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Parents of Gifted Offspring - PoGO Program

The MSU Gifted & Talented program recognizes that academically gifted young people face a unique set of challenges because of their gifts. These challenges can range from perfectionism, concerns about political or global issues, high expectations for themselves, the stresses of challenging academic work, or feelings of being marginalized because they don’t share the interests or abilities of most of their peers. PoGO (Parents of Gifted Offspring) was established more than a decade ago by a group of concerned parents to provide opportunities to meet and discuss these and related issues. Led by experts in the field of gifted education and child and adolescent psychology, PoGO seminars take place while students are in classes on the Montclair State University campus and generally last an hour. All parents of gifted students – not just those whose children are enrolled in the program – are invited to participate. Admission to all PoGO seminars is free and open to the public.

 

Date: March 18th & March 19th, 2017

Time: 10:15 AM-11:15 AM

Location: University Hall 1060

Speaker: Nathan Levy

Topic: Powerful Strategies to Enhance the Learning of Gifted & Highly Capable Students

This workshop explores numerous, proven ways to reach gifted learners in challenging ways.  The objective is to have participants leave with a variety of new strategies and specific ideas to help pupils become better creative and critical thinkers.  A variety of successful teaching and parenting techniques will be shared. Bring your thinking caps and your funny bones.

Nathan Levy (the author of Stories with Holes, Whose Clues?, and Nathan Levy's 100 Intriguing Questions) is a gifted educator. In his thirty five years as a teacher, principal, and consultant Nathan worked directly with children, teachers and parents. He has developed unique teaching strategies that encouraged the love of learning. Mr. Levy has mentored more than thirty current principals and superintendents, as well as helped to train thousands of teachers and parents in better ways to engage children in learning.

Nathan's workshops are among the most popular at state and national education conferences. When hired to conduct school based,district in service and parent workshops Mr. Levy's ideas have helped raise pupil achievement and bring back enthusiasm to the educational staff and parents.

A wide variety of topics and material are available for school districts, parent and business groups from Nathan Levy Books, LLC. Nathan has done workshops in the areas of Reading, Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Critical Thinking, Gifted, Special Education and Classroom Management.He is available for parent & business conferences. All presentations are informative, thought provoking,engaging, highly interactive and dynamic.

For additional information, please contact: http://www.storieswithholes.com/

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Date: April 1st and April 2nd, 2017

Time: 10:15 AM-11:15 AM

Location: University Hall 1060

Speaker: Nathan Levy

Topic: Practical Ideas for Improving Critical Thinking and Writing

This workshop will help teachers assist their children in developing fluency of writing and thinking.  They will develop options for problem-solving and critical thinking.  Participants will gain time-saving strategies and creative ideas. A variety of writing and critical thinking activities that have been used successfully with gifted children will be shared in this engaging, interactive presentation. 

Nathan Levy (the author of Stories with Holes, Whose Clues?, and Nathan Levy's 100 Intriguing Questions) is a gifted educator. In his thirty five years as a teacher, principal, and consultant Nathan worked directly with children, teachers and parents. He has developed unique teaching strategies that encouraged the love of learning. Mr. Levy has mentored more than thirty current principals and superintendents, as well as helped to train thousands of teachers and parents in better ways to engage children in learning.

Nathan's workshops are among the most popular at state and national education conferences. When hired to conduct school based,district in service and parent workshops Mr. Levy's ideas have helped raise pupil achievement and bring back enthusiasm to the educational staff and parents.

A wide variety of topics and material are available for school districts, parent and business groups from Nathan Levy Books, LLC. Nathan has done workshops in the areas of Reading, Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Critical Thinking, Gifted, Special Education and Classroom Management.He is available for parent & business conferences. All presentations are informative, thought provoking,engaging, highly interactive and dynamic.

For additional information, please contact: http://www.storieswithholes.com/

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Date: April 22nd & April 23rd, 2017

Time: 10:15 AM-11:15 AM

Location: University Hall 1060

Speaker: Alison Brown

Topic: P is for PERFECT - Helping G & T Children Cope with Perfectionism

A very common trait in many bright children is that of perfectionism. This trait is seen in both the “paralyzed perfectionists” – those children too afraid to try something for fear of failing, or not being absolutely perfect; but also seen in the “exhausted perfectionists” – those children who try so hard and labour over things repeatedly to make them just right. Whilst it is great to set high standards, perfectionism can lead to anxiety, frustration and low self-esteem. Bright children often apply these high expectations to other areas of their life as well, taking the weight of the world upon their shoulders, and feeling unable to do anything about it. These high expectations and feelings of anxiety often result in the sad situation where we have very capable and competent young students feeling angry, frustrated and inadequate. This seminar looks at issues relating to perfectionism and anxiety in bright children and ways in which we can help them understand and manage the issues with which they struggle.

Alison Brown is a registered Australian psychologist, an experienced teacher, a parent and author. She was a committee member and Vice President of the Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children over six years, has presented at a number of state, national and international conferences in the areas of technology, gifted education, and psychology, and has provided extensive consultation and training programs to schools in Australia, Switzerland, Germany and America. Having taught for ten years and worked as a school psychologist and in private practice, she has first-hand experience in recognizing and catering for the social, emotional, and academic needs of students. With a post-graduate degree in child and adolescent psychology, Alison established a private practice in Australia, in 2004, with a particular interest in the areas of parenting, counseling, and gifted children. Alison is currently based in New Jersey, USA, working as a consultant and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Seton Hall University.  She was a trustee and VP on the board of the New Jersey Association for Gifted Children for four years, and is currently completing a PhD through La Trobe University looking at the benefits of using narrative therapy with children in counseling.