December  2016
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Dear Friends,
As the year draws to a close, we want to pause for a moment to express our gratitude for all the support you have offered our organization this year.

2016 has been a transformative year for SENG, and we could not have done it without your support. Be it through your contribution as a SENG member, your purchase of a SENGinar, your participation in conference, your support of the James T. Webb Scholarship or via a personal donation, SENG is honored to steward t he resources you have entrusted to us as your charitable partner.

Every gift made to SENG is incredibly valuable. Through your generosity, we were able to serve the social and emotional needs of the gifted, and we live on to support the needs of our community tomorrow.

Finally, we would like to thank everyone who made a donation during this past month's 30 Days of Giving. Your generosity changes lives, and every dollar will contribute to providing support for the gifted community. 

We look forward to continuing our work in 2017, and are glad to have you with us on this journey. 

Wishing you a happy new year! 

Elizabeth A. Ringlee
Executive Director of SENG

Giftedness in the Work Environment: Backgrounds and Practical Recommendations 
by Noks Nauta & Sieuwke Ronner

In practice, various definitions of giftedness exist, a fact which has not made the communication concerning giftedness any easier.  A gifted individual is a quick and clever thinker, who is able to deal with complex matters. An individual who is autonomous, curious and passionate. A sensitive and emotionally rich person, who is living intensely. He or she is a person who enjoys being creative.  More...
100 Words of Wisdom: Giftedness is Quirky
by Rose Blackett

Giftedness is quirky; she wears her unique feather cloak with abandon. 

She cares little for how others judge her as she dances her own sequence through a colourful life. 

Giftedness has learned to accept her intensity.  More...

The Talent of Being Inconvenient
by Roland S. Persson, Ph.D. 

Question: Why and when are gifted individuals likely to be "considered inconvenient or ignored"?

Answer: In many ways this is a complex question, but, for a change, I believe the answer is fairly simple and straight forward. A gifted individual becomes inconvenient either when posing a threat to others' low self-esteem or when being perceived as a threat to social authority.    More...
Inclusive Communities Say No
by Kate Bachtel

Many among us have fantasized about a world where there is only one rule: "Be Kind." We imagine a utopic society where everyone is held in a global embrace. Connection to others is immeasurably important, especially for outliers whose developmental uniqueness is socially isolating by definitionArguably, feeling connected to community is the single most important predictor of healthy emotional development and achievement for gifted learners.   More...
The Patchwork of Educating the Gifted Child
by Heidi Molbak

As parents, grandparents, teachers or others in a gifted child's life we sometimes accidentally discover that these children don't see or participate in the world like most other children around us do.  We don't plan on a child being so different from others - we notice it.  It can take numerous schools - in my case seven by the time my oldest son was ten - for a parent to figure out that the constant search for an appropriate education is indeed a patchwork of sorts, a delicate gumbo of ideas, efforts, mistakes and love.   More...

Coming Soon at SENG's 
2017 Conference - Voices Live! 

Voices Live is a new session strand at conference where gifted individuals may present their creative works that reflect on gifted experiences. Based on the SENGVine column "Voices," Voices Live  gives participants the opportunity to  share their gifted observations in 30 minute presentation - be it a story, poem, personal anecdote, or theatrical/musical performance. 

SENGVine's "Voices" column 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:

Post of the Month 

Every day, SENG shares articles and information with the gifted community via Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. 

The article Raising A Profoundly Gifted Child  by Amy Harrington was widely read and appreciated in our online community this month. 

Visit us on Tumblr!  Tumblr is a valuable and vibrant online community, where many teens and young adults find solace if they feel "different" from the rest of the world... whether it is because of their interests, their identities, their disabilities, or their gifts. 

Mark the Date

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

Coming Up in 2017! 

In January, we will begin a new SENGinar series with Joanne Foster. 
In February,  Christine Turo-Shields  will host a SENGinar on trauma and existential depression in gifted children.  Additional presentations are planned featuring Silvia Rimm and Sharon Barnes! Visit us at

Details on these upcoming events will be available early in the new year! 

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

Conference Speaker Proposals - Deadline Extension! 

Due to feedback from many potential speakers who had trouble submitting their proposals over the holidays, we have agreed to extend the proposal submission deadline for a further two weeks. Many, many thanks to all those who have submitted their proposals! We look forward to reviewing them. 

Are you interested in presenting at SENG's 2017 Conference?  Submit your proposal here  by January 13th ! Please  contact our office  if you have any questions. 

Session Strands Include: 
  • the Creative Mind
  • Ethnicity and Diversity
  • Connectivity
  • Holistic Development
  • Educational Responses to Giftedness
  • Multiple Exceptionalities
  • Families and Community
  • Gifted and Grown Up
  • Voices Live!*
* Voices Lives is a new in 2017 in which individuals may share their gifted experience in a 30 minute presentation, be it a story, poem, personal anecdote, painting, theatrical or musical performance. 

In Gratitude...

We would like to recognize our volunteers for the hard work they contribute to our community.  Our committee members, volunteer directors, and task force volunteers demonstrate incredible commitment to our organization and to helping gifted communities worldwide. We appreciate each and every one of them: it is through our combined effort that we all can make a difference.

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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