(This will be our last newsletter since opportunities are coming to a close. Thank you for a wonderful year! Best wishes to our graduates!)
|SENGINAR: “Supporting the Well-Being of Young Advanced Learners and Their Families.”||The next SENGinar is Tuesday, May 9th! Emma Cho, Pauline Dott, & Nancy Hertzog will present “Supporting the Well-Being of Young Advanced Learners and Their Families.” Learn more and register here: http://ow.ly/xpYE50NWSgU|
|SENG: Helping Them Climb: Gifted Kids in Therapy||“Feelings are going to impact us whether we want them to or not. Therefore, it behooves us to get a handle on them before they handle us.” Matthew J. Zakreski, PsyD. writes on gifted kids in therapy in this article from the SENG library: http://ow.ly/1OEq50IBRBQ|
|She Can STEAM Camp||
Women and minorities remain underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) fields. With the support of the Walton Family Foundation and the DaRin Butz Foundation, we hope to change that by engaging and empowering our Soaring High Explorers to seek out and succeed in STEAM fields. In Summer 2023, we’ll hold our fifth annual S.H.E. Can STEAM Summer Camp, serving local and underrepresented communities in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and Arkansas. Select this link to learn more.
Deadline: April 30, 2021
|The New York Times: 6th Annual Student Podcast Contest||
Do you listen to podcasts? Do you tune in to find out what’s happening in the world? To stay up-to-date on sports, music or film? To get advice? To laugh? To hear a good story? To learn something new?
Imagine you — or you and several of your friends — were behind the microphone. What would you talk about? Who might you like to interview? What thoughts, talents, insights or opinions would you want to share with the world?In our Sixth 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.
Take a look at the guidelines and related resources below. Please post any questions you have in the comments and we’ll answer you there, or write to us at LNFeedback@nytimes.com.
Contest runs April 18th-May 17th. Select this link to learn more or enter the contest.
|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 18th, 2023
|Parents: SENGINAR: Executive Function, What’s Your Function? Executive Functioning in Gifted Students.”||Our next SENGinar is Tuesday, April 11th! Join Justin H. Dove and Brad Barry for “Executive Function, What’s Your Function? Executive Functioning in Gifted Students.” Learn more and register here: http://ow.ly/CN3350NuLPN|
|SENG: Stress, Learning, and the Gifted Child||“My daughter is 2e, with multiple possible diagnoses which belie the fact that when left to her own devices, she learns quite well in her unique way.” Suki Wessling writes on “Stress, Learning, and the Gifted Child” in this article from the SENG library: http://ow.ly/8fQa50x7Sbg|
|Podcast: The Neurodiversity Podcast||The Neurodiversity Podcast features conversations with neurodivergent people and leaders in the fields of psychology, education and beyond. Host @EmilyKM_LPC. Select this link to learn more.|
|SENG: Are Gifted Teens at Greater Risk of Taking Drugs?||Are gifted teens at greater risk of taking drugs? Patrick Bailey writes on drug use and #gifted young people in this article from the #SENG library: http://ow.ly/UABr50wcjZd|
|The New York Times Tenth Annual Vocabulary Video Challenge||
Students are invited to create a short video that defines or teaches any of the words in our Word of the Day collection.
Contest dates: Feb. 15-March 15, 2023.
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: April 27th, 2023.
For more information on this contest, click here.
|SENGChat: Developing False Mastery: The Siren Song of Video Games||
Mark Talaga helps parents understand the “why” outside of the psychological reasons games are so alluring. Come discuss the “how” when it comes to helping your kids use these skills outside of gaming. Select this link to register.
Online Discussion: Mar 28, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
|SENG: De-Escalating: Helping Gifted Children Identify Their Emotions and Regain Control||Sarah Young shares “Thinking Phrases” to help your child de-escalate and learn to self regulate. Select this link to learn more.|
|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: 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|
|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. 24th-25th (Cost involved)
|Doodle for Google||
The annual contest where students (grades K-12) enter a doodle based on a theme. The theme for 2023 is: “I am grateful for.” Awesome prizes include scholarships, Google hardware, and Google swag. Select this link to learn more.
Deadline: March 7th, 2023
|RFK Speak Truth to the Power Contest||
Video contest where students use film as a tool to discuss human rights issues that resonate with them. Select this link to learn more.
Deadline: April 26, 2023
|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: SENGinar||Our next SENGinar is Tuesday, February 28th! Melissa Bernstein will present “Beyond Labels: Cultivating Our Unique Gifts.” Learn more and register at this link: https://sengifted.org/events/senginar-beyond-labels-cultivating-our-unique-gifts|
|Davidson Institute||Gifted students, ages 9-13, can enrich their education by taking advanced middle school Explore courses online adapted from the Davidson Academy’s rigorous curriculum. Join us for a Davidson Explore virtual open house! https://www.davidsongifted.org/gifted-programs/explore/admissions/virtual-open-houses/|
|National Museum of Education: “W.I.S.E. Award” in the Student Ideas for a Better America™ program||
Have 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.
|Code.org Coding Courses||Code.org offers free activities and courses in coding that were created by engineers from Google, Amazon, and Microsoft- check it out by selecting this link.|
|William and Mary Center for Gifted Education: Saturday Enrichment Programs||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.|
|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.The contest question is based on the American Bar Association’s annual Law Day theme, which in 2023 is “Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility, and Collaboration.”
Submissions will be accepted in February 2023.
Check here for more details on the contest question, rules, and deadlines.
|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. Select this link.|
|SENG: Discovering the Gifted Ex-Child||“The experience of the gifted adult is the experience of an unusual consciousness, an extraordinary mind whose perceptions…require an extraordinary courage.” Read more from Stephanie Tolan in this article. Select this article to learn more about gifted characteristics.|
|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.|
|SENG: Meditation: A Valuable Coping Tool For 2E Children||“As a proven tool for reducing stress and anxiety, meditation shows significant potential for addressing the unique stressors faced by 2E children.” Read more from Neve Spicer on the benefits of meditation in this article. Select this link.|
|EngineerGirl: 2023 Writing Contest||Write a piece that shows how female and/or non-white engineers have contributed to or can enhance engineering’s great achievements.How to EnterWrite a short essay in which you recognize the contribution(s) of a woman and/or non-white engineer. In your essay you should:
Middle school student essays must be no more than 700 words. You may also include a reference list of up to 5 resources, but this is not required. Each resource should be listed using the APA citation style. The reference list does not count toward your essay’s word count.
Deadline: February 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.
For more information, please click here.
|3M Young Scientist Competition||
The 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the nation’s premier science competition for grades 5-8. This one-of-a-kind video competition has sparked a sense of wonder and discovery in hundreds of thousands of students and enhanced science, innovation and communication across the United States.
The challenge opens December 17th and important dates can be found here.
For additional information, check out their website here.
|C-SPAN Student Cam 2023||
StudentCam is C-SPAN’s annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation.This year, we’re asking students in grades 6-12 to create a short (5-6 minute) video documentary on a topic that relates to the competition theme, “If you were a newly elected member of Congress, which issue would be your first priority and why?”
The submission deadline for all entries is Friday, January 20, 2023.
For more information, please click here.
|2023 NASA Langley Student Art Contest||
NASA’S Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia is inviting students in grades K-12 to draw, paint or design what’s next in science, aeronautics, and exploration in the 2023 NASA Langley Student Art Contest. The contest is open to all children grades K-12 attending public, private, parochial and homeschools who are residents of the United States.
The Art Contest submission period begins on December 1, 2022, and concludes on December 31, 2022, at midnight EST.
For more information, please click here.
|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 2023 International Aviation Art Contest is Air Sports and the Environment.
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, 2023
|SENG: Have a Happy Holiday—Not an Exasperating One||“…for some families with gifted children, the holiday celebrations may instead bring an uneasy joy, filled with challenging experiences.” Marianne Kuzujanakis MD, MPH provides some tips for a happy holiday in this article from the #SENG library: http://ow.ly/180e50CR0Uk|
|SENG: Twice Exceptional Boys: A Roadmap to Getting it Right||Deborah Gennarelli discusses twice-exceptional boys in this article from the #SENG library: Click here|
|SENG: Siblings, Giftedness, and Disparities–oh my!||What is a parent to do when one child is #gifted and the other isn’t, or when both children are gifted but in different areas? Molly Isaacs-McLeod shares some thoughts on this topic in this article from the #SENG library: http://ow.ly/zkb050AAYyy|
|SENG: Bore-out: A Challenge for Gifted (young) Adults||“Rather than pressure and stress from overstimulation, bore-out is related to understimulation.” Ellen D. Fiedler & Noks Nauta discuss bore-out in gifted young adults in this article from the #SENG library: http://ow.ly/1fit50zeLQN|
|Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Literary and Visual Contest.||
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke up for people who were being treated unfairly. Dr. King explained that it is our responsibility to do something when we see someone being treated unfairly because of their race, skin color or other identity, even if those people are not like us. He believed we should care about fairness for everyone. In his renowned essay “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Dr. King said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere…Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” If we don’t speak up for all people who are treated unfairly, it has a negative effect on us all.
Describe in writing or visual art a time where you saw someone treated unfairly because of what they looked like or who they were; OR an event in history where people were treated unfairly because of what they looked like or who they were.
You must be a resident of Arlington County or enrolled in APS.
Two awards will be given in each group:
Each group will have two first-place winners and two runners-up in each category: Literary Arts Achievement (Writing or Poetry) and Visual Arts AchievementWinners will be announced on Wednesday, January 4, 2023. Students will be recognized by the Superintendent and members of the School Board on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the beginning of the School Board meeting.
For more information please contact Dawn Smith, Volunteer, Partnership and Events Manager, at 703-228-2581 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Due Date: November 19th, 2022 by 5:00 p.m.
|3M Young Scientist Competition||
The 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the nation’s premier science competition for grades 5-8. This one-of-a-kind video competition has sparked a sense of wonder and discovery in hundreds of thousands of students and enhanced science, innovation and communication across the United States. The challenge opens December 17th and important dates can be found here.
For additional information, check out their website here.
|Future Problem Solving Program International||
FPSPI is a dynamic international program involving thousands of students annually from around the world. Developed in 1974 by creativity pioneer Dr. E. Paul Torrance, Future Problem Solving (FPS) provides competitive and non-competitive components for today’s curriculum via a six-step model which teaches critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making. Coaches and Teachers can teach the FPS process to their students in a classroom setting, in an after-school program, and at home for home-schoolers.
For more information on their competitions, check out their website here.
|John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest||
Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917.
Contest DeadlineThe Profile in Courage Essay Contest opens for submissions on September 1, 2022. The contest deadline is January 13, 2023.
Five Finalists: $1,000 each
Eight Semi-finalists: $100 each
|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: 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 from the #SENG library: http://ow.ly/2Nta50qK4hs|
|SENG Library: Misdiagnosis||Interested in #misdiagnosis? #SENG has numerous articles on this topic in the SENG Library. Follow this link to learn more: https://sengifted.org/allarticles/categories/misdiagnosis|
|APS Virtual High School Information Night||Information Night (Virtual): Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, 6:30pm. Learn about the transition to high school, core classes, electives, and extracurricular activities. Families interested in option schools/programs or neighborhood transfers will learn about the application and lottery process. Select this link to learn more.|
|APS Arts Education Department: Jr Honors, Honors Band, Orchestra, and Chorus Music Program||Join this after-school music program run by the Arts Education Department, with auditions for different sections with Band, Orchestra, and Chorus, being held for grade levels 4-8. Click this link to access details regarding dates, registrations, and weblinks for any prospective students. Auditions begin the first week of November!|
|Veterans of Foreign Wars: Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition||This VFW-sponsored youth message competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. Join more than 84,000 students who participated last year! Select this link to obtain an entry form and read more. Deadline: October 31, 2022.|
|SENG: The “Me” Behind the Mask: Intellectually Gifted Students and the Search for Identity||Dr. Miraca Gross presents on the search for identity: Select this link.|
|SENG: Meditation: A Valuable Coping Tool For 2E Children||Dr. Miraca Gross presents on the search for identity: Select this link.|
|ADDitude: How to Nourish and Nurture a Gifted Child with ADHD||Academically gifted children with ADHD are called “twice-exceptional” or “2e.” They are also incredibly misunderstood and underserved. Here’s what you need to know to secure the resources, accommodations, and understanding that they need. Select this link to read more.|
|William and Mary’s Fall Virtual Saturday Enrichment Programs||
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 2022 brochure available here.
Registration: Open now. Select this link.
Fall On-Campus Super Saturday I: October 15, 2022
Fall On-Campus Super Saturday II: October 22, 2022
Fall Virtual SEP: November 5, 12, 19, 2022
The purpose of the Art Song Composition Award is to simulate the creation of quality vocal literature through the cooperation of singer and composer. Select this link to learn more about the guidelines to enter the competition.
Deadline to apply: December 1, 2022
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 17, 2022
|ADDitude||Join ADDitude for a free webinar on the 2e Playbook for Nurturing Gifted Students with ADHD. Click here for more information.Register here for this free expert webinar on helping 2e students strive and thrive in the classroom on Tuesday, September 27, at 1 pm ET. Sign up and you will receive the free webinar replay link after 9/27 as well.|
|SENG: Webinar “Habits of the Mind: Growing Capacities for Giftedness.”||Our next SENGinar is Tuesday, September 13th! Art Costa and Bena Kallick will present “Habits of Mind: Growing Capacities for Giftedness.” Learn more and register at this link: https://sengifted.org/events/senginar-habits-of-mind-growing-capacities-for-giftedness…|
|SENG: Tips for 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|