Parent Programs

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.

Here are two POGO opportunities for Spring 2016, admission is free:


Date(s) /Time: April 23/24; 10:15-11:15a.m.

Presenter: Dr. Donna Johnson, co-author of the recently published Perfectionism

Room: Calcia 135

Administrator, Harlem based Children's Zone

Former Principal, Director of Curriculum, and Teacher

Topic Title: Perfectionism (pros and cons) and Unique Strategies for Parents and other Educators to Help Gifted Children be Better Learners

Description: Perfectionism has been a popular topic at gifted trainings in multiple settings. Dr. Johnson will share a variety of materials that have been used very successfully by people working with gifted and highly creative children. She will be available before and after the presentation. Be prepared to leave this session with several new ideas for helping your child.  


Date(s) /Time: April 30/May 1; 10:15-11:15 a.m.

Room: Calcia 135

Presenter: Alison Brown, Educational Consultant & Advocate for Gifted, author of the recently published Bringing Up Bright Kids

Board Member - NJAGC (New Jersey Association for Gifted Children)

Topic Title: IF YOU DON’T, WHO WILL? – Advocating for Your Gifted Child

Description: Nobody knows your child better than you! Nobody is going to step up and advocate for the needs of their child more than a parent. This may be true, but what do you do and how do you go about it? Most parents are not educators. While they may know or sense that things are not quite right at school, they often don’t know what they could or should be asking for. Meeting the needs of gifted students works best when it becomes a collaborative process between the school, home and any other outside organization. This seminar explores various ways in which parents can support and advocate for their child, as well as outlining a range of possible modifications, adaptations, additions and changes that can be made to ensure that gifted students remain engaged, challenged, and enthusiastic about their learning.