NWGCA Board Update
The NWGCA Board of Directors held their annual meeting and retreat in September to celebrate the past year of empowering, strengthening, and advocating for families of gifted children and to plan for the year ahead. A lot has been accomplished and there, of course, is plenty of work still ahead! Since the last retreat, the NWGCA board presented at several conferences and hosted many workshops for community members throughout the state, created a list of professional providers for the website - a tremendous resource! - and have worked hard to advocate for the legislative bill concerning programs for highly capable students.
We also welcome two new members to the Board of Directors - Laurie Ferraiolo as Treasurer and Sheryl Harshberger. Thank you, Laurie and Sheryl!
Upcoming Learning Opportunities
Northwest Gifted Child Association
SENG parent groups (or SMPGs) bring together 10-15 parents for facilitated conversation about topics related to parenting gifted children. Groups meet weekly for 8-10 weeks and are hosted in various regions throughout Washington by NWCGA board members. New groups start in the next few weeks, including in Mount Vernon, Edmonds, Lake Stevens, Woodinville, Vancouver, and Bellevue. Click on each city listed or visit www.nwgca.org/events to find a parent group near you!
A *free* community event is being hosted by Tahoma PATH (Parent Advocates for Tahoma's Highly Capable). Presented by NWGCA board members Marcia Holland and Sara Kamla on November 7 at the Maple Valley Library, "What Parents and Educators Need to Know about Smart Kids," explores the social & emotional behavior patterns that appear across large populations of highly intelligent children. The program starts at 7:00 p.m.
Save the Date! Northwest Gifted Child Association will be planning a half-day workshop for parents, teachers and others from the gifted community. Keep an eye on your inbox for more information for the event to be held 1:00-5:00 p.m. on March 29, 2020 at Brightwater Environmental Education and Community Center.
UW Robinson Center for Young Scholars
Information sessions for the Robinson Center Transition School/Early Entrance program will be held on November 1, November 18, and December 2. More information can be found on their website: https://robinsoncenter.uw.edu/programs/eep/transition/
Washington Association of Educators of the Talented and Gifted (WAETAG)
WAETAG's annual conference, Roots & Wings, will be held October 18-19 at the Hilton Bellevue, Bellevue WA with keynote speakers Dr. Diane Heacox and Dr. Richard Cash. Session topics include differentiation, thinking skills, and creativity and creative problem solving. For more information and to register, visit www.waetag.com/conference.
Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted (OATAG)
On October 26, OATAG will hold their annual conference at Clackamas Community College, Oregon City Campus with the theme, Celebrating Neurodiversity. Keynote speakers, Susan Baum and Robin Schader, will discuss The Unique Needs of Twice Exceptional Students: Balancing Home and School. Visit www.oatag.org/conference for more information and to register.
Join Gifted Together, on November 16 at the Sunset Hill Community Center in Seattle, WA for a gifted and 2e Symposium - Unraveling the Mystery: Understanding You and Your Family. Topics include understanding intensity and the gifted mind, diagnosis and treatment in gifted and twice exceptional, giftedness and spectrum disorders, and more! Visit www.giftedtogether.org for more information and to register.
Isn't It Ironic?
We know there are challenges being a parent or educator of gifted kids. We also know there are hilariously wonderful and fantastic occurrences, too! New to this newsletter is, Isn't It Ironic? A spot for us to share those unique and quirky things we overhear and experience as we parent gifted kids.
At the beginning of 2nd grade our son was given two math worksheets as homework. I looked over the assignments and clearly stated the expectations. "On this sheet, you will do all the problems. On the second sheet, you will do just the even numbered problems." I told him that I'd like to see the sheets after he completed them. He quickly went about the task of doing the homework, then proudly brought me the worksheets. I looked at the first one, and he completed it without error. Then I looked over the second worksheet. As I glanced over this one, I got frustrated and said, "I told you to do the even numbered prob..."And then I realized... he had completed problems 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11 but had done all the problems in his head and only wrote the answers to the problems that had even numbered answers! So, #2s answer was 16, #4s answer was 8, #5s answer was 22, etc. He had only done the "even numbered problems!"
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Going back to school - the struggles gifted kids and their parents go through
by Annemarie Verweij
My kids went back to school today, after a almost 12 week long summer vacation. Many people probably expect gifted kids to love going (back) to school, well, the opposite is the truth. Every child is a bit nervous for their first day, especially after such a long break. I think a bit nervous doesn't cover my boys feelings. Especially my oldest son dreads sitting in all these (honor) classrooms (even after skipping a grade!) while being done with the assignment after half of the lesson is done.
Read the complete article here.
Bullying and the Gifted: Welcome Back to School?
by Christopher Taibbi, M.A.T.
Why the gifted may be more likely to be bullied--and what you can do about it.
Read the complete article here .
Did You Know?
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