Catching Up with GHF Ambassadors

Interested in Micro-School options? Check out Jade Rivera!

So much has happened since my last update. I am excited to share with the GHF community my continued involvement with and outreach on behalf of the gifted and 2e.

In February, I received the California Association for the Gifted Distinguished Service Award for my work with the gifted. As part of my continuing efforts to meet the unique educational needs of the gifted and 2e, I am offering my Build Your Micro-School Summer Institute. You can learn more about what will be covered and how to enroll at http://buildyourmicroschool.com.

Also this summer, I will teach Food Science for GHFO. Currently, I am teaching Introduction to Chemistry for the GHFO Spring Session, and will continue the chemistry series in the fall with Introduction to Chemistry and Chemistry 2. I am also teaching STEM at Vista Oaks Charter School this year. Meanwhile, all my students and I are spreading the excitement of STEM with our weekly #VOStem challenges, designed to stretch critical thinking, problem solving, and reflection skills.

I continue my work with families by teaching individual students and coaching families. If you would like to learn more, check out my website.

Finally, I will attend the April 16 Parent’s Education Network’s Education Revolution. I hope to see you there!

2E kids in your house? Laugh with Jen Merrill!

Greetings fellow gifted parents! We’ve made it (mostly) through the winter and soon we’ll be neck-deep in summer planning panic. Wait, I should be panicking now about activities for this summer? Yikes. I should probably going on a little planning or it’ll be another “Moooommmm! I’m boooooored!” summer here in the House of Chaos. There have been far too many of those in recent years.

But I’ve been busy-ish here in the wilds of northern Illinois. I gave a presentation to my homeschooling gifted kids parent group on homeschooling twice-exceptional kids. If you’re in the Chicago metro area and need a parent group for this niche of a niche, drop me a note and I’ll hook you up. We also have a co-op just for gifted kids. A whole day of these awesome kids with quirky wiring, all learning together. Highly recommend.

I’ve been blogging and writing and teaching and talking to parents and homeschooling and playing flute and searching for full time employment and living and laughing and working my way down ye olde to-do list. As you do. Never enough time to do everything you want to do, especially when you’re scaffolding the lives of the kids in your house who are lacking in the executive function department.

If you have questions or need resources or just need someone to listen, drop me a note. You can find me through my website, Facebook, and Twitter. It might take me longer than I’d like to get back to you, but I will. Have a great spring, everyone.

Need help with Bullying? Read Pamela Price’s book!

In April, GHF Press author Pamela Price (Gifted, Bullied, Resilient: A Brief Guide for Smart Families) gave a talk about bullying to 208 sixth graders at a Central Texas middle-school. The presentation was based upon previous parent-centered presentations given at TAGT and SENG conferences in 2015, but it was modified and expanded to educate tweens about how to address bullying in their communities. This is important work as we know that bullying peaks in middle-school, making that age-group a critical demographic with which to engage.

This summer, Pamela’s first GHF Press book, How to Work and Homeschool: Practical Advice, Tips, and Strategies from Parents, will be featured in a week-long series produced by HSLDA’s Homeschool Heartbeat podcast. The exact dates are TBA, but the podcasts will be accessible here: https://www.hslda.org/docs/hshb/hshb.asp.

Need to consult someone on the Brain, Science, Creativity, and Psychology of Gifted Kids?  Contact Rebecca McMillan!

Rebecca serves as founder/host of The Brain Café, a Facebook group of 16,000+ members focused on brain science, creativity, psychology, and education, and as Senior Editor of The Creativity Post on an ongoing basis.

Rebecca’s current projects include working on a chapter for an upcoming edited volume on twice exceptional students. Her chapter will focus on healthy identity development in 2e students, and the book is scheduled to be published in 2017 by Oxford University Press.

Rebecca has also signed on to provide academic advice and assist with the development of assessment tools focused on curiosity, student engagement, creativity, and commitment to lifelong learning for Dimensions Family School, a school start-up catering to homeschoolers based in Durham, NC.

In addition, Rebecca is working toward a post graduate certificate in college advising in anticipation of opening an independent educational consulting practice focusing on the needs of gifted, twice exceptional, and creative students, both online and in person. She expects to open her practice in 2017 and looks forward to serving GHF families as they explore a wide range of post high school options.

In Need of College Applications? Wes Beach can help!

Wes has been busy with his usual work at Beach High School in helping homeschoolers document their work and apply for college. He will be a featured speaker at this summer’s HomeSchool Association of California Conference, July 28 to 31. This year, Wes will speak about “Paths to Authentic LIves” and “Writing Transcripts.” He hopes to meet you there!

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