Monthly Newsletter

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June 2022

Resources

SENG: “Beautiful and Brilliant; A Lesson for our Gifted Girls” Researchers consistently have found that girls with high ability feel compelled to hide their intelligence. How do we ensure that our #gifted girls thrive? Lori Comallie-Caplan shares some thoughts in this article from the #SENG library.
SENG: “Neuroscience of Anxiety in the Bright Brain.” “Provide safety and compassion for failure, mistakes, and mishaps, which are the key components of a growth mindset and resilience.” Nicole A. Tetreault, PhD. writes on the neuroscience of anxiety in the bright brain in this article from the SENG library: http://ow.ly/5KaQ50zfTmw
SENG: “The Interface of Overthinking.” Dr. Gail Post shares strategies to help gifted learners cope with the overthinking, anxiety, and shame that can come with giftedness. Select this link.
SENG: “Existential Depression in Gifted Individuals.” “…persons of higher intellectual ability are more prone to experience existential depression spontaneously.” SENG Founder Dr. James T. Webb explores existential depression in gifted individuals in this article from the #SENG library: http://ow.ly/I1Ez30nOPZW

May 2022

Opportunities

Summer Camp Opportunities Take advantage of the wonderful opportunities available for your child! Most camps have updated their information and some have already started to accept applications! Select this link to be taken to summer camp opportunities.
LAST CALL!*** 3M Young Scientist Challenge

The annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge invites students in grades 5-8 to submit a 1-2 minute video describing a unique solution to an everyday problem for the chance to win $25,000 and an exclusive 3M Mentorship. Ten finalists will be chosen for their passion for science, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills.

Deadline: May 16, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

For more information on this contest, click here.

SENGinar: The ABCs of Autism Our next SENGinar is Tuesday, May 10th! Larry Davis will present “The ABCs of AUTISM: Anxiety, Behavior, and Coping Strategies: Inspiration/Information/Insight.” Learn more and register at this link: http://ow.ly/GxLb50ITi3O
SENGinar: POP, The Power of Play for Parents Catch the next SENGinar on Tuesday, May 24th! Otto Siegle, M.Ed. will present “POP; The Power of Play for Parents.” Learn more and register by selecting this link.

Resources

SENG: “Maintaining Motivation: It’s a Marathon!” “School. It can be fun and exciting. It can also feel as though it stretches out into infinity.” Stephen Balzac writes on maintaining motivation in school in this article from the #SENG library: http://ow.ly/5c7H30nGd5v
SENG: “100 Words of Wisdom” “The only thing worse than being denied opportunities is being forced to take them.” Jim Delisle shares 100 words of wisdom in this article from the SENG library: http://ow.ly/woXu50uzPHw

April 2022

Opportunities

Summer Camp Opportunities Take advantage of the wonderful opportunities available for your child! Most camps have updated their information and some have already started to accept applications! Select this link to be taken to summer camp opportunities.
The New York Times: 5th Annual Student Podcast Contest

Do you listen to podcasts to find out what’s happening throughout the world? Or do you tune in to learn about sports, music or films — or simply to be entertained? Do you prefer shows with one host or multiple hosts? Are you interested in series that tell a story over many episodes, or shows that explore a new issue or interview a different guest each week?

Imagine you — or you and several of your friends — are behind the microphone. What would you talk about? What format would you use? What would be your unique podcast voice and angle?In our Fifth Annual Podcast Contest, we invite teenagers to submit original podcasts of five minutes or less. Your creation can be about anything that interests you, in any form that you like. Our favorites will be featured on The Learning Network.

How To Submit

This contest begins on April 6th.

Students ages 11 to 19 anywhere in the world attending middle or high school can participate.Middle and high school students ages 13 to 19 years old in the United States and the United Kingdom, and students ages 16 to 19 years old anywhere else in the world, can submit their own entries. Students who are eligible for this contest but don’t meet those age requirements can have an adult submit on their behalf.

We will post links to the submission form on or before April 6, when this contest opens.

Deadline: May 18, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

For more information on the guidelines and rules, please click here.

Listen to a Life Story Contest

When young and old come together, they can change each other’s lives, their community, and even the world. Big things happen when you listen to a life – you travel time, learning from the past for a better future.

The Legacy Project’s 22nd annual Listen to a Life Story Contest runs to April 15, 2022. The contest is open to young people 8-18 years, with a grandparent or grandfriend 50 years or older (cannot be a parent). To enter, all you have to do is Read, Listen, Write! Check out all the details here.

Deadline: April 15th, 2022

Games for Change Competition

The Games for Change Student Challenge invites students to make video games about real-world issues and community impact themes. The Games for Change Student Challenge is the leading national game design program that combines students’ passion for games with digital learning and civic engagement. Select this link to learn more.

Deadline: April 15th, 2022

The Anhinga Prize for Poetry

Anhinga Press began in 1972 as an outgrowth of the activities of Apalachee Poetry Center. The Anhinga Prize for Poetry has been offered annually since 1983 for a manuscript of original poetry in English. The winner receives $2000 and publication by Anhinga Press. Select this link to learn more.

Deadline: May 31st, 2022

New Camp: Virginia Tech Imagination Camp: 
Do you get tired of the same old thing summer after summer? If the answer is “yes” then you may want to attend Imagination. You will be introduced to the exciting and fun “stuff” we do at Virginia Tech. We have engineers, scientists and college students ready to help you explore the world of science, technology and engineering. Open to rising 7th and 8th graders. Deadline to apply is Monday April 11, 2022 at 11:55PM. Select this link to learn more.

Resources

SENG: “Neuroscience of Anxiety in the Bright Brain” “Provide safety and compassion for failure, mistakes, and mishaps, which are the key components of a growth mindset and resilience.” Nicole A. Tetreault, PhD. writes on the neuroscience of anxiety in the bright brain in this article from the SENG library: http://ow.ly/5KaQ50zfTmw
SENG: “Finding the Glory–On and Off the Playing Field” What can academically gifted students do that will bring them the rewards and recognition that those who excel athletically often receive? Linda Neumann discusses finding the glory on and off the field in this article from the #SENG library: http://ow.ly/Av4c50vpl2Y
SENG: “Brain Fingerprints” “Neuroscience studies show that no two brains are alike and each brain has a distinctive signature, like a fingerprint.” Nicole Tetreault writes on neurodiversity and “brain finger tips” in this article from the #SENG library: https://sengifted.org/post/brain-fin
SENG: “Maintaining Motivation: It’s a Marathon!” “School. It can be fun and exciting. It can also feel as though it stretches out into infinity.” Stephen Balzac writes on maintaining motivation in school in this article from the #SENG library: http://ow.ly/5c7H30nGd5v

March 2022

Opportunities

Adobe: Creative Types “Quiz” Discover your creative personality. Me, a Dreamer.  You? — Creative Types by Adobe Create: https://mycreativetype.com/
The New York Times Ninth Annual Student Editorial Contest What makes you mad?
What would you like to see change?
What do you wish more people understood?Over the last eight years, tens of thousands of teenagers from around the world have answered these questions in the form of short opinion essays submitted to our annual spring Editorial Contest.They’ve made compelling arguments on issues big and small, from anti-Asian hate, climate change, underpaid teachers, school shootings and Black Lives Matter, to snow days, video game culture, teen slang, and why pineapple pizza deserves more respect.How to Submit
This contest begins on March 2, 2022.Students ages 11 to 19 anywhere in the world attending middle or high school can participate. Students ages 13 to 19 years old in the United States and the United Kingdom, and students ages 16 to 19 years old anywhere else in the world, can submit their own entries. Younger students can have an adult submit on their behalf.Deadline: April 13, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. For more information on this contest, click here.
3M Young Scientist Challenge

The annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge invites students in grades 5-8 to submit a 1-2 minute video describing a unique solution to an everyday problem for the chance to win $25,000 and an exclusive 3M Mentorship. Ten finalists will be chosen for their passion for science, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills.

Deadline: April 26, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.

For more information on this contest, click here.

Resources

SENG: “This is How Boys are Tough” “Gifted boys must understand that the sensitivity and intensity through which they experience life is shared by other boys just like them.” Read more from Mark Hess in this article from the #SENG library: http://ow.ly/a8pz50BNBNJ
SENG: “The Superpower of Self-Advocacy” “Self-advocacy is a critical skill that empowers students to speak up, set their own goals, and find support in realizing their dreams.” Deb Douglas writes on “The Superpower of Self-Advocacy” in this article from the #SENG library: http://ow.ly/KaH750Gizx2
SENG: “Parenting Gifted Teens” “…every choice seems fraught and the right decisions are only clear in hindsight.” Nadia Webb writes on parenting gifted teens in this article from the #SENG library: http://ow.ly/BwvM50vSPUk

February 2022

Opportunities

William & Mary School of Education: Twice Exceptional Conference

Researchers, teachers, clinicians share their expertise on meeting the needs of twice-exceptional students at school & home. Parent sessions are available.

When: Feb. 25th-26th (Cost involved)

Select this link to learn more.

Summer Camp Opportunities

Take advantage of the wonderful opportunities available for your child! Most camps have updated their information and some have already started to accept applications!

Select this link to be taken to summer camp opportunities.

Creative Communication: Poetry Contest

This poetry contest is open to students in grades K-9th. Participants have the opportunity to win prizes and be published.

Select this link to learn more.

3M Young Scientist Challenge

The annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge invites students in grades 5-8 to submit a 1-2 minute video describing a unique solution to an everyday problem for the chance to win $25,000 and an exclusive 3M Mentorship. Ten finalists will be chosen for their passion for science, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills.

Deadline to submit: April 22, 2022.

Select this link to learn more.

Resources

SENG: Adult Giftedness Interested in adult giftedness? #SENG has numerous articles on this topic in the SENG Library. Follow this link to learn more.
Davidson Institute: Gifted Organizations List If you’re just beginning your gifted journey as a family, hold on! It’s a wild ride. It can be hard to find resources, information, or support when you’re a parent of a gifted or twice-exceptional child. Here is a list of some of the gifted organizations and resource support options to know about if you’re just starting out: Link
SENG: Tips of Helping Gifted, Highly Sensitive Teens & Kids Cope with Trauma Teenagers and children experience trauma in different ways. Sharon M. Barnes, MSSW, LCSW provides tips for helping #gifted, highly sensitive teens & children cope with trauma in this article from the #SENG library:  http://ow.ly/j5sm50wGwAX

January 2022 Newsletter

Opportunities:

Summer Camp Opportunities Take advantage of the wonderful opportunities available for your child! Most camps have updated their information and some have already started to accept applications! Select this link to be taken to summer camp opportunities.
William and Mary Center for Gifted Education: Saturday Enrichment Programs (Virtual) SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning for students. The program is not meant to supplant the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able youngsters to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and arts. Course activities are compatible with the expected achievement of talented students at specific grade and age levels. Spring registration is open. Select this link to access the site.

MathCON’s 2022 Photo Contest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are so excited to announce that MathCON will again be hosting a photo contest along with the MathCON 2022 Competition!If you are a student between the 4th and 12th grade you are eligible to join in the fun! Mathematics is all around us: Your favorite NBA players’ stats, the technology in your mobile phone, the Fibonacci sequence in nature, the Golden Ratio in architecture…the list is endless! Math can be practical, it’s all around us! We want you to show us where you see it in your day to day life. You might stage these photos, but you also might see something mathematical on your way to school!

  •  Send us your math photo until February 18, 2022 (one entry per person).
  • Photos must be your own original work, taken on your cell phone, digital camera, etc. and they must not be edited in any way
  • No filters, photoshopping, etc.
  • Fill out this Google Form, so we have your information in case you win! Please use a parent’s email as a point of contact on this form.

The MathCON team will vote on the top 3 best photographers and those students will be awarded a monetary prize. Student winners will be announced and displayed at the Finals Competition on April 30, 2022.

Deadline: February 18, 2022

Click here for more information.

 

The New York Times Profile Contest

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interview and photograph an interesting person in your community, then tell us about that person in a question-and-answer format.

How to Submit
The submission form will be accessible on Jan. 5, when the contest opens.

Middle or high school students from 11 to 19 years old anywhere in the world can participate. Students from 13 to 19 years old in the United States and the United Kingdom, and students from 16 to 19 years old anywhere else in the world, can submit their own entries. Younger students can have an adult submit on their behalf.

Deadline: All entries must be submitted by Feb. 16, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.

For more information on this contest, please click here!

The New York Times 3rd Annual STEM Writing Contest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New York Times invites students to choose an issue or question in science, technology, engineering, math or health, then write an engaging 500-word explanation.

What questions do you have about how the world works? What science, technology, engineering, math or health questions might be inspired by your own life or experiences? What innovations, processes or problems in any of these areas puzzle or intrigue you? What concepts in STEM — whether from biology, physics, psychology, computer science, algebra or calculus — have you learned about, in or out of school, that might be useful or fun to explain to others?

How to submit:
This contest begins on Feb. 2, 2022. We will add links to the submission forms here on the day the contest opens.

Students ages 11 to 19 anywhere in the world attending middle or high school can participate. Students ages 13 to 19 years old in the United States and the United Kingdom, and students ages 16 to 19 years old anywhere else in the world, can submit their own entries. Younger students can have an adult submit on their behalf.

Deadline: The deadline for this contest is Wednesday, March 9, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.

For more information about this contest, please click here.

Civics Education Essay Contest

 

 

 

 

NCSC’s Civics Education Essay Contest gives 3rd-12th grade students the opportunity to understand and explain the importance and the role of the United States government. Winners receive a total of $3,000 in scholarship money.

The contest question is based on the American Bar Association’s annual Law Day theme, which in 2022 is “Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change.”

2022’s Essay Contest question:

Which Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has made the biggest difference in people’s lives? Explain how and why.

Deadline: Submissions are due by 11:59pm (EST, US) on Friday, February 25, 2022.       

For more information on this contest, please click here.

Plant the Seed: Inspire Through Eco-Art Competition 2022.

Young artists, ages 5-22, will create a piece of art, either 2-D or 3-D, that illustrates the message of the theme: Plant the Seed. Contestants can use any medium or combination of media as long as the work meets the size requirements designated in the Official Rules.

The artwork should address this year’s theme of Plant the Seed. The subject matter of the art can center around different aspects of this theme. It could focus on the benefits of creating a rain garden to protect a watershed, a community garden to support an urban area, or regenerative farming to improve both water quality and climate change. One could also apply the theme to the planting of a tree as a means to combat the effects of deforestation, increase CO2 capture or habitat security for wildlife. The idea that planting seeds for a garden promotes the health of pollinator populations could also fit into this concept. The theme could also be interpreted more figuratively to imply that like planting a seed, taking an action in connection to any environmental problem can grow into sustainable solutions. These are just a few ideas and should no way limit the artist into how the theme can be represented.

Deadline: January 24th, 2022.

For more information on this contest, please click here.

Resources:

Davidson Institute: “Gifted, ADHD, or Both?” This article discusses the similarities and differences between ADHD and gifted and provides tips to identify and support children who may be both. Select this link to read the article.
NAGC: Self-Care Tips for Parents and Families During the Holidays “Enjoyment of the holidays begins with maintaining a sense of equilibrium despite the many challenges brought on by the increase in activities and  events.” Select this link to see suggestions provided by Michele Kane.
Davidson Institute: “Attaining Health and Well-Being Through Balance” This Tips for Parents article is from a Young Scholar seminar hosted by Patricia Gatto-Walden, in which she discusses how you can strive to establish the foundations of health and well-being in your family. Select this link to read the article. 

December 2021 Newsletter

Opportunities:

The Writer: 2021 Fall Short Story Contest

Submit fictional work (in less than 2,000 words) for a chance to win $1,000.

Deadline: December 15, 2021

Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine.

Other prizes:

Second prize: $500 and publication on writermag.com; third prize: $250 and publication on writermag.com

Select this link to go to the website. 

National Museum of Education: “W.I.S.E. Award” in the Student Ideas for a Better America™ program

Got a great idea? Or, a better way to do something? The National Museum of Education is looking for creative students (PreK-12+College)!Enter any idea for a new way to demonstrate an educational concept, an idea for a new product, or an improvement for an existing product or procedure. Monetary prizes are awarded each month! This is an ongoing contest and there is no deadline!*Winning entries are National winners*  You are also then eligible to apply for induction into the National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors.

Deadline: Ongoing

Select this link to apply

International Aviation Art Contest

The Virginia Department of Aviation runs the Virginia Aviation Art Contest each year.  This contest is a part of the International Aviation Art Contest offered by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and open to students ages 6 through 17.  Each year a theme is selected and the contest is conducted around the world.The theme for the 2022 International Aviation Art Contest is DESIGN YOUR PERFECT AIRCRAFT

Eligibility: All children in the age groups shown on the contest brochure (ages 6-17) are encouraged to participate in the contest, even if they are related to officials or employees of the FAI or any of its member organizations.Mediums accepted: watercolor, acrylic, oil paint, indelible marker pens, felt-tip pens, soft ball-point pens, indelible ink, Crayola or similar.

Deadline: January 10, 2022

More info: https://doav.virginia.gov/programs-and-services/education/art_contest/

Resources:

Need book recommendations for gift giving?

Brightly:  The Best Middle School Books for 2021: ​​https://www.readbrightly.com/middle-grade-chapter-books-2021/

Brightly: The Best Books for Teens 2021: https://www.readbrightly.com/young-adult-books-2021/

Parade: Best Young Adult Books of 2021: https://parade.com/1289796/parade/best-ya-books-2021/

Mensa: Excellence in Reading:http://www.mensaforkids.org/achieve/excellence-in-reading/

Psyche “How To Get Over, ‘Never Good Enough’” Dr. Margaret Rutherford shares how to spot unhealthy perfectionism, understand its emotional sources and find a way to silence that self-critical voice. Select this link to access the article. 
SENG: “The “Me” Behind the Mask: Intellectually Gifted Students and the Search for Identity”
“Gifted children… need the opportunity to work and socialize with others of similar abilities and interests if they are to grow towards self-acceptance.” Miraca U.M. Gross writes on the search for identity in this article. Select this link to learn more.
SENG: Various Articles on Intelligence Interested in intelligence? SENG has numerous articles on this topic in the SENG Library. Follow this link to learn more
Edutopia:Helping Students Re-acclimate to Being With Others All Day.”
Students exhibiting negative behaviors may be experiencing “broken belongings” — a social detachment from others associated with the pandemic. ⁦‪@desautels_phd‬⁩ recommends some simple strategies that can help kids adjust to being back in school. Select this link to learn more. 

November 2021 Newsletter

Opportunities:

New York Times Annual 15 Second Video Challenge Students create a short video that defines or teaches any of the words in their Word of the Day collection. Contest Dates: Dec. 1, 2021-Jan. 12, 2022. More information can be found on their website.
NOAA’s “Picture Climate Change” Student Photo Contest How has climate change impacted you? Your family? Your school? Your community? We want to hear your climate impact stories as illustrated by a photo. In what ways has your landscape, wildlife, or way of life changed due to climate shifts? All students in 5th-12th grade from all U.S. states and territories in recognized public, private, and home schools are eligible to participate. More information is available on their website. The competition runs through November 15, 2021.
Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs Annual “Ocean Awareness Contest” The 2022 Ocean Awareness Contest—THE FUNNY THING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE—challenges students to learn about climate change and its impact on the ocean, and to explore new ways to communicate the urgency of the climate crisis. We are looking for innovative pieces that challenge our expectations for what climate change messaging should look like. How can you talk about climate change in a fresh way? How can you capture attention without sacrificing your message? The 11th annual Ocean Awareness Contest is a platform for young people to learn about environmental issues through art-making and creative communication, explore their relationship to a changing world, and become advocates for positive change. Students ages 11-18 from around the world are invited to participate.  More information is available on their website.  The contest deadline is June 13, 2022.
Stossel in the Classroom 2021-2022 Essay Contest Every year, Stossel in the Classroom holds an essay contest to give students an opportunity to express themselves and win great prizes. This year, Stossel in the Classroom is  opening up that opportunity even more—and giving away over $12,000. For the first time, students are not limited to a single topic. Students will have three topics to choose from, allowing them to write on the subject that speaks to them the most. This contest is open to students age 10-18, grades 5-12, residing in North America or Hawaii.  The deadline to submit is 11:59PM Eastern on Friday, March 11, 2022. Students may submit their essays to Stossel in the Classroom directly, or have them submitted by a teacher or parent. Winners will be announced in May 2022. For topics and complete rules, see the website.
Creative Communication Poetry Contest This free poetry contest provides students with the opportunity to become a published writer and win prizes! Contests are open to students in grades 9 and below. Fall Contest: students can submit an original poem with 21 lines or less. For more information, visit their website. Entry Deadline: December 2, 2021

 Resources:

Advanced Psychology “What Is Creative Giftedness, And How Can Creativity Be Nurtured In Gifted Children?” “One of the most common misconceptions about gifted kids is that these children naturally excel in almost every area.” Dr. Tali Shenfeld shares insight on nurturing your child’s creativity. :https://tinyurl.com/2hvxxww9
“Perfectionism in Children; How Parents can Help Bright, Complex Kids” “Caring adults can lessen the burdens of perfectionism for kids if they can stay poised and nonjudgmental, even in intense situations. Not seeing strong frustrations as catastrophic, being a good listener when perfectionists need to talk, and remembering that all kids are dealing with developmental challenges can also be helpful.” Dr. Jean Sunde Peterson writes on understanding perfectionism and how to support your child:   https://tinyurl.com/5btrf8bs
SENG “Friendships, A Rare Treasure” “…recent research and literature shows that gifted children’s smaller number’s of friends relates more to personality style than to a lack of social skills.” Lori Comallie-Caplan shares some tips for parents to help their #gifted children make friends: http://ow.ly/qaN230o2BE0
SENG “ Stress, Learning, and the Gifted Child” “Even a small understanding of how stress shuts off learning can open up new approaches to teaching and learning, both in the home and at school.” Suki Wessling writes on stress, learning, and the #gifted child in this article from the #SENG library: http://ow.ly/XXrC30nujPd
SENG “Running to Stand Still” “They’ll do whatever it takes to let their bright sun of a child shine, looking for someone who doesn’t shield their eyes from the glow but soaks up the rays.” Julie Skolnick writes on #gifted and #2e parenting in this article from the #SENG library: http://ow.ly/QrRe50xZr9f
Davidson Institute: “Not What I Expected: A Guide for Parents of Exceptional Children” “The very architecture of parents’ brains evolve differently as a result of expecting and raising children. When children are exceptional, including gifted children, twice exceptional and thrice exceptional children, the parental responses flow through a series of different stages of emotions that need to be understood in order to help parents navigate their parenting experience.” Dr. Rita Eichenstein writes on parenting exceptional children in this article from the Davidson Institute.

October 2021 Newsletter

Opportunities:

Virginia Holocaust Museum White Rose Student Research Contest

The Contest is open to students grades 8-12 and is named in memory of the White Rose, a resistance movement consisting of German university students. The 2021 contest theme is Propaganda and the top prize winner in each category/age level will be awarded a $300 prize. The sponsoring teacher of each first prize winner will be awarded a voucher for use on professional development and/or Holocaust resources. More information is available from the Virginia Holocaust MuseumDue November 30

C-Span Student Cam

C-SPAN’s annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about an issue that affect our communities and our nation. Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to create a short (5-6 minute) video documentary on a topic that relates to the competition theme, “How does the federal government impact your life?” Submission for all entries will be Thursday, January 20, 2022. Select this link to learn more information.

SENGinar: Blueprint for Understanding Persons With Giftedness and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Educators, clinicians, and parents who understand the complex affective needs of Gifted/Autism Spectrum Disorder persons profoundly affect change in themselves. This session provides stakeholders a blueprint for understanding the ASD culture, advocate for inclusivity, manage anxiety, and lead through strengths and abilities of this 2e population.Traditional approaches in special education require adapting the environment and conforming the person to prevailing cultural norms. However, contemporary perspectives within the Autism Spectrum Disorder community redefine “normal” persons working with them as “neurotypical.” Given the disenfranchised status of individuals identified as ASD (Cline & Hegeman, 2001) and distinct uniqueness of Gifted/ASD persons (Assouline et al., 2008), the challenge of constructing frameworks that support their dual diagnosis in multiple settings seems problematic (Gilberg, 2020). Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Fee Involved. Select this link to learn more.

Resources:

SENG Model Parent Group (SMPG)

 Facilitators are sensitive, caring persons who nurture, support, and guide parents through discussion groups as they struggle to parent their complex children. Follow this link to find an SMPG facilitator in your state: http://ow.ly/nDUj30nuk8z

SENG: “The Superpower of Self-Advocacy”

“Self-advocacy is a critical skill that empowers students to speak up, set their own goals, and find support in realizing their dreams.” Deb Douglas writes on “The Superpower of Self-Advocacy” in this article from the #SENG library: http://ow.ly/KaH750Gizx2

SENG: “Social Justice and the Gifted Child”

“Gifted youth from all backgrounds and experiences have great capacity to change the course of this nation and the world.” Joy Lawson Davis writes on social justice and the #gifted child in this article from the #SENG library: http://ow.ly/6dpC30nvmnq

Davidson Institute: Parenting Gifted Children: Challenges and Tips

Parents may feel at a loss when dealing with the challenges of raising a gifted child. You may find that your child doesn’t respond well “conventional wisdom” or that parenting magazines don’t always prepare you to drop your 13-year-old off at a community college class. In this article we review some of the common issues parents of gifted children may encounter with tips and insights to help you along the way! Select this link to access the article.

Understanding Your Child’s Style with Dr. Susan Baum

Thursday, October 28th from 7:00pm – 8:30pm: The Virginia Association for the Gifted is pleased to present a free workshop “Understanding Your Child’s Style” with Susan Baum. Register at https://www.vagifted.org. See the flyer for more details about this free event.

September 2021 Newsletter

Welcome back, Swanson Admirals! I hope you all had a fantastic summer.  I am very excited to be joining Swanson as the Resource Teacher for the Gifted.  Please see the items below to learn more about resources for you and your family.

Opportunities:

SMS Clubs & Organizations

Swanson students are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of opportunities for extra-curricular activities. These activities are provided during After-School Period 1 (ASP 1) 2:30-3:35 p.m. For more information on what fun opportunities SMS has to offer, please visit the Clubs & Organizations page of our school website.

William and Mary’s Fall Virtual Saturday Enrichment Programs (for students and parents!)

SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning for students. The program is not meant to supplant the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able youngsters to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and arts. Course activities are compatible with the expected achievement of talented students at specific grade and age levels.  Fall SEP 2021 brochure available here.

Registration: Open now. Select this link.

Session 1: October 16, 23, & 30

Session 2: November 6, 13, & 20

Parent Seminars are returning on October 23, 2021

ArtSong

The purpose of the Art Song Composition Award is to stimulate the creation of quality vocal literature through the cooperation of singer and composer.  Select this link to learn more.Entry Fee: $15 for full-time studentsCompetition Dates: Submission deadline for online applications is Dec. 1, 2021, with judging to take place in early 2022.

Deadline to Apply: December 1, 2021

Scope

Scope is packed with contests to get your students excited about writing. And they can win awesome prizes! On this page find information about our current contests, including entry forms and deadlines. Select this link to learn more.

Deadline: October 18, 2021

Reflections Contest: “I Will Change the World By…”

Do you enjoy expressing yourself creatively? Let your imagination take flight! Swanson is ready to receive your entries for this year’s Reflections Program! There are six arts categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, or the visual arts.  This year’s Reflections Program theme is “I Will Change the World By…”  There is a large tri-fold poster board located in Swanson’s main office with further details about the program and a basket to collect your completed artistic submissions.  There are also packets for student pick-up with the official rules, arts category guidelines, and entry forms available in the main office. We have several volunteer judges who can’t wait to see your creativity in response to this year’s theme!  We are counting on you, Swanson Admirals, to make this year’s program a great success! Submissions are due to SWANSON’S MAIN OFFICE (see bin by the big display board!) by TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12. Have questions?  Please contact Swanson’s Reflections Program Chair, Katrina Ivatts, kivatts22207@verizon.net.

Resources:

Podcast: Adventures in Being Gifted:

Going back to school, especially during a pandemic, can be stressful. A veteran school counselor talks with us about ways to deal with anxieties while remaining hopeful. Select this link.

SENG: Stress, Learning, and the Gifted Child:

https://www. .org/post/stress-learning-and-the-gifted-child

SENG: Could You Please Just Act Normal?

https://www.sengifted.org/post/hess-normal

NAGC: Myths About Gifted Students:

https://www.nagc.org/myths-about-gifted-students