 5 breakouts)
11:30 - 11:45 am
11:45 - 12:45 pm 
Session Two (Choose 1 of 5 breakouts)
12:45 - 1:45 pm 
1:45 - 2:45 pm 
Tour of HCC's Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center/Surgical Tech/Art Studios
2:50 - 4:00 pm
Session Three (Choose 1  of 5 breakouts)

Reach 150+ teachers, administrators, parents and community leaders, all dedicated to nurturing creativity in their students and children.  We look forward to your participation! Become a Sponsor

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Presented by the Connecticut Association for the Gifted in partnership with Housatonic Community College

Friday, October 18, 2019, Housatonic Community College, beacon Hall, 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, CT

  • Register by midnight October 13 for regular price - $100.00 for CAG members; $135 for non-members (includes a one-year membership)

  • Student/Grad Student Rate: $50 for CAG members; $75 for non-members (includes a one-year membership) 

  • Register after October 13 - $120.00 for CAG members; $155 for non-members (includes a one-year membership)


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