What Parents and Educators Need to Know about Smart Kids

The Cascadia PTA would like to invite you to a talk titled “What Parents and Educators Need to Know about Smart Kids” given by Austina De Bonte, president of the Northwest Gifted Child Association (NWGCA), on Thursday, February 1, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m., in Cascadia Elementary’s gym. Ms. De Bonte has given versions of this talk in the past at many schools and conferences, and she gave a presentation on equity in HC to the SPS board of directors in June 2017. She provides useful, accessible insights into social and academic needs — backed up with lots research and her many years’ experience in education. We think you’ll find this talk uniquely worthwhile, and we hope you can find time to attend.

Families are also welcome to use the lunch room area for a nut-free picnic dinner beforehand, if needed. (Just be sure to clean up!)

About the Talk:

What Parents and Educators Need to Know about Smart Kids

Many people are surprised to learn that their child’s unique “quirks” are actually well-studied social and emotional behavior patterns that appear across large populations of highly intelligent children. Whether it’s refusing to wear shirts with buttons or tags, overreacting to the slightest criticism, gravitating towards adults and older children, forgetting to turn in their homework, trouble with handwriting, anxiety about trying something new, or preferring a book to a party, these and
many other perplexing behaviors are common in this population.

Learn what’s normal, what to expect as they grow, and why genuine challenge is vitally important for kids’ social and emotional development, as well as developing their academic talents, from the preschool and elementary years all the way to high school and beyond.