JUNE 2018
Feature Article: Troubling Times
Director's Corner
  • Pride, Pomp & Circumstance... by Dr. Kristina H. Collins
Conference Schedule
Sponsor Spotlight
Rincón Español
  • ¡Sí, Sí Se Puede!
  • The (Sometimes) Tricky Business of Selecting Summer Camps and Activities for Gifted Children
  • Adolescence and Gifted: Addressing Existential Dread
  • Dear Teachers of the Gifted
Program Calendar
  • Workshops
  • SENGinars
Troubling Times: How Parents and Teachers Can Help Children Understand and Confront Adversity
by Joanne Foster and Dona Matthews
Parents and teachers sometimes find children preoccupied by very serious and worldly matters. Even young children will think about illness, death, war, the fury of Mother Nature, or the complexities of the human condition, and this may occur long before they are able to fully grasp the ideas and put them into perspective.

The kinds of worries and fears that children grapple with become more frightening when they can hear adults talking about problems like terrorism, gun violence, pandemics, or natural disasters. Indeed, disturbing occurrences have affected countless numbers of adults and children around the globe. Children --especially those who are knowledgeable about news events, well-read, or astute-- can experience troubling thoughts and feelings, finding it difficult to cope with fear and misgivings.
Pride, Pomp and Circumstance: The Symbolic Emotional Support within Rite of Passage
by Dr. Kristina Henry Collins
Originally composed and played as a military march song in honor of King Edward VII’s coronation, the inspiration for Elgar’s (1901) Pomp and Circumstance title came from a line in Shakespeare's Othello where Othello declared a loss of mental peace that came with the “pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war”.

Four years later, when Yale University bestowed an honorary doctorate to King Edward VII, it was also played as he walked off stage. Afterwards, schools around the country began to adopt this tradition as part of their pageantry of ceremonial display in honor of graduating students. Proud family members, friends, and faculty come to show their support and share in this milestone accomplishment graduates at all levels. 

JULY 20-22
SENG's 35th Annual Conference
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  • Welcome Reception
  • Discussion Groups
  • 8 Sessions Strands
  • 90+ Sessions
  • Themed Lunch & Learns
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Children’s Program
  • 8 “Super Sessions” on Sunday
Columbus Mini Conference!
This one-day mini-conference will feature keynote speakers and breakout sessions by  Dr. Joy Lawson Davis Dr. Michael Postma Dr. Ed Amend , and many others, plus a special viewing of the film  2e2: Teaching the Exceptional  by Thomas Ropelewski. Learn More
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“¡Sí, Sí Se Puede!” (“Yes, Yes We Can!”)
por Rosina M. Gallagher
Sí!, podemos lograr que nuestros hijos se inscriban en programas de educación temprana y de estudios avanzados en la primaria y en la secundaria. También podemos obtener becas de estudio en escuelas y universidades reconocidas para alcanzar carreras profesionales y finalmente ser líderes en la comunidad. ¡Sí, somos capaces de esto y más! ¿Cómo? Integrándonos a este gran país de inmigrantes y contribuyendo con nuestros valores, nuestra creatividad y cultura para promover la paz y colaboración a nivel mundial.
The (Sometimes) Tricky Business of Selecting Summer Camps and Activities for Gifted Children
by Molly Isaacs-McLeod
It is that time of year again for making summer plans (at least for those of us who did not sign on for camps and activities while housebound during the polar vortex).

Here are eight tips on ferreting out options and negotiating appropriate placements for summer camp, as well as two thoughts. 

Adolescence and Gifted: Addressing Existential Dread
by J'Anne Ellsworth
Adolescents often describe experiencing Existential Dread. Gifted youth may be especially susceptible. If teachers, parents and students work together, the following solutions are suggested for consideration: a) nourish students socially, (b) work toward acceptance of giftedness and teach methods for enhancing emotional development, (c) provide philosophical nurturance.

Dear Teachers of the Gifted
by Lori Comallie-Caplan
“The gifted program has really helped me to get stronger on the inside. I feel more confident. Being a gifted student makes me proud, and I feel really thankful to all of my teachers who challenged me throughout my life. The gifted program also has made me more responsible, and I am thankful for that trait that I now have.”

– C.K.
Albuquerque, 3rd grade

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