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  • October 30, 2014 9:06 AM | Newenka DuMont (Administrator)

    Gifted Experts speaking on different aspects of raising gifted children.  Topics include an update on the state of gifted education in our state, parenting children at home and at school, executive function in asynchronous children, parents twice exceptional children, motivating gifted children, perfectionism, living with intensities, working with your schools. CGCC board member, Newenka DuMont will be presenting on getting to calm in a gifted child's home.

    More information and registration: 

  • October 08, 2014 9:23 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Facets Children and Youth presents the 31st Annual Chicago International Film Festival from October 24 through November 2.  The Chicago International Children's Film Festival is the largest festival of films for children in North America, welcoming 25,000 Chicago-area children, adults, and educators each year, and featuring over 250 films from 40 countries. The Festival screens a wide range of projects, from live-action and animated feature films to shorts, TV series, documentaries, and child-produced works. One of the most unique festivals in the country, the Chicago International Children's Film Festival showcases the best in culturally diverse, non-violent, value-affirming new cinema for children, and is one of the only Academy Award qualifying children's film festivals in the world.

    See the festival web site for the complete schedule.  

  • September 29, 2014 3:58 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)


    What is it?

    Splash! brings high school students from all over Chicago to the University of Chicago campus for one Saturday in the fall. The high school students take short classes taught by college students in areas that teachers are really passionate about.

    The program brings together college and high school students and exposes high school students to topics they may not be able to access in a traditional high school curriculum. The classes at Splash! 2012 covered topics ranging from genetic engineering and dystopian fiction to dance and introductory Mongolian. The focus is on teaching fun and engaging classes that never make learning seem like work.

    Splash is 100% FREE to attend and free lunch is also provided.

    When? Who? Where?

    One Saturday each fall. (The next Splash! will be on October 4, 2014.) Open to all high school students, grades 9-12. Check-in and registration are in Ida Noyes on the University of Chicago Campus at 1212 East 59th Street (to accommodate the volume). Classes are held in Harper Hall (1116 East 59th Street) and some of the surrounding buildings.

    How do I sign up?

    Student registration opens on our website near the beginning of September. Our most popular classes fill up pretty quickly, so it’s always a good idea to register early.

    If you aren’t able to sign up online, we have an on-site registration option where you can sign up for the program and choose your classes on the day of Splash. Please note that if you decide to pursue this option, class choice will be limited.


    What is it?

    Cascade! is a five-week program for high school students that exposes them to interesting topics they may never have seen before in high school. Like Splash!, Cascade! allows students to meet college students and other high school students in a fun context. Unlike Splash!, Cascade! allows students to explore topics in a bit more depth than a one-day program can allow and to become closer to their teachers.

    Students take classes in one or two time slots, with about six options in each slot. Each class will meet five times: one hour every Tuesday afternoon/evening for five consecutive weeks. There will be no testing or grades, but there may be small amounts of homework assigned from week to week in some classes. Attendance at all sessions is required, but if you really must miss a class please be sure to tell your teacher in advance.

    When is it?

    Twice a year, in fall and in winter, for five weeks each time. The next Cascade begins on Tuesday, October 21st and will end on November 18th. Always Tuesday late afternoons, with the first session running from 5:00 to 6:00 and the second from 6:30 to 7:30. (In between, there will be food available for purchase at a reasonable price.) Keep in mind that you can attend either one time slot or both.

    Where is it?

    Cascade! is held in Harper Hall on the University of Chicago campus, 1116 East 59th Street in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Specific maps and directions will be provided when you sign up for the program.

    How do I sign up?

    Registration for Cascade happens on this website, and begins roughly one month in advance of the program’s start date.

    Registration for Winter Cascade 2014 is now open! Check out our course catalog!

    How much does Cascade cost?

    Cascade is completely free to attend. We offer dinner between classes for a reasonable price. Students with dietary restrictions are encouraged to bring their own dinner.

  • September 11, 2014 10:49 AM | Anonymous

    Maybe you’ve identified your child as gifted. Maybe you haven’t.  Maybe you are wondering why your smart kid seems to be having so many behavioral issues and home and at school.   

    You are not alone.  

    You may be experiencing that giftedness is about way more than advanced intellectual capacity.  In fact, intellectual abilities are only one of five of the “overexcitabilities” of giftedness identified by Kazimierz Dabrowski.  Gifted children can also experience the abundant energy of psychomotor excitability, or the depth of feelings of an emotional overexcitability. Gifted children with sensual overexcitabilities can be more easily swayed by the beauty in music, or be very bothered by the irrepressibly itchy tags on their shirts.  Finally, gifted children can have an abundance of imaginational ability demonstrated through interests in fantasy worlds.

    These wonderful children come in unique and complex packages that requires parents to develop a strategic parenting toolkit.  These skills can range from soothing meltdowns or advocating for appropriate curriculum in school.  How do you as a parent meet these needs?

    Come join us for a roundtable discussion, “A Herd of Buffalo Could Raise a Gifted Child.”  This free CGCC Parenting Gifted Seminar is led by Newenka DuMont, who has  over 18 years of experience in advocating for gifted children. 


    Come find yourself amongst the herd of fellow buffalo bravely raising gifted children.

  • September 08, 2014 10:19 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)
    All tickets are now on sale to the general public for the 25th Anniversary Chicago Humanities Festival! The theme of this year's festival is Journeys.  Programs take place October 6 and 21 and October 25 - November 9.  See for details and tickets.

  • September 05, 2014 8:16 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    The September (email) newsletter from The Field Museum contains the following program announcement:

    Calling all teens! New after-school programs

    Electronic Gardens
    Wednesdays, September 17–October 15, 4:00-6:00pm

    Explore the Museum year-round with our after-school programs. Tinker, create, and innovate in our digital studio. In a connected world, even gardens are part of the Internet of Things. Come learn the basics of urban gardening and how electronics can give us better insights into homegrown food at The Field Museum. Programs are free of charge and open to teens ages 14-18. Teens can arrive up to 5:00pm. Learn More.

  • August 22, 2014 11:26 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    No matter what type of "school" your kids participate in, the end of the summer can be a stressful time as it is a time of transition.  This is a good time for parents to remember to take care of their own needs, as well as the needs of their children.  In the article, "Parental Self-Care," in our Spring 2014 Newsletter, Sheryl Stoller explains that great giftedness is accompanied by a great need for parental self-care.  Take a moment to read it today.


  • June 17, 2014 7:54 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    From the Adler Planetarium E-News:

    Join Adler astronomers and volunteers at Chicago's parks and schools this summer for free telescope observing. 

    Daytime observers can view the Sun safely through special filters to see its sunspots and prominences, while night time observers can potentially get a glimpse of the rings of Saturn and its largest moon, Titan, as well as the red planet, Mars.    

     Upcoming Events:

    Saturday, June 21 

    10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

    Buckingham Fountain at Grant Park (301 S. Columbus Dr.) 


    Thursday, July 10

    1 to 3 p.m. 

    Union Park (1501 W. Randolph St.) 


    Thursday, July 17 

    8:30 to 10 p.m. 

    Ronan Park (2904 W. Lawrence Ave.) 


    Monday, July 21 

    10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

    Buckingham Fountain at Grant Park (301 S. Columbus Dr.)


    Tuesday, August 26 
    7:30 to 9 p.m.

    Senn High School (5900 N. Glenwood Ave.)  


    Please note: All dates are weather-permitting. Follow @adlerskywatch on Twitter for day-of updates.  

  • June 05, 2014 12:33 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    From the MSI Web Site:

    We're gearing up for another fun summer of learning with Summer Brain Games! MSI is once again offering up an exciting science-fused solution to help kids stay engaged during summer vacation.

    Summer Brain Games offers eight weeks of free and fun at-home science experiments designed to combat the "summer brain drain," when kids lose months of critical learning. The free online activity guide features weekly experiments. This year, we'll have fun with science-themed carnival games and activities, all easily done at home with kids of all ages (and a little adult supervision).

    The Summer Brain Games online kit will offer other engaging tidbits about the science to be found around you all summer—and year—long. Learn about pressure as you launch stomp rocket daredevils, become an engineer and design the fastest boat you can race, construct a carnival tent from newspapers and much more.

    Register to Get in the Game

    Register now to be a part of MSI’s Summer Brain Games. When activities kick off in June, you’ll receive a voucher good for a FREE Museum Entry ticket to MSI this summer. We'll send you weekly emails (starting the week of June 16) with tips on each experiment and additional ways to play with science.

  • May 08, 2014 1:11 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Presented by Cinema/Chicago and the 50th Chicago International Film Festival, CineYouth is a yearly youth film festival celebrating and showcasing short films made by filmmakers 21 years old and younger from around the world. 

    Celebrating its 10th year May 8-10, 2014, CineYouth strives to encourage the talent and accomplishments of young artists and provide them with opportunities to tell their stories, network with other filmmakers and be recognized for their creativity. 

    CineYouth is a free festival open to the public of all ages.  Click here for complete details and schedule.

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