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  January 8, 2013
  Results of the GPS Gifted Vision Committee.

On December 18, 2012, GPS Educational Services – lead by Barb VeNard, Jane Hecker and Patty Rogers – presented the results of the Gifted Vision Committee to the GPS School Board. To see their Power Point presentation, go to the GPS Gifted Education page and school down to find the link.

After the presentation, GSG shared its response to the Gifted Vision Committee’s efforts with the GPS school board – “I am Stephanie Newitt, President of Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted. We wish to thank Barb VeNard, Patty Rogers, Jane Hecker and the members of the Vision Committee. It was a dynamic committee with synergy. We appreciate the school board’s support of gifted education. When we strive to meet the needs of the whole child these gifted children are better able to live a balanced life, are better able to contribute to the strength of their families and eventually to the strength of the community. We at Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted look forward to our continual collaboration with GPS. We appreciate the expertise and efforts of the ALP teachers and recognize the changes and increased effort that will be required of them with the new proposals and we pledge our support.”

Click here to read the Arizona Republic article "Schools expected to grow gifted program"

  October 1, 2012
  PLEASE VOTE THIS NOVEMBER! GPS School Board Candidates give position statements on Gifted Education -
Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted has requested of each GPS school board candidate to submit to us their view and position statement on gifted education. These statements are included below. GSG, being a non-profit organization, cannot endorse a particular candidate; therefore, we have collected the statements below, including candidate websites when possible, for your education.

Right click here to view and download their statements: GPS School Board Candidates' Position Statements on Gifted Education

  July 31, 2012
  The East Valley Tribune asked us to contribute to their back-to-school section. Please check out our article and forward to friends!


  Tuesday, April 17, 2012
  GPS Educational Services gave a presentation to the GPS School Board on Gifted Education. Click here to see the GPS Power Point presentation on Gifted Education.

At the conclusion of the presentation -
  • The GPS School Board requested of Ed. Services to draft a Vision Statement for Gifted Education, K-12.
  • The GPS School Board requested that Ed. Services contact the families who have expressed interest in the gifted self-contained class.
  • Ed. Services requested budget money for a part time Gifted Coordinator to oversee the Vision Statement and the expansion of Gifted Education. It was explained that the Current ALP Coordinator is part-time due to the fact that she is the full-time District Math Coordinator, K-12. In the upcoming school year the District Math Coordinator will be heavily involved in aligning district math standards to the newly adopted Common Core State Standards.


GSG Statement at 4/17 GPS Board Meeting -

We, at Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted, wish to express our sincere gratitude to those GPS Cluster Teachers who are pursuing a gifted endorsement in order to meet our children's needs. We wish to especially thank here publicly the ALP teachers and what they do for gifted students. These teachers with gifted endorsement, who understand the sincere needs of gifted children, make a difference to our children and their ability to succeed. The ALP pull-out replacement model has served many gifted children well, gifted being defined as those in the 97th percentile or 2 standard deviations from the mean on the bell curve. We are appreciative that GPS has provided these services in the neighborhood schools.

The highly gifted are in the 99th percentile or 3 and 4 standard deviations from the mean. For the highly gifted it is even more imperative that they are serviced by teachers with gifted endorsement in an all day environment. When the pull-out model is used to service highly gifted children, the intellectual, social and emotional support system in the student's homeroom heterogeneous classroom is rarely sufficient to meet the needs of the whole highly gifted child. These children cannot turn off their giftedness in order to function as a typical child in these classrooms. The lens through which they see and process life can be compared to the strength of a powerful electron microscope. It is who they are and if they are to build skills that will propel them to be successful contributors of society, they need academic, social and emotional support appropriate to their genuine needs.

We at Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted 1) support and encourage the establishment of self-contained classes for the highly gifted; 2) We encourage GPS to extend its professional development offerings on giftedness to teachers at the secondary level so that gifted and highly gifted students will continue to have highly capable educators who are able to meet the needs of the whole gifted child beyond the elementary experience. Please help us teach our highly gifted students to fly to the heights of their potential.



Click here to see the write up in the East Valley Tribune - Gilbert School District Considers Changes to Gifted Program.

Click here to see the write up in the Arizona Republic - Gilbert school district closer to adding classroom for gifted.

  • If you are interested in serving on the committee to draft the Gifted Ed Vision Statement, please email us via the contacts page with GIFTED ED VISION STATEMENT in the subject line. UPDATE - The GPS Gifted Ed Vision Statement Committee is staffed and will be presenting their results to the GPS School Board in December 2012. Follow our blog to receive the presentation date.
  • If you are interested in having your child enrolled in the elementary gifted self-contained class, please email us via the contacts page with SELF-CONTAINED CLASS in the subject line.




  Thursday, April 12, 2012
  The next Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted general meeting - 4th Qtr.

DATE: Thursday, April 12th, 2012
TIME: 7:00 - 8:00pm
WHERE: Greenfield Elementary Library – 2550 E. Elliot Rd. (just east of Greenfield)
WHO: All parents, teachers and administrators of the gifted in and around Gilbert are invited to attend.

Beth Baker, GPS Gifted Coordinator, will speak to us regarding:
  • New statical information regarding how the gifted are serviced in GPS
  • Review of the GPS February workstudy on gifted education
  • Seek input from parents on desired gifted offerings
  Saturday, March 31, 2012
 
Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented is hosting -
2012 Parent Institute: Parenting High Ability Children

WHO: Arizona's Parents, Grandparents, & Educators
WHAT: Seminars on parenting gifted children AND Workshop session for gifted children
DATE: Saturday, March 31, 2012
TIME: 9:00am - 4:00pm
WHERE: ASU West and Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy. 4701 W. Thunderbird Rd., Phoenix, AZ.
Adult workshop is held in the UCB. Children's classes are held in the FABNX; parking is in lot #2. (see campus map.)

More info at www.arizonagifted.org
Click here to view the 2012 Parent Institute class schedule and class descriptions
Click here for a printable flier
Please subscribe to one of our Yahoo Groups to participate in carpooling to this event.


  Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
 
Do you want to know what research GPS staff has gathered this past year on gifted education?
Come hear what ideas the GPS School Board will be considering for implementation!


WHAT: GPS Workstudy Presentation to School Board on Gifted Education
WHO: Public is invited
DATE: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
TIME: 6:00 - 7:00pm
WHERE: Gilbert Public Schools
Building B - First floor conference room (down the hall from Governing Board Room)
140 S. Gilbert Road
Gilbert, AZ 85296


  Thursday, February 16, 2012
  The next Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted general meeting.

DATE: Thursday, February 16, 2012
TIME: 7:00 - 8:00pm
WHERE: Greenfield Elementary Library – 2550 E. Elliot Rd. (just east of Greenfield)
WHO: All parents, teachers and administrators of the gifted in and around Gilbert are invited to attend.

1) We are looking for parents who are willing to be a Gifted Resource at their school for gifted families, working under the support of our Schools Rep Coordinator. The main responsibilities of the Gifted Resource Parent is to disseminate info on giftedness from GSG to the families of the gifted at your school. If interested, please send your name, school, and contact info (phone & email) to gilbertgifted@gmail.com or come to the Feb 16th meeting.

2) We will be sharing the newly published GPS Strategic Plan and how it relates to Gifted Education.

We hope to see you there!

Visit our Advocacy page to find a link to the presentation.

  October 2011 Survey Results on the Genuine Needs of Gifted Students
  Click here to see the Survey - Summary.

Click here to see the Survey - Data Table of Strengths and Struggles.

Click here to see the Survey - Additional Comments.

Click here to see the Survey - Conclusion.

  Thursday, October 27, 2011
  Q & A WITH KEN HEIN OF GPS CORE COMMITTEE

DATE: Thursday, October 27, 2011
TIME: 7:00 - 8:00pm
WHERE: Greenfield Elementary Library – 2550 E. Elliot Rd. (just east of Greenfield)
WHO: Membership of Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted - Parents and Educators of Gilbert's Gifted students, K-12
  • What are some of the needs of gifted students that you would like to see addressed in GPS at the elementary level? At the secondary level?
  • What struggles do gifted students have at school at the elementary level? At the secondary level?
  • What aspects of giftedness would you like the GPS Strategic Planning Committee to address?
  • What strategies of gifted education would you like the Strategic Planning Committee to consider and include?
  • In preparation for this meeting, please complete the e-survey, posted below, by October 7th. The survey results will be part of this Q&A session.

Ken Hein, from HeinSight consulting firm, has been working with the GPS CORE Committee to develop a 5 year strategic plan for the district. The strategic plan will be presented to the school board this December. Mr. Hein has requested an audience with the members of Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted so that he might better understand our concerns. Come and take advantage of this opportunity and participate in this question and answer session. Your child does not need to be currently attending Gilbert Public Schools for you to attend this meeting. This is an amazing opportunity to submit for parent/educator concerns regarding giftedness to the Strategic Planning Committee.

Annual GSG Membership Applications are now available on our Membership page. A $10 donation/family is appreciated. Membership applications will also be available at the Q&A session.

Questions? Call Stephanie Newitt 480-628-9148 or Jill Humpherys 480-633-0792


  September 15, 2011
  1st QUARTER MEETING FOR THE PARENTS AND EDUCATORS OF GILBERT'S GIFTED K-12 STUDENTS

DATE: Thursday, September 15, 2011
TIME: 6:30-7:30pm
WHERE: Greenfield Elementary Library – 2550 E. Elliot Rd. (just east of Greenfield)
WHO: Parents and Educators of Gilbert's Gifted students, K-12

What are the needs of gifted students?
How do those needs shift through the educational experience?
How can those needs be met, both inside and outside of the school setting?

Come join us and participate in our survey that we will submit to the GPS Strategic Planning Committee. GPS has formed a CORE Committee to propose a Strategic Plan which will be presented to the School Board on December 13, 2011.

Annual GSG Membership Applications are now available on our Membership page. A $10 donation/family is appreciated.

Questions? Call Stephanie Newitt 480-628-9148 or Jill Humpherys 480-633-0792

  2011-2012 Parent Seminars
  Free seminars to assist parents of gifted middle-schoolers, held at ASU West

Parents of intellectually and academically talented children can gain insight into a variety of issues associated with gifted education during a series of free seminars offered this school year at Arizona State University’s West campus. The seminars are hosted by the ASU Outreach Program for the Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy, an initiative of ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. The nine seminars will focus on different aspects of giftedness, so that parents can better understand what the gifted identification means in order to help guide and plan for their children’s education.

Seminars are offered at 6:00 - 7:30 PM on the second Wednesday of every month beginning in September.

Dates and titles include:
  • Sept. 14, 2011 - Motivation: Helping Gifted Children Succeed in School, with Dr. Paul Beljan
  • Oct. 12, 2011 - Exploring and Nurturing the Unique Genius in your Children, with Otto Siegle
  • Nov. 9, 2011 - Mindful Parenting in a Neuro-development Context, with Dr. Alison Reuter and Dr. Koren Ganas Wright
  • Dec. 14, 2011 - Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children, with Dr. Paul Beljan
  • Jan. 18, 2012 - Building Partnerships Between Home and School, with Arlene DeVries
  • Feb. 8, 2012 - Finding School Support for Your Gifted Child, with Dr. Dina Brulles
  • March 7, 2012 - Smart Girls & Smart Boys, with Dr. Robyn McKay and Dr. Sanford Cohn
  • April 11, 2012 - The Many Shades of Giftedness: How to know what your child needs at school, with Dr. Dina Brulles
  • May 9, 2012 - Understanding the Results of Intellectual Testing, with Dr. Paul Beljan

For more information, please see the Herberger Academy website


  April 28, 2011 - SPRING SOCIAL
  SPRING SOCIAL & GUEST LECTURE

DATE: Thursday, April 28, 2011
TIME: 6:30—8:00 pm
WHERE: Finley Farms Elementary - 375 S. Columbus Dr (SW corner of Elliot & Greenfield - See map)
WHO: Parents & Educators of Gifted Students AND Gifted Students (K-6)

WE HEARD YOUR REQUESTS!

Gifted Student (K-6) Game Night in the multi-purpose room - Gifted students are invited to bring a game to share and a desire to make new friends. The Game Zone will be supervised by members of the Mesquite High School National Honors Society.

Parents & Educators -
  • Adult Guest Lecture in the library - Donna Campbell, from AAGT, will be speaking on -
    • The AZ State Law on Gifted Education
    • Cluster Grouping
    • How Educators and Parents can develop a team approach to help meet the needs of their gifted students
  • Elections will be conducted. Click here to learn about officer duties. Please consider how you can help as 2011-12 will be an influential year for gifted education in GPS as the Core Committee forms its Strategic Plan. We are in need of members for a Communications Committee (school representatives, at elementary, JHS and HS levels) and an Extra-Curricular Committee.
  • GPS will give educators PD credit through mylearningplan.com

About Donna Campbell - Donna Campbell earned a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Certification in Gifted and Talented Education. A former classroom teacher and gifted specialist in schools, Donna was also a District Coordinator of Gifted Programs and Services. She was an adjunct instructor at Hamline University (St. Paul, MN) and is currently teaching in the NAU SELECT program. Donna is a consultant to districts in the areas of Gifted Education and Differentiation. Her expertise enables teachers to maximize the opportunity for their high ability students to thrive, using specific strategies and activities designed to accommodate a variety of learning needs and interests. Her philosophy is to “teach smarter, not harder.” Donna has a special relationship with parents of gifted students and advocates for communication and cooperation between schools and parents. Donna serves on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented (AAGT).



  March 26, 2011 - AAGT Parent Institute
  Arizona Association for Gifted & Talented - Parent Institute

Date: Saturday, March 26, 2011
Time: 9am - 4pm
Who: Arizona's Parents, Grandparents & Educators
What: Seminars on parenting gifted children
Where: Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU (1026 S. McAllister, Tempe, 85287)
Price: $25 per person (pre-registration required) - Big price break on last year's price! Also, classes for gifted kids, K-10!

For more info, visit the AAGT web site.
  January 27, 2011 - 3rd Quarter Meeting
  Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted 3rd Quarter Meeting for the Parents and Educators of Gilbert’s Gifted Children
(No child care provided at this meeting.)

DATE: Thursday, January 27, 2011
TIME: 7:00—8:00 pm
WHERE: Greenfield Elementary School Library – 2550 E. Elliot Rd. (just east of Greenfield)

Do you sometimes feel like you could spell your child’s name with an exclamation mark?
Does your child have any of these characteristics? —
  • Highly imaginative or empathetic
  • A lot of energy
  • Sensitive senses (to smells, textures, etc.)

This quarter we will be discussing the Intensities or Overexcitibilities that come with being gifted and how we can guide our children. Click here to see a copy of the minutes. Click here to see a copy of the article that was discussed.

Membership applications are now available on our Membership page. A $10 donation/family is appreciated.

Questions? Call Stephanie Newitt 480-628-9148 or Jill Humpherys 480-633-0792

  November 6th - Earth & Space Exploration Day at ASU
  Saturday, November 6, 2010; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Ages 5 and up

Earth and Space Exploration day is a free annual fall event hosted by the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) on ASU’s Tempe campus outside the Bateman Physical Sciences F-wing on Tyler Mall. The SESE community offers special science-related activities from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for students age five and up, families, educators and anyone interested in exploring Earth and space alongside real scientists.

E-flier

Click here for additional details

  October 28, 2010 - GSG K-6 Fall Social
 
FALL SOCIAL FOR GIFTED STUDENTS K-6, THEIR FAMILIES AND EDUCATORS
DATE: Thursday, October 28th, 2010
TIME: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
WHERE: Finley Farms Elementary Multi-purpose room –
375 S. Columbus Drive, Gilbert (SW corner of Elliot & Greenfield) - See map

We will play games and get to know one another!
Adults are invited to participate in our discussion group regarding the unique social needs of gifted children. Supervision for the children will be provided.

Families please bring:
  • 1-2 games for game night (card games, board games, etc.)
  • A plate of finger food to share

  • Click here to see a copy of the agenda to see what was discussed at the meeting
    Click here to see a copy of the article Asychronous Development which was discussed at the Fall Social.


  June - Dec 2010
  Gifted Child Seminar Series at ASU’s West campus - For parents of intellectually and academically talented middle school children

  • Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m. (except “Parenting Gifted Adolescents,” which is 9:00-10:30 a.m.)
  • Location: ASU’s West campus, CLCC 299 / 4701 West Thunderbird Road, Glendale
  • Parking: Available in visitor lot #12 (visitor parking rates apply).
  • Web site: education.asu.edu/scholarsacademy
  • No registration is required. All seminars are open to the public.




  •   Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted - June Meeting
     
    WHEN: Thursday, June 10th @ 7:30 pm
    WHO: For the parents & educators of the gifted students of our community!
    WHERE: The library at Finley Farms Elementary – 375 S. Columbus Dr (SW corner of Elliot & Greenfield) See map
    WHAT: Come meet the Board and join our general discussion –
    • What are the characteristics of gifted students?
    • What are their academic, emotional and social needs?
    • Do you want to network with families of gifted children over the summer?
    Before coming to the meeting, feel free to review “Gifted 101” from this website.

    See the article in the Arizona Republic.



      May 13, 2010
      Announcing the formation of -
    Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted

    Date: Thursday, May 13, 2010

    We have had a wonderful response for our jump start. Once the board is in place, we will post the dates and locations of our regular meetings.

    For questions, please feel free to email us through the web site.
    --Stephanie Newitt
      May 11, 2010
      Gilbert Public Schools Board Mtg - 7pm.

    Followed by Work-Study Session of the ALP Cluster Program.

    Location:
    Educational Complex Building
    140 South Gilbert Road
    Gilbert, AZ 85296


    See the follow-up article in the Arizona Republic.

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