Fall 2019 Program Dates
November 9, 16, 23, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Period 1
10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Break Time
10:40 a.m. – 12:00 noon Period 2
What to Bring
- A nut-free snack for break time. Juice boxes are available for 25 cents.
- A water bottle. Be sure to label with your child’s name.
- Students do not need to bring any supplies to class. (You may be contacted if a teacher needs something such as a shoe box or milk carton from home.)
Arrival and Departure Procedures
- Students should arrive at 8:45 a.m. with an adult. You will be given directions to a check-in location. If you have more than one student attending the program, please check in the oldest child first. Students will be dismissed to their classroom with their class intern at 9:00 a.m.
- A parent/guardian should pick up their child at 12:00 p.m. in the check-in location. It is important that you pick up your child at noon. Thank you.
Fall Session Parent Speakers
Week 1: November 9: Perfectionism and Procrastination: Roadblocks to Curiosity and Learning
Perfectionism and procrastination are two common gifted learner roadblocks which interrupt and/or distort the excitement of learning and, often, confound parents and educators alike. This session will provide foundational information and strategies specific to understanding and responding to your gifted learner’s beliefs, actions and skills in order to remain engaged and inspired.
Speaker Tina Van Erp, M.Ed is a Gifted Learner Coach, Learning Specialist and Teacher Trainer with 20 years of experience working with gifted learners and their families. As The River® Coach, she empowers gifted learners ages 5-92 through knowledge of themselves as a learner, a positive relationship with learning and developing a personal style of self-advocacy.
Week 2: November 16: Navigating a gifted Child’s Educational Journey: Strategies to Support Parent-Teacher Collaboration
This presentation will provide parents with strategies in approaching a teacher or administrator about your child’s interests and needs. The strategies focus on building a collaborative relationship with school staff on behalf of your child. In addition, parents will be provided with information regarding supporting a growth mindset and the development of executive function skills.
Speaker: Carol Hokanson is currently a Social Emotional Learning Specialist with the Mahtomedi School District. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in public schools. Carol earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Indiana University.
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