New Seminars coming up for 2023 keep a lookout on our socials and website for future information.
What are the Parent Seminars about?
The VAGTC in partnership with the Department of Education and Training (DET) is facilitating
FREE parent seminars which aim to educate and support parents of high ability children.
Based on themes that arose as ‘high interest/high needs’ in the 2020/2021 seminars, these seminars are designed to foster positive and collaborative home/school partnerships, and to connect parents with each other to provide networking and support.
The seminars provide thematized exploration of elements of the following categories:
Identify -Definitions & identification of giftedness & talent
Understand -Understanding the characteristics & needs of gifted kids
FROM GUIDANCE TO ACTION: HELPING GT FAMILIES ORGANIZE TO CHANGE POLICIES IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND MEET GIFTED NEEDS.
Postponed. We will notify you when a new date has been organised.
Families of gifted children often feel helpless in public schools, but in many cases, parents can work together to change policies and improve public schools for gifted learners. Join a group of parent leaders from the Gifted Education Family Network who have succeeded in organizing and making changes – and who believe that public schools must fully serve gifted learners from all racial, cultural, economic, and disability backgrounds.
Parents who have participated in past SMPG group, are well prepared to support the social and emotional needs of their children. The SENG SMPG model assists parents in identifying the needs and differences of gifted children, in determining whether a school or professional is an appropriate fit, and in supporting their children’s emotional needs in a variety of settings.
However, many families of gifted children do not have the financial ability to leave their public schools. When schools resist changes, parents may be left feeling hopeless and unable to affect change. Our session is intended to help parents who need to remain in public schools to transform their knowledge into action and advocacy. We plan to assist parents and caregivers in the following areas:
Understanding the landscape of GT legal requirements
Locating local families facing similar challenges
Organizing a group and setting goals
Beginning the process of local group advocacy for attainable goals
Emily: Emily Villamar-Robbins is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a Graduate Academic Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education. She has volunteered for gifted education in state and local roles, and she serves as a member of the Texas Education Commissioner’s Advisory Council on the Education of Gifted/Talented Students. She is a founding Board Member of the Gifted Education Family Network.
Kim Farbisz: Kim Farbisz the current Gifted Education Family Network President, parent of two highly gifted students, and a past President and board member of GC-SAGE, a GT parent group that helped to create the GCISD ASPIRE Academy for the Highly Gifted. Kim is beginning her seventeenth year of volunteering for PTA and served as PTA Council President in Grapevine-Colleyville ISD. She currently sits on five different boards related to public education. In her professional life, she is an experienced international corporate consultant and has provided business strategy and advice to companies all over the globe. She currently owns her own business coaching firm and works primarily in the DFW market.
Lin Lim, holds a doctorate in psychology (Boston University), an Academic Graduate Certificate in Mind, Brain, and Teaching (Johns Hopkins University), and Twice-exceptional Education (Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education). Her parenting journey with her complex outlier children began about eight years ago and has led to her current interdisciplinary academic interest and focus on synthesizing cultural, attitudes, and conceptual thinking around complex outliers into practical applications. She is an international presenter and keynote speaker on topics including education, diversity, twice-exceptionality, gifted, interdisciplinary social science, human development, and psychology. She is currently an Associate Dean and faculty at Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education, serves as a board member on several non-profit gifted-related organizations, and currently serves as the president of Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG).