Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 at 6:30pm

John Ware School: Library

10020 19th Street SW

Gifted Learners will need to consider what is best for them and their future when considering high school choices. What is best for a good friend might not be the best choice for you!

High school GATE Programming, International Baccalaureate (IB), and Advanced Placement (AP) classes are just a few of the options available for students; this session will discuss the 3 options, considering the benefits and challenges of each. What might be the best path to help a student achieve success? Parents and students are invited to attend this session to gain some insight into what the answer might be.

Discussion will be led by CBE teachers and school administrators of CBE schools that house the 3 programming options.

Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:30pm

Location: Henry Wise Wood High School, Library Learning Commons 

910 75th Avenue SW

 

Be sure to attend our first event of the year!

During the evening, you will learn about:

  • how your association supports the GATE Program in our schools
  • how we’re working to connect Calgary’s gifted community and why this matters
  • how to find resources & supports for your family
  • how YOU can help strengthen the GATE Program for your child

Of course, a great benefit of this evening will be to get to meet fellow parents of children who are gifted! This is a great opportunity to make some connections with parents who share your joys & struggles in parenting the gifted.

During the evening, we will share conversations about giftedness and education for the gifted…we want to hear from you too, so !

During the evening, we will also host our Annual General Meeting and Business Meeting of the GATE Parent Association.

Please consider volunteering your time and helping to support gifted education at the same time!

 

 

 

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Location: Louis Riel School  9632 Oakfield Drive SW

 

6:30pm BUSINESS MEETING

7:00pm SPEAKER PRESENTATION: 

“Living in a Gifted World: Parents and their Gifted Children–Challenges and Survival”

This session will provide a basic understanding of ‘what is giftedness?’, exploring the unique and often complex characteristics that may be present in these children. For parents, this session will discuss how the characteristics accompanying giftedness may cause challenges in school as well as in parenting at home.  Tools for ‘survival’–to help these children to be successful–will be discussed as well.

 

About the Speaker:

Dr Laurie Alisat PhD is a GATE Learning Leader at Henry Wise Wood High School.

Laurie has worked in education for over 25 years.  Many of those years she worked with gifted learners and specifically in Gifted Education, as a Teacher, Learning Leader, System Strategist, Lecturer, and Counsellor–that work was further supported by a PhD in Gifted Education.   Amidst that, Laurie has had the opportunity to assist in international research around creativity in education, which culminated in the publishing of “Creativity in Education: A Global Conversation” with Dr. Robert Kelly.  Having spoken at numerous conferences, Laurie seeks a greater understanding of gifted learners and how best to meet their academic, social, and emotional needs.

 

 

 

Friday, February 28, 2014—Wine & Cheese evening, Key-note address; cash bar, registration begins at 6:00pm.

Saturday, March 1, 2014—Daytime conference with plenary sessions; includes coffee/muffins, lunch, and conference book on gifted parenting (TBA); registration begins at 8:00am.

Westmount Charter School 2215 Uxbridge Drive NW

Registration information: No pre-registration; first-come, first-served/registered.

Fees: $60.00 (CASH only, payable at door). Registration fee covers both Friday eve and Saturday daytime events–there is no ‘single-day’ registration. 

Reduced fee available for multiple, immediate family members attending: 1st member pays full price of $60 and will receive conference book; second (and subsequent family members) pay $40 each and do not receive conference book.

 

KEY NOTE:

Dr. Sal Mendaglio: “Fear, Anxiety and Stress: What’s the Difference?”

Dr Mendaglio’s Second Session: “Academic Underachievement: A Predictable Crisis for Gifted Students”

Break-Out Sessions

  1. Gifted but Denied: The EAL Perspective (Dr. Hetty Roessingh & Patti Gillespie Noble)

For many English Language Learners, a challenge for shifting from conversational to academic language use is a lifelong project. How can home and school work together to develop academic language? In this session we will illustrate language samples to highlight the growing gap over time that will impact the long-term effect on academic outcomes.

  1. Gifted and Learning Disabled: When Being Gifted is a Handicap (Dr. Nicole Sheldon)

This session will discuss the strengths and challenges of twice exceptional students, what their school experiences look like, and how to help them reach their potential without excessive frustration and distress.

  1. Relationship between Parenting Stress and Children’s Attribution (Maisha M. Syeda)

This session will present how various factors could make identified gifted children more vulnerable to developing and/or maintaining anxiety. Examples of such factors will include: parenting stress, children’s attribution style, their age and their own perceptions of their parents’ stress. This discussion will help to highlight more effective strategies for anxiety prevention and intervention programs in schools and community centers.

  1. Who are you, really? (David Head, Alan Crooks)

This session will explore the pedagogical reasoning that underpins the use of alternative media for gifted students’ engagement and illustration of certain principles such as exemplars and heroes, why we need them, and how we identify with them. This is especially important for the gifted because they will note specific behavior patterns and try on “different hats” through observation. If students receive exposure throughout this process in a controlled, fun, engaging atmosphere and environment, the growth process is less uncomfortable. Students are aware why they identify with the heroes they do and the values these heroes represent. Learning outcomes in this course include a focus on areas such as philosophy, writing techniques and how comics are constructed. The intrinsic outcome of this course offering is to help kids become comfortable with who they are becoming, and to learn to accept this is an ongoing lifelong process.

  1. Creativity Process for Gifted (Murphy McMaster)

What does it mean to be creative? Is there a place for creativity beyond art and music? How do we encourage creative process in all classes? Using the 7 steps of creativity theory, this interactive session will explore promoting trial and error, collaboration, idea generation and production from the stand point of creative process and how it expands the mind and character of the gifted child.

  1. I know what I know – why do I have to write it down? (Dr. Brent McDonald)

Many gifted students (and, in the presenter’s experiences, predominantly boys) are highly reluctant to produce work, feeling that knowing/understanding is enough, minimizing the need to actually produce. This session will provide some observations of gifted boys, their learning challenges, and how best to help.

  1. Families of the Gifted Child: Intensity at Home, School and Play (Mary-Jo Pow and Gaye Harden)

Parents need sources of information and support in order to navigate what is often acomplex choreography of steps and actions to meet their child’s needs at home, at play and at school. This session is structured to bring together interested parents to discuss modifications in parenting, what we need to know and who we need to be in order to experience the best possible journey as a family with a child who is gifted.

Preliminary schedule (subject to change):

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

ACTIVITY

TOPIC

SPEAKER(S)

FEB. 28

6:00

Westmount Charter School

Mid-High (Van Horne) Campus

REGISTRATION

7:00-7:10

Gym

OPENING REMARKS

DR. JANNEKE FRANK (Westmount Charter School)

7:10-8:10

Gym

EVENING KEYNOTE

GETTING OUT OF THE WAY: ADVENTURE EDUCATION AND ITS VALUE FOR GIFTED KIDS

CAYLEY WEBBER

DAVID MANNING

MURPHY MCMASTER

MAR.1

8:00-9:00

TBA

REGISTRATION

COFFEE

9:00-9:10

Gym

OPENING REMARKS

JOE FRANK (Westmount Charter School)

9:10-10:00

Gym

MORNING KEYNOTE

FEAR, ANXIETY AND STRESS: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE

DR. SALVATORE MENDAGLIO

10:15-11:00

TBA

S 1

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PARENTING STRESS AND CHILDREN’S ATTRIBUTION

MYESHA S. SYEDA

TBA

S 2

ACADEMIC UNDERACHIEVEMENT: A PREDICTABLE CRISIS FOR GIFTED STUDENTS

DR. SALVATORE

MENDAGLIO

TBA

S 3

I KNOW WHAT I KNOW – WHY DO I HAVE TO WRITE IT DOWN???

DR. BRENT MCDONALD

11:15-12:00

TBA

S 4

FAMILIES OF THE GIFTED CHILD. INTENSITY AT HOME, SCHOOL AND PLAY

MARY-JO POW

GAYE HARDEN

TBA

S 5

CREATIVITY PROCESS FOR GIFTED

MURPHY MCMASTER

TBA

S 6

GIFTED AND LEARNING DISABLED: WHEN BEING GIFTED IS A HANDICAP

DR. NICOLE SHELDON

12:00 -12:30

CAFETERIA

LUNCH

12:30-1:30

TBA

S 7

GIFTED, BUT DENIED: THE ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE (EAL) PERSPECTIVE

PATTI GILLESPIE-NOBLE AND DR. HETTIE ROESSINGH

TBA

S-8

TBA

KRYSTAL ABRAHAMOWICZ

TBA

S-9

WHO ARE YOU REALLY?

DAVID HEAD AND ALAN CROOKS

1:45-2:45

TBA

QUESTION AND ANSWER PANEL

QUESTIONS FROM ATTENDEES

SPEAKERS

2:55-3:00

TBA

CLOSING REMARKS

HAL CURTIES

 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

7:00pm-9:00pm

Westmount Charter School, MH Gymnasium 2215 Uxbridge Drive NW

Fee: $5 (CASH ONLY) per person at the door, open to public.

Note: NO RSVP–limited general seating; first-come, first-served; doors open at 6:30pm.

Synopsis: “Gifted children are expensive and time-consuming. They usually need less sleep than you do, ask more questions than you can answer, want 100 percent of your attention 24 hours a day, have obsessive hobbies, react intensely to everything, endlessly long for a best friend who understands them completely, hold perfectionistic standards for themselves and you, want to know the meaning of life when other children only want to know how to whistle, and keep their bedrooms in a condition you can never show company. In order to be the perfect parent, you need unlimited funds, unlimited patience, an encyclopedic mind, and someone to sleep for you.

In this session, we will be discussing such issues as coping with the characteristics of giftedness; siblings and birth order; gender issues; and keys to successful parenting. You will receive an owner’s manual, “Guidelines for Parents of the Gifted,” which contains suggestions for harmonious family life. There will be a question and answer period, but I don’t have all the answers. Trust Yourself! No one knows your child better than you do. ” LKS

About the Speaker: Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical and counseling psychologist.  She directs the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development, and its subsidiaries, the Gifted Development Center [www.gifteddevelopment.com] and Visual-Spatial Resource [www.visualspatial.org], in Denver, Colorado.  In the last 34 years, she has studied over 6,000 children who have been assessed at GDC, the largest data bank on this population. This research enabled the creation of extended norms on the WISC-IV and WPPSI-IV.  Her Ph.D. is in educational psychology and special education from the University of Southern California.  For nine years, she served on the faculty of the University of Denver in counseling psychology and gifted education.  She has been studying the psychology and education of the gifted since 1961 and has written over 300 articles, chapters and books, including Counseling the Gifted and Talented, Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner and Advanced Development:  A Collection of Works on Gifted Adults. Her latest book, Giftedness 101 (New York: Springer, 2013) went into its third printing within six months of its release.

This event will now include a Parent Education Session.

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

6:30pm  GATE Parent Association Business Meeting 

7:00pm Parent Education Session:

“Change and Transition in the Lives of the Gifted: Managing Anxiety & Stress”

It is well-known that managing change and transition can be stressful in one’s life, and this can lead to anxiety and difficulties with coping. Children who are gifted may have strong sensitivities to begin with, so learning to cope with change can be helpful in managing significant events.

This session will be led by Dr Kelly Moroz, Registered Psychologist: he will discuss some of the sensitivities that can occur in children who are gifted and discuss some strategies that may help parents as they guide their child through new life experiences.

Parent Education Sessions are open to all and are free of charge. Donations are always appreciated to help support future events.

John Ware School: Library  10020 19th Street SW

 

 


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