We often talk about the unrealized potential of our most gifted learners. The causes for this loss of potential may include social or emotional issues, inappropriate curriculum, or learning deficits.
Dr. Susan Paynter, a child advocate, award-winning educator, and nationally recognized expert in gifted learners, helps schools and families create customized strategies designed to help gifted children feel challenged, successful, and fulfilled. She works one-on-one and collaboratively to design programs that adapt teaching methods to the learning styles of these unique students, rather than trying to adapt the students to the teaching methods. This approach enables gifted kids to joyfully share their unusual gifts and passions with the world.
Check out her website here Potential2Action.com
Gifted Kids Find the Power Within
Authored by Andrea Ericson Yawman
Swindler Sam slithers into town and tries to sell exotic boxes by misleading children into thinking that the boxes contain special powers. The students discover that they already possess the power they need to effect change and find joy in their lives. A fun quiz, advice, and resources follow the story.
This book was written to empower gifted children (and all children) to advocate for their needs. Sometimes gifted children need teachers to recognize that they have unique talents and interests that should be addressed and utilized in school. Some gifted students feel isolated and need to work with like-minded peers. Some gifted students suffer from perfectionism and need help recognizing that hard work and effort are even more important than perfect results. Some gifted students have a sense of humor that is not always appreciated in school settings because it is viewed as disruptive.
Gifted students, and all students, face struggles and have individual needs. With a positive, problem-solving mindset, challenges can be overcome, and children can learn to advocate for themselves.
Recommended for children in grades 2 – 5, teachers and parents.
To get a copy visit: CreateSpace.com
Take a few moments to view this eye-opening reflection on how we view children and how we teach children in our current education system: All Learners Are Different
For parents of accelerated learners:
PAL workshops/symposium NYC
September 1 – October 31st
Greetings from the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY). We wanted to let you know about a new annual award competition that offers funding for aspiring scientists ages 13-18. More information is available on the Cogito site below:
A CONTEST FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!
Click here for details: Moody's Mega Math Challenge
The University at Buffalo Gifted Math Program (GMP) was founded in 1979 by Dr. Gerald R. Rising, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus in the University’s Department of Learning and Instruction and by Dr. Betty J. Krist, Professor Emerita and former chair of the Mathematics Department of Buffalo State College. Each year the program enrolls between 225 and 275 students of outstanding mathematics ability from the seventh through twelfth grades of the public, parochial, and private schools in Western New York.
For more information visit: UB Math Program
We would like to introduce you to a new place for children to learn and grow, The Evolve Discovery Center.
The Evolve Discovery Center provides a cohesive and coordinated set of programs and support services designed to promote your child’s overall development and personal success. Our goal is to make learning fun and open your child’s eyes to the world.
Evolve’s goals are:
* Make learning fun
* Open your child’s eyes to the world
* Allow teachers to teach their passion
bridge gaps in educational needs
* Support you with resources to help your child succeed
* Support your family to help them succeed
There are programs for students Preschool- High School. Programs with have had in the past are:
Yoga, Spanish, French, Math and English help, a discussion of the book The Almond Tree, and Art classes.
More information can be found here:
Getting Into Selective Colleges
Listen from home — all you need is a telephone.
Speaker: Susan Goodkin is a graduate of Harvard University, Harvard Law School, and Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Susan writes and speaks nationally on education issues including college admissions. Her articles have appeared in newspapers including The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Philadelphia Enquirer, The Sacramento Bee and The Houston Chronicle.
For more information, or to register, go to:
California Learning Strategies Center