Parents of Gifted Offspring - POGO
The 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. Gifted & Talented also offers specialty workshops throughout the year which span a variety of topics and provide educational opportunities for Gifted & Talented parents, educators, university students, and the general public.
Fall 2013 POGO Series
The Gifted & Talented Fall Parent Orientation Program
Presenter: Rebeccah Newman, Interim Associate Director, Gifted & Talented Program
Saturday, October 5, 2013, 10:15-11:15, Richardson Hall 120
Sunday, October 6, 2013, 10:15-11:15, Richardson Hall 120
A parent orientation (students are welcome to attend if not in class). Parents will have the opportunity to hear about the fall program, meet the weekend coordinator and counselors and learn about the parent weekend. A question and answer period will follow.
Gifted and Talented Programming in NJ Public Schools
Presenter: Mr. William Petrick, Superintendent, Little Falls School District
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 10:15-11:15, Richardson Hall 120
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 10:15-11:15, Richardson Hall 120
Bill Petrick lives in Jersey City, where he was born, raised, and schooled. He is a graduate of St. Peter's Prep, did his undergraduate work in Literature at Seton Hall University, and his graduate work at both Rutgers - the State University of New Jersey, and New Jersey City University, where he achieved master's degrees in women's literature and feminist criticism, and Urban Education for school administration. For more than ten years he worked on projects for The National Board for professional Teaching Standards, training teachers and developing projects in Princeton, Washington, DC., and San Antonio Texas. His work as a classroom teacher has spanned primary, middle, and high school assignments, across a broad range of demographic settings in Essex and Hudson counties. During that time he has written curriculum, served as department chairperson, grade level team leader, and inter-scholastic coach. He began his administrative work in Warren county, and has since served as Superintendent in Hunterdon and Passaic counties. As a Principal and Superintendent he has led district wide-initiatives for whole school reform, developed flexible math groupings based on changing abilities, instituted novel based programming in middle school language arts, and implemented gifted and talented programs for primary and middle school students. He is currently in his third year as Superintendent for The Little Falls School District.
“TSUNAMIS IN THE SANDPIT”
Social, Emotional & Cognitive complexities of Gifted Children
Presenter: Alison Brown
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 10:15-11:15, Richardson Hall 120
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 10:15-11:15, Richardson Hall 120
Gifted children display thought processes, social interactions and emotional responses well beyond their years, and often in far greater proportion than would be expected. A simple play date in the sandpit can escalate to tsunami levels within minutes – literally or figuratively! Advanced cognitive skills and an intense knowledge base could lead to a 4 year old creating their own version of a “sandpit tsunami”, complete with excess water and major destruction! More figuratively, however, a tsunami in the sandpit is also possible on an emotional level. Advanced cognitive skills, reasoning ability and heightened emotional intensity set gifted children apart. Regular social situations and interactions with other children often result in misunderstandings, frustrations or angry outbursts. Understanding the way in which gifted children differ socially, emotionally and cognitively can better equip parents to meet their needs, and to ‘calm the storms’ when things become difficult.