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Full scholarships to elite colleges for high achieving, low income students

August 9, 2011 Leave a comment

For high-achieving students from low-income families, attending a top-tier college can feel completely out of reach. But it doesn’t have to be.

The National College Match program looks for students who have achieved excellence in school, and whose families face economic challenges. Then it matches those students with elite colleges that are prepared to offer full scholarships to these talented kids.

Participating schools include Amherst, Dartmouth, Brown, Emory, MIT, Princeton, Stanford and more — 31 highly respected universities in all.

High-school seniors are invited to apply now. The application deadline is Sept. 30, 2011, and the application process requires a good bit of documentation, along with three essays, so best to get started now. The good news? With just one application, students can be considered for scholarships to up to eight schools.

Local SENG leaders plan coffee, classes for parents

August 5, 2011 Leave a comment

For some gifted children, being ahead of the pack brings with it certain struggles, such as perfectionism, social awkwardness and emotional sensitivity. SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) aims to raise awareness of these challenges and to help parents, teachers and caregivers better support gifted children.

Two local SENG facilitators, Kathy Courchene and Muriel Knope, are hosting an informal conversation with parents of gifted children on Sunday, Aug. 21, from 2-4 p.m. at the Atlanta Bread Company in Dunwoody. They also are planning another session of evening classes for parents, to begin in mid-September. (More information as I get it.)

Unrelated to these local events, SENG has produced a free e-book, “The Joy and the Challenge: Parenting Gifted Children,” which touches on topics including identifying giftedness, underachievement, twice exceptional children, depression in gifted youth, and advocacy. You can download the publication as a PDF or in other formats compatible with most e-readers.

If you have questions about SENG, the upcoming meeting, or the parenting classes, contact Muriel Knope at knope – at – mindspring – dot – com (e-mail address deconstructed to curb spam; rebuild it to contact her).

Categories: Parenting

Future Problem Solvers — a challenging program for grades 4-12

August 3, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s often been said that today’s school environment focuses too much on forced memorization of facts at the expense of teaching children the skills of analysis, synthesis, critical thinking and communication.

Whether you believe that or not, it’s certainly true that kids can benefit from more practice in these areas of complex problem solving. That’s the emphasis of the Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI), a competitive program for students in grades 4-12.

In Future Problem Solving, children focus in on one of several problems, all of which reflect real-world issues of today, or realistic scenarios that could emerge in the future. For example, topics might include aspects of ecology, medicine, social problems, crime or technology.

The kids conduct research, develop a list of problems and possible solutions, apply criteria to choose the best solution, and develop an action plan for their scenario. Teams write reports, which they submit to evaluators for review. The teams with the best work are invited to in-person competitions.

Generally, students participate in teams of up to four kids. The competition has three divisions: junior (grades 4-6), middle (7-9) and senior (10-12). Some competitive parts of the program will allow entries by individual students. A team can be affiliated with a school, but doesn’t have to be.

FPSP also includes a non-competitive program called Action Based Problem Solving. This is open to children in grades K-9, and allows teams of any size, which means it can be done as a classroom activity.

Registration is now open for Georgia FPSP. The Georgia affiliate will offer training for coaches in September.

GSU Saturday School announces fall classes

August 1, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s that time again — time to register for Saturday School at Georgia State University.

The 2011 Fall A session will start Sept. 10 and run for five consecutive Saturdays, ending Oct. 8. Classes are held in the mornings and afternoons. Class topics, which vary by age group, include sharks, archaeology, law, anatomy, writing, art and much more.

Saturday School is open to children in kindergarten through 8th grade. The program is geared toward students who have been identified as gifted by their school, but kids who haven’t been formally identified can be granted provisional enrollment for one year — a perfect solution for bright kindergarteners just entering school who haven’t been tested yet.

The registration deadline is Aug. 25.

Categories: Enrichment