Archive for September, 2010

Does your child qualify for Duke TIP?

September 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Many moons ago, when I was a DeKalb County Schools student,  my Discovery teacher informed us about Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program), which was still in its nascent stages. Today, Duke TIP has grown into one of the premier enrichment programs in the Southeast for gifted youngsters.

Yet when I posted an item recently about an upcoming TIP Scholars weekend at the University of Georgia, I wondered whether our schools are still actively promoting the program to parents.

If you have a 7th grade student and no one has mentioned Duke TIP Talent Search to you yet, you should take steps on your own to enroll in the talent search. To qualify for the search, your child must have scored in the 95th percentile or above on a standardized achievement test (such as CogAT, CRCT or ITBS) in their 5th or 6th grade year. If they meet this requirement, you’ll pay a $70 fee and sign them up to take the SAT or ACT and have their scores sent to TIP.

All students who participate will receive some benefits from the TIP program; those with exceptional scores on the college entrance exams can earn special recognition and the privilege of attending summer programs on the Duke University campus.

Application deadlines are Oct. 12 (by mail) or Oct. 19 (online) if you want your child to take the SAT or ACT in December. If you’re not quite ready, there are later deadlines for taking the SAT or ACT in the winter.

Complete information is available at the TIP web site.

Categories: Enrichment

Update: SENG parent group changes schedule

September 21, 2010 Leave a comment

As previously posted, a parent discussion group is forming using the model developed by Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG). The group’s leaders have changed the meeting dates. The first meeting now will be on Wednesday, Sept. 29. The group will meet for six weeks, ending on Nov. 3.

Because the class was shortened, the price has dropped to $120 for up to two people.

Meetings will take place from 7-9 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of the Kroger on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell.

For more information or to sign up, contact Muriel Knope at knope-at-mindspring-dot-com (address modified here to protect her from spam). You can also visit SENG’s web site to learn more about the objectives and methods of SENG parenting groups.

Categories: Parenting

Visit the High Museum free this Saturday

September 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Eleven museums in metro Atlanta, including the High Museum, will offer free admission this Saturday, Sept. 25, as part of the annual Smithsonian Museum Day.

To take advantage of this offer, download the free pass from the Smithsonian, then present it at the door of a participating museum for free admission for two people.

The High’s featured exhibits are “Salvador Dali: The Late Work,” and “Signs of Life: Photographs by Peter Sekaer.”

Other participating Atlanta-area museums are:

  • Archibald Smith Plantation Home
  • Art On 5
  • Barrington Hall
  • Bulloch Hall
  • CDC’s Global Health Odyssey Museum
  • Center for Puppetry Arts
  • Hammonds House Museum
  • Marietta Museum of History
  • The Hudgens Center for the Arts
  • The National Museum of Patriotism
Categories: Enrichment

Duke TIP Scholar Weekend at UGA

September 19, 2010 1 comment

The Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program) will offer a residential weekend for high-school students at the University of Georgia, Nov. 13-14.

The UGA weekend is open to students in grades 8-11 who have either participated in a Duke-TIP Talent Search or who have been identified as talented / gifted through their school.

The registration deadline is Oct. 29, although classes may fill up even before that — one is already full.

(Thank you to Dr. Spomenka Newman for sharing this information.)

Categories: Enrichment

TV show looks at challenges of raising high-intelligence kids

September 17, 2010 Leave a comment

A friend tipped me off to a program airing on Discovery Health called “My Kid’s Smarter Than Me.” It will be shown several times this weekend, beginning tonight. The official description of the program is:

Walker will soon have his IQ tested. His obsession with cars has produced an amazing talent: At just 3 years old he can identify the make and model of any car by sight alone. MY KID’S SMARTER THAN ME explores the joys and hardships faced by ordinary families raising off-the-chart kids. In this special we meet child geniuses ranging in age from 3 to 15, who have never gone public with their talents: Pranav, a 7-year-old from Ohio who has an IQ 16 points higher than Einstein’s, and Autumn, an 8-year-old art prodigy whose works sell for thousands of dollars. With “in the moment” interviews with the children, their parents, siblings and experts, MY KID’S SMARTER THAN ME enters the world of parenting extraordinary children.

Categories: Parenting

Sign up now for K.I.D.S. Club at Georgia Tech

September 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Students in grades 2-7 can register now for the K.I.D.S. Club at Georgia Tech. The program, held on Saturday mornings, focuses on activities that encourage interest in science, engineering, math and technology.

Kids in grades 2-5 can choose one of two fall dates offered and/or one of two spring dates. Each session runs from 9 a.m. to noon, with students rotating among three different, one-hour activities.

For 6th and 7th graders, K.I.D.S. Club will offer classes in LEGO Mindstorm robotics.

All classes are held on the Georgia Tech campus and are led by university faculty, Tech students, or math and science teachers from local schools.

Categories: Enrichment

GSU's Saturday School posts "Fall B" classes

September 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Saturday School for Scholars and Leaders has opened registration for its “Fall B” session, which will run for five weeks, beginning on Oct. 30. The program,  hosted and run by Georgia State University, is open to gifted students in kindergarten through 8th grade.

Classes are offered in the mornings and afternoons. As a bonus, during morning sessions, the program provides parent seminars on topics related to the education and development of gifted children.

Categories: Enrichment

From the AJC opinion page: A challenge to schools

September 14, 2010 Leave a comment

In a guest opinion piece in Monday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution, national and state leaders in gifted education speak to why it’s so important for schools to challenge and support our brightest students.

The headline of the article is a bit gloomy, but the authors say Georgia actually does comparatively well when it comes to gifted education programs. Still, there is more to be done, and when you find yourself in a position to lobby for greater gifted support, the arguments presented here can help answer the question of why we should pay attention to gifted students.

Categories: Advocacy and policy

IMPACT science Saturdays at UWG

September 12, 2010 Leave a comment

The IMPACT (Improving Motivation, Performance, Attitudes of Children and Teachers) program at the University of West Georgia has announced its fall schedule of Saturday science programs, and registration is now open.

Sessions will be held on Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. Classes are offered for kids from kindergarten through 8th grade, covering a variety of topics from the water cycle to kitchen chemistry to computer animation.

We went to the kickoff session of IMPACT this weekend, and I’m not going to sugar coat it. It’s a haul from anywhere in DeKalb. Just how far is it? Well, figure out how long it takes you to get to the intersection of I-20 and the west side of I-285, and then add 45 minutes to estimate your total travel time to UWG. But the price is right: just $5 for a three-hour class. And since you sign up for classes individually, you could pick one topic that really tickles your kid’s brain and make a day of it, enjoying lunch or dinner in historic downtown Carrollton.

Enrollment is limited to 24 children per class, so if you’re interested, sign up soon.

Categories: Enrichment

Odyssey of the Mind releases schedule for competitions and training

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Georgia Odyssey of the Mind has opened its registration process for coaches’ training, team workshops and competitions for the 2010-11 season.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international organization that encourages and celebrates creative problem solving. Competitions are open to teams of children from kindergarten through college. If your school doesn’t already have a team, it’s not hard to organize one. You don’t even have to be affiliated with a school to have  a team — you can form a team with your kid’s neighborhood friends, Girl Scout Troop, soccer team, or whatever. In fact, last year, the Dunwoody Homeowners Association sponsored a team that went all the way to the World Finals.

If you plan to start a new team, you’ll want to attend the coaches’ training on Oct. 23 at Trickum Middle School in Lilburn. Registration for the workshop is open until Oct. 16.

Categories: Enrichment