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Fall Conference – Michigan Association for Gifted Children

August 15, 2016

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Have you been wondering why your gifted child is so different academically and emotionally?  Have you been struggling to meet your child’s needs in these areas? 

The Michigan Association for Gifted Children Fall Conference has answers!  Covering both the academic and emotional needs of gifted learners, these experts have solutions and information for parents just finding their child is gifted, advocates working to make changes at the school and district level, and educators with gifted students.
Join us on October 15 at the remarkable University Prep Science & Math Academy in Detroit!  Meet parents and educators advocating for gifted children!  Chat with experts!  Visit vendors with books, programs, and games aimed at gifted learners!  Earn SCECHs while gaining great info on gifted students!

More details and registration is at m90212.wixsite.com/magc

P.S. I’ll be wearing an MAGC name tag and look forward to meeting you!

14 Things Gifted Students Want Teachers to Know

July 6, 2016

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Reflecting back on my time as a gifted student and what my daughters are experiencing now, here are some things I wish my teachers (and theirs) knew.

  1. I intensely want to learn. Learning is really fun for me. Coming to school and ‘learning’ what I already know distresses me. School was supposed to be an exciting place full of knowledge. Now I want to escape it.
  2. I tuned out after the third time you said that. In fact, research shows that the repetition needed for most learners makes me learn less. I usually only need it once or twice and am eager to move to the next item.

    More…

Giftedness is…

March 20, 2016

Giftedness.  The word conjures up ideas of students who have it easy and are at the top of the class.  It sounds wonderful.  However, as with most of life, it isn’t all great. Talking about being gifted seems elitist – as if being gifted makes one a better human being. It doesn’t. Giftedness is a difference and it changes one’s life in good ways and bad.

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Giftedness is being a star pupil destined for greatness; giftedness is that idea being a false stereotype.

Giftedness is being gifted and knowing it; giftedness is educators and friends’ parents being skeptical.

Giftedness is the way you are born; giftedness is developing natural abilities into talent through nurture.

Giftedness is academics coming easy; giftedness is not learning to work hard.

Giftedness is understanding and retaining material; giftedness is not learning to study.

Giftedness is breezing through; giftedness is not learning to overcome obstacles.
Read more…

RESCHEDULED – Gifted Magnet School Parent Night

March 2, 2016

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Due to inclement weather, the Gifted Magnet School Parent Information & Discussion Night has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 24.

Avondale Gifted Magnet School is committed to meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted learners through highly-trained teachers, advanced curriculum, and a safe environment for gifted children. We are designing this school through the collaboration of parents and educators and request your participation at a dialogue exploring what parents want in a gifted program and the development of this school.

Scheduled to open in September 2017, this school of choice will be open to students in Oakland County.

Meeting info:
Thursday, March 24 6:30 PM
Board of Education Room
Avondale Administration Building
2940 Waukegan Street
Auburn Hills, MI  48326

Please RSVP through one of two ways:
1) Register for the event via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1684865305118342/
2) Send an email to neogifted@outlook.com with your name and number of people attending.

Join us at Avondale Gifted Magnet School Parent Group on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest information.

If you have not yet taken the survey, please do!  This will help us answer your questions and develop the school.

Forward this to your friends with gifted children!  Let’s show Avondale there is interest in gifted education!

Schedule:
+ Overview of Gifted Magnet School – Dr. Schwarz, Avondale Superintendent

+ Table Groups for Parent Input
– Curriculum
– Characteristics & Training of Teachers and Support Staff
Characteristics of Gifted Learners
– Social & Emotional Needs
– Eligibility
– Extracurriculars
– Middle & High School Programs

+ Wrap-up and Next Steps

(Table groups and order of schedule subject to change.)

Light snacks will be served.

Gifted Magnet School Parent Night

February 20, 2016

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Avondale Gifted Magnet School is committed to meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted learners through highly-trained teachers, advanced curriculum, and a safe environment for gifted children. We are designing this school through the collaboration of parents and educators and request your participation at a dialogue exploring what parents want in a gifted program and the development of this school.

Scheduled to open in September 2017, this school of choice will be open to students in Oakland County.

Meeting info:
Wednesday, March 2 6:30 PM
Board of Education Room
Avondale Administration Building
2940 Waukegan Street
Auburn Hills, MI  48326

Please RSVP through one of two ways:
1) Register for the event via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1684865305118342/
2) Send an email to neogifted@outlook.com with your name and number of people attending.

Join us at Avondale Gifted Magnet School Parent Group on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest information.

If you have not yet taken the survey, please do!  This will help us answer your questions and develop the school.

Forward this to your friends with gifted children!  Let’s show Avondale there is interest in gifted education!

Schedule:
+ Overview of Gifted Magnet School – Dr. Schwarz, Avondale Superintendent

+ Table Groups for Parent Input
– Curriculum
– Characteristics & Training of Teachers and Support Staff
Characteristics of Gifted Learners
– Social & Emotional Needs
– Eligibility
– Extracurriculars
– Middle & High School Programs

+ Wrap-up and Next Steps

(Table groups and order of schedule subject to change.)

Light snacks will be served.

Gifted School in Process!

December 15, 2015

We have a party interested in opening the gifted school for us in Rochester Hills!
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It will likely start as two multi-age classrooms in September 2016 and grow to either K-5 or K-8. The most likely location will be around M-59.
 
The party is requesting to know ages and numbers of students that might attend. Please email me at NEOgifted@outlook.com with age and current grade of students interested in attending. This is not a commitment to attend, but just letting us know interest. Thanks!

#AllStrengthsMatter?

September 28, 2015

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“All kids are gifted.”  “The word gifted is elitist.”  “Labels are unnecessary and meaningless.”  “Labels are wrong!”  “We need to develop all the strengths of all kids!” “Why aren’t you advocating for all children?”  “I care about ALL students.”

When the #BlackLivesMatter campaign began, some people responded with #AllLivesMatter.  The #BlackLivesMatter group became offended; the #AllLivesMatter group responded that ALL lives do matter and we shouldn’t single out a particular group, so what was the #BlackLivesMatter group getting all bent out of shape over?

#BlackLivesMatter was created to point out that a particular group was facing issues.  The #AllLivesMatter campaign tried to remove the spotlight from black lives and, intentionally or not, stop discussion of the horrible treatment some black people have faced at the hands of police.  Yes, there are white, Latino, and Asian people mistreated by cops, but to get action, #BlackLivesMatter needed to be the unco-opted slogan used.

When the term ‘gifted’ is used to describe students with unusually high learning ability and memory retention and their needs, there is a crowd that tries to redirect the conversation.  They don’t like that one group is being singled out by advocates saying that this group is being under-served and education needs to change to support this group.  They are also looking out for their kids and worry what will happen if the spotlight is shifted to a particular group.  And why should this group claim any sort of status as a group?  Isn’t that elitist? Read more…

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