For Parents

Gifted Matters
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

Attention students and parents in the Capitol Region
Saturday Scholars Registration Form and Flier information:

Post-Registration FLYER

2014 Saturday Scholars Registration Form

Book Alert!
Swindler Sam and the Power Boxes:
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.
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Video: All Learners Are Different
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

PAL Workshops/Symposium NYC
For parents of accelerated learners:
PAL workshops/symposium NYC

Moody’s Mega Math Challenge

Click here for details: Moody's Mega Math Challenge

UB Gifted Math Program

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

The Evolve Discover Center

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:

155 Genesee St.
New Hartford, NY 13413

Make Seed Paper
There’s a fun new activity on NASA’s Climate Kids website. Instead of just emptying the paper-shredder receptacle into the recycle bin, recycle it yourself! Make your own recycled paper greeting cards—and then plant them! This “seed paper’ activity is easy and fun, and produces a greeting anyone would find endearing for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day. Visit Seed Paper for all of the fun information.

Free Teleseminar – Planning For College

Everything Parents Need to Know About
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:


Susan Goodkin
Executive Director
California Learning Strategies Center

With the latest version of, teachers and students can use this wonderful platform to create role-play experiences in the classroom.

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