Free Summer Gifted Parent Education Series

Midwest Academy for Gifted Education is excited to bring you a Free Gifted Parenting Education Series in partnership with Chicago Gifted Community Center.

The format of each event in the series is a 30-minute expert panel presentation on the topic, followed by a15 minute questions for the panelists and a 30 minute mingle. The idea is to bring together a parent of gifted child, a mental health professional, and a gifted educator, for different perspectives and ideas around solutions. There are 2 workshops in the Summer series below, on June 11 and July 16th. To request a different seminar and time, please fill our our survey here as we are currently planning our Fall Schedule for 2019 academic school year.

Gifted 102: Gifted school challenges

Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Novel Coworking 405 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA (map)

Judy Wahl, Dr. Jessica Douglas, Irene Gottlieb

Judy Wahl, Dr. Jessica Douglas, Irene Gottlieb

In Illinois, there is no gifted only IEP. Are you wondering what is available to you in terms of school advocacy? We will cover the basics. Are you wondering about the CPS Accelerated Placement Policy or the State Accelerated Policy Act? We will also be able to explain this policy and how it affects public and nonpublic schools. Are you looking to come up with strategies to help your child with specific school problems? Our expert panel will brainstorm with you.

Judy Wahl is the Owner and Program Director of Sprout Gifted Services, a SENG facilitator, and Educational Consultant. She has worked in education for over 15 years, in roles such as classroom teacher to director of an early childhood center.

Jessica Douglas is a nationally certified school psychologist who pursued a career in educational psychology because of her desire to help struggling students achieve social-emotional and academic success. She holds a masters and specialist degrees in school psychology and a doctoral degree in human learning and development at National-Louis University, where her research focused on social skill interventions for students with autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Douglas worked as a school psychologist in public schools and is now in private practice at Psychoeducational Resource Services, Inc. Her current practice emphasizes the importance of working in unison with parents, schools, and private providers to gain a comprehensive understanding of the student’s learning profile, and to ultimately develop an educational plan that will support his or her individual needs.

Dr. Douglas is an executive board member for Everyone Reading Illinois (formerly the Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association) and highly involved with outreach related to dyslexia.

Irene Gottlieb is a parent of gifted children.

Novel Coworking is our host for this evening. They offer fully furnished, amenity-rich workspaces with direct fiber internet & WiFi in prime locations so your business can thrive. Perfect for small businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals and enterprise companies looking for an impressive new office space. Inquire about renting a budget-friendly private office, office suite, dedicated desk, coworking membership, virtual office or daily office.

Chicago Gifted Community Center is our co-sponsor for the event. They are hosting a family picnic on June 2nd for families of gifted children. The Chicago Gifted Community Center (CGCC) is a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by parents of gifted children to promote educational and emotional support for gifted children and their families. We are a member-driven organization that facilitates communication and connectedness within the greater gifted community - for parents and children alike. 


Gifted 202: Anxiety and perfectionism

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Novel Coworking 405 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA (map)

What does anxiety look like at different ages and stages in a gifted child? What can be done to help a child that is struggling with various grades of anxiety and perfectionism? How can you help your child when they are anxious or worried.

Leslie Contos, LCPC, NCC, CCMHC, Deborah Lee, Irene Gotlieb.

Leslie Contos, LCPC, NCC, CCMHC, Deborah Lee, Irene Gotlieb.

Leslie Contos, LCPC, NCC, CCMHC is a clinical professional counselor at Homeschool Consulting. Homeschool Consulting works with special populations including 2e and gifted students who are in a traditional or home school. Homeschool Consulting mission to offer positive, solution-focused services for those times when your homeschooling family needs a little extra support. 

Deborah Lee currently serves as a curriculum and program director in a suburban Chicago public school district. Starting her career as a secondary chemistry and art teacher, her work in gifted education spans over a decade, ranging from program management and curriculum development to admissions, hiring, and marketing. She holds two degrees and a certificate in Gifted Education from Northwestern University and an educational leadership certificate from DePaul University. Deb's professional interests are in STE(A)M opportunities, non-academic talent development, student diversity, the excellence gap, and the model minority myth.

Irene Gottlieb is a parent of gifted children.

Novel Coworking is our host for this evening. They offer fully furnished, amenity-rich workspaces with direct fiber internet & WiFi in prime locations so your business can thrive. Perfect for small businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals and enterprise companies looking for an impressive new office space. Inquire about renting a budget-friendly private office, office suite, dedicated desk, coworking membership, virtual office or daily office.

Chicago Gifted Community Center is our co-sponsor for the event. They are hosting a family picnic on June 2nd for families of gifted children. The Chicago Gifted Community Center (CGCC) is a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by parents of gifted children to promote educational and emotional support for gifted children and their families. We are a member-driven organization that facilitates communication and connectedness within the greater gifted community - for parents and children alike.