JANUARY, 2021
Northwest Gifted Child Association
A Note from Our new President

Well, it’s here. 2021 is upon us with many changes afoot. I’m honored to take on the role as president of Northwest Gifted Child Association - the oldest gifted organization in Washington state! Since our founding in 1963, we have worked to support and advocate for families with gifted children and last year proved not much could prevent us from doing so. We shifted our programming to online where hundreds of people connected through our workshops on a variety of topics related to giftedness and 2e, supported several board members in hosting discussion groups for parents of gifted kids (online, too, of course), and in doing so, we reached people in every corner of Washington - and beyond! 2020 was a tough year for so many of us for so many reasons, however, we’re excited for what is to come in 2021.
 
On behalf of the entire board, I want to extend gratitude to Austina De Bonte who has served as president of Northwest Gifted Child Association for nearly a decade. Thank you, Austina, for not only sharing your expertise and supporting my family on our journey through giftedness and gifted education, but for sharing your gifts with countless other families throughout the years. We know you’ll continue to do so in new ways and we are thankful to have you continuing on the board. Thank you.
 
Happy new year from all of us at Northwest Gifted Child Association and I invite you to stay connected and let us know how we can support you. 
 
Karen Thornton
President
Upcoming Programs
Understanding the Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted

 
Saturday, February 6, 2021
3:30-5:30 p.m. Pacific
Online via Zoom (login details will be emailed to registrants)
 
Dr. Michael Postma will help us understand the unique social and emotional needs of highly capable/gifted children. Specific topics covered include: The meaning of the term "gifted," differences in a gifted brain, and the unique development and sensitivities of gifted children. An introduction will be provided by Wendy Clark, M.Ed, NBCT who is the West Valley School District Highly Capable Coordinator for K-12 and WAETAG Immediate Past President. There will also be a Q&A session with Michael Postma (NWGCA, SENG), Tanya Randolph (Yakima School District), and Wendy Clark (West Valley School District).
 
Cost:
$0 for those unable to donate at this time
$19 for Central Washington residents
$24 for those outside of Central Washington
About the Presenter
Dr. Michael Postma is a NWGCA board member, the director of programming at SENG, and the president of Gifted & Thriving, LLC. He also is the father of three twice-exceptional children. With more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, author, and consultant, Dr. Postma continues to promote the social, emotional, and academic needs of the gifted/2e population. His latest book is "The Inconvenient Student: Critical Issues in the Identification and Education of Twice-Exceptional Students."
Gifted and Thriving Signature Series Live Webinar presents A Parent's Toolbox: Advocating for Your Gifted/Twice-Exceptional Child Within the School System - Know Your Rights!
 
Part 1: Thursday, January 21, 2021 5 PM PST
Part 2: Thursday, February 4, 2021 5 PM PST
 
Join Dr. Mike Postma, along with special guests Bobbi Gilman, Associate Director of the Gifted Development Center and experienced and long time gifted educator, Kathi Kearney, as they share the latest information on school resources for supporting twice-exceptional (2e) children. This two part session is designed to address this ongoing issue with advice on how to properly advocate for your twice-exceptional student within the school setting. You will learn: 
  • What IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) is and its implications
  • How to advocate for an IEP or 504 plan to assist your child
  • What identification tools and models are needed for understanding 2e
  • Strategies for educational and therapeutic accommodations
  • Advocacy skills
  • Why 2e students struggle
 
Cost: $34 (recording provided to all registrants)
Upcoming Programs for Gifted Kids
Science is Weird
 
NWGCA is excited to host our first kids event of 2021! Keep an eye out for more information about a winter/spring science quest hosted by Science is Weird! Save the date now and look for registration information soon. 
 
Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 3:30 PM PST
Virtual Super Saturdays
 
The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University is offering Virtual Super Saturdays February 6, 13, and 20. Super Saturdays classes are for high-ability children in grades 1-6. There are nine classes that give high-interest young people the ability to explore minds-on, hands-on classes in art, math, science, and so much more! Topics include Master Mathematicians (grades 1 & 2), Inventor’s Workshop (grades 3 & 4), Mysteries of the Human Body (grades 5 & 6), and more!
 
Dates: February 6, 13, & 20, 2021
Time: 7:30-9:30 a.m. Central
Online via Zoom
Cost: $80 (Financial assistance available)
Yunasa Summer Camp

The Institute for Educational Advancement is now accepting applications for their Yunasa Summer Camps. Designed and led by eminent experts in the field of gifted youth, Yunasa embraces gifted children for who they are, helping them understand and work with the unique joys and challenges that gifted children face.
 
The Yunasa team is currently working with our hosts – YMCA Camp Shady Brook and YMCA Camp Copneconic – on safety procedures in accordance with the field guide developed by the American Camp Association and guidelines from the Center for Disease Control. The safety of our campers is and will remain our utmost priority. We will be in touch with all families as soon as we have updates to share.
 
Application Due Date: March 15, 2021
Yunasa West (Currently Colorado): June 12 – 19, 2021
Yunasa (Currently Michigan): July 24 – 31, 2021
IEA Spyglass Series

Game Theory and Behavioral Economics (Ages 10-14)
Instructor: Duke Shao
Dates: Saturdays February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 2021
Times: 9:30am-11:00am PST
Price: $130 for 4 sessions (students must enroll in all sessions)
 
Have you wondered why it's been so difficult to get rid of COVID-19? Science and politics aside, the answer is simple: logic. While it might seem like people haven't been behaving logically, once you account for their beliefs about how others will act, their behaviors actually start to make a lot of sense. To help us understand what is rational vs. what is not, we will explore the field of game theory in our first 2 classes. However, knowing that nobody is rational all the time brings us to the field of behavioral economics. In classes 3 and 4, we will examine common biases underlying our decisions. Students should walk away with a fresh appreciation of how people think and the impact that has on how they act, especially as it pertains to interactions with others.
AoPS Academy Virtual Campus
 
New Beast Academy math course sections at Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) Academy Virtual Campus start soon, and it's not too late to join!
 
Enroll to save your child's spot—courses are filling up fast, especially for Honors Math Levels 2–5. AoPS is also offering brand-new Honors Math and Contest Math tracks for students preparing or ready for algebra.
Davidson Academy
 
The Davidson Academy is designed to accommodate the unique educational and emotional needs of highly gifted students. Students are grouped by ability rather than age, offering a middle and high school level curriculum that is matched to their abilities, strengths and interests. The Davidson Academy offers two educational options specifically designed to meet the needs of the highly gifted – an online campus for those living anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. The 2021-2022 application is open. Visit the Qualification Criteria and How to Apply pages to read about the application process. The deadline for the online campus is January 31.
 
Davidson THINK Summer Institute
 
THINK is a challenging academically-focused program for 13-16 year old gifted students who attend two full courses at the University of Nevada, Reno and receive college credit. The application deadline is March 26.
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
 
The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth supports gifted students no matter where they are. CTY offers hundreds of challenging and engaging advanced online courses for students in grades 2-12, all taught by expert instructors who specialize in teaching advanced concepts to bright students. More than 300 year-round online courses are available in live and independent learning formats. Subject areas include computer science, critical reading, writing, world languages, mathematics, science and engineering, and Advanced Placement. New online options for spring and summer 2021 include clubs and collaborative, problem-based learning courses in which students interact in small groups with their peers.
 
To learn more visit CTY or attend a virtual session.
Resources
P2eNews.com Now Free for 2021!
 
2e News provides critical information about twice-exceptional education and supporting 2e kids. Access to the site is now free! Each week, 2e News spotlights visionaries in the field, groundbreaking research, and therapies and teaching strategies that make a difference in the lives of our students. Get your FREE SUBSCRIPTION now and join engaging, thoughtful, and useful conversations about gifted and twice-exceptional education.
Summit Center Introduces Group Therapy

Summit Center provides assessments, counseling and consultation for gifted and twice-exceptional children, adults, and families, using a strength-based approach. We now offer weekly groups for teens, each focused on specific topics such as sibling relationships, navigating social situations, and executive functioning skills; as well as social skill-building for preschoolers. Sign up now for groups beginning February 2021. 

For more information, email info@summitcenter.us or call
(925) 939-7500 or (310) 478-6505.
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