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November 2014 - Issue 114
In This Issue
Director's Corner: Gifted Comes of Age: A SENG Initiative
Feature Article: The Ultimate Plan to Help Gifted Education
SMPGs: The Heart of SENG: Siblings, Giftedness, and Disparities - oh my!
Talking Circles: An Important Scholarship Opportunity
Gifted Blog Reviews: Homeschool Blogs
100 Words of Wisdom: Melinda Stewart
SENG Has New Phone Numbers!
844-488-SENG (main)
845-797-5054 (voice)
844-433-SENG (fax) 

Upcoming SENGinars

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December 11, 2014

Gifted 101
Presenter: Carolyn Kottmeyer


To be announced soon: all new 2015 SENGinars, including a new SENG Diversity Series and Continuing Education Courses. 


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December 5-6, 2014
Louisville, Kentucky 
University of Louisville, College of Education and Human Development
Facilitators: Molly Isaacs Mc-Leod, JD, LLM and Edward Amend, PsyD

January 15-16, 2015
Denver, Colorado
Denver Tech Center Marriott
4900 S Syracuse St, Denver, CO
(Limited rooms available 303-779-1100)

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The SENVine Newsletter is now accepting submissions for publication!
SENG accepts articles, essays, and blog links on all aspects of the social and emotional needs of giftedness for our publication and online library database. All submissions must first be approved by our editorial committee.

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2015 SENG Annual
Conference Updates

Seeking Sponsoring or Partnering Entity: If you would like to submit a proposal for developing and managing an engaging educational program for children and teens that provides gifted students with interesting activities and thought-provoking educational experiences, please email us. Proposals will be accepted through Friday, November 28, 2014.

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Dear SENG Friends,    


I have received such a warm welcome by all that it's hard to believe I started as Interim Administrator for SENG just a few short week ago. Like most of you, my SENG duties are definitely not the only thing on the to-do list every day, though. We're all busy, and, as the end of the year approaches, we find the vortex spinning faster and faster! Now is a good time to take a deep breath and examine where our priorities fall. It's usually only those first few things on the list that never seem to get thoroughly done, so making sure the top items are the most important is key.


Whatever ends up sitting at the top of your (long) list, I think SENG can help. Whether you need personal renewal, guidance with your family, or perspective on your world, there's likely to be a past or upcoming SENGinar, SENGVine article, or even a SENG Model Parent Group or Online Parent Support Group that can throw out a lifeline. Maybe you can even be that lifeline for someone else.


I sincerely hope this SENGVine edition will help you in every area of your sometimes far too busy life!


Deborah Simon 


Deborah Simon
Interim Administrator

Gifted Comes of Age: A SENG Initiative

by Joy Navan


A few years ago, I wrote these words as part of our 100 Words of Wisdom about giftedness project.

We did not hear the word gifted as a child. We thought we were odd. Even as we age, it is difficult to say aloud, "I am a gifted adult." We realize the differences in our reasoning, but mostly in our feelings. When loved ones hurt, we feel physical pain. A breathtaking sunset brings tears to our eyes. We lie awake at night, wishing we could set things right in the world. We labor to internalize the wisdom of Candide to tend our own garden; and, when we do so, it is with an intensity that could ignite the universe. Read More...

Kathleen Casper The Ultimate Plan to Help Gifted Education (and Improve Education for All Kids in the Process)

By Kathleen Casper 


Gifted education is not going to fix itself. No matter how many gifted people talk to each other about how much their children need different educational experiences, we still cannot move the mountains of politicians and corporations who stand in our way. We can have all the gifted education conferences that we want. We can publish magazine articles and counsel gifted families and teach gifted children and beg our school districts and states to change policies. Sometimes they throw us a bone. But mostly the states and federal people take bones away from education in general these days. Or, if they are giving things to education, usually it is tied in with things like standardized testing, standardized teaching, standardized everything... which we all know do very little to help gifted children in schools. Read More...

Molly McLeod

Siblings, Giftedness, and Disparities - oh my!

by Molly Isaacs-McLeod


If you have more than one child sharing your home, you know that no two are alike. If you have biological siblings residing under your roof  you know, despite incredibly similar genetics, what works with one does not work with all - in any realm. No, the universe is simply not that kind to the beleaguered parents of the gifted!


In all seriousness, what is a parent to do when one child is gifted and the other isn't, when both children are gifted but in different areas, when one child is 2E and the other isn't, when one is "pleasantly" gifted and the other is, well, not so pleasantly gifted? Read More...


An Important Scholarship Opportunity    


by Tiombe Bisa Kendrick-Dunn


In 1962, SENG founder Dr. James T. Webb was a graduate student in psychology at the University of Alabama. It was during this time that Dr. Webb became interested in gifted children as a result of an experience required by an assignment. He rode along with a public health nurse to conduct "well child check-up" visits in very rural Greene County. One stop included a visit to a small African-American community to visit the single mother of two young girls ages three and five residing in a two-room tarpaper shack. The public nurse informed the graduate student (Dr. Webb) she had heard both children could read, and Dr. Webb became curious and arranged for both children to be assessed at the University of Alabama psychological clinic. Read More...

Homeschool Blogs      


by Amy Golden Harrington 


Some of the bloggers whom I both follow and know personally all focus on different aspects of life as a gifted or twice-exceptional person. One of my favorites is a twice-exceptional adult, Bob Yamtich, who discusses his own strengths and challenges in his blog as well as provides guidance to families with an emphasis on non-violent communication. He talks to his readers through his own personal experiences and taps into the root of emotional issues and how to approach children through a connected, peaceful way. He focuses on transforming challenging relationships with empathic communication and helps to deepen one's understanding of themselves and others. Read More...
100 Words of Wisdom: Melinda Stewart  
In approximately 100 words, experts from 
around the world offer their perspective on some aspect of giftedness. View and share the online version.

Please hear me! What happens when there are no words to express anguish so deep, sorrow so profound, nor fear so paralyzing that all reason stops? For the gifted, who feel more things more deeply than words can sometimes hold, the unspeakable can become actions; "symptoms" perhaps. Writer's block, cutting, school refusal, selective mutism, eating disorders, compulsions, and substance abuse are all examples of actions that can sometimes hold the uncontainable. We must never fail to try first to understand their purpose before we attempt their extinction. Sometimes our job is simply to translate and contain the voice of the heart.


Melinda Stewart is currently the Director of Counseling at Groton School in Groton, MA and has worked with gifted children and adolescents in a variety of settings for over 30 years. She is the founder and former director of Voyagers, Inc., and has been on the staffs of the Stone Center at Wellesley College and McLean Hospital. She is the mother of two grown PG children.  

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