Sanctuary for the Gifted Child: A Three Part Series
A BVGT first: three daytime sessions, “Sanctuary for the Gifted Child”, by Catherine Zakoian, MA, LPC. Zakoian has specialized expertise in counseling the gifted and creating global conversation and awareness on complex facets of giftedness often left out by achievement-only models.
In the first session, Zakoain lead a vibrant discussion with attendees surrounding the beauty and challenges of raising empathic children. She explained how empathy presents itself in our children and provided seven meaningful tools to help support them. The salon format allowed for real conversation with and among parents at the event.
Session one: “The Empathic Gifted Child”, was Dec. 6. See the slides here.
Session two: “The Gifted Child in the Contemporary World”, Friday, Jan. 24. RSVP in advance, space is limited.
Session three: “Gifted Children and Relationships”, date to be announced.
Gifted Children Want Help To Discover Their Golden Center
Dr. Patty Gatto Walden spoke to an audience of over a hundred parents and educators at a recent BVGT event titled “What Gifted Kids Want You To Know: Understanding Your Gifted Child from the Inside Out”. Part of what Dr. Patty spoke of was the “golden center” within each gifted individual. Educators and parents need to help children discover and nurture their “golden center.” She encouraged people to slow down and listen to the children. Read more about Dr. Patty Gatto Walden’s bio and current work. See our Facebook photos.
Jackson Encourages Parents To Think Of The Whole Person First
Susan Jackson, MA, RCC, the founder of Canada’s Daimon Institute for the Highly Gifted, spoke to about 120 people at a BVGT presentation at Fairview High School. Her talk, “Resilient, Calm and Deeply Engaged: 27 Strategies to Promote Optimal Well-Being in Our Brilliant, Intense, and Asynchronous Kids”, focused on “the whole person first; before academics, before talent development. We have to honor and acknowledge all aspects of the whole child and help them find balance,” said Jackson. See the slides of Susan Jackson’s presentation here.
2013 BVGT Honored Educators Awarded
The BVGT Honored Educators were recognized before Susan Jackson’s BVGT presentation. Pictured in the front row are Honored Educators Michelle Eckstein, High Peaks Elementary School TAG advisor (L) and Deb Darnell, Southern Hills Middle School TAG Advisor (R). The third Honored Educator, Anne Hunter, BCSIS Tag Advisor, was unable to attend. BVGT co-Presidents Cindy Outlaw and Eric Robertson are in the back row. Read more about these Honored Educators - people who have made a broad impact in the gifted community in the Boulder valley area.