In conjunction with the 23rd annual IAGC Convention, we have once again organized a Saturday morning of presentations specifically for parents! And at an affordable price! $50 for members and $60 for non-members.
For those of you who have not attended the IAGC convention on a weekday, one of the great benefits is the exhibitor's showcase! Schools for the gifted, colleges, book publishers, enrichment program providers and more set up booths to highlight their wares and answer questions. New this year, we will have one of the weekday exhibitors say over for Saturday morning: Discovery Toys will exhibit in the hallway outside our plenary room. They will also be showering our participants with $250 worth of door prizes! As a Parent Saturday participant you are welcome to visit all of the exhibitors on Thursday or Friday, just check in at the registration desk!
The Marriott Hotel has a special room rate available for those who wish to spend Friday night at the Marriott.
Here is the line up for the morning:
9 a.m. If You're So Smart, Then How Come...
Have you found yourself saying this session’s title? Giftedness can come with some confounding behaviors. “Analytical Thinking” becomes “The Paralysis of Analysis” (and sometimes shares characteristics with an anxiety disorder). “Attention to Detail” becomes “Unhealthy Perfectionism” or “Procrastination” (and sometimes shares characteristics with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). “Curiosity” becomes the annoying student who asks the questions you don’t know the answers to… (and sometimes leads to Existential Depression, i.e. a mid-life crisis at age 12). “Asynchronous Development” becomes the roller coaster of the 7-yr-old who is reading a chapter book one minute and having a meltdown the next because he can’t tie his shoes. Come learn about and share in a discussion of the double-edged sword of giftedness – including strategies for managing both the downside and the upside.
9:50 a.m. Breakout Sessions I
10:35 a.m. Breakout Sessions II
11:20 a.m. Gifted In Illinois: What's New?
11:45 a.m. A Guide for Parents as We Help Our Children Become “Beyonders”
E. Paul Torrance, known as “The Creativity Man” and the “Father of Creativity Research,” produced over 1800 publications and presentations on creativity during his remarkable career. This morning we will examine one of the most powerful, his “Manifesto for Children.” Together we will explore how parents might use these guidelines to help their children expand and enjoy their natural creativity, while also developing what Torrance called “Beyonder” characteristics.