Free Gifted Parent Education Series

Midwest Academy for Gifted Education and the Chicago Gifted Community Center are excited to bring you a Free Gifted Parenting Education Series, centrally located in the City of Chicago. The format of each event in the series is a 30-minute expert panel presentation on the topic, followed by a 15 minute questions for the panelists and a 15 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.

2019-2020 Parent Education Workshop Series

The registration button, location info, and speaker bios will be posted soon. This will take place next to a Blue Line stop and near the Division exit of the 90/94 expressway in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago, IL.

  • Sunday, November 3, 2019, 12:00PM-1:00PM, What is 2E (twice exceptional) and is my child 2e?| Register

  • Sunday, December 15, 2019, 12:00PM-1:00PM, School advocacy for next term | Register

  • Sunday, January 12, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Testing and identification | Register

  • Sunday, February 2, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Anxiety in the gifted | Register

  • Sunday, March 1, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Executive functioning in the gifted | Register

  • Sunday, April 5, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Gifted and ADHD | Register

  • Sunday, May 3, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM, Planning ahead for college| Register


What is 2E (twice exceptional) and is my child 2e?| Register

Sunday, November 3, 2019, 12:00PM-1:00PM

Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, 1163 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642

The definition of 2E is hotly debated. In addition, many state departments of education have adopted a definition that is used for purposes such as setting up a GIEP. Our state does not recognize 2e. Our speakers will describe what it’s like to teach, parent, support the mental health of, and be 2e. You will learn about local resources available to evaluate and support your child and your family. What sort of testing is available and where do you get started? What sort of long-term and short-term plans should you be making? Our experts will give you an overview and then take individual questions from the group. Put your questions and topics into the the question field when you register to make sure your questions get addressed.

Our Speakers for this panel are Newenka DuMont, Heather DeGeorge, Dr. Cheryl Lind, M.S., Ed.S., not pictured.

Our Speakers for this panel are Newenka DuMont, Heather DeGeorge, Dr. Cheryl Lind, M.S., Ed.S., not pictured.

Newenka DuMont is the luckiest dyslexic you’ll ever meet!  She grew up knowing that she was dumb and slow, only to discover in middle school that she was in fact quite a capable learner. She has a degree in computer engineering and worked as a management consultant, becoming active in the gifted community when her oldest daughter was 4.  She is a founding member of the Chicago Gifted Community Center and the current president, a board member of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children (IAGC), and a trained SENG Parent Group master facilitator. 

Heather DeGeorge is a former corporate project manager (PMP) leading business process re-engineering projects and compliance in banking and pharmaceutical companies in NYC and NJ. After leaving that world, she received her MAT in Secondary Education with additional graduate credits in Special Education (including teaching children in the autism spectrum. She obtained her teaching license in NJ through work in the public schools and left to tend to her own Twice-Exceptional (2E) child. She has been homeschooling and leading learning and team experiences for children in the homeschool community while continuing to contribute to education reform communities and endeavors. She is strongly devoted to the development of analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with diverse team members, and development of children as whole beings to create productive and well-adjusted adults that can create positive change. She is also a board member of Midwest Academy for Gifted Education.

Dr. Cheryl Lind, M.S., ED.S., is Associate Director at the Center for Gifted, a Northern Illinois University partner. She is an Illinois licensed school psychologist conducting gifted assessments and identifying children who would be considered 2E (twice exceptional). Also, she an adjunct faculty member of the Special Education Department at National-Louis University. She has over 25 years of experience in identifying and working with gifted children.

School advocacy for next term | Register

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 12:00PM-1:00PM,

Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, 1163 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642

You are half way through the school year and the first half didn’t go so well. What can be done now to save the school year? How can you get off to a fresh start with the teacher and with the administration? What are your legal rights? Who can help? We will cover options for private and public schools and try to help you come up with a game-changer game plan. Can any differentiation be put into place? What are your options for next year? All this, and more. Speaker list coming soon.

Testing and Identification | Register

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 12:00PM-1:00PM

Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, 1163 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60642

Do you suspect that your child might be gifted? Do you suspect that your child is 2e? Is your child gifted or are they just academically talented and anyway, what is the difference between the two? Is your child an underachiever, or do they have a learning difference? What kind of testing is there and how to pick? What is a test ceiling? How reliable is the testing? What should you do before the testing? What should you expect during testing? How to talk to your child about testing? All this, and more. Speaker list coming soon.


TAKE A PEEK AT OUR PAST EVENTS:

Gifted 101: is my child gifted?

Sunday, October 6, 2019, 12:00PM-1:00PM

Gifted 202: Anxiety and perfectionism

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

Novel Coworking, Please note location change:

420 W Huron, Chicago IL 60654

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. 

School Advocacy for the next term

Past Event: Gifted 102: Gifted school challenges

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

Novel Coworking (please note location change) 420 W. Huron, Chicago IL 60654

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.