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  YOUR CO-HOST   Friends' Central School serves 800 students in grades N-12 on two campuses (grades N-5 and 6-12) in Wynnewood, PA. The Forum will be held at the City Avenue Campus (serving grades 6-12) on 1101 City Avenue.


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JULY 21, 2017: You can now sign up for the Forum - be alerted to updates, and be the first to be able to sign up for student workshops when they are posted. Click on the "Forum Signup" button in the upper left menu.
Powerful Ways to Improve Critical Thinking & Writing w/ Nathan Levy, Educator & Author, Nathan Levy
Explore numerous, proven methods to reach and effectively challenge highly capable children with well-known author and educator Nathan Levy. Come away with a variety of new strategies and specific ideas to help learners become better creative and critical thinkers. Bring your thinking caps and your funny bones.
Growing Changemakers w/ Dr. Kate Bachtel, (Board President of SENG) Founder, SoulSpark Learning
The paradoxical strength in gifted children’s sensitivities is a source of power that can transform unjust systems;  however, these same sensitivities can render gifted learners particularly vulnerable. Gifted students born with social justice genes deserve preparation for the arduous nature of the changemaker journey. Today's political reality is not congruent with the peaceful society our children dream of and yearn to co-create. When we push against an unjust system, it pushes back. Together we can expedite equity by defining what it means to be a changemaker, explaining obstacles to expect along the way and sharing proven practices that support evolution. Learn about ways to support students in being the change they wish to realize in the world.
How to Assess Summer Enrichment Programs w/ tba, Summer Discovery
The selections seem infinite, as do the possible settings, purposes, and emphases. These are the wide assortment of summer enrichment programs all offering experiences that would provide your child with intellectual and emotional growth. But how would you look for a program that is best suited for your child’s needs and for your financial budget? More importantly, how might you assess the program’s suitability relative to the benefits that it may provide? Join in for a discussion that could enable you to contribute meaningfully to your child’s life.
Gifted/Talented Advocacy: When the Answer is "No" w/ Paulette V. Blowe, Founder, Educate Sum 1
You've met with your child's teachers. You've tried to meet with the principal. You're considering challenging the school board to get the accommodation your child needs. You are not optimistic. To be sure, there is no clear cut way for advocating on behalf of your gifted/talented child, or for yourself, if you are a gifted/talented learner. But, there are ways to help reduce barriers. Come gain an understanding of some advocacy protocols; become acquainted with the characteristics of effective programs and services for the gifted and talented. Obtain tools to become flexible in a seeming inflexible situation. And, even it you are just starting down the advocacy path, it is always good to be prepared.