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It's Webinar Time Again

A new slate of webinars on Gifted Education and related topics is set for this spring. Various organizations offer these, and if you are interested and able to take advantage of these opportunities, there's something for everyone.

SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) calls their webinars "SENGinars," and the next one is scheduled for Thursday, January 19th. Richard Cash will be talking about "Self-Regulation: Essential Skills for Adolescent Gifted Students." The description for this session reads:

As gifted children move into adolescence, motivating and engaging them in learning becomes more complex and complicated. In many cases this perceived lack of motivation and/or engagement may be due to the students' deficit in the academic strategies of self-regulation to learn independently. It is essential that parents and teacher assist students in developing the skills of self-regulation, including planning, organizing and meta-cognition. This session will offer suggestions as to how to develop self-regulated learners and ideas of how to encourage autonomous learning.

To sign up, visit this link. If you can't listen in live, you can access the recorded version after the fact. You can also access previous SENGinars and watch those recorded sessions. Topics that might be of interest are "Helping the Disorganized Gifted Family" with Kathleen Crombie, "Forging Partnerships with Teachers and Why They Often Don't Work" with Nancy Robinson, "Preparing Gifted Children for College... Or Preparing Them for Life?" with James Webb, "Helping Gifted Children to Cope with Trauma" with Marc Caplan and Lori Comallie-Caplan, "Existential Depression in Gifted Children and Adults" with James Webb, "You Can't Make Me Do It! How to Encourage Motivation from the Inside" with Cheryl Franklin-Rohr, and "Stress, Anxiety, and Gifted: Coping with Everyday Life" with Michele Kane.

A handful of webinars will be available in February through UC Irvine's Extension Office. Gifted Education related topics include "Cluster Grouping: A Paradigm Shift in Gifted Education," "Understanding and Supporting the Emotional Aspects of Giftedness," "Identifying, Serving, and Enfranchising Our Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Gifted Students," and "Technology Tools for GATE Teachers." All of UC Irvine's Gifted Education webinars are free. Their Recorded Events section also includes access to webinars from previous year. Just click the "Education" link for a list. (Youngsters in your life interested in Engineering, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Business Management, and other topics might be interested in some of their other webinars, too!

The National Association for Gifted Children's spring Webinars on Wednesdays series includes a host of timely topics:

* State of the Nation: Effective Advocacy Resources in a Challenging Climate
* The NAGC Pre-K - Grade 12 Gifted Programming Standards: Getting Started
* Assessments for Measuring Student Learning Outcomes
* Common Core State Standards: What Gifted Leaders Need to Know
* Instructional Strategies for Differentiated Assessments and Products Within the Classroom
* Action Plans: Bringing P-12 Gifted Programming Standards to Life
* P-12 Gifted Programming Standards: Models & Program Design
* Using the P-12 Gifted Programming Standards to Identify Gifted Low Income & Minority Students
* What Parents and Educators Should Know about RtI
* RtI & Twice-Exceptional Students: A Promising Fit
* The Intricacies of Twice-Exceptional Children: An Overview
* Double the Label, Double the Need: Strategies for Educators & Parents of Twice-Exceptional Children

Registration for NAGC's WoW series can be done online. Access to previously-aired webinars is available in their Live Learning Center. Additionally, currently available for free in their Live Learning Center are some of the most viewed sessions from last fall's NAGC convention in New Orleans, including "To Group or Not To Group," "Intelligences Outside the Normal Curve: Creating Social Capital and Leadership Potential in Young People," and "Differentiation and the Brain: Using 21st Century Knowledge to Support Student Growth."

Happy Learning! :o)

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