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Hoagies' Speaking Appearances
Community Service Award,
2006 PAGE Neuber-Pregler Award,
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Carolyn K. speak at your conference or meeting! Carolyn K. is available
to speak at your conference or meeting, locally, nationally, and internationally. Presentations may be
single session, half-day, or full-day length. Save the travel costs! Skype
is a great way to present a 1-3 hour meeting--lunch-and-learn or evening
session--for a small group.
I can create a presentation for your group on one of many areas of gifted
education, parenting or advocacy, or you may select from these topics:
|Gifted 101: What Do I Need To Know About Giftedness?|
|Being new to “Gifted” can be overwhelming. Get an overview here,
from Characteristics to Testing, Levels of Giftedness and
Social/Emotional topics including Sensitivities, Underachievement,
Perfectionism, and Personality Types. Learn about Twice Exceptional.
Find Support in real life and virtual communities. Find internet
resources, including Research, Curriculum, and lots more. Explore gifted
books for parents, teachers, and kids. After Gifted 101, you'll be ready
to master the advanced aspects of Giftedness! |
|Gifted 201: A Summary of Advanced Topics (minimum of 90 minutes)|
|Giftedness is far more than just a lightswitch, either on or off,
either you are gifted, or you're not. But what else do you need to know?
Testing and Assessment, Academic Acceleration, Social and Emotional
Needs, Overexcitabilities, and Underachievement... each is a topic unto
itself. For a quick introduction, join this session. |
|The Perfect Gifted Enrichment or Family Activity: Geocaching!|
|Research shows that kids today need more time outside, exploring the
world around them. But how can we drag them away from their electronic
devices? Geocaching starts on the computer then moves outside. It’s
just what the gifted kids, parents, teachers and youth leaders love!
Girl and Boy Scouts (U.S.) now have badges on Geocaching, and there are
even curriculum guides to include geocaching adventures into the
Get started with Geocaching, an activity that challenges the mind, frees
the sprit, encourages creativity and teaches skills, simultaneously.
Investigations in nature, local history, geology, geography, map
reading, GPS skills, problem-solving, environmental protection,
exercise, creativity, and social connection with other gifted kids and
adults...Geocaching offers these and more! Also learn about other
outdoor challenges, including Letterboxing, High-Pointing, and more.
|Beyond Academics: Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted|
|Is the gifted child different from other children? Yes and no!
Social development, emotional maturity, friends, peers, introvert /
extravert, and more. The gifted child's asynchronous development is not
just academic. But their needs are not so different: they need to be
accepted for who and what they are, and allowed to have the same
social/emotional experiences as other kids. How can we accomplish this,
both at home and in school? |
|Taming the Digital Natives|
|Teaching digital citizenship to our kids... and their parents!
Etiquette, law, rights and responsibilities, and lots more...|
|Overexcitabilities, or Why are you screaming at me and this tag is
digging into my back and my presentation isn’t perfect!|
|Gifted kids learn faster. But that’s not all… they also take in
sound, touch, taste, and everything else faster, too. This leads to
certain difficulties, also known as Overexcitabilities (OEs). Learn
about Dabrowski’s OEs and how we can help our kids (and ourselves!) live
|Testing and Assessment of Gifted Children: What Does It All Mean?|
|We talk about testing gifted children, but what
do the tests really tell us? Is it achievement or intelligence
testing? Individual or group testing? Using standardized tests or
curriculum based assessment? What scores are reported, and what do
they mean: standard scores, percentiles, grade-equivalents? Is the
test nationally normed or locally created? Norm-referenced or
criterion-referenced? Does it matter? YES! Learn what various
tests are (and aren’t), how they compare to each other, and how
their results apply to the day-to-day reality of the gifted child in
Bargain Basement: Free Online High School Courses for Gifted Kids!|
Created with Kathi Kearney,
Online Bargain Basement: Free High School Courses
|Teachers in low income or rural school districts,
teachers with kids far beyond their class, students who need a little
extra instruction on their class, and homeschooling
parents, will all love these priceless resources - entire semester or
full-year courses at the high school or college level, including AP
courses... all completely FREE! Courses include content,
activities, and assessments. Don't miss these great course
resources, plus free online texts, classroom materials (posters, etc.),
and free curriculum units for kids of all grades...|
|Totally Free Gifted Program: The Online Bargain Basement Returns!|
Created with Kathi Kearney,
Online Bargain Basement
Returns: Free K-12 Enrichment
online bargain basement returns with classes, curriculum units and
enrichment materials for all grades K-12, plus graduate-level
professional development in Gifted Education at all levels, all totally FREE.
Curriculum libraries, containing units from English to Social
Studies, Science to Math, even the Arts, all organized and including
the instructional standards met for each grade level.
Interactive enrichment materials supplement any subject, and free
textbooks and classroom materials round out the Bargain Basement
|How Do We Compare? A Comparison of our Brightest Students with Other
Nations and What to do About it...|
|America vs. the World. Where do we rank? We may be lower than you
think. Then the difficult question: What can we do? Learn other
countries’ successes, starting from the same place the U.S. now occupies
in world educational economy, and learn 21st century solutions to the
20th century framework of K-12 education. We can change the future!|
|Parenting and Educating the Highly Gifted Child|
|Parenting and educating exceptionally gifted children is very different
from parenting the moderately gifted child. Yet these children can be
difficult to spot. Sometimes they appear socially backwards, academically
lazy, and generally un-gifted. Other times, they may appear perfectly normal
or only moderately gifted. Yet their needs are vastly different. Using a
case study approach and recent research, this presentation provides a
parents perspective on raising and educating profoundly gifted children.
Levels of giftedness, early behavior, appropriate assessment, and strategies
for parenting and education are offered... |
|Gifted and the Internet: Resources @ Your Fingertips|
|Find “the good stuff,” from identification to testing, enrichment to
acceleration, twice exceptional to profoundly gifted, traditional school
to homeschool, parenting and social-emotional, free curriculum, on-line
support communities, and much more... |
|Plus safety issues surrounding the Internet, “stranger danger,”
unwanted publicity, social networking, viruses, spyware, popups, etc.
How can we help our gifted children use the Internet safely?|
Exceptional: Is it possible to be Gifted *and* Learning Disabled?|
|What is "twice exceptional?" Gifted and learning disabled is a
tough combination to teach, to parent, and to be! Often, these
children are identified as only one or the other. They may be seen
only as gifted, especially when they're young, and their gifts can mask
their disabilities. Or they may be seen only as learning disabled,
and their giftedness ignored in favor of dealing with their
disabilities. Or worst: they may not be identified at all!
Learn about twice exceptional children, resources for identification,
education, and more...|
|Underachievement: Enforced, Learned and Twice Exceptional|
|Enforced, learned, or twice exceptional: underachievement can have many
causes, and a variety of solutions. Come learn about the differences,
and similarities, and many of the possible solutions, to underachievement.
The first step to resolving underachievement is to figure out what's
causing the underachievement - then we can begin to resolve it!|
|Research Meets Reality: the Exceptionally Gifted Child|
not a light switch that is either on or off, but a continuum that much
gifted research fails to take into account. Parents of
and profoundly gifted students struggle, wading through the research and
educationese to find information that helps them understand the particular
problems faced by their very unusual children. In this session, share what
I have learned through research and reality, about advocating, supporting,
and educating for this special population. Topics include asynchronous
development, underachievement, twice exceptional, educational options, and
Frequently Answered Questions - what do YOU want to know about Gifted?|
more interested in asking questions at the end of the presentation, than
in the content of the presentation itself. From Identification and
Testing, to Talent Search and Acceleration, to Exceptionally Gifted or
Underachieving or both, what do YOU want to know about being a gifted
My presentation resume includes local parent and teacher gatherings:
State conferences including:
National conferences including:
And sessions each year in the University of
Pennsylvania Leadership Certificate for Gifted Education Program.
Since 1998, I have written for gifted newsletters and journals around
the world, including Our Gifted Children,
Gifted Education Communicator (was the CAG Communicator), Hollingworth's
journal Highly Gifted Children,
SENG's newsletter, and a variety of state and local gifted newsletters. I'm now a regular columnist for the
Gifted Education Communicator.
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January 23, 2016