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Beyond IQ: Paradoxes and Oxymorons

Wakefield, MA - May 3-5, 2002

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Please join us Saturday evening at 8:30 PM for an Ice Cream Social for all attendees!

Friday, May 3
Professionals' Sessions

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration - Breakfast breads, coffee and juice
9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Morning Sessions
12:20 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Lunch (included)
1:20 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Keynote
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Afternoon Sessions

Saturday, May 4
Adult Conference Sessions (subject to changes and additions)

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.   Registration - Breakfast breads, coffee and juice
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions I

Ballroom 1 What to look for at your first conference - Josh Shaine
Greenwood So you're a conference veteran... now what? - Kit Finn
10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Ballroom 1 Keynote - Dr. Kay Colangelo: Finding the High Road: It's a Trip
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch (Boxed Lunches available for purchase)

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions II

Ballroom 1 Portfolios for Homeschoolers - Shirley Minster
Greenwood Where do I fit in all of this? Finding social connections for highly gifted children - Lisa Rainen
2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions III

Ballroom 1 Anti-intellectualism: How it Influences Gifted Education - Nick Colangelo
Greenwood The Gifted Adult--Who am I in Relationship? How do I understand myself and where do I fit viewed from a Dabrowskian perspective - Eleanor Fisher (Part I of two parts)
4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions IV

Ballroom 1 The Gifted Adult--Who am I in Relationship? How do I understand myself and where do I fit viewed from a Dabrowskian perspective - Eleanor Fisher (Part II of two parts)
Greenwood Voyagers, Inc. - Creating Authentic Community for HG students and others - Melinda Stewart
6:00 - 10:00 p.m.   Available for your meetings
8:30 PM TBA Ice Cream Social for all attendees!

Sunday, May 5
Adult Conference Sessions (subject to changes and additions)

Note: On the Web site, due to a typo, the start time for the first Sunday session had been listed as 9:30. It's really 9:00!

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.   Registration - Breakfast breads, coffee and juice
9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions V

Ballroom 1 Giftedness as a Spiritual Path: Dabrowski's Theory in a Spiritual Context - Kevin Johnson, M.A.
Greenwood Early College: From Those Who've Been There - Elizabeth Lovance, Leader
Prospect - Teresa Schultz-Jones, Leader
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions VI

Ballroom 1 Being Different: how extreme giftedness changes the way we, as adults, perceive, believe, work, play, and love - Michael Rios, Dr. Sarah Taub, and Nancy Smeltzer, with Elizabeth Lovance
Greenwood Practical Ways to Reach Highly Gifted Children in Class, School, and Out of School Nathan Levy
11:45 am- 1:00 pm

Lunch (Boxed Lunches available for purchase)

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions VII

Ballroom 1 The Paradox of the Uniquely Gifted Child: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Twice-Exceptional Children - Meredith Warshaw
Greenwood The Oxymoron of "Straight Talk" - Non-linear Thinkers in a Linear World - Josh Shaine
2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions VIII

Ballroom 1 Underachievement: Understanding Motivational Paralysis - Anna Caveney
Greenwood How Did You Find Out Your Child Was HG/PG? - Teresa Schultz-Jones, Leader
4:00 - 5:15 p.m. Ballroom 1 Keynote - Tamora Pierce

 

Program Descriptions:

Kay Colangelo: Finding the High Road: It's a Trip

Kay Colangelo has been a therapist for 30 years and has learned a few things. She will present several concepts which she thinks are foundational themes to emotional development.


The Paradox of the Uniquely Gifted Child: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of Twice-Exceptional Children 
Presenter: Meredith G. Warshaw, M.S.S., M.A.
Gifted children with learning disabilities or other special needs often use their giftedness to compensate for their special needs, making identification of either exceptionality difficult. Twice-exceptional children are often accused of being lazy or oppositional, and fail to receive the remediation and accommodations they need. This discussion will address issues of identification, modifications, and support for twice exceptional learners. (Note: Two sessions will be presented on this topic, one on the Professional Day and one during the general conference.)

Giftedness as a Spiritual Path: Dabrowski's Theory in a Spiritual Context 
Presenter: Kevin Johnson, M.A.
This workshop will examine key concepts of Dabrowski's theory as applied to spirituality. It is hoped that the leaning and function of Dabrowski's core concepts may be illuminated by seeing how they operate within a spiritual context. We will see how the heightened sensitivities and accelerated personality development of gifted individuals have been perceived and utilized in various spiritual traditions. Time permitting, we will explore myths in order examine how gifted individuals are recognized and nurtured in cultures less secular than our own.

Basic familiarity with Dabrowski's theory is helpful but not required. Participants in this workshop must be comfortable learning from a variety of spiritual disciplines. The workshop is oriented towards supporting the spiritual development of the gifted individual throughout the lifespan, and therefore is not exclusively focused on gifted children.

Kevin Johnson received a B.A. from St. John's College in 1993, and his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in 1998. Kevin discovered his calling to work with gifted children while attending the annual conference of the Hollingworth Center for Highly Gifted Children. Since that time he has devoted himself to the service of this population. His background in philosophy, literature, and psychology are all of assistance to him in understanding the complex, intense, and profound inner life of gifted children.

Kevin also worked at Building Blocks, which provides specialized services to children under three years old who are at risk for autism, pervasive developmental disorder, and Asperger's syndrome. Based on this experience, Kevin is beginning to develop an expertise in gifted children whose developmental profile includes traits of autism or Asperger's syndrome. Kevin is the Gifted Children Program Coordinator for Boston Mensa in January 2001, and a Board Member for theMassachusetts Association for Gifted Education.


Underachievement: Understanding Motivational Paralysis 
Presenter: Anna Caveney

Analyze the forces and traits that lead to this behavior.  Explore each, describing ways to be helpful, or at least not destructive.

Early College: From Those Who've Been There
Moderator: Elizabeth Lovance

For many highly, exceptionally, and profoundly gifted students, college at an early age can provide an appropriate academic environment and access to intellectual peers. This panel discussion is an opportunity to ask questions about the process and experience of early college from the student's perspective. Interested parties of all ages are welcome to attend.

Being Different: how extreme giftedness changes the way we, as adults, perceive, believe, work, play, and love 
Michael Rios, Dr. Sarah Taub, and Nancy Smeltzer, with Elizabeth Lovance

What happens when gifted children grow up? We will use dyads, small groups, and open discussion to explore the impact of overexcitabilities, school experiences, and other differences on EG/PG adults’ friendships, careers, and family relationships. The workshop will also address existing research, resources, and next steps for participants.

Voyagers, Inc. - Creating Authentic Community for HG students and others 
Presenters: Melinda Stewart and Sharron Gaudet, plus various adult and child members of the Voyagers Community

We will share our experience in forming an educational community that is working for many HG+ kids and their families in the Northwest suburbs of Boston. We currently serve nearly sixty families, including more than fifty highly and profoundly gifted kids. We serve as an educational and social support resource providing authentic connections among adults and children in which they are not restrained by age or ability.

The founders, the kids and the parents will share how we got started, how our program works and what our plans are for the future.

Melinda Stewart is the Founder and President of non-profit organization supporting homeschooled children, including the highly and profoundly gifted, and their families. Voyagers operates a variety of programs including a learning coop for 52 families, parent education programs and a variety of academic and social groups for children. Prior to Voyagers, Melinda worked as a private tutor, social worker, and theatrical lighting designer and production manager (not necessarily all at once.)

Where do I fit in all of this? Finding social connections for highly gifted children
Presenter: Lisa Rainen

The lack of fit between the highly gifted student and lock-stepped school programs is seen in more dimensions than just the intellectual. So often highly gifted students have a difficult time finding a social fit, particularly if they are kept with age-mates who are not ability peers. Explore the reasons behind this lack of social fit, and work together to develop specific strategies to find positive social situations and potentially close friendships for highly gifted children. Professionals and parents can gain ideas for interventions that help highly gifted students find their social fit. We will develop tools for advocacy, such as ways of refuting the common claim that accelerating students puts them at a social disadvantage.

Lisa Rainen entered the University of Washington through their Early Entrance program for gifted high school students, and earned a B.A. in English there. She went on to get a M.A.Ed in Gifted Education from the College of William and Mary. Lisa is now a first-year teacher in a 5th grade gifted and talented classroom in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Self-advocacy
Presenter: Kit Finn

The young gifted child is highly forthright in statements of interest and needs. The egotism of the young fails to allow for subtlety, let alone tact. Turning this into effective self-advocacy is a complex effort. Advocacy comes before self-advocacy. The educational environment must contain aware and informed educators who have prepared a menu of options for the child to access. The child needs to be aware of their own needs, able to articulate them courteously and clearly to the right people, and an idea of what to ask for. This requires an aware and effective advocate, usually a parent, acting as a coach for the child. Without all three components the child's naive efforts tend to antagonize others. The child may become inappropriately manipulative, or may learn to stop attempting to self-advocate at all.

Kit Finn is executive director of tagfam.org, and a graduate student in gifted education at William and Mary. 

Practical Ways to Reach Highly Gifted Children in Class, School, and Out of School
Presenter: Nathan Levy

This workshop explores numerous strategies, activities, and materials that have been used successfully by the speaker in varieties of settings in urban, suburban, and rural schools. The use of logic stories, creative writing, science, and math explorations will be shared in numerous and very practical ways. Participants will leave with a plethora of specific strategies for making delivery of instruction more dynamic and fruitful. The presenter (author of over forty books used with gifted children) has worked as an educator and consultant for thirty years.

Applying his experience from over 30 years as a teacher, principal, author and education consultant, Dr. Levy has traveled extensively across the United States as well as South America, Europe and Asia to bring his message related to thinking and creativity. His workshops cover many topics for a wide array of participants. He offers ideas on how to bring creativity and spontaneity to adults and children while stimulating integrated thinking. Dr. Levy's many publications assist people in their quest for new and creative ways to develop critical thinking skills.


Dr. Nathan Levy
N.L. Associates, Inc.
P.O. Box 1199
Hightstown NJ 08520


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