October  2016
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Dear Friends,
Happy October, one and all! 

Fall is truly an exciting time of year. The school year is in full swing, and holidays are approaching; it is a great time to spend with family.  Additionally, it is LGBT+ History Month, and communities across the globe are taking a stand against discrimination of LGBT+ students and adults. What makes us different should be celebrated, and we are fortunate to be living and raising the next generation of gifted individuals in a world that is growing more and more accepting of diversity. 

Fall can also be a difficult time as schoolwork becomes more demanding and with the added pressure, perfectionism can skyrocket, and motivation plummet. Our students who aren't in the right academic setting might be showing the strain of inappropriate placement. Gifted students who have social difficulties may be feeling lost, lonely, and broken. 

Show your support.  Let the gifted individuals in your life know they are not alone. Celebrate them just as they are. 

In gratitude, 

Elizabeth A. Ringlee
Executive Director of SENG

What Should I Do If My Child Isn't Sufficiently Challenged at School?
by Joanne Foster

In response to the above title question about insufficient challenge at school, I'm going to extend the ideas by focusing on the advocacy aspect, while also taking into consideration some of the affective implications that can occur when children are not adequately challenged. For example, sometimes children become frustrated, or bored, or they're teased for wanting to take on more demanding or stimulating learning opportunities. What can parents do?   More...
Basic Recipe for Parent Advocates
by Mary Lovell

1 worthy cause - your child
At least 2 or more positive enthusiastic parents who are kindred spirits
Giant cups full of thoughtful research and understanding concerning giftedness
At least 1 supportive insider - a campus teacher, principal, administrator or counselor  More...
Advocating is a Little Like Jumanji
by Mary Lovell 

For parents, the advocacy process in gifted education is like a board game. It involves strategy, creativity, perseverance and a little bit of luck. Parents, well-intentioned but na├»ve, think this journey should be like Candy LandIn one corner is the educational 'system' (or its representatives). Teachers teach the curriculum to the whole class. This is no Trivial Pursuit.  More...

by Marie Kavadias

Beyond the blades
Of grass,
Below the dirt
Is sometimes how it feels
Being out of sync.

It's a process
To become
Your own unique self.
Burrowing out of the hollow
To reach to the sunshine.

Growing, growing, growing
With other blades
That surround you,
Eventually feeling
Like you belong.

"Voices" seeks to share creative works reflecting the gifted experience. Art, poetry, essays, articles, and stories are accepted from gifted individuals of all ages. Submit yours to: editor@sengifted.org.

NEW! Post of the Month 

Soci al Media not your thing?  We 
wouldn't want you to miss the article that generated so much traction on SENG's Facebook page this month:
SENG is now on Tumblr! Tumblr is a valuable and vibrant online community, where many gifted teens and young adults find solace.  Check us out at sengifted.tumblr.com , and feel free to send in any questions or comments concerning giftedness. 

Breaking News!  

Wenda Sheard
SENG is thrilled to welcome Wenda Sheard back to our Board of Directors. Wenda will be serving as president elect, and  working closely with the office on development of new programming, including services targeting gifted adults. 

Wenda Sheard, J.D., Ph.D., has practiced law in Ohio, worked as a disability researcher in Connecticut, and taught school in the USA, China, and England. From 2010-2014 she served on the board of the UK's NAGC. She currently practices law representing children's best interests.

Mark the Date

SENGinars are online presentations on giftedness, hosted by many of the top experts in the gifted field.

Sharon Barnes LSCW, Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 7.30EST

Sharon Barnes, LSCW
Becoming Social-Emotional ACES specifically targets the gifted concerns of Asynchrony, Social Skills, Emotional Resilience & Self-Esteem. This session reveals the foundation of how social and emotional issues commonly develop in gifted people. This understanding leads us to identify effective intervention strategies. It then proceeds to show us ten skill building steps to develop social & emotional core strength and flexibility-in essence, to becoming Social-Emotional ACES. Social and emotional needs are crucial to the well-being of gifted students and adults, yet are often their least met needs.  

Dr. Emily Mofield & Dr. Megan Parker Peters, Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 7.30EST Perfectionism and Giftedness: What We Know and What We Can Do. 

Many gifted students set high standards for themselves, but what happens if these standards are set to perfection? How do characteristics of giftedness and mindsets about their own abilities influence perfectionism in gifted children? Perfectionistic beliefs can impact a child's goals, achievement outcomes, and behaviors.  Join Dr. Emily Mofield and Dr. megan Parker Perters Thursday November 10, 2016 from 7.30 EST  Register today! 

Emily Mofield, Ed. D 
Emily Mofield, Ed.D., is the lead consulting teacher for gifted education for Sumner County Schools in Tennessee and is involved in supporting several projects with Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth. She has also taught as a gifted education language arts middle school teacher for 10 years. Her work is devoted to developing challenging differentiated curriculum for gifted learners and addressing their social/emotional needs. 

Megan Parker - Peters Ph.D. 
Megan Parker Peters, PhD has served as a school psychologist in public schools and as a specialty psychologist at Vanderbilt University, assessing and consulting with families of intellectually gifted and twice-exceptional learners. Dr. Peters has worked with families and schools from across the country who were seeking expertise in the areas of appropriately evaluating and serving gifted learners. 

Coming Up! SENGinars with... 
Carolyn Kottmeyer 
Silvia Rimm
Dina Brulles

SENG conferences prioritize recognition, understanding, and acceptance of the social and emotional needs of the gifted population. At conference, SENG provides a wholly original forum to empower, support, and connect gifted individuals as well as teachers, parents, and counselors.  Join us in Chicago for an exceptional event! 

Chicago Marriott Naperville
Thursday August 3, 2017 Pre-Conference
August 4-6, 2017  Conference
Details coming SOON!

In Gratitude...

We would like to recognize our SMPG Facilitators for the hard work they contribute to our community of parents across the globe.  SENG Model Parent Group (SMPG) Facilitators nurture, support, and guide parents as they struggle to find their own answers regarding parenting their complex children through guided discussion groups.

Thank you to  Kathleen Crombie, facilitator for our current SMPG in Oakland, CA,  as well as  Rupali Hofmann and Marlys Lietz, facilitators of our SMPG in Boulder, CO!

Become a Member of SENG!

Join us in our mission to support gifted individuals of all ages and all walks of life. Whether you're new to SENG or a long-time supporter, we welcome your membership!

Memberships are good for one year from the date you join. If you have not renewed your membership recently, please do! 

Your annual membership funds accelerate SENG's efforts to improve the lives of gifted individuals.  Choose the level of membership that is right for you. Learn more  here.

About SENG

SENG is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) entity with a diverse Board of Directors. Our mission is to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their potential: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. 

With the goal of further expanding its activities and reaching more people, SENG is constantly developing new strategies to assist and enlighten members of this unique community.  SENG accepts contributions of all sizes from individuals and organizations. Please join us in our work to increase understanding, knowledge, and services for gifted children, individuals and adults.

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