Thursday, August 28, 2014

"Gifted Cluster Classroom" - Guest Lecture on Sept. 4, 2014

Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted (along with the GPS Gifted Education Parent Council) are hosting a free guest lecture regarding the "Gifted Cluster Classroom" on Thursday, September 4th at Greenfield Elementary School Library (2550 E Elliot Road, Gilbert, AZ).

Parents, grandparents, teachers, administrators and other interested people are invited to attend this lecture.  Spread the word to those that you think may benefit by attending.

Here's the schedule for the evening.  Please feel free to join us for whatever portions of the evening interest you.

6:00-6:30 p.m. - Gifted 101
If you're new to the world of giftedness, come and learn some of the basics.

6:45-7:00 p.m. - Parent Connections
Be an early bird and come meet other parents who may share your same concerns.

7:00-8:00 p.m. - Guest Lecture
Learn about the "Gifted Cluster Classroom" by hearing directly from a Gifted Cluster Coach and also from one of our Gifted Cluster Teachers.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Earth and Space Exploration Day at ASU - October 25, 2014

Mark your calendar for the Earth and Space Exploration Day 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 

Personal Note: I went to this event at ASU last year with my sons and their cousins and it was incredible.  I highly recommend it.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

AAGT's Parent Institute and Children's Super Saturday - Sept. 27th, 2014

Mark your calendars for the Parent Institute and Children's Super Saturday on September 27th at Grand Canyon University. 

The AAGT website states:

AAGT’s Parent Institute and Children's Super Saturday is a one day event geared towards the needs of Arizona’s parents of gifted and talented children. Our goal is to advocate, educate, and communicate on behalf of gifted learners in the state of Arizona. Your day starts with a dynamic keynote speaker and breakout sessions based on parents’ needs. Also provided is an on-site enrichment program for K-8 students to attend while their parents are in sessions. (NOTE: there is a separate registration fee per parent and per child) 

The Parent Institute is $25 per adult. OR purchase our Package and get your Registration AND 1-year AAGT membership for $40. Save $10! 

Children's Super Saturday is $25 for your first child and $10 each for additional children."

Click HERE to register.

Click HERE for the general AAGT website.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Arizona Future Problem Solvers (AZFPS) - Fall Workshop

Seeking a Program to supplement Arizona Career and College Ready Standards implementation? 

Take a look at Arizona Future Problem Solving (AZFPS)!!!

Arizona Future Problem Solving announces training workshops for Teachers, Parents, and AZFPS Coaches on August 16, 2014 from 8:30- 3:30 at the Herberger Young Scholars Academy at ASU West and in Tucson on August 23, 2014 PTBA. . Cost is $65 per person and $15 per person for additional people from one school/district.

The workshop will cover the Creative Problem Solving Process as used in the FPS Program, vocabulary, techniques, and tools for FPSP and how to incorporate the FPS model into an educational program K-12. Arizona College and Career Ready Standards are covered using the Future Problem Solving Program. Attendees will receive Gifted Endorsement and Recertification credit hours.

Contact Jennine Jackson,, or 520 440.8865 to register.

Parent Institute and Children's Super Saturday - Saturday, September 27, 2014

Join us Saturday, September 27, 2014, at Grand Canyon University for a one day "Parent Institute and Children's Super Saturday" geared towards the needs of Arizona’s parents of gifted and talented children. Teachers may attend and earn Professional Development hours! Children may attend an on-site enrichment program for K-8 students while their parents are in sessions.  

It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on 9/27 at Grand Canyon University, Antelope Gymnasium, 3300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85017.

Hosted by Arizona Association for Gifted & Talented (AAGT).

Click HERE to visit the website for more information.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Locating Age-Appropriate Books for High Ability Learners

I came across this great chat article about finding age-appropriate books for high ability learners.  

In this article they start off stating the following:
"Locating age-appropriate books for high ability learners can prove difficult  for several reasons. Asynchronous development may mean that a very young child could comprehend reading material well beyond what may be considered appropriate for their age... interest levels and sensitivities also play important roles when finding appropriate yet challenging books for these children. Jo Freitag ...commented that material deemed appropriate for a child’s chronological age might be considered too simplistic and unsatisfying to the child."

At the end of the article there are a few dozen worthwhile links to help parents who are struggling with this issue.

Strategies Workshops - July 14-17, 2014

Phoenix Session July 14 - 17, 2014

The Instructional Strategies sessions are designed for teachers of Grades 7-10 to help them prepare their students for advanced and honors classes. There are many hands-on activities, discussions of best practices and direct applications to the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.


These four day workshops are designed for the classroom teacher who has the responsibility to “differentiate instruction” for the gifted learner in their classroom. It would also be appropriate for gifted teachers who want to add new tools to their instructional skill set for working with gifted students. In either case, the participants will learn about the specific and unique needs of gifted students, strategies for working with these students, teaching methods and specific classroom activities with proven effectiveness.

Courses offered for Phoenix Session are: 
English Strategies for teachers Grades 7-10
Mathematic Strategies for teachers Grades 7-10
and Gifted Strategies K-6

For more details, including location and cost, please visit: