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Parent Saturday Presentations

Keynote Address:  What Gifted Kids Want Their Parents to Know
9:00 a.m. - 9:50 A.M.

Michele Kane, Ed.D.

Our world is complex and our gifted kids are even more so. The gifted parenting journey does not lend itself to simple, elegant solutions within our complicated lives. Enter, GIFTED KID SOLUTIONS! This presentation will focus on the results of a listening tour that features advice from gifted kids, specifically what they want parents and caregivers to know about them. Soliciting advice from a wide age-range and diverse population of contemporary gifted kids, the wisdom and insight garnered is guaranteed to generate conversation and provide opportunities for further discussion at home. Join us for an interactive time to notice, reflect, and wonder about what is filling the heads and hearts of our gifted kids.


State of the state of gifted in illinois    
9:50 A.M. - 10:20 A.M. 

Eric Calvert and Carolyn Welch
IAGC Advocacy Co-chairs

Where does Illinois stand in ensuring that high-ability students, regardless of background, receive the challenge and support they need to develop their talents? How are advanced learners in Illinois doing in comparison to advanced learners across the nation and around the globe? How far have we come in the 21st Century, and what should our priorities be for action in the 2020s? Drawing from state data and national research, this session will provide a “progress report” for Illinois through the lenses of policy, ESSA implementation, funding, equity, and outcomes for high-ability learners.

Our plenary sessions will be followed by two sets of break-out sessions.  Choose one in each group to attend.

BreakOut Sessions I -  10:30 a.m. - 11:20 A.M.

Parenting for Growth Mindsets

Georgia Bozeday, Ed.D. 

Mindset is defined as a set of beliefs or a way of thinking that determines ones behavior, outlook, and mental attitude.  In this session, parents will identify practices that fall into either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset category and will focus on ways to develop a Growth Mindset with their children. Specific strategies to help facilitate a Growth Mindset as well as ways to foster engagement and personalize experiences within the parent-child relationship to build Growth Mindset will be recommended.  Parents will be encouraged to connect to real-life examples drawn from their own experiences interacting with their children.  

Navigating Screen Time with Gifted Students

Benjamin Rosen, Ph.D.

Advances in digital technology have dramatically increased parental concerns regarding the negative impact on child and adolescent social/emotional well-being. Parents, who are often not “digital natives,” may struggle with understanding their child’s digital use and this becomes even more attenuated when the child is a high achiever, with extensive technological capacities. The impact of screens can leave parents flustered and parent-child relationships strained. The overarching goal of this presentation is to assist parents to develop strategies for promoting their child’s well-being in an increasingly digital age.

Handout: Rosen Sat Screen Time.pdf

What does the Accelerated Placement Act mean for my child and local school district? 

Eric Calvert and Carolyn Welch, J.D. 

The Accelerated Placement Act, which went into effect on July 1, 2018, requires districts to adopt policies allowing early entrance to kindergarten and 1st grade, individual subject acceleration, and grade skipping. 

The session will cover the required features of these policies and what steps a school should take when a student is recommended for accelerated placement. From the referral, to the evaluation criteria and decision makers, to the notification of the outcome, IAGC’s Policy & Advocacy Co-Chairs will highlight key aspects of the process and field your questions about how to best advocate on behalf of your high-ability child. 

Introduction to raising a gifted child

Jerry Schecter, Ph.D.

Parents of a gifted child are faced with challenges.  Parents may want to know more about how to identify accurately their children’s strengths, where they can find resources, and foster community to support their child. Also, to help their child best develop their academic abilities, they need strategies to support the psycho-social skills that lead to and build resilience in their child. 

Handout:Sat schecter.pdf

BreakOut Sessions II -  11:30 A.M. - 12:20 P.m.

My gifted child is ready for school! What should I look for in an early childhood program?

Margeaux McReynolds M.Ed.

Beautiful buildings, bright classrooms with plenty of manipulatives, catch our eyes first; however, though aesthetics matter, these are not the only things that you should be looking for.  Let’s talk about what an early childhood curriculum should look like in action.  Take a look into an early childhood classroom and learn the questions you should be asking before you enroll your gifted child into an early childhood program. 

Handout: NAGC19_ECE.pdf

Anxiety and Perfectionism

Ellen Bee, LCPC 

Anxiety represents the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorder in children and has negative impacts on academic performance, social and emotional functioning, and participation in community activities. An indicator of anxiety, beyond impairment in the aforementioned areas, is perfectionism. Perfectionists strive for flawlessness, set unrealistically high standards, and are often preoccupied with critical evaluations from others and of themselves. With a high prevalence of perfectionism in gifted children, this presentation will explore ways to develop and promote healthy performance goals while also teaching parents tools to help children distinguish between excellence and perfection. 

Home Recipes to Support Your Gifted Child’s Education

Patricia Steinmeyer

Parenting gifted children can bring a unique set of joys and challenges at school and at home. This presentation suggests some "key ingredients" to challenge, empower and nurture gifted children on their educational and personal journeys.

Living With Asynchrony: How Can Parents Help?

Michele Kane, Ed.D.

Parenting gifted children is most demanding in terms of time, energy, and intensity. Additional challenges are created by the diversity of development in each gifted child as social, emotional, and intellectual demands and needs collide. Therefore, life in the gifted family can be a difficult journey without any clear roadmap to follow. This presentation identifies practical strategies for addressing asynchronous development along with suggestions and resources to support the needs of all involved, especially those of parents.

Handouts: Sat LivingWithAsynchrony.pdf

Networking Roundtable -  12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


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