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Understanding a Gifted Child with ADHD
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Understanding a Gifted Child with ADHD | National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT)On November 30, 2016, NSGT delivered a webinar entitled Family Relationships and the Gifted Child, Techniques for Staying Sane. As positive family relationships are so critical to the nurturance of gifted behaviors, the interest is this topic was widespread.

Most of the questions asked during the webinar were addressed, however there were several that we couldn’t get to due to time constraints that we hope to address in subsequent blogs. Today’s blog will address a question about ADHD (a subtype of Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD, which includes hyperactivity).  A parent asked whether a large public school or a small private school would be a better option for her son who has ADHD. Of course, the answer depends on the student, the programs and supports available in the chosen schools, and the characteristics of the child. Let’s start by looking at ADD.

ADD is a syndrome which is usually characterized by serious and persistent difficulties with attention span and impulse control, and in some cases, hyperactivity. ADD is a treatable complex disorder, affecting approximately 3-6% of the population. (more…)

Dr. Shelagh Gallagher Presented with 2016 Person of SIGnificance Award at NAGC Conference
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Dr. Shelagh Gallagher Presented with 2016 Person of SIGnificance Award at NAGC Conference | National Society for the Gifted and TalentedNational Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT) and Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) have an annual award called Person of SIGnificance through which we recognize a leader who has greatly influenced our enrichment work with gifted students in the alternative educational settings of summer and online programs. The 2016 awardee is Dr. Shelagh Gallagher, who we recognize for her career commitment to meaningful and engaging curriculum through her work with Problem Based Learning (PBL). Dr. Gallagher, among her many other accolades, has received the National Association for Gifted Children Award for Article of the Year and is a seven-time winner of the NAGC Curriculum Division awards.

Dr. Barbara Swicord, CEO of NSGT, presented Dr. Gallagher with the award during the annual convention of the National Association for Gifted Children, in Orlando, FL, on November 5, 2016.

Additionally, Dr. Gallagher has generously written a wonderful article on PBL for us entitled “You are a ….” The Integral Role of Apprenticeship in Problem –Based Learning. On top of that, she has created a fabulous 15 minute video on PBL. Both of these resources are available here. We encourage all to learn more about Dr. Gallagher, Problem Based Learning, and NSGT!

Early Entrance and Acceleration in Selective College Admissions
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Early Entrance and Acceleration in Selective College Admissions | National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT)On October 13, 2016, NSGT presented a webinar entitled Current Trends and Considerations in Selective College Admissions: What Every Family Needs to Know! You can view it here.

The webinar was presented by Dr. Matthew Greene, President of Matthew Greene Educational Consulting. As Dr. Greene was unable to answer all the questions asked during the webinar within our time frame, we have tried to address some of the remaining ones in a series of blogs. Today’s question, in this fifth and final blog devoted to college admissions, deals with early entrance avenues to college, and is contributed by Barbara Swicord, President of Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) and CEO of the National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT).

Question: As a college professor I can appreciate the diversity younger students bring to campus, but as a mom I hesitate… with the idea of having a younger child admitted early to college (albeit gifted, talented and ready). Are there colleges that are a better option for younger students?

Answer: There are several ways to enter college earlier than upon high school graduation at the traditional ages of 17-19. (more…)

To Prep or Not to Prep for College in Middle School
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To Prep or Not to Prep for College in Middle School | National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT)On October 13, 2016, NSGT presented a webinar entitled Current Trends and Considerations in Selective College Admissions: What Every Family Needs to Know! After attending our pre-college programs in the summer, we want students to have successful beginnings at the college or university that best suits them. Therefore we felt this topic was a good one at this time of year for those families anticipating college entrance in the next few years. The interest is this topic was tremendous. If you weren’t able to attend and also are interested in viewing it, please click here.

The webinar was presented by Dr. Matthew Greene, President of Matthew Greene Educational Consulting. Dr. Greene counsels families on secondary school, college, and graduate school admission, as well as career planning, in Connecticut, New York, nationally, and internationally. He has written and co-written a number of books on educational planning, including how to get into college and pay for college.

As Dr. Greene was unable to answer all the questions asked during the webinar within our time frame, we thought it might be helpful to address some of the remaining ones in a series of blogs. Today’s questions, in this blog written by Dr. Greene, speaks to these middle school questions (more…)

Selective College Admissions: A General Q&A
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Selective College Admissions: A General Q&A | National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT)On October 13, 2016, NSGT presented a webinar entitled Current Trends and Considerations in Selective College Admissions: What Every Family Needs to Know! After attending our pre-college programs in the summer, we want students to have successful beginnings at the college or university that best suits them. Therefore we felt this topic was a good one at this time of year for those families anticipating college entrance in the next few years. The interest is this topic was tremendous. If you weren’t able to attend and also are interested in viewing it, please click here.

The webinar was presented by Dr. Matthew Greene, President of Matthew Greene Educational Consulting. Dr. Greene counsels families on secondary school, college, and graduate school admission, as well as career planning, in Connecticut, New York, nationally, and internationally. He has written and co-written a number of books on educational planning, including how to get into college and pay for college.

As Dr. Greene was unable to answer all the questions asked during the webinar within our time frame, our staff thought it might be helpful if we were to address some of the remaining ones in a series of blogs. Today’s questions, in this third blog devoted to college admissions, cover a variety of concerns.

Q: Is that true that a limited number of students can be accepted by one college from one high school? (more…)

Early Action vs. Early Decision in Selective College Admissions
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Early Action vs. Early Decision in Selective College Admissions | National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT)On October 13, 2016, NSGT presented a webinar entitled Current Trends and Considerations in Selective College Admissions: What Every Family Needs to Know! After attending our pre-college programs in the summer, we want students to have successful beginnings at the college or university that best suits them. Therefore we felt this topic was a good one at this time of year for those families anticipating college entrance in the next few years. The interest is this topic was tremendous. If you weren’t able to attend and also are interested in viewing it, please see the video below or click here.

The webinar was presented by Dr. Matthew Greene, President of Matthew Greene Educational Consulting. Dr. Greene counsels families on secondary school, college, and graduate school admission, as well as career planning, in Connecticut, New York, nationally, and internationally. He has written and co-written a number of books on educational planning, including how to get into college and pay for college.

As Dr. Greene was unable to answer all the questions asked during the webinar within our time frame, our staff thought it might be helpful if we were to address some of the remaining ones in a series of blogs. Today’s questions center around early decision admission processes. (more…)

Should My Gifted Child Pursue a Liberal Arts Degree?
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Should My Gifted Child Pursue a Liberal Arts Degree? | National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT)On October 13, 2016, NSGT presented a webinar entitled Current Trends and Considerations in Selective College Admissions: What Every Family Needs to Know! After attending our pre-college programs in the summer, we want students to have successful beginnings at the college or university that best suits them. Therefore we felt this topic was a good one at this time of year for those families anticipating college entrance in the next few years. The interest is this topic was tremendous. If you weren’t able to attend and also are interested in viewing it, please click here.

The webinar was presented by Dr. Matthew Greene, President of Matthew Greene Educational Consulting. Dr. Greene counsels families on secondary school, college, and graduate school admission, as well as career planning, in Connecticut, New York, nationally, and internationally. He has written and co-written a number of books on educational planning, including how to get into college and pay for college.

As Dr. Greene was unable to answer all the questions asked during the webinar within our time frame, we thought it might be helpful if we were to address some of the remaining ones in a series of blogs. Today’s questions, in this blog, written by Dr. Greene, are devoted to questions about liberal arts degrees. (more…)

Making a Difference in One Gifted Student: The Starfish Story
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Making a Difference in One Gifted Student: The Starfish Story | National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT)The Starfish Story from Loren Eiseley’s essay entitled The Star Thrower, published in 1969 in The Unexpected Universe, has become a very popular and meaningful story since its publication.  Of course, as we are all things gifted here at NSGT, I naturally see it as a story that can help us as educators save the lives of gifted students. Here’s the story for those who need a refresher. (more…)

Nurturing Three-Story Intellects
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How to Help Nurture Three-Story People | National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT)There is a useful quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes that can be helpful in thinking about our goals in nurturing gifted children. Quoted here, I’ve substituted people for men in his original writing.

One-story intellects, two-story intellects, three-story intellects with skylights. All fact-collectors, who have no aim beyond their facts, are one-story people. Two-story people compare, reason, generalize, using the labors of the fact-collectors as well as their own. Three-story people idealize, imagine, predict; their best illumination comes from above, through the skylight.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Poet at the Breakfast Table (1883)

It certainly takes all three levels of people in making the world go round. We need people who can gather information; we need people who can use information, and we need people who can imagine and create ideas, with or without the first two levels of information. This third level reflects our goals for gifted, talented, and creative students.  (more…)

Person of SIGnificance 2016: Shelagh Gallagher
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The 2016 Person of SIGnificance, Shelagh Gallagher | National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT)Here at the National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT) and Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG), we believe that it is very important not only to be the best we can be, but to recognize and honor those who came before us, allowing and encouraging us in all the ways you can become the best you can be. One of the ways we have chosen to do that is to recognize a leader each year who has greatly influenced our enrichment work with gifted students in the alternative educational settings of summer and online programs. Our first recipient was Dr. Joseph Renzulli for his landmark work with the Enrichment Triad Model, which influences our work in enriching education through an emphasis on creative and authentic learning, and student choice.

This year’s awardee is Shelagh Gallagher who we recognize for her career commitment to meaningful and engaging curriculum through her work with Problem Based Learning (PBL). (more…)

Top Four Things to Look for in Your Gifted Program
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Top Four Things to Look for in a Gifted ProgramWith the new school year starting, fortunate gifted, talented, and creative (g/t/c) students will be re-entering or starting a program designed to meet their needs.  If the programs involve grouping or pullout options, they will be part time programs. Some program prototypes are full time, including grade acceleration or homogeneously grouped classrooms. Some programs start with the first day of school, some start later in the year or at different grade levels. Regardless, you should expect to find appropriate management, planning, and implementation of the program, however it is designed, to be a worthwhile experience for gifted students. While g/t/c programs can be complex and organic, the following four components should be in place. (more…)

Top 5 Areas of Effective Gifted Advocacy
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Top 5 Areas of Effective Gifted Advocacy | National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT)Quite often at this time of year, adults who are concerned about their gifted, talented, and creative students find themselves in a position of needing to advocate for these students. While we generally know that good advocates are positive, persistent, collaborative, and informed, it might be helpful to assess your efforts thus far in several key areas for ensuring that our students get and continue to receive the programs they need.

Start by evaluating yourself, using these 5 questions in key areas of advocacy, to determine whether you have been the best advocate you could be for your gifted student. (more…)