27 Jan / 2016

Fundraising Campaign

 

For the first time in five years, the GATE Parent Association is asking for donations to support teacher professional development. Our coffers have run dry! You may know that one source of our funding comes from casino volunteering, and these funds are allocated directly to our GATE schools on a ‘per student’ basis to support GATE programming in the classrooms. But casino funds cannot be used for teacher professional development or certain student programs. And the CBE does not have the budget to pay for these needs.

We are asking for direct donations that can be used to enhance the skills of our teachers as well as provide experiential learning for GATE students that casino funds are not allowed to cover. Help your child’s teachers to deliver high quality programs and provide enriched learning environments: Donate Now!

 

What are the benefits of donating?

  1. The GATE Parent Association recognizes the value of assisting our teachers through the funding of conference fees, book studies, and workshops, to encourage the pursuit of continued learning that benefits our kids.
  1. GATE teachers with a strong understanding of gifted learners offer the social/emotional support and learning experiences our GATE students need.
  1. Every penny you donate will be used to benefit GATE students and teachers.

 

Are there examples of where the donations will help?

This July, we would like to send teachers to the Dabrowski Congress in Calgary. This bi-annual conference is an ideal opportunity for teachers (and parents!) to enhance their understanding of the developmental patterns and challenges that occur for students who are gifted. This year’s theme is “Dynamisms: Forces for Human Growth.” To learn a bit more about the conference, visit dabrowskicongress.com.

Did you know that there are no formal training programs to help teachers recognize giftedness or understand how to teach gifted learners? Teachers are selected for GATE classrooms because they show aptitude in the area of gifted education, or have pursued training on their own. It is often up to GATE teachers to continue their own professional development and by assisting with these costs, we are supporting their continued learning which will be reflected in the classroom.

Thank you so much for your support!

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Queen Elizabeth High School: Learning Commons

512 – 18 Street NW

Do you walk around on pins and needles sometimes with your child, not knowing how s/he might respond to something you say or do? Gifted individuals live in the world with intensity. Not only does this impact their learning, but also their relationships and self-esteem.  Our discussions will focus on understanding what these behaviours might look like and why they might be happening, the progression of feelings/behaviours, and strategies to help manage these strong responses.

About the speaker:

Dr. Laurie Alisat is a Specialist for Gifted Education with the Calgary Board of Education. She has worked with gifted students as a classroom teacher in both community and specialized settings. As well, she has worked with teachers as a strategist for gifted learners and as an instructor at the University of Calgary in inclusive learning and the development of creativity. Working with Dr. Robert Kelly, she assisted in interviewing and writing “Educating for Creativity: A Global Conversation.” Her recent research focused on the experience of schooling for gifted boys in alternative settings. Laurie is passionate about compassionate relationships serving to develop appropriate, meaningful challenges for students to build confidence and resiliency.

Who can attend? This event is open to all who are interested.

Is there a cost? Suggested donation is $5 if possible. All funds raised this evening will go toward teacher professional development.

What else will happen that evening? The GATE Parent Association will kick off its fundraising drive, which happens only once every five years.

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Louis Riel School: Comp Room
9632 Oakfield Dr SW

Learn to live and thrive with gifted learners with learning disabilities and/or attentional concerns

Twice exceptional gifted learners live in the world complexly. As a result, those who live and work with them also experience the word complexly! Gaining understanding of their strengths and challenges helps us to support their needs and growth, while enhancing our relationship with them. Strategies and environmental organization will be discussed to support the development of independence and confidence in these children.

About the speaker:
Dr. Laurie Alisat is a Specialist for Gifted Education with the Calgary Board of Education. She has worked with gifted students as a classroom teacher in both community and specialized settings. As well, she has worked with teachers as a strategist for gifted learners and as an instructor at the University of Calgary in inclusive learning and the development of creativity. Working with Dr. Robert Kelly, she assisted in interviewing and writing “Educating for Creativity: A Global Conversation.” Her recent research focused on the experience of schooling for gifted boys in alternative settings. Laurie is passionate about compassionate relationships serving to develop appropriate, meaningful challenges for students to build confidence and resiliency.

Who can attend? This event is open to all who are interested.

Is there a cost? Suggested donation is $5 if possible. All funds raised this evening will go toward teacher professional development.

Does your high school student love math? Is your child interested in going above and beyond the math concepts taught in school?

The University of Calgary Department of Math and Statistics hosts weekly evening sessions for grade 9 to 12 students interested in math and going beyond the program of studies. Math Nite is every Wednesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 in room 431, Math Sciences Building at the University of Calgary.

Sessions are week-to-week and dependent on sufficient interest.   The fall 2015 session runs from September 23 to December 2, and the winter 2016 session will run from January 13 to April 6. There is no need to attend every week so drop by when you are able! Grade 7 and 8 students are also invited-see link for more information.
For more information visit the Math Nite webpage at http://math.ucalgary.ca/community_outreach/math_nite

 

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
6:30pm
Queen Elizabeth High School: Library Commons
512 18th Street NW

The Parent Welcome Night is a great opportunity to meet fellow parents and share stories in the journey of parenting the gifted. What are our joys and challenges? What can we learn from fellow parents and from those with expertise in giftedness? How can we support our children, our schools,  and each other?

Come learn what the Association is about and lend your voice to what you think is important. During our AGM, we will welcome a new Executive and Board of parents to continue supporting our work.

Volunteers have graciously offered to stand for 4 Executive positions and many have stepped forward for our Site Representative positions, but please consider helping out where needed!

If you want to know what each role entails, see About Us: About Our Roles.

Nominations and positions to be filled:
Executive, 2 year term
President                     Vice (or Co-) President
Treasurer                     Secretary

Board, 1 year appointment (plus volunteers needed in each category)
Advocacy Chair
Education Chair (i.e.: special speaker sessions)
Communications Chair (newsletters, web support)
Fund-raising (Casino Coordinator)

Site Representatives
Henry Wise Wood High School
Hillhurst School
 (elem)
John Ware Junior High School
Louis Riel School
 (elem & junior)
Queen Elizabeth High School (junior & senior)

Four Tele-seminars for parents of children who are gifted:
June 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2015

Do You:

  • Hesitate to speak-up or struggle to find the right words to address your child’s needs?

  • Feel conflicted about if and how you should talk to your child about their giftedness?

  • Sometimes feel like you’re bragging or making excuses when talking about your child?

  • Find others cannot relate to your parenting experiences or even belittle your struggles?

  • Long to talk your parenting challenges, but fear no one will understand?

Dr. Joanna Haase, Psychotherapist;  Sharon Duncan, Educational Consultant

These sessions are offered by Gro-Gifted, Research & Outreach; fees apply (may be taken as whole or individually).

For more information or to register, please visit the following link:  Gro-Gifted.

 

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

6:30pm -7pm: GATE Parent Business Meeting
7:00pm -8pm: Speaker Session

Louis Riel School: Library
9632 Oakfield Drive SW

Mental Skills & Strategies for Today

Today, more than ever, youth are bombarded with conflicting messages and ideas, often leading to poor self-image, low self-esteem, and issues with confidence. As parents and teachers, we recognize the complex social landscape through which our children must traverse, and constantly seek to provide them with the tools and strategies that they can use to stay mentally and emotionally healthy.

At this session, Robert Caratun will share some of the mental skills and strategies that the world’s top performers use to manage anxiety and optimize performance. These will include the importance of perception, the distinction between effort and talent, and mental toughness. In addition to providing strategies that youth can use directly, Robert will also share some of the latest findings from developmental researchers relating to how parents and teachers can best support their children. These will include the importance of the growth and fixed mindset and methods to foster positivity and happiness.

This will be an interactive and eye-opening evening; we all look forward to seeing you there!

About the Speaker:
Robert Caratun is a former competitive swimmer, a high performance coach, and a leading authority on the current mental tools and strategies used by elite athletes and performers. With a formal education in psychology and neurobiology, Robert uses his academic background and athletic experiences to develop mental skills programs that cater to high performance athletes and students. To date, Robert has worked with athletes from a diverse array of sport backgrounds, as well as with students, coaches, parents and teachers in order to breakdown and teach the mental skills and strategies that can be used to facilitate coping, decrease anxiety, and build confidence.

Who can attend? This event is open to all who are interested.
Is there a cost? Pay what you can: these sessions are provided without charge as a benefit for our families, but please note that there are costs involved (speaker honorariums, printing costs, etc) and your support enables future offerings. Suggested donation is $5-10. Tax receipts can be issued for donations over $20.

PRESENTED BY WESTMOUNT CHARTER SCHOOL

“Good learning for highly able learners”

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

7:30 – 9PM

Westmount Charter School: Mid-High Campus

2215 Uxbridge Drive NW

 

This event will look closely at the learning processes of high ability learners.  How do they learn when they are deeply engaged? How is their learning the same and different from that of other children their age? What features of their learning can be adjusted to respond to their strengths? This session will include a bit of theory and introduce parents to the “Guide for Selecting Differentiation strategies”.  At this session, participants will use a chart to help match different types of learning experiences to student strengths and explore a website loaded with resources to help parents and teachers support extraordinary potentials.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Dr. Lannie Kanevsky is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in BC. She is the author of the Tool Kit for High End Curriculum Differentiation use widely by educators.  Her work explores the learning preferences and potentials of gifted students and their peers, with the goal of offering students powerful learning experiences that are challenging and engaging.  Lannie has shared her work through workshops, lectures and publications with local, national, and international audiences across North America Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

 

This session is free of charge and open to all interested parents from Westmount Charter School, CBE GATE, New Horizons and home school groups.  No RSVP is necessary.

 

09 Feb / 2015

Parent Mentor Program

We know our parent group has a wealth of unique, interesting and important things to share with our students. The CBE and the GATE Parent Association are partnering to find parents who could be mentors and subject matter experts in our classrooms, and/or online, during school time.

We currently need mentors in the following areas:  computer programming; filming and editing; psychologist/psychology; advertising/photoshopping; robotics; physiotherapy/kinesiology; entrepreneurship; politics; architecture; mechanics; water purification; environmentalist; musician/songwriting/composition; bioengineering; forensic science; military history.


If you can volunteer, or have questions, please contact the GATE Parent Association by email: info@gatecalgary.ca 

If you’d like to offer your area of skill/expertise for mentorship, please let us know what you feel you can offer. Teachers and GATE program leaders will connect with you as your skills and knowledge match with classroom activities; they’ll review and discuss your background with you to determine if your area of expertise is a good fit for current (or future) GATE classroom plans.

Please note:  All mentors who work with students in our GATE schools must have a valid and current Calgary Police security clearance.

Wednesday, January 21st at 6:30pm

Hillhurst School: 2nd level classroom (follow signs)

1418 7th Avenue NW

 

Parents recall what their early classroom learning was like, but how is gifted education different? Do we really know what school is like for our kids who attend the GATE Program? Why not find out for ourselves!

In this session, teachers in our elementary GATE Program will ‘put parents to work’ and guide us through a lesson, just like the ones our kids experience every day. The teachers will then discuss the gifted education methods that were just applied on us ‘students’, and used with gifted learners every day. The teachers will discuss the goal of gifted education and how these methods are intended to challenge, engage, and develop critical thinkers.


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