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Coffee and conversation in Sandy Springs / Dunwoody

November 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Local gifted advocates Kathy Courchene and Muriel Knope are organizing another informal conversation for parents of gifted children, next Sunday, Nov. 20, from 2-4 p.m. at Atlanta Bread Company at Perimeter Pointe shopping center, 1155 Mount Vernon Highway in Sandy Springs.

Kathy and Muriel are facilitators trained by SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted). SENG aims to raise awareness of the challenges gifted children face, and to help parents, teachers and caregivers better support gifted children.

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

Categories: Parenting

Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education (GAGE) to hold fall consortium

November 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Gwinnett Alliance for Gifted Education, one of the most active gifted advocacy groups in metro Atlanta, will hold its Fall Consortium on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at Mason Elementary School in Duluth.

The meeting will begin with a keynote address by Janet Aeker Smith, who has 30 years of experience in education, including creating gifted education policy in Australia. Attendees can then choose from a variety of breakout sessions covering topics such as math, reading, STEM projects, humor and attitude, critical thinking and differentiation.

Registration opens at 8 a.m.; the keynote speech will begin at 8:30 a.m. The event is scheduled to end at 12:30 p.m.

Admission is free for GAGE members; non-members may join GAGE at the door for $25. Gwinnett County teachers and administrators can become members for $20.

For more information, contact Laura Magner of Gwinnett County Schools.

Informal meeting in Gwinnett for parents of gifted children

October 26, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s not easy being the parent of a gifted child, and sometimes it’s lonely, when no one around us understands — or even wants to hear about — our struggles with what other parents may think is an easy task.

If you’d like to sit down with other parents of gifted kids, you’ll have that chance this Sunday, from 2-4 p.m. at Atlanta Bread Company, 1708 Scenic Hwy. in Snellville.

The meeting is being organized by Kathy Courchene and Muriel Knope, two local facilitators trained by SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted). SENG aims to raise awareness of the challenges gifted children face, and to help parents, teachers and caregivers better support gifted children.

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

Categories: Parenting

Valdosta State University presents Gifted Summit

October 2, 2011 Leave a comment

The Center for Gifted Studies at Valdosta State University invites the public to its Gifted Summit, to be held on the university campus on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011.

Dr. Thomas Hébert, Ph.D., will present morning and afternoon keynote speeches. Dr. Hébert is professor of educational psychology at the University of Georgia, where he teaches graduate courses in gifted and creative education. He also is author of the newly released book, Understanding the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Students.

The morning keynote will focus on the social and emotional needs of gifted students; the afternoon remarks will address how to create classroom environments that support gifted students’ social and emotional development. The program’s agenda also includes afternoon breakout sessions to discuss particular concerns and interests.

The program is free, but requires preregistration by e-mailing the Center for Gifted Studies or by calling (229) 249-2777.

Fall session of parent group focused on gifted kids’ emotional needs

September 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Two local women trained in helping parents and caregivers support their gifted children are forming a new discussion group for fall.

Muriel Knope and Kathy Courchene are trained facilitators with SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted). Their regular parent groups discuss such hot topics as perfectionism, social relationships and managing intensity.

The upcoming session will meet on Monday nights from 7-9 p.m. in Dunwoody, from Sept. 19 through Oct. 24. There is a fee.

To register or for more information, contact Muriel Knope.

Categories: Parenting

What’s it like raising a gifted child? Researcher wants to know.

August 15, 2011 2 comments

Every parent has ups and downs. But parents of gifted children have a particular experience that is shaped by their child’s personality, their school’s accommodation of the child’s needs, and the level of support they get from family and friends.

A researcher in Australia wants to learn more about how parents feel about raising a gifted child (or children). Natalie Rimlinger is a Ph.D. student at Australian National University. She says that while there have been many investigations into gifted children and their needs, very little is known about the everyday experience of raising gifted kids. Natalie is looking for parents from anywhere in the world who are willing to complete an anonymous, online survey about life as a parent of a gifted child.

To participate, you must have a gifted child in either primary or elementary grades. If you believe your child is gifted, that’s enough to participate. Your child’s being formally identified as gifted is not required.

Because the survey asks questions about your interaction with your child’s teacher, you should only participate if you consider your child to have one primary classroom teacher, not a team of teachers. Homeschoolers can also participate.

Since this school year has just started, you can complete the survey based on your experience last year, or wait a month or two and fill out the survey based on the new school year once you’ve formed an impression.

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete.

Categories: Parenting

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

Off topic: “Choking game” robs local family of their gifted son

May 17, 2011 1 comment

Forgive me for going off topic, but this is something I felt was too important not to share.

This week, a 5th-grade student at my child’s school died from playing “the choking game.” That’s where kids cut off the air to their brains to get a buzz.

You’d like to think smart kids would know better than to try something like this, but the child our school lost was incredibly bright and gifted. He loved to read, was an outstanding student, and was a talented musician and athlete. He was like any of our kids. Yet as smart as he was, he didn’t see the danger in what he was doing.

This boy’s family is hoping that in the wake of their loss, other parents will educate their children about this “game” that can kill. You can find more information through GASP, a non-profit organization.

Categories: Parenting

New session of parenting group will start in January

December 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Two local experts on the emotional needs of gifted children will offer a new round of the parents’ support group they started this fall.

Kathy Courchene and Muriel Knope, the group facilitators, both have been trained by SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) to lead parent groups. The sessions will touch on such areas of concern as perfectionism, self-management, and relationships with family and friends.

The local group will meet in the Dunwoody area on six consecutive Monday nights, beginning Jan. 24. The cost is $120 for up to two individuals who are closely involved in the life of the gifted child (e.g., two parents, one parent and one grandparent, one parent and a nanny, etc.). For more information or to register, contact Muriel Knope at knope-at-mindspring-dot-com. (I’ve disguised the address to limit robotic spam from hitting Muriel — you can reassemble it to e-mail her.)

 

Categories: Parenting

Free NAGC presentation at Davis Academy

November 5, 2010 Leave a comment

When the National Association for Gifted Children comes to town for its national conference next week, two of its experts will offer a free presentation at The Davis Academy, a private school in Sandy Springs.

Dr. Robin Schader and Katie Augustyn will present “Raising Gifted Children,” a discussion of how to foster the talents and abilities of elementary-age children.  The program, which is open to the community, will be Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 6:30-8 p.m., at Davis Academy’s middle school building, located at 7901 Roberts Drive, 30350.

Thanks to Dr. Spomenka Newman for alerting me to this program.

 

Categories: Parenting