1999 Fall NCoGS Working Conference

Thursday October 21 through Sun October 24, 1999
Greetings to ALL NCoGS Members and interested parties!

Following our successful summer programs, we now look forward to the '99 off-year, smaller, organizational meeting and workshop of the National Conference of Governors' Schools (NCoGS). It will be at the Topnotch in Stowe, Vermont, with the next full blown NCoGS Conference in Greenville, SC, in 2000.

This year's meeting (October 21-October 24, 1999) will feature a two day workshop (Friday and Saturday) with a paid consultant (Larisa Turner who has worked with the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences) on evaluation of GS programs. Attendees will work together to uncover what do all GS programs need and want to know about the workings of their programs. How can we find out what works, prove that it works, and improve the programs?

One goal is to design evaluation systems that could work across all programs to give a national basis of evaluation. Attendees should bring copies (about 40) for distribution and discussion of professional evaluations, current in house forms, and current evaluation reports.

The NCoGS board members will also be planning the future direction of the NCoGS. Thus, NCoGS Members and those most closely involved with evaluation of the GS programs of each state should attend. Please make sure that any other NCoGS Members in your state receive notification of this announcement.

Where to fly into:

Continental, United and USAir have non-stop and direct jet service from major U.S. cities to the Burlington International Airport, located 45 minutes from Topnotch. Business Express-The Delta Connection and Northwest Airlink also provide non-stop commuter flights from many New England locations.

How to get from the Airport to Stowe:

There are car rental agencies and there is van transport available to Topnotch. Let Topnotch know you want van transport when you make your reservation. If you are driving, Topnotch is located five miles from Stowe Village on Route 108 (the Mountain Road), 10 miles north of the Stowe/Waterbury exit (Exit 10) off Interstate 89.


Reservations must be made by September 10 to guarantee room rate. Rooms are $120 per night single/double. Call 1-800-451-8686 to book your room. Mention you are with the NCoGS Conference.

Conference Address:

Topnotch at Stowe
Box 1458, Stowe VT 05672

Meeting Registration Fee:

$25 by September 10. Late registration = $50.

NCoGS Membership fee:

Please add your $25 annual NCoGS membership fee to the above amount

Starting Times:

  • Thursday 6:00 p.m. Meeting of the Executive Board members
  • Thursday 8:00 p.m. Meeting of all attendees

Ending Times:

  • Saturday 5:00 End of general sessions. Vermont entertainment planned for evening.
  • Sunday 10:00 a.m. End of Meeting Board Meeting

Who should attend: (see above)

Registration Deadline: September 10, 1999

Registration Form:

Contact information:
Name of GS Program:
Title (position relative to GS Program):
Type of GS Program (Liberal Arts, Arts, Sciences etc.):

Please mail your fees to:

Jean Olson
25 Hubbard Street
Montpelier, VT 05602

Suggestions for the '99 NCoGS program or questions may be emailed to Bruce Haggard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Questions concerning the local arrangements should be emailed to Jean Olson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (802-229-4757 Phone/Fax)

Other Important Things to Know:

When you make your room reservation, request a full packet of information from Topnotch. Plan to come early and stay late to enjoy Vermont and Topnotch in the fall. Make any spa requests early! It is quite an incredible experience. Bring swimsuits for pool/jacuzzi. Plan to take a steambath or sauna after a brisk walk. Bring walking shoes and warm jacket as Topnotch is at base of Mt. Mansfield and surrounded by walking trails.

If you would like to make a week of it in Vermont

The 5th Annual New England Conference on Gifted and Talented Education will be held near Rutland, VT, on Friday and Saturday, October 15 and 16. Keynote speaker on Friday will be Dr. Karen Rogers from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. Keynote speaker on Saturday will be Dr. Nicholas Colangelo, Director of the Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education at the University of Iowa.

We look forward to seeing you soon here in Vermont!