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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…

Dear Teacher, What I Want to Tell You About My Gifted Child

August 24, 2015

dear-teacherDear Teacher,

My gifted child is going to be in your class.  And here is what I want to tell you, but I probably won’t.  I want an open dialogue, but I know your time is valuable and, frankly, I’m a bit scared.

1) I feel like you are already skeptical.  I’m worried when I use the term gifted or say that my child is academically advanced or high ability, you’ll think I’m seeing through rose-colored glasses or believe my kid is special.  I’ve already met educators who don’t believe any student is gifted or believe all children are gifted. I probably don’t know you very well and I don’t want to start off the year damaging our relationship – or the relationship you have with my child. I might not tell you even though this could be very helpful information.  You might have to initiate the conversation, but the email of “Your child is ahead and I want to help her learn at her level” will probably be the best email we get this year and an immense relief.
Read more…

October 10, 2015 will be an amazing day!

April 29, 2015

be-excitedAdd October 10, 2015 to your calendar right now!  You will not want to miss this!  Something exciting is happening in East Lansing!  (It’s better than football!)

Only on that date can you participate in the Michigan Association for Gifted Children conference with one of the leaders in gifted education, a member of the Columbus Group, and the CEO of one of the most innovative STEM companies.  That’s right!  You get three amazing national speakers in one day!

I’m excited because this really is amazing!  Usually you have to go to a national convention to get presenters of this caliber!

Dr. Jim Delisle has authored over 15 books on gifted children and served on the board of NAGC, Roeper School, and several other gifted organizations.  He has taught gifted kids and spends two weeks each summer at Yunasa helping gifted learners understand themselves.  If you have a question on how to raise your gifted child, he has the answer!  In addition to an over two hour session on Parenting Precocious Kids, he is leading two other sessions.  Usually I would suggest attending all of his sessions, but it is going to be so hard to choose!

That is because Dr. Ellen Fiedler is an amazing speaker as well!  She is a member of the Columbus Group, a team of gifted experts and advocates that revolutionized the field of gifted education with their definition of giftedness.  The asynchronous gifted child is many ages at once and all of these ages need to be understood and supported.  The Columbus Group recently had a symposium in New Zealand, but, lucky for you, you only need to head to East Lansing to hear Dr. Fielder.  She is talking about the journey for the gifted adult.  Giftedness doesn’t end at graduation, so come find out what it means for your daily life.

But wait!  There’s more!  Richard Sheridan is the CEO of Menlo Innovations, the Ann Arbor STEM company everyone wants to work for.  Over 2000 people visited Menlo last year to find out about their radically different corporate culture – one centered around joy.  Mr. Sheridan’s ideas are creating the environments for your kids’ passions to be expressed.  He is one of the hottest speakers right now and you can see him at the MAGC Conference!  Bring your boss along and make your company better too.

Several other excellent speakers are presenting on stress management for gifted families and gifted children in a digital world.  The MAGC Conference is also a great place to meet other gifted families and for teachers to learn about gifted students.  Start your day with free continental breakfast, hang out with other gifted parents, educators, and advocates during a great free lunch, and then end it with a trip with your new friends to the MSU Dairy (sorry, not free).

Register now to travel to East Lansing to hear amazing ideas from Ann Arbor and Columbus, OH!  It will be one amazing day!

Thank you for reading Rochester SAGE.  Together we can make a difference for gifted children!

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