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January/February 2015 - Issue 116
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2015 SENG Conference Registration is Now Open!

SOAR with SENG from 
July 24-26, 2015 
at the Denver Marriott Tech Center
Denver, Colorado 

Adult registrations are now live. Register as a member or non-member attendee (if you're not a member, now is a perfect time to become one!), sponsor, speaker, or a SENG Ambassador (see information below).
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Become an Official
SENG Ambassador!


There are a very limited number of spaces available in the ambassador program, if this is something you are interested in, please apply as early as possible.


Ambassadors Commit to:

  • Attending Morning Volunteer Training (bagels, juice, donuts, and fun connecting time with colleagues provided)

  • One Day as an Official Volunteer Conference Ambassador (introduce speakers, welcome attendees, provide directions and presentation recommendations, etc.)

Ambassadors Receive:

  • A SENG T-Shirt

  • Ambassador Badge

  • $50 Conference Registration (can attend all keynote sessions, as well as sessions on the days not volunteering)

  • Our immense gratitude and the joy of supporting SENG in realizing its mission!

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NEW! Continuing Education Course
March 12, 2015
Spiritual Giftedness (1.5 Credits)

Presented by Patricia Gatto-Walden

Students must attend the full 90 minutes in order to receive credit. Certificates will be sent via email after the course is completed.

Click below to register or learn more about this event...

SENG is approved by the  American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SENG maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


March 19, 2015
Gifted Children, Marriage Difficulties, Separation, and Divorce 
Presented by Marc Caplan and Lori Comallie-Caplan

More details and registration coming soon...

Don't forget, members receive a SENGinar discount on all live SENGinars (excludes CE courses). Become a member today!  
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Dear SENG Friends,    


Spring will soon be upon us and it represents beginning and newness. The start of the spring season includes a vast sense of joy and anticipation that is shared by people all over the world. The hearts of many are thus uplifted when witnessing the renewal of life that springs forth from the cold and barren ground of a harsh winter that has just passed.


Spring is the time when most flowering plants bloom, and this extraordinarily powerful act of nature symbolizes the revival of life. The spring months start the season of birth as the eternal and silent cycle of life begins to warm the earth with its rapidly increasing length of daylight hours, and as the axis of the earth begins its annual tilt toward the sun. We may trust that Mother Nature will surely 'spring forth' again on time, as it has done since the beginning of time, hence the season's beautifully descriptive name.


At SENG we embrace change, just as we celebrate our most cherished traditions. In this month's Director's Corner, I share with you some fond farewells to people who have served SENG well, and... a wonderful new addition to the board. We are all looking forward to this exciting new season as we continue on our mission to provide you with the most up-to-date and informative resources available on the unique social and emotional needs of gifted individuals.   



Tiombe Bisa Kendrick-Dunn 


Tiombe Bisa Kendrick-Dunn, SSP, NCSP
SENG Board President 


Big News at SENG

by Tiombe Bisa-Kendrick Dunn, SENG Board President


Change is inevitable in our everyday lives and is cyclical. The seasons (winter, spring, summer, and fall) are symbolic of the changes in the lives of mankind. Since January 2015, SENG has had to say good-bye to two board members --Dr. Joy Navan and Molly Isaacs-McLeod. Dr. Navan and Ms. Isaacs-McLeod both provided great service and care as directors for the SENG board. Ms. McLeod was instrumental in the beginning stages of planning the 2015 conference and chaired SENG's SMPG program. She conducted SMPG trainings around the country with various colleagues. In addition, she was the board champion for the SENG Online Parent Support group (SOPS), which is one of SENG's newest programs. Read More...
Why I Choose to Unschool My Gifted Children

By Amy Harrington 


  What if we let go of everything we thought we knew about parenting and education? What if everything that we have been conditioned to believe is counterintuitive to positive development particularly with highly to profoundly gifted children? These notions are scary at first but as I have continued down this divergent path, traditional mainstream ideas have ceased to resonate. They don't make sense once you have experienced the alternative. This mind shift doesn't generally happen over night but one day you will just be living differently and wonder how you haven't thought this way all along. At least that is what has happened to me. Read More...

The Twice Exceptional: A Population Explosion?    


by Michael Postma


As I sat enjoying the Carolina sun sitting near our community pool last summer, I could not help but overhear a conversation between a mother and her husband regarding the educational dilemma facing their six-year-old son who, by the looks of things, was struggling to keep pace in his first grade classroom. You may brand me nosy but whenever I hear the word school, education, and/or issues within the same sentence, my ears quickly gravitate toward the source of the vocalization. This particular conversation went something like this:


"Its just not fair. I know he's smart and he should be getting this stuff. He was...." Read More...  



Blogs for Teachers 


by Carolyn Kottmeyer  


Blogs abound for the gifted parent, but it's harder to find a blog focused on the teacher of the gifted. This month, we offer a couple blogs dedicated to these hard-working educators, offering excellent information not only for their education peers, but for parents too.


Teacher-y Confessions: Real, Raw, Authentic by Whitley R., a first grade teacher of a self-contained, highly gifted and talented class for the ASPIRE Academy in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD in Texas. Whitley shares things she wishes both teachers and parents knew. Read 9 Things I Wish People Knew About Highly-Gifted Children, about the brilliant, asynchronous, emotional, innovative, and sometimes misunderstood gifted child. Read More... 

100 Words of Wisdom: Paula Prober

In approximately 100 words, experts from 
around the world offer their perspective on some aspect of giftedness. V iew and share the online version.

What if people are like ecosystems. Some are like meadows, some like deserts, and some like oceans. All are beautiful, valuable and necessary. Gifted folks are like the rainforest: extremely complex, highly sensitive, intense, colorful, and creative. And, like the rainforest, gifted individuals are capable of making important contributions to society and the planet. But to do that we need to allow them to be themselves. We need to put the chainsaws down and encourage their curiosity, idealism, sensitivity, and insight. Appreciate their lush and lively rainforest mind.




Paula Prober, M.S., M.Ed. is a licensed counselor in private practice in Eugene, Oregon. Over the 30 years she has worked with the gifted, Prober has been a teacher, consultant, adjunct instructor with the University of Oregon, and a guest presenter at Pacific University and Oregon State University. Presently, she is counseling gifted adults and youth and consulting with parents of gifted children. Her blog (Your Rainforest Mind) is about gifted adults. Her book,
Your Rainforest Mind: A Guide to the Well-Being of Gifted Adults and Youth  will be released by GHF Press in the Spring of 2016.
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