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Message From State Superintendent Tony Smith, Ph. D [re:] "...Back-to-School Webinar for parents...Wednesday night [September 23, 2015]. Illinois PTA President Matthew Rodriguez and I had a productive conversation about the importance of family engagement and what parents should know about key education initiatives happening in our state. A recording of the webinar is now posted on our Hot Topics page"
2014, Schaumburg - Sailing the Seas of Gifted Education. Thank you to everyone who planned, presented, and attended on November 1. Below are links to presentations:
- Laura Beltchenko, "State of Gifted Education"
- Newenka DuMont, "Seeking Anchorage in a Calm Bay"
- Catherine Gruener, "Riding the Waves: Parenting 2E"
- Michele Kane, "Smooth Sailing or Stormy Seas? Executive Function Development in the Asynchronous Gifted Child"
- Rhonda Stern, "Motivation: let the tide roll in"
2012, Palatine - To view presentations, click on the links below.
Thank you to everyone who attended on September 29, 2012. Click on links below for some of the presentations.
- Navigating in a Social World: Strategies for Motivating gifted Children
- Smooth Seas or Stormy Waters
- Some People
- Underachieving Gifted Students: "Non-Productive?" or "Selective Consumers?"
What in the World Can We Do?
Read synopsis of the event here
Parents Press for Attention to Programs for Gifted Students, Education Week
Parenting Gifted Children (Jim Delisle) video 1:03:17
Parenting Your Gifted Child, IAGC's Pinterest Board
Q & A Collections: Parent Engagement In Schools [You might have to login to Education Week (free) to read it.]
See more links on the Parent Affiliates webpage.
Home Schooling Gifted Students
Home schooling can be a wonderful alternative education for gifted children whose unique academic, social and emotional needs are not being met through traditional schooling. This is especially true for the highly+ gifted population. Home schooling can provide an education individualized to children’s needs, strengths, challenges, passions, learning styles and asynchronies. Among its many advantages, home schooling allows children to develop at their own pace, in every area. Children can be authors of their own educations and creators of their own lives, as they forge their own unique educational paths, freed from the constrictions of the ‘one size fits all’ traditional model of schooling.
Home schooling is the fastest growing educational model in America today, and families with gifted children constitute one of the fastest growing populations in home schooling. Limitless resources exist today for home schooling families to provide an education that can far exceed what their children are currently receiving in traditional schools. The entire world is a home schooler’s classroom.
Many home schooling support networks exist locally and nationally, providing an endless array of academic and social opportunities for home schooled children. Home Schooling Gifted Students is one such local support group, focused on the needs of families home schooling gifted children. Parent support meetings are held at 7:30 pm on the last Tuesday of each month (except December and summer) at 2306 Orrington Avenue in Evanston. For more information, contact Cindi Link, firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome to attend!
Resources for More Information
Lisa Rivero: The Home Schooling Option: How to Decide When It’s Right For Your Family. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. ISBN: 0230600689
Lisa Rivero: Creative Home Schooling: A Resource Guide for Smart Families. Great Potential Press, 2002. ISBN: 0910707480
Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer: The Well Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home. Norton & Company, 1999. ISB: 0393047520
John Holt and Pat Farenga: Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling. De Capo Press, 2003. ISBN: 0738206946
Resources Compiled by Leslie Contos of Illinois TAG
Home Schooling Gifted Children
A-Z Home Schooling
Home Schooling in Illinois
TAGMAX: national list for families home schooling gifted
Home Education Magazine
IllinoisTAG online support for homeschooling gifted in Illinois
Traditional coursework is the spine but enrichment and individual interest is the meat.
Plug in your zip code to find family volunteer opportunities in your area: http://www.volunteermatch.org/
Bridge building contest for budding engineers and architects: http://bridgecontest.phys.iit.edu/
Fermilab, resources for the physics minded: http://ed.fnal.gov/
Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience [H.O.U.S.E.]
Illinois science fair: http://www.niles-hs.k12.il.us/jacnau/IJAS/regional.html
Illinois history fair: http://www.state.il.us/hpa/locate.htm
Library search http://www.worldcat.org/
Children’s Film Festival http://cicff2008.org/
Free online resources
Just a small sample of what’s available:
NASA - http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbygradelevel/index.html
Fitness - http://www.presidentschallenge.org/
History - http://www.mrdonn.org/
Language Arts - http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/SCORE/welcome.html
Math - http://archives.math.utk.edu/k12.html
Government - http://www.youthleadership.net/
Free online books and lectures - http://www.oculture.com/
Accredited Distance classes
An option for self-directed learners, who are interested in learning subjects in a traditional format: http://www.extension.harvard.edu/distance-education
Transcripts & Diplomas
You should start keeping records when your child starts high school level classes. This site has lots of free templates: http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/olderkids/Transcripts.htm
Part-time Public School
Homeschooled students may enroll part-time in their local public school if there is space and notification is given by May 1. Law can be read at this site: http://www.lake.k12.il.us/roe_home_sch/docs/Dualenrollforweb.doc
Some 4 year and community colleges have dual enrollment programs for high school students. Your best starting point is looking at the admissions guidelines on the college website. Look for the terms “dual” or “concurrent” enrollment. Here is one school’s policy: http://www.highland.cc.il.us/admissions/homeschoolsteps.asp
"Bright Kids, Poor Grades, and What You Can Do About it" by Sylvia Rimm, Ph.D.
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