Sunday, December 14, 2014

AAGT 41st Annual Gifted Conference - Feb. 5 & 6, 2015


Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented (AAGT) is inviting all those interested in gifted education to their Annual Gifted Conference at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix, Arizona on February 5 and 6, 2015.

Enjoy two full days of learning, networking, and gifted education synergy! 

Their theme this year is ‘Advancing Gifted Education’ and that is what they aim to do. Sessions on differentiation, technology integration, the common core standards, social/emotional needs of gifted individuals, and much more will be offered, as well as a special strand for teachers of AP courses (Friday only). 

Click HERE to register.

Book Series Review - The Mysterious Benedict Society



A fabulous book series that appeals to all ages!

The Mysterious Benedict Society
by: Trenton Lee Stewart 

When she spots the advertisement in the newspaper, Reynie Muldoon’s tutor, Miss Perumal, suggests that Reynie try for the school.  Reynie is an orphan living at Stonetown Orphanage.  He is very bright and the advertisement calls for gifted children to apply for special opportunities.  Reynie agrees to give it a try.  The testing process is rather odd but he passes all the tests.  In the end, only four children are chosen from the hundreds who tested.  George “Sticky” Washington is a rather shy boy with a great memory. Kate Weatherall is a gifted athlete who carries a large bucket of objects with her.  Constance Contraire is a girl with a strong personality and a quick wit.  The four of them finally meet Mr.  Benedict.  He tells them that something very strange is going on and he needs gifted children to help.  The children must agree to help or they leave.  Reynie realizes that all the children are loners; orphans and runaways with no one to really miss them.  The children agree to work with Mr Benedict and then he lets them know what is going on.

* The Mysterious Benedict Society -- B.L. 5.6   A.R. 18 pts
* The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma -- B.L. 6.3  A.R. 15 pts
* The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey -- B.L. 6.1    A.R. 19 pts.

Click HERE to visit the website about the book series.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

"Executive Functioning Skills" Lecture - Thursday, 11/13/14


Guest Lecture Series
Executive Functioning Skills
Thursday, November 13, 2014 
from 6:45-8:00 p.m. 
at the Greenfield Elementary School Library

Join us to learn methods for helping our children learn organizational skills.  Discover strategies to help our children tackle projects without so much emotional drama that often comes with giftedness.

Deedee Aboroa is an exemplary ALP teacher at Quartz Hill Elementary, and she has mastered techniques for working with gifted students.  She will share with us her understanding of how effective organizational skills can empower our gifted kids as they develop awareness of their own thinking and their own behaviors.

Open to everyone.

Co-sponsored by Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted and the GPS Gifted Education Parent Council.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Guest Lecture Series 2014-2015



http://www.gilbertgifted.org/images/GSG%20web%20site%20button%20logo%204.jpgGilbert Supporters of the Gifted,
with the GPS Gifted Education Parent Council,
present their 2014-15 Guest Lecture Series:


All Guest Lectures are open to parents with gifted students of all ages in the valley.  Guest lectures will take place at the Greenfield Elementary Library from 6:45-8:00pm.  Come to connect with other parents and learn from experts about helpful parenting strategies that focus on the gifted child’s development.

11/13/2014 -- “Executive Functioning Skills”

Join us to learn methods for helping our children learn organizational skills. Discover strategies to help our children tackle projects without so much emotional drama that often comes with giftedness.  Deedee Abaroa is an exemplary ALP teacher at Quartz Hill Elementary, and she has mastered techniques for working with gifted students.  She will share with us her understanding of how effective organizational skills can empower our gifted kids as they develop awareness of their own thinking and their own behaviors. 

1/15/2015 -- “Social Communication/Conversations ”

Are you ever concerned about your gifted child’s verbal and non-verbal communication skills in social settings?  Come hear Katherine Varga, a certified Speech Language Pathologist, share strategies that can help strengthen your child’s “SQ” (Social Quotient).  Kathy Varga, as a member of the 2012 GPS Gifted Education Vision Committee, advocated for the social developmental needs of the gifted child.

4/9/2015 -- “Nonverbal Giftedness/Visual-Spatial Learners”

Your child has been identified as a “Visual-Spatial” or “Non-Verbal” Learner.  What does that mean?  How do these children learn?  What learning strategies work best for them?  Come to our concluding guest lecture of 2014-15 to find out.

In addition, the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented will present:
Parent Day on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 8:30am-5:30pm at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix.  More information at www.arizonagifted.org

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Earth and Science Exploration Day at ASU - October 25th



Be sure to attend the Earth and Space Exploration Day this month on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on the ASU Tempe campus (ISTB 4).

Earth and Space Exploration day is a free annual fall event hosted by ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration, an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.


This event features special science-related activities for students age five and up, families, educators and anyone interested in exploring Earth and space alongside real scientists. Explore ISTB 4's Gallery of Scientific Exploration with its variety of interactive exhibits and enjoy a 3-D astronomy show in the Marston Exploration Theater. Visitors can also see a replica of Curiosity rover, explore Tempe Butte on a guided field trip, pan for gold, dig for meteorites, bring rock samples for Dr. Rock to examine and so much more!  For more information, visit the event website