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This calendar lists CGCC events plus community events in Chicago and the local suburbs that might be of interest for our members.  A few select national events and webinars are included also.  Contact us if you have an event to share. For information on organizations that offer ongoing programs, see the Resources page.  

All times are quoted in Central time.


 CGCC events are highlighted in green.    

 Events of professional members are highlighted 
in yellow.


Upcoming events

    • March 03, 2024
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago or online

    Please join us for an information session about our unique full-time gifted kindergarten through 12th grade school admissions process and curriculum, our enrichment program, and to meet and network with other gifted families in the area as well as to understand school options and advocacy. RSVP by emailing admissions@mage.education.

    Please indicate your preference for virtual (1PM) vs. in person (10AM) visit at the time when you make a reservation. You will receive an online video conference link and presentation after you RSVP.

    Click here for complete details.

    • March 06, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Zoom
    • 6
    Register

    Parent Conversations:  Twice-Exceptionality (2E)

    Many parents are familiar with the complexities of twice-exceptional learners or (2E),  which is slowly beginning to gain more traction in academic settings.  Gifted in math with a learning issue in reading, intellectually gifted with autism or ADHD, or a high level student who struggles to stay organized due to executive functioning issues.  There are many other examples that make accessing education tricky for parents, and create misunderstanding for their child.   Why are 2E learners overlooked?   How do we collaborate with our teachers and schools to support these learners?   When and how do we intervene?   Here's a few articles to fuel our discussion:

    The Goldilocks Question:  How to Support your 2E Child and Get it "Just Right", Davidson Institute;  https://www.davidsongifted.org/gifted-blog/the-goldilocks-question-how-to-support-your-2e-child-and-get-it-just-right/ 

    How to Support Your Twice Exceptional Child:  US New & World Report; https://www.usnews.com/education/k12/articles/how-to-support-your-twice-exceptional-child 

    Twice-Exceptional Kids; Both Gifted & Challenged; Child Mind Institute;  https://childmind.org/article/twice-exceptional-kids-both-gifted-and-challenged/ 

    We aspire to welcome everyone and address gifted topics that are accessible and relevant to busy parents.  Join us to listen, participate, collect resources, share ideas and create community that supports and understands gifted parenting. Topic suggestions welcome and will change each session, and resources will be provided to inform and fuel the conversation.  It's OK if you don't have time to read, just join us for inspiring conversation with other gifted parents and Katherine Peterson, parent,  CGCC Board Member / Facilitator.   Other CGCC Board Members including Carole Jones, CGCC President, and Aileen Kelleher, LCSW, CGCC Board Member and Professional Member, and Esther Tarkieltaub, Professional Member will join as they are able. Please feel free to reach out to Katherine Peterson, CGCC Board Member & Parent Discussion Facilitator with questions, ideas or to share your comments.  

    Please note:  Due to the popularity of this discussion there is a $5 charge for non-members.  Consider joining as a member for a $25 annual fee to attend all member events for FREE, or please ask for a sliding scale. we are open to all requests.

    We cap this group at 10 participants, so please sign up to save your place, and cancel if you're unable to attend so others on the waiting list may enjoy this offering.  


    • March 06, 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • No Manches Mexican Grill, Vernon Hills Town Center, 1240 US-45 Ste 100, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
    Register

    Come meet with other parents of bright, complex kids to share your parenting journeys and provide support to each other. Join us at No Manches Mexican Grill in Vernon Hills for dinner, snacks, or just have something to drink while we connect and enjoy our time together.

    Please register so that we can reserve adequate space for the group. This event is "free" as everyone will pay their own bill at the end of the evening. If your plans change after registration, please kindly respond to the confirmation email so we can adjust our arrangements.

    Please note that by attending this event, you confirm that you will assume all the risk to yourself and your family related to coronavirus.


    • March 06, 2024
    • 7:00 PM
    • Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville

    Join Anderson’s Bookshop for an in-person event and signing line with author Adam Gidwitz to celebrate the release of Max in the House of Spies, on Wednesday, March 6th at 7pm in our Naperville Store.

    Event Format

    Author Presentation, Audience Q&A

    Signing & Photo Line

    Pre-registration is required for this event because space is limited. Click here for complete details and registration.

    More about Max in the House of Spies:

    “Max in the House of Spies is everything you could hope for in a book,” -R. J. Palacio, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wonder, White Bird, and Pony

    “Espionage! Secrets! Suspense! If you’ve ever dreamed of being a spy, this book is for you.” -Alan Gratz, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Refugee and Projekt 1065

    Max Bretzfeld doesn’t want to move to London.

    Leaving home is hard and Max is alone for the first time in his life. But not for long. Max is surprised to discover that he’s been joined by two unexpected traveling companions, one on each shoulder, a kobold and a dybbuk named Berg and Stein.

    Germany is becoming more and more dangerous for Jewish families, but Max is determined to find a way back home, and back to his parents. He has a plan to return to Berlin. It merely involves accomplishing the impossible: becoming a British spy.

    The first book in a duology, Max in the House of Spies is a thought-provoking World War II story as only acclaimed storyteller Adam Gidwitz can tell it—fast-paced and hilarious, with a dash of magic and a lot of heart.

    About the Author:

    Bestselling author Adam Gidwitz was a teacher for eight years. He told countless stories to his students, who then demanded he write his first book, A Tale Dark & Grimm. Adam has since written two companion novels, In a Glass Grimmly and The Grimm Conclusion. He is also the author of The Inquisitor’s Tale, which won the Newbery Honor, and The Unicorn Rescue Society series. Adam still tells creepy, funny fairy tales live to kids on his podcast Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest—and at schools around the world. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter, and dog, Lucy Goosey.


    • March 07, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago

    📣 Calling all educators and providers! 🎉 Join us for an Open House Coffee at MAGE, a non-profit community supporting the gifted. We've been serving the Chicago area since 2018 and running a full-day school for 4 years. Our school caters to students from Junior Kindergarten through 12th grade and is Recognized by the IL State Board of Ed.

    We're excited to extend a warm welcome to Professional Educators and Providers for the first time at our Open House Coffee event. Come and learn more about our mission and the services we offer. Here are the details:

    📅 Date: Thursday, March 7th, 2024
    ⏰ Time: 9-10 AM
    📍 Location: 900 North Franklin Street, Ste 200., Chicago IL 60642. (Just a few blocks from the 90/94 at Orleans and the Chicago Brown Line Stop.)

    ☕ Coffee and pastries will be provided to keep you energized as you explore our school and connect with fellow professionals.

    📝 Register now at the following link: https://lnkd.in/g5CMyq3f

    Don't miss out on this opportunity to network, learn, and be a part of our growing community. We look forward to meeting you! 

    • March 09, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • The Newberry, Chicago

    “Ah, when the means are gone that buy this praise,

    The breath is gone wherof this praise is made.

    Feast-won, fast-lost; one cloud of winter showers,

    These flies are couched.”

    In this theatrical reading, professional actors from the Shakespeare Project of Chicago will bring Timon of Athens to life in a performance directed by Michelle Shupe.

    Founded in 1993, the Shakespeare Project of Chicago has performed at the Newberry since 2003. This reading will be preceded by an informative talk by a dramaturg and followed by a question-and-answer talkback with the director and cast.

    COST AND REGISTRATION

    This program is free and open to all. Advance registration required.

    Registration opens February 1.

    Click here for complete details and registration.

    • March 09, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn

    Maximize your student's potential and take advantage of youth courses available during the summer at College of DuPage. For students from kindergarten through high school, activities include science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEAM) themed camps, career exploration and high school credit courses.

    Attend the Youth Academy Open House to learn more about the programs, meet staff and find out how to register.

    Free Event. Click here for complete details and to RSVP.


    • March 09, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures Museum, The University of Chicago

    Come enjoy New Year with us! Learn all about a Haft Seen table, explore the galleries with a scavenger hunts and sketching, try Persian tea and snacks, make themed crafts, and discover new facts with ISAC scholars!

    Please register in advance; this is a free event but there is a suggested donation of $5 per adult! Bring family and friends to celebrate. There is street and garage parking around the museum, and you can learn more here.

    All ages. Click here for complete details and registration.


    • March 10, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Fair Game, Downers Grove
    • 10
    Register


    Gatherings take place at the Downers Grove location of Fair Game, 1015 Curtiss Street. Geared for ages 8-16 and younger siblings. All levels are welcome, whether you are a cubing aficionado or just getting started.

    There is a charge of $2.50 for each attendee, adults and children, payable on site to Fair Game. This ensures that there is space for our group. Fee waivers are available, please contact us if needed.

    We usually meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Registration required. Please register for each date separately. Space is limited. 

    Please note: This is not a drop off event. A parent/caregiver must stay on site and is welcome to join in the fun.

    • March 14, 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • The Newberry, Chicago

    This program will be held in-person at the Newberry and livestreamed on Zoom. The online version of this event will be live captioned. Please register below.

    May 2024 marks the centenary of the murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, whose sentencing hearing in the summer of 1924 riveted Chicago and the world. With Cook County State’s Attorney Robert Crowe demanding the execution of the confessed murderers, celebrated attorney Clarence Darrow stepped in to lead the defense, making history with his use of psychiatric testimony and his impassioned arguments against the death penalty.

    One hundred years later, this program will recreate the prosecution, defense, and sentencing of Leopold and Loeb through the lens of 21st-century ideas about juvenile criminal justice, as a panel of legal and psychiatric experts presents a sitting judge with the arguments they would make if the trial were to take place today.

    Introductions: Anita Weinberg, Nina Barrett

    Cast

    State's Attorney: Eric Sussman

    Defense Attorney: Dean Strang

    Forensic Psychologist: Antoinette Kavanaugh

    Judge: Colleen Sheehan

    Cosponsored by the Clarence Darrow Commemorative Committee, Chicago Collections Consortium, and Agate Publishing.

    SPEAKERS

    Nina Barrett, a graduate of both Yale University and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, is the author of three books and numerous articles, essays, and reviews. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and The Nation, among other publications. In 2009, she curated an exhibition for Northwestern called The Murder That Wouldn’t Die, which inspired her book, The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes. Barrett is also the founder and owner of Bookends & Beginnings, an independent bookstore in Evanston.

    COST AND REGISTRATION

    This program is free and open to all. Advance registration required.

    Registration opens February 1.

    Click here for complete details and registration.

    • March 14, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Naper Settlement, Naperville

    Humans invented agriculture and transformed the world—and themselves. Explore the past, present, and future of agriculture and the humans who make it possible. $10/person. Click here for complete details and registration.

    • March 18, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Fermilab, Batavia

    Come learn why Fermilab is America's premier particle physics laboratory and the accelerator-based neutrino research capital of the world! Get-to-Know Tours are for people ages 10 and older. Children ages 10 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Get-To-Know Tours start at the Lederman Science Center before shuttling to Fermilab's iconic Wilson Hall. Guests will learn more about Fermilab's history in the Atrium and Art Gallery, head to the 15th floor for a unique view of the lab's campus, and even take a step into the Main Control Room!

    February 19th, 10am–12pm
    All participants must be at least 10 years old. Participants 18 years of age and older will be required to show a REAL ID to enter Fermilab. Please see the appropriate documents here. Each adult must register separately, children will be included in their guardian's registration. Registration will close on Thursday February 15th at noon.
    Register here for the February 19th tour!

    March 18th, 10am–12pm
    All participants must be at least 10 years old. Participants 18 years of age and older will be required to show a REAL ID to enter Fermilab. Please see the appropriate documents here. Each adult must register separately, children will be included in their guardian's registration. Registration will close on Thursday March 14th at noon.
    Register here for the March 18th tour!

    March 25th, 10am–12pm
    All participants must be at least 10 years old. Participants 18 years of age and older will be required to show a REAL ID to enter Fermilab. Please see the appropriate documents here. Each adult must register separately, children will be included in their guardian's registration. Registration will close on Thursday March 21st at noon.
    Register here for the March 25th tour!

    Click here to see complete information for all tours.

    • March 20, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Zoom
    • 9
    Register

    Parent Conversations:  Gifted LGBTQ+ Youth

    Gifted LGBTQ+ youth have challenging needs that complexly affect them as individuals and their social and emotional development.  How do we support these very real needs?  How can parents better understand these needs?  How do we ensure that each young person is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression?  Here are some articles to inform and support our discussion;  

    LGBTQ Diversity Toolbox for Parents,  National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC);  https://nagc.org/page/LGBTQ-Diversity-Toolbox-for-Parents-Resources

    Gifted and Gay: When GT Meets LGBT, Ft. Bend Independent School District;  https://www.fortbendisd.com/cms/lib/TX01917858/Centricity/Domain/66/2020-21%20GT%20Parent%20Symposium%20Files/Gifted%20and%20Gay%20Powerpoint.pdf 

    5 Articles from Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted (SENG); https://www.sengifted.org/allarticles/categories/lgbtq 

    We aspire to welcome everyone and address gifted topics that are accessible and relevant to busy parents.  Join us to listen, participate, collect resources, share ideas and create community that supports and understands gifted parenting. Topic suggestions welcome and will change each session, and resources will be provided to inform and fuel the conversation.  It's OK if you don't have time to read, just join us for inspiring conversation with other gifted parents and Katherine Peterson, parent,  CGCC Board Member / Facilitator.   Other CGCC Board Members including Carole Jones, CGCC President, and Aileen Kelleher, LCSW, CGCC Board Member and Professional Member will join as they are able. Please feel free to reach out to Katherine Peterson, CGCC Board Member & Parent Discussion Facilitator with questions or ideas.   

    Please note:  Due to the popularity of this discussion there is a $5 charge for non-members.  Consider joining as a member for a $25 annual fee to attend all member events for FREE, or please ask for a sliding scale. we are open to all requests.

    We cap this group at 10 participants, so please sign up to save your place, and cancel if you're unable to attend so others on the waiting list may enjoy this offering.  


    • March 21, 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Illinois Association for Gifted Children

    Educator PD Hour: Teaching in the Intuitive for Gifted Learners

    • March 25, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Fermilab, Batavia

    Come learn why Fermilab is America's premier particle physics laboratory and the accelerator-based neutrino research capital of the world! Get-to-Know Tours are for people ages 10 and older. Children ages 10 to 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Get-To-Know Tours start at the Lederman Science Center before shuttling to Fermilab's iconic Wilson Hall. Guests will learn more about Fermilab's history in the Atrium and Art Gallery, head to the 15th floor for a unique view of the lab's campus, and even take a step into the Main Control Room!

    February 19th, 10am–12pm
    All participants must be at least 10 years old. Participants 18 years of age and older will be required to show a REAL ID to enter Fermilab. Please see the appropriate documents here. Each adult must register separately, children will be included in their guardian's registration. Registration will close on Thursday February 15th at noon.
    Register here for the February 19th tour!

    March 18th, 10am–12pm
    All participants must be at least 10 years old. Participants 18 years of age and older will be required to show a REAL ID to enter Fermilab. Please see the appropriate documents here. Each adult must register separately, children will be included in their guardian's registration. Registration will close on Thursday March 14th at noon.
    Register here for the March 18th tour!

    March 25th, 10am–12pm
    All participants must be at least 10 years old. Participants 18 years of age and older will be required to show a REAL ID to enter Fermilab. Please see the appropriate documents here. Each adult must register separately, children will be included in their guardian's registration. Registration will close on Thursday March 21st at noon.
    Register here for the March 25th tour!

    Click here to see complete information for all tours.

    • March 25, 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Glessner House, Chicago

    In honor of Women’s History Month and the 146th birthday of Frances Glessner Lee (born March 25, 1878), Glessner House is pleased to present our annual exploration of her fascinating Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. Lee achieved national and international recognition for her pioneering work in forensic science, creating the Nutshell Studies to train police and medical examiners how to investigate a scene of unexplained death.

    Our presentation will be given by three speakers. Actor and Glessner descendant Oliver Wadsworth will join us virtually to discuss his work on a new play exploring Lee’s fascinating career including the creation of the Nutshells.

    Author Frances McNamara will be on hand to give a PowerPoint presentation on her second mystery novel based on the Nutshells, Three Decker Murder in a Nutshell. Copies of the book, released in January 2024, will be available for purchase and signing.

    Glessner House Executive Director and Curator William Tyre will then lead the audience on an exploration of one of the Nutshells. Together, we will try to determine what happened - was it accidental, natural causes, suicide, . . . or murder?!?

    Schedule:
    6:00 - 6:30pm - birthday cake and book signing
    6:30 - 8:00pm - program

    $15 per person / $12 for Glessner House members

    Click here for complete details and tickets.

    • March 26, 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Changing Perspectives: Understanding Inclusion, Ableism, and Neurodiversity
    https://www.neurodiversityspeakerseries.org/
    • April 02, 2024
    • 5:00 PM
    • The University of Chicago

    Prof. Jonathan Lear, a preeminent scholar of philosophy and ethics, will deliver the 2024 Nora and Edward Ryerson Lecture on April 2 at 5 p.m. in the Rubenstein Forum’s Friedman Hall.

    Since 1972, University of Chicago faculty have nominated one of their peers who has made “research contributions of lasting significance” to deliver the Ryerson Lecture to the members of the UChicago community. The event is free and open to the public and will be webcast on UChicago’s digital channels.

    Lear’s Ryerson Lecture, titled “Gratitude, Mourning, Hope and Other Forms of Thought,” will delve into what it means to express gratitude.

    Click here for complete details.

    • April 06, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Illinois Association for Gifted Children

    IAGC Parent Coffee: IN PERSON NW Suburbs

    • April 07, 2024
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago or online

    Please join us for an information session about our unique full-time gifted kindergarten through 12th grade school admissions process and curriculum, our enrichment program, and to meet and network with other gifted families in the area as well as to understand school options and advocacy. RSVP by emailing admissions@mage.education.

    Please indicate your preference for virtual (1PM) vs. in person (10AM) visit at the time when you make a reservation. You will receive an online video conference link and presentation after you RSVP.

    Click here for complete details.

    • April 07, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
    • In-person at MAGE (900 N Franklin St, Chicago) and online
    Register

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education and the Chicago Gifted Community Center are excited to bring you a Free Gifted Parenting Education Series in its 6th season. We will provide this both virtually and in-person. The format of each event in the series is a 30 minute presentation on the topic, followed by 15-30 minutes of questions from the audience and a 15-30 minutes mingle. 

    Gifted 102: Testing and Identification (the basics) 

    Do you suspect that your child might be gifted? Do you suspect that your child is 2e? Is your child gifted or are they just academically talented? Is your child an underachiever, or do they have a learning difference? When should I test my child? Why should I test my child? What kind of testing is there for all these different things, and how to pick? What is a test ceiling? How reliable is the testing? What should you do before the testing? What should you expect during testing? How to talk to your child about testing? All this, and more.

    No refunds unless workshop is cancelled. Fee waivers available. Contact us for details.

    Cannot make this event? Please check out the future events in the series. 

    May 5, 11:30AM-12:45PM Gifted 105: Girls 

    June 2, 11:30AM-12:45PM Gifted 265: Generational Trauma 

    • April 13, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • White Oak Library District, Romeoville Branch

    Science is Awesome!

    That's the message for kids and adults who attend our event.

    We welcome families, scout troops, teachers, and students of all ages for a fantastic day of science. Experience outstanding hands-on activities and engaging demonstrations from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) leaders and innovators.

    You can get an up-close and personal look at reptiles with Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles, and Crosstown Exotics, visit our SLIME Lab, or take part in the stimulating science activities we'll have a for all to enjoy.

    Click here for complete details.

    • April 14, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Fair Game, Downers Grove
    • 20
    Register


    Gatherings take place at the Downers Grove location of Fair Game, 1015 Curtiss Street. Geared for ages 8-16 and younger siblings. All levels are welcome, whether you are a cubing aficionado or just getting started.

    There is a charge of $2.50 for each attendee, adults and children, payable on site to Fair Game. This ensures that there is space for our group. Fee waivers are available, please contact us if needed.

    We usually meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Registration required. Please register for each date separately. Space is limited. 

    Please note: This is not a drop off event. A parent/caregiver must stay on site and is welcome to join in the fun.

    • April 14, 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Portillo & Barnelli's Schaumburg
    Register

    CGCC Board Meeting - In Person

    The Chicago Gifted Community Center is a 501(c)(3) specifically created to allow the gifted community in the greater Chicago area to organize activities and events for parents, children and families.  If you have an idea for an event or just want to come and learn more about our organization please join us.  

    Your board meets 3 - 4 times per year.  We welcome members at our meetings. 

    Portillo's & Barnelli's  - 611 E. Golf Rd., Schaumburg 






    • April 20, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures Museum, The University of Chicago

    Come celebrate Earth Day in an ancient way!

    Join us for engaging gallery tours about recycling and sustainability in the ancient world, earth-day themed crafts downstairs, the opportunity to take home plants in a recycled container, and gallery activities and puzzles to enjoy!

    New this year: TED-talk style presentations about the environment, climate, and archaeology! Register for one of these family-friendly presentations! Each is around 30 minutes long.

    This event is free, family-friendly, and great for all ages to enjoy and learn! Feel free to drop in at any point to learn and explore.

    Click here for complete details and registration.

    • May 05, 2024
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago or online

    Please join us for an information session about our unique full-time gifted kindergarten through 12th grade school admissions process and curriculum, our enrichment program, and to meet and network with other gifted families in the area as well as to understand school options and advocacy. RSVP by emailing admissions@mage.education.

    Please indicate your preference for virtual (1PM) vs. in person (10AM) visit at the time when you make a reservation. You will receive an online video conference link and presentation after you RSVP.

    Click here for complete details.

    • May 05, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
    • In-person at MAGE (900 N Franklin St, Chicago) and online
    Register

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education and the Chicago Gifted Community Center are excited to bring you a Free Gifted Parenting Education Series in its 6th season. We will provide this both virtually and in-person. The format of each event in the series is a 30 minute presentation on the topic, followed by 15-30 minutes of questions from the audience and a 15-30 minutes mingle. 

    Gifted 105: Girls 

    I got a call from the teacher about my daughter... I wish my daughter could do what my son does... she's just smart.... right? My daughter won't do anything academic, everything is too easy but she won't apply herself. My daughter has big feelings. My daughter is not like my friends' kids. My daughter is not like her classmates. Who are the gifted girls? What are their traits and characteristics, and how do I raise them?

    No refunds unless workshop is cancelled. Fee waivers available. Contact us for details.

    Cannot make this event? Please check out this future event in the series. 

    June 2, 11:30AM-12:45PM Gifted 265: Generational Trauma 

    • May 09, 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Empowered and Equipped: A Personal Perspective of Neurodiversity
    https://www.neurodiversityspeakerseries.org/
    • June 02, 2024
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago or online

    Please join us for an information session about our unique full-time gifted kindergarten through 12th grade school admissions process and curriculum, our enrichment program, and to meet and network with other gifted families in the area as well as to understand school options and advocacy. RSVP by emailing admissions@mage.education.

    Please indicate your preference for virtual (1PM) vs. in person (10AM) visit at the time when you make a reservation. You will receive an online video conference link and presentation after you RSVP.

    Click here for complete details.

    • June 02, 2024
    • 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
    • In-person at MAGE (900 N Franklin St, Chicago) and online
    Register

    Midwest Academy for Gifted Education and the Chicago Gifted Community Center are excited to bring you a Free Gifted Parenting Education Series in its 6th season. We will provide this both virtually and in-person. The format of each event in the series is a 30 minute presentation on the topic, followed by 15-30 minutes of questions from the audience and a 15-30 minutes mingle. 

    Gifted 265: 2e and Generational Trauma 

    What happens if your child is gifted and you just found out and because you didn't know this or didn't get the help you need, there's now trauma? What if you are finding out that you are also gifted or 2e just now as a grown up, and you are hurting? Now you have to understand your own story through a different lens, and the story of those that came before you? How do you survive generational trauma and overcome this adversity and help yourself and your child?

    No refunds unless workshop is cancelled. Fee waivers available. Contact us for details.

    • June 15, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • The Newberry, Chicago

    “Am I in earth, in heaven, or in hell?

    Sleeping or waking, mad or well-advised?

    Known unto these and to myself disguised?

    I’ll say as they say, and persever so,

    And in this mist at all adventures go.”

    In this theatrical reading, professional actors from the Shakespeare Project of Chicago will bring The Comedy of Errors to funny, farcical life in a performance directed by Peter Garino.

    Founded in 1993, the Shakespeare Project of Chicago has performed at the Newberry since 2003. This reading will be preceded by an informative talk by a dramaturg and followed by a question-and-answer talkback with the director and cast.

    COST AND REGISTRATION

    This program is free and open to all. Advance registration required.

    Registration opens May 1.

    Click here for complete details and registration.

    • July 14, 2024
    • Midwest Academy for Gifted Education, Chicago or online

    Please join us for an information session about our unique full-time gifted kindergarten through 12th grade school admissions process and curriculum, our enrichment program, and to meet and network with other gifted families in the area as well as to understand school options and advocacy. RSVP by emailing admissions@mage.education.

    Please indicate your preference for virtual (1PM) vs. in person (10AM) visit at the time when you make a reservation. You will receive an online video conference link and presentation after you RSVP.

    Click here for complete details.

    • August 29, 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Basics of Special Needs Planning: Estate Planning, Trusts, and ABLE Accounts
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    • September 24, 2024
    • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Neurodiversity and Disability Support in College: Admissions and Beyond
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Past events

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March 03, 2024 CGCC & MAGE Parent Education Series: Gifted 101: Is my child gifted?
February 28, 2024 Why Butterflies Need Volcanoes
February 27, 2024 SENG Author Visit: Gifted and Struggling
February 27, 2024 Unlocking the #1 Secret to Setting Boundaries Q & A Session
February 24, 2024 Teen Studio Workshop: Experiments in Clay
February 24, 2024 Learn Ancient Languages!
February 24, 2024 Engineering Fest
February 22, 2024 10 Tech Tips to Empower Neurodivergent Learners in HS, College, and Beyond
February 21, 2024 CGCC - Gifted Parenting and Uniqueness
February 19, 2024 Family Event - Presidents’ Day
February 19, 2024 Get-To-Know Fermilab Tours
February 17, 2024 Neferura: The Pharaoh’s Daughter: Book Talk And Signing By Malayna Evans
February 13, 2024 IAGC Educator Workshop
February 13, 2024 CGCC Dinner Naperville Fat Rosie
February 11, 2024 CGCC: Kids Cubing Gathering
February 10, 2024 Plato from Venice to Illinois - Greek Language throughout the Centuries
February 10, 2024 DIY Valentines: A Maker Event
February 08, 2024 Your Friendly Neighborhood Historian: Cold Nights, Cold War
February 08, 2024 School Anxiety Discussion for Parents & Professionals
February 07, 2024 Neurodiversity Speaker Series
February 07, 2024 ISAC Lecture: The Phoenicians Strike Back!
February 07, 2024 CGCC Parent Conversations--Talking to Your Child About Being Gifted
February 04, 2024 MAGE Admissions Coffee
February 03, 2024 Family Day: Cardboard Sculpture Studio
February 03, 2024 Rock and Mineral Identification Class
January 29, 2024 IAGC Educator Workshop
January 27, 2024 Family Studio: A World in a Box
January 27, 2024 Family Studio: A World in a Box
January 27, 2024 Quest Academy Winter Admission Open House
January 24, 2024 Chicago Area Gifted Schools Forum
January 24, 2024 CGCC Parent Conversations--Encouraging Your Child for Success
January 23, 2024 Author Visit: Veera Hiranandani
January 20, 2024 Teen Studio Workshop: Ideal Beauty & Mythological Creatures
January 20, 2024 aDNA Youth and Family Workshop
January 20, 2024 Teen Saturday Studio
January 18, 2024 CGCC Parents' Supper - North Aurora/Naperville
January 14, 2024 CGCC: Kids Cubing Gathering
January 14, 2024 MAGE Admissions Coffee
January 13, 2024 Family Day: Making Mosaics
January 10, 2024 CGCC Parents' Supper - Kildeer
January 10, 2024 CGCC Parent Conversations--What's on your mind?
January 09, 2024 Framing Your Child For Success at School
January 04, 2024 New Year, New Playbook:Game Plans That Works
December 27, 2023 (copy) CGCC: RS2e - Reimagining Socializing for Twice-Exceptional Students
December 27, 2023 (copy) CGCC: RS2e - Reimagining Socializing for Twice-Exceptional Students
December 17, 2023 CGCC Kids Board Game Gathering
December 13, 2023 CGCC Parent Conversations--Celebrating Gifted Discovery
December 13, 2023 Fusion Academy Lake Forest, Coffee Chat
December 10, 2023 Young Filmmakers Workshop
December 10, 2023 CGCC: Kids Cubing Gathering
December 10, 2023 CGCC: Student Model Building Event
December 09, 2023 Family Day: Play with Clay!
December 09, 2023 ISAC Winter Festival: Stories from Ancient Babylonia
December 09, 2023 Origami Open House
December 09, 2023 Santa Storytime: Christmas in the Trenches
December 09, 2023 Rock and Mineral Identification Class
December 07, 2023 Beacon Academy Parent / Guardian Coffee & School Tour
December 05, 2023 Cognitive Disengagement Syndrome: A Distinct Kind of Inattention
December 03, 2023 CGCC Board Meeting - Zoom
December 03, 2023 Young Filmmakers Workshop
December 03, 2023 MAGE Admissions Coffee
December 01, 2023 Beacon Academy Parent / Guardian Coffee & School Tour
November 30, 2023 Argonne Outloud Lecture Series
November 29, 2023 Quest Academy Parent Education Series: The Social Emotional World of the Gifted Child
November 29, 2023 How to Adopt a Strengths -Based Approach to Parenting
November 26, 2023 Nathan Hale Author Visit
November 20, 2023 'Scopes in the City
November 19, 2023 Arduino Illumination Light Show!
November 18, 2023 Creative Writing: Once Upon a Time!
November 18, 2023 Creative Writing: Once Upon a Time! (grades 3-5)
November 14, 2023 SENGChat: Building Gifted Children’s Positive Toolbox
November 11, 2023 Beacon Academy Open House
November 11, 2023 Family Day: Super Stars and Majestic Moons
November 11, 2023 Origami Open House
November 11, 2023 Lapidary Activity Day
November 09, 2023 YA Author Visit Sharon Cameron
November 09, 2023 Executive Function Strategies to Externalize Time, Memory, Motivation
November 08, 2023 Gene Luen Yang Author Visit
November 08, 2023 2024 Davidson Fellow Scholarship Information Session
November 08, 2023 Fusion Academy Lake Forest, Coffee Chat
November 08, 2023 CGCC Parent Conversations--The Neuroscience of Giftedness; What Do We Know?"
November 05, 2023 CGCC: Kids Cubing Gathering
November 05, 2023 CGCC: Student Model Building Event
November 05, 2023 MAGE Admissions Coffee
November 04, 2023 Teen Saturday Studios
November 04, 2023 Rock and Mineral Identification Class
November 04, 2023 S&AA Open House
November 04, 2023 Wall Art Weavers (grades 3-8)
November 03, 2023 Homeschool Field Trip Day: Fall, Chicago Botanic Garden
November 02, 2023 An Adult's guide to Fostering Friendships with ADHD
November 01, 2023 ISAC Lecture - What Did You Learn In School Today? A Day In The LIfe Of A Mesopotamian Student
November 01, 2023 Fearless Readers Virtual Author Talk: Twenty-One Steps
November 01, 2023 I Am a Scientist
November 01, 2023 Can’t Do or Won’t Do? Executive Functioning Skill Building to Solve Behavior Challenges
October 29, 2023 Brain Awareness Fair
October 28, 2023 Haunted Halloween
October 28, 2023 Escape Room! (grades 4-8)
October 28, 2023 Annual Halloween Concert: Symphonic Scare
October 28, 2023 Woodland Family Hike
October 25, 2023 Neurodiversity & Developing Strength Based Practices
October 25, 2023 Parent Education Event with Emily Kircher-Morris
October 25, 2023 CGCC Parent Conversations--Asynchrony and 2E Children
October 24, 2023 A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Depression in Teens
October 24, 2023 Life as a Gifted Grownup—What You Need to Know
October 22, 2023 CGCC Kids Board Game Gathering
October 21, 2023 National Reptile Awareness Day
October 21, 2023 Map and Compass 101: Teen Exploration Day
October 21, 2023 Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge (grades 3-8)
October 21, 2023 Humanities Day
October 20, 2023 Beacon Academy Parent / Guardian Coffee & School Tour
October 19, 2023 Teen STEM Café: The Science of DNA
October 19, 2023 Strategies for Managing your Sensitivities in Real Time
October 18, 2023 Critical Conversations about Cognitive Diversity
October 18, 2023 Community Speaker Series - District 181 Foundation
October 18, 2023 IAGC Annual Conference
October 16, 2023 CGCC: Finding Your Family’s Rhythm
October 15, 2023 Fun Games with Friends (grades 3-5)
October 15, 2023 Open House Chicago
October 14, 2023 Mammal Comparison: Chicagoland and South Korea
October 14, 2023 Family Day: Forces of Nature
October 14, 2023 Origami Open House
October 14, 2023 Cool Camo: Camouflage in Nature and the Military Family Program
October 14, 2023 Family Fun Day
October 14, 2023 Open House Chicago
October 14, 2023 Woodland Family Hike
October 13, 2023 Woodland Family Hike
October 11, 2023 CGCC Parent Conversations--Gifted Parenting Self-Care
October 11, 2023 Fusion Academy Lake Forest, Coffee Chat
October 10, 2023 Unlock the Brilliance of Your Differently-Wired Kid
October 10, 2023 Getting Kids With ADHD Organized & Focused for Learning
October 08, 2023 CGCC: Kids Cubing Gathering
October 08, 2023 CGCC: Student Model Building Event
October 07, 2023 Fossils of Illinois: A Step Back Through Time
October 07, 2023 Family Saturday: Nature & Play
October 07, 2023 Come Learn Cuneiform
October 07, 2023 Teen Saturday Studios
October 07, 2023 'Scopes in the City
October 07, 2023 3D Math (grades PK-2)
October 06, 2023 Woodland Family Hike
October 06, 2023 Beacon Academy Parent / Guardian Coffee & School Tour
October 05, 2023 CIERA Annual Public Lecture: The Day We Found the Universe
October 04, 2023 CGCC: RS2e - Reimagining Socializing for Twice-Exceptional Students
October 04, 2023 Fearless Readers Virtual Author Talk: Soldier for Equality
October 04, 2023 I Am a Scientist
October 03, 2023 ADHD in Communities of Color
October 01, 2023 Creatures of the Night
October 01, 2023 MAGE Admissions Coffee
September 30, 2023 Little Amal Drifts Off to Sleep Puppet Show
September 30, 2023 Woodland Family Hike
September 30, 2023 Community Powwow
September 30, 2023 South Side Science Festival
September 30, 2023 STEM Fest
September 28, 2023 Wisdom Program - Just One Heart
September 28, 2023 Meet STEM Picture Book Author and Founder of Let’s Engineer! Sheryl Haft (for adults)
September 28, 2023 Epigenetics: Understanding It's Role In ADHD
September 27, 2023 The Secret to Setting Boundaries that Work
September 27, 2023 Young Scholar Academy Open House
September 27, 2023 CGCC Parent Conversations--Gifted Anxiety & Its Repercussions
September 27, 2023 Accommodating Students With Food Allergies: Know Your Rights
September 26, 2023 SENG Author Visit: I Used to be Gifted
September 22, 2023 Homeschool Field Trip Day: Fall, Chicago Botanic Garden
September 21, 2023 Your Friendly Neighborhood Historian - When Looks Kill: The Past, Present, and Future of Dangerous Fashion
September 20, 2023 CGCC: Alphabet Soup - Understanding the Acronyms of Public Education
September 20, 2023 Chat with Debbie Reber and Sam Young
September 20, 2023 What Educators don't know about ADHD and Need to
September 17, 2023 CGCC Kids Board Game Gathering
September 16, 2023 Author Visit - Srividhya Venkat
September 16, 2023 Rock and Mineral Identification Class
September 14, 2023 SENGinar - Eye of the Beholder: Our “Obsessions” = Opportunities
September 14, 2023 Homeschool Days: Artifact Encounters
September 14, 2023 Homeschool Homestead Walking Tours
September 13, 2023 Author Visit - Tom Angleberger
September 13, 2023 IAGC Parent and Teacher Event: Reimagine Education and Future Career with Generative A.I.
September 13, 2023 CGCC Parent Conversations - Advocating for Gifted and 2E Learners
September 12, 2023 Symbiosis in a Changing World: Lessons from Dying Corals
September 12, 2023 SENGChat: Is Being Young, Gifted, and Black a Blessing or Curse?
September 10, 2023 CGCC Board Meeting - In Person - Westwood Tavern Schaumburg, IL
September 10, 2023 Graphic Novel Launch: Hour of Need
September 10, 2023 CGCC: Kids Cubing Gathering
September 10, 2023 Printers Row Lit Fest
September 10, 2023 A River Thru History - The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous
September 10, 2023 Astronomy Night
September 09, 2023 Family Day: Lions, Tigers, and Leopard, Oh My!
September 09, 2023 Origami Open House
September 09, 2023 Teen Saturday Studios
September 09, 2023 Super Spy Codes Family Program
September 09, 2023 A River Thru History - The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous
September 09, 2023 Printers Row Lit Fest
September 09, 2023 ID Day
September 06, 2023 Glenbard Parent Series: Suicide Prevention Month Event: Let’s Talk About It! Suicide and Other Destructive Behaviors
September 03, 2023 MAGE Admissions Coffee
September 02, 2023 Performance - Louis Jolliet: A Solid Path Through Water
August 29, 2023 Glenbard Parent Series: Never Enough: Inspiring Balanced Achievement, Self-Confidence and The Power of Mattering
August 27, 2023 CGCC: Student Model Building Event
August 27, 2023 CGCC: Kids Cubing Gathering
August 26, 2023 Family Day
August 26, 2023 Family Day
August 24, 2023 'Scopes in the City
August 19, 2023 Meteorites or Meteorwrongs?
August 19, 2023 CGCC Gillson Gifted Gathering
August 17, 2023 Your Friendly Neighborhood Historian - It Came From the Skies
August 17, 2023 Support for Gifted Students with ADHD
August 16, 2023 Why Is My Child So Resistant to Math?
August 16, 2023 Crucial Conversations about Cognitive Diversity Webinar
August 12, 2023 Origami Open House
August 11, 2023 'Scopes in the City
August 10, 2023 NIU STEM Café: Stargazing, Space Stations and Solar Eclipses
August 09, 2023 Back to School Anxiety: Returning or Transitioning to College
August 07, 2023 Executive Function Secrets, Level 2 - Online Camp
August 06, 2023 MAGE Admissions Coffee
August 01, 2023 'Scopes in the City
August 01, 2023 Open Conversation with Temple Grandin
July 31, 2023 Summer Wonders - Local Camp
July 31, 2023 Executive Function Secrets, Level 1 - Online Camp
July 29, 2023 Newberry Book Fair
July 29, 2023 Newberry Book Fair
July 28, 2023 Newberry Book Fair
July 27, 2023 Improving Executive Functioning in Teens
July 25, 2023 'Scopes in the City
July 24, 2023 Summer Wonders - Local Camp
July 23, 2023 CGCC Kids Cubing Gathering - Open For Registration
July 23, 2023 CGCC Student Model Building Event
July 22, 2023 Rocks on the Beach: Geology 101 in Sandals
July 22, 2023 Teen Workshop - History of Humans & Rivers
July 21, 2023 Youth and Family Astronomy Friday
July 21, 2023 The Truth is Out There: The Impact of Science Disinformation
July 19, 2023 Back to School Open House
July 16, 2023 CANCELLED: CGCC Gillson Gifted Gathering
July 16, 2023 Annual Book Fair
July 15, 2023 Family Art Event
July 15, 2023 Mysterious Geodes
July 15, 2023 Children's Intro to Hieroglyphs
July 15, 2023 Annual Book Fair
July 15, 2023 Side by Side with the Chicago Philharmonic
July 14, 2023 Raiders of the Lost Ark Film Screening
July 14, 2023 Annual Book Fair
July 12, 2023 CGCC Parent Conversations--Advocating for Our Gifted and 2E Children
July 10, 2023 CGCC Board Meeting - In Person - Skokie Public Library
July 08, 2023 Family Day - Shapes and Colors
July 08, 2023 Origami Open House
July 07, 2023 Firefly Night Hike
July 02, 2023 MAGE Admissions Coffee
June 29, 2023 IAGC Parent Group Event -- Changes and Transitions
June 28, 2023 ADHD Understanding and Services in School Setting: An Evolution in Education
June 25, 2023 CGCC Kids Cubing Gathering
June 24, 2023 Volcanoes!
June 22, 2023 Chicago Phil Chamber
June 22, 2023 YA Midwest Bookfest
June 19, 2023 Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom Walk
June 18, 2023 Brickworld
June 17, 2023 Brickworld
June 15, 2023 CGCC Q&A - Homeschooling / LOGYC Co-op Q&A
June 15, 2023 CGCC Parents Dinner - Naperville
June 14, 2023 CGCC Parent Conversations--Giftedness and Supporting Mental Health
June 10, 2023 Yooperlites: Michigan's Mysterious Glowing Rocks
June 10, 2023 Family Day: Making Money
June 10, 2023 Origami Open House
June 10, 2023 Take Flight!: The WASPs and the Science of Airplanes
June 10, 2023 Teen Nature Day - Litter Cleanup
June 06, 2023 Teen Bullying Solutions : Help for Neurodivergent Adolescents
June 04, 2023 CGCC Gillson Gifted Gathering
June 04, 2023 MAGE Admissions Coffee
June 03, 2023 Stone Hunt
June 03, 2023 Deep Roots Family Environmental Program
June 01, 2023 Terrific Turtles
May 31, 2023 CGCC Parent Conversations--Gifted Parenting Inspiration
May 27, 2023 Medals for my Hero - a PMML Family Program
May 26, 2023 Michael Leali Author Visit
May 23, 2023 SENGChat: Tales of Gifedness; Stories We've Never Shared
May 21, 2023 CGCC Kids Cubing Gathering
May 21, 2023 CGCC Kids Board Game Gathering
May 20, 2023 CGCC Tour - Argonne Open House
May 20, 2023 Spring Weekend Wonders - Engineering Escapades
May 20, 2023 Ancient Game Day
May 20, 2023 Rock and Mineral Identification Class
May 20, 2023 Argonne Open House