November Newsletter Topics
-Make Your Voice Heard - last chance to answer the survey!
-Nov 16 - What Parents Need to Know About Smart Kids
-Contact your US Senator in 10 seconds - support Javits
-SENG Discussion Groups in Lake Stevens, Seattle, ...
-Feb 28 - Gifted Ed Day in Olympia
-March 8 - Connections Conference
-ESD Training Sessions
-Thank You to the PTA Legislative Assembly
Only 7 Days Left! Make your Voice Heard!
Last chance to participate in our Listening Tour. Survey closes November 18. Would you please tell us about your family's needs, and how NWGCA might best support you?
Take the Listening Tour Survey. It should only take 5-10 minutes, so please do it now before you forget. We want to hear from families across the state!
Nov 16: What Parents Need to Know about Smart Kids
Half-Day Workshop, 1-5pm - Brightwater Center, Woodinville
Many parents are surprised to learn that their bright child's unique "quirks" are actually well-studied social & emotional behavior patterns that appear across large populations of highly intelligent children. whether it's refusing to wear shirts with buttons or tags, overreacting to the slightest criticism,
gravitating to play with older children, anxiety about trying something new, or preferring a book to a playdate, many perplexing behaviors are common
in this population. Learn what's normal, what to expect as they grow, and why full-time hicap programs are optimal for kids' social and emotional development, as well as developing their academic talents.
Register before Thurs Nov 14
The workshop format provides time to dig into deeper content, participate in thought-provoking activities, and engage in guided discussion with other parents of highly intelligent kids. The goal is to give you research-based perspectives, new tools for your toolbox,
and support to help you develop a written plan for parenting your unique child with intentionality. $35 registration, $5 for a second family member.
We are astounded at the response to this new event. We already have more than 50 registered attendees, coming from as far away as Spokane and Gig Harbor! Participants will be seated with families with similar aged kids, ages 4-14. It's not too late to register, please join us! We'll take registrations until Thursday, Nov 14.
We love giving talks to parent groups across the state. Want to bring an NWGCA talk to your area? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
SENG Model Parent Discussion Groups
We have a whole crop of newly trained SENG facilitators in WA state. Are you a parent
looking to join a discussion group? Hoping to lure a facilitator to your area? Please reply to this email and we'd be glad to help you get the ball rolling. Here
are the groups we know about right now:
Lake Stevens, Jan 8 - March 12 (More Info)
Facilitators: Denise Anderson & Sue Wilson-Schmitz
Seattle, group forming soon (More Info)
Facilitators: Anne van Roden & Gloria Sandford
Learn more about SENG Discussion Groups
Full List of SENG Model Parent Group Facilitators
Are you a SENG facilitator ready to start a group? We will gladly advertise new SENG groups in future newsletters--please let us know at email@example.com if
you are starting one.
Feb 28 - Gifted Ed Day in Olympia
Save the date! Gifted Ed Day in Olympia is 9am-2pm on Februrary 28, 2014 this year. Some districts bring classfuls of kids, other individual families come with or without their kids. Plan to attend a presentation in the morning, and have the opportunity to meet with legislators during the rest of the day. Last year was the biggest Gifted Ed Day ever, let's make this year even bigger!
March 8 - Connections Conference
Save the date! The 2014 NW Gifted Child Association's Connections Conference will be held on March 8 from 9am to 4pm, graciously hosted by Seattle Public Schools.
This year we will have a full-day track for kids as well as a great lineup of sessions for adults, so plan to bring the whole family!
Keynote: What's So Different
about Raising a Gifted Child? Dr. Jann Leppien, Ph.D.
Whitworth University, Center for Gifted Education
If your child has been identified as gifted, you, like many parents, might simultaneously feel elated and also nervous about this label. You may be wondering what the term really means and if and how it changes your views about your child and your expectations of him or her. At this session, we will discuss these issues as well as some of the concerns that parents face when their child has been identified as gifted and talented. Additionally, we will discuss strategies for enhancing your child's process of growth and development, how to monitor that process, provide or access opportunities, and help children with challenges along the way.
Conference registration will begin in January. Stay tuned!
ESD Training Sessions
Tell your adminstrators & teachers! WAETAG trained 20+ people from each of the WA state Educational Service Districts (ESDs) over the summer to be able to give short courses for educators on three topics:
Full list of ESD training contacts
Thank you to the delegates of the Washington State PTA Legislative Assembly for their support for sufficient and equitable funding for highly capable programming.
Contact your US Senator in 10 seconds!
There is a renewed push to reinstate the Federal Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act. This federal funding was cancelled several years ago.
Support this initiative by sending a pre-written message to your federal representatives and senators in mere seconds, thanks to the Council for Exceptional Children. You do not need to know who your reps are, just fill in your name and address and click send. It's super simple, please do it today!
The "Soft" Non-Cognitive Skills are Hard
Parents Press for Attention to Programs for Gifted Students (WA State)
Donate to NWGCA!
Looking for a great place to make an end-of-year donation before the tax year ends? We appreciate all donations, large and small, to help us reach out to parent groups across the state, provide resources, workshops, and our yearly conference. Donate to NWGCA