POGO Speaker Series

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.

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Fall 2017 PoGO Workshop Series

Date: October 21 & October 22, 2017

Time: 10:15 AM-11:15 AM

Location: October 21-University Hall 1060

Location: October 22-Dickson Hall 286

Speaker: Nathan Levy

Topic: Activities and Materials Parents and Educators Can Use to Help Children Be Better Thinkers & Learners

This workshop explores numerous, proven activities and materials to reach gifted learners in challenging ways. Participants leave with a variety of new strategies and specific ideas to help pupils become better creative and critical thinkers. Bring your thinking caps and your funny bones.

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: October 28 & October 29, 2017

Time: 10:15 AM-11:15 AM

Location: University Hall 1060

Speaker: Alison Brown

Topic: GIFTED IDENTIFICATION & MODIFICATIONS IN THE CLASSROOM

“The Many Faces of Gifted”

We know that gifted students thrive on challenge and complexity, and we endeavor to provide such opportunities within the classroom and through pull out programs. Yet we constantly wonder whether we have targeted and selected the “right”students.

Some gifted students are very easy to identify, whilst others (with similar needs) are so easy to miss! In examining a range of theories and definitions of giftedness, the diversity of this population becomes apparent. In understanding the unique behaviors and learning characteristics of “the many faces of gifted”, the identification process unfolds in a very meaningful way. Through formal, informal, objective and subjective methods, this presentation outlines ways in which we can recognize and identify a wide range of gifted students, and specific ways in which we can meet their many and varied needs.

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.

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Date: November 18 & November 19, 2017

Time: 10:15 AM-11:15 AM

Location: University Hall 1060

Speaker: Nathan Levy

Topic: Using Stories With Holes and Other Activities to Make You a Better Thinker

This presentation offers many options and activities to enhance learning. The activities in this session engage participants to develop higher-level thinking strategies. Stories With Holes provides creative thinking opportunities that are fun and engaging for children and adults. Participants will learn the processes that can be used to think creatively, to use information more adeptly, and to listen better. Bring your thinking caps and your funny bones to this dynamic presentation by the author of Stories With Holes and Creativity Day By Day, Nathan Levy. Join the multitude of young people all over the world who have benefited from Mr. Levy’s presentations.

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/