National Conference of Governor's Schools

Biennial Conference
October 1-3, 1998
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Louisville, KY
Theme: "Growing Tomorrow's Leaders"

Registration Details

  • Fees
    • $150 conference only
    • $175 conference and NCoGS annual dues
  • Hotel Rates
    • $135 single
    • $150 double, triple, quad
    • Reserve by August 30 

Conference Announcement and Invitation

I'm not sure what all of you know yet, but we're humming along with the planning for the fall conference. It will be in Louisville from Thursday evening, October 1, through Saturday mid-afternoon, October 3. We're pretty excited about what we've almost gotten firmed up, which will be mailed to you soon. This will give you a rough idea of the schedule at this point:

  • October 1, Thursday:
    • Evening:
      • Dinner at KY Derby Museum
      • Learning games
      • Stan Curtis, founder of USA Harvest
  • Oct. 2, Friday:
    • Morning: various interactive programs about initiatives the KY GS has tried:
      • Governors School job internship program
      • Career opportunity network
      • Legislative ambassadors
      • Fundraising
      • Service learning, etc.
    • Lunch: Tables, sharing ideas.
    • Afternoon: THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN. (See Below)
    • Evening: Heritage Cathedral program
  • Oct. 3, Saturday:
    • Morning:
      • Drs. Duke and Nowicki (non-verbal language, and locus of control).
    • Early Afternoon:
      • Astronaut Story Musgrave: science, creativity, and the next horizon.


We want to schedule a limited number of sessions, in two or three time blocks of maybe an hour or an hour-and-a-half, each of which focuses on a different topic. Each session would be run by a different state or a different program in a state, and have an announced focus. Thus, if we have, say, 9 good and discrete topics, we might schedule three slots, each slot having three choices. (If this is how it turns out, I'd predict that the sessions would draw 10-30 people each.)

Would at least one person from each state get back to me with an idea for a session? Take up a month, but please no more time than that. If you have even a vague idea, e-mail me while you're still hot. You might think about the most interesting or innovative or successful thing that your program does, or hopes to do. Or then again, you might think about thing you need the most information about.

 Conference Agenda

Thursday, October 1, 1998
1:30 - 4:00 p.m. NCoGS Board Meeting
2:00 - 4:30 p.m. Registration
5:00 p.m. Buses leave the Hyatt to the Kentucky Derby Museum
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Educational Activities at the Derby Museum
  • Murder in the Bluegrass
  • Rhythm around the Tracks
  • Economic Lessons
  • VIP Tour of the Churchill Down Tracks.
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Cash Bar
6:45 - 7:00 p.m. Slide Show
7:00 p.m. A Taste of Kentucky Dinner
8:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker

Mr. Stan Curtis, founder of Kentucky Harvest and USA Harvest. USA Harvest has become the largest all-volunteer food distribution organization for impoverished Americans. This presentation will be followed by a panel of 1998 Governor's Scholars who have taken into their communities Mr. Curtis' exhortation that to be a leader one needs vision, risk-taking, and action.

Friday, October 2, 1998
7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Governor Paul E. Patton will welcome the participants and announce the Scholars Career Network.
10: 15 - 10:45 a.m. General Session

An overview' of some of the newest and exciting features of the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program. In the breakout sessions, there will be an opportunity to learn more about specific programs and how to start and/or implement them.

10:55 - 11:55 a.m. Breakout Sessions I
  • Scholars Career Network: a computer network that will match the background, interests. and qualifications of Governor's Scholars alumni with employment opportunities in Kentucky. The network and its web site will serve many functions. By knowing and keeping a record of Governor's Scholars' employment and education background, we will be able to track the successes of our alumni.
  • Education Ambassadors: a program that recruits and trains Governor's Scholars to assume a leadership role in educating the public about education reform` and its benefits. It is the ambassadors' belief that students can and will have an effective, positive impact on public opinion regarding the reform of schools. The students' position on the front-line of the movement gives them a unique perspective.
  • Citizens Interaction with Education: learn how engineering enters the world of the liberal arts through a leadership training program which enhances knowledge and understanding of effective leadership, problem-solving, creative thinking, and values definition.
  • Leadership through History: As America faces the 21st century, a new definition of leaders must be nurtured to meet the "revolutionary" challenges of our global world. Robert E. Lee's childhood home, Stratford Hall in Virginia, is a living memorial to the leadership of the Lee family in American history. Students engaged in the Governors' Schools need the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of great Americans. Stratford Hall can afford them this rare and unique experience.
  • Service Learning as a Tool: this program enhances students' learning by enabling them to practice skills and test classroom knowledge through service experiences applicable to their local communities.
  • Selection Process: this session will focus on how to make the scholars' selection process more effective so that the final selections will reflect a true representation of the state's diversity.
Noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch.

This will be an opportunity to share and learn about other programs. Participants are asked to come prepared to discuss what has worked and not worked in their program.

2:00 - 2:55 p.m. Breakout Sessions II
  • Research on Governors' Schools
  • Using an Annual Theme to Create Freshness
  • Special Challenges of Arts Schools
3:00 - 3:55 p.m. Breakout Sessions III
  • Starting Up: Shoals and Hurdles in Getting Governors' Schools off the Ground
  • Doing More with Less in Governors' Schools
  • Working with Departments of Education: Threats and Opportunities
4:00 - 4:55 p.m. Breakout Session IV
  • The Survival of Liberal Arts in an Age of Technology
  • The Place of Governors' Schools in an Age of Education Reform and Standards
  • Continuing Service Projects and Teacher Impact Days
6:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 - 9:30 p.m. A Celebration of Faith.

Join a talented group of Governor's Scholars faculty and alumni who will lead us through an interfaith event at the Cathedral of the Assumption, which includes vocal, instrumental, dramatic, and dance presentations.

Saturday, October 3, 1998
7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. General Session

Emory University professors, Dr. Marshall Duke and Dr. Stephen Nowicki. This nationally recognized team of researchers will present their findings on Kentucky's Governor's Scholars and Kentucky's at-risk students enrolled in the Effective Learning Program (ELP) at Ballard High School in Louisville, Kentucky

10:15-11:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions IV

Drs. Duke and Nowicki, and Governor's Scholars Program and ELP faculty, will lead sessions on how to apply what this research tells us about measuring and/or generating success for both high achievers and at-risk students. Some sessions will be repeated in Sessions V (below).

11:15 a.m. -Noon Breakout Sessions V (see Sessions IV above)
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker

Astronaut Story Musgrave. Between 1967 and 1996. Dr. Musgrave flew six space flights for NASA's space shuttles. Although his graduate degrees include business administration, medicine, physiology, biophysics and literature, Dr. Musgrave's own educational odyssey began with a GED.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Open Conversation with Drs. Duke and Nowicki and other Presenters. This is an opportunity to bring questions and personal experiences about how high achievers and at-risk students participate in the learning process.