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Friday, November 2 • 9:45am - 10:45am
Breakout 3F: The Value of a Supportive Parent Network

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Parents! Are you feeling isolated? Unappreciated? Needing validation?

Parenting a gifted child can be absolutely overwhelming so finding people who share and understand your struggles is essential to your confidence as a parent. A parent group guides the deeper understanding of student needs and the strategies that are used in order to meet those needs. Student voice also is enhanced by parent understanding and support. The greater understanding a parent has for the student's ability and the support that is available to them, the better the student can access what is needed through the effort of advocacy.

This session will explore the value of a group for the parents of gifted children. It will provide a roadmap for starting and sustaining a parent group in your community. It is easy for parents of gifted children to feel isolated, uncertain and unappreciated. Often they crave camaraderie and validation. Parenting a gifted child can be absolutely overwhelming so finding people who share and understand
the struggle is essential to confidence as a parent. Through the facilitation and participation in guided parent discussion groups we realized that the most vital part of our meetings happened after the scheduled group time. Unstructured time in a room with others who have common experiences gives parents unspoken permission to share personal stories around the challenges, struggles and successes related to parenting a gifted child.

This session will explore our experience in forming a dynamic parent group. We will share the resources we used and participants will leave with a better understanding of the value of connecting with other parents. There will be time for questions and brainstorming as well as concrete suggestions for starting a parent group.

NAGC Standards Addressed
Standard 1: Learning and Development
1.5. Awareness of NeedsStudents’ families and communities understand similarities and differences with respect to the development and characteristics of advanced and typical learners and support students with gifts and talents’ needs.
  • 1.5.1. Educators collaborate with families in accessing resources to develop their child's talents

Standard 2: Assessment
2.4. Learning Progress and Outcomes.  Students with gifts and talents demonstrate advanced and complex learning as a result of using multiple, appropriate, and ongoing assessments.
  • 2.4.5. Educators communicate and interpret assessment information to students with gifts and talents and their parents/guardians

Standard 5: Programming
5.3. Collaboration. Students with gifts and talents’ learning is enhanced by regular collaboration among families, community, and the school.

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Jessica Karls

Admin Assistant, McFarland School District
Jess is the Mom to 3 active and wonderfully different children. Being a parent of a gifted child is an adventure and she has come to realize that the relationships we build and the support we provide to other parents are vital in this unique journey!
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Kitty Ver Kuilen

Recording Secretary, WATG Board of Directors
Kitty is the Recording Secretary of the WATG Board. She has been an advocate for the gifted for many years serving as a resource teacher and coordinator of programs for advanced learners. Now retired, she continues to facilitate discussion groups for parents of gifted children... Read More →

Friday November 2, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Sandstone 8