OAGCTDchat has some awesome things happening!

As many of you may know I am the moderator of the tweetchat for #oagctdchat. (If you get some time check out our website.) Being the moderator, I have had the opportunity to chat with some awesome advocates for gifted children. Even though our chat in its infancy, we have recieved some good feedback from those who have taken part in them or read the transcripts of past chats.

I have been reading Jim Delisle’s book Dumbing Down America,and I wrote a post about it the other day. The book has a great message, to it…advocacy. The reason we have gifted education is because we have children who need to be educated in a way that is different that the average student. To make sure we are giving these students the best educational experience possible we have to advocate for them. We have to challenge these students everyday. These students are going to be some our scientists, astronauts, engineers, doctors of all trades, and teachers. We have to equipt them with the best educational foundation possible to ensure their future.

A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to talk to Dr. Delisle about his book during our chat. He has agreed. Dr. Delisle will be our featured guest on May 3, 2015. I hope that you have the chance to join in on that chat. I encourage you to read his book. I promise you that you will be moved to advocate even more for your gifted students.

If you can’t make that chat we have some others with some notable backgrounds.

April 19, 2015: Exploring the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Children with featured guest Heather Cachat (@HeatherCachat) who is a facilitator for the Central Ohio Gifted Support with SENG Parent Groups.

May 3, 2015: Author Talk with Dr. Jim Delisle (@jimdelisle3): Discussing his new book: Dumbing Down America: The War on Our Nation’s Brightest Young Minds (And What We Can Do to Fight Back)

June 7, 2015: Knowing Your Students: Part 1: Gifted Girls with featured guest Jade Ann Rivera(@jadeannrivera). We will be looking at specific issues, research, and strategies to reach this group of students.

July 19, 2015: Breaking the Myths of Gifted Children Looking at debunking prominent myths about Gifted Children.

August 23, 2015: Knowing Your Students: Part 2: Gifted Boys with featured guest Ian Byrd(@ByrdseedGifted). We will be looking at specific issues, research, and strategies to reach this group of students.

I want to encourage you to join in our chats. We meet bi-monthly at 9pm ET. The more that join in, the deeper the conversation is. Connecting gifted teachers, advocates, and parents with eachother is so important. We have to get these connections so when we are advocating for our gifted children we know there are people who have your back.


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