In January 2022, Dr. Po-Shen Loh offered a free virtual event to GEFN parents and 5th-8th graders on “How to Use Math to Invent.” Dr. Loh is a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University, coach of the U.S. team for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), and founder of the free personalized learning platform expii.com. AsContinue reading “Math, Creativity, and Making an Impact”
Author Archives: GEFN Gifted Education Family Network
Parent Advocacy in the Development of Black Male Scholars and Scholar-Ballers: a Panel Discussion for Building on Resilience: Models and Frameworks of Black Male Success Across the P-20 Pipeline
In November 2021, the Gifted Education Family Network partnered with the Minority Achievement, Creativity, and High-Ability Center (MACH-III) for an incredible panel discussion on parent advocacy for gifted and high-ability Black males. Watch the recording and learn more about the research on this subject and about the lived experiences of the panelists.
Shop our fundraiser through December 1st!
We’re excited to announced our first fundraiser! GEFN is a nonprofit run entirely by volunteers, and we’re partnering with Novica for a fall and holiday shopping experience that we think you’ll love. When started through our dedicated shopping link, your Novica order will support artisans in a socially conscious global marketplace, and through December 1st,Continue reading “Shop our fundraiser through December 1st!”
June 1, 2021: Update Click here for the full update. GEFN wishes to thank all legislators and families who supported and advocated for GT education this session. Your advocacy makes a difference! To effectively support equity and excellence in GT programming for students in all populations across our state, our network must continue to expand.Continue reading “Legislative Update”
April 17, 2021: GT Parent Conference at Baylor U
Baylor’s Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development will host its 2nd annual parent conference on April 17, 2021 (new date!). This is an event designed to provide parents of gifted and talented students with resources, information, and opportunities to network with other parents and find needed support.
Through April 17, 2021: GEFN Cardboard Challenge – FREE! Sponsored by NuMinds Enrichment
Do you have or know a student who loves problem-solving and creative thinking? Do you know a “maker” in search of a unique challenge? Register your student(s) for a free, virtual, asynchronous challenge culminating in a live showcase event for students on Saturday, April 17, during the annual GT Parent Conference!
Worldwide facilitated SENG Model Parent Group for 2E Parents
Facilitated by:Lin Lim, Ph.D.,Susan Chun, M.A., P.P.S.,Cherin Escher, M.A. Meet the Facilitators With up to 20 parents participating, the weekly virtual meeting will focus on topics from the book A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, such as communication, motivation, discipline, stress management, and relationships. In addition, 2e specific additional resources will be provided weekly. Register now! TheContinue reading “Worldwide facilitated SENG Model Parent Group for 2E Parents”
January-March 2021: Eight-week Virtual SENG Model Parent Group – hosted by McKinney Gifted & Talented Alliance
GT Families across Texas are invited to participate in a virtual SENG model parent group hosted by McKinney Gifted & Talented Alliance. Their first meeting is January 12th. The format is a guided discussion for caregivers of the gifted. Click here to register. Details are in the flyer below. Thank you to Letha Williams, SENGContinue reading “January-March 2021: Eight-week Virtual SENG Model Parent Group – hosted by McKinney Gifted & Talented Alliance”
past / Dec. 16, 2020: Virtual Event – “What Does Giftedness Look Like?” – Dr. Kristina Henry Collins
How can parents go about supporting the social and emotional needs of their gifted children? Our speaker, Dr. Kristina Henry Collins, is a NAGC Board Member, President of SENG, faculty at Texas State University, and a Professional Advisor for the Gifted Education Family Network. Reserve your spot today for this free virtual event on Wednesday,Continue reading “past / Dec. 16, 2020: Virtual Event – “What Does Giftedness Look Like?” – Dr. Kristina Henry Collins”
past / Nov. 18, 2020: Advocating for Marginalized Gifted Students of Color ~ Dr. Kristina Henry Collins
Free event from the Mirman School: Advocating for Marginalized Gifted Students of Color with Dr. Kristina Henry Collins, Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 6:00pm! Details and registration below: “Due to social and historical inequities, bright Black and Latinx students are often not identified as gifted. Even those who are, often don’t have access to the rigorContinue reading “past / Nov. 18, 2020: Advocating for Marginalized Gifted Students of Color ~ Dr. Kristina Henry Collins”
New! Discussing Racism with Gifted Children – shared from NAGC
For help discussing racism and bias with gifted children, please see “Discussing Racism with Gifted Children” from the September issue of Parenting for High Potential, a publication of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). Article linked below and shared with permission from NAGC. Many thanks to NAGC and the authors for making this importantContinue reading “New! Discussing Racism with Gifted Children – shared from NAGC”
past / October 2, 2020: PACE Fort Bend invites you to virtual meeting on “The Social-Emotional Health of Our Children During COVID-19”
PACE, the Fort Bend Association of Parents for Academic Excellence — and a member of the Gifted Education Family Network’s Parent Advisory Council — is inviting the Gifted Education Family Network to attend their virtual event called “The Social-Emotional Health of Our Children During COVID-19.” This parent learning event will be held virtually via Zoom onContinue reading “past / October 2, 2020: PACE Fort Bend invites you to virtual meeting on “The Social-Emotional Health of Our Children During COVID-19””
Share your PG + ASD story – Research Participants wanted!
BACKGROUND Lin Lim, Ph.D., had a colorful educational journey, with primary and secondary schooling in Singapore followed by a Bachelors in Economics with a Minor in Environmental Studies at Boston College. She then completed a doctoral program in Psychology at Boston University, with an interest in attitudes and beliefs. She completed a graduate academic certificateContinue reading “Share your PG + ASD story – Research Participants wanted!”
past / August 19, 2020: Denton Association for Gifted — Expo
Denton Association for Gifted, a member of the Gifted Education Family Network’s Parent Advisory Council, is hosting an event for parents to meet their child’s Expo Specialist on 19 August, 2020:
past / Sept. 15, 2020: Free virtual event: Racial Battle Fatigue in Faculty – MACH-III Center
We invite the Gifted Education Family Network to a free virtual event, “Masterclass: Racial Battle Fatigue in Faculty,” hosted by the Network’s GT Professional Advisor Dr. Fred A. Bonner II and the MACH-III Center. Register today at: https://bit.ly/3a7kTCV
Letter to TEA Commissioner: Requesting GT inclusion in TEA district guidance for Fall 2020
August 3, 2020 Commissioner Mike Morath, Texas Commissioner of EducationDeputy Commissioner Matthew Montano, Special PopulationsNiloy Gangopadhyay, Director of Special PopulationsMonica Brewer, Statewide Coordinator, Gifted/Talented Education COVID-19 SupportTexas Education Agency1701 N. Congress AvenueAustin, Texas, 78701 Dear Commissioner Morath, As representatives of families with children who require Gifted and Talented services across the state of Texas, weContinue reading “Letter to TEA Commissioner: Requesting GT inclusion in TEA district guidance for Fall 2020”
Article: “But how will we serve them now?” By Meredith Austin, Ed.D.
With some certainty emerging about the “look” of Texas public schools next year, gifted education leaders must review current practices, adapt our models, and ensure that each of our students learns something new every day. Click here to read the full article on Medium.com
NEW! Free Parent Resource on Full Grade Acceleration
Get the PDF “Most parents have heard of ‘skipping grades.’ They may not know, however, that research recommendations can help educators and parents determine whether a grade skip – also called full grade acceleration – may be in a student’s best interest. What does research tell us about this practice, and how does this researchContinue reading “NEW! Free Parent Resource on Full Grade Acceleration”
past / SENG Panel of 13 Leading Black Scholars of GT Education
Online event hosted by SENG – Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted Join SENG’s next Presidential Town Hall Meeting for two exclusive SENGinar panel discussions with 13 leading Black Scholars in Gifted and Talented Education. Parents and educators are encouraged to attend and learn from the panelists’ personal testimonies, strategies, and practices. Presenters for thisContinue reading “past / SENG Panel of 13 Leading Black Scholars of GT Education”
Black Families Matter
The leaders of the Gifted Education Family Network (GEFN) are devastated by the recent and senseless murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. We recognize that the events of the past month do not exist in isolation. We condemn unjust practices and policies that historically have harmed, endangered, and oppressed Black families inContinue reading “Black Families Matter”
past / Feb. 22, 2020: GT Parent Conference at Baylor U
This event has occurred. Super sessions & networking opportunities galore at Baylor U’s Gifted Parent Conference We loved meeting all the parents who attended this spring’s GT Parent Conference hosted by the Baylor Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, at Baylor University in Waco. Around 70 Texas parents attended. A huge thank you toContinue reading “past / Feb. 22, 2020: GT Parent Conference at Baylor U”
Introducing the Gifted Education Family Network!